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Blink Restaurant
Blink Restaurant

Blink Restaurant Details

  • 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: Northwest, Organic, French
  • 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 (403) 263-5330
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "$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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • " 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!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Well designed menu, executed very well with excellent service."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Awesome experience at Blink ! My wife and I celbrated our 15th wedding anniversay at Blink. The staff were all great and the meal was very enjoyable. My wife required a Gluten and Dairy Free meal. No issues as the staff ensured she was looked after."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "we shared a starter of scallops, they were big, juicy and very tasty. Maincourses were good, too: pork and halibut. all summed us with attentive service and nice wine. Will come back again."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great. But the food took a while to be delivered to the table and wasn't very good. We had the salmon and tenderloin. The puréed peas were unnessisary. And the deep fried dough type thing with honey mustard dressing/sauce was horrible. Along with the mish mash of stuff on top of the salmon was untasteful. Considering it was $35-$40 a plate it was not worth the money and we will not go back. It was our anniversary and no one asked if we were there for a special occasion which in turn they didn't offer anything special to us such as a small dessert to share which I know is the standard at other Stephen Ave restaurants."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We generally go out on 7 Avenue but would like some changes then we went to Blink. It was a nice restaurant, food was great and the service was nice. They just fill up you wine of glass too fast and too much otherwise nothing bad too say. We enjoy it and recommend it ..... halibut was awesome in his prosciutto"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "It took 15 minutes just to get water and are waitress was not very talkative or friendly at the start. It got better later on though. Took 20mins to get desert though. Overall the food was great!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Nice ambience, great server, but did not have all menu items available. Our party was hoping to have the lamb but it was unavailable. The garnishes of the halibut dish were great, but the fish was a little dry. Large wine list. Nice salads. Good desserts."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had dinner with my wife. The food was great and the service just as good. Enjoyed the Foie gras as starter and the beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly and a decent portion of meat. Will definitely recommend Blink. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The entire menu from appetizers to desserts was awesome. It was very hard to make a decision..everything looked great. Ended up ordering different things between the 3 of us so we could try more dishes. Definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Good appetizers and main course. Desserts were on the sub-par side/"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Scallop appetizer was perfect and succulent. The Foie Gras appetizer was to die for. The ravioli was delicious. Salmon outstanding and the pork was awesome! Loved this restaurant and can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Duck confit was wonderful and gnocchi okay, but red pepper soup was salty to the point of indelible. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The ambience is really very nice. I particularly like the old brick walls. Seating was comfortable and we didn't feel too stuffed into the place like with some restaurants. The service was good and it's a relaxed and not overly stuffy environment. For gourmet the prices are ok and the food is quite good. I didn't find it to be "memorably good" though. Just quite good. I did find the portion sizes a bit small. I was decently fed at the end and not overstuffed after sharing an appetizer and having an entree and dessert. But, I think a bigger man might leave the place still hungry. Good variety of dishes and there were a couple of vegetarian dishes. Didn't try those though. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Been to Blink 3 times (twice for lunch and this time for dinner). I enjoyed the dinning experience there each time. Food quality is really excellent and prices are in line with most other places around. My wife had the Bison steak special. The meat was tender and tasted much stronger beef flavor than my beef tenderloin. The chief really knew how to cook bison as it was just medium rare (it had to be for such a lean meat) and was juicy. My beef tenderloin was also well cooked and tasted great with the mushroom sauce. Good service. highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant in all aspects. We started with crab consommé, artichoke salad, and 2 boccocini and tomato salads. These were followed by prosciutto wrapped halibut, bison filet, ravioli and lamb --- all were cooked perfectly and had appropriate accompaniments. The old vine California zinfandel pleased all four diners. Two types of freshly baked bread were welcome and the service was outstanding. Although the artichoke salad was a bit bland this was quickly remedied with a dash of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Unfortunately, as it was theatre night, we had no time for desert, so we'll just have to go back. Although Blink is reputed to have the best risotto in Calgary, it sadly was not on the evening's menu - a pity."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The service in this restaurant was quick. The food came out very quickly and it was absolutely amazing. The wine menu was great..tons of variety.. I'll definitely be back for lunch!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Really great experience at Blink. Delicious cocktails, AMAZING food!! The only criticism I have is that our server was only good. He did his job well and everything but wasnt overly personable. Small criticism. Certainly didnt effect the evening and will be back again soon. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We found that the food and wine was exceptional however everything that came to the table was cold. Our waitress had far too many tables and had no time to interact. This all felt rushed. When we arrived we were told our table had been cancelled as we were late. I told them we changed our time and showed the waiter the log in my phone showing the date and time we called. They originally sat us next to the very noisy kitchen but we requested to be moved. We were asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and we explained it was our anniversary...... nobody cared nor even attempted to wish us a happy day."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Loved it. The place nice was, the service was great and the food and wine was amazing. I'd go back for sure!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Blink is one of Calgary's gems. Excellent ambience. Reminds me of New York with it's exposed brick walls and set up. Wine list is one of the best in Calgary. Great sommelier! Service is top notch with very friendly staff. Food was out of this world good from front to back! Definitely one of my go to places for romantic nights and special occasions. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food at this restaurant was excellent, would not hesitate to recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Fabulous food. A lovely evening for my husband's birthday meal. Very professional service, gorgeous food and lovely ambience. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I asked for a romantic table and they placed us in the window seat. It was a lovely weekday evening and it was great to watch all the passersby on their way home from work. The server was attentive without being intrusive. The meal was perfect and the chocolate mousse divine. I would definitely recommend this place for a special evening out. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "A menu that keys to a Canadian regional style of dining - fresh and local or near local ingredients. Good variety that won't disappoint - the salmon dish was done perfectly - and great for business lunch."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Good food a little quiet without atmosphere but this could have easily been a weather factor as it was raining a lot and very wet outside."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Our portions were too small, smaller than normal. We added a desert at the end to fill us up but still felt disappointed that our meals were disappointing. I will say that this is not typical at Blink as I have been here many times and usually I am very impressed."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "After reading the reviews I thought we were in for a tasty dinner. Unfortunately most of the food the 5 of us ordered was quite bland. The presentation was good but for a $38 piece of fish we except better then just ok. The decor is in need of updating. Our chairs were totally worn through on the fronts of them. I probably wouldn't even mention it if the food was outstanding. I am not not from Calgary so I don't know how long Blink has been open but they they shouldn't be resting on their past reputation. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was very good but we had looked at the menu when we made our reservation and it was different on the night. We were disappointed to find that the desserts had all changed which was a major reason we had booked there. The hostess was very pleasant and friendly when we arrived and through our interactions throughout the night. Our server however wasn't overly friendly and seemed like he didn't really want to be there. Overall I would recommend Blink and I would certainly try it again."
    Dined on 5/2/2014