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Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro

Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.divinobistro.com
  • Phone: (403) 410-5555
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm,
    Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Closed Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Comfort Food, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: John Donovan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre Street
  • Public Transit: LRT Station is 1 block away - behind the Hyatt Hotel on 7th Avenue S.W.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking in front after 6:00pm. Public parking lots within 2 blocks.
A word from Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro, part of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts family of restaurants (crmr.com) remains an icon for downtown diners. Now in its 15th year, Divino continues to entertain patrons in the historic Calgary Wine and Spirits building on the Stephen Avenue Walk (8th Avenue S.W.).

As a modern bistro, Divino offers a comforting, pure cuisine in an upscale and energetic environment. Inspired by the traditional bistros that have thrived for decades throughout New York City, Divino has merged modern décor with a comforting bistro atmosphere and cuisine. Featuring the same wood-burning grill found at Gramercy Tavern in New York City and an award-winning international cheese and wine program, Divino has successfully integrated the distinctive American bistro style into Western Canada.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server Jeff was so attentive and appealed to our foodie side! He brought us a number of different samples of wine to ensure we had exactly what we wanted. He knows about EVERYTHING on the menu! We had a lot of fun listening to Jeff describe the wines, cheese, share-ables, and dessert, and also make recommendations for us. The food was fantastic!! Beautiful wine, bread, cheese, mussels, olives...yum!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my second time at Divino and I was blown away. The food is always consistently excellent but what really elevated the evening was the service. Phil took us through all of our pairings with each course and was very passionate about both the food and wine. Thank you for your excellent service and advice. I will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great food, attentive service. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Always impressive and a beautiful place to dine. Romantic setting, eclectic menu, great wines, and never disappointing. Expect to pay a bit more when everything comes together to guarantee a beautiful ans memorable evening. Had a later evening meal with the Fois Gras Raviolli to start followed by the Halibut. Both light and tasty! The dine chosen wS an Italian Nebbiolo."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "loved the food, mussels cookec just right and lamb t-bone, all combined with nice wine, service was attentive and good, will come back"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Nothing but pure charm, food beyond compare and a divine atmosphere. I travel the world and on this visit to Calgary I found the gem of the city."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed my birthday dinner here with my wife and parents. I chose Divino because I've eaten there before and had a great experience. Our server looked like he was moving/talking pretty fast all night, but still managed to put in some lively quips and spaced out each course perfectly. The food was all excellent, from appetizers right through to coffee and dessert."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed, my absolute favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great service, great food. A bit on the pretentious side though (Have a lager on tap, serve a pint not a sleeve.) Appetizers not designed for sharing so do not order appetizers for the table."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always excellent fare. Service is usually very good as well, but was disappointingly slow this visit."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Divino never disappoints. Trendy atmosphere, amazing food, excellent service. One of my favorite resteraunts in Calgary. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was fabulous - service disappointing. We ordered a bottle of wine and the cheese sampler tray. A few minutes later the waitress appeared and asked if we were ready to order. To our party I suggested - maybe we should wait until we enjoyed our cheese tray - my daughters wanted to order - thinking the timing would be measured before the meal came out. Unfortunately that was not the case - The table was full of plates with a half eaten cheese tray still to enjoy. Disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My friend and dine often at Divino, and always leave happy! The only feedback I'd provide, is that it would have been nice if when our food was delivered, if it was described. We had the tartare, and weren't sure if it was intended to be eaten deconstructed, or all together. Food for thought! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Tasty food, attentive service, good wine selection and short distance to theatre make this a wonderful dining spot for our group's before theatre eatery. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Service was excellent, wine was exquisite, food was delish. Divino never disappoints."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had the mussels to start which were great and we were all raving about the frites with the parmesan on them. I had the salmon and my colleagues had the gnocchi and spagettini and we all thought the food was fabulous. I would highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great presentation and interpretation of an old stand by. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The service we had made the evening stand out. We felt like we were the only people in the restaurant given the personalized care and attention we received. The food was phenomenal. We'd been looking for a good French Onion Soup for some time, and were (finally) not disappointed. The cheese selection was fabulous. The Tempura Haricot Verts were crave worthy, and a reason in themselves to return again. The cocktails and wine were expertly prepared and Dessert was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. All in all, it was outstanding. We are already looking forward to our next evening at Divino. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • " This was the quickest lunch i have had in a long time. arrived right at noon, ordered 5 minutes later and had paid the bill by 12:30. Not that we were rushing or anything, just the food was out in minutes. I had the fish special and i think it was one of the best cooked fish dishes i have ever had in Calgary! It was perfectly cooked and served on top of a puree (rutabaga i think they said) and the two unlikely candidates worked so well together that i was scraping my plate by the end. i must go back next week and hope they would have it again. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We went to Divino to celebrate my birthday with another couple and had great food, great service, great wine and an all around awesome experience. My friends and boyfriend had never been there before but loved their experience!