Cafe Carlo

4.7
1314 reviews
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Canadian
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  • Special Occasion
  • 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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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Felt like celebrity diners, the service was perfectly attentive; food beyond delicious and the overall experience was stellar.
Can’t wait to return.

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DB
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always an incredible dining experience. Food and service is excellent

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DO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had a great meal- The steak I had was perfect and probably the best seafood chowder I have ever had. The Fantasy meal was a great deal with excellent variety

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KP
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our most favourite restaurants in the city. Awesome food, atmosphere. Staff are amazing, thank you!

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and friendly staff. We've been coming here for years and never been disappointed. Cocktails are little on the pricey side at $12-13 but that'a minor quibble for the great food, ambience, and service.

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l
Las Vegas
39 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was awesome

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CO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Waited at the door for 15minuted

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A lovely evening out. A great venue.
Thank you.

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excelent food taste, pricey though, and probably too loud, not the music, but other customers. I loved the whole experience.

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favourite dining destination ever! Never disappoints...always exceeds expectations!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Previously the food was spectacular!! This time not so much. Ambiance and service always great. Will recommend and will be back. Potato/ Lamb appy was not great. Special main would have been better if meat wasn’t breaded. Perhaps we will order more from the menu next time. Mussels always awesome!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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OT
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious!

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OT
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding

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TW
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very nice wine and dinner
Only complaint is noise level was fairly high considering it was a Monday, but would not let that deter us from a return visit!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, our favourite go-to and memorable restaurant. Always great food and service!

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had the corner booth— the best seat in the house. We both really enjoyed the evening. Food was terrific. Servers were lovely.

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ML
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good. This night was particularly well executed however. Every course, the timing and the service were perfect.

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E
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bonnie our server is always fabulous!!!! She is always so cheerful and always so accommodating!

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S
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely lunch at Cafe Carlo with great service!

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C
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent - two of us had their special pasta dish, which was plentiful and tasty. Warm bread on a cold night was an asset. Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive.

Would go again and would recommend it. Pleasant atmosphere was warm and comfortable.

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r
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best kept restaurant secret in Winnipeg. Don’t tell anyone

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Love this restaurant. My wife and I celebrated our 24th anniversary there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fabulous!

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GB
Manitoba
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The four of us had a great time! Server was exceptional. The food is always delicious here. Have been going to this restaurant for over twenty years and have had little to no. Complaints overall.

Bruschetta is great, gnocchi with the cream pesto sauce is the best, and the fete chilli is a no fail if you like a little spice!

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DB
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every experience at Cafe Carlo is extremely positive. Tara was our server and made an already great experience even better

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DS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Great service! Wonderful experience!

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DT
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, served with style by friendly people. Great portions of good food!

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h
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, delicious, inviting atmosphere, lovely room, great host

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great service and food

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great Valentines Day dinner with my lovely wife of 28 years and then off to the RWB! It was a great start to a fantastic night!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place to have our Valentines Day dinner. It was fantastic and we can hardly wait to go back again.

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KE
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines Day Dinner,... Fantastic food, service and value!... Always Great!... Never disappoints!! One of the truly genuine “Gems” of our Cities Restaurants !!

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Many restaurants in general have great food and great service, but to be consistent with that combination over numerous visits is quite exceptional in my opinion. This restaurant has flavours you just didn’t expect with quality that is refreshing. This is a gem that our city can boast of. Be proud Cafe Carlos, be prouder Winnipeg!

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We always love Cafe Carlos food and service. Feb 13th our bus person spilled wine all over the lady at the table, which she staterd cleaning the table prior to the person. Not Good"
The fact they "did not" replace the expensive bottle of wine was amazingly disapointing in itself.
In fairness to our great waitress, she was the only waitress on that night which was understaffed in a full house.
Then the bill came, not 1 item was discounted, again amazing. Over 320 dollars for 4.

Only After bringing it up with our waitress and complaining, was a small discount was then applied.
It barely covered the cost of the wine spilled. LOL

Too bad ... because this place has always been one of my favourite places to eat.
Just really bothers me, that we had to take the lead on this...
Robert

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LK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great dining experience. Delicious food. Very good service.

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourites

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g
Manitoba
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were delightfully surprised when we went to Cafe Carlo for Dine About - not once, but twice. We hadn't been there for years, and weren't sure what to expect. But the food was amazing, and the service excellent. Saturday night it was rather noisy, but Monday night the noise level was just about right. We will definitely be returning soon, to check out the regular menu.

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M
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very excited to try this place. Loved the "downtown" feel of the restaurant. Was there for 7:45 and the place was buzzin. Seated promptly. Began to check out the decor, and wasn't too impressed with the local art on the walls....to each their own though.

Drinks were served in a reasonable time with the Jessie Street Sour being a nice take on the classic whiskey sour, and the Cosmopolitan here, did not compare to Rae & Jerry's, but was still enjoyed.

With great conversation, the time it took to get the main course was unnoticed....not to mention the bread and paprika-onion butter that was served, helped pass the time.

The server however, did apologize for the wait, and that was unexpected, but pleasant....it's a Saturday night....I understand, it's gonna be busy.

Medium rare sirloin with blue cheese was done quite nicely, but I'm not completely sold on the relationship between the two....was served with potatoes and zucchini slices along side a very sparse array of thinly sliced veggies. The one problem here was that the potatoes were cold in a number of places. I treated it like a potato salad instead, and used the very delicious, and very warm brown gravy as a way to warm up the potatoes.

The Seafood Penne was served with a number of very nice looking crab legs that just seemed to keep coming up, scallops and I believe another shellfish....the sauce however, seemed a little too thin, although that could've been a result of all the pasta that was served in the dish.

Dessert was declined on account of going elsewhere for wafer pie....

All in all it was a nice place to be, but it will be awhile before we decide to return.

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A
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service are excellent. Portion sizes are plentiful and they have the city's best Caesar Salad

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