Cilantro
Cilantro

Cilantro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.crmr.com/cilantro/
  • Phone: 4032291177x
  • 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 403-245-8880x

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.






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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Cilantro reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (67)fit for foodies (66)special occasion (53)notable wine list (52)romantic (44)neighborhood gem (42)great for lunch (30)good for groups (26)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    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 : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience!
    Wookie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couple4
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood gem
    Southernscots
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After work dinner at Cilantro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Excellent flatbread, delicious mussels. Attentive yet not overbearing service. Server very knowledgable about wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous restaurant!
    CanS
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Consistently wonderful. But please bring the old chairs back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent and Special
    CaboKaren
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic place
    Beth
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Loved everything about this place. Delicious food and great menu. Great service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cilantro - fabulous!
    Kiesha
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatoutcesoir
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising
    Gfry
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favourite
    photogyyc
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Cilantro is always a favourite! We've been going here for over 20 years and it never disappoints. Thanks for another fantastic night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a noisy place
    deafened
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious food and impeccable service. Plus the ambiance is cozy, classy, but still casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Jess
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    dess
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday lunch
    Culinaire
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent, excellent, excellent! It was perfect for the occasion and the weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good, with incorrect pricing.
    SoNowThen
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Starting to slip.......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First but not last....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for fine food.
    Jessie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great. Again!
    GorbyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favourite spot now!!
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • okay food, high price point
    Nephron010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A most unique Dining Venu anywhere
    Arthur1932
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not recommend
    Calgarydiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • junebug
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love sitting on this amazing patio. All the food was delicious but the caesar salad is deserving of a special mention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pedictably excellent
    Happy2report
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Celebrated an anniversary at Cilantro recently. This place never disappoints. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Luv2dine
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    atalyx
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Patio
    foodie
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall good
    LadybugcecVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cilantro
    greatdining1000
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summer dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is one of my favourites in Calgary. Always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always lacking
    greatview
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate