Cafe Carlo

4.8
1680 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.

Support Cafe Carlo during COVID-19

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 1680 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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PaulD
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. Server was amazing and made a meal off menu that was from 10 years ago. Favourite spot in the city.

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AshleighK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent evening! Food was outstanding. So many dessert options! First time here and will happily order takeout. Please support!

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DanielleA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Carlo never disappoints! The Fantasy combo is great value for your money! (It's really enough for 2 people!) The pasta was perfectly done, as always. Consistent presentation and flavour. Usually there is more ambience and people watching but due to Covid, quieter than usual this past visit. Our waiter was fantastic, attentive and friendly, made up for the quiet atmosphere. Always recommend!

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A very nice evening with my 20 year old son-good food, great service, great conversation. Love the Franklin Fernando art!

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Cibo
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Our waitress was wonderful

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BruceH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great and Bonnie our server was phenomenal!!

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NanC
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the warm greeting to the amazing “special WildFit” dinner the chef created, it was a perfect dining out experience.
During these challenging times, I felt totally safe and cared for in terms of Covid protocol.
Thanks for an amazing night out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s our favourite

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WilliamS
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

All was very good as it usually is at Cafe Carlo. I don’t like to give perfect marks too freely but they get closer than most. A minor criticism would be to make sure that the Creme Brûlée was totally smooth.

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BarbaraB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

As always we had a lovely meal and great service, thank you. All the servers and staff are professional and very friendly.

I was a concerned however about the use of rigid clear plastic masks worn by some staff. I do not believe these are proper for food service as they allow air flow in and out of the mask. Masks are meant to fit tightly and reduce disbursement of airborne viruses.

I was very uncomfortable whenever our server approached the table. So, unfortunately I cannot return if this style of mask is being worn at the restaurant as I feel wearing an ill fitting mask is the same as not wearing a mask. Also it was sort of creepy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Cafe Carlo delivered a great dining experience. The various meals our group had were all excellent, our server was knowledgeable and delivered personal yet not intrusive service and the ambience was comfortable and charming as usual. The COVID-19 protocols were followed to a tee and our group felt very comfortable dining there.

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JoanV
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are always impressed by the qyaloty gourmet foods, impaccable service and love the place! One of our fave places to eat!

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Rick
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great. the lamb was outstanding!! Caesar salad was great. Super quick service. Ravioli was great as well. I usually have the meat penne which is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly wait staff and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Such a charming place. I look forward to the different flavours of butter with the bread!

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RobynG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The staff were attentive and respectful. Dinner was a treat with all the cooking we are doing at home. Thoroughly enjoyed our night out.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious and staff was knowledgeable, professional and enthusiastic. Our reservation was for 6pm on a Friday night. It was relatively quiet until about 7:30.

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DarrenF
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Very clean with good COVID precautions. Definitely felt safe eating here. Highly recommended.

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MelissaD
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. The Spring Rolls are amazing!

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MikeM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Once again, when we've wanted something a bit special, Cafe Carlo has provided the food, the service and the (newly-quieter) ambience to create another great memory.
Many thanks from Mike and Cindy

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TDHub
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Celebrate our anniversary here every year.

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AngelicaHJ
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belated birthday celebrations

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HELMIENED
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great Service was amazing
Will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The mussels are delicious and the staff is extra friendly!

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ALISSA
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous, as always. Our favorite place for a nice dinner out!!

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PamG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating a book being published.

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SandraF
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have had dinner a couple of times this summer and enjoyed the food, service and ambience. I had the dinner special which was pork medallions with blueberry burnt butter, buttermilk mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was so delicious! I also enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli at my other visit. Great food! Can't wait to go back!

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MichelleA
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Restaurant has well spaced the tables. Menu was full as it was before COVID. Portions are still decent. We both decided on the seafood penne which was very good....ample amount of lemony cream sauce. The only reason for less than a full 5 star rating was due to the seafood being overdone and hard. I was expecting more tender morsels for the $33 plate price. paired it with the rose. Tres bien!

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Margaux
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was amazing, the food is delicious! Can’t say enough how much everyone should try this place !

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BrentB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favourite place. The food, staff and ambiance is outstanding.

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vipBirgitD
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bonnie, as usual, personified professionalism !!!

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vipJiriczech
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I have been coming here for years. Our favorite place to eat in the city. Service is always great and the food always just as good.

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marcc
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Waitress seemed new and was a little slow managing all her tables...
But we go there regularly for the food...

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, wonderful, friendly service and great food!

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BruceC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and value. Consistent over last three decades and have kept special recipes over all years such as seafood soup and variety of pasta dishes like seafood pastas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best mussels Ive ever had hands down. 100% recommend mmm!

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JillianB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food is excellent as per usual!
It’s always too cold in there though and sometimes the service is too fast, I sometimes get my salad and bread and main almost at the same time. I understand turnaround is important for them but I want to enjoy my entire meal!
Service is always very kind though and I still love going there!

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MikeProkopetz
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was perfect and timely! Plus many delicious options making it tough to choose! Thus, I have to go back! Service was impeccable! Cafe Carlo was one of my best dining experiences of all time! Also, there was an interesting item on the chefs special menu..."Buy a round for the kitchen"...which was the first thing I ordered. This tells me the owner truly cares about the staff!!!

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BarbaraB
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and really enjoyed our server, Bonnie, thank you

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JazzminD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is great! There was one server and you still felt taken care of ! She knew her stuff and made great recommendations! Definitely going to come back

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Carlo using the Order Online button. Cafe Carlo also offers delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. 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 1680 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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