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Cafe Dario

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1390 Erin St
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 2S8

(204) 783-2813

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4 star rating
Delicious Venison
May 27, 2014

Cafe Dario's menu offers 5 course meals for $39.00. The menu changes, I was fortunate to go when venison was available. It was beautifully done, tender, and nicely seasoned. The baked escargot “El Diablo appetizer had a nice heat to it, but was not overpowering. We will definitely be back.

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4 star rating
Wonderful meal for group of nine Foodies
May 25, 2014

Everyone in our group really enjoyed this restaurant. Cudos to the chef for preparing an excellent five course meal for us. Everyone had different things and he catered to two in our group that have allergies to dairy. Every course was just wonderful. In particular I loved the marinade on the ribs that I had as an appy and loved... more

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4 star rating
First time but won't be the last
May 13, 2014

The food was excellent! There was a nice spicy heat to the empanada,the soup was served hot, a salad followed, then the main entree,and dessert to complete the meal. Our waiter was very friendly and made sure our glasses were always filled. We were allowed adequate time to complete each dish before the next was served and left feeling very... more

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4 star rating
No No, It's OK, Come In
May 12, 2014

We were four people in Winnipeg on business and decided to go to dinner at Café Dario on a whim. I had been there once before at lunch when I had been in town and had made a promise to myself to go back. So there we were in Winnipeg on a Wednesday night at about 6:00 PM and off... more

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4 star rating
Excellent Little Restaurant
May 09, 2014

My husband and I had a delightful meal at this quaint restaurant. We had five courses, which were perfectly timed and absolutely delicious! The service was excellent and atmosphere was great.

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4 star rating
Surprised by this small restaurant
May 03, 2014

We were out by the airport and saw a review for this restaurant. It's Latin theme and fixed price five course dinner menu seemed too much. We followed a group of four in ona Sunday night. Small and intimate, we took up the final tables.
My wife for her appetizer chose a ceviche created with goose berries and mango topped... more

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4 star rating
Good food in a compact restaurant
April 19, 2014

Café Dario offers a fixed price menu with many interesting choices. Overall our party of six enjoyed their meals. The appetizers included escargots, sausages and grilled goat cheese. All were very good although the escargot dish was mainly mushrooms with a few snails.
Main courses were also good although the duck was over cooked. Dessert was delicious.
Portions are not... more

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4 star rating
Very Pleasant - And a bit Quirky
March 20, 2014

This place is in the middle of nowhere but is close to some new "out of downtown" hotels. I ventured there on a whim because it was really cold!
I was quite pleased with the meal. Service was solid. They offered choices, recommendations, explanations; all good.
The music was a bit different as a poor review suggested. I heard Phil... more

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4 star rating
Friendly professional service; superb food; tremendous value
March 13, 2014

I think I've told at least 10 people about this restaurant since a board member at our firm recommended this restaurant to our CEO who treated me to lunch her during one of the cold winter days we had in February...it was unusually quiet as the waiter said weather had kept people away...lucky for us.
Sure, the place is situated... more

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4 star rating
A quiet little secret with great food
March 03, 2014

Cafe Dario is a great place to have lunch or dinner. A small but quaint restaraunt with a limited but outstanding menu. During my last visit I enjoyed a meal of lamb chops with a curry sauce that was excellent. My guest and I were impressed with the quality of the meal. The service is courteous and friendly. A dining... more

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4 star rating
Dine about Winnipeg Experience
February 10, 2014

We had reservations and were promptly seated. Service was excellent, and both my husband and I were pleased. Unfortunately, the server recommended the lamb for the main course. Big disappointment for me as it was drowning in the sauce; I understand ossobuco is cooked in a broth, but I was looking forward to the three cereal risotto - I would... more

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4 star rating
nothing special
February 08, 2014

I recently experienced Café Dario during “dine about” 2014. I made a reservation for myself and my friends. To my surprise, we still had to wait 30 minutes for our table, with a reservation. From the time that our reservation was made for (730pm) to the time we actually ordered (830), was a full hour.
The server was absolutely amazing.... more

