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downtownfood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.downtownfood.ca
  • Phone: (587) 353-3474
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French, Southeast Asian
  • Executive Chef: Darren MacLean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer 2 catering options. Off site catering at your location, onsite in the restaurant for parties up to 70 (Sundays only with advanced booking, though we can sometimes accommodate for other days).
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a sectioned off room in our dining room that can accommodate up to 12 people. This room can be reserved any time during restaurant hours, and we do offer specialty menus for advanced booking.
  • Private Party Contact: Shelley Decker (587) 353-3474

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th st SW
  • Public Transit: We are located very close to the LRT line on 7th ave, with a station at 5th St. Several buses stop on 5th St and 8th, including the #3 bus, which runs frequently, and the 300 bus that runs from the airport.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Anyone can park on the street in front of or around the restaurant, as available. There is also a pay-parking lot on 5th St and 8th Ave SW, about a minute"s walk from the restaurant.
A word from downtownfood
Located on Stephen Ave’s west end theatre district,

This modern bistro on 8th is the home to some of the most innovative cuisine in Calgary. A forward thinking restaurant with an eye on sustainability dtf proudly plays host to our great cities first fully integrated rooftop ecosystem the urbanagproject. From which the restaurant sources its honey and over 40 different types of vegetables, herbs and fruits. More here #growfooddowntown

As seasonal restaurant dtf’s menus changes regularly in order to explore and serve and showcase ingredients at their best. downtownfood makes everything in house and lovingly supports local, organic and small producers. This philosophy culminates in our “true Canadian cuisine” by utilizing canada’s ethnic heritage we can apply those flavours to Canadian sourced produce. In this way downtownfood aims to achieve true innovation harmony and fusion in our cuisine
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Outstanding food with knowledgeable and friendly service. Locally sourced, beautifully prepared."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "My daughter works at Charcut and we mentioned that fact to our server. Soon after we received lovely plates from the kitchen on top of what we ordered. What a pleasent experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Try this restaurant. Impeccable service and absolutely wonderful food. We had the Boxstar tomatoe salad on a bed of pesto with homemade smoked bacon. It was superb. What an interesting combination of flavours that worked perfectly. The mains of Duck breast and duck confit spring rolls and the Waygu beef with foie gras ravioli and chanterals were nothing short of fantastic. The following night we were in Montreal and ate at Joe Beef's Liverpool Restaurant. It was good but Downtown Food was head and shoulders better. Our waitress was so helpful and she recommended a lovely wine at a good price. If you enjoy a touch of food fusion and like flavourful food, do not pass on this great place!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "The DTF Burger is great, the mini root beer float is a nice touch."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Good environment, but service is overly aggressive for those trying to have a business conversation. We were in the middle of an important conversation and the server interrupted numerous times at critical conversational junctures. Having been a server myself for five years in my younger life, the service seems canned / boilerplate, and with far too many touch points for a restaurant that I would estimate is hosting a high percentage of business people doing deals over lunch. Those people are there to talk primarily. The meal is somewhat secondary."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "As one of our first date nights back out, we had an amazing experience. The flavours were subtle but well though out and the selection was wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable and gave the perfect amount if attention. Overall an amazing night."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I can't get enough of this restaurant. Chef Darren always comes up with amazing flavours, and I'm always blown away. The desserts are also incredible. Keep up the amazing work!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We had booked this event for Gil's retirement and hence had reserved under his name. My name is Narmin, Gil's Admin. Assistant. The food and service was outstanding. We were fortunate to have both the Chef's come to our table to explain the items for lunch. Also a substitute menu was arranged for people who had allergies for certain kinds of ingredients in the food. Incredible service and delicious food. Thank you."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant is top notch - service, food and wine. There are so many delicious flavors on the plate that complement each other. There were four of us having dinner and each ordered a different appetizer and main course and every plate was cooked to perfection most with a hint of spicy heat. If you go and you must, try to get seated in Andre's section. He is a true professional."