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Cafe Carlo, Winnipeg, MB

Cafe Carlo

4.8
4.8
1871 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (204) 477-5544

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Dave Hyde

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    Entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 30-45... Some restrictions apply

  • Private party contact

    Joel Boulet: (204) 477-5544

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy/Corydon Village

  • Cross Street

    Corydon

  • Parking Details

    Parking is available on Lilac and surrounding streets as well as the lot across the street

  • Public Transit

    Corner of Corydon Avenue and Lilac Street

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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Menu

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Plates to Share

  • Steak Bites$18.00

    ancho chile, garlic & peanut salsa

    • Fried Chicken$18.00

      boneless, pickle brine, buttermilk, dill butter, bacon jam

      • PEI Mussels$16.00

        choose from Pernod cream sauce OR "Diablo" tomato sauce

        • Bruschetta$18.00

          with pesto, tomato, artichoke, spicy eggplant, goat cheese & mozzarella

          • Sticky Prawns$17.00

            spicy pineapple sauce

            • Fish Tacos$18.00

              house made shells, crispy pickerel, tomato, romaine, chipotle crema

              • Pan Fried Broccoli$16.00

                ginger, jalapeno, roasted garlic & pecan

                • Spring Rolls$15.00

                  with pork, vegetables & chile sauce

                  • Calamari$14.00

                    with aioli

                    • Fried Onions$10.00

                      with tomato-apple ketchup

                      Soups & Salads

                      • Corn & Chorizo Soup

                        • Cup$10.00
                        • Bowl$12.00
                      • Mixed Greens$10.00

                        with creamy dill dressing

                        • Goat Cheese Salad$18.00

                          beets, tomato, cucumber, pine nuts, arugula & balsamic vinaigrette

                          • Seafood Chowder

                            • Cup$10.00
                            • Bowl$15.00
                          • Caesar Salad$10.00

                            with spicy anchovy bread crumbs

                            • Poached Salmon Salad$18.00

                              with capers, red onion, tomato, cucumber & creamy dill dressing

                              • Quinoa Salad$18.00

                                with arugula, edamame, broccoli, red cabbage, chick peas, seeds, almonds, currants, sweet pepper, onion, feta & sherry vinaigrette

                                Pastas & Entrées

                                • Seafood Penne$33.00

                                  baked with crab, lobster, scallops, prawns & herb cream

                                  • Gnocchi$24.00

                                    with pesto cream or braised beef ragu

                                    • Pappardelle$25.00

                                      with chicken, broccoli, almonds, apple & raisins, mild curry cream sauce

                                      • Spag Boo$24.00

                                        with artichoke, spicy eggplant, feta, onion, peppers, olives, sun dried tomato olio

                                        • Fett Chile$26.00

                                          World Famous fettuccine with chicken, chorizo, cashews & roasted red peppers in chile cream sauce

                                          • Meaty Penne$26.00

                                            baked with hot Italian sausage, smoked bacon, veal bolognese & cheeses

                                            • Ravioli$25.00

                                              filled with butternut squash & ricotta in mushroom-hazelnut sauce brown butter

                                              • Vong$21.00

                                                linguine with clams, wine & garlic

                                                • Baby Mac & Cheese$16.00

                                                  simple, small, delicious

                                                  • The Fantasy--Spring Rolls, Caesar Salad, Fett Chile and Crème Brulee$45.00

                                                    no substitutions

                                                    • Pickerel$31.00

                                                      brown butter, prairie pilaf, veg

                                                      • Rack of Lamb$39.00

                                                        with Dijon demi-glace, mint chimichurri, mashed potato, veg

                                                        • Full Rack$48.00
                                                      • Beef Tenderloin$42.00

                                                        house cut with mushroom demi-glace, fries or mashed, veg

                                                        • Veal Chop Schnitzel$39.00

                                                          lemon-caper sauce, spaetzle, veg

                                                          • Pesto Chicken$31.00

                                                            boneless breast, goat cheese, lemon sauce, spaetzle, veg

                                                            Last updated: February 4, 2022

                                                            What 1,871 people are saying

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                                                            • 4.8Service
                                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                                            • 4.6Value

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                                                              Sher

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                              overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                              Reserved and stated it was for a birthday and yet no mention of it while there, I tried a new dish this time (Vong) and was very disappointed, I thought it was tasteless and very soupy. Our reservation was 830 and felt like we should leave as the restaurant was clearing out and felt a little rushed towards end of our dinner. Not the experience I am used to at this establishment., was truthfully disappointed. Thanks

                                                            2. CL

                                                              CameronL

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Service was great, food was good as always, staff was welcoming. Drinks were awesome.

