Carino

4.8
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Italian
Carino is an Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant located in the Mission neighborhood in Calgary Canada.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DA
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

We don't come here enough. The chef/owner is imaginative and very efficient. I would highly recommend this restaurant (in its new space) to anyone. The new location should allow him and his staff to really expand and showcase what honest fusion cuisine can be!!
Side note: two of our staffers ate there, bookend our visit and raved about it. One was a four top with two young adults and the other was a four top of mature adults. Everyone was very impressed.
Cheers
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m
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magdalena and the whole crew who were working the day I went were incredible. Such wonderful, kind and attentive servers. I ordered the Kaiseki, and everything was absolutely delicious.

CM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We decided to try this restaurant based on raving reviews from friends and the public. We were disappointed although some of the dishes are quite good. The mussels appetizer has a very nice spicy tomato broth. The Agedeshi mozzarella was nice as well. The gyoza dinner on the special menu was disappointing, the dumplings were actually cold inside! The $49 steak was very ordinary and nothing special so we did not think it's a good value. The worst was the ice cream puff dessert. The puff pastry felt very old and not fresh at all!

The restaurant is also very understaffed with only 2 servers for the whole place. The servers tried very hard but they were too busy to even refill water and it was not easy to get their attention.

Overall we were not impressed but I am willing to give it another try perhaps on a less busy night.

SS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy Carino.

CT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant!

V
Calgary
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service, great new location is more spacious!

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious fusion. Lots of favor and depth in each dish.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a great time. The ambiance and the food were great

US
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Japanese-Italian fusion dishes were excellent combinations!

l
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had another wonderful meal at Carino Riserva this evening. We really enjoyed the Spicy Tuna Tartare, Seafood Spaghetti special, and Pescatore with Curry Risotto. The Chef's dessert was also delicious. Twiggy was our server and provided us with great service, even though the restaurant was full. We look forward to going to their new, bigger location (just a few doors down) which should open soon. Keep up the good work!

S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent- although more Italian than Japanese, the dishes we tried, 2 seafood & the duck, all had an interesting new flavour.
Only very small complaint was the music - not really compatible with the sophisticated meal.

J
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Very professional staff.
Can't think of a reason not to recommend this place to my friends.

SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious, innovative food. Loved their vegetarian options and that they have gluten free noodles. Have already recommended it to several friends.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant has become one of my favourite hidden gems in the city, I have never had a meal that wasn’t fantastic and can’t wait to go back to try another fantastic dish.

p
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have been several times and ordered different dishes and appetizers. Have not been disappointed.
The only issue is sometimes they are understaffed and it may be awhile to get some attention.
Love the place..

A
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Carino and had the Kaisaki Tasting menu. Food was amazing and service was warm. I wish they had a bigger space but that’s just me getting distracted with the conversations around me.

BS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic food as always. My wife and I love to come here every couple of weeks

MG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Took my son for his 18th birthday and it was a fabulous experience. He wanted to try sake for the first time and was given the advice to try the plum sake. It was an instant favourite. He was a little leery of fusion but discovered this restaurant has made it an art form. We had the specials which I wouldn’t be able to remember how to spell but we’re extremely tasty. For dessert the chef’s special is a definite must with the creme brule being the best I’ve ever had. The server was attentive and helpful. We’ll definitely be coming back.

MH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was amazing, went over the menu with us and sang happy birthday for us!

AW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Perfect place to go to on a date

O
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food as always

E
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Interesting cuisine. We shared the salmon tataki, the tuna tartar and the gyosalasagna. All were great, the gyosa is very rich and perfect for two small portions. The service was really good. Small place, great food. We will be back.

S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Erin was absolutely amazing. The food was unbelievable. Highly recommend

CD
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

First time at this restaurant, and wasn’t sure what to expect. Certainly, the food was GREAT and it is a nice gem for a casual meal. However the ambiance was a little lower-end than we expected so wouldn’t recommend if looking for something upscale. The venue is quite small and was pretty crowded, with dirty, crumpled paper menus and wobbly tables. Service was really slow as there was only one waiter and the restraint was full. Drink menu is super limited - ie wine and beer, no cocktails.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Got the tonkatsu Cabonara and pescatore with curry rissoto ! Both were such amazinng dishes! Love the fusion it goes so well! The tonkatsu was delicious, the breading of it crispy and nice , had really good seasoning that tied the dish well together! Curry risotto was so hearty and had a generous amount of clams!!!. Me and my boyfriend couldnt decide which dish we liked better

Service was great!

DM
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant has never disappointed. It is our favourite. Parking at times is an issue but besides that, the food is unbelievable and I highly recommend this Japanese Italian fusion restaurant to everyone. Once you try it, it will become your favourite as well!

SS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best and most consistent meals in Calagary

TG
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and exciting but quaint atmosphere. Hard to have personal conversation because table are very close.

TK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot; wonderful service and delicious food!!

KV
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING food. The gyozagna is absolutely one of the best meals I've had all year.

CT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent little place - one of our favourites. Always accommodating!

LT
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great place to visit - always my fave place to go to and everyone that I’ve intro’d to this place has loved it, hands down!!

AF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants. Very creative dishes. A fusion of not just Japanese and Italian elements, but also French. The foie gras icecream puffs are a must!

N
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was mostly great but drink menu was not that great

SY
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The menu was well thought out and very unique. I didn't know what to order because everything looked so good! Restaurant is small and cozy, so better for intimate groups.

OT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Serves were super friendly and curry risotto was delicious

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious! I made a reservation for my fiancés birthday and they seated us next to the window, which I thought was the best seat in the house. It’s such a cute little restaurant and our server was so nice! Although the service was a bit slow (there was only one waitress there so I understand, and it was a full house that night). I made a note saying I had a nut allergy and they made sure that my dish didn’t have any nuts. They also made the effort of putting a sparkler in my fiancé’s dessert! All the pastas that we ordered was sooo good. Definitely coming back to try more!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is always amazing at Carino. It’s a great go to favourite and never disappoints.

S
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a little gem on 4th street that isn’t nearly as busy as it should be. I’ve dined on several occasions and the food has been outstanding each time! I recommend the scallops and risotto each of which was done to perfection. The service has always been attentive without being obtrusive. You can go Japanese or Italian or both with some amazing fusions available, often as a special. If you haven’t tried it, try it!

CC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never fails to disappoint! The vongole is one of the best pasta dishes I have had. The carbonara is creamy and delicious too! Definitely recommend.