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electra1 Aug 11, 2006 04:10 PM

Hi there, looking for a recommendation for a restaurant in Calgary that can host about 15-20 people for a business dinner (private room preferred). Must have excellent food and great wine list. Expense account, so cost isn't a factor.

Thanks.

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    Hart50 RE: electra1 Aug 11, 2006 07:35 PM

    Rouge is one of the best restaurants in town but you would have to check with them to see if they could fit your numbers. It is an old-for Calgary-Victorian House that notwithstanding its refurbishment still has the individual original rooms with various sizes. Another idea would be The Wildwood. It has a private room at the back that could accomodate your party.

    Chas

    1. John Manzo RE: electra1 Aug 11, 2006 07:44 PM

      Centini has a private room and from personal experience is VERY adept at handling large-ish "biz" crowds. I should add that I adore this place and that each subsequent visit has been better than the last.

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        Susanbnyc RE: John Manzo Aug 13, 2006 04:17 AM

        I also LOVE Centini and have found them to very accomidating to a group. We all did the tasting menu paird w/ wine and it was really really good.

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        newJJD RE: electra1 Aug 11, 2006 09:40 PM

        I would recommend MUSE as well. The lower level is quite private and could handle a group that size.

        I've never noticed private rooms at St Germain or Raw Bar, both in the Hotel Arts, but I've had 2 amazing meals at both places, with clients.

        I could care less about FFWD and the G&M's reviews of St Germain... I found the classic French food to be quite outstanding.

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          yen RE: electra1 Aug 11, 2006 10:51 PM

          I love the food at Rouge - and they do have a private room upstairs i believe that could accomodate that number, as long as you book far enough in advance. They are quite busy.

          Out of curiosity, i've always heard that The Belvedere was a great restaurant with a great (classic + expensive) wine list, but i've never had the opportunity to eat there. YYC Chowhounders never seem to recommend it for any kind of occasion, and i was wondering why? Have most people not eaten there, or is it tremendously overrated? Anyone fill me in?

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            Hart50 RE: yen Aug 12, 2006 06:48 PM

            The last time (six months ago) I ate at the Belevedere I had a superb meal. Although it is not specifically a seafood restaurant it has IMHO the best seafood in town. The only drawback is that it is very expensive. It would be great for any occasion except for a private business dinner in that they do not have a private room.

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            ralleycarr RE: electra1 Aug 28, 2006 11:08 PM

            Belgo Brasserie has also opened a private room in their chef's area. I'm not sure if it is finished yet but holds around 20. It is quite nice

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              misscheeks RE: electra1 Aug 29, 2006 03:12 PM

              I found the food at Belgo to be truly awful. Why pretend you are a belgian/french brasserie when you serve wedge-cut fries that are battered with seasoning salt? The moules (muscles) were also cold, small and a whole bunch at the bottom were closed. Its too bad cus i was drooling at the thought of a good brasserie/bistro with a similar menu to open in calgary.

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                yen RE: misscheeks Aug 29, 2006 05:17 PM

                Ditto to the above. Search the previous postings for the reviews on the Belgo, but the food was overpriced and mediocre, the service was quite poor as well. It's definitely a case of style over substance (the space is fairly nice, for a dark, cavernous, place).

                The only redeeming quality is a decent selection of beers - which are, unfortunately, also over priced.

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