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About Carino Riserva

Carino Riserva is an Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant located in the Mission neighborhood in Calgary Canada.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Japanese, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 am, Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
22nd Ave SW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 454-7668

Website:
http://www.carinoriserva.ca/

Carino Riserva Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (9)
Cozy (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Neighbourhood Gem (8)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romance (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Healthy (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Group Bookings (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten-Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Lunch (1)
Pre/post-theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

When a friend told me about this Japanese Italian fusion restaurant I wasn’t sure what to expect. The food was great. The staff was very pleasant. It’s small but friendly. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Disappointing. Slow service, not bad. 1 server for entire restaurant, I suspect is not the norm. He was pleasant despite being busy.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 9, 2017

Birthday dinner

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Spicy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Carino Reserva delivers a fusion of hearty Italian cuisine balanced with a delicate Japanese sensibility - quite eclectic and clever and in my opinion, it takes a master. From the seasonal pumpkin salad to the risotto made with Japanese rice, it was delightful. In my opinion, the food is a great value, especially for the level of execution. Portions are elegantly right-sized. So good. So very good. If you've not been, expect to be pleasantly surprised.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was wonderful but service was extremely slow. It took at least 20 minutes before we could order a drink (wine) and once we got that another 20 minutes before we ordered our meals (by flagging down the waitress). There was only one waitress working and she was doing her best - the restaurant was full to capacity and I saw many others vying for the waitress' attention. The food however was delicious. Everything we ate had such wonderful and some unusual flavours. We enjoyed our wine and meals but before I return the service would need to be a lot more prompt and attentive.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My guest changed the meeting time 3 times in a matter of 30 mins, so yay for Open Table being so easy and convenient to make changes. But after all that and after 20 mins of still waiting for my guest(and not being in contact), I left the restaurant. It was one of those days where I just lost patience. I was disappointed because the food certainly smelled very good. The front person was very cordial and understanding and I appreciate still issuing the points. Hope to come back with someone more dependable! From what I could tell from watching the restaurant in action, I don’t think you would go wrong here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 23, 2017

Such friendly owners and staff ! Fresh smartly interestingly prepared food. Fresh arugula on everything. I love it!

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food here is great, unique combinations and delicious. This was our second time here (first time was over a yr ago) and still enjoyed the menu. For appetizers we had the spicy mussels with frites (light-med heat, really good), duck appetizer (very small, could have skipped it). For the mains, seafood pesto gnocci (very good) and duck leg ramen (again great flavor and not too salty, get it w gnocci as the noodles are just udon) and a steak combo (really worth it and good). Prices comparable to other casual fine dining restaurants. Our server was a bit awkward (short haired lady, didn't know the specials of the night and made them sound unappetizing said one item that was deep fried was 'kind of like a chicken nugget' - who would ever order that if it were described that way?) but friendly, not overly present though. Small, unique restaurant, worth a try if you haven't eaten here before.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

So. Damn. Good.

Food4
Ambience2
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our first visit a pleasant surprise. We look forward to dining here again.

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Phenomenal food with friendly service and reasonable prices. A true gem!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was our fourth or fifth time and still love the place. But we did notice something different in the ambiance. Usually we are greeted with a warm and inviting hello and when we leave, one of the chefs would run to the door to open it for us and thank us and bow. It always felt like they knew us personally, which of course they didn’t, but it felt like it. Anyway, there was none of that this time and it was a little disheartening, they didn’t know us anymore, 🙁

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Fantastic and unique dishes! Love this restaurant... we’ll be back

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 20, 2017

A nice restaurand in a great location. The menu choices are impressive and the food was very good. The music was too loud to have a conversation over dinner. Would have liked dessert but we had planned only 1.5 hours and our food was very slow coming out.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We had an excellent meal with great service. We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great place to go on 4 th st sw. Good food and fun atmosphere .

One of my favourites in Calgary

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Scenic View
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 23, 2017

As usual, Carino delivers. Food is always great, no complaints.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service by Edwin! Variety of dishes and fusion flavours are amazing

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food as always. Tasting menu was excellent. Love this restaurant and never had a bad meal ever

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Never disappoints.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 15, 2017

In a word: excellent! There is no need to say anything more.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 15, 2017

4th time here. Perfect meal every time. Fabulous service-considerate, discrete and efficient. The food...divine. Beautiful presentation and flavours that sing. Portion sizes are just right. A table of 4 - we each had a different menu item and each person raved about their meal. Duck done to perfection, gnocchi SO tender and delicious, scallops with perfectly al dente risotto... I highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Good food good service good price point but i have to say the air conditioning wasn't great. Would still go back and plan to on a cooler night to enjoy it even more.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 30, 2017

This place never disappoints, it's always delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Carino never disappoints. By far my favourite restaurant in Calgary. All restaurants that I try in Calgary are put to the t

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Food4
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 1, 2017

