Blink Restaurant
Blink Restaurant

Blink Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blinkcalgary.com/
  • Phone: 4032635330x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
    Friday: 11am - 11pm
    Saturday: 5pm- 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Chris Dewling
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Blink caters private functions in and outside of the restaurant. Please call for further details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room available for parties of 2 - 10 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Sharon Johnson 4032635330x
  • Special Events: Thank you for choosing Blink Restaurant & Bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre st. & 8 Ave
  • Public Transit: We are less than one block from major C-Trains routes and central to all City Centre Bus Stops.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available underneath Le Germain Hotel on 9th Avenue and Blink will validate tickets after 4pm.
A word from Blink Restaurant
Through a unique blend of texture and colour, Executive Chef Chris Dewling combines slow food cooking techniques with local flavours, allowing each delicious menu selection to evolve with the changing seasons. Traditional and modernized cooking techniques combine with a wide range of carefully selected grape varietals and vintages to offer an unmatched European fine-dining restaurant experience sure to impress even the most sophisticated palate.

We are very excited to have been recognized as 4th Best Restaurant, and Best Dessert by Avenue Magazine in 2014

As we endeavor to use only local and fresh ingredients, we do not allow any outside food in the restaurant. Should you require anything above and beyond what is on our menu, including cakes, please feel free to contact us directly.

