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El Cardenal

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Avenida Paseo de Las Palmas No. 215, Mexico City 11000, Mexico
08:00 - 18:30
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Mexico City, Mexico
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must if you want to have an authentic old fashion but very tasty breakfast. Lunch is great too.

Thank Jose V
South Worcester County, MA
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay, to be fair, on the occasions I have eaten here - both times for breakfast - I have been accompanied by a lovely, warm and charming young lady. So perhaps my review is a bit skewed, but what the heck? Here goes... The breakfast here is a real, full-blown meal. I like it because it holds me through until... More 

Thank HockeyDad95
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attention was a little slow, but Food was ok. Horchata water, 3 milk desert and barbecue tacos were good as well, but "mole poblano" was spicy. Since its a turistic spot you should do Food without chile.

Thank Ciro P
Rest_ElCardenal, Representante de El Cardenal at El Cardenal, responded to this review

Thank you very much for leaving your comments after your visit on TA. We will them take into consideration; perhaps the "mole poblano" was spicier than it should be that day. Best wishes. More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

El Cardenal, despite being a chain of restaurants, is a great place to eat. One of the best mexican food restaurants in town, for ages, which has managed to stay away from current fashion of Rock star chefs ramping up in mexico city. You can even walk in without a reservation! It is classy but they understand that they are... More 

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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Probably the best restaurant in Mexico for genuine Mexican food! They are so good that they pack them in for lunch and then close for dinner!

Thank SwampChicken
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110 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a very traditional place with a NUMBER of years of successful performance based on quality of food and service. The environment is quite friendly and relaxed. They have an excellent menu. Breakfast is a must and lunch is great.

Thank Edgardo M
Mexico City, Mexico
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast, begining with a "Concha de vainilla" (daily baked sweet bread with a vanilla cover) followed by their famous "Huarache con carnitas" (Corn dough covered with cheese, a deliciouss green tomato sauce and fried pork meat chunks) or a deliciouss cheese "Quesadilla" (Tortilla filled with cheese)

Thank FeBoMu
Level Contributor
8 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Amazing service, great Cafe de Olla (traditional Mexican Coffee) and all round fantastic breakfast. I will definitely visit again the time I am in Mexico City! I recommend trying Mole Poblano and Escamoles. These are must try traditional dishes and prepare yourself for flavors you did not know existed. It was weird but great at the same time.

Thank JoziToasty
Westport, Ireland
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Ate lunch here with a group of 7. Food was absolutely delicious and service fantastic. Would definitely go back.

Thank 04onthego02
London, Canada
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82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This was our first meal in Mexico City, and, after 4 days of many great meals, the best. My slow-cooked lamb melted on the tongue. My husband's chicken mole was very moist and the mole delightful -- little more sweet than some I've had before. Our friend's seared tuna was a he best any of us had ever tasted. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$75
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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: Avenida Paseo de Las Palmas No. 215, Mexico City 11000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City
  • Phone Number: 5226230402

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?