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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.
Charcut Roast House is a modern eatery in Calgary sporting rustic decor and a delightful ambiance. A haven of meat-lovers, Charcut has a stunning variety of beef, lamb, pork and chicken in their ever-changing menu. Try an assortment of salads and rotisseries for lunch, and pig head mortadella and brassica mustard, or the Spring Creek butcher steak for dinner. A tempting dessert menu and a vintage wine stock completes the experience at this inviting spot. Also accommodating small groups, Charcut proves to be among the best steakhouses in Calgary.
Overlooking the banks of the Bow River, Q Haute Cuisine is a tad expensive, but well worth it, especially if romance is on the agenda. The food is French Continental with a wide selection of assorted vegetable dishes and succulent meat preparations, including exotic delights like boar on the platter. The mouthwatering desserts will make you want to come back for more! Special menus are available for special occasions. The restaurant is also an ideal event venue.
Chef's Table is a 40-seat, fine dining restaurant located in the four-star Kensington Riverside Inn, a boutique hotel in the fashionable Kensington area. Chef's Table is better known for its fine dining offerings that utilize the freshest regional ingredients while still respecting the best of European cooking techniques. Diners can watch the chef Chris Barton and his team dabble with culinary magic in their open-kitchen concept while enjoying the opulent, white-linen service. Chef's Table has an a la carte menu and a five-course tasting menu, with a selection of wines that can be paired with the dishes of one's choice. Chef's Table is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for hotel guests and the public.
La Chaumière, Calgary's most prestigious French restaurant, is where the Mercedes-Benz crowd heads for power dinners and special occasions. The menu is an exotic blend of the traditional and the adventurous, such as roasted breast of pheasant or sauteed ostrich medallions. Set in brick and stone quarters, the restaurant also features a wine menu with more than 450 selections. The decor offers an elegant chateau-room feel, with meals served on fine bone china and wine in crystal glasses. Do not show up wearing jeans if you want to get past the front door.
If you want to taste a little bit of Calgary's history as well as enjoy fine dining in an old-fashioned atmosphere, spend an hour or two at the Rouge. Choose from a number of private rooms in this beautiful restaurant situated on four acres of immaculately kept grounds. On a bright and sunny day, you can also sit on its outdoor garden patio and enjoy the scrumptious meal prepared by the expert chef. The menu is always interesting, with an emphasis on local ingredients as well as beef, game and chicken dishes. There is also an extensive wine menu which complements the exquisitely-prepared food.
If you have planned a special night out and are scouting for a high-end location, then Alloy on the 42 Avenue is where you should head to. Situated close to downtown, the restaurant is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Housed in a former city library, the interior of the restaurant is aesthetically stunning and serves as a perfect setup for business lunch or dinner. It's menu is all decked with an amazing line-up of contemporary food that has commanded attention of even the most discerning food connoisseur. Regulars who have made this their favorite haunt, vouch for the fish specials prepared for dinner, along with other delights like Lobster Tempura, Steel Head Trout and Ahi Tuna Tartar. Owing to the restaurant's popularity it is advisable that you reserve a table in advance.
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.