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jamtart12 Jun 1, 2010 01:03 PM

Every month we have a girl's dinner normally at a restaurant suggested by me.
Recent dinners have been at Globefish, Charcut, Vin Room and Alloy.
Someplace central is preferred.

I am asking for suggestions because I am drawing a blank. Something casual and fun that i have chance of getting a reservation for 8 on 48 hours notice.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Vin Room
2310-4th St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2, CA

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    jsfoodchat Jun 4, 2010 08:30 PM

    Also maybe revisit Teatros - they are really great lately.

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    Teatro Restaurant
    200 8th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K7, CA

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      jsfoodchat Jun 4, 2010 08:28 PM

      Olives! Of course! (I also really like Rush!). These will fit right in with your previous choices.

      1. AriaDream Jun 4, 2010 08:56 AM

        I love Rush and they do have a bar area with small plates and larger plates. Might be worth a try. :)

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          ennui Jun 4, 2010 10:19 AM

          Another vote for Taste. Their new menu is insanely good - try the tomato salad with pesto and mascarpone and the duck fat popcorn. Yum. Perfect for ladies night out.

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          Taste Restaurant
          1210 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V4, CA

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          Iamclarkman Jun 2, 2010 05:39 PM

          I have noticed that The Muse in Kensington does not get a ton of love on the chow boards, but I for one LOVE the food and atmosphere and have never had a bad experience there.. The resto is split between 3 or 4 dining areas all on different floors. On the 2nd level next to the open kitchen is a larger table designed for bigger groups (could probably hold 8-12) that I think would be ideal for what your looking for. Try the escargots, best I have had in the city and the Yukon potato lobster lasagna is as close to a perfect dish as I have ever experienced... Just fantastic!

          1. ybnormal Jun 2, 2010 03:27 PM

            Anju for Korean tapas: http://www.anju.ca/

            Pretty cool place.

            Divino's is terrific but you may not be able to get a reservation. Also, its a bit noisy.

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              dollykat Jun 2, 2010 02:19 PM

              Another vote for Brava Bistro.

              A group of us 6 ladies went a couple of years go - dinner and a movie (first Sex & the City movie). It was fabulous and the service was memorably great. We are going again in a couple of weeks - dinner & a movie again (this time Sex & the City 2!!). Glad to see by the previous posts that it's still great.

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              Brava Bistro
              723 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B6, CA

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                NumberFive Jun 2, 2010 12:04 PM

                For a girls dinner... my wife often goes with her girlfriends to Escoba or Divino. Both central, good food and wine lists, easier to get a bigger group at Escoba, but possible at both I'd say.

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                  katidyd Jun 2, 2010 12:18 PM

                  Taste on 1 st SW is central. The food has always been great when we've been. They change up the menu very frequently...and the service and atmosphere is wonderful.

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                    NumberFive Jun 3, 2010 07:09 AM

                    Very good idea, surprised I forgot about Taste. Taste is a great idea for a group to go. Nice and always changing wine menu, and a great sharing menu. Atmophere is fun too.

                2. Love to dine out Jun 1, 2010 07:59 PM

                  There is a restaurant above Puchinellas restaurant in Kensington . It's in all red colours and has terrific booth seating. You might notice the reds don't work that well together. Really tough colour to pull off with multilple of it. I've been there twice and love the simply italian fare. It's like eating at Nona's table. Last weekend I was there and sure enough, an entire Italian family complete with grandma came into dine. The booths seat up to 8. The food is served italian style. Order rack of lamb and you get an entire rack in the middle of the table to share. Thats the focus of the place, sharing plates or small platters of really good italian. The desserts are horrible. They haven't gotten desserts right yet.

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                    cancowboy Jun 1, 2010 08:16 PM

                    Dolce Sapori
                    1147 Kensington Crescent NW
                    (403) 283-7793

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                    miss.foodie Jun 1, 2010 06:27 PM

                    You could try Spiros on 17th. They have roast suckling pig every Wed night as their special and lamb on a spit on Tues evenings. I tried the suckling pig and it was delicious. The $25 entree included a greek salad to start and veggies and potatoes with the main. The greek salad was one of the better ones that I've had in Calgary. And I loved the crispy skin of the suckling pig. They serve other items on the menu too such as pizza. For dessert, try their cheesecake. It is to-die-for!

                    http://www.spirospizza.ca/

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                      foodkarma Jun 1, 2010 06:11 PM

                      Recently I hosted a ladies' dinner at Laurier Lounge for 5ppl on recommendations from this board - was great! The ladies loved it! The drinks were fun and the tapas plates/poutine/fondue were great to share.

                      Also a few other suggestions: Una Pizza or Divino?

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                      Laurier Lounge
                      1111 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A1, CA

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                        aktivistin Jun 1, 2010 02:38 PM

                        What about Velvet? Great vibe and maybe there are still tickets to a show that night, too.

                        Also: Jaro Blue, if it's a weeknight--seems like it fills up quickly on a weekend.

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                          cancowboy Jun 1, 2010 01:42 PM

                          Blink

                          May I also suggest you try Open Table http://www.opentable.com/start.aspx?m... - stick in your date, time and party size and see what's available.- maybe something will strike your fancy,

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                          Blink Restaurant
                          111 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4, CA

                          1. DeeDub Jun 1, 2010 01:18 PM

                            I went to Brava Bistro with a group of 8 a couple of months ago and had a great time. Service was on point. Food and drinks great. Atmosphere cool. Would go again with a group that size in a heartbeat.

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                            Brava Bistro
                            723 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B6, CA

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                              Merry113 Jun 1, 2010 02:21 PM

                              I second the recommendation for Brava. We did a girls' dinner there and it was awesome.

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                                beggsy Jun 3, 2010 07:03 PM

                                Me three! Great food, service and a nice lively atmosphere.

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