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Restaurante El Cardenal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
San Angel
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Calle de La Paz No. 32 | San Angel, Mexico City 01000, Mexico
+52 55 5550 0293
08:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:30
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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

The food is very good, the service is great, the place is nice. Must try the hot chocolate. Amazing. Well worth the visit

Thank LadyRider33
Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

Definetely one of the best places to experience Classic Mexican Food, they have all the old time dishes prepared the old fashion, excellent service and atmosphere, the staff at El Cardenal takes pride on their reputation and do their best to keep it that way. Their food is incredible, it is worth a visit with friends / family or business... More 

1 Thank Oz O
Chicago, Illinois
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186 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

Food was prepared to perfection! The appetizers were delicious! The sauces, the robalo fish, the soups were light and exquisite. Great service and beautiful place with the music of violins,

1 Thank a5035805
Hampton Bays, New York
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

This is a gem. Very traditional Mexican food, delicious and served very well. Welcoming atmosphere and great service. Unusual dishes. You may have to wait for a table but you can make a reservation. Open every day from 8-6, except Sunday 9-6. Try the shrimp and/or arrachara tacos. For breakfast, the poached eggs in broth with beans, cheese curd and... More 

1 Thank Karin M
Panama City, Panama
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357 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

Tried a bunch of different appetizers, duck tacos, mole, chiles and desserts. This is a traditional Restaurant with overall good food and very good service. They have a breakfast menu until 1 pm then they switch to a lunch menu.

Thank Moe P
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

I'm not sure I'm reviewing the location we visited, which was in Centro Historico. A good steak was preceded by an excellent salad and followed by a delightful desert. Great people watching.

Thank PHX3206
Bogota, Colombia
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015

Very good Mexican food restaurant with an excellent service. The "Mole Poblano" was delicious! The only back side was the beef I ordered was a bit over cooked nontheless the rest of the dishes we ordered exceeded my expectations.

Thank Alejandro E
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is nice and traditional , good for family dinner or business lunch. Food was nice without a plus, quite traditional mexican food. Service was good and quick and the restaurant is quite pleasant. Overall wasnt really my kind of food but i guess it s good for tourist who want to try a bit of everything . A... More 

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Houston, Texas
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

I have been to a couple of the El Cardenal restaurants and can tell you that the food Is wonderful! If you go to the Alameda location (inside de Hilton Reforma Hotel) you can burn off the calories by walking to all the museums in the neighborhood. It is a restaurant preferred by locals, with authentic food and great prices... More 

Thank foodieintl
Miami Beach, Florida
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015

although to wait a bit for a table on weekends, the restaurant offers a wonderful selection of breakfast, well prepared and with excellent service , bread (bolillo ) with "nata" is very good

Thank CanalesS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de La Paz No. 32 | San Angel, Mexico City 01000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > San Angel
  • Neighbourhood: San Angel
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5550 0293

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Staying in San Angel

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San Angel
San Ángel is known for its artistic vibe and elegant details displayed throughout its streets, antique residences and haciendas where famous actors like Consuelo Velázquez, Capulina and other prominent families used to live and that have now been turned into beautiful galleries, cafés and restaurants. An array of cultural and artistic activities are organized in the neighborhood, but it is on Saturdays when the San Jacinto Plaza and surroundings really shine as artists gather to exhibit a variety of arts and crafts, from paintings to clothing.
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