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Calgary Restaurant Reviews
Spicey Jamakin14555 Symons Valley, Calgary
Get your Jamakin on
By CalgaryFoodGuy of Calgary (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:07am [Dine in]

Good eat and great service.

A little bit of the Island flavour right here in Calgary.

Truly a great experience.

The blend of spices is masterful and the food is like a party in your mouth.

Would recommend to all food lovers, this is the place to get your Jamakin on.

The warm inviting experience almost makes you forget that it is winter outside.

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Latin Roots14555 Symons Vly Rd NW, Calgary, AB, Calgary
Horrible Service
By CalgaryFoodGuy of Calgary (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:41am [Dine in]

Lack of interest for customers.

Impersonal and rude. Poor attitude.

Extremely bad service. Would never recommend.

Lack of interpersonal skills. Poor management. Badly run.

The worst experience, ever. Keep away, unless you also want bad service and rude experience.

The experience was bad enough that it warranted writing about it and letting everyone know about my dislike for the place.

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Desert Pita & Grill, The1830 52nd Street SE, #144, Calgary
Disappointing
By Lmckay of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Im not sure why but this location is way more expensive for a hell of a lot less food. The service is still good but i dont know why people have to change a good thing. I dont see this location lasting very long. I think ill just stick to the 52nd and 17th ave location from now on.

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Pizza Hut55 Castleridge Boulevard NE, Calgary
Denying about credit been issued ever!!!
By Anjalic of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 3:29pm [Delivery]

I am so tired of talking to Calgary Castleridge pizza store ... Couple weeks back I order my food from Castleridge Pizza Hut in Calgary and it didn't turn up nice as it was burn and not fresh so I spoke to general manager of store who issued $20 credit to me. Today I call to use my credit and order more but I was told there is no credit issue at all. Such a liars !!!!

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Osteria De Medici201 10th Street NW, Calgary
Very slow service
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

I usually come here for dates, but came here the other night with my family. We were a group of 7 total with my sister's fiance and had a reservation but still had to wait to be seated, despite calling beforehand and arriving on time. I love Italian food, and so does my mom, so we decided to stick around.

The service was extremely slow, and the waiters did not seem to be very engaged or interested. Usually I don't care, but for the occasion and prices we were paying, I expected more. This Italian was always slow but this time it left me disappointed. The food was alright, but my linguine pescatore was a little off. There was very little shrimp and the mussels were so-so.

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Cafe Cerezo1002 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary
Homey and great
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Cerezo cafe and bar is the perfect little cutesy place for japanese fusion-style tapas. I love coming here because there is a very comfortable, kind of homey vibe to it. The restaurant is a formerly old house that has been turned into a business. You don't feel like you are dining at a restaurant here, but rather at a friend's place....or your own home if you like. The waiters always stop by and make sure you're fine and understand what you have ordered.

The good vibe of the place also oozes through to the food. Each plate is made with utmost care; I often feel a little pained at having to eat food that looks like a piece of art. They have the best toro sashimi I have tried, and their negi miso beef doesn't disappoint as well. The desserts, however, are the winners. There is not one dessert I have tried which I have not liked, but my favorites are the carrot cake and or anything with chocolate in it (chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, etc).

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Maurya Restaurant1204 Kensington Road NW, #100, Calgary
Not my pick for take out..
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:44am [Take-out]

Like Maurya. I consider myself to be a fairly regular at their lunch buffets because they actually serve good food., unlike other indian restaurants that offer buffets. But seriously, their take out left much to be desired. They let me down. I ordered early but nonetheless my food took forever to come. I called to check whether they had forgotten or something and they just said it should be on its way. Seriously?!? No sorry nothing. The jhinga vindaloo was way too spicy despite me ordering a mild or medium.

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Mercato2224 4th Street SW, Calgary
Best Italian in the city
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:15am [Dine in]

Mercatos is one of those pricey restaurants in the city, but I don't say that to complain. It is definitely worth it. I have been coming here for years and it has consistently been a reference for its good quality of food and service. So it has gained itself the reputation for being expensive, in my opinion. I can come here when it is busy or kind of empty (because it is never empty, getting a reservation is a problem) and still get the best of the service. The waiters are extremely polite and very well-trained to handle huge numbers of people.

I usually come to mercatos for lunch. Their pastas are very yummy and fresh, be it the gnocchi or the risotto. Or the bistecca. All with a good glass of wine of course!

