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Cilantro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.crmr.com/cilantro/
  • Phone: (403) 229-1177
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Ken Canavan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs/Lounge:

    Site down dinner: 28 persons maximum

    Stand up appetizers: 40 persons maximum

    Sit down lunch: 28 persons maximum

    Downstairs/Dining Room:

    Site down dinner: 40 persons maximum

    Stand up appetizers: 60 persons maximum

    Sit down lunch: 40 persons maximum

    Whole Restaurant:

    Site down dinner (both rooms): 60 persons maximum

    Stand up appetizers: 100 persons maximum
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Migliarese (403) 245-8880

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th St SW
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot available and street parking and public lot near by.
A word from Cilantro

Cilantro is a seventy seat upscale casual style restaurant, with an additional fifty seat enclosed patio and veranda. Surrounded by white lights above in the trees and our luscious Virginia Creepers, Cilantro remains the casual, cozy and quaint atmosphere that we have been known for 26 years.<br />

Chef Ken Canavan is the creator behind our menu, which has an unconventional Californian-Southwestern flare. In addition we offer daily and nightly features with our specialties being flat bread style pizzas, homemade pastas, along with many different appetizers, salads, and entrees, something to suit everyone's tastes.

Cilantro offers an ever-changing extensive wine list of 250 wines by the bottle and features up to 25 different wines by the glass. We are also proud to be a recipient of The Wine Spectators "Award of Excellence" for our wine list from 1996 through to 2010.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "First visit; was with people who know it well; excellent experience. I will be back and will bring my husband!"
    Dined on 11/24/2014
  • "A short menu but all the selections are excellent. The wood oven pizza is outstanding. If you can, ask to sit upstairs for the best ambiance. In the summer the outdoor patio is a real gem."
    Dined on 11/22/2014
  • "We went to Cilantro with two close friends we had not seen in a while, the menu had so many items that we wanted it was difficult to choose and we will definitely return to try the rest of the menu. The wild mushroom soup was to die for and our main courses were the Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken and Chilean Sea Bass. All outstanding!"
    Dined on 11/21/2014
  • "The mushroom soup was amazing! It was nice to sit upstairs where the wood oven was considering it was such a cold day. The service was great and the price point of the food was very good as well."
    Dined on 11/10/2014
  • "Our server was fabulous as suggesting wine, serving and lovely personality. Food was excellent. The whole restaurant was a bit noisy and seats were packed in. It was impossible to sit down without bumping person sitting at the next table, on both sides."
    Dined on 11/8/2014
  • "Had a great family meal, great food and service that well worth the price."
    Dined on 11/8/2014
  • "Although our meals and wine selection were excellent, the noise level made it impossible for our group to chat. I would never recommend this rest. other than the patio."
    Dined on 11/7/2014
  • "This restaurant continues to ba our favourite with its changing menu, its high standards on food and service and its great ambience. We hope it keeps it up!!"
    Dined on 10/28/2014
  • "I love coming here and especially eating upstairs by the open oven and bar. It's cozy, delicious, and the service is always amazing - especially when you get Chris : )"
    Dined on 10/21/2014
  • "We chose Cilantro for a family celebration and it far exceeded our expectations! We never felt rushed, the food was amazing and the prices were reasonable! Can't wait to experience Cilantro again with family and/or friends!"
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "The 20 years that I personally have been eating at Cilantros I can say i have never had a bad experience. Although not as frquent as i once was when i lived downtown, My recent dinner was no exception. Cilantros is what it has always been for me, a great little venue with consistant food and service."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "Great little find on 17th Avenue. Log cabinesque with great upstairs dining and bar area. good to see the pizza oven in action. staff were friendly and food was delicious. nice to dress up or a casual date one wouldn't feel out of place for either."
    Dined on 10/11/2014
  • "Great for both before and/or after a flames game!! the food (especially the pizza) is amazing"
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "Excellent flatbread, delicious mussels. Attentive yet not overbearing service. Server very knowledgable about wines."
    Dined on 10/6/2014
  • "Saturday was our first time dining at Cilantro. I booked this restaurant for my fiances birthday, hoping to have a special evening. It definitely exceeded our expectations, we were thoroughly impressed! Everything was just perfect! The ambiance was beautiful, the food was spectacular and our waiter really made the night, he was incredible! Thank you for an incredible dining experience! Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Consistently wonderful. But please bring the old chairs back!"
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "This is one of my "go-to" favourite restaurants. The menu has perfect variety. The pizza crust is perfect!! Enjoyed the beef tenderloin appetizer plate for 4 people. It could be an entree for a small appetite. Excellent service!!"
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • " Loved everything about this place. Delicious food and great menu. Great service. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "Cilantro restaurant is consistently terrific - excellent, very friendly and accomodating servers - very knowledgeable about the wine on offer and ready to help make good selection. Our table had the rack of lamb, the tenderloin, and roast chicken - all were delicious! Very lively restaurant with lovely decor."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "We were a party of four and each selected a different entrée. The pulled elk flatbread was very good. The pasta dish was also very good. The baby back ribs were very disappointing - the meat as well as the sauce. The Chilean sea bass and tamale were excellent, but somewhat overpriced. We shared 2 desserts - a crème brulee and a rich chocolate cake. Both were delicious and nicely presented for a birthday celebration. I found it difficult to choose an entrée because none of the offerings really appealed to me that night. The atmosphere and service were without fault."
    Dined on 9/30/2014
  • "I recently went to Cilantro with my family and was amazed at the food, wine selection and staff. Our waitress was extremely personable and knowledgeable. She recommended food without hesitation- all of which was great. My tenderloin was cooked to perfection as was the rest of the tables. Having not been to Cilantro in a while, I have definitely missed out."
