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.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Ho Won's is a bustling and busy place that radiates with energy and has a reputation for serving quick, delicious food at great prices, so if you come for lunch on weekdays, be prepared to wait. Be sure to ask about their fried shrimp pancakes and deep fried shrimp balls; on the weekends, you can order dim sum. They also have an extensive wine menu.
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.
The Regency Palace Restaurant is one of the largest restaurants in Calgary, and a perfect choice if you have a sizable crowd to entertain. The dance floor accommodates plenty of people for events such as receptions and corporate functions, and the decor sports a Chinese theme with bold colors. There are over 200 items to choose from on the menu, including the traditional Chinese favorites and more innovative fare, such as stuffed chicken wings and ginger fried beef; dim sum is served daily.
Kingfisher Seafoods offer a warm and cozy ambiance with quick and attentive service. The restaurant is divided into three sections, and you're seated according to the size of your party. Offerings include some of the best seafood in the city including calamari, deep-fried oysters, clams fried in butter, prawns, scallops and char. There is an excellent sampling plate that consists of crab, mussels, clams and prawns, as well as an excellent dessert menu. Contact for further details.