I have been here three times now and it’s getting worse and worse every time. The last time was the worst dining experience I've ever had in a long time. As another reviewer mentioned, I felt humiliated by their server. The server was an older man who has waited me and my husband before. He was okay then but it was so bad this time, he just didn’t care. I walked in and stood in front of him for a few minutes before he even looked up and asked if I had a reservation. His service was very slow - I even try to get his attention by raising my hand (a gesture I don’t like doing). The kitchen staff saw me trying to get his attention, talked to him, and still didn’t come over to our table. Sadly, it was just our table he was not nice to. There was a table with a reservation sign with someone’s name (obviously their acquaintance) and he went over there five times while we waited him to come back. He kept coming to the table next to ours, but just go back to the bar when he’s done with the table - even though we try to get his attention by raising our hand. He even looked at us! Perhaps because we were Asian and other customers were non-Asian? The worst part was when we asked for a bill. We asked him to split the bill for what we ordered and he just said he can’t. When I mentioned that the menu says they can (they just can’t do it for a table with more than four people), he said “The menu says a lot of things we don’t do.” He was rude and totally destroyed our dining experience. Food was good but with such a terrible service, my friends and I will not be going back.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Always great food, best quality and perfectly prepared. Service is exceptional with experienced staff. Always something special to try! Great wine list as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 20, 2017

It was the worst dining experience I've ever had. Let me know if you would like to know the details. We felt humiliated by the service, food was pretty bad as well.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Appies were a little bland, but pasta and dessert was great. Need more white wine by the glass on the menu.

Food1
Ambience3
Service2
Value1

 
 (Italy)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The service was very slow, it took 25 minutes before we got the deep fried calamari appetizer and 45 minutes before we got our meal. We were one of the first tables to arrive as well. when the food came, they forgot the squid in the pasta, I had to enquire about this before they made it right which took another 10 minutes.

the nanban was just basically udon noodle soup with a duck leg. It was nothing special and when paired with gnocchi it was just really weird. This is Japanese food fixed with gnocchi, prime example of fusion gone wrong.

The rack of lamb was lacking in its consistency, where the outside 2 pieces are well done and the 2 middle pieces are medium rare. It really shows the chef's lack of skill on handling lamb.

Finally, the pasta's portion really is pathetic. Other than the fact they forgot the squid, the portion was like a kids meal size. We asked for Spaghetti noodles, because the waiter proudly said that they can accommodate any type of noodles, only to be told afterwards they don't have Spaghetti.

Underwhelmed by the food quality and service, and still hungry, I ordered another dish called "Duck Two Ways", including smoked duck breast and seared foie gras. "Seared" was a bad sign. Turned out the foie gras was just a piece of disgusting duck fat. It was not foie gras at all. I wonder if the Japanese chefs really knew what foie gras is.

Another incident that ruined the experience was the chefs started arguing while we were still waiting for our meal. the argument was loud in Japanese and can be heard throughout the small restaurant from the open kitchen. I think they cracked under pressure while cooking.

The chefs' ramen at Carino was fantastic, they really should just stick to what they do best. There are some fundamental issues with the food served at Carino Riserva.

Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We have dined many many times there and were very disappointed with the service and food quality , it was like a totally diffferent place , we found the waitress confused and distracted to get our drink order , a big dumb grin does not fix slow service . The food normally is great but it is like there has been staff changes , sloppy plates , we all had the same pasta dish and each one had a different quantity of prawns , sausage and actual pasta with one of our dishes looking like soup instead of pasta

If the service had been normal we would have been able to get things corrected but too late

Who asks guest if they want coffee with their dessert as they are clearing empty dessert plates

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The rack of lamb was superb again. Great night out for my Birthday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Excellent service and an interesting menu. Prices were reasonable providing high value for creative cuisine. Rack of lamb was the best ever and hot pot appetizer with mussels and sausage was incredibly flavourful. This is our new favourite restaurant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
Food5
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 15, 2017

My husband had the Spaghetti alle Pescatore and I had the Tagliatelle with Italian Sausage Rose Sauce. Our meals were exceptionally delicious and arrived promptly. We were on our way to a hockey game. Excellent value for a reasonable price. Small and cozy with an open kitchen. Will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 9, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we were not disappointed. The food was fantastic we had the lamb rack and the tenderloin and it was some of the best meat that we've had in ages! Wine selection was great and wine by the glass was reasonably priced. The service was friendly and efficient, they knew when to be there and when to leave us alone to enjoy our evening. I didn't get too much of the Japanese influence in our dishes but looking at the menu o think we chose it like that, next time we'all be way more adventurous, highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Carino Riserva was wonderful. You are so warmly welcomed when you arrive and given the most authentic send-off. We did the chef's tasting and it was delicious. The server was extremely perceptive. She automatically sensed that we were friends that were there to catch-up; thus ensuring everything came out in a timely manner and somehow magically appeared only when we needed something. The food is delicious, I must come back to try other things on the the menu. The lamb shank is to die for, delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 4, 2017

An amazing Japanese-Italian restaurant with ever-changing menu features. They take such a creative spin on two classic genres and really make it into a unique dining experience; one that is consistently perfectly executed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 2, 2017

As usual, Owners Mr. Toshi Karino and Mr. Eisaku Kuboki (head chef) along with their accomplished team, were exceptional in every way. Thank you for a great night. Our guests, first timers, enjoyed the experience and meal.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Outstanding Value
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 28, 2017

What a quaint n special place. They acknowledge you when you enter n thank you when you leave. The bruschetta was perfect, the soft crab with rissotto n mussels were delicious, the fries yummy n the char cooked just right! We ended the evening with a tiramisu n it was decadent (small serving but so good it will never be big enough). Highly recommend a visit.

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