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Capo or something like it? (Calgary)

My husband and I want to try a new restaurant for dinner this Friday (June 22). We were thinking of Capo, but we can only get in at 5 and that's a little early for us. We tend to go to the same places over and over - including Brava Bistro, River Cafe, Muse, Rouge, Tribune, Mercato, Divino ... Does anyone have a suggestion of somewhere special that we can try? Something with standout food and a solid wine list - i.e. something like Capo - is what we are looking for. I just can't seem to think of anything right now ... How's Teatro these days?

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  1. Jigga:

    You've mentioned many of the alternatives I would otherwise have suggested.

    Personally, I would skip lunch and grab the 5 o'clock reso at Capo.

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    1. re: Bob Mac

      That's what we decided to do. Who really wants to work late on a Saturday anyways!

    2. Sugo, Alexis, Q Haute Cuisine, Belvedere, Bistro JoJo, ei8ht, Wildwood, Living Room, Centini. le Villa, Velvet, La Chaumiere, Cilatnro, The Ranche...

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      1. re: John Manzo

        Thanks for the list of suggestions. It's strange that with so many good places to go in Calgary I draw a blank when anyone asks me where I want to go for dinner. I'll just keep a list on hand now for such occasions!

      2. Why not try Saint Germain at the Arts Hotel?

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        1. re: feuerzeug

          I actually went there last night for a work function and really enjoyed it. I'd like to go and order off the menu sometime though.

        2. So we ended up going to Capo last night at the early seating. It was our first time there and we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was really standout - fresh, creative, and full of flavor. It was also particularly nice to have a professional competent server who left us wanting for nothing. I can't wait to go back again!

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          1. re: Jigga

            I really hope you try La Chaumiere. It looks pretentious but the staff are very professional and the food is divine.
            We've eaten there several times although we don't visit Calgary all that often.

            It was good to see some other ideas, though. What kind of food and atmosphere is at Capo?

          2. come on la chaumiere is so........ capo rocks 5'oclock at capo is better than anything else at 7:00 pm

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            1. re: careme

              La Chaumiere is pretty much exactly as it bills itself... an old-school high-end french-cuisine-based restaurant. I've eaten there a few times and agree that it looks pretentious, but the staff is excellent. then again, i know some of the servers quite well through other channels.

              i would say that it is definitely underrated however, and relatively good value. It might not be on the level of Capo, River, or Rouge, but i would say it compares favourably with Muse,Tribune, Mercato, Divino, cilantro...

              1. re: marcopolo

                Althougth I must admit I have not been to La Chaumiere for a number of years my experience has been that they have been resting on their laurels for quite some time. Back in the day, they were arguably the best restaurant in town but I think IMHO the culinary scene in Calgary has passed them by.