                                                            3. KB

                                                              KendallB

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Fantastic as always!

                                                            4. LJ

                                                              LJFargo

                                                              Fargo

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had an amazing server and a delicious meal

                                                            5. KH

                                                              KatherineH

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We enjoyed all the elements of the evening. The food was delicious. We ordered appetizers, soup and salad. My favourite was the pan-fried broccoli but everything was delicious. The wine" Hedonist" paired perfectly. The staff were wonderful as well. We will return very soon. Katherine Hellmuth

                                                            6. HF

                                                              HeatherF

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Café Carlo is reliably fine, excellent food and service, a cut above but not stuffy.

                                                            7. SF

                                                              ScottF

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Fantastic Food, Service and Ambience. Always consistently excellent.

                                                            8. TB

                                                              TamaraB

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Everything about Cafe Carlo was great! This was my first time here and the service and food were outstanding. I will definitely be going back.

                                                            9. LM

                                                              LuciaM

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              This was a really nice meal and service very good. Just a little too loud but still pleasant. Will go back again.

                                                            10. M

                                                              Mimi

                                                              Las Vegas

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Date night with my husband

                                                            11. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We came to celebrate my sisters 40th birthday. The service was friendly and quick. The place was packed and there was a minimal wait between appetizers to entrees to desserts. Food was on point. Every single one of us absolutely loved our dishes we ordered and talked about what we would try next time we came. It was a wonderful experience start to finish.

                                                            12. L

                                                              Lindyloo

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              6 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Very difficult decision on what to eat. Everything sounded so good.

                                                            13. n

                                                              nfriesen1

                                                              Minneapolis

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Incredible food and service! We would highly recommend Cafe Carlo to others. The rack of lamb was amazing and the peach, apple and sour cherry crisp was an incredible dessert. Our baby gave the mashed potatoes and the crisp 5 stars!

                                                            14. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Our server was Tara and she was absolutely fantastic. She was friendly and charming. The food was incredible and everything came very promptly. Would absolutely recommend. 10/10.

                                                            15. L

                                                              Lovefood

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Wonderful evening! Great food, and great service!

                                                            16. WC

                                                              WildaC

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Lovely way to celebrate Mother's Day. We enjoyed the seafood penne and Fett Chile. A bit noisy but lively.

                                                            17. F

                                                              Foodie

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Great little restaurant with excellent food, great value. We’ll be back again!

                                                            18. A

                                                              Aerosmith

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We always love going to Cafe Carlo. The food and service are excellent. We always order the fet chili and seafood penne along with a Rusty Nail ! We love that place.

                                                            19. B

                                                              Bobbie

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              I challenge anyone to find a better seafood chowder!!

                                                            20. JG

                                                              JudyG

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great menu and excellent serving staff. Would recommend the Fett Chile.

                                                            21. C

                                                              Carm

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Delicious food, great ambiance and excellent and friendly service!

                                                            22. KG

                                                              KeithG

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Had a business dinner there. Client loved it, service was impeccable. Thank you so much for a great evening!

                                                            23. JS

                                                              JanetS

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Besides the ambiance and the food being perfect..all the time, I have to mention Bonnie. She was exceptional, friendly and gave us the time we needed ,while busy with other guests! We overstayed our welcome, but she did not rush us out. We apologized but she said it was fine and all guests had tables, so we were good. We had a friend in from B.C. who was very impressed with the food, the restaurant, and I ahve to say...with Bonnie! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

                                                            24. MA

                                                              MAC16

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Bonnie was a fantastic server and the food was outstanding!

