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Restaurante El Cardenal

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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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London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank Mike G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 2 days ago NEW 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

Thank lana816
Four Corners NM
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent experience. Helpful waiters. Very peasant surroundings with good typical Mexican food at low prices.

Thank franknfran
Arnold, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved the place! Wonderfully fresh food with lots of healthy choices and the flavors were perfect. We happened by after a visit to Bellas Artes which incidentally had a informative tour in English of the murals and were lucky enough to get a table without a wait. Terrific takes on Mexican cuisine, would definitely go back, only open for... More 

Thank susan p
Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great local cuisine from the starter to the dessert. You can try traditional and exotic Mexican dishes, they worth the price! The ambience is elegant and quiet, the service is great. Booking in advance is best.

Thank dennisrada
Mexico city
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food and service are exceptional. Located in the Hilton Reforma, where we stayed was perfect for us so we could dine as desired. We dined a few times but know that this restaurant is very highly sought. We saw long lines every morning and throughout the day so reservations are recommended. Can be a little pricy, but the presentation,... More 

Thank Alicia M
Los Lunas, New Mexico
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good food.We were last December, after trying diffenrent recomended restaurants, finally we found the one Good service. Excellent food.

Thank Graciela R
Chester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very well known restaurant by Mexicans, it has a really family ambience, so sometimes is very hard to get a table but it is worth it to wait for! They serve very traditional dishes and is so hard to chose because you fancy everything, if you have to wait for a table, across the opposite square there... More 

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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