Cafe Carlo

4.7
1384 reviews
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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.
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my husband. Staff very friendly and great service and excellent food!

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OT
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, wine, and service.

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BD
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The poached salmon salad was excellent, service was Top notch and our server was great.....HIGHLY recommend...Betty Dmytriw👍🏻👍🏻

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DW
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always great at this restaurant and remains one of our favourites.

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

Fantastic experience. Loved the Fantasy meal!!!

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LM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good, albeit overpriced in terms of portions. Service was good. Can get the same quality of food, ambience, service and larger portion sizes at other comparable Winnipeg restaurants for a lot less. Noise levels weren't conducive for conversation unless we raised our voices. Definitely not a place for an intimate dining experience, at least on a Friday night. First time there, and it will not become a regular restaurant for us when dining out in the evening.

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SN
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. I would come back here again!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent I would recommend it to friends and family, keep up the great work.

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b
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been a fan of Cafe Carlo and first went in 1989, shortly after it opened and used to go frequently. I haven't been to Cafe Carlo for 4 or 5 years and I don't know why because I realized how great Cafe Carlo is. All the dishes our foursome ordered were excellent, the service was attentive and timely and the atmosphere was conducive to great conversation. Thanks Cafe Carlo -- I won't so long to come back.

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A
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always enjoy going to Cafe Carlo. We love the food. Bonnie is a fabulous waitress.

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D
Manitoba
29 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Date with a girlfriend. Food and service amazing as always!
Had the pork cutlet special soooo good!

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PI
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

The food is for sure amazing, but the service and small venue is quite off putting. It was very loud given how the food is quite expensive I feel I didn't really get my moneys worth.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had been to Cafe Carlo before and had loved it so it seemed like the perfect spot to book a table for my birthday dinner with friends. Our server was very friendly and attentive. My friend and I ordered the exact same dish yet they came out looking completely different. I’d had the dish previously and knew it was good, but when it came, I was very disappointed. It was very plain and lacked the flavour and the spice that was promised. I believe the dish was $24. I felt like I could’ve made something for less money and with more taste at home with a store bought jar of pasta sauce.

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CB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was very flavourful! We started with the calamari and it was delicious. I had the seafood penne and was impressed. My husband had the Fett Chile and while it was super tasty, the temperature wasn’t consistent... the pasta was hot, the sauce lukewarm, and the chorizo was cold inside. Overall it didn’t ruin the meal and wasn’t a big enough deal to mention to the server. It was a busy night and our server started out great, but seemed to forget we were her table. Our drinks were empty when she cleared our plates, but we had to wait (with empty drinks and water) 15-20 minutes before she came back to ask if we wanted anything else... despite the fact that she walked by us a dozen times. I was especially disappointed as we wanted another drink and dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My wife and I went there when we were dating and went back to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
Great atmosphere, interesting art on the walls, and the food was excellent. The Fett Chile was great. Recommend the chicken and potato waffle sharing plate, which was amazing.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

First time we had gone to Cafe Carol it was a referral from a family member. I booked the table online with opentable and indicated that we were celebrating 2 birthdays people in the party of 4. I was surprise that we were not asked if we were celebrating a special occasion or if it was our first time there. Is this information not communicated with the restaurant? If not that is really a miss on an opportunity to win new clients over with a special item, dessert or whatever for the birthday person would have been a nice touch. Food was good it is a small place and the noise is fairly loud. Our service was good but again not out of the ordinary.

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JU
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been here on numerous occasions and it has never disappointed.

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k
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Haven't been back for over a year and I don't know why!!! Food was excellent ... yes I had the famous fett Chile pasta ... and my partner was thrilled by the chicken special. Wonderful server and just a great feeling of comfort in a very cool cafe. Excellent wine choices and must try cocktails.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Our waitress was outstanding ( I’ve forgotten her name, slim long brown hair) and the food was delicious! 6 of us and every meal was outstanding:)

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j
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was awesome. We were there for our anniversay. We were there early afternoon and we were on our own for much of the day, which was really nice. Food is fantastic. Always loved it here.

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NC
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch or dinner, one can't go wrong with Café Carlo. Incredible staff who expertly and warmly guide your experience; superior kitchen creating consistent and delicious plates; great location....honestly - everything on the menu is honed to perfection.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal great location, cool art on the walls. Definitely love this place!

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ES
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the fish tacos, great Caeser salad and awesome pastas!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was full when I was there and this time I found it was quite noisy as opposed to previous times I have been there. That could have been due to a table of 6 men seated next to us who all had to
try to drown each other out.

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BW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good, pickerel sandwich would be better if it was pan fried instead of battered and deep fried. Thought prices a little high.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Cafe Carlo to celebrate Mother's Day, and we had the best time! The food, ambiance, art work and service were amazing.

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KE
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Cafe Carlo is one of our favorite places to dine. Never had a bad meal! And we've been lots! Atmosphere is very inviting. Staff are welcoming. Service usually perfect. Slips a bit if too busy...

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CH
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was fantastic, especially the seafood chowder. Service was fantastic. Hadn't been to Cafe in a bit.

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PR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

We were celebrating an anniversary and hoped for a quiet place to eat outstanding food and talk. The food was great but the noise too loud for normal conversation. So we'll be back in a crowd but won't be back for an intimate dinner.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a fantastic experience at Cafe Carlo! As visitors to Winnipeg for a conference I was looking for a restaurant that would be appropriate for work, appeal to everyone and not a chain. Cafe Carlo was perfect. The service was impeccable and the food divine. Thank you for a great evening!

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BW
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the Fet!

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first visit at Cafe Carlo. We will definitely go back. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food, good Portions with Nice Ambiance. Great Service

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere could use better lighting at the table. Overall enjoyable experience.

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CB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a beautiful anniversary dinner with my husband. Was perfect!

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ES
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, on the recomendation of a friend. We loved the ambience and the food was great. We took our servers advice on our menu choices, and were extremely happy with the food.Our mixed drimks were also well prepared.
I loved the art on the walls from a local artist.
I'll be back for the FIsh Tacos alone!

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MM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely appetizers. My friends enjoyed their meals. I loved my beet salad. However, ravioli dish wasnt the best. Dough was too thick.

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was lovely. The only criticism I would have is that my companion should have been given a new glass for his second glass of wine. Otherwise, a stellar experience. We love this restaurant!

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BB
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time for my Mom and daughter who really enjoyed their dinner. Second time for us. Everyone had a different pasta, and all were very pleased with meals.

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GS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Carlo is our Go To place. The food is always delicious and fresh. They have some exotic twists to presentation and sides, like spaetzle. They have a good selection of pasta and salads. Last time we dined with friends, got our favourite table, a beautiful bottle of Spanish red, crispy shrimp for a lovely appetizer. We all ordered racks of lamb. They were done perfectly to our specifications.
Three of the Four indulged in Cafe Carlo’s desserts, flourless chocolate cake and cream brûlé which were heavenly. I could hear their sighs and murmurs of contentment. The staff is considerate, we sat at the bar a few minutes waiting for our table, but not for long at all and they apologized for the wait but moved us over efficiently. They are accommodating and friendly and always make their guests feel comfortable.
I highly recommend Cafe Carlo for fun and great food. We’ll be back soon!

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