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Great restaurants near Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary?

Can anyone recommend great restaurants within 5 or so blocks of the Delta Bow Valley hotel? Also, can you let me know if they need reservations for a Monday evening?

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  1. Catch, Centini, Divino, Saltlik, Teatro, are all on 8th Av/Stephen Avenue and are roughly within your five block walk. Each of which have been heavily discussed/debated on here. I'd recommend a reso even for a Monday if only to guarantee you're not faced with a long wait (something that makes me kinda grumpy). There are a pile of restaurants in Chinatown that would also fit your 5 block radius... I'll leave the details of those to the experts like John, yen, pants and others...

    Is there a price point or particular cuisine you're looking for? that would help us narrow the list :)

    1. Depending on the time, the area around the Delta Bow Valley isn't always the best area to be walking around at night. Take a cab.

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      1. re: sirdinealot

        I'd just suggest OP avoid areas east of the hotel. Otherwise you're fine. While some might say "why would you want to BE east of the DBV," some people might look on a map and reason that it's a nice walk along the river pathway to Inglewood. It's not a nice walk, though you can get wonderful deals on crack there.

        1. re: John Manzo

          I walk home to Bridgeland from work that way everyday. It IS a nice walk; one just has to be careful to be through there by 7pm or so.

          What about Indian food? Glory Of India is just six blocks away straight down 4th. You could walk right in on Monday without a reservation for sure.

          http://www.gloryofindia.com/

          1. re: TaraInCalgary

            Tara, you're a braver woman than I am :) but for visitors I think a little caution is a good thing. But you're also correct in pointing out that Calgary really is quite safe.

      2. Head to Stephen Ave and take your pics. Or head next door to Chinatown and do the same. You have HUGE choice within 5 blocks of your hotel.

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        1. re: John Manzo

          Have you ever tried the Russian resto on Macleod Trail?

          1. re: sarah galvin

            The Russian resto I believe is Skazka, and from what I have heard, it is best avoided. Yen can provide all the gory details if he is prodded. :)

            1. re: formerlyfingers

              I thought the food was really 'brown' if that makes any sense. Such a nice idea but I would love to hear from yen!

              1. re: sarah galvin

                The question is, why?? :) I don't even want to hear from me anymore!

                Anyway, the original visit is recapped here:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/109088

                Serious issue was service, and some issues with value. Went back a few times for lunch, and the issues were primarily value.

                I went back this past winter. The service had improved fairly significantly. The food has decreased, and the value is terrible. it was bland, boring, and overpriced. Your word "brown" pretty much describes how i feel about that food.

        2. I second the recco's for Centini and Divino. I love the green bean appetizer at Divino.

          In Chinatown, I would recommend Han's for excellent Sichuan/Szechuan.

          The Rose Garden Thai Restaurant is nearby on 8th Avenue and Centre St, along with Prairie Ink (I recommend the butternut squash ravioli) on the top floor of the McNally Robinson bookstore, which is to close in a few months.