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Apr 9, 2009 02:18 PM

dining alone in calgary

I'm going to be in Calgary for one night, and I'm staying downtown. Where could I go (walking or on transit) for dinner - alone - where i won't feel conspicuously alone?

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  1. I've seen solo diners regularly at Divino, I believe Bobmac does that fairly often. They have a nice bar and will serve you there.

    1. I don't mean to be unhelpful but in my opinion there are no restaurants that aren't appropriate for dining alone. I think a better question might be about what to avoid.

      Any suggestions?

      3 Replies
      1. re: John Manzo

        I agree with Divino, hopefully the crazy curly haired guy named Brian is working, sit up at the bar!

        1. re: calgarydiner00

          Gobstopper is "spot on" and that "crazy curly haired guy" [smile] is one good bartender and someone who knows his wine calgarydiner00 and takes care of his customers who enjoy vino.

          Like Gobstopper suggested, places that have serving bars like Divino, Catch, River work well for me when I am down in Calgary eating alone. Made even better when the serving staff are personable like Brian.

          I usually do not like to take up a table for two by myself but that is just me and not something the restaurant made me feel awkward about. I expect you could eat at the spots above and others where I have done the same like Teatro, Centini, Murietta's and the like downtown.

          calgarydiner00: I am down in Calgary the week-end after Easter and I'll have to remember that "observation" [chuckle] as we likely will get to Divino at some stage in the trip.

        2. re: John Manzo

          My first thought was similar - why wouldn't any restaurant be fine for solo dining. That said, I don't know if I would recommend Teatro, just because of the atmosphere. Not sure why exactly, but it just doesn't seem...I don't know how to explain it, but when I eat alone I like to be in a nice inviting place and (dont get me wrong, I love their food) but Teatro is cold and cavernous and not the type of place I would enjoy on my own.