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"Value" fine dining in Calgary-Urgent

felix the hound Mar 4, 2009 01:30 PM

I am looking for a reasonably priced good restaurant (aren't we all?) to take 5 colleagues for dinner tonight. I am considering Divino, Tribune, Sugo and Saltlik ( although the latter's website menu does not have prices). I would have considered Catch (downstairs) but I found their new menu a bit limited when I ate there on Monday.

My impression ( after a bit of research) is that the following are above my price range for tonight : Dolce Vita, Da Guido, Osteria de Medici, River Cafe, Il Sogno, Capo, Rouge, Fleur de Sel, Centini, Teatro, Belvedere.

By the way, two of my guests consider themselves knowledgeable about italian food and one has already poo pooed Olives.

I urgently need help with this decision

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    Merry113 RE: felix the hound Mar 4, 2009 01:51 PM

    If you are willing to leave downtown, I would take them to Alloy. It is my favorite restaurant currently & I believe it offers great value for the money. If you go, get the shortribs, they are divine!

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      felix the hound RE: Merry113 Mar 4, 2009 02:33 PM

      Unfortunately they do not have a table for six until Saturday night... Is alloy more expensive than Divino's?

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        sirdinealot RE: felix the hound Mar 4, 2009 02:40 PM


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          Merry113 RE: felix the hound Mar 4, 2009 03:16 PM

          I'm really not sure. You can see their menu at http://www.alloydining.com/.

      2. foodosopher RE: felix the hound Mar 4, 2009 03:59 PM


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          SpudMurphy RE: foodosopher Mar 5, 2009 06:06 AM

          I second the Cilantro recommendation. There's a reason they've been in business for 20+ years.

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            John Manzo RE: SpudMurphy Mar 5, 2009 06:12 AM

            In a similar vein and IMHO very reasonably priced "fine dining" is Brava Bistro.

            Also as price point goes, I wonder if Laurier Lounge would be up your alley.

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              ChrisA RE: John Manzo Mar 5, 2009 07:32 AM


              I like Alloy, but I think it is comparably expensive to several of the restaurants in the OP's "too expensive" list.

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                felix the hound RE: ChrisA Mar 6, 2009 09:26 AM

                You are like likely right. The problem is the wide range of prices both on the appetizer and entree menu.

        2. felix the hound RE: felix the hound Mar 6, 2009 08:33 AM

          Thank you for all your suggestion and information.
          We ended up at Divino and had a good dinner, more or less within budget (bill before tip was a bit over $60 per person including two $55 bottles of wine ). We started with green beans for sharing , soups as first course, two pastas, one pork roast, one flat iron steak, one salmon , and one striped bass. we did not order dessert or cheese. Everyone enjoyed their meal except one diner who thought the chicken in the black pepper linguini was overdone) Service was inconsistent throughout the evening

          I would go back, but plan to try Alloy before I do. And probably Tribune and Saltlik after that.

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