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4 star rating
Disappointing
February 03, 2014

We decided to try Cafe Dario during Ciao's “Dining Out Winnipeg 2014,” where three course are offered by select restaurants for a flat rate of $28.00. It was a disappointing experience.
First off, we were seated right by the door, where blasts of -24 degrees greeted our backs and our ankles every few minutes. When we asked to change seats,... more

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4 star rating
Very pleased
January 19, 2014

We found Cafe Dario, this quaint little restaurant, by searching fine dining options in Winnipeg. After reading many really good reviews we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed in the very least. The restaurant is in a quaint little house and the atmosphere was warm and pleasant. There are 2 dining areas one that seats about... more

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4 star rating
Disappointing
January 18, 2014

I had been to this restaurant for dinner about 2 years prior and found it charming, well-priced, and the food well-prepared. On this visit, our experience was less than great. My 2 friends had not been to this restaurant, and unfortunately, the experience did not provide motivation to return. We had made a reservation on a cold winter Friday evening.... more

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4 star rating
Most enjoyable meal
January 02, 2014

1st time visit and enjoyed thoroughly. The 5 course meal offered a good variety of foods to choose, the service was attentive and informative. Definetly will return.

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4 star rating
Winnipeg's tastiest secret
December 29, 2013

This is our favourite restaurant in Winnipeg. We go regularly for lunch, but the 5 course dinner is even better! The food is always very tasty and fresh! Two massive thumbs up!!!
-Miranda Ens, Winnipeg

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4 star rating
Needed more, not less on the 2nd time
December 08, 2013

First time was a 3-4 star experience. The duck being a standout. Second experience left a bad taste. The mains were to order, but everything else was regretable.
The salad roll was uninspiring, soup tasted canned, the app lamb was dramatically oversauced (is this a Winnipeg thing?) the baked escargot was offensively overspiced (from one who can handle extreme heat)... more

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4 star rating
Another delicious meal
November 20, 2013

Went for dinner on Nov 16, it was again an enjoyable experience. I try to visit this restaurant at least 2 a year and have never had a bad experience. Chef Dario keep up the good work! I

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4 star rating
Great 5 course leisurely meal
November 07, 2013

It had been some time since I had been here. went with reservation with a party of 7 on a thursday night. Unasuming from the outside in a little old house. Inside is cosy, can be a little cramped when full but enjoyable atmosphere.
The $39 - 5 course meal was enjoyed by all. With the choices of appetizer &... more

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4 star rating
Friendly Service and Good Food
October 21, 2013

The prix fixe menu menu seems to have something for everyone. We all selected different mains and we're very happy with the selections. Presentation was very nice however be warned the Thai chilies used for presentation are very hot! The appetizers were well done - the lamb shoulder was tender and flavourful. The Nuevo Latino influence takes you into another... more

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4 star rating
Very Good
August 13, 2013

This little place was a treat, found on Trip Advisor, and close to our beautiful new Hampton Inn near the airport. We were in the midst of a six-week annual road trip and we enjoyed the meal. The wine was not very good, and yet we are used to US prices, so the wine we ordered was probably a $10.00... more

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4 star rating
Always a treat
July 17, 2013

I had been a server and bartender for almost 10 years previous to starting my career, therefore I feel that I know the industry well. I also am kind of picky and am gluten free. So finding a restaurant that has a high level of service, amazing food, and an even better price ( 5 courses for 40) is almost... more

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4 star rating
Fabuloso
July 14, 2013

Not only affordable (prix fixe), but beautifully plated courses in a quaint setting. PLus you can practise your Spanish with the chef! The kitchen is open to patrons via a half wall, and it's fun to watch what goes on. If you like piquante (spicy), this is also the place to come, especially if you get one of the tiny... more

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4 star rating
Nice dinner! Try it
July 06, 2013

Nicely prepared food, we had a steak and a pork tenderloin for entrees, the service was attentive and portions were nice and left you room to get to dessert and be satisfied after. I'd recommend trying cafe Dario, I certainly prefer it to other South American restaurants in winnipeg... more