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Focused lunch menu led to honey-sauced trout perched on quinoa salad that exceptional. Soup of day superb. Entire party impressed. Single desert light and airy. Chef's a genius."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Looking for vegetarian or chicken dish. Two kind of fish I dislike, burger was too small, I can't eat pork for medical reasons, and my table mate had steak sandwich that was petite. Overall got the impression the restaurant was cutting corners"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This was my fourth or Fifth visit in the past year and the quality of food is still outstanding. My only complaint would be that the menu changes so fast that if want go back for the same meal again or another one that I missed trying you have to go right away. At the same time, they always have another delectable item to try!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Server was very busy but kept in touch over the meal, had 1 round of drinks take a bit but he came by to check and got them right away. Food was delicious, steak sandwich was a fresh take on a french steak and frites. Gingerbeef was a very nice app. Seafood sashimi bowl was a hit, rainbow trout fish feature was also perfect. It is a little loud at lunch, but a busy restaurant is always preferable. Drinks were very imaginative, lots of variation and complex flavours. Their house brewed beer is very tasty! The Knockout punch to our meal was our friend never gets dessert for her birthday b/c of a severe dairy allergy. Not only was the whole meal made safe for her, but chef whipped up a dairy free chocolate mousse that was to die for."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "DTF is knocking out some fantastic dishes from its kitchen. The menu changes daily as they strive to use the freshest items available. There is tremendous imagination in their menu and the plating alone will leave you wondering what the rest of the dishes come out looking like. Beef Tartare is served under a glass dome trapping in smoke; watermelon and feta "salad" has the watermelon cut into round cylinders wrapped with a thin cucumber slice; wagu beef ravioli has truffle foam on top of it. I am looking forward to returning to DTF. They are doing something very special here for the Calgary restaurant scene."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "DTF is the perfect combination of food, service and ambience. I average 2-3 visits per week and find DTF extremely professional and accommodating."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Had a nice lunch at Downtown food. The service is very good, very pleasant service, attentive and quick. This was my second visit and unfortunately, you would have trouble going very often because the menu is extremely limited. That said, the dishes we did order were very good. It's more quiet then some of the restaurants nearby so really good for lunch as you can talk easily."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "If you only have one night in Calgary make sure you eat at Downtown Food! It's not in the greatest area of town and the restaurant decor is not that impressive...........but the food and service is INCREDIBLE. If this place was in Europe it would certainly get one Michelin Star and maybe even two. We visited on the penultimate night of our stay in Calgary and we were just blown away with how good the food was. Then we discovered that on Fridays and Saturdays they have a tasting menu, so we immediately cancelled the reservation we had at another upscale Calgary restaurant and returned to Downtown Food for a second night to try the tasting menu...........we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "All their menu items are amazing with the high qualify ingredients and the creativity from the chefs makes every dish unique and delicious. I will say if you are able to make it to downtown foods for lunch you have to try the DYF Burger it is the best burger in Calgary! Amazing :-)"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our lunch at Downtown Food was fantastic! The food was really great and our waitress was excellent."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The menu is not updated on web. Which was disconcerting. We were initially guided to a table in the midst of other tables even tho a quieter table was available. And we had made reservations. The waitress was too chatty - it became annoying. Food was good"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We called in to Downtown Food on a whim for a late night supper. The food was great as always and because it was around 9pm we had the front of the restaurant to ourselves for a romantic dinner. The simple wine list provides an easy selection of good wines and we shared the Boar Chop which was absolutely delicious. The house provided us with the special appetizer free of charge which was an added bonus. Always a good spot to visit."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good: Wagyu Beef Tartare; Wild Boar Chop - big portion, not game-y tasting; Chocolate Tart with smoke infused whip cream - best of the night. OK: Miso cured sablefish - a good dish but nothing that distinguishes it from the same dish in other places. Bad: Tempura-battered sushi roll - taste & texture of the rice didn't seem right (altered by the deep frying?), fresh real wasabi was a dry and solid lump (sitting out too long?) Annoying: The wine had a dry cork; 2 or 3 attempts got it open; some cork in the wine so one server offered to filter it but when we get to the dregs another wanted to just dispose of what was ½-¾ of a glass. Servers should talk to each other especially when there are only 4 tables. Espresso arrived without crema."