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "had a wonderful meal and waitress was attentive and made perfect suggestions for wine"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great food, friendly service, amazing wine list. Always a favourite spot."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Nice place. Great service and the cheese and wine was a perfect match."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was overcooked."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Overall a great night before the Theatre. Just wish we would have had more time to enjoy rather than rush between courses. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent food from start to finish and service was OK but not overly friendly. Fantastic wine menu and good to see plenty of Canadian wines offered. The biggest drawback was the noise though. Not a place for a quiet, romantic meal. Would still return though."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is a great place to go on a date, or just to meet with friends or family for drinks, appetizers and/or dinner. If you like wine and cheese, this restaurant has plenty of options for both. The atmosphere is beautiful - relaxing, dark and quiet. The service is outstanding. I would recommend this to anyone!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Nothing espectacular. Wine list is pretty good. Service is good. Food? Not the greatest. Cheese not the best Bread??? Horrible..!!! I would be back if it was cheaper."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent wine list; amazing appetizers; extraordinary service; the best cappuccino I have ever had; but unfortunately all the positives were lost with the horrible lamb sirloin! First time it was burnt on the outside, fatty, chewy & not medium rare on the inside. Second time they panned seared it which eliminated the dirty grill taste but certainly didn't solve the meat quality issue. Lamb sirloin should be one of the best cuts of lamb & this was the worst piece of lamb I have ever had. I suggest that they give their grill a good scrubbing & possibly change their lamb supplier. my wife's salmon was great but unfortunately the only thing I will remember about Divino is the lamb & the lack of concern evidenced by everyone but our server."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We found the atmosphere too dark, it was hard to see our food. I ordered the lamb sirloin. The parsnip puree and truffled brussle sprouts were delicious. Unfortunately, my meat was very chewy with large amounts of chewy fat and gristle. Because of the very dim lighting, it was hard to see our food and cut around any unsavory parts of the meat. Our appetizer and dessert was also good, but didn't stand out as a reason for us to return."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Divino has great attentive staff ... A busy and gun feel ... And consistently great food and wine. Always enjoy an evening out here but best saved for a Romantic Interlude or a very special Occasion!The pricing is on the higher range and therefore should be reserved for just a few outings a year. Amazing Ravioli, the Duck was very good and a special Fish main made the evening complete ...."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A friend and I come here 3x/year to eat a plate of the mussels. I didn't think I liked mussels until I came here! They are absolutely delicious. The server we had was a real gem."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Met some friends for dinner at Divino and we were very impressed. The service was excellent; efficient and not intrusive. The buffalo tartar was excellent. Everyone's meal was excellent - we all stuck to pasta and everyone enjoyed their dish. We took the chef's selection of cheese and we were very happy with the choices. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This is a place we keep coming back to on special occasions. Great food, wine, service, in a sweet old building. Love it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner on our way to the theatre. The staff were prompt and efficient. One of the waitress's first questions was ' Do you have a theatre event or time commitment?" Nice! Dinner was very pleasant. Manitoba Pickerel was fantastic. A mussels appetizer served up with parmesan frites was wonderful as well."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As usual the food was great. We had the special, steel head with veggies and goat cheese cake and tiramisu for dessert. A glass of Blue Mountain pinot grigio from the Okanagan was delicious. The hostess was not especially friendly, no smile, just took us to our table. Waitress ditto. Her service was good, but she was just doing her job and waiting for the evening to end kind of attitude. If only these young people would ever have a chance to eat at a Michelin star restaurant in France they would understand that besides their tip, clients deserve better, i.e. respect."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was very good and the atmosphere made for an enjoyable meal. The waitress appeared to be just going through the motions maybe having a bad day. She should have been more knowledgeable about the menu. I would give it another try."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Divino’s always has exceptional quality food. Portion sizes vary - my lunch of trout was tiny, and I went back to work still hungry, while my colleague had the meatball sandwich and couldn’t finish, it was so substantial; uncool, especially when the trout cost a lot more. Speaking of cost, I think it’s a crime to charge for water! The server brought two open bottles to our table, one carbonated, one not: we both asked for still water, which she poured and came back to top up a couple of times; we figured it was tap water. Quite a surprise see a charge of $2 each for water on our bill - the cost is irrelevant; the concept is offensive. Atmosphere at Divino’s is nice and we were back to work within an hour, which is good for business."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I had eaten at Divinos a few times before, but always for lunch...so I knew what to expect. The soft lighting and the warm atmosphere are very inviting and comfortable. I ordered the Lobster Canneloni and my date ordered the Hare Gnocci...and we had the mussels to start. I feel the mussels were the best part of the meal, as the broth was to die for...However, I don't undertand why they serve fries on the side...don't get me wrong, the fries are fine but they almost seem to cheapen the experience of the mussels."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife and I arrived in Calgary on lark and totally unprepared. We walked by the restaurant (a half block from our hotel) while checking out the neighborhood, saw the menu, and were hooked. A huge choice of cheeses to choose from for appetizers, extensive wine (and spirits) menu, My wife had fois gras ravioli and a lobster bisque cannelloni. The ravioli, she swears, is the best thing she has EVER eaten (I'll concur that it was awesome). I had a seared ahi nicoise salad and rabbit gnocci. The gnocci beat the cannelloni, but both were good. Excellent, service, ambiance and reasonably priced considering the quality of the food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014