Corkage Policy: Our corkage fee is $20 and we allow 1 bottle per group
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Blink Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (86)special occasion (72)romantic (55)notable wine list (54)great for lunch (47)good for groups (27)neighborhood gem (20)hot spot (18)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were delighted to return to Blink for delicious food well served. My halibut with parmesan polenta and cauliflower was wonderful (but might have been "Scandinavian pale" in daylight dining!). My dessert was also great with cardamom ice cream, white chocolate ice cream, and coconut sorbet and I would have ordered the same items again including the salad with peaches and apricots and pecans with arugula. The only downside with it was crowded downtown that night and the parking lot was $20...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good
    Wine101VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Salmon with chowder was ordered for lunch. Possibly the best meal I have had. Simply perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had booked a group work lunch. When we first arrived they took our jackets which we were all surprised about because no other places do. Then we were seated at comfortable table for the four if us. The food was delicious so much we all got dessert. All in all I would recommend this place especially for work lunches because it has a very professional feel and is quite cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was non existent
    Mochamalka
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After we sat down and ordered we never saw our sever again. Food was delivered by other people and nobody came to check on us even when it was time to pay the bill. We had to flag down the hostess. Food was tasty hot and fresh, I had the Mac and cheese and my friend had the quiche. The Mac and cheese was extra creamy which was good and the potion was a good size served hot out of oven in casts iron skillet. The accompanying salad was nothing but a few springs of spiny lettuce. My friends quiche looked kind of bland but she said it tasted good. I may go back to try other menu items, it's a good location for downtown lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place in 8 Ave vibrant section
    Pascal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Blink is a good restaurant, well located in 8 Ave SW (Stephen Avenue). The service is perfect and the food is as expected from the menu : no deception at all. The portions are large enough. Special mention for the notable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love the food! In our opinion the disk could use some kind of starch i.e Potatoes, Rice. Or Pasta The service was efficient but lacking of personal touch Than you
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hidden gem
    Randy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful menu selections; some very unique. Great presentation and wonderful taste. Quiet but professional service. Will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing but where did the bread go?
    AP21VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I've been there countless times and love everything about the restaurant! But this last time there was no bread before our meal....I mentioned to my friend that I went there and she mentioned the same thing! We just loved the bread! And the different types of bread!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positively perfect!
    DateNighters
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was impeccable. I appreciate servers who are so skilled they know exactly where to be at what time. Food was delicious, and the wine list excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is an excellent choice for lunch; nice atmosphere; excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night with friends
    PJB773
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were a group of 10 people, had a great time food excellent, great wine list, service great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love Blink
    paulsupras
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great wines, unique menu with creative food that is delicious!! It is an experience for a foodie or just drinks or a quick lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food with Local choices
    Kazz1972
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We dined at Blink while entertaining business associates from out of town. The food was beyond spectacular! I would love to come back here for a romantic dinner with my husband. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great spot period! Love the food, wine list, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service a bit patchy...
    MrTea
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    ...but always impressed with the food. Wine list is also pretty decent. Overall happy but feel the service should be more attentive for the overall price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rockyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Blink is our favorite restaurant. We went for our anniversary and everything was delicious as usual. the only slight note I could make is that my wife had the Tuna and felt it was slightly under seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly disapointed all around...
    edmontonfoodfiend
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant looks beautiful and has a great ambiance, albeit noisy. Our server was unpleasant from the beginning. I could have overlooked his rude demeanor had the food been good. We started with the scallop tartar which sounded delicious but was very bland. I had the tuna as a main, something I often order. It was unseasoned and had no sear, leaving it cold and inedible. I hate to make a fuss so I never send items back but this was terrible. I waited 30 minutes only to be brought unseasoned tuna cooked to well done. They assumed I didn't know that tuna was supposed to be served rare and that's why I said it was cold. It was worse than the first attempt. My meal was comped but I would have rathered paid for a good meal and good service.
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  • I like Blink
    tkyyc
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    High end local sourced food - nice open space - friendly professional staff - I've never understood the name
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant...
    FoodieGoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Blink's lunch menu is amazing. I had the duck and my friend had the quiche. The meals were so delicious. I can't wait to go back there to try their dinner menu. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved every bite!
    Foodluvrs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have travelled the world dining at high end restaurants. My husband and I are foodies and always on the hunt for amazing food. From the first to the last bite Blink didn't disappoint! There are so many restaurants that do great mains but are average on their appies and desserts. Not Blink! The tempura zucchini blossoms with dungeoness crab were a flavour explosion! The summer salad was light and refreshing! We had the tenderloin with chanterelle mushrooms and risotto. It has been 7 years since I have had risotto of this calibre! I almost ordered a bowl of it after our main dish instead of dessert... Lol! The desserts, ranked number one in Calgary were delicious. Light and pleasing. Great wine list too. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive - small portions
    bluociangrl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Hi, if you like paying a lot for a small amount of food then you will like it here, I ordered the lobster/crab spring roll for $11 ....not worth it. For an appetizer I thought it would at least give two spring rolls. I also ordered the duck and it was raw, we sent it back and went somewhere else to eat.
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  • Great food and atmosphere
    ktcalgary
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I ordered their duck and it was so juicy and tender that I have never experienced. Everything we ordered were amazing. Great chill-out restaurant.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    karen
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great atmosphere and great food! Our server was very polite and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Finrob
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant was great for a romantic night out and great food. we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    MarcoCCSVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I am from Miami and I went here with my customer. Great food and great drinks. Try the Negroni.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey
    MeMe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was good however very expensive. The waiter was friendly but his tables were spread too far apart including the patio. The post dinner coffee arrived long before the dessert and a refill was not offered until long after dessert when we were ready to leave
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What Lunch
    smith
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    $14 for 4 little tomatoes in a bowl? How is that suppose to be lunch? And the Mac & Cheese was still not enough to fill a person up for lunch and at a cost of $17.00. I won't be back and I wouldn't recommend it as a great lunch spot, of course unless you eat before you go!
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  • Little disappointed
    3party
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was looking for a good restaurant to celebrate an special occasion by Internet, so I founded this Restaurant in the list of top 10, but the food didn't cover my espectativas. Good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as usual
    BryAG
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dined with 2 colleagues, lunch consisted of 2 courses each and was about $30. Top shelf service and excellent execution. Ask to sit near the kitchen and marvel in its silence. When you hear the claps, you know a plate is coming together or service is required. Still remains one of the best places in Calgary to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Lunch
    yumyumyumVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    What a great lunch. Excellent service, food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You don't get your money's worth
    MmeM
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went for an anniversary. Although the food tasted fine and was presented well. The portions for the price were inadequate. The salmon and sable fish portions were somewhat fair but they really could have added a few more veggies(had 3) and gnocchis (I had about 12) for very little extra cost. There are much better restaurants in Calgary with similar pricing that won't leave you walking away hungry and disappointed. Sorry, it's not on our list to go back to or recommend to others.
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  • Lovely evening
    SCA3
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience on our first night in Calgary. It was so nice that we returned a few nights later for another Lychee martini and foie gras appetizer. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    Bodhid
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Well designed menu, executed very well with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and close quaters
    Lucey
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food! Service was very good. Very clean. The only complaint I have is that the tables are so close to eachother that you can be apart of your neighbors conversations or listen to their child misbehave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lacks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were in Calgary for work and to go to Stampede. I made the reservation 4 weeks out due to the fact that I knew it would be busy. I specified I wanted a corner quiet table for our group. When we arrived we were seated in the middle of the restaurant (the restaurant was virtually empty) I asked if we could have quieter table. The hostess said "No, it's a Stampede week" and then turned and walked away. Our waitress was just as curt with us when we asked questions about the menu. I will chalk it up with tourist overload for them, but I won't go back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • First Timer
    BirthdayBoyVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This used to be an Asian restaurant, but now it has gone upscale. Food was good and served quickly and staff was friendly. Would recommend this to anyone for a business lunch timing and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but rude service
    Dinerdad
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Went for dinner. For was well prepared, tasty but pricey given the ingredients and portions. I guess they need to cover a lot of other costs. Service was not good, not very attentive. We had espresso at the end of the night, it was very bitter. I have been to Europe a number of times and have my own espresso machines, this was bitter. The waitress questioned whether it was, suggested we didn't know what espresso was suppose to taste like, and stated the espresso was from Italy so it must be good. She was argumentative about it and continued to suggest we didn't know what we were talking about.
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  • Great job Chef!
    PAQAD
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My friend and I are on a mission to try all the restaurants listed as the `top ten`in Calgary by Avenue Magazine. Blink made the list and did not disappoint. The table by the window was perfect as we watched everyone meander down Stephen Ave... The food was soooo good. Having a limited diet due to health reasons I spoke directly to the Chef who could not have been more friendly or accommodating. The starter bread was amazing! You simply must try the coconut sorbet! My guest had the special and the chocolate mousse and raved about both. Well done team!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group lunch
    Traveller4Food
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Always a good option for group lunches. Centrally located and tend to be able to accommodate larger parties. Very small portion sizes. Thought about hitting a drive through on the way home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointed
    diningdiva
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ordered pork and it was chewy fatty and flavorless. My husband had the striped bass and it was served on steamed vegetables in a pool of water. Weird
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