Calgary, Eau Claire area: Rivoli Chophouse
Walking home I saw the banner...
As per :Where"
New steakhouse in the downtown core, in the space formerly occupied by La Paella. Full menu of chophouse favourites, as well as a sophisticated lounge and entertainment on weekends. Scheduled to open summer 2009.
Takes guts to open right now!
I wonder what it will be like. Maybe they'll give Buchanan's a run for their money.
800 6 AV SW
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Was there for the Grand Opening on August 11, and the space is expansive. It is the same owners as La Paella and they have a following of fans. The food I have yet to try as it was packed with their customers that night. (I missed eating with my friends as I wandered around meeting others). A very sociable open space that is inviting. I look forward to giving the food a go as everything that came out looked so good. enJOY!
Went there tonight with a large group. I know big groups are difficult to coordinate in terms of meal timing, etc. But we had a reservation and they knew we were coming.
Every. Single. Meal. was dreadful. One meal was entirely forgotten, and when it was brought to the servers attention we were informed that the cook had prepared the wrong dish, having misunderstood the server.
The vegetables were limp, anemic and cold, and my salmon was so overcooked that I, quite literally, could not even cut into 1/2 of it. (it was so dried out that it was HARD... like it had been done in a microwave and cooked too long) And this place is supposedly a "chophouse" so how come all the beef entrees were BURNT and extremely overcooked. (not only that, but COLD, to boot) It was one of the worst restaurant meals I have ever had in my life -- and I am generally not a picky person.
Some of the meals were sent back and when they returned, the vegetables were a different type and there were no potatoes because apparently they had "run out" of potatoes. So the food that we originally got, with potatoes, was cold... sent back... and our replacements were missing items we were supposed to have in the first place!
The server was very attentive and apologetic. And being in the restaurant industry myself I know how difficult these situations are. She handled it very well and I felt bad for her because I know how frustrating it is to serve food that is coming out of the kitchen all wrong.
Unfortunately, our good server cannot make up for the poor food quality. The entirely empty restaurant, aside from us, should have tipped us off from the get go that this was probably not the most popular place in town.
Oh well! Live and learn. And this lesson = never going back to a "chophouse" that can't even cook their signature dishes correctly