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River Cafe, the small, tranquil restaurant is located in a refurbished building among the trees, lawns and wildlife of Prince's Island Park. Surrounded by the Bow River, the setting alone is enough to draw you to its charms. But that isn't all this hot spot has to offer; it features one of the best menus in the city, with wood-fired regional cuisine offering specialties such as Noble Farms duck breast and Honeycrisp apple flatbread. Reserve a table at this cafe for weekend brunch and you won't walk away disappointed with the quality of food served. People dining here don't mind paying a little more for this cafe's winning combination of ambiance and seasonal flavor.
The menu and daily specials at Teatro are created by one of the region's top chefs. The varied selections feature the best of the predictable and the unusual, including items like risotto of Chanterelle, butternut squash and ruby chard. The Mediterranean-inspired market cuisine is a favorite of the loyal downtown business lunch and pre-concert crowd. The decor still holds a hint of its roots; the building originally housed the old Dominion Bank. By combining the warmth of the original stone walls and wood floors with a few modern touches, a hip and elegant dining atmosphere was created.
If you are looking for dinner with a view, look no further than Sky360. The breathtaking establishment is housed inside a rotating floor of the Calgary Tower, which offers up incredible views of Calgary and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Diners can enjoy locally-sourced, perfectly prepared dishes while sitting 600 feet above downtown Calgary. While the tower may be known for its views, the food and drinks on offer are certainly worthy of such a popular location. An award-winning wine list is paired with appetizers and entrees that feature artfully composed New-Canadian dishes like duo of Alberta lamb and cheese plates that include locals cheeses. When diners purchase an entree, they also gain free access to the Calgary Tower Observation Deck located one floor above the restaurant.
The Living Room Restaurant, located along Calgary's trendy 17th Avenue Southwest area, opened for business in 2000. It is credited with coining the term, "contemporary interactive cuisine", a twist on classic French and Italian specialties with a Canadian touch. The diner offers a distinct range of meats and seafood entrees, with tapas and fondues for sharing. Its open patio and expansive wine list, that can be had by the bottle or glass, make it one of the Calgary's premier restaurants. It also has the distinction of receiving the numerous honors and awards.
If you have been searching for authentic Albertan cuisine and can't find it downtown, Bow Valley Ranche provides a special prairie dining experience. Located on the edge of town near Fish Creek Provincial Park, the charming restaurant is located in a farmhouse restored to its original 1940s condition. Overlooking Fish Creek Valley and surrounding ranch lands, the stunning view is enough to inspire a healthy appetite. It specializes in romantic candlelit dinners, with discreet service and subdued lighting.