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Bowness Pub7930 Bowness Road NW, #76, Calgary
Disappointing! Won't be back
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

The title says it all. Bowness used to be so great...the food was amazing but this time around it is sup-par. I had heard about things going downhill here, but didn't expect it to be so.

Wait times are ridiculous, even though me and my friends arrived rather quickly and knew exactly what to order, our order took forever to come. One hour! And when the waitress brought our order, she even mixed up one of our orders and didnt even appologize when she tried to charge us for it. Seriously? How do you guys stay in business!?!?

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza4404 14th Street NW, #2, Calgary
Perhaps the WORST customer service EVER
By Canexan of Calgary AB. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 9:58pm [Delivery]

Evidently, the staff at the North Haven CDD have no clue about customer service. They write the phone number down wrong, take 3 hours to deliver a pizza and blame it on the customer!!! It's bad enough that the pie took 3 hours but then to blame the customer (especially after catching them in a lie) is unbelievable. DO NOT ORDER FROM HERE. You will regret it.

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Avec Bistro550 11 Avenue SW, #105, Calgary
Kirk Shaw the Proprietor targets students and the disabled...
By nextupp of Calgary ab (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2014 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

I have not yet had the chance to eat at Avec café, however I did have the pleasure of meeting Kirk Shaw, one of the proprietors on a recent occasion, and wanted to comment on his ‘east coast charm’ that is mentioned in his bio on their website, and subsequently why I will not be dining there, as well as why you also should avoid it. I am a university student going on to do a Master’s Degree in September, and have been working across the street at the liquor store for a little over a year now….a few months ago, Kirk tried to use the AGLC to target us based on a prejudice he holds about a number of our customers (in plain terms he has a grudge against homeless people because he believes they hurt his business). Recently he tried again by coming into my place of work, and snapping photos of me serving a client who has lost a great deal of his motor skills (speech and walk). For him, this was the easiest way to get the store in trouble (and myself) for serving intoxicated patrons (which we do not). Despite my trying to explain to him the client’s physical capacity, he basically shouted at me, snapped his pictures (which were illegal to take in nature in this instance), and walked off. Personally I found it stunning and extremely disrespectful that the owner of a respected establishment would behave in such a child-like manner. First of all, he chose to sneakily target the only regular customer we have who would appear intoxicated if one had not ever exchanged words with him, secondly, to date there has not been an actual conversation requested or had between himself and anyone at my place of work, and finally, he went about his business by attacking my own right to privacy at work, despite my attempt to calmly explain the situation he was witnessing… Again not to mention that I’m just a part-time student employee trying to support my schooling. Kirk has basically been throwing a tantrum and attacking the easiest targets. I wrote about this because I personally don’t feel he deserves to be supported by us in any way if this is how he goes about dealing with his grievances… If you’re sitting at one of his tables and likely to spend a handsome sum on a meal and some wine then I’m sure he’ll show you some of that ‘east coast charm’, however if he has taken any issue with you, it is unlikely he will act in any respectful adult manner.

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Regal Beagle5308 17 Avenue SW, #7, Calgary
Rudest Pub in Calgary
By d403 of Calgary AB. (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 8:51am [Dine in]

We walked in as a party of 6 at 6pm. After being passed by several times by 3 staff members we had to prompt them for a wait time, at which point we got a rude response telling us that it would be "45mins to 1 hr and the other 4 tables are reserved for 6pm". We said we would gladly wait & found seats at the bar.
After waiting 45 mins we were never served, nor spoken to again & when we walked out at 6:45pm the reserved tables were still sitting there empty!
This pub clearly does not need, nor want your business.
Would not recommend this pub to anyone.

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Shanghai Classic Restaurant8282 Centre Street NE, Suite 3, Calgary
Worst service Chinese take out restaurant, high recommend everyone reconsider before going there
By misstasty of Calgary ab (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:13pm [Delivery]

Ok so I never pay the delivery driver 'ENOUGH' tips and the chinese man rudely said 'next time DO NOT ASK ME TO DELIVER ANYTHING, U GO PICK UP YOURSELF' (and yes this is for real, he clearly said that).
The price is already increased when you order a delivery anyways. The restaurant offer 10% off for pick up orders. Will never return and I highly recommend no one in the neighborhood buy their food either.
Their food is actually not really that good, price is expensive comparing to other restaurant, but I'm mostly just lazy and order take out.
Hope everyone read this review and will re-consider it before stopping by at this restaurant.

