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Calgary Restaurant Reviews
Nataraj Restaurant4204 12th Street NE, Calgary
A perfect meal
By Neil Mayhew of Calgary, AB (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 3:03pm [Catering]

I needed to order an evening meal for 11 people. Having enjoyed the lunchtime buffet on several occasions, I decided to ask the owner/chef what he could provide for an evening meal to take away. He immediately came up with a suggestion for a balanced selection of dishes at $12/head, and we agreed a time when I would pick it up. As we were discussing a few logistical details, he decided he would add an extra dish (pakora and chutney) at no extra cost.

When I arrived, slightly early, for pick-up, the food was all ready and carefully packed in boxes so as to preserve its heat. The owner went through everything with me one more time, to make sure I had everything I thought I had ordered, and he very kindly helped me get everything to the car, since it was snowing.

After getting home with the food, we found that all the dishes were indeed still nicely hot, and the aroma was wonderful. The food turned out to be extremely delicious, and the quantities were generous enough that there was still enough of everything left over for one more portion, even after we had all eaten our fill. Several of my guests are very discerning when it comes to Indian food, and they were full of praise for this particular meal.

The next day I received a voicemail from the owner on my cell, wanting to know if everything was to our satisfaction, and so I popped into the restaurant at lunchtime to let him know that we were very happy. We had a good visit, and I will definitely be using the special-order evening service again.

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Nataraj Restaurant4204 12th Street NE, Calgary
An undiscovered gem
By Neil Mayhew of Calgary, AB (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is tucked away in a light industrial district in the NE of Calgary, and is currently not open in the evenings. However, it is a real gem.

The food is mouth-wateringly good, and the lunchtime buffet allows for generous quantities. It is some of the best Indian food I have eaten in Calgary.

The chef and owner is remarkably friendly and kind, and sometimes brings extra items to the table that he has been working on, at no extra charge. He is always extremely keen to know that his customers are happy and satisfied, and has a big, entirely genuine smile.

The decor is attractive and tasteful, light and airy, although it leans more towards café- rather than restaurant-style, as befits the location and type of building. It has been spotlessly clean on each of the several occasions that I have visited.

Although the lunchtime buffet doesn't offer a very extensive choice, it does vary each day, and includes sides such as nan and pakora. The price is also very reasonable, and given the quality of the food represents outstanding value.

Although the restaurant is not open in the evenings, it does offer a catering service for evenings and weekends. I have used this as well, but I will make a separate review of that.

http://www.natarajrestaurant.com/

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Cactus Club Cafe7010 SE Macleod Trail, Calgary
Good Food, Good Value
By Royfact of Calgary, Alberta (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

A friend recommended this place and I was not disappointed. It has a casual feel to it with mostly booth seating and a comfortable atmosphere. The bevy of young cuties they have staffing the place made a decent effort to keep us satisfied and got all the basics right. What I really like about the place is that they keep it reasonable. No outrageous wine list, daily drink specials and for Calgary, reasonable food prices. Our steaks were excellent. Good chunks of meat, cooked exactly as we requested. Didn't want asparagus with your meal? No problem. Snow peas it is. I'l definitely be back.

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Cattle Baron Steak House & Bar33 SunValley Boulevard SE, Calgary
Expected Better
By Royfact of Calgary, Alberta (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

We called in advance and were told that they don't take reservations, but that it would be no problem getting in on a weekend evening between 6:30 and 7:00. To say that was misleading would be an understatement. The place was full with the usual melee in the front lobby and almost no parking left. Luckily I came in 15 minutes early at 6:45 so that limited the wait for my guest which ended up being a lengthy 50 minutes. The hostesses seemed to enjoy playing hide the reservation list so that it was never possible to actually check on progress. I sat at the bar waiting which was slightly less uncomfortable but had I known of the wait I would have left just on principle. The mixed drink I had was reasonable but the $12 wine glasses were a bit much. After being seated we naturally got a table near the entrance way so the poor location over came the average to slightly better than average ambience of the overall restaurant. This is by no means an intimate dining location. Go elsewhere if you're planning on proposing. I had a sirloin steak and my companion had the prime rib. For a steakhouse, we both were disappointed. That's not to say the food was inedible - just not steakhouse quality. The meals were presented nicely and the onion soup starter was quite nice.

Are server was pleasant and competent, but the service was a bit rushed...again, not an intimate dining experience.

Based on this one experience I would say that there are a lot of chains that will save you a few bucks and offer the same or better amenities. I've heard more than one person recommend this restaurant, so I'll give it a second chance given that there are so few decent restaurants south of Anderson, but only one more chance.

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Smuggler's Inn6920 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary
A Consistent Favourite
By Royfact of Calgary, Alberta (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I recently returned to Calgary and it's great to see a familiar place. Smuggler's has always been the best place in town to get some prime rib, but the steaks will not disappoint either. Meals come with a trip to the soup and salad bar. I recommend the Portuguese Bean and Bacon soup. I've always had good service here with friendly, knowledgable waiters/waitresses. The decor hasn't changed in decades. You can look at that as old or 'comforting'. I choose the latter.

For food of this quality, the prices really can't be beat so I find this to be an outstanding value. If you walk away hungry, you can't blame Smug's.

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Tipperary's Pub2002 16 Avenue NW, Calgary
Great place on a Thursday
By albertlam282 of Calgary Alberta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 12:04am [Dine in]

This was a great place to go on a Thursday night to catch the game. No matter where you sit there seemed to be a good view of one of the many TV's in the venue. It was an upbeat environment with a traditional yet modern Irish pub theme.

We ordered a variety of the $2 basket of dry rib special, fries and a side of rich, savoury and flavourful gravy that resembled KFC gravy. For the price and the 13 flavours of ribs to choose from, you really can't go wrong. This time around the ribs were juicy and plump, not dry and chewy like many other places.

I read the reviews on this place and was surprised at the mediocre response since I had such a good experience. But I guess the success of a pub is based on how consistently they can bring customers back in and consistency is based on so many factors. The cooks, the service, as well as the number of orders running through the kitchen at one time are only a few of the factors that can make these cheap rib or wing nights a hit or a miss. From my experience working as a cook in a fast paced pub environment, just a few extra minutes in the fryer can change any food item from juicy and crispy to dry and crunchy.

I can't speak for all the food items on the menu, but as far as what we ordered, everything turned out really well. I would recommend trying out Tipperary's, especially on a Thursday.

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Beckham's Pub & Eatery1355 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary
Some of the worst service i have ever had from this place
By Supershan of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

We came as a large group, as we always do. Our waitress refused to split the billl. The total did not seem correct. When asked why we couldn't split the bill the waitress had attitude with my uncle. We eat there a lot and this has never been an issue before to split the bill. We had more people join the table later on and she had no problem doing up a different bill then. We were there from 7 PM until 9 PM. I tried to order drinks a few time yet only got 3 drinks the whole night. The place was not very busy. The waitress had lots of time to socialize with her co workers but did not have the time to give us proper customer service. I work in the customer service industry and the lady who served us was an insult to the industry.

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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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