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10 best Calgary restaurants for date night

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We’ve all been there: It’s date night, and you and your date can't decide on where to eat. Luckily, we’re here to make date night just a little bit easier with our round-up of the best Calgary restaurants.

We’ve suggested everything we think will make your date night with your loved one especially great. From fun and funky restaurants with cutting-edge menus through to long-standing favorites. Your next dinner date in Calgary will be extra exciting!

Intimate Calgary Dinner Date Night Ideas

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1. Major Tom

700 2 St SW #4000, Calgary, AB | Major Tom Menu

The latest opening from Concorde Entertainment Group is Major Tom. The Calgary restaurant is located in the heart of downtown on the 40th floor of the Stephen Avenue Place building. The view at this highly sought-after date night restaurant is amazing, as is the service and the food.

Major Tom’s main focus is on top-tier cuts of beef prepared steakhouse-style. You’ll feel right at home with the inviting atmosphere and the warm hues.

Be sure to plan ahead as this place has been fully booked ever since they opened.

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2. The Lake House 

747 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE, Calgary | The Lake House Menu

The Lake House is one of the most romantic date night restaurants in Calgary. Their menu is full of mouth-watering dishes and desserts and you have a beautiful view of Lake Bonavista. Just make sure to go during sunset because the sun hits the water so beautifully.

The restaurant exudes rustic elegance, the interior is illuminated with ornate elk antler chandeliers and accessorized with a grand stone fireplace. When you enter, you’ll notice they have a brand new 130 square foot glass-encased wine cellar as well as a refurbished 21-foot bar from the 1800s, previously housed in a mercantile shop in Montana.

Whether you visit during the day or during the evening, we know you’ll enjoy each other’s company with the amazing view of the lake.

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3. Villa Firenze

610 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB | Villa Firenze Dinner Menu

Who doesn’t love fresh pasta paired with wine?

Villa Firenze is a rustic family-owned Italian restaurant that has been in business for over 25 years. The family has always been passionate about traditional Italian cuisine and they’ve lovingly guarded and handed down their secret recipes over the years.

Each one of the dishes at Villa Firenze transforms fresh, local Italian ingredients into seductive textures and memorable flavors. They showcase signature dishes such as pasta, sausage, sauces, dressings, and desserts, and it’s all made from scratch in their kitchen. They truly provide an authentic Italian experience.

Italian food and wine go hand in hand. Their servers are knowledgeable and would be pleased to suggest pairings to compliment your food choices.

If you and your dinner date are craving some pasta and wine, be sure to visit Villa Firenze for one of your date nights!

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4. Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

8 Ave, 3 St SW, Calgary, AB | Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar Menu

Since the beginning, Hy’s culture has been about supporting others. They foster a team atmosphere and truly believe that staff and guests are part of the greater Hy’s family.

Dining at Hy’s is above all an authentic experience. A wide range of classic and modern dishes on their menu makes choosing difficult, but we know that whatever you choose, your tastebuds will love.

You can also dine at Hy’s knowing that they serve a greater purpose in their community. Supporting continuing education is a particular passion of theirs, giving back yearly through scholarships for those who want to enter into the hospitality industry.

Hy’s has both a mouth-watering menu and an inspirational mission to be a part of their local community. We know it’ll be a perfect dinner date night for you and your partner.

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5. River Cafe

25 Prince’s Island Park SW, Calgary, AB | River Cafe Menu

If you and your partner are conscientious about dining out in a place that genuinely cares about their community and their carbon footprint, we recommend you have your date night at the River Cafe.

They have created a beautiful place in a spectacular setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home: staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality, and the regional seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a taste of home. You can enjoy lunch, dinner, or brunch on the weekends.

The River Cafe has been awarded a plethora of accolades from 1995 to 2020. A note-worthy accolade being Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. Now, this isn’t only what this restaurant is known for. River Café is a LEAF-certified restaurant, meaning they make very deliberate and conscious choices about how they source, prepare and serve food.

If you haven’t already, check out this amazing restaurant located by the Bow River on Price Island Park. We’re sure you’ll enjoy every bit of your dining experience.

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6. Pigeonhole

306 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB | Pigeonhole Menu

We know, the name of the restaurant may not sound appealing, but don’t knock it till you try it. It’s seriously so good. The Pigeonhole was named one of Calgary’s best restaurants back in 2019 and 2020, along with receiving an accolade for Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.

When you enter the restaurant it’ll feel like a cosmopolitan hideaway, complete with cool decor, and comfy banquettes that are perfect for a dinner date. You can order small plates to go with selections from the restaurant’s quirky wine list or you can piece them together to create a full-on feast. We recommend you and your date try a little bit of everything on their menu if you’re both hungry and feeling adventurous.

