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Calgary Restaurant Reviews
Forbidden City999 36th Street NE, #220, Calgary
Decent food, but service consistently BAD
By maree of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 11:31am [Dine in]

The food is not bad, but portions are small for what you pay. What really irks is the consistently bad service. I once waited 45 minutes for a last dish and asked the waitress if I could cancel it if it's not yet prepared. She said it's coming and you can't cancel, rush, or complain about a dish.

The owners only see $$$ signs in front of them and do not give care if you return or not. Also, the servers do not get a share of the tips here. The owner keeps it all.

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Ruth's Chris Steak House115 9th Avenue SE, #294, Calgary
Best steak I ever had in Calgary.
By honeybear76 of Calgary ab (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

I love Albert beef but I was curious to try the US. And I was super impressed. What I love the most is smelling and hearing the steak come sizzling to my table. My mouth was watering. It was nice to have my food all stay warm till I was finished. I can't wait for another excuse to go back again.

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Teriyaki Experience33 Heritage Meadows Way SE, Calgary
Horrible experience
By ON456 of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:17am [Take-out]

The owner ALWAYS short-changes us, about 50 cents each time. She would ask us what sauce we want and we answer "teriyaki and hot sauce" she would said "no you only get teriyaki sauce"... then why did you even ask???
The size of the meal is so small, comparing to other similar types of fast food restaurants, and they still have to short-change their customers??? We are sure that it's not an accident because she does that ALL THE TIME!
The way the owner treats her employees is horrible too, a lot of times we can see her pushing around her employees or simply take over the task the employees are doing because they are not doing it "fast or good enough"

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Calgary Court Restaurant119 2nd Avenue SE, Calgary
Good variety
By albertlam282 of Calgary Alberta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

This is a great Hong Kong style café that offers a quick meal at a reasonable price. If you have no idea how a Hong Kong style café might be like, picture an Asian Denny's. It's a loud and bustling venue with a lot of in and out traffic. If you like variety, here is where you will find an extensive menu of over 300 menu items. They have specials on a daily basis which consists of an entree, soup, rice or spaghetti, garlic toast and a drink. All this for no more than $15, tax and tip included. The service is fast and the food is worth every penny. When people ask for a good Chinese restaurant recommendation, I often reply with four questions "How traditional?", "How adventurous?" , "Who are you going with?" and "How much are you looking to spend?" This isn't the place to take your first date, but it offers good food that comes out quick and it is easy on the wallet. It's not hard to find a dish that is captivating for each person in the party. There is a wide range of selection from Sweet & Sour Pork with Rice to Deep Fried Pig's Intestine, if neither sounds appealing maybe just settle for a Ham & Egg Sandwich. Give this place a try, you wont regret it!

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Big Cheese Poutinerie, The738 17th Ave SW, Calgary
It's definitely great to see a new fast food restaurant that is unique
By Albert L of Calgary Alberta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Take a stroll down 17th Avenue, if you are looking for a quick bite and happen to pass by the The Big Cheese Poutinerie it would be worth your while to check in . Just located a few doors down from the Melrose Cafe, it's hard to pass by without noticing the mouth watering aroma and the big plaid awning flaring off the building.

It was slightly crowded with a small line up which is a good indication that I had arrived at the right place. I had been hearing mixed reviews and had to try it for myself. We ordered two small sized poutine's, the portions were perfect for the two of us to share. There was good flavor in both, I enjoyed the "Notorious P.I.G." over the "Veggie Nacho". I found the two to be a great combination, we decided it was best to go with one that was heavy and the other... slightly heavier. Nice setting, good flavors, but eat it fast or be prepared to grab a spoon for some potato soup in a box.

Summary
It's a nice venue to check out and open late on weekends. I would recommend trying it out, but I wouldn't say it fully satisfies my craving for a good traditional Montreal poutine. It's definitely great to see a new fast food restaurant that is unique and non franchised. Not that I have anything against franchises, it's just nice to have some variety and competition. It keeps vendors on their toes, which means higher food quality at reasonable prices.

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Charcut899 Centre Street SW, #101, Calgary
I think this might have just made my top 10 favorites
By Albert L of Calgary Alberta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

After watching Connie DeSousa, one of the Co-Executive chefs and Co-Owners of CHARCUT Roast House compete in "Top Chef Canada" I was determined to try some of her rustic culinary creations.

I must admit I had high expectations heading into the restaurant. When we walked in we saw that it was a full house, having made reservations we were greeted at the door and seated right away. The restaurant was well staffed and the timing of each dish that came out was perfect. Our waitress checked on us regularly and I never felt there was any impact on the service regardless of how busy it was. The venue had a very modern and relaxed atmosphere that catered to a wide range of clientele. We were seated next to a family with kids and across from us looked to be a girl’s night out dinner.

