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Very good restaurant in Calgary?

I'm a foodie from Montreal and I'm going to Calgary for the first time for the Holidays to visit my boyfriend and I'll like to take him to a very good restaurant. I'm looking for a place that's reasonably trendy, with interesting food, pretty high-end but also relatively romantic (as in, no loud house music in the restaurant). Price is not really a concern.

Any suggestions?


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  1. rave1007:

    As a former Montrealer, now an Edmontonian, I would recommend:

    -River Cafe
    -Divino Wine and Cheese

    Rouge has been recommended by others but I have not yet tried it during trips south.

    1. Perhaps look into Il Sogno, which has wonderful food, low lighting, and is quite romantic (I think). Rush is also good, but 'trendier'. If you get a booth at Rush, it can be romantic. Rouge is a converted house, with a fireplace, so it is romantic, too.

      Il Sogno
      24 4th St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3R7, CA

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      1. re: shopwinedinefine

        We had dinner at Rush for my birthday. The room is beautiful, the food is very good & the service was impeccable. Definitely recommend.

      2. A few of the places we've frequented for nice food:
        Charcut - may be too noisy for a "romantic" night.

        1. You guys have it all wrong!!! The best restaurant in town is the one at the top of the Calgary Tower!!!

          Hahaha.. sorry, couldn't resist. I love River Cafe this time of year. My vote for that.

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          1. re: piano boy

            baha actually the former chef at Il Sogno is/was heading up Sky360- anyone have any recent reviews of the place?

            1. re: maplesugar

              We've gone a few times for lunch recently before heading over to catch a matinee at Vertigo. It's been hit-and-miss. I did like their chicken salad sandwich which had a nice kick from the mustard they use and the spicy rigatoni was tasty but they murdered my (supposedly medium-rare) steak and the desserts are nothing special (and this comes from Ms. Sweet Tooth herself).

          2. As a former Montrealer and based on the recommendations of regulars who's palates I trust:

            Il Sogno
            Chef's Table at Kensington Riverside Inn
            River Cafe

            eta: I love the food at Divino's too - but quiet and romantic it's not.

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            1. re: maplesugar

              I would concur with your recomendations.

            2. No love for Teatro? Sure it's expensive... OKAY, very expensive, but it has a nice atmosphere and good food (from what I can remember).

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

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              1. re: cn1822

                I had a nice meal at Teatro recently. We had the tasting menu. Enjoyed it a lot but still like some other venues better especially for the value.

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

              2. Muse has good food - brussel sprouts with maple syrup and the tenderest braised lamb.
                On the lower level there is an alcove under the stairs which is very intimate.
                A tasting menu is available but you have to give them a day or two notice to get it.

                Q Haute has a good tasting menu - Clive gave us great service.
                No (semi-) private areas that I can recall but we were the only table after a half hour or so.
                Sitting by the window looking across the river while snow gently fell was very romantic.

                Q Haute Cuisine (formerly La Caille)
                100 La Caille Place, Calgary, AB T2P 5E2, CA

                Muse Restaurant
                107 10A Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4M7, CA

                  1. re: ravel007

                    If your a serious foodie skip the tower it's only a 7/10 in my books.
                    I agree with chefs table or rush or river cafe has good ambience but if it's really cold out dress warm as you have to walk a bit.
                    I will add a few newer venues to the list char cut or notable both of these are not suitable for vegetarians as they are primarily meat focused but they are GREAT!!
                    Have fun!

                    1. re: jsfoodchat

                      There's always a vegetarian option at Charcut, not vegan, but at least something for someone who's ok with dairy/fish.

                      The menu changes daily but for instance there's only the one starter a vegetarian couldn't possibly enjoy. There aren't a plethora of mains but there is a risotto. No, Charcut's menu isn't skewed toward vegetarians but it's not like they'd have to settle for sides either.