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Restaurante El Cardenal

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$$ - $$$
Centro Historico
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Calle Palma # 23 | Centro Historico, Entre 5 De Mayo y Francisco I, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
+52 55 5521 8817
08:00 - 18:30
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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100 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

4 of us had lunch here last Sunday. We shared 3 varieties of tacos and each chose an entree. The food was great and service was very good however I got food poisoning. The one dish which I had uniquely to me was a chicken breast with verde sauce. Ugh. I hope the restaurant addresses its shortcomings

Thank Gordon M
Rest_ElCardenal, Representante del restaurante El Cardenal at Restaurante El Cardenal, responded to this review

Hello, Gordon, We're terribly sorry and embarrassed to read about this. We're already investigating to find a possible source and taking further care of the ingredients we buy, especially the chicken. In the name of the restaurant, we offer our most sincere apologies for this mistake. Best wishes. More 

Guatemala City, Guatemala
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159 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Spanish restaurant located in the Centro Historico is elegant in every aspect! Great ambiance, great wines, great food with attentive service - all at competitive prices. A dining experience. Highly recommended!

Thank TedandDoris
Mexico City, Mexico
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170 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

if you are touring by downtown, this is the place to go for lunch, it is a very old restaurant with mexican food, very good food, nice atmosphere, very affordable prices, and one of the best around downtown mexico city, it could be very crowded, but it is very big, so you can go in fast or if you plann... More 

1 Thank pfl0res
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The only thing I can say about these restaurants is the time to get a table, it can take at least 40min. The food is really good everything I have eaten is good.

Thank Alets M
Nanticoke, Maryland Usa
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

El Cardenal is one of the finest restaurants in Mexico City. The food and service are excellent but expensive. You do get value for the price. The restaurant sits just off of the city's historic Zocalo. If you want a good introduction to the best of Mexican food this is good place to start.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We highly recommend Cardenal when visiting the historic center of Mexico City. Waiter was very professional yet friendly and our salmon and sea bass were excellent. Unusual corn soup and palm salad were good too.

Thank Nancy L
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited twice on our visit.First time was so good,we re-booked.On both occasions the food and drinks were very good,but the service on our second visit left a lot to be desired. It's a nice room near the centre of town.Popular with locals,so booking advised.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breakfast was really good, although it does feel like an industrial restaurant. It's not the typical mom and papa Mexican breakfast, but the food is amazing. One of the best hot chocolate we ever tasted !

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Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very near the Zocalo, this restaurant has great ambience, service and very delicious food. We loved the soups and appetizers the most. Very competitively priced for the location and quality of food/service.

Thank anonyrr
Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, efficient service, perfect central location, historic building. Definitely recommend!

Thank lana816

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Palma # 23 | Centro Historico, Entre 5 De Mayo y Francisco I, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Historico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Historico
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5521 8817

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Staying in Centro Historico

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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