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7. Shokunin

2016 4 St SW, Calgary, AB | Shokunin Menu

If you and your partner love Japanese cuisine, this is the place to go!

Shokunin was born of the idea to provide exceptional food and cocktails in a room that is all-inclusive. Seasonal and local ingredients are combined with traditional Japanese techniques and flavor profiles to create a truly contemporary Japanese dining experience.

Crafted cocktails give way to their specialty, charred yakitori, and small plates that you can share with your date, along with a bottle of sake.

The owner and executive chef were also seen on Netflix’s “The Final Table” where the chef competed with the world’s most elite chefs. Believe us, this place is a must-try.

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8. Teatro Ristorante

200 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB | Teatro Ristorante Menu

Are you and your dinner date wine connoisseurs? Or do you both just love wine? If so, this is truly the place to visit.

Teatro Ristorante occupies the original bank vaults from the Dominion Bank built in 1911, and their wine cellar houses up to 10,000 bottles and comprises over 800 labels with a focus on Bordeaux and Italian red wines to complement the menu’s dynamic flavors.

Paired with their wine is a refined dining experience serving seasonal Mediterranean fare, so sit back, relax, enjoy, and take your time at Teatro. Your taste buds will thank you after a fun date night at this restaurant.

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9. The Guild

200 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB | The Guild Menu

Are you and your date wanting to have a relaxed, comfortable dinner, but still want to dress up a little and have a mouth-watering meal? Well, look no further because The Guild is just that.

The Guild exemplifies a new and exciting take on the finest traditions of butchery, cookery, and bar-keeping. The name is inspired by guildhalls from the past, which served as meeting places for secret societies for artists and merchants.

Honoring local beef, game, and fowl, and utilizing traditional cooking techniques over wood and coal, The Guild chefs prepare dishes as a homage to proud Canadian carnivores.

The Guild is a part of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, which have built their reputation for high-quality dining experiences through an extensive portfolio of unique concept restaurants, including iconic favorites CanoeJump, and Auberge du Pommier.

If you’re wanting to have your dinner date at The Guild, be sure to go through Moola for extra savings for dinner. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this airy, industrial-chic eatery along with their craft cocktails & wine.

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10. Dark Table

731 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB | The Dark Table Menu

If you’re really looking to spice up your dinner date, the Dark Table is an experience you’ll never forget. This is a dining experience unlike any other in Calgary.

Dark Table will change the way you taste and think about food. With the aid of darkness, you can rid yourself of distraction and focus your attention on a pleasant conversation and savoring the flavors of your meal.

All of the servers are visually impaired and will help you navigate your way through your four-course meal, giving you a small understanding of how to eat a meal in complete darkness.

The experience is meant to enhance your less dominant senses like smell and taste, while at the same time offering awareness on what it’s like to live without sight. The concept has been proven incredibly popular in major cities like Montreal, Vancouver, London, Paris, Zurich, New York, and Los Angeles.

Do you dare to dine in the dark for a Calgary date night that will be unforgettable?

More Calgary date night ideas: Dessert spots in Calgary for an after dinner treat

Who doesn’t love dessert after a wonderful dinner date?

If you and your partner want dessert but don’t want to get it at the restaurant, then we suggest these two popular ice cream shops in Calgary. You’ve probably heard of them already (since they’re seriously so good), but if you haven’t, then give them a try!

Made by Marcus

All the ice cream at Made by Marcus is built from scratch with dairy from grass-fed cows and real ingredients produced by farmers, roasters, distillers, and artisans they know and trust.

Their kitchen creates small batches of some of the wildest flavor combinations that people line up for… seriously, some of it is unimaginable till you try it. Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami, they use science to craft our wildly inventive flavors.

Made by Marcus works with neighbors to collaborate on flavors and support local businesses by feeding back into our community. When you purchase a scoop of ice cream you are supporting local in more ways than one!

Locations:

  1. 17th Avenue: #121 1013 17th Ave SW Calgary
  2. West Hillhurst: 221 19th St NW Calgary
  3. Bridgeland: 1105 1st Ave NE Calgary (dual concept shop in partnership with Lil’ Empire burgers and beers from Annex Ales as well.)
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Village Ice Cream

Another popular ice cream shop in Calgary is Village Ice Cream. They serve incredible ice cream that is made from the heart. Their ice cream is rich, dense, and has a creamy base, made with plenty of fresh egg yolks, cream, and sugar. They’ve created 10 “Always” flavors’ and have other rotating seasonals. Be sure to check them out sometime!

Locations:

  1. Victoria Park: 431 10 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
  2. Brittania Plaza: 820 49 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
  3. Garrison Corner: 2406 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
  4. Bridgeland: 69 7A St NE, Calgary, AB
  5. University District: 4019 University Ave NW, Calgary, AB
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