Cafe Carlo

4.7
1439 reviews
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Cafe Carlo is a friendly, unpretentious Canadian bistro located in Winnipeg’s Little Italy neighborhood. Cafe Carlo’s warm, comfortable atmosphere has been a staple in Winnipeg’s dining scene and continues to be considered among the city’s best restaurants since it was established in 1989. The atmosphere and the décor have evolved from the restaurant’s humble “rummage sale” chic beginnings. The owners and employees believed that a great restaurant simply was meant to be “about the food”. The passion of the very first employees and their love of food & drink remain intact to this day. We want to share the foods and beverages we love, that the world loves, with each of our guests.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great experience with awesome food and service.

G
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was attentive and anticipated our needs, made helpful recommendations. Service was impeccable. The food was exceptional . We will return!

MF
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was very good. The waiter friendly but a bit busy. I enjoyer the atmosphere.

PS
Manitoba
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice lunch. Flexible service to food allergies and attentive to our tight schedule. Definitely will return

AM
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Love the service, food and ambiance.

VC
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

3rd year in a row that we celebrate our anniversary there. It’s become something of a tradition now. The hostess remembered that I had noted the purpose of the dinner on our reservation and asked if we wanted to wait for their special table. It was very nice for her to make note of the detail and to take the time (the restaurant was very busy) to make use feel special. This place truly is a gem. Staff was super attentive and the food was beyond terrific. I had a half rack of lamb and my wife had the tenderloin. Both were cooked perfectly to order. The one thing that I love about this place is that everything on your plate is terrific. The side veggie that day was a yellow zucchini and I gobbled it up faster than the lamb it was so good. I’ve been to a lot of nice restaurants where the entrees are equally decadent but they are accompanied by that sad limp trio of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower that nobody really eats. Not the case here. Compliments to the kitchen for that as well!

SB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our meal! The seafood penne was amazing and our server was great. We’ve been there twice in the last 6 weeks and will definitely be going back.

ME
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Carlo has been my favourite restaurant since it opened. The food is great, the service is super and fun… And it’s just a great place to spend an evening having dinner with friends.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine with a great staff that looked after all our wishes!

NB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious, the waitress was wonderful and the ambience was lovely. All in all, a fantastic dinner.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was our first time at Cafe Carlo but if have looked at the menu and considered many times before. Fortunately this time I was able to get a reservation at the preferred time! We enjoyed fish tacos, scallops (amazing) and spring rolls from the small plates and went straight to dessert which also was delicious! We tried a few different cocktails between the 2 of us and all was on point. Will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We sat down at 5:30 PM by seven it was packed it's a little noisy because it's a small restaurant. But the food is amazing

OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

First time in here, kinda disappointed in the food I ordered, it’s overbaked, but the drink and the service was great.

A
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service is excellent. The generous portions of wonderfully delicious food help make the experience a great one.

a
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and hospitality! It's no wonder Cafe Carlo has been a fixture in the neighbourhood for decades. Everyone in our party of four thoroughly enjoyed their meals - seafood penne, Fett Chile and beef tenderloin - as well as a few salads and fresh bread with the day's feature butter flavour. Service was friendly, helpful and attentive, the soft background music (Motown hits on our night) was a crowd-pleaser for our multi-generational group, and we plan to return to try more of the menu.

LC
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great and really appreciated the gluten free options.

CC
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and tons of options for one and drinks.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Food was great. Service not so much. Was waiting quite awhile before our food came and people who came in after us got their food first. Need more than one waitress working.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely place for lunch with friends. Lots of diversity on the menu and willingness to adjust to accommodate special diet requirements.

TL
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always delicious!! Been here many times and it is always great. Cute little restaurant in Corydon area.

ES
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been going to Cafe Carlo for over 30 years. The food and service are always excellent, and the menu changes in interesting ways. The special the other night was lamb sirloin and it was medium rare, with a super braised crust. Great evening.

SM
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

This was the first time I had been and the food was so delicious. We went for two birthdays and I noted that when I made the reservation. The host or server did say I understand we have a birthday when we were seated which was nice but that was it. The server wasn’t overly attentive and we did have drinks and entrees and I thought for sure that the two bday girls would get some sort of mini dessert but they didn’t which was disappointing. I’d definitely go back though...the fett chili was amazing and same with the ravioli and Caesar salad.

C
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Carlo has been my go-to restaurant for special occasions and intimate dinners for many years. The food is consistently good. The service is just wonderful. Our favourite server knows what we need before we do. I love the ambience.

A
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very flavourful! We are never disappointed here. The seafood chowder is out of this world

KC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place! I order the seafood Pene every time! Always tempted by the rest of the menu, but as the waitress tells me, “The heart wants what the heart heart wants!”

BL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Haven't been to Cafe Carlo for over 15 years because I moved away from Winnipeg. Loved it when I was living here and so happy that it is every bit as fantastic now as it was back then. Mussels diabolo were my favorite and they still are based on an excellent serving. Also had the broccoli which was amazing. My friends had perch and the beef tenderloin - latter was apparently the best he ever had. All in all a wonderful experience - look forward to going back. Service was perfect - attentive but not overly so. Simply a great experience!

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual and the friendliness of staff was exceptional. Always have a great experience at Cafe Carlo!

AC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My pickeral meal was good, not great. The fish tasted flat and a bit soggy. Sorry. My friends cattaloni was too soupy ( his words ). In general the 4 meals were good, your service by the 2 waitresses was excellent and highly professional. I would return and try other dishes.

k
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice little restaurant, not busy on a Monday night 6:00, so noise level very quiet. Rack of lamb was delicious as was the calamari to start. Reasonable price for the appetizer and main entree but all desserts were $11 and when we asked how big the creme brûlée was it was minuscule and not big enough to share...really overpriced for that size. So we declined dessert. But all in all would definitely go back, we enjoyed it.

SK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Carlo was amazing as always. Great for a business lunch where you don't have to worry about the food or service because it is always on point!

JA
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have dined here before and last Saturday, the food was disappointing. The fried chicken should be served without the waffles and with more chicken pieces. The bruschetta was outstanding. The mac'n'cheese was barely warm.

GO
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic! Lovely evening! Would highly recommend to everyone.

d
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The soup was a mushroom bisque, which was incredible. I had the house special Chilli Fette(?) which was spicy as expected and very flavourful with lots of sauce.
Service was very good and server was knowledgeable of dishes and excellent recommendations.

MB
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The dinner and atmosphere are always fantastic, nothing but good things to say about Cafe Carlo.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice service and amazing food!!

G
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great flavour and prompt service! I will definitely return ‘

BC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service, great food - all in all a great evening.

X
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was so good that it was worth it to endure the slow service. We had reservations, but still had to wait half an hour at the bar for our table. Couldn't get service at the bar. Eventually got seated. eventually got the menu. Eventually got our orders taken. Wait for the actual food wasn't too bad. Very loud in the dining room. Cafe Carlo has a policy where diners are given only 90 minutes at their table, yet due to slow service we were there for 2 hours. I don't understand it - I counted only 11 occupied tables and 3 serving staff, so I have no explanation for why it was so slow. So here's why I will be back - the food was just that good to turn around an otherwise miserable dining experience. So cheers to the kitchen! FYI - there's an option on the menu to buy the cooks a round of beers. I recommend that instead of leaving a tip for the poor serving staff.

J
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, excellent Sangria, prompt service only negative aspect is the noise level.

I had the veal canneloni which was simply delicious. Friend had the meaty penne which she thoroughly enjoyed and the other person in our party had the chili pasta which apparently was also very good. Portions were more than adequate and service was attentive.
The noise level was very high and sometimes hard to hear across the table. The restaurant was totally full which probably did not help with the noise.
Went on a Tuesday evening and it was full so would recommend making reservations.
Will definitely return.

CV
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous meal and service as always. Bonnie is amazing! Love the fact that they’re eliminating plastic! Way to go! We fully support that and are impressed.

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