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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Celebrated an anniversary at Cilantro recently. This place never disappoints. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very good, the patio was gorgeous. Would have liked to see it as the sunset as they have lights all around the patio which would look incredible! I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We went for the food, not the drinks, but the Tobacco Vanilla cocktail is the best new cocktail I've tried in a long time! (food was amazing as usual)"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We went for a work group lunch and were able to sit out on the gorgeous patio. Trees are filled with lights, which would make dining out there in the evening really romantic. The patio is enclosed so you don't even rememer you are sitting along 17th avenue. Perfect for a date night. Food and service was great. Would definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We went here for a friend's birthday - I found that the menu was a bit limiting. We had a couple of ladies who struggled to find something they wanted because it was kind of a quirky menu so for people who are picky eaters, this is probably not the place to go. Their cocktail list is a bit odd too, and I got something I really disliked but when I asked to get something else, the waitress took the drink off our bill even though I insisted I'd pay (it's not their fault it wasn't to my taste) and she brought me a French 75 (one of my all time fave drinks) even though it wasn't on the menu so be sure and ask for them to make what you like, seems like they are really accommodating. Also in summer eat outside, their patio is great."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As always, the food and wine were wonderful, but on Thursday evening there were a couple of very loud tables. Nonetheless, we will continue to go to Cilantro at lunch and dinner time. Like all the CRMR restaurants, the selection and quality of the food and wines are reliably excellent. We were disappointed not to be able to eat at Cilantro at Buffalo Mtn Lodge on the weekend."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Cilantro has consistently good food, with imaginative dishes that often change. I usually order from their daily sheet which provides additional items than the regular menu. The pastas are particularly good, and so are the entrée salads. Wine selections are diverse, and well matched with the food courses. The patio on a warm & windless night is a special experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "07/18/2014 - We went there for my birthday and got a spot on the patio. They were very accommodating to keep us comfortable. We had to move inside as it was just a little to cool for me, and they were great. The meal was fantastic along with the service. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is one of my favourites in Calgary. Always good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As i looked at the menu, i was reminded of why i do not go to this restaurant more than once or twice a year. The appetizer and salad selection is poor. Then there are the $16 pizzas, $20 pasta or the $40 main- such a remarkable pricing spread! We opted to share a pizza, salad, and pasta. All were alright. I do remember the pear and Gorgonzola pizza having less pears and more cheese previously. I guess i will wait another year and give it another chance."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Cilantros for my birthday. We both had a pasta dish and it was amazing! Would highly recommend the Black Pepper Linguini. We sat on the patio which I have never been on and really enjoyed myself. It was a beautiful night out!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Took two female associates out for dinner to this Sourhwest style restaurant. Wine list was good, food was good. Service was great and atmosphere was good. I would recommend this place to others in my firm and to friends."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening-impressed that there was rear off street parking-very lovely hostess- attentive waiter and food very unique and tasty."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I like salad and ordered a blackened chicken salad. Good size, nice blackened chicken but I would have have liked to have had actual vegetables in the salad..lettuce does not make a salad."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good spot for getting together. Had previously read the reviews and now understand the hit and miss of the ratings. Over-all it was a nice evening out."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Service was average at best. The food was good but would have liked a more diverse menu."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Yum! Great food. Lovely patio. Sadly, server did not really seem to care about my patronage."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We've been there with a couple of friends, that was nice, the food was good and we shared a nice and cozy moment. Unfortunately we had to wait 1 hour between the appetizer and the main dish ..... way too long for us. I still recommend it but don't be in the rush"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dinner is always good at Cilantro, although i was a bit disappointed with the deserts - didn't hit the spot like I thought they would. Service was grand in a buzzing environment."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Gluten-free options would be a real value-add. Service and food quality excellent."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It has been around for a long time and they still do a great job."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "It's my family's favourite restaurant, and we always celebrate the big things there. This time, it was my parents' 30th anniversary. Fantastic, as always."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "For the price, the food was barely ok. Have had far better flatbed for 2/3 the price. Cocktails were good but again pretty pricey. Great patio and service was ok. More a place to go for the atmosphere than the food experience. Won't rush back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "4 of us Started wt the muscles, CHORIZO CLAM BROTH & BLACK BEAN CREAM SAUCE. Both were VG but like the 1st 1 best & I'm not a fan of Chorizo. Then 3 of us had the CHILEAN SEA BASS cornmeal tamale, grilled peppers, citrus ancho chili sauc. I have to say it's been the best meal I've had in a long time. At $40 it's a bit pricey but VG period. Sea Bass was thick & super moist. Told them not to over cook it & it came out perfect. The citrus ancho Chilli sauc was just the right flavor. Very unique dish. Can't say how good it was. I've been plenty of times to Cilantro but this was by far the best & only time I've raved about it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I went for his birthday. I had specifically mentioned in the reservation that it was his birthday, however there was no acknowledgement at all from the waiter. I had smoked salmon as a starter and my husband had buffalo moza salad. Neither were know outs, my salmon was relatively tasteless and the salad was ok. My husband ordered beef tenderloin med rare - it came over cooked. The waiter acknowledged this and took the salad (the cheapest thing we ordered) off the bill at the end - why not the beef I would wonder? The gorgonzola pizza I had was undercooked and really only the edges of the pizza were crisp - all in all not a great dinner. Others I know have said the restaurant is over rated and living on past glory."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Every time I visit, I'm always amazed. Cilantro made my anniversary very special with great food and awesome service. Our server was very knowledgeable and is very good at her job. I watched her circle the room very gracefully, not only tending on us but many others without a person even emptying a glass of water. I do feel like the front rooms needs a facelift, the atmosphere isn't the best but the food makes up for that. My favorite spot is in the back or when the weather permits, the patio! Much more romantic and cozy."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
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