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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Blink Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (92)notable wine list (65)romantic (59)great for lunch (45)good for groups (33)hot spot (30)neighborhood gem (25)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was non existent
    MochamalkaVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in Calgary downtown
    JadeGal2
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great ambiance, service, food, and wine list. The food exceeded our expectation in its taste, execution and presentation. Service was attentive not intrusive and wait person knowledgeable about the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet