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Restaurante El Cardenal

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really good service and fantastic food. A breakfast to be remembered. I had a pastry, beef and eggs in red sauce (cannot remember the Spanish name) an orange juice and a coffee for less than £8.

Thank James C
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You must arrive early on weekend, our favorite time for breakfast there, Lines develop at 0900 and beyond. The wait staff has always been superb, for years now and it remains so. Food presentations are picture perfect and the taste, be it a simple huevos a la Mexicana, or more complex fare, my wife and I've never been disappointed.

Thank Steve T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to have a nice lunch or dinner. It has a fancy look but not too overwhelming, service is professional, food is good and tequila selection excellent.

Thank Fer N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A cousin that happens to be a real "know it all" for Mexico City brought me here. Take the time to read the menu, that happens to be a very good footprint of traditional Mexican dishes from all over. Just typing I am salivating for the "duck tacos", top them with green sauce add fresh chopped onions and coriander. Brave... More 

Thank Pedro B
Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very traditional restaurant located in the historic downtown of Mexico City, serves one of the best breakfasts in the city. If you are doing sight seeing in downtown, it is also a good idea for lunch.

Thank pemoralg
Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, if possible, please visit early in the morning before 10am to avoid the overwhelming crowds. We were offered homemade mexican pastries which were deliciously warm and fluffy. I tried the authentic mexican hot chocolate, chilaquilles in green sauce (btw its a bit soupy but remember this dish is served very differently in different regions in Mexico). Overall... More 

Thank isandracan
San Francisco, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Waiters don't speak English but they do have english menu. Food is no so good, the Margaretta I ordered is also so so. But a lot oflocal customers and it seemed a popular local restaurant.

Thank Dingguo
Rest_ElCardenal, Representante de El Cardenal at Restaurante El Cardenal, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for leaving a review about your visit. We'll pay attention to the aspects you mention, looking forward to make the necessary improvements. Best wishes. More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful traditional Mexican food, nice ambiance ,helpful wait staff, and timely service. Tried escamoles (ant eggs) for the first time and surprisingly tasty. Mole also a standout. Do not miss their famous hot chocolate. Entire family thought it was a hit! Only slightly negative is that they do not accept reservations and close at 6:30 pm. Lana

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food at a great price. Service was exceptional. The quality was excellent and the price was the perfect price point. Highly Recommend it.

Thank cevjr
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great flavors from all the dishes we tried. Tacos, chicken mole, roasted veal ribs and all the dessert dishes were heart-warming and delish! Highly recommend this place.

Thank NonieDubai

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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