Carino Riserva

4.7
313 reviews
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Carino Riserva is an Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant located in the Mission neighborhood in Calgary Canada.
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H
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Wonderful food...incredibly noisy though!

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J
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good experience. Food is very good. Tried some new food. Great tasting. Love it.

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LL
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and love the Italian & Japanese twist!

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KC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! My friend and I loved every dish we got. Definitely coming back to try more

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurant at Calgary and just can’t stop from returning for more. No foodies shall miss out this best kept secret~

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J
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I booked this restaurant nearly two weeks prior to our reservation. In that time, the Menu changed to a Prix Fixe arrangement that (unfortunately) included, among other things, Duck and Foie Gras. I chose this place for Valentines Day. My experiences in the East had me know that this particular course would be chewy and greasy.
Part of me can get my head around this selection, but I was a bit annoyed that despite confirming our reservation the day before, and arriving right on time, it was treated as though we were a surprise. We waited at the front door in full, awkward view of the other diner’s for 12 minutes to have them put cutlery on an already-cleared table. My one “special request” was for nought, and we were seated next to the freezing front doorway.
I have been here a few times before and it will likely be a while before I try it again. Not worth the $100+ per head.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Valentine's Day set menu was amazing. Really like the gyozana and companelle with wagyu meat sauce and truffle oil.

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

This dinner was amazing it was my friends first time to try and he enjoyed it alot. I took pictures of all my foods and I had so many people ask where I went. I'm sure there's gonna be at least 10 people coming there way. The food was so good and hot good flavours. I would recommend this place over and over again. Everything on the menu is worth trying.

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Very nice, unique little restaurant. Portion sizes a little on the small side and could have been more seafood in my dish, but very nice flavours.

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D
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

This restaurant is best on week days. We have been here a few times on the weekend and with only one server it becomes overwhelmed and mistakes happen.

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OT
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Food was inventive and well executed. Service was good even as it got busy later.

This is a regular place for me and never fails to deliver

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C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Amazing food, creative yet simple, really good quality and good quantities too.
Nice and perfect service, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to enjoy a great cuisine - fusion between italian and japanese food !

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I recommend a try for this restaurant. It’s likely you won’t be disappointed. It’s Italian with Japanese flavour. I enjoyed the meal and would go back, but I also went with a good friend so that was a highlight too. Of the two appetizers, gyonzaga (?) and Agedashi Mozzarella, I preferred the mozzarella. Expect to pay $50 pp without drinks.

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c
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Definitely our favourite restaurant in Calgary, never fails to impress. Service is amazing too, we had to wait a few minutes (we were a bit early) and we were treated to some nice sparkling wine while we waited. They really appreciate their customers.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional service and food was great

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OT
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us all had something different. All the dishes were excellent. One ordered Duck Duck and said it was the best he's ever eaten. Wines were a bit expensive but selection was decent.

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AC
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very unique dining experience. Highly recommend the lamb

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PB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fabulous meal, everything was excellent once again, thank you so much!!!!!

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V
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

great meal as always... tasty and beautifully presented!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really goood foood, service was fast and nice small place

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AA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food, slow service but worth the wait. I will go back and would highly recommend.

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OT
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good. Different twist to Italian. Or Japanese, depending on perspective. Excellent service. Food came hot, which is how good food is to be presented.

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GC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice inventive menu with unique flavour combos in a cozy room. Friendly service.

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SW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was fantastic with great attention to detail. The food was delicious with a great selection of different cuisines.

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J
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really love the food, waitress is great but if she could smile would add the last star to the service. I will definitely visit it again.

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d
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

This is a Chinese food restaurant masquerading as a Italian fusion restaurant

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KM
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was good. the one appetizer was still cool in middle. The online menu was very out of date and did not match their current menu

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AF
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Carina is always terrific.
Love the fusion Japanese/Italian food.
Always so creative and delish.

The waitress had a minor screw up with one of our meals but eventually it arrived.

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I have been a fan of the first Carino on Edmonton Trail, and like many fans were very disappointed to bid farewell to such a fine establishment.
First confession: I carried the expectation from Carino to Carino Riserva, on this inaugural visit.
Second confession: I am aware Carino Riserva does Japanese with an Italian twist (still reminiscing the Italian with a Japanese twist of Carino).
Setting: Table of 2
Ordered: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Spicy Duck Nanban, and Rack of Lamb.
How we felt: For starters, the tuna tartare was a very comforting initiation. It was what I had expected from the creator of the first Carino. However, I somewhat disagreed with the thickness of the accompaniment tortilla chips, which required a wee bit too much bite effort.
For mains:
The Spicy Duck Nanban w/ Japanese Pasta (well it's udon). It was overall a nice "gathering" of duck confit, soy-dashi broth, mushrooms, sweet peas, and noodles in a bowl. All these ingredients appeared so meaningful on the menu, but was brought together as individuals and remained individuals in a noodle soup.
Rack of Lamb: This was the biggest disappointment. Lamb chops itself were done alright. But to serve them on a Edo Japan-style (yes, I mean the fast-food chain) stir-fried cabbage, bean sprouts and peppers with Mongolian BBQ Sauce (Genghis Khan?) and avocado sushi roll. My sushi rolls soaked up the watery BBQ sauce. It was a story so confusing, assembled so awkwardly to the point I felt annoyed that I could not understand this dish at all. And, more frustrating was that it was a $30 dish of lamb chops on chop suey.

It was an anticipated night out, and we chose Carino Riserva because we miss Carino. We truly appreciated the passion, commitment to details and dining experience we had at Carino. Back then, every ingredient was meaningful, every plated item had a role. After an appetizer, and 2 main courses, and $70 short - we left still hungry for the magic of fusion cuisine that Carino once perfected.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Food was just ok at best and customer service was horrible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A really unique, cozy, restaurant. The menu looked gimmicky at first glance, but is executed beautifully. It might not be what some people would call ‘authentic’ but it was a great meal, and I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. The best will find in Calgary

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F
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food took too long, food was nothing special and price was high for the quality. Menu did not have more than one vegetarian options.

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I
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came here for our anniversary dinner on Friday night. Had the tasting menu and although every course was good my favourite was the sphagetti w wagu and fish tacos. Each course was good size and left very full.
Next time we go will definitely check out items from menu as a lot of them sounded pretty interesting. But as our first time there decided to try tasting menu
Only minor negative -it was pretty crowded and tables are close together. Noise level was fairly loud but not so bad we couldn't hear each other. Will definitely return to check out other dishes.

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SS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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SM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was delicious. They really need more than one server. All the customers in the restaurant waited at every step of the dinner from arriving and waiting to be seated until waiting to pay the bill.

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D
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We live in the neighbourhood but had not been here in the 4 years since it’s been open. This is fusion at its creative best - a full range of flavours. Full of appreciative customers with latecomers having to be turned away.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great tasting food, very reasonable priced, big portions, and great service.

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LT
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely and super exceptional as always! Tonight we were able to also secure us some creme brûlée for dessert which was fantastic! Fave place ever!

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VA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Italian/Japanese fusion food- specials always good and interesting, price good for the excellent quality

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