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About Carino Riserva
Carino Riserva is an Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant located in the Mission neighborhood in Calgary Canada.
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
22nd Ave SW
CAN$30 and under
Carino Riserva Ratings and Reviews
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.
Disappointing. Slow service, not bad. 1 server for entire restaurant, I suspect is not the norm. He was pleasant despite being busy.
First time at this restaurant. Would highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
Such friendly owners and staff ! Fresh smartly interestingly prepared food. Fresh arugula on everything. I love it!
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.
So. Damn. Good.
Our first visit a pleasant surprise. We look forward to dining here again.
Phenomenal food with friendly service and reasonable prices. A true gem!
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, 🙁
Fantastic and unique dishes! Love this restaurant... we’ll be back
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.
We had an excellent meal with great service. We'll be back!
Great place to go on 4 th st sw. Good food and fun atmosphere .
One of my favourites in Calgary
As usual, Carino delivers. Food is always great, no complaints.
Delicious food and excellent service by Edwin! Variety of dishes and fusion flavours are amazing
Great food as always. Tasting menu was excellent. Love this restaurant and never had a bad meal ever
In a word: excellent! There is no need to say anything more.
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!
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.
This place never disappoints, it's always delicious!
Carino never disappoints. By far my favourite restaurant in Calgary. All restaurants that I try in Calgary are put to the t
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.
Always great food, best quality and perfectly prepared. Service is exceptional with experienced staff. Always something special to try! Great wine list as well.
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.
Appies were a little bland, but pasta and dessert was great. Need more white wine by the glass on the menu.
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.
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
The rack of lamb was superb again. Great night out for my Birthday.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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