The owners and all the staffs that work at this restaurant have an attitude problem and tend to look down on customers who dress not so nice or according to them didn't pay enough tips. They made their customers line up at the door like they are begging for food, because they are so cheap to have enough servers on for the shift.
Thanks

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Osteria De Medici201 10th Street NW, Calgary
True Italian Experience
By markhughes of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2014 - 9:25am [Dine in]

Came here for the first time and absolutely loved it. Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable on each menu item and wine on the wine list so it made our first dining experience there very enjoyable. I will definitely recommend it to all of my friends and colleagues and will definitely be back in the near future!

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Osteria De Medici201 10th Street NW, Calgary
A Little Taste of Italy
By ClaireCavan of Calgary, Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

The Osteria has top notch food and top notch service. It's a little piece of Italy for us to enjoy here in Calgary. Their stampede events are also a little more unique and a great environment for companies to come and host clients. We had previously rented a VIP cabana, were given our own private bartender, and amazing food. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the many faces of the Osteria in Kensington.

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Teaspoon3220 28 Street SW, #2, Calgary
Persian delight
By marktct of Calgary, Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

My wife and I ate at Teaspoon tonight, for the first time. It is a tiny, family-run restaurant with nice decor. We were warmly greeted by the husband and wife proprietors. The service was efficient and fast. The food was a wonderful blend of sweet and savoury. I had Fesenjon, meatballs in a ground walnut and pomegranate syrup sauce, My wife had the lamb shank, which literally fell off the bone. The entrees were served with a fresh and crisp house salad with a light yogurt, dill(?) and mint dressing, and a bed of saffron basmati rice.
The Persian tea, with cardamon and mint was exquisite.

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King's Chinese Food1050 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Bad Careless Cooking
By calgaryjonathan of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:01pm [Take-out]

Do not order from these guys, they do not cut their veggies they will give you a whole half onion and large pieces of carrot and green pepper, you cant chew on a half onion, and they give no meat none!!! I had to chop food at home just so I could chew on the food. This is the worst review I have had to write about any chinese in calgary or any chinese in my life!!! The reception girl said thats how they make food, lazy cooks! no effort and bad taste! Worst place ever I am never going back.

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Osteria De Medici201 10th Street NW, Calgary
Superb Dining Expereince
By kellydupont of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

I had a wonderful dining experience at this restaurant this past Friday.. My husband and I had our 30 year anniversary.. He had the veal Osteria and I had the seafood linguine which was out of this world.. The waiter made a superb wine recommendation and at the end of the dinner they presented a lovely piece of tiramisu dessert on the house in congratulations of our success. Thank you Osteria for making our evening special.

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Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant118A 5 Avenue SE, Calgary
Terrible Service
By wyzheliu of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

TERRIBLE SERVICE. Five of us ordered the lunch box during lunch. waited for 50 minutes before part of the food (plain rice and salad) arrived at our table. We had to take everything to-go. The server never bothered to drop by and apologize for the bad service. DO NOT TRUST all the positive review here for Hokkaido. Avoid at all cost!! For the same price, you can get way better food and service else where!

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Forbidden City999 36th Street NE, #220, Calgary
Only go here if you personally know the seating host!!!
By King Kong of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:38am [Dine in]

When I go out in Calgary for dim sum, at certain times I do expect to wait. Yesterday however the seating host at the Forbidden City Restaurant was blatantly letting in certain groups that appeared to know her. We seen several groups arrive after us, yet they were allowed to go in ahead of us. Even after the seating host told us we would be next, several more groups (4) were allowed in ahead of us. So I waited until after our meal to talk to the manager and let him know what was going on. Before I could finish, the manager cut me off and gave me his prefab, canned explanation that was irrelevant to what I was saying. I waited until the manager finished talking and tried to explain again, but he would never let me finish what I was saying. I found this quite rude for a manager. Regarding the food, it used to be very good, but now it is only average at best, there are several places in town that are much better. The service was totally ruined by the seating host and manager, the waiters however were pleasant. The Value has gone down hill, it seems to me that the prices have gone up here considerably since we started coming here several years ago, more so than at other dim sum places we like. Ambiance, well I'm not sure if you've been to a chinese dim sum place before, but ambiance seems to be the last thing they worry about, it is very noisy, has weird odours and seating is very tight, but I knew that before I came, so I'm not complaining about that, just saying for anyone that's never been.
I'm afraid that yesterday's experience will be my last at this restaurant, it's too bad because we've been going here for several years. It used to be one of the best dim sum places in Calgary, but there are many better options now.

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