                                                            25. GW

                                                              GuyW

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Cafe Carlos has become a repeat favorite for us in the last couple of years. We had forgotten how special it is while we tried a number of other great restaurants in the past few years, but we're back and we love it. Its not inexpensive, but also not overly priced, leaving us to believe it is a perfect example of getting what you pay for. We enjoy a number of plates, with the Chile Fett being our favorite. Everything went well during our last visit - if we had to complain about anything it would be that the wonderful bread was not heated - but still delicious. Everything else was excellent!

                                                            26. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Best pasta in Winnipeg

                                                            27. K

                                                              Karenlynn

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              This has been, and continues to be, an outstanding restaurant in the Winnipeg dining landscape.

                                                            28. BV

                                                              BenV

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Fabulous food. Fairly priced. I’ve never had better service at any other restaurant

                                                            29. JK

                                                              JamieK

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              The food and service was amazing. Definitely recommend!

                                                            30. EF

                                                              EllenF

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The Fett Chile was delicious - just the right level of spice and truly delicious chorizo sausage.

                                                            31. D

                                                              Donna

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent service, excellent food Would highly recommend

                                                            32. E

                                                              Emmona

                                                              Vancouver

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              As always, we had an amazing time. Would recommend without hesitation!

                                                            33. CB

                                                              CarriBeary

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Best pasta! Lovely service! Exceeded our expectations.

                                                            34. M

                                                              Mdowred

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                              overall4food3service3ambience5

                                                              Lovely server but got our order wrong TWICE !! Forgot my salad and then my meal was made with the allergen I specifically notified them of.

                                                            35. NC

                                                              NanC

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              From the warm greeting to being seated at my favourite corner table, our visit at CC was perfect in every way! The evening’s specials were genius!

                                                            36. MW

                                                              MichelleW

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              I have yet to have a less than amazing meal here. Love the food, service, and relaxed atmosphere. Honestly, Winnipeg’s best restaurant. You have my heart☺️

                                                              Cafe CarloResponded on April 28, 2022

                                                              Thank you Michelle...I think it is you that has our heart!

                                                            37. SC

                                                              ScottC

                                                              Las Vegas

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Very enjoyable evening with friends . Great food and wine

                                                            38. R

                                                              Rico

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                              The menu provides an excellent variety. We started with the spring roll appetizers, followed by the evening special, halibut with asparagus and risotto. The fish was cooked to perfection. The risotto had a bit of a kick. That was a welcomed change to the bland risotto's that you usually run across. Unfortunately, it did not complement the fish well. That, however, did not ruin the meal. There was two prominent characters in my entrée competing for centre stage. The service was great. It was a great evening out and a nice change from the food chain restaurants that try to pass themselves off as classy eating establishments.

                                                            39. LM

                                                              LisaM

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                              My food was fine. I feel less fine now that I am forced to use 50 characters. The food was unremarkable, non of the cocktails appealed, and I thought 2 tiny scallops in seafood penne was on the cheap side. It was $100 per person for ‘fine’. Oh and as to whether or not I would recommend it, actually the answer is maybe.

                                                            40. CG

                                                              ChristineG

                                                              Manitoba

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Fabulous Good Friday feast. So nice to see that dinner return!

                                                            Safety precautions

                                                            • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                              • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                              • Contactless payment available
                                                            • Screening

                                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                              • Staff is vaccinated

                                                            FAQs

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

                                                            Cafe Carlo is rated 4.8 stars by 1871 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Cafe Carlo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                            Google Map for Cafe Carlo

                                                            243 Lilac Street Winnipeg, MB R3M 2S2

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Cross Street

                                                              Corydon

                                                            • Neighbourhood

                                                              Little Italy/Corydon Village

                                                            • Hours of Operation

                                                              Lunch Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Italian, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                            • Dress Code

                                                              Casual Dress

                                                            • Parking Details

                                                              Parking is available on Lilac and surrounding streets as well as the lot across the street

                                                            • Public Transit

                                                              Corner of Corydon Avenue and Lilac Street

                                                            • Payment Options

                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive Chef

                                                              Dave Hyde

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

                                                            • Phone number

                                                              (204) 477-5544

                                                            • Catering

                                                              Please contact the restaurant for more details.

                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                              Entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 30-45... Some restrictions apply

                                                            • Private party contact

                                                              Joel Boulet: (204) 477-5544

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