Blink Restaurant
Blink Restaurant

Blink Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blinkcalgary.com/
  • Phone: (403) 263-5330
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Blink Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (96)notable wine list (68)romantic (57)great for lunch (39)good for groups (34)hot spot (28)neighborhood gem (25)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Waitress needs to lighten up....
    Fantastic
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Some of the food was excellent, some very disappointing. I ordered gnocchi, never have seen it this way. It seemed liike it was mass produced round pasta, no where near what gnocchi should look like. There was no bite to it at all. Other friends had scallops and steak and the souffle, they were all very good. The deserts were a disaster, Did not look like the menu at all. The toffee had a distinct burnt taste to it. We tried to ask the server what the deal was, but he just sheepishly walked away. The waitress however, didn't seem interested in serving us, not sure why. As well, we walked into the place about 20 min early for our reservation, fully expecting to just wait or grab a drink and the place was empty. Maybe 1/3 ful, if that, no idea why there was no reservations available between 6-8pm. Unless these tables were all cancellations. Probably won't be going back to this place. Too many other choices in the city to bother. If they want people to be quiet or come dressed a certain way, and think they are fine dining, then put a dress code in effect, have a coat check in place and create the environement of fine dining. I think the servers are hallucinating that they are working at a Michelin star establishment.
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  • Outstanding,best dining in Calgary.
    craigVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    If you fail to go for dinner here you are missing out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but the lunch service was slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great food, but the lunch service was slow. I love this restaurant, but the it took us over an hour to receive our main courses. The restaurant wasn't overly busy, so I expect more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently one of the best
    BryAG
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    What more is there to say? Top shelf service, food, wine and cocktail list. New Fall menu has something to please all palates. flawless execution and consistency make Blink one of Calgary's best day in and day out. Local sourced ingredients and a quiet kitchen (listen for the claps) make this a unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing not the same as previous experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The foie gras and carpaccio was very nice. The main course didn't impress me and wasn't the same standard as my previous experience at Blink. Had Beef Short Rib but wasn't something to get excited about. The dessert was not good at all, had sticky toffee but wasn't at all that was expect it will be. Waitress wasn't friendly. Overall not the best experience. Will just do starters next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was just ok
    Review
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our group of 6 ladies were greeted by an annoyed waitress. She must have been disappointed with our group right from the get go because her bad attitude started immediately. She charged us $2 each for tap water whether we ordered water or not. When asked to split the bills she was noticeably annoyed and repeatedly asked how we wanted it split (ummm by person obviously). She didn't come back to take payment for several minutes and when she did she was ready for us to leave. In general I didn't think the food was good enough to put up with being treated as an inconvenience at an overpriced, just ok restaurant.
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our group of five had dinner recently at Blink, having noted its good reviews and notice in Avenue Mag. Its a nicely decorated and classy room, with the tables far enough apart that noise is not an issue for conversation. The service was efficient and generally professional, but tended to brusk and not terribly personable. We enjoyed the scallop and pork belly appetizer, but found the mains lacking. We had a steak special and the short ribs and gnocchi. The steak came over cooked, delivered to the wrong diners, and was basically a grilled slab of meat accompanied by some less than inspired minimal sides. I suppose they hoped the beef would sing itself, but truthfully at this level of restaurant I expected more to elevate the dishes. Ditto for the short ribs. The gnocchi was probably strongest here. Well prepared, but not inspired. Dessert - hot apple cake and a chocolate mousse - were very good. The coffee - poor. So, overall, not bad - just not the sort of meal one would like to see at a place hoping to be a top Calgary dining destination. For the prices, I recommend going elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Supreme service and food
    JJKivi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Really great inventive food and very well-timed service that was attentive, but not intrusive. They left enough time between the courses, which were all amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was above average but the price was too high for what you got. Service, save one who was excellent, were rookies who made us wait for the food till it was almost cold when it arrived. Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I've recently been to Blink for lunch and ordered the Brocoli and Aged Cheddar Quiche. It was delicious! The place is beautifully decorated and hasa good vibe!! Will come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Very good! Food was good, wine was good. Would tell my friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    BubblyC
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Amazing food!! Cozy atmosphere.... Great wine selection!! The service was less impressive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2Work
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Hadn't been to Blink in a couple of years. Still as good as ever. I'm a soup person and the potato leek was excellent. The sea bass special was outstanding. Service terrific. Won't wait another two years to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    K4815
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Would recommend, the food and wine was fab and loved our table by the window.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blink amazes again
    foodieswhotravel
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    When I am in Calgary for business, I always find a way to visit Blink. Our server last served me two years ago, and by end of meal astounded me by remembering what table I was last at, the business I worked for, and inquired by name of my guests...it sure made me feel appreciated. And for the food and service, it never disappoints, regardless of what you order or whom your server is. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    keggoodfood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    No complaints about the food. It was very good. Our waiter was creepy, but overall a very good experience. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was great as per other reviews - service was slow and indifferent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    brillatsavarin
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food, as usual. Always a treat to dine here.
