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downtownfood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.downtownfood.ca
  • Email: info@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
  • "All the food we had was unique and appealing and beautifully presented. Chef Darren visited with us and with other diners as well and explained his creations and told us of future plans, and we will definitely return for these! Unfortunately, the service was very slow and there was also some confusion about our order and two courses were brought at the same time. We managed to handle this issue by eating everything! It was all delicious."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our server Sara was excellent noticed that the wine might possibly not be the best and got to us before we could comment.. Food was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "What a fantastic find on a Monday night. The room is sleek and spare in a New York way. Not so the menu. Chef Darren MacLean offers up a cornucopia of tasty treats which do change weekly. Not to be missed are the crisp calamari with a thick chili dip, green curry with clams or mussels and the house made ramen. MacLean pulls the noodles himself. Nothing on the menu disappoints. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Twice now I've had Friday lunch here. On my second visit, the service was, as it was the first time around, attentive and gracious. I tried the mussel chowder to start, and the market fish of the day: seared steelhead trout on bouillabaisse, for my main dish. Both were delicious and deceptively filling — the portion sizes seemed a bit small at first glance, but I did not have room for dessert!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A good selection of starters and mains from fish to wild boar which heartly portion sizes. The ceviche starter was a interesting take on the dish. Highly recommended. The wildboar chop was substantial and tasty. What I woudl praise themost was the service. The fellow serving was attentive but more importantly knowledgeable about the food and could answer our most detailed questions. Very hard to find in Calgary! Extra points for that alone."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Wine list is small but contains bottle selections that match the cuisine perfectly."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had the ravioli and it was quit good however I found the other dishes good nothing special. I was expecting better decor and atmosphere, having a table right in front of the kitchen door was not ideal. Nothing about this restaurant tuck out other than the fact that the bathrooms although quit modern and fresh had no soap in their soap dispensers, very off putting. I guess it made me think if they can't even fill their soap dispensers, what sort of hygiene is taking place in the kitchen. My recommendation would be take care of the basics first!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were a party of four having lunch on a Thursday. We were first seated with only one menu for the whole table. Once we placed our order, it took almost 30 minutes for our entrees to arrive. While the food was general tasty and well presented, the portions were small (even for lunch) given the price. The one bright spot was the amazing tempura squid appetizer. I would go back solely for that dish. I wouldn't recommend this place unless you have time to kill and a small appetite."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was very good as was the service but the menu is limited and the servings were quite small. The venue was nice, a bit off the beaten path (albiet only a block from 8th Ave Place). Not going to make my top 10 list."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I've been to Downtown foods a few times and am always wowed by the food. The dishes are fresh and creative. Unfortunately the service this last visit was slow and inattentive."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "While the food is excellent and well-presented, the lunch fish special I ordered was quite small. The amount of fish was fine, but there was not much more besides onions in a sauce. For close to twenty-six dollars, it should include a side salad or vegetables. Comparable lunch at other fine restaurants downtown will get you a side soup or salad and some veggies along with the fish. My guest had the sashimi on rice which was also small, for thirty dollars. I still like this restaurant and would highly recommend it, but it's too bad I had to go back to the office and eat more to feel satisfied."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Their squid started was the best. Very tender. Sauce had a nice bite to it. Would have it as an entree. Kale salad with tuna was delicious. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Plates and glasses were all very dirty, the waitress never checked up on us during the meal. The biggest issue was the Ravioli was really tough and chewy and had a bone in it. When we mentioned this to the waitress, she brushed it off and walked away. The only high note was the entrées were exceptional."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was good, but not great, and not served warmer than room temperature. Portions were small for price. The server was pleasant and tried very hard; but had a knack for interrupting every important conversation we were having, leaving the impression that she needed more training and was very slow. There was no toilet paper in the women's bathroom. Did not live up to reputation."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "There aren't many good choices for lunch in the 8th Avenue - 6th Street SW area. Therefore, downtownfood is gaining a reputation as a great place to eat. I've been twice because co-workers raved about it. I applaud the concept of the ecosystem on the roof, the solar power, the fresh food and I will continue to hope that downtownfood will grow and evolve. However, I can not call this a GREAT restaurant. The menu is very limited - I get that the fresh food concept will limit the choices. So, I chose the hamburger and was disappointed. The too-large white bread hamburger bun is not appetizing and the fresh cut potato fries are nothing special. I was offered many refills on the water but had to remind the server to refill my coffee."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I love trying new restaurants and this one did not disappoint. The food was amazing. I like that the menu changes all the time. We all had ordered something different and each of us enjoyed our meals. Our server was fanastic and everyone was so friendly. The staff was very knowledgable. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Calgary