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Read the reviews so the wife and I decided we needed to give the restaurant a try. We arrived Friday around 6:15 to find the restaurant to only have a few patrons, so this was a bit disconcerting. This concern was quickly alleviated when the food arrived. I started with the tuna tataki followed by the wagyu beef ravioli and my wife ordered the tomato salad starter followed by the wild boar chop. All the food we ordered was amazing! The freshness and the flavours were all incredible and the servings were of the right portions. Our waiter explained what was in our food when it arrived and was at our table when required and was never over bearing. We will definitely be back with others in tow."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I had lunch here with friends and having been to downtownfood a few times, I thought it was a good choice. The food and ambiance were great, but the service leaves something to be desired for being intentionally ambiguous or deceiving in respect of drinks. When someone asks for water, bringing a bottle of water and charging $6.50 for it is not an acceptable practice."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The chef takes normal Canadian fare and steps it up with creative twists. They are growing their own vegetables and harvesting their own honey out back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Missing New York for it's cuisine while in Calgary for 5 weeks, a friend told me to check out DTF. Forget not being disappointed, it was one of the best meals I've ever had, and given the quality and detail of the food, very very reasonable. It was so good, I went back 3 times, each time with different people, all of whom had the exact same response. We had the tasting menu on the last evening where you were sad that each course had to end. I can't say enough good things here to convey the complexity of the flavors and the inspired tastes."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great care taken, excellent execution, pretty plating, imaginative flavour combos that synergized on the plate. Friendly staff. Nice room with beautiful (on theme) artwork. Loved the music choices - nothing ho hum or fuddy duddy. Well done Chef! Cheers to you, Karen Anderson"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food, service and ambience excellent . A wee bit pricey to go to on a regular basis."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Definitely fit for foodies! Third time here and still very impressed. Creative and beyond delicious menu."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our first experience and it was terrific! Creative menu, well presented with excellent service. Well done!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We dined here with friends. We were able to visit over wine befote enjoyinga delicious dinner. The wine list is fairly small, but has some very good ones t moderate prices. Two of us had the wild boar chop, one had duck breast and one ravioli. Everyone loved their food. We all shared the key lime dessert & declared iy a winner. My only criticism was that I thought there was a lack of salad choices. Would return here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Exquiste taste and presentation. Perfect portion size, not too loud, all around great."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The staff is great and well versed on the menu so finding a gluten free option was easy. I had the burger (no bun) with a salad, i wish they would have supplied something a little extra considering i couldn't eat the bun (not filling), but overall it was delicious!! The burger itself was phenominal!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food and presentation at this trendy restaurant is excellent and the relaxed service is a refreshing change to the hustle of the average lunch restaurant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is really spectacular, very special. I hope more people experience this Calgary gem."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Calgary foodies know that downtown food is it! Creative dishes, attentive service, decent quantity. This is a top 10 in Calgary - I bring people I want to impress here."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "2nd time I have been there and it is fantastic. The watermelon salad is one of the best appetizers (share with friend) I have had in a really long time! I have only every been for lunch but would like to try dinner sometime. I love the decor and ambiance!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was amazing. Particularly loved the mushroom ravioli and foie gras pate. It was so good, I was tempted to lick the plate clean! Excellent service, wine pairing and overall very satisfied. All meals were amazing. Blend of flavours was excellent. My compliments to the chef!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "There were 5 of us and we all enjoyed our meals. Every single one was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "As a celiac, I trust few eating establishments. downtownfood gets it. The staff always knows exactly what's in the food and makes great recommendations. Fresh, tasty, and thoughtful menu that changes regularly."
    Dined on 6/19/2014