There was good selection on the menu but I knew I had to experience some of the dishes that were prepared for the judges in the Top Chef competition. I knew if it was good enough to impress the judges it’s definitely going to impress me…and I was right about that one! I would highly recommend trying the share burger, it’s tender with lots of flavor, and the saltiness of the meat accentuated the fried egg and the bun perfectly. I rarely order burgers at restaurants but once you take your first bite you’ll know what I’m raving about.

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The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would recommend CHARCUT in a heartbeat; just make sure to make reservations so you are not left waiting. The chefs embrace a passion for the food they serve and for their fans. We ended the night with a picture and a signed menu from Connie herself. This turned out to be a terrific dining experience. I think this might have just made my top 10 favorites.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill4916 130th Avenue SE, Unit 203, Calgary
Don't know what to think?
By Lostinocean of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

My wife and I decided to eat out (I had just come home from work) we decided on Swiss Chalet. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by the friendly hostess, she sat us down and a couple minutes later our server came along and greeted us in a pleasant manner. We ordered two bowls of soup (they seemed to have skimped dramatically on the portion) after finishing the soups our server came back with the entrees we ordered. I ordered a Rib combo with a pint of Molson and my wife had ordered a Summer Sensation (with wine).
The food was quite pleasant and the server seemed very prompt and friendly. So on to Dessert, my wife had a big sundae that came with her meal so we shared, it was a good portion. Upon finishing we went up to the bar/counter and waited for our server. Upon waiting for our payment to process we heard someone in a rude manner telling a server that putting that much soup was wasting it and he proceeded to use his voice in an abusive manner in the kitchen. We commented to the server about it and she said "That's our new GM". It was an overall good experience, but the manager was quite abusive and now I know why my soup did not come out full. We will not be returning as we wonder what else he would abusively advise his servers to skimp on.

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Boston Pizza4307 130th Avenue SE, #220, Calgary
Night Delivery
By tnovello of Calgary, Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 22, 2011 - 6:47pm [Delivery]

The food was half an hour late based on their estimate which is fine by us, considering that sometimes things happen.
We ordered our meal at 10pm on a Sunday and received it at 12:00am. this ordering was done online so my wife and I thought that maybe the order had been delayed in getting to them. When the food finally arrived it had been dropped more than once, The jambalaya container had opened and the sauce was all over the bag and had to be reheated due to it being severely cold.......

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Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop3410 3th Avenue NW, Calgary
okay but not worth the price
By lissy of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

The flavours were okay, the price was very high. I think I may of got the icecream left over from the winter as it had the old icicles and stale taste to it. Staff are less than enthusiastic to serve you, would rather chat to each other. The interior has not been updated in a long time, the old time piano is nice but do not touch or go near, if the staff had time they may play for you. Not sure how they would manage that. the plastic plants are tacky and dusty. Don't think I would go back here. I have found better value, service and quality at other places that appreciate having customers in!

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Bowness Pub7930 Bowness Road NW, #76, Calgary
Cool Pub
By taylorevans25 of Bowness, Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 4, 2011 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Me and the hubby decided to check out the new pub. Hadn't been in there in years. Food was pretty good, and the bartender was really friendly (which was a nice change). Apparantly the new owners are in the middle of doing more outside renovations. Looking forward to seeing the new changes! Certainly a welcome change from the old place.

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Bowness Pub7930 Bowness Road NW, #76, Calgary
Bowness Finally has it's neighborhood pub!
By paulwcoates of Calgary, Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:09am [Dine in]

After a complete overhaul of the formally grungy Pig and Pint, the new Bowness Pub is everthing that the emerging community needs. Friendly staff, great pub grub, and a warm feel. I had the thin-crust pizza and it was wickedly good. They have some interesting items such as a build your own poutine, and deep-fried pickles which my wife absoutely loved. While certainly modernized, the owners have maintained the true Bowness community spirit through some amazing photographs of the area from the early 1900's. Very cool!

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Mirchi739 SW 2nd Avenue, Calgary
Worth Going Back To
By Reya of canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 2:39am [Dine in]

I have to write this review because I saw what the other guy (review) Wrote, We also had takeout, and restaurant is a beautiful inside, nicely decorated with candles and colorful (unlike most Indian restaurants). Anyways the food was good, had the chicken korma, and achar chicken, the garlic naan and the chutney's and dips with it. The food was very good, was a bit spicy, but was one of the better Indian restaurants in the area if not the best. No Indian restaurant can beat the flavor of Mirchi.

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Caffe Crema2525 Bridlecrest Way SW, #10, Calgary
A great Discovery and a Bridlewood Gem
By Dreadteir of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

Last year the Chiasso Coffee Company opened in my building and I discovered the word of Third Wave Coffee.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Caffe Crema was almost right next door to me in Bridlecrest. The only regret I had was that I hadn't gone in to discover them sooner.

