Cafe Carlo

4.8
1826 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1826 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Tailur
Manitoba
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it! Keep up the great work and hoping to be back asap.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

our server was amazing, always knew when we needed something and there was never a moment when i thought we were forgotten about. she made amazing recommendations for the food and drinks (the ravioli is to die for) and made the night so relaxing. i cant wait to come back :)

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Keely
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food, wine and service as always! I sometimes dream of the fett Chile and it always lives up to those dreams haha!

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MeishaR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite restaurant. Never disappointed! You could order anything and it would be amazing.

HM
HMCc
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend Cafe Carlo . Been a customer for over 30 years... and never disappointed .

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went with our daughter for dinner before she heads back to university. We had the gnocchi, seafood penne and the ravioli. We started with calamari and finished with crème brulee, birthday cake and the brownies. We knew we ordered too much for dessert. The birthday cake and brownies would each be more than enough for 2 people. Bonnie was great as usual.

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DevinB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time trying a restaurant since
Moving back to Winnipeg. I wish I lived closer to them as it would be a staple

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vipDiner1
Manitoba
52 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. Food, service, cocktails always top notch! Been coming here for years. Waitress Bonnie is phenomenal.

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Birdy
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

I have been to cafe Carlo 5 times this was my first visit since 2014. The food and atmosphere was the same quality, however, the service was lacking. We waited for 5 ministers at the d door for someone to speak to us and at that they were not prepared for our reservation. I realize we are in covid times and am willing to be understanding of the demands of severs currently.

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StephF
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is incredibly delicious with a great portion size. Everyone there is welcoming, and provides speedy service. I will be back!

TM
vipTomM
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local place with great food and service. The menu is varied enough that you can go often and try lots of really good options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating a birthday.
Bonnie, our server was lovely

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RebeccaH
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the food and service were outstanding. Love this neighbourhood gem.

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vipNeverSurprised
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent food and service!

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious. Absolutely will be back! Unique and lovely

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TarasV
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Looking forward to a second visit

HF
HeatherF
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Still terrific after all these years. Excellent specials, service extremely well-timed. Thank you.

TM
vipTomM
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. Friendly staff

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CullenK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Fantastic little place to get personal service and high quality dining.

MK
MK123
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

such good food - our go to spot all the time! love the pasta and the crispy onion!

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Leona
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our special occasion places to dine. Intimate and welcoming dining environment. Our server, Bonnie, was knowledgeable and accommodating. Good to know staff is fully vaccinated. We shared the pickerel fish tacos as an appetizer- uniquely presented and delicious. We shared a salad and the butternut squash ravioli. Beautiful evening!!

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always!

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Tara
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I loved the atmosphere and the service was great.

LM
LorieM
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, fresh homemade, and with each dish the flavours complimented one another perfectly. Our server, Bonnie, she was excellent - friendly, charming, knowledgeable, and quite helpful! Loved the decor as well! Highly recommend.

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LauraW
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Carlos never fails to disappoint. It’s quite location and the decoration is so inviting. They have long-term staff which is wonderful because they get to know regular customers. Their menu items are unique and always brought to the table in exquisite form. I have been a patron since they opened many years ago and I was not surprised when they were named one of the top 100 restaurants. Bravo Cafe Carlos

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Pramod
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our waitress was very timely and professional. The wine list is very good, not crazy expensive.

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KenT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great meal, amazing service and a nice room. Don’t forget to tip the kitchen. The food coming out of there is awesome.

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JacquieV
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere! Something for everyone in our group.

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Meech
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Food in general was tasty. Meat cooked properly. Mussels were excellent. Would go back for the mussels alone. Mashed potatoes were cold. Salad forks were given to use for main course and for ice cream dessert. Understandably there was a 2 hour dining limit however, guests who arrived 5 minutes after us were ordering their main courses as our 2 hour time limit was expiring. Different rules for different people? Underwhelming.

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Will
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious food and always great service. Local artists’ work makes for a beautiful ambiance.
I’ve been going for more than 20 years and continue to enjoy it!

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AriadneK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We dined last night, it was a lovely evening.

We had Beef Tenderloin and 1/2 rack of lamb, prepared to perfection with sides of green vegetable and mashed potatoes.

The lovely garlic butter with fresh dill melted on the fresh bread, yum!

Desert was the pear bread pudding, warmed up with a dollop of ice cream. It was a perfect shareable size.

The Corydon carollers dropped in for some gorgeous harmonizing at the beginning of the evening.

It was our first visit and we will definitely return as well as recommend to others.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was excellent, a nice menu selection. Nice atmosphere.

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vipTomM
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome options on the menu. Staff extremely friendly ambience is great

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ChrisN
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent pasta and service. Restaurant is small and somewhat noisy but not so much that we couldn’t carry on a conversation

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GarryS
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was excellent and made the night extra special. The Fantasy is the go to dinner, always excellent.

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BettyD
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and staff are super...Great restaurant. Highly recommend

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vipDGeneral
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Visiting Winnipeg and had to come back to this mainstay. Had the pickerel this time and it was a brilliant meal - substantial portion, nice accompaniments, delicious flavour. The fact that this restaurant was so busy on a Monday night speaks well for it.

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Glows
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fabulous the food the service they ambiance and the price was fair for the quality of the excellent food

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SCPY
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and great service. Just wish it were possible to stay on for drinks after

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary was made special by the wonderful food and staff of the cafe.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Carlo using the Order Online button. Cafe Carlo also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (204) 477-5544.

Cafe Carlo is rated 4.8 stars by 1826 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Carlo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cafecarlo.ackroo.net/en/gifts/new.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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