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Capriccio? (YYC)

Has anyone been? I can't find a website for it, but I'd like to try it.

I'm trying to organize a girl's night out, and it's one of my restaurant options (others are Big Fish, Tribune, and San Remo). It's the only one I can't see the menus or the prices.

Since we're on the subject, any other suggestions for a girl's night? We're all cheapskates, just to clear that up right now. So nothing where ALL the entrees are over $30! :-D

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  1. A few of Calgary's better restaurants have been running prix fixe menus. Some are offered early in the evening, some on specific nights... most will have been posted here at one time or another - Blink, St Germaine... I can't remember prices off the top of my head - if you check City Palate their latest edition will be online (and on stands in several places in the city) most prix fixe will be advertised in there, and sometimes iirc in Friday's Swerve magazine in the Herald.

    eta: now that I've mentioned it the database has pulled up recent prix fixe threads at the bottom of this one

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    1. re: maplesugar

      Thanks for the tip--I always forget about City Palate unless I see it. It's just that I don't know if everyone would want to order the prix fixe menu, and if they don't, then they might be kind of screwed as far as $$$.

      Do most of the more expensive restaurants have decent sized portions for at least their mains? I was really surprised at how big my main at Divino was.

      1. re: Lainey1978

        Quite often (except for St-Germain) the restaurants will post their prix fixe menu online so you & the girls can check it out in advance. The alternative of course would be to call and ask - I can't see them minding giving you an overview before you book.

        I'll see what I can dig up and post later - have to see to the kids. :)

        1. re: maplesugar

          I looked up City Palate, but I can't find anything about prix fixe. I know there are threads on here, but I wish there was a comprehensive guide to restaurants offering that option. (Is there?).

          1. re: Lainey1978

            Ok Lainey here's what I found so far that fits the "not all the mains are over $30" criteria:

            Bonterra Trattoria: http://bonterra.ca/menus/dinnerweb.pdf - Love their food and the space. Mains in a decent range price wise.

            Brava Bistro: http://bravabistro.com/menus.php?menu... a long standing fave on this board, and moderately priced mains range from $19-32 there was also a report on here that they were doing a fixed price menu as well so it might be worth calling.

            Centini is apparently doing a three course table d'hôte for $45 but the menu references April 09 so I'd call to confirm they're still doing it.: http://www.centini.com/CuisineWine/Ta...

            Raw Bar at the Hotel Arts: http://www.hotelarts.ca/upload/media_... they're also offering a $50 tasting menu, ($30 more for wine pairings) but I don't know that it'd be as substantial in size as you're looking for. I defer to those who've been there recently.

            I also checked CRMRs restaurants and they're higher priced than I remember (I'm only usually there for special occasions) so I'd say - with the exception of Divino, where 1/2 the mains are over $30 - they're off the list.

            Hope that helps - wherever you end up going please post a follow up :)

            1. re: maplesugar

              Bonterra was one I considered, but I decided to save it for another time. I can't remember why now.

              Brava was also one, but the menu looked expensive to me. However, upon looking at it again, it doesn't seem that bad as the cheaper cheapskates among us could get a burger or flatbread if they wanted. I guess I also should have said that I want something that has some options under $20 for those who might be struggling financially.

              Centini looks pretty expensive...

              Mmm, Raw Bar looks pretty good to me, but yes, size would possibly be an issue.

              Will definitely do a follow up!

              1. re: Lainey1978

                Centini's usual menu is on the high end, but I'd call and see if they're still offering the 3-course@$45. Good deal imho.

                1. re: maplesugar

                  But I don't want the people to have to spend $45 if they don't want to. There don't seem to be any "cheap" choices.

                  Now if we're talking going there myself, or with one less budget-conscious friend.... :-D

                  1. re: Lainey1978

                    We did a girls night at Brava Bistro and it was awesome. I got an appy, a salad, a desert and a glass of wine and it was $51 before tip. Everyone was really happy with their food and the service was phenominal.

                    1. re: Merry113

                      I think $51 for an appy, a salad, a dessert and a glass of wine is quite pricey. Capriccio is much less expensive.

                      1. re: hsk

                        I've never been to Capriccio so I wasn't commenting on the relative pricing. I was giving an example of Brava pricing. I wouldn't say that was cheap but I would say that it could be done at somewhere like Earl's or Joey's so it's not really expensive either.

    2. Capriccio is just OK.
      Haven't been to Tribune since it was reincarnated as "Trib" - the previous place was wonderful, but pricey. San Remo....ummm.....nothing good to say about them.....

      It depends what you are looking for in a 'girl's night.' A place like Diner Deluxe can be quite charming for dinner, and everything would be priced within your comfort zone.

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      1. re: shopwinedinefine

        Really? I've heard a lot of good things about San Remo. Weird...

        I don't like Diner Deluxe. I've only been there once for breakfast, though. Hoping for something a little nicer than a diner...

      2. I've only been twice, I posted about the first time
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/433121
        I went again a few months later with another couple and it was as good as the first time, I haven't been for about a year (I don't get north of the river much). If they haven't upped their prices it would be great for your group, it's a really small space, be sure to make a reservation.

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        1. re: hsk

          Oh, thanks, I did a search but nothing came up. That does look like a good one. At least I have a pretty good idea where it is, and there is free parking. Always a bonus!

        2. Would anyone happen to have any pictures of the decor/the food/anything at Capriccio?

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          1. re: Lainey1978

            Some pictures here
            http://www.vineanddine.ca/capriccio20...

            Not certain if it is from their regular menu or if the event had something special done for them.

            1. re: cancowboy

              Oh, thanks! I almost found this before, but when I clicked on the Capriccio logo it took me to some restaurant in Florida (with a different name) for some reason. This is very helpful, thanks!

              1. re: Lainey1978

                The food didn't look anything like that when I went, the portions were quite large. You might want to consider sharing a bunch of things - I found one app and one entree to be too much food for one person (I almost never eat dessert), usually it's not.

                1. re: hsk

                  So even the appetizers were big? That's good to know. There's always doggie bags. :o)

                  1. re: Lainey1978

                    Yes, they were HUGE, The second time we just shared the calamari and were able to finish our entrees.

          2. So, I just tried to call Capriccio because I finally settled on this restaurant as the girl's night out restaurant. All I get is a recorded message saying my call cannot be completed as dialed. I tried a few times to make sure it's not me. I looked up the number from various places, as well. Now I'm a little worried! Anyone know what's going on? Did they go out of business already or something???

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            1. re: Lainey1978

              They show two numbers on a google search - 277-6273 and 277-6295 - did you try both?

              1. re: beggsy

                No, I could only find the one when I searched and then posted this. I noticed the other one yesterday. Thanks, though! I'll try them again when I have a better idea of how many are coming (I had one dropout already, and 3 maybes).

                  1. re: Lainey1978

                    Never mind. Gonzo. Kaput. Banner that says "La Luna Rossi-Opening Soon" outside.

                    Back to the drawing board... *sigh*