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Jan 16, 2008 11:46 AM

Birthday dinner suggestions - Calgary

I need help choosing a nice place to go for dinner, I am looking for something quaint with good wine :)
Somewhere that hopefully has vegetarian choices so that everyone attending can be happy with their meal.


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    1. Well my b-day is the 21st and we're going to Thai Sa On...

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      1. re: John Manzo

        Sorry Thai Sa, where is it located?

        1. re: Sharksgirl

          10th Ave east of 4 St SW- all three words, Thai Sa-On. They actually are supposed to have a very good wine cellar btw.

          1. re: John Manzo

            Thanks! I always read your reviews do you know anything about ALLOY?

            1. re: Sharksgirl

              Not yet, sorry- I have heard good things tho

            2. re: John Manzo

              I'll add some support to the wine cellar at Thai Sa On. I'm not a huge wine geek, but found their selections to be quite good, and surprisingly reasonably priced. Thai Sa On is always a good choice in my books, but like many Asian places, I find the menu to be a little large and intimidating sometimes.

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          1. I think I'm the only one I know who isn't crazy about's their website:
            It's not cozy or quaint - very retro. Greek salad was brilliant but lamb, shortribs and deserts were average.
            I've had great luck at Redwater Grille - either the north or south location.

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            1. re: DianneYYC

              I lunched at Alloy last week. I would give the experience a passing grade but I wasn't super impressed. Food....OK. Room......nice but a bit too airy feeling for me, and maybe a touch busy decor wise. Service....the high point - good to very good. I think they will succeed because they seem to have enough of all the areas covered.

              1. re: formerlyfingers

                Laurier lounge might fit the bill. Had an excellent meal there the other night. It's in a house that's been converted into a restaurant so there were groups of people in there own room. I had the fondue expirience which is a three course fondue meal but everything else on their menu sounded quite good. You can also make your own platter of tapas which would be good for sharing as a group.


            2. I guess Thai Sa-On doesn't open till the 25th of January :( And Alloy is booked
              Has any body been to Tribune?

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              1. re: Sharksgirl

                Do a search on this board for Tribune and lots will come up. One of this boards' most highly and repeatedly recommended places.