Cafe Carlo

4.5
1187 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(204) 477-5544
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Dave Hyde
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Private Party Facilities
Entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 30-45... Some restrictions apply
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Private Party Contact
Joel Boulet: (204) 477-5544
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Corydon
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Parking Details
Parking is available on Lilac and surrounding streets as well as the lot across the street
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Public Transit
Corner of Corydon Avenue and Lilac Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1187 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was recommended from a family member. Had the Fett Chile and a glass of the house white. Both were fantastic and would highly recommend. Make reservations as this place is busy.

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LJ
Manitoba
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Like previous reviews, the Clam chowder is outstanding and definitely a must have. It’s super flavourful and thickened with cream, like it should be - not flour! The ravioli was also delicious and service was attentive but not over bearing.

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TB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Not my first visit and certainly not my last. Service was great. selection excellent. If I had a complaint it would be the food temperature. Not piping hot like usual. We were in a bit of a hurry. I would have asked for it to be heated up. It was good not the usual great.

Not enough to never return. My work counterpart from Toronto was impressed.

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LB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal, terrific service....wonderful dining experience.

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CV
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Loved the steak and the fett chili-our favorites. Never disappoints <3

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BP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went to Cafe Carlos for a birthday celebration, and had a reservation made a day before. Service was excellent, the food was very good and timely served, the noise level was moderately high. The downside was our table was the one right by the front door, and the outdoor temperature was cool, so every time the door opened we got a cold draft. Another table farther from the door would have been better.

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S
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We Have loved it for years and will go again and again! Just love the place.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Was very excited to eat all the seafood. My date was cute and it was fun. Very fun. Will return very soon. Hopefully with the same date :)

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent fresh DELICIOUS food, excellent knowledgeable servers! LOVE Cafe Carlo every time, top notch!!

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CD
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went here for the first time and really enjoyed the service and the food. I've wanted to go to this restaurant and try it out for quite some time and I wasn't disappointed. I ordered the fish tacos and they were quite different than I've had before but were so good. My friend ordered the Mexican breakfast and it was huge and amazing! The prices are a wee bit high with not much option for lower priced items, but the food itself is worth every penny!

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D
Manitoba
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our food as always and the waitress was lovely!!

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JT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Winnipeg! Always delicious and great service!

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v
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great lunch with friends. Met other acquaintances. Love the neighbourhood feel. Delicious food. Lingered over coffee and server offered several refills. Cafe Carlos is a regular spot for us.

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D
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great service. Exceptionally friendly and professional servers. Unique and tasty food choices at reasonable rates. My wife and I go thera couple times per year.

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E
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

We went with friends to celebrate our anniversaries. We had not been in a long time as we had issues with service back then however we decided to give it a try.
Our server was friendly but we rarely saw her. It was necessary to wave her down to ask for service. The food was adequate. Red wine was served cold. Desserts were served to the wrong person who ordered.
Bathrooms were very unclean and both smelled of built up uric acid. At the end of our meal the softer music that was playing since we arrived was changed to loud, offensive rap. We got the message. We won't be back. There are many restaurants in Winnipeg that not only provide better food and service but also appreciate all clients from the beginning to end or their visit. Cafe Carlo does not from our visit.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Our waitress was very rushed!
She kept coming to our table Constantly and asking us if we were done in the meanwhile we had tons of food still left on the table she made it very non relaxing!!
She was always interrupting our conversation to ask us if we were done!
Never told us the special tacos were served cold!
I preferred it hot would not have ordered it if I knew it was served cold!
She was also very abrupt!!
Love cafe Carlos this is our first time we did not enjoy our meal or the service!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. The food and service were great. I will definitely be back.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

It's a good quiet place with a cozy ambience. Had the seafood penne for dinner and I was impressed with the variety of seafoods in it but the taste was just Ok. The cream sauce was runny and I didn't quite the idea of it being put in the oven before serving as it almost burned the roof of my mouth lol. The servers are very friendly though. Wish they had something as a birthday freebie lol.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was lovely. Had a dinner with some girl friends and we laughed together and enjoyed our pasta dishes. The fetti-Chile was delicious!! Server was very kind and attentive.

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great date night. Pricey but worth it, food was great, service on point and a cozy ambiance. Sound proofing worked wonders for the small and busy place that it is.

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B
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner. Shared some plates. More than enough. Excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Anniversary

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OT
Manitoba
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Arrived early. Once they sorted out a few things we were seated prior to our reservation time. The cafe was busy so it is overall a bit noisy. The service and food was very good. I enjoyed the corn & chorizo soup ! ...it has a bit of heat, so beware if you aren’t into a bit if spice. We’ll be back !!

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our pasta dishes were both hot and delicious, seafood penne as well as the meat penne. The beet salad was full of beets, goat cheese, cucumber, tomatoes wonderful flavour. Desserts looked inviting but too full after main course, another time!

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B
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Bonnie took great care of us and made the evening that much better. Delicious!

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CM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have dined here quite often. Never fails! Very, very good, with a wonderful staff.

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A
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an excellent evening with great tasting food! Great service and very quaint. We celebrated my daughters birthday there as her choice. Having never been myself I will definitely be back. Thank you.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant and the food was incredible. Loved the crab rolls. We will definitely be making a visit in the near future.

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SP
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food served well with attentive but not intrusive wait staff.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Cafe Carlo. The food and service are always great.

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J
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

You get what you pay for...fresh, tasty, and looks great on the plate.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Had to wait a bit for our table to be ready. Took a bit to get a drink at the bar but otherwise the rest of the service was great. Would highly recommend it to friends

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K
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time to Cafe Carlos and we definitely be back for more great food and service. Thanks for making our evening special.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional is about all I can say. My wife and I have been customers of Cafe Carlo for 27 years and we were as impressed last night as we were almost 3 decades ago. Fantastic.

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B
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience. We were seated in the back corner which allowed a good view of all the artwork. We ordered the Fish Tacos and shared The Fantasy. The Fish Taco was fantastic! Clearly restaurant made shells and tortillas with fried fish and garnished well. The Fantasy came with spring rolls and a spicy dip which was great. The Caesar salad was ok. No complaints. The Fete Chile has a really good and creamy sauce that was slightly spicy. The sauce was fantastic but the chicken a little dry. The chorizo was good. The Creme brûlée was scrumptious. We also wanted to order the Chocolate Obsession desert but ran out of time.

All in all a great dining experience.

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great service and ambience, though the food was underwhelming and in my view overpriced. After a few glasses of wine, my wife and I racked up a $125.00 bill for what turned out to be a very mediocre meal.

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L
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual Cafe Carlo impressed. The seafood chowder is by far the best I have ever had.

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DU
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual the food, the service and the ambiance were spectacular! Always love taking out of town guests here for dinner. It’s a gem! Our server was absolutely divine.

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BK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience provided by this local gem is worthy of the meals that it presented. Wonderful flavour, great service and lovely food pairings brought our special occasion with long lost friends back to light.

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Two couples for a birthday celebration. Food was all excellent and service was terrific. Highly recommended!

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