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4 star rating
Amazing
June 09, 2013

Made a reservation at this wonderful restaurant based on the trip advisor reviews. The food was fantastic and there was alot of selection for appies and entrees considering it is a fixed pricing menu. Our server was charming and attentive, our water and wine glasses were always full. The menu changes every few days, so there will always be something... more

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4 star rating
A diamond in the rough
May 08, 2013

A friend brought me here for a birthday dinner when I visited Winnipeg for a short visit and it was the best dinner I have had in Winnipeg. Having lived here in the early '80s, I now reside in Toronto and drop into town from time to time for a good meal. The 5 course fixed menu for $39 was... more

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4 star rating
Had a great experience
April 07, 2013

Restaurant was recommended by others who had been there. Just like we were told food was very good. If you are not a big eater this might not be the place for you. Appetizer and soup were tremendous. My wife's lamb was delicious while my pork was slightly overcooked but still very good. No complaints about service, we were taken... more

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4 star rating
Very Pleasant Surprise
March 18, 2013

We have dined here twice and been impressed both times. Wouldn't want anyone to be put off by the outside of the building because inside the decor is eclectic and the atmosphere cosy altough a little cramped in some quarters. We were treated with respect, the waiter was knowledgeabe about the wine and menu options, friendly and prompt with our... more

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4 star rating
Worth every penny and more
February 23, 2013

My husband and I have been to Cafe Dario 5 times and each and every time we have had incredible food choices with the friendliest of service. I have read some reviews that state that they find it pricey but I challenge them to go to any other restaurant of decent quality and order an appetizer, soup, salad, entree and... more

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4 star rating
Food is great - but service needs improvement in a big big way
February 22, 2013

Had reservations at Cafe Dario with friends the evening of Feb 22. We were seated promptly. Our friends arrived right after us - yet it took a while for the server to take a drink order. The older server took an order for a bottle of wine from our friends and then took off - assuming the bottle was for... more

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4 star rating
Tight Quarters but Amazing Food
January 09, 2013

I have been here twice, and very much enjoyed both visits. I am surprised by the couple of reviews speaking of bad service--I have only experienced friendly service. You can tell the family who runs the restaurant enjoy needling eachother, etc, but that only adds to the warm, comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant is located in a converted house in an... more

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4 star rating
mixed bag
January 06, 2013

I have heard nothing but good things about this place for ages, and decided to finally give it a go over the weekend. Our experience was pretty okay overall--some of the things we tried were awesome, other parts of our dinner were not even average.
The menu here is set, but that doesn't mean you don't have a lot of... more

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4 star rating
A lunch stop
December 19, 2012

Visited here recently and had never seen it or heard of it before. It looks to be an old house turned into a restaurant. It is quite cozy in there so don't expect alot of privacy. I am guessing the place might hold maybe 50 people or something ?
Very friendly service and they provided a one sheet memo with... more

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4 star rating
Hidden Gem
December 12, 2012

A small home converted into a great restaurant. Not the location you would expect, but excellent dining. Somewhat cramped.
Fixed price menu with interesting choices.
Service is good, but the place is quite hectic. Nice wine list
Definitely worth a try.

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4 star rating
A pleasant surprise
December 11, 2012

We arrived on a cold winters night to a cozy, private table at this unusual restaurant in the city's north end. The location is a little odd but the menu and service were terrific. Four of us were treated to a very warm reception. The service was extremely personalized as we were the only ones in our part of the... more

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4 star rating
Cafe Dario Great food
December 10, 2012

It was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone. The food was first class and the hospitality first rate! The three of us all ordered different things and were well pleased.

