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Calgary Business dinner

Going back to Calgary next week (visiting from Vancouver) and I'm wondering where to go with some customers for dinner. We've been to Carvers, Tangerine Supper Club, River Cafe and another one next door to the Fairmont Palliser (can't remember the name but it was new last year and excellent)

Where should I hit up this year? I understand that it is Dine-out Calgary so this may or may not affect our ability to get in somewhere.



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  1. I'd suggest Chef's Table at the Kensington Riverside Inn. Very good food and great atmosphere.

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    1. re: katericht

      Kate have you been since Theo Yeaman left? Just wondering if things have changed with Jeff Park at the helm.

      1. re: maplesugar

        alau says Park is doing a superb job- I'd have no worries, but I do wonder where Theo is these days.

        rb, you're thinking of Rush, and I agree it's a great choice. In addition to Chef's Table, may I suggest Capo or Centini? Both are great and very much biz-friendly.

        1. re: John Manzo

          Rush, you're right. It was great. Had the tasting menu last time. We are staying downtown again so are any of these suggestions within walking distance of the Palliser?

          1. re: rb_rangers7

            How about Charcut? It's in the le Germaine Hotel just across the street from the Palliser, it just opened last week and it's very good. A little more casual than Rush.

            1. re: rb_rangers7

              Centini is, rest are cab/LRT ride away- do you want walking distance from Palliser?

              hsk reco of Charcut looks really promising- and any resto on the 100 SE or SW block of Stephen Ave is a 5-minute walk, tops, from Palliser.

      2. I second Chef's Table. Capo and Rush are really good as well. Chef's Table and Capo are quite small, so they both have a really nice intimate setting. Rush has really good food and the decor is beautiful.

        1. Belvedere and Muse were always two of my favorite places to take clients.

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          1. re: Lucki

            I second Muse. Love it... I would recommend Vero in Kensington but they are only doing the Dine Out menu that week.

          2. Rouge over in Inglewood well worth the cab ride over. And Capo as a back-up as well.

            1. Divino's, Murrietta's, Blink and The Trib are all on 8th Avenue and easy walking from the Palliser.

              1. I second the comment for Belvedere. 2 reasons - 1. They have excellent food and are PERFECT for a business dinner with clients and 2. They should be able to get you in.

                Also, if you are having trouble getting in, try The Trib Steakhouse. We hosted my husband's 40th birthday dinner here and every single person (20 guests) loved their dinner. The lamb leg (looks like something Fred Flinstone would eat) was incredibly impressive and fabulous.

                Also, never had a bad meal at Chef's table but it is probably one of our most expensive restaurants.

                Nobody has mentioned Alloy - this is a fantastic choice for a business dinner. Guests are always impressed by the decor and food both. Service is great and food at Alloy is discussed alot on this board. They have a bit of a larger room than some places so this should help with availability too.

                Last if you want to venture off the beat and path more, one of the hottest new places is NoTable. This would be great if you could get a reservation (they accept them but are booked well in advance). Worth a call though!

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                1. re: jsfoodchat

                  Thoughtful reply jsfoodchat but the OP was March 2010. I suspect he's long gone - though I do wonder where he decided to go.

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    Hahahaha - thought it was March 2011! Time flies!

                    1. re: jsfoodchat

                      I always appreciate the reviews :)