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“Nice restaurant to enjoy the Mexican daily life” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante El Cardenal

Restaurante El Cardenal
Ranked #5 of 3,817 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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668 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant to enjoy the Mexican daily life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This restaurant a flavor of how is lunch time for business people in central Mexico city.

It is a kind of fancy restaurant which serves meals for mostly people who work in the offices around the Zocalo, the main square in the heart of Mexican city. I guess that it must attract as well people from other neighborhoods that wants to impress their business counterparts.

The restaurant has 3 levels in a nice building, having beautiful atoned-glass windows.

No so many tourists because prices are a bit high. Reasonable quality food and service, but if choosing now that I know both, I would stay with the nearby Cafe de Tacuba, for quality of service & food as well as value for that.

  • Visited July 2013
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Jocotepec, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“You won't be disappointed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

It's easy to understand why this Centro Historico restaurant has earned such a high rating on Trip Advisor - because everything from start to finish is absolutely perfect. It's a beautiful restaurant with excellent traditional Mexican food and outstanding service - at a very reasonable price. Don't miss the wonderful breakfasts and be sure to start with the freshly baked sweet rolls made in-house with "nata" (a type of whipped cream) and their delicious Mexican hot chocolate. We'll definitely be back on our next trip to Mexico City.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
“A classic institution with some of the best traditional meals.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Always a meal here while in Mexico City. Great service, food, and experience. It also won't break the bank. Suggest going to the one near the Zocolo. El Cardenal just gets it and knows how to provide that wonderful Mexican hospitality without the attitude or pretense. You could almost point blindly at the menu and not be disappointed.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Can't beat this gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

This is a restaurant of true quality and integrity I love Mexican food and make it at home and this is a special experience! The service was exceptional and the food brilliant. Highly recommended

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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

High end Mexican food and Mexican food with a twist. The menu is extensive and varied and the food was delicious. The service was great too. It's not the cheapest place but good value and well worth a visit.

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