8 most romantic restaurants in Calgary

Dec 19 2017, 11:04 am

If you’re planning an intimate rendez-vous, we’ve found a variety of delicious venues that will provide the perfect setting for when you want to turn on the charm.

Here are the most romantic restaurants in Calgary.

River Café Restaurant

Best known as Calgary’s original “farm to table” restaurant, River Café Restaurant has been using locally-sourced, seasonal foods for over 20 years. With rustic features and an open fire place, this Prince’s Island Park restaurant is the ideal spot to share an intimate dinner with your loved one.

Address: 25 Prince’s Island Park
Twitter: @RiverCafeYYC


Justin Leboe’s charming, casual European-style eatery and drinking den has been the talk of the town since opening in May 2015. Residing in a warm revitalized space next to Model Milk, Pigeonhole offers diners carefully-crafted sharing plates, inspired cocktails, and a unique wine list, which showcases a variety of “natural wines.” The restaurant even ranked number one on enRoute Magazine’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants list.

Address: 306 17th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-452-4694
Twitter: @pigeonholeyyc

Rouge Restaurant

Nestled on the banks of the Bow River, this farm-to-table restaurant, housed in a heritage home that once belonged to A.E. Cross (one of the founders of the Calgary Stampede), is particularly suited for date night. The fine dining restaurant offers a Chef’s Tasting menu, in addition to a variety of French-inspired à la carte items.

Address: 1240 8th Avenue SE
Phone: 403-531-2767
Twitter: @RougeCal


Housed in the historic Simmons building in the East Village Charbar, co-owned by chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of CAHRCUT, offers diners fresh, sustainable, local cuisine. Executive chef Jessica Pelland proves that an innovative menu comprised of locally relevant and globally-inspired dishes is a winning combination. A bright and airy dining room on the banks of the Bow welcomes visiting patrons, while mouthwatering wood-grill offerings ensure a memorable gastronomic experience.

Address: Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way SE
Phone: 403-452-3115
Twitter: @charbar_yyc


Romance your loved one at this upscale-casual eatery. With a cozy interior (and a fabulous patio), Cilantro offers diners a warm and inviting space to enjoy a delicious meal. Food wise, the ever-changing menu features California-Southwestern cuisine, think bison short ribs and lightly charred flatbreads, while the bar program offers an extensive and diverse wine list.

Address: 338 17th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-229-1177
Twitter: @Cilantro17thAve


This softly illuminated space is sure to impress your date. The fine dining restaurant offers a delightful dining experience, comfortable seating, and range of tantalizing meal options, including Alberta Beef Tartare, Truffle Gnocchi, Beef Tenderloin with mushroom risotto and a brie cheese fondue sauce, and Grilled Argentinian Prawns.

Address: 220 42nd Avenue SE
Phone: 403-287-9255
Twitter: @AlloyRestaurant


This recent foodie addition offers patrons a contemporary and inviting setting to enjoy the British-inspired spoils served up. Forget fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Yorkshire puddings–Chef and owner Neil McCue has cleverly infiltrated subtle British additions and flavours into his dishes like black pudding, the quintessential British cheese Stilton, and mackerel. The result entrancing food, that will leave your belly satisfied.

Address: 24 4th Street NE
Phone: 587-349-9008
Twitter: @WhitehallYYC


Seasonal libations and enticing sharable plates are the name of the game at Proof, a stylish, dimly lit, adults only drinkery. While the masterful collection of beverages are to be commended, the eclectic food choices dished up play an equal part in luring patrons through the door.

Address: 1302 1st Street SW
Phone: 403-246-2421
Twitter: @proofyyc

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