    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.
  • Disappointed
    m401
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had high expectations. The service was quite slow. I ordered the braised short ribs and it was surprisingly tough and missing flavour. Appetizers and dessert were ok. For a $200 meal including a bottle of wine I expect a lot more.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended
    Jane85
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A fabulous dining experience in all aspects. Great food, knowledgeable and pleasant waitress, great decor, comprehensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner
    noreviewprovided2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Absolutely fantastic dinner. I was out for dinner after work with two other women. Attentive service, warm ambiance. Delicious food; the arctic char and beef ribs were outstanding and the peach arugula was a lovely fall salad. Pumpkin soup was amazing! I have never been disappointed at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    attentive service, and plate was presented beautifully and tasty
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Excellent food and service. great portion sizes for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beatrice
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great evening with out of town friend. Wonderful martini story start. We were not rushed at all. Service excellent but unobtrusive. Amazing beet salad, beef and desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Calgary!
    KentuckyGlobetrotterVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I've eaten at Blink a dozen times and it never disappoints. Everything on the menu is excellent. If they have a "weak spot" it's their wine selection. It's good but not outstanding by any means.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    Cshore
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had dinner at Blink for our wedding anniversary- the food was good but I expected that. The service was average but I expected better for a restaurant with that price point. The pumpkin soup was delicious but my chocolate tart dessert tasted stale and the crust was bad . Not sure if I'd go back..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Eat2live
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Restaurant ambiance was good, was a little loud but at least the music wasn't roaring loud. Food quality was amazing and service very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise!
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have eaten at Blink many times, lunch and dinner, and we love the restaurant, but the last several times we have been there, it has been so noisy. On Friday night last week, we could not even talk amongst ourselves because the large party at the adjacent table was making so much noise. I know that the restaurant can't do anything about that, but it's going to drive us to another location for our regular evenings out. Unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lawyer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I love Blink. The only issue is their portion sizes are very small especially for the price charged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - service, not so much
    Blink
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We use to be somewhat regulars at Blink. Now returning for a special occasion, after a year+ long absence, we were unfortunately disappointed. The last time I was at Blink, I was greeted by Leslie - she was always so welcoming; we were amazed with her attention to detail, even remembering the bottle of wine we ordered on the last visit. This time we were shown to the table by a smiling, but somewhat unwelcoming waitress - this trend carried on throughout the evening; poor table prep, no description when the meal was brought to the table - just lacked the polished service that we were always use to. The service was good, but more suited to say a restaurant like Earls. The starters and salad were outstanding - the short ribs were perfect.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was fast, but definitely not the most friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The wine steward was condescending - started the evening off on a bad note The waitress was very good
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  • food good but services slow
    skyedge
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was food but services can be faster, waited almost 30 mins after order
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blink
    Sashaluvsfood
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner, the waiter was very professional and knew when to come to the table and when to give space. We went on a Monday so it wasn't to busy but even if it was you wouldn't notice because the volume and space between tables was very good for holding a conversation. The food was prepared perfectly, we both had the tenderloin and it was like cutting into butter. We will most definitely be back and can't beleive it took us so long to try it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4AR2See
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my husband there for his birthday and we had a memorable experience. The food and wine pairing was excellent and the waiter was very helpful in making our decisions. My only complaint is that in the past if the restaurant knew that it was a birthday celebration they would have offered a complimentary dessert or after dinner drink but nothing was offered. Besides that everything was wonderful and I would go back again and would recommend it to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Fantastic choice for a business lunch -we were able to get in and out within an hour which was important but the quality of the food was not compromised whatsoever. Small locally sourced menu executed well - try the taber corn soup, it's out of this world!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine food
    Helen
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was fine I taste the duck, portion is ok for a woman. Not many desserts as I would have wished for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diamond in the rough
    HolidayFoodie
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    All of our food was made fresh. Even the pasta was made to order, no dried or boxed pasta here. Our deserts were made to order as well. This is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.