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4 star rating
Customer service is appalling
December 05, 2012

I cancelled reservations for a party of 8 the day before and I got yelled at. I understand the late notice, but is that how you really want to deal with it? The man was so rude. I have never been there before but that experience on the phone definately does not make this place appealing watsoever. Even making the... more

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4 star rating
Great Place for Special Occasions
November 25, 2012

I just crave for wild meat and this Bistro style restaurant provides a very eclectic menu which changes regulary. There always seems to be some form of wild meat on the menu. The food is always while prepared and cooked with a flair that exudes Dario's cultural background. A great place for small office lunches or dinners, special occasions for... more

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4 star rating
A gem
November 24, 2012

A great little restaurant with gourmet food and fair prices. The elk oso buco at $15 was fabulous and the goat curry outstanding. Highly recommend this cozy place

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4 star rating
Never again
November 16, 2012

Very disappointed in everything from the seating arrangements-six people to a four-top; horrible service-no offer of drinks, didn't check on us, mixed up orders; over peppered food that all tasted the same; ambiance was different-the chairs didn't fit the decor and the music should have been more 'authentic' instead of Madonna and Jefferson Starship. Would not recommend and will not... more

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4 star rating
Always delicious
November 04, 2012

Had a lovely meal at Cafe Dario tonight with my DH. My elk was delicious, as was his steak. Everything was freshly made and high quality.

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4 star rating
Tasteful little nook in Winnipeg
November 04, 2012

Overall experience was excellent, service, food, wine and atmosphere were all great. We met as a group prior to going to the theatre. Service was leisurely paced allowing for conversation in between courses. Course selection was broad enough to please the palate of any individual and attention to allergies was well noted. Food was excellent. Each course had its unique... more

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4 star rating
Fabulous meal
October 04, 2012

Just returned from yet another fabulous meal at Cafe Dario. From the appetizer to the entree everything was fantastically uniquely flavored, nicely presented and tasted awesome. Service was attentive but not over-bearing. A great birthday dinner! We wll be back!!

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4 star rating
A wonderful lunch was shared
September 25, 2012

I went for lunch with my girlfriend last week and we were both treated to wonderful meals. The food was tasty, perfectly cooked and the service was excellent.
We can't wait to visit again!

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4 star rating
Dinner par excellent
September 11, 2012

I was taken to this restaurant for my birthday and the food was excellent. We had the lamb shank & the duck. It was done to perfection and so was the presentation. The owner/chef came to our table and introduced himself. He was very attentive to my needs as I have an allergic reaction to mustard so he modified my... more

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4 star rating
Small cozy restaurant
September 07, 2012

Recently went back to Cafe Dario with friends - who were experiencing the restaurant for the first time. We like the idea of a fixed price menu & had difficulty deciding between the interesting choices. We each tried different appetizers and entrees - all 4 of us enjoyed our particular choices ( I tried the duck breast - which was... more

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4 star rating
Excellent dinner
September 03, 2012

We went to Cafe Dario with friends on August 25th and had a wonderful evening. The drinks and wine were good and the food was interesting. I had escargot to start and they were done differently than what I've had before, somewhat spicy and really good. My main course was venison which is a rarity in Winnipeg restaurants and it... more

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4 star rating
Average food - lousy service
September 01, 2012

Cafe Dario advertises a 5 course meal for $35 on their website and lists menus. When you sit down, the menu is not the same (which is OK, I guess) and the price is now $39. No matter what the price, our overall experience was not a good one. We sat down and read the menu. 10 minutes later, the... more

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4 star rating
A meal to remember
August 24, 2012

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with one of the best meals we have ever had. This was our first time to Cafe Dario but have enjoyed the Maple Tree restaurant in Selkirk which is also run by Chef Dario.
I decided to let the chef decide the entire meal and enjoyed an off-menu surprise for the entree. A... more

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August 20, 2013

Cafe Dario offers these services: restaurant.

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February 25, 2013

Cafe Dario is a cozy Columbian restaurant that serves great food, in an elegant setting. There are fixed lunch and dinner menus, and the entrees are priced very moderately. Fresh salsa garnishes with crispy empanadas, and delicious cheesecakes make it a must-stop for all gourmet enthusiasts. Besides, the ethnic masks and weaving on the wall add to the Latin-American feel. Reservations are... more

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