Chef's Table at The Kensington Riverside Inn
Chef's Table at The Kensington Riverside Inn

Chef's Table at The Kensington Riverside Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.kensingtonriversideinn.com/
  • Phone: 4032284442
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday/Sunday: 8:00am - 1:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, European, French
  • Executive Chef: Duncan Ly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available to book in its entirety, call the Inn to find out more about private functions including weddings, cocktail receptions, Christmas parties and private dinners. Check out www.kensingtonriversideinn.com for further details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether it's weddings, executive retreats, private dinners or cocktail parties—our intuitive service anticipates every need. We take the time to make your event memorable, and pursue perfection in service and luxury. We encourage you to view menus, photos, and guest reviews on our website.
  • Private Party Contact: Guillaume Frelot, Food & Beverage Manager 4032284442
  • Entertainment: Primary focus is on our talented kitchen team, and their multi-course Tasting Menu selections. With expertly selected wine pairings for each dish, the combination is sure to deliver a culinary delight. Our open kitchen concept allows diners to witness the careful preparations by our team in their pristine and busy kitchen. Personable and knowledgeable, our service team will assist in providing an experience that is second to none. Voted Best Hotel Dining by Where Magazine for 3 consecutive years, and top 5 spots for a romantic dinner by John Gilchrist, food expert for CBC Radio, Chef's Table is a gem in the Calgary dining scene.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10 "A" Street
  • Public Transit: Close to Sunnyside C-train station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered parking is available across the street from the hotel on 10 "A" Street. Also, metered street parking is available on 10 "A" Street. In-house guests receive complimentary heated, underground parking.
A word from Chef's Table at The Kensington Riverside Inn
Chef's Table represents a changing environment in the Calgary Dining scene. Recently attaining the coveted AAA 4-Diamond Rating, it is among only 7 such restaurants in Alberta, and 1 of 3 in Calgary! Voted Best Hotel Dining by Where Magazine for 3 consecutive years, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Chef's Table also received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence in 2011 and 2012. Chef's Table features an intimate 40-seat dining room located in the 19-room boutique Kensington Riverside Inn that specializes in preparing fresh regional cuisine prepared using classical European methods. With a constantly changing five-course tasting menu, a la carte dinner, as well as our Fireside Lounge and Patio menu, diners can enjoy a new experience with every visit.
Chef's Table offers a full lounge with beautiful fireplace in the winter, and a sunny patio in the warmer months. Join us for breakfast, brunch or dinner to experience the evolution of Calgary Fine Dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Chef's Table at The Kensington Riverside Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)special occasion (22)romantic (18)neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (13)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)good for groups (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Wow! Incredible Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner/night out at this gem. It was very different and enjoyable to witness, up close, the attention to detail and effort that the chef's put into each and every dish. I consider myself a noobie foodie I guess and have always been such a picky eater but the food was incredible and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and nice restaurant size
    AngryToast
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was wonderful. The Chocolate Playground was one of the best desserts I've had. The service was professional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Dutch
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Awesome food. Excellent place to go. The lighting could be a little more dim, and the music turned up a tad. Overall a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    like Notables and a few others i appreciate the open kitchen, watching the chefs prepare is fun and part of the experience, our server was well informed and a pro (cant remember her name) all the staff were genial and made us feel comfortable, intimate room with only about 8 tables. all in all a great experience. we tried the chefs special with the premium wine pairing. expensive but generally you get what you pay for. be prepared to take a cab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef's Table
    Ataraxia
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A delightful dining room, seating less than 30 people and reminiscent of a European experience. It is quiet and cozy even with its open kitchen. The perfect place for a romantic dinner. The service was very good, professional and precise. The staff took its cues from the patrons - from cool and discrete to eventually warm and engaging. The food was fine cuisine. The Asian and European influences are obvious but creatively prepared and presented to please any palate. My husband commented on the portion size - he was pleasantly surprised that the portions were substantial - unlike many 'fine dining' experiences he has had. There is something on this menu for any taste - from fish to bison, from octopus to agnolotti .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nice, quiet and relaxing dinner - delicious meal and even more delicious dessert (accommodating nut allergies).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Setting was outstanding however the food (we both had fish dishes) was dry and I would recommend the setting I wouldn't return for the food
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT Food -Ambience is Lacking
    Dfurlong
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had the pleasure of enjoying the 5 course dinner on Saturday at Chef's Table in Kensington. Honestly some of the most beautiful & delicious dishes we have ever had. Our server was attentive, enthusiastic & knowledgeable. The chef came to our table at the end of the meal to check in & seemed to genuinely appreciate our compliments. The ambience is lacking, however. More could be done with the decor & dimmer lighting would provide a better mood. These little touches could really make the difference to set this restaurant above most others. But ultimately the amazing food won us over & we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weak service & decor, good food
    YYCpatron
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Service was barely at "truck stop diner" level - inattentive, overly casual, slow, reaching across patrons, coffee drips all over the table when pouring, etc. The brunch room is lacking character as well. Food, however, was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food and service
    Luvs2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server was amazing and explained every dish. She describes our wine pairings and how they enhance the dish. The tasting menu is a great 5 course meal. Such amazing flavours and presentation. Hands down the best dining experience we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mushroom
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food. Knowledgable chef. Good service. Well designed restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and had never been but always wanted to. Both fish dishes were over cooked...lack freshness. The halibut was overly salted. Unimpressive and rather expensive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night out experience
    Specialevening
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We stayed at the Inn for our 1 year anniversary and had a great time. The food was everything that one would expect and service was excellent. Overall a great experience:
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected...
    PAQAD
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had seen such rave reviews and was quite disappointed. Now to be fair, the menu was not meant for a vegetarian, but of all the top rated restaurants we have tried out this year, this restaurant was the least able to accommodate my dietary preferences with something tasty - I mean after all, isnt that the sign of a great chef, the ability to adapt? Am I the first vegetarian to darken the door? And the menu did state at the bottom "Please inform your server of any allergies, dietary restrictions or preferences." The starter salad was good and the presentation was beautiful, but the main was... well to tell you the truth, I left so hungry that we hit Cassis Bistro on the way home... feeling we had paid too much for what we got.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect 4 Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Stormer
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We loved the scotch list and the appetizers were fabulous! The chef's scallop tartare amuse bouche, frog legs and fois gras appetizers were especially notable! The entree we chose was the Bison ribeye, and unfortunately it was over done and quite chewy... we had such high hopes for the entree after the delicious starters. Our server was fabulous and seem to always show up out of nowhere when we thinking we wanted to order more drinks, or refills on water, etc... Our table was beautiful and quiet. We loved being able to see the chef and sous chefs working on our meals. On the whole, the experience was quite lovely!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chef's tasting menu!
    dado
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Enjoyed a great night out for our anniversary, with excellent food combined with the wine pairing. Thoughtful service and an intimate food experience with the chef and staff in the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place
    BdayGeorge
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Michael Kors did a fine fare for Chef's Table. Great prep and presentation. Dining at its best. Matching wines well selected. Some pleasant surprises. Recommend old-world grouping. Stayed the night after an enjoyable 3-hour dinner. Service impeccable as well as the personable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    had a very nice dining experien with a view of the open kitchen.....food was exellent and service was very good......great place to have an enjoyable dining experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dining Expereince
    mj833
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was amazing from the moment we walked in to our last bite. The food was excellent, and the service was on point! I would go back again and again, Chef Michel does an amazing job in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding again!
    Tracy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had come to try the summer menu. Though not usually a patio person, our party of 4 was very impressed with the no wind and low street noise due to the glass walls, enclosing the patio with a small number of well spaced, comfortable, and elegant tables. The food is always incredible - the fish was perfectly prepared! ....as was the lamb and the steak. The impeccable service and the range of knowledge of our server/sommelier was astouding! Truly an outstanding experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!!
    KurlyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My wife and I are foodies and by far this is our favorite restaurant in Calgary. Everything that we've ordered on their menu is very tasty with very good portions. Jason our waiter always provide excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food just beware of.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the restaurant marking you as a no show on Opentable and not giving you your points. We booked a 1,000 point reservation here, dined at this restaurant with another couple (substantial bill) only to get a notice the next day that we were a no show for our reservation. Had to go through quite a teadious process of getting the no show removed and points awarded (keep your bill). Otherwise food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Kensington Riverside Inn was a great experience. I enjoyed the food and service. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All around, fairly decent
    Timmy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very interesting menu and very tasty food. The service was impeccable and the ambience is quite nice. A unique combination of good quality with no 'stuffy' atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 502 reviews are from the Chef's Table at The Kensington Riverside Inn reviews archive.
  • Big Sipper
    BigSipper
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Had a great experience !!! JC was terrific, suggesting the Rose Champagne which was magnificient to start !!! The frog legs and bison were mouth watering. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant evening
    luvfinedining
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. Tasting menu had unique offerings but the "wow" factor was missing. Enjoyable evening, good to very good so a 3.5 overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food and service didn't live up to all the indications and restaurant ratings that it has received. We phoned ahead after making a reservation to let them know we had some guests with special food requirements and it was a birthday celebration. They said they would make a note of it but it didn't seem to get passed on. The choice of food was limited and the ability to accommodate our guests wasn't as easy as suggested. There was no offer to try to work with the kitchen to make it a good dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    saltfree
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A wonderful dining experience with attention to detail on presentation. Very knowledgeable wait staff who give a detailed outline of each dish. No attention to detail is missed. Love the chance to watch staff in the kitchen prepare the meals. Always a wonderful dining experience. The tasting meal is what we always go for, and we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2travellers
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Food was good but menu somewhat limited. How often does menu change?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding experience
    Anonymous
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Recently dined here for dinner. Outstanding fine dining experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as last time
    Rocky
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were celebrating my wife's 65th birthday. I had asked for and they provided at beautiful longstem rose. My wife was impressed. My wife had the halibut and said it was excellent. I had the lamb. It was fatty and tough, very disappointing. The service was excellent. The wine, as is increasingly the case in Calgary restaurants, was overpriced (300%+ markup). All in all, my wife said that the experience was a pleasurable one. We will probably go back, they have bad lamb every night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Service
    RegularGuyVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This was a last minute restaurant selection for a business meeting based on great reviews both written and word of mouth. The food was excellent but didn't quite meet our high expectations. Don't get me wrong the food was still very good from the frog leg appetizer to the tenderness of the lamb. The issue was that the main course just didn't overwhelm us with flavor, in particular the lima bean accompaniment with the lamb which was just ok. I would still definitely go back. What was notable was the exceptional service. We did have to send 2 bottles of wine back that had gone bad and give full credit to the waiter who quickly acknowledged the problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Foodie4fun
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The 3rd time we’ve dined here. It’s always good, but never great. This last time we had the 5 course chefs menu (was sold out last time) with the standard wine pairing and we were expecting great things. Very hit and miss taste-wise. Some kind of tiny complicated shredded cabbage salad with tons of ingredients was just terrible. Main course was good, but not memorable. Which is how I would describe this restaurant - everything is good (but not cheap) and it seems like it should be an outstanding place in Calgary, but it always just falls a bit flat. Probably was my last chance for them, most likely won’t return for a 4th visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    keggoodfood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent service from Ryan as always. He is more knowledgeable than any other server I have ever had, and he definitely completes the great experience. The food was perfect and delicious. If you haven't tried the Chef's Table you are missing out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service
    airdriediner27
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Also a hotel, this restaurant is a little on the pricey side, that being said my wife and I feel it was worth it. The small dining room has a very intimate feel to it, open kitchen, and enough staff to make you feel as though you on waited on hand and foot. The food was amazing, the ingredients are unbelievably fresh, the sushi grade salmon starter was sweet and spicy, wasabi and apple, really good. The meals are large enough to fill you up, and the flavours were incredible. The deserts and wine list are different but still really good. Nothing bad to say, thought it was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous
    jmpgray
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was at least our sixth visit to Chef's Table and they continue to offer a fantastic dining experience. We enjoyed a five course tasting meal prepared by Duncan himself. His menus are always interesting and combine the elements in a unique fashion. Our server was exceptional in his knowledge and presentation of both the food and the wine pairings. Truly a gourmet experience in every sense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint and romantic
    handbaglady
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We ate at Chef's Table for our anniversary dinner, and stayed at the Kensington Riverside Inn. The dinner was a wonderful experience. With only a handful of tables in the restaurant, it was intimate and private. The view of the kitchen is phenomenal. Nice to watch them crafting the meals. We enjoyed the chef's tasting and thoroughly enjoyed our night. Ryan was a knowledgeable and thoughtful server - attentive and interesting to listen to as he explained each course and each wine pairing. He even hand delivered our bottle of wine to our room at the conclusion of our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Mothers' Day Brunch
    NewresidentVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The brunch for Mothers' Day is second to none. Fabulouse food and service. Breathtaking views!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy diners
    olderdiners
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The food was great, particularly the fois gras. The service was prompt, polite and not overbearing. We especially appreciated that the noise level was very low and that we were able to converse without yelling
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef's Table is a Sensoryl Feast
    BenTYYC
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We took the opportunity to enjoy a special anniversary weekend at the Kensington Riverside Inn. Dinner plans - of course - were at the Chef's Table and it was a grand evening. We opted for the Tasting Menu and Chef Michel Nop and team did not disappoint. What struck us most, was that every course was a joy not only to our tastebuds, to the eye as well. Add to that the different textures, and the whole evening was a sensory experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet