People always say you'll have to book in advance for a table at Cardosi's and its reputation and popularity become clear after one visit (perhaps even as soon as the scents from the kitchen first hit you).
Having visited the restaurant for years, celebrating all manner of things with my family, I can honestly say I consider it to be Paisley's best restaurant.
The staff are attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and they make each experience - always a culinary delight - truly excellent.
American and Italian influences are married beautifully; the latter being (thankfully) far more prominent leaving the former as an interesting accent. The resultant atmosphere is inviting, warm, relaxed and a pleasure to dine in. The lighting in the back is perfect and really makes Cardosi's a great place for a special occasion whilst the booths are somewhat secluded and provide for an intimate retreat in which to enjoy an afternoon or evening with good company.
The menu has developed over the years but some signature dishes remain popular with my family; the simple Penne Alfredo is pasta perfection and the goats' cheese bruschetta (one of the four or so bruschettas offered) is divine. Presentation is thoughtful and consistent no matter which service you're enjoying; this is a testament to the kitchen staff as dinner can be exceptionally busy.
Value is excellent, especially at lunchtime when two courses can be had for £9.50. Evening and pre-theatre are very well priced and do not overly restrict the diner. The à la carte options can be a little pricey but I have yet to be anything less than impressed by the choices therefrom. Recently there have been a couple of duck dishes on both the evening and à la carte menus which have been superbly executed. The Coppa Scozia, which raises the humble vanilla ice cream to dizzying gastronomic heights with the addition of crumbled Scottish tablet and hot caramel sauce, stands out from the dessert menu (but is equally matched by the rich and decadent cheesecake).
Heralded by many as Paisley's go-to place for any special occasion, Cardosi's is unrivalled in the town and can hold its own against many of the reputable Glasgow restaurants. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, with a crowd or your significant other, you can be sure you'll be enjoying the very best that Paisley has to offer in quality dining.
Soft spot for Cardosi's and every time I come here, the food and service are consistently good.
Lunch deal is great - two courses for £9.50 and generous portions so come hungry. Great options too - pizza, pasta, burgers, fish, chicken dishes so something to suit all tastes.
There are gluten free options too - if you booking, just mention you are gf so they can ensure they have everything in but usually gf bread, pasta and pizza is on offer. And, Cardosi's can cook gf pasta properly unlike some other places.
Staff have been here for years so it is really a great neighbourhood restaurant which provides yummy food and service!
A nice little Italian restaurant in the heart of Paisley. Offers a range of delicacies on the menu from lunch to a la carte to pre theatre. There is also a good selection on the wine list. Very reasonably priced. Well worth a visit!
Nice Italian restaurant with a variety of dishes on their menu
including three or four specials daily. I had artichoke ravioli with a creamy tomato sauce and a glass of Italian Sangeovasi. Both left me satisfied and smiling. I had been told by many people this is the best Italian restaurant in town. I have not been to another but I would not doubt the statement is true.
Excellent efficient service from well-trained waiting staff and a very organised kitchen. Good quality food, including veggie option daily special, representing good value for money. A wee gem.
Remember to book a table a week in advance, as increasing popular. Ideal for special and casual dining. One small thing is there is no draft beer, only bottled italian and that is not everybody's cup of tea, err, I mean favourite beer.
Would not say this restauant is overrated! normally always really busy and has a great atmosphere!
Food is fab, not cheap but good value! Staff were very helpfull when i last visited. Love the wall decor aswell!
Excellent food at reasonable prices.
So you always have to book in advance, that tells me it is a popular & quality restaurant.
Ask yourself this: would you want to be the only table in a restaurant? No, cos that would mean it was rotten!
The food is delighful with an excellent range on the menu, pleasant surroundings and the staff are lovely. They really couldn't do more for you. I would highly recomend this place.
Visited with a couple of friends one fairly local to this area who will only eat here! Friendly unfussy service, fantastic food and outstanding value. Definitely will return!
Highly over rated in my opinion. Food average and staff grumpy. Go to Raeburns for real quality!
Nice food but can be expensive,also you almost always have to book in advance
Pleasant staff and really good food make Cardosis a great choice for a meal out. The pepper corn steak is my favourite. Can be busy so worth calling in advance.
Lovely Italian food at reasonable prices. I have not found better in Paisley. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is plenty of tables but it does get bus so advisable to book in advance if you can. Reasonable priced wine list.
Parking is on street but not too difficult.
I love cardosis! lovely meals and not to over prices, the staff are lovely aswell
Great Italian food in the centre of Paisley. Warm atmosphere, nicely decorated and they pushed the boat out with the gangster-themed photos in the gents! Foodwise, the chunky minestrone came with three types of bread, and the spicy pizza was excellent. Very good pre-theatre selection for the price, and we will be back soon for a family meal.
Good food with decent standard that you would expect in glasgow City centre however small and charming enough to make you feel welcome whenever you go...Steaks are a winner usually here.
Very good food for an above average but not shirt and tie required price.
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