Cafe Carlo

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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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4.6
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4.4
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was top notch, knowledgeable and friendly. Rack of lamb was exquisite. As were the mussels. Prices are quite reasonable. No TVs makes it great for an intimate evening or a place to catch up with friends.

LK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service and food was excellent! I will be going back soon!! Very cozy!

ML
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice casual. Food is excellent. Service very good. I like it.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service by Bonnie, delicious meal and warm ambience

CG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sooooo delicious. Never ever have we had a bad experience at Cafe Carlo. Our waitress gave us a wonderful suggestion for dinner that was not on the menu (couldn’t make up my mind so Tara suggested splitting the gnocchi with 1/2 pesto cream, 1/2 ragu). The service, food, ambiance and overall positive experience are why we keep coming back.

RO
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Food and Service was fantastic. I am excited to go back.

E
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious food! Very small spot so gets crowded fast. Reservations definitely needed for a weekend night. Chile fett is amazing!

NV
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Food amazing. Ambience very good. Waiter terrible. The one male waiter in the place. Was totally inattentive. Id say thanks when he would bring stuff and he would just walk away not responding. Left my empty wine glass and empty beer bottle on table all night. Watched him screw up who had what food at all his tables and say "my mental math is off". Guy wasnt rude or anything but had zero service skills for a high end restaurant.

Cafe Carlo
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi Neil, Thanks for the feedback. Happy to hear you enjoyed the food and the vibe. I'm sorry to hear of your service experience. If you wish to discuss it further please contact me directly at the restaurant.

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SO
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing, never had a bad time there. Also always enjoy the artists’ work featured each time

CG
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Fett Chili is the best thing ever. Super friendly staff and guaranteed great quality of food. One of my faves!

JG
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great restaurant serving consistently good food to packed houses for many years. Make a rez -- it full even on week nights. If you are new, you have to have the Fett Chili -- amazing and my fav!!

SF
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and presented properly, ambience is always cozy and the service was great.

A really great place to go for an upscale, intimate meal.

DC
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The dessert was good. Had the Gnocchi with the ragu sauce, not a big fan of the way it was prepared. But my friends had other dishes that looked good. Mine just wasn't.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was awesome, service great as well our server was super friendly

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Server was so great! One of us got their fantasy prix fixe deal and the other got just a main as we were going to share the appetizer and salad. He even got the kitchen to split the starter salad on two plates- so considerate

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was our first time at this establishment.
Bonnie was an exceptional server!
Food was delicious.
Will definitely be back again!

P
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and outstanding service. First time we have eaten here and it was excellent.

GM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent except for the fruit fly in my girlfriends wine which should have been taken off the bill in my mind

OT
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant for a casual dinner.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Our go to place for all our celebrations and just going for a dinner out. The staff, the food and the ambiance makes Cafe Carlo what it is. A great place to celebrate all that is good about life.

JB
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The meals are reasonably priced. Specials are varied every time we go. The wine list is large enough to have options and very affordable. The kitchen is very accommodating for allergies and as a person with Celiac I can always get a great gluten free meal.
This is our new favorite in Winnipeg

B
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is always good. Fresh and flavourful. Serving staff is very attentive and responsive. Loved the ability to 'buy a beer for the kitchen staff ' as a menu item. The 'Birthday Cake Srmifrefo' was to die for!!!!

SK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bonnie our server was fantastic and the food was terrific!

B
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and a gracious/courteous waiting staff. A veg dining experience from start to finish and l highly recommend!

LD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was a wonderful experience and one that I have already recommended to family and friends.

l
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Experience, great food and cocktails and servers are professional and friendly

MH
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, the service and dinner were outstanding! One of our favorite go-to places.

RW
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My return after 20 or so years to Cafe Carlo was very highly anticipated. It was my only brothers birthday dinner we had planned to have for most of 2 months, we finally found the right date and perfect restaurant for this important evening. My Brother and his partner my girlfriend and I were greeted by Bonnie at the entrance a former high school student of my brother. She started our evening with telling my Bro. how much she loved him ! Then we were escorted to the best window seat in the house , Great !
Soon after being seated the absolutely delightful Tara introduced herself as our waitress for the evening.
Our evening changed from a very anticipatory pleasant time to constantly trying to get Tara's attention for service. She was so very friendly , pleasant and pretty but just didn't pay much attention to us which became a bit frustrating to me on my brothers special day. I feel bad in my criticism of this great little popular cafe. It would have been fine if our very experienced waitress ( 8 years at Cafe Carlo ) could have just come by every so often to ask " How is everything? or "Could I get you anything ? "
Rick W.

BC
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch at Cafe Carlo today. We split the goat cheese salad and the Fett Chile pasta. These choices were based on reviews read earlier in the day. Everything was so tasty and a glass of wine topped it off. Excellent, friendly service. We will definitely be back! Thank you!

E
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Terrific service. Would highly recommend.

JC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional service and flavorful food. Lots of menu options to pick from, with interesting daily specials. Seafood chowder is a must try!

DN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Has to be one of my favourite restaurants in Winnipeg!! Best food & service. Perfect for any occasion!

DK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good overall experience. I would certainly recommend to anyone.

TM
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is excellent. A bit on noisy side if restaurant is busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A group of 4 enjoyed five different appetizers and we ate then like we had never seen food before. Everything came out hot at the same time as requested and every bite wash fantastic. Can’t wait to go for a date night and try the pasta. Fish tacos excellent. Mussel cream sauce best in Winnipeg. Everything was 100

AH
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always our family “go to” spot! Love their mussels in the creamy Pernod sauce! Yummy!

RW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great experience with awesome food and service.

K
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time for me, it was the 1st for another person & 3rd person has been a few times!
Food was amazing.... I ordered the seafood penne & wanted the paperdalle noodles instead no problem at all.
Everything was great! Hope to come back soon! Thank you!

G
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
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!

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