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Review of Le Cardinal

Le Cardinal
Ranked #12,853 of 17,300 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $12 - $29
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Southern california
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Our first night in Paris, we were hungry, tired and didn't know where to go. The menu outside looked fine and so in we went. The kids ordered the "steak" and we also had one croque monsieur and another adult beef filet. When the meals arrived the kids "steak" was an undercooked hamburger patty on a plate. The croque monsieur was actually cold on the bottom, melted on the top. The steak was a tiny piece of tough meat drowned in some kind of brown liquid. It must have been what they called the "red wine discount" on the menu. We assume that meant red wine reduction. In addition the incredible amount of cigarette smoke that was wafting in from the outside added to the general feeling of nausea. On the plus side, the fries were good and we didn't actually get food poisoning which seemed quite likely when we saw our food.

  • Visited December 2012
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Major Hygiene Issues”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The food here was OK, nothing special. But the reasons for the low rating were problems that made our experience rather unpleasant. Our waitress had long hair, in a side ponytail. And in every tray she carried out, her hair was sitting on the plates of food on the tray. The second problem was the restaurant uses the little 1-2 oz. individual mayo, mustard, and ketchup jars. Ours were set at the table and my husband found one of ours had been used. He asked for another and that one had been used, too. Keep in mind, the only way to get these condiments out of the jar is to use your eating utilsils - gross!

Visited December 2012
1 Thank iwanara
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Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small and Comfortable”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

This Le Cardinal is located on rue Castellane off the rue Tronchet. The food and service are excellent and so is the value. Would definitely go back.

Visited September 2012
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Easily Forgetable.”
Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Had lunch here on a Sunday, sat on the patio which was nice with the heaters they have set up. Food was quite good I had the salmon and potatoes. Service was iffy, it wasn't "that" busy but it took an inordinate amount of time for the bill and food and a request for ketchup. Price was reasonable about 50 euro for the 3 of us. So all in all like I said in the title it was lunch that I won't really give a second thought of when I think of my trip to Paris

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Barcelona, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
728 reviews
443 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 539 helpful votes
“All right for what it is, but bill on high side”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

Le Cardinal is at a convenient location on a Grand Boulevard. We had perfectly acceptable tournedos of beef and lamb chops; a salmon order was passable but not optimally fresh. For this type of establishment we got what we expected, food-wise, but the final bill was higher than expected, and came to 35 euro per person for a single main course and a modest wine. Wouldn't recommend.

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