Every time I go in I can look forward to an expertly crafted beverage, whether it be a French Press or a Latte, and to sit down on the leather couch and read a newspaper or a book. Don't forget to try one their Panini Sandwiches as well, they are simple and quite tasty!

Caffe Crema gets Five Stars from me any day .

DJS

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Caffe Crema2525 Bridlecrest Way SW, #10, Calgary
New favourite meeting place
By wenda of Calgary, AB (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 7, 2011 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Love the atmosphere, friendly & efficient staff & cozy, comfortable surroundings. Nice variety of eats, treats & other artsy items for sale. Also a variety of activities & special entertainment nights happening. Great place to meet friends & relax over great coffee - probably the best latte around. The close proximity to home makes it even better - nestled within walking distance of several communities. Excellent!

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Panago Pizza151 Crowfoot Crescent NW, #35, Calgary
Can't get enough of this stuff!
By Food_Guy of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 10:05pm [Delivery]

This pizza is really good! The BBQ Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Primo Veggie and Mediterranean Veggie are my favourites! I know...I eat a lot of pizza... This is also the only company where I enjoy the multigrain crust. I find Pizza 73's to just fall apart and taste bad. I usually go at lunch for their $6 individual pizza and pop deal. I can also confirm they do make their own dough and hand toss their pizza's as they prepare them. The staff at this location are great and I always get great service. The dips are a must. My favourite is the Cilantro! On Friday's this location provides complimentary cinnestix and organic juice. A big hit with my son, he doesn't mind waiting for the pizza on those days! Overall a great tasting pizza and amazing service.

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Gratitude Cafe227 10th Street NW, #101, Calgary
If you have food allergies this is the place for you!
By msargent of New West (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favourite places to go when I visit Calgary. They cater to many different kinds of food allergies. There are wheat free, dairy free, onion and garlic free options, raw food options, vegan, vegetarian, etc.

The menu is done up in a really cool way and the cafe is super cute.

The servers there are great and they are well trained in the menu and suggestions for different allergies, preferances, etc.

Go check it out!!

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Mango Shiva Indian Bistro & Chai Bar218 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Bad Service, Food Quality Makes McDonalds look "posh"
By Foodie09 of Kitsilano Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

I was in Calgary for a recent business trip and this restaurant had caught my attention from their website so I was highly anticipating this dining experience. I was let down right from the start of my horrendous experience. The staff was unfamilair with the menu and with providing recommendations and very confused even though the restaurant was slow on a Sunday evening. My food was cold and the chicken was not well done but BURNT. I ordered "almond & cardamom chicken breast with yellow pepper sauce,
shiitake mushroom" and the mushrooms were soggy and bland. As much as I love eating burnt chicken, I was not in the mood to pay that much money for burnt chicken so I politely asked for another piece which wasn't crunchy this time. The manager, Kam, came out, provided me with the same meal this time it was undercooked and the shitakes were still soggy. I wasn't looking for compensation just some decent service. The chai I ordered was cold and tasted like a runny syrup.

The website is well designed and inviting, too bad the staff lacks training and proper manners. At this rate of service and rubbery, flavourless food, one would be better going to your local grocery store and spending $4 on a can of cury flavouring and marinating your own chicken breast and feeling content.

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Caffe Crema2525 Bridlecrest Way SW, #10, Calgary
Great little cafe
By JJAB of Calgary, AB (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

This is a wonderful little cafe. It has a very relaxed atmosphere which is very welcoming. The coffee is excellent with one of the best americanos I have ever had the pleasure of sipping. The breakfast and pastries also make an excellent treat. If you are a cafe hopper like myself, this one is certainly worth checking out.

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Sammy's Chophouse3151 34th Avenue SE, Calgary
AMAZING Waitress And Good Food. Best For Your Money
By Brandon of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Last week I went to Sammy's Chophouse. It's a hole in the wall pub/diner. I had passed it many times. I don't regret going in. I met my waitress named Christina. WHAT A SMILE and drop dead sexy. I didn't expect that from a place like this. She was probably the cutest and nicest waitress I have ever had, even in the high end establishments. I got the steak sandwich, and it was very good for the price.
Even if the food wasn't any good, I'd go back to see the waitress again and again. Next time I'm going to tip her good. I didn't go with a lot of cash because I didn't expect it to be as good as I thought, otherwise I would have tipped her and had a few more beer. Next time!

Bang For Your Buck: 8
Service: 10
Atmosphere: 7

Well worth the visit.

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Caffe Crema2525 Bridlecrest Way SW, #10, Calgary
Love love love
By bettiwhite of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:37am [Dine in]

So-Caffe Crema is my new favourite home away from home. I can walk there (huge bonus) and I love the espresso. I can't believe there is a place this good so far south-you'd expect it on 17th or downtown, but now we have one too! I love free wi-fi, I love great service and I love that it has a HUGE seating area. Ridiculously wonderful :)

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