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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I enjoyed the duck dish which was surprisingly delicious! They freeze the skin and serve it medium rare. All hand made and grow many of their own greens."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was excellent - very creative combinations of flavours that all worked well together. Nice wine list - including good wines that weren't too expensive. The restaurant was relatively small and decorated in a modern style - we liked the photographs of scenes from downtown Calgary on the walls. It was a good place for an anniversary dinner - quiet enough to have a conversation, nice ambience and food for the occasion without being too stuffy. Good service. We will return - and recommend this restaurant to others. Nicely done all round."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Three of us went for lunch, and had heard mixed reviews, but wanted to try it for ourselves. We ordered the pork gyoza to start and they came out burnt on one side. No mention of it from the server when some of the bottoms were left on our plates either. We ordered our mains - two burgers and a banh mi sandwich, and the server explained that the burger was freshly ground steak and it's typically cooked to mid rare, and asked the first girl how she took her steak (she said mid-rare). The second girl didn't get asked (and she wanted it medium), and the server never told us what came on the side (if anything). The fries were overcooked (they were seriously hard), we had to dig through them to find the bigger ones, etc. All in all terrible"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Yet another amazing night at downtownfood. If it was up to me, I'd be back here every time they came out with a new tasting menu, because they really are absolutely spectacular food stories. Darren is a genius."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Nice to have an interesting menu with enough for those who don't care for different"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The wait staff at DTF were extremely good. I haven't been to a restaurant with staff that are as engaged about where the ingredients come from and what is in every dish. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a local, mostly organic and most importantly delicious dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went to meet a friend and had a great lunch. The new menu is good but I do miss the steak."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Several unique entrees are always on the menu. Excellent preparation and presntation of the meal during this visit for lunch. The soup was great, as usual, and my trout was super. Portions are not large which is fine for lunch. The others at our lunch had no complaints and also commented on the above average lunch experience."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I took my wife for dinner and a show her 30th birthday. Our server, Megan, was very aware of our time constraints and helped us with ordering, drinks and dessert. The food was incredible!! I recommend the duck breast and the dtf ceviche. Both were well constructed, perfectly plated and were full of flavour. My wife enjoyed the atmosphere, food and conversation with our server who was incredibly personable and attentive. All in all a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Our server Catherine made the experience excellent. It was my girlfriends birthday and the 6 of us had a wonderful evening. Great range of food options on the menu and we enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Not a lot of options for veggies... Very appealing if they did offer it as the food is fresh and very interesting! Could be better if they had at least 1-2 veggie options.. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "You can tell that there exists a passion for doing things well beyond the norm. I have been to DTF six times and find the food and service quite remarkable. The house made everything is exceptional, this is a labour of love for which I can not say enough about. If you have not been, go soon you are missing out on a comprehensive philosophy of food, and why we love to go back again and again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I had the calamari and the kale salad and both were fantastic. My colleagues had the Korean steak and the trout and everyone was raving about their food. Our server was a true professional! Attentive and charming without being intrusive. This was a great restaurant for business meetings as the sound was not overbearing. I will definitely return to this neighborhood gem. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. I had been there for an after-Film Festival party and was happy to go back with a foodie-friend. Her kale salad was delicious. My burger was even more delightful when the root beer shake was served with it! Service was great and I'll happily return."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A must do dining experience in Calgary. The flavours of Asian meets West is truly unique and creative. Every fine detail of the dishes was well thought out. A group of 3 shared the fresh rolls, maki roll, and pear bacon salad. We each then had mains of wild boar, halibut, and scallops with pork belly. Portions were perfect to leave us with room to share the banana chocolate ganache dessert. Loved it all!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The burger, for $20, was way overpriced, regardless of the beef they used. It was not hot when it arrived and neither was the plate. The soup was very good, served in a hot bowl. Lunch for two people, soft drinks only, two entrees and two soups, $90 with tip. Too much."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Friends recommended Downtown food. We choose the chef's menu. Every dish was superb. The first four; ceviche, a fresh cool green pea soup, Sichewan eggplant, wagu tataki, were all small courses; each with a beautiful presentation and distinct flavours that left you craving more. Often I have a problem when a series of items are placed on a plate but not integrated together, I need not worry at Downtown food. The large fifth course was a thai green curry with a generous portion of halibut placed on top. It was a satisfying course. The vegetables throughout the meal were cooked to perfection, the green pea fresh and firm, the eggplant creamy with a baked skin, the okra and water chestnut just right. Dessert was tequillime pie, and macaroon GO"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I had dinner with a couple of friends awhile ago just to check the restaurant out. We decided to go with the tasting menu with several bottles of wine. The exceptional part of the menu was a beautiful LITTLE eggplant dish however beyond that everything else hit the 'good' spot but nothing more: very small portions that all seemed just a bit pretentious. The service was very good and the place itself was nice enough. However, for three people and a bill of ~$550.00 with only two bottles of wine I expect 'exceptional' across the board; I can't see going back any time soon."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "First time there. Went for lunch. Very small lunch menu. Would not recommend. We had heard great things about DTF, I hope supper has a better selection. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had a wonderful lunch, salt an pepper squid were best I've ever had, sous vide burger was very juicy, and service was prompt and not intrusive"
    Dined on 4/30/2014