Cafe Carlo

4.6
1224 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(204) 477-5544
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Dave Hyde
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Private Party Facilities
Entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 30-45... Some restrictions apply
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Private Party Contact
Joel Boulet: (204) 477-5544
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Corydon
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Parking Details
Parking is available on Lilac and surrounding streets as well as the lot across the street
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Public Transit
Corner of Corydon Avenue and Lilac Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Cafe Carlo is the ideal place to say goodbye and thanks to 2018 before saying hello to 2019! Come join us for your favorite Cafe Carlo meals

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1224 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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GS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service! The "Fantasy" is the best! Be prepared for some noise on a busy Friday or Saturday evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! Have been going for many years. Always loved he menu and the specials. My fav, and a must have with all meals is the corn chorizo soup!

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

Always great food!

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H
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

It was all good until I received my artic char plate. The fish was dry and hard. My husband enjoyed his pasta dish. Seafood chowder was good but overpriced. Service was really good. Really nice cozy and modern decor.

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TJ
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly, attentive, knowledgeable staff. Incredibly delicious food. We arrived early, staff came and recognized us, welcomed us and we were quickly seated. We didn't feel rushed nor did we feel neglected. Super nice evening.

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a
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall, Cafe Carlo met our expectations. Service was good for the most part. They should have reviewed our bill before giving it to us. There were 4 entrees on the bill instead of our two. When I questioned the bill, I was asked what was wrong with the bill. I asked them to review the number of entrees which prompted them to realize that there was an issue with the bill. This was remedied immediately.

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DG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met a friend for lunch on a Saturday. Very quiet. Had a glass of their house white and their Fett Chile. Both were fantastic. The bread and honemade butter were also very good. Would highly recommend this place.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I was pleased you had gluten free options and you got back promptly to me when I enquired before making my reservation. The food was tasty altho mine was a bit spicier than I had anticipated and since I was celiac and could not eat bread my server took my dish back to the kitchen and had them add extra cream sauce to dilute the spice was which was perfect. My only advice
Would be to have some frozen gluten free
Bread on hand which could be defrosted when needed for celiac customers . As a celiac I don’t care if it’s made in the premises I just care that it’s gluten free . Or you could use Cocoa Bean down the road for their fresh baked gluten free bread . Again thanks for providing gluten free entrees . It was a lovely meal and a nice time .

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TH
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go often, and have reviewed before, they just never disappoint <3

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of our favourite places to celebrate special occasions Always good food and excellent service.

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DU
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server Tara was spectacular, food was outstanding. It got s little loud when the place filled up.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cafe Carlo is consistently wonderful. Great neighbourhood restaurant.

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KT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service! My wife & I had a great time celebrating our 37th anniversary.

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OT
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is so good. The fantasy is amazing.

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ML
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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CK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our second time visiting! Love the coziness incredible menu. I’m still dreaming of the birthday cake semifreddo we had at dessert!!

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, served in a comfortable, quiet atmosphere by an attentive and charming server.

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L
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We have been going here for sometime and never are dissatisfied. Food is fresh , hot and flavourful.

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T
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The online reserving is very convenient.
Third time at Cafe Carlo.
Excellent food.
Service was prompt (not a busy night).
Don’t require a fawning server; ours was cool-ish but adequate.
Will return and will recommend Cafe Carlo to friends, relatives & acquaintenances.

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SD
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about this place as never been before. Great ambiance. Friendly helpful service. Food was tasty, good presentation and interesting. I had the veal sandwich with the side salad. Took home half for another meal. My friend had the hot and sour soup which she enjoyed and had the fish sandwich and couldn't eat it all. Free parking on side streets. They let us stay and chat to catch up. Lovely afternoon. Would highly recommend and will go back.

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GW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We waited 15 mins to be seated despite having a reservation. Restaurant is busy and noisy. Decor is nothing to get excited about. When the front door opens in the colder weather, you feel a blast of cold air on your legs. Service was pretty mediocre. Our server said she was a friend of the owner - perhaps that is how she keeps her job. No enquiry as to how our meals were and she asked 3 of the 4 of us about tea/coffee but completely forgot about /ignored my wife. House Pinot Grigio was good but overpriced. Food was OK but not spectacular. My seafood penne was overbaked and a little dry. None of the other 3 were wowed by their dishes. We have been there before and all aspects of the evening were better. Perhaps we hit them on an off night - hopefully.

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JK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints and remains one of my absolute favorites. I usually have a pasta dish but branched out this time to have the pesto chicken with goat cheese - delicious! The food was paired with great service in a warm, casual setting. What more can you ask for?

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really good and so was the service. Overall a really nice dinner spot. Certainly recommend it

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PM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. Never a disappointment.
The place was so busy that our isle table wasn’t the best place to be seated with all the traffic.

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LK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing! Food was incredible. Lucked out with the corner table which was perfect for our anniversary date. Cant wait to go again!

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GM
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

As usual the food was prepared to perfection, we started with the mussels in the Diablo sauce whichs it is our favorite appetizer. The house wine was a perfect match with our meals.The wife had the seafood pasta was plentiful with all fish favorites, lobster, shrimp, crab legs, scallops in creamy white sauce. I had fettuccine chili , which is also excellent . This restaurant is our go to , when we celebrate anniversarys, birthdays at this establishment, or outtown guests.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was amazing (as usual), service was good however we were planing on having another drink after dinner and without asking our bill was presented. Also we had requested a quiet area and purposely made a very early 5 pm reservation and the second table to be sat was RIGHT beside us... then shortly after a table on the other side of us when the restaurant was still empty.

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JR
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in Winnipeg!! Good everything and one of few restaurants where you can have normal conversation across the table. Something about the acoustics that really work!!!

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LB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious, always excellent service. This is an amazing Winnipeg restaurant institution that has been in business for decades! Do yourself a favour and come here!

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D
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We chose Cafe Carol for a special birthday dinner and they didn’t disappoint. Service was great and food fantastic. We started with spring rolls and each chose a different entree: I started with the corn & chorizo soup followed with the Baked Penne (baked with cran, lobster, prawns, scallops and citrus cream). I loved every bite. My companions chose the Spag Boo and the Vong with salads to start. Both also very tasty choices with raves for the salads. We finished with coffee, latte and a cappuccino (we each chose something different) with a shared Apple, blueberry, cashew crisp with ice cream. Crisps are not my go to choice for desserts but I was not disappointed! While Cafe Carlo has a warning that reservations during the time period we booked are limited to a 2 hour time frame, we did not feel rushed. Our orders were taken quickly but without pressuring us for choices. We also had wine to start and we felt that the server was attentive and everything moved along at a good pace without being rushed. Every bite of food was exceptional and we’ll definitely be back in the future.

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CH
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love going every time. Just happened to be a packed house and felt louder than usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food great time, service was exceptional!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great evening. Food was delicious and the service was phenomenal. Our server kept smiling every time she approached our table and heard our silly banter. She said we made her night but she actually made ours!!!

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SG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went with 96 year old uncle,and cousin from Ottawa. Both were very happy with the food as were we. Uncle had the pickerel, one had the ravioli, one the pappardelle, and I had the Fett Chile. My Fett Chile was nicely spicy and a good sized helping. Enough for next day's lunch. Spring rolls for an appetizer, which were also a little spicy but not overly so. A nice bottle of Cotes de Rhone red wine and a shared piece of chocolate dessert. As the restaurant filled up, it got a little noisier, but not so much that we couldn't hear one another. Servers were very prompt and pleasant.

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S
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service...

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Seated promptly and reservation was clearly needed as they are very busy. Serving personnel was extremely friendly and welcoming but they didn't seem to have quite enough time for us; could have been a little more attentive as we waiting for a good 15 minutes after finishing our meal and being offered coffee or dessert.

Food was really quite fine. Would go here again.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 1

The food was good, the service - excellent. Probably wouldn't go back though because the noise level was off the charts. My wife and I could barely carry on a conversation. It was as if people were competing to see who could be the loudest. This ruined our night, couldn't leave fast enough.

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DG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was recommended from a family member. Had the Fett Chile and a glass of the house white. Both were fantastic and would highly recommend. Make reservations as this place is busy.

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LJ
Manitoba
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Like previous reviews, the Clam chowder is outstanding and definitely a must have. It’s super flavourful and thickened with cream, like it should be - not flour! The ravioli was also delicious and service was attentive but not over bearing.

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Not my first visit and certainly not my last. Service was great. selection excellent. If I had a complaint it would be the food temperature. Not piping hot like usual. We were in a bit of a hurry. I would have asked for it to be heated up. It was good not the usual great.

Not enough to never return. My work counterpart from Toronto was impressed.

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