    Dined on 9/29/2014
  • "Cilantro is always a favourite! We've been going here for over 20 years and it never disappoints. Thanks for another fantastic night!"
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "The food was terrific. The service was ok but we had to wave for staff on three occasions to attract service. Noise level was extreme. Pick your supper time carefully. We had an early sitting which did not work out. Try a later time. The food was good."
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "Delicious food and impeccable service. Plus the ambiance is cozy, classy, but still casual."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "Always great food and service! Server was attentive and knowledgable, all staff were working hard, great to see. Food is always to die for."
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "We love Cilantro, it is an upscale casual atmosphere, the patio is such a great spot in the summer. Service was spot on, she checked on us regularly but wasn't overbearing. I had the roasted chicken and my husband had a "special" which was the Halibut, both amazing. Portion sizes are perfect. We will continue to go back."
    Dined on 9/15/2014
  • "The whole cilantro experience was lovely. Our server was approachable and funny and had excellent knowledge of the food and wine. The ribs were outstanding and the desert is definitely worth saving room for. My friends and I all agreed, it was terrific. We also really enjoyed the ambience of the place, it was a great catch up night with friends. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "Have been to Cilantro a couple of times recently after a brief time away. The food was great, Service even better. We will be back again soon."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "Excellent, excellent, excellent! It was perfect for the occasion and the weather."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "From the beautiful patio to the delicious mussels and frites to the impeccable service, Cilantro was amazing! Everything was perfect! Can't recommend it enough. Sit in the patio if it's nice!"
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "The food was good (not bad, not great). The presentation was excellent. The service was attentive and very flexible with substitutions. However I can get an equal or tastier meal in Calgary for about $8 less (on average) entree price. That's a deal-breaker. Dessert was also good, but HUGE portions and very reasonable price. Bottom line, for a snack, drinks, and dessert, I think it's a great place. For a satisfying meal, not so much."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "I have been there twice in the past few months. Last month I sat upstairs in the lounge (love the atmosphere) the Mgr and staff were doing shooters and trying wine; which I thought that was inappropriate. I was there Wednesday and thought the food wasn't as good as was previous, its starting to slip. My dinner was cold and pasta was over cooked. Sad... as I loved to go there?"
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Cilantro, and it certainly won't be our last. As with all the CRMR establishments we've enjoyed, the food and service were excellent. Dining on the patio with the candles and twinkling lights, you'd never know you're in a very busy part of downtown Calgary. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cilantro and would definitely recommend it to friends and family."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "A wonderful place to eat. The food was outstanding. Try the Beef Tenderloin, and if you are a beef lover, you will not regret it. For a real treat, be a little bold and go for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Cilantro has a relaxed, casual atmosphere with an warm elegant touch. The hint of smoke from the wood burning oven added a rustic element to the already inviting ambiance. The polite staff accommodates your every need. There is both an indoor and an outdoor eating area with heaters in the outside patio if needed, and free parking around back. Over all, a perfect place for, not just a meal, but an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Love the patio at Cilantro, lots of room and the walls make it private with no street traffic. I love the Sea Bass which is (IMHO) the best in the city. The food and the service are consistently excellent. Love the restaurant scene in Calgary and Cilantro is in our top three. Bottom line is when you pay good money you expect nothing less and Cilantro does it again and again. Well done Cilantro."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This was my first time at Cilantro and I will definitely be back!!! The food was absolutely fantastic!! The service was excellent and the ambiance on the patio was awesome. I went with two of my girlfriends and it was such a great time. I recommend going her if you have never been because I was blown away :) I would love to take my hubby because its a truly romantic setting when it starts to get a bit dark. The full patio is lit with candlelight. 10/10 for me!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food at Cilantro was good, but definitely not what you would expect for the price point. Dishes are typically 35-40 for mains, 15-20 for apps. The gorgonzola pear pizza is exactly as described- mostly pear. My guest who is a vegetarian, had very little to pick from on the menu, and the waitress didn't offer any suggestion that the kitchen might accommodate because of that. We were informed that the staff felt one of the specials needed to to be kicked up a notch, so they added bacon. Never seen bacon treated as a spice before. No chance of leaving off the bacon as specials were not modifiable. Seafood was reasonably cooked. Risotto was a bit dry, possibly from being plated a while before the seafood was added."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The Restaurant is in a very nice location ; the ongoing fire is really special. Converting a 3 story house into a Restaurant with interesting options for table location is enticing .We have dined there at least a dozen times and look forward to an annual revisit. I doubt that we have sat in one table location more than once over the years. Several good friends are equally as fond of tho restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our food was totally mediocre at best. The ribs were cold and not flavourful. The chicken was very average. The smoked salmon appy was decent. The food has gone really downhill in our last two visits within the past two months. New chef, perhaps? It used to be better. Portion size was small for the price. We left somewhat hungry. We won't be back for a long time until the kitchen improves the taste and quality of food being served. It was not worth the amount that we paid the last two visits."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Love sitting on this amazing patio. All the food was delicious but the caesar salad is deserving of a special mention."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
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