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.
Before opening the space, the owners and collaborators of Model Milk sought to create a menu and a restaurant that would combine both innovation and comfort. They support local farmers by sourcing ingredients produced around the region, and seek to use every last inch of whatever produce and meat they can get their hands on. What has resulted is a restaurant and bar that feels both homey and elegant. Modern Milk is located within in an old creamery, so diners are seated at wood tables nestled against authentic brick walls that give the space mix of contemporary and rustic appeal. The menu focuses on simple, elegantly crafted dishes, while the beverage list is an artisanal cocktail-lover's dream. The restaurant also hosts a communal dinner every Sunday, during which guests share a family-style meal that includes a first and second course, as well as dessert.
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.
Open kitchen, trendy decor and classy presentation defines the dining experience at NOtaBLE. The stylish vibe is reflective of an indisputable culinary passion which they proudly bask in. With monthly additions on the menu, great signature dishes, and a charming wine list, NOtaBLE distinguishes itself quite well in the locality. Another NOtaBLE feature is the dynamic private dining space, which is a preferred spot for corporate gatherings and family receptions. A meal at NOtaBLE is definitely going to be a remarkable affair, end it with their Stilton Cheesecake.
A delightful Japanese restaurant located at Dalhousie, Kinjo Sushi & Grill is easily one of the best sushi places in the area. And it's not without reason. A no-nonsense approach and an extensive menu ranging from sushi and sashimi to tempura and teppanyaki has earned them a good following with locals and visitors alike. Chef and owner Peter Kinjo is as much an entertainer as he is a talented chef and makes sure that guests have a good time while they're here. If you're a fan of his cooking, you can sign up for one of his popular sushi making classes. The restaurant is decorated in warm hues with bits of Japanese art strewn across the walls and has a fun vibe. The Dalhousie location is the bigger of the two in Calgary and has good facilities for private events.
Thi Thi Vietnamese Submarine is a tiny restaurant across the street from the Government Building that makes delicious Vietnamese food and submarine sandwiches. A pleasant change from the run-of-the-mill sandwich places, Thi Thi has an excellent menu of Vietnamese favorites and has good variety. The submarine sandwiches are their biggest sellers, and you can choose from sate beef, chicken, combo or clubhouse. If you like food with a little bite to it, ask them for a healthy squirt of chili sauce.
The Silver Dragon Restaurant has been serving Chinese food to Calgarians since 1967, so obviously they must be doing something right. They have an excellent reputation that not only spans decades, but includes excellent quality and service. The Silver Dragon serves both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can choose from over 200 menu items. There is also a fantastic selection of dim sums. Private dining rooms and banquet facilities are also available. All of the tables have white linen tablecloths with centerpieces that add a touch of class and elegance to the surroundings. It is large and airy, with just the right amount of fresh air and muted lighting.
A visit to Calgary is not complete without a stop at Eau Claire, considered one of downtown Calgary’s crowd drawers. One of the more visible pubs in Eau Claire is the Bow River Barley Mill with its symbolic sawmill waterwheel. The Barley Mill is a favorite watering hole for hockey fans and those who come for the 10-day Stampede in July. The pub is charming with welcoming decor and friendly service. Along with a comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, the Bow River Barley Mill also boasts an extensive wine, beer, and spirits lists.
Serving a whooping 1250 eggs benedict a month, it’s no wonder Diner Deluxe is always crowded. Styled in a very 1950s fashion, this humble diner caters to people looking for real wholesome food that feels like it came out straight out of mom’s kitchen. What’s better is that they have a weekly menu that offers something special, each day of the week. Those who wish to sample their legendary meatloaf and Grilled Cheese Sandwich will need to get in line, as this place gets pretty busy during the day. So much so that they refuse to take reservations or even entertain a group of more than six. But it's all worth it!
Wrapture is easily one of the most satisfying fast food spots in the neighborhood; its hefty and fresh rice, meat and vegetable wraps are often too big to finish in one sitting. This is an excellent choice for people who are tired of over-processed fast food. Customers can dine in or take out, but seating is limited to three or four tables. In the summer, courtyards are fenced off from the street, allowing patrons to dine outside. Along with the tempting array of wraps, there are delectable fruit smoothies made with whole fruit and fresh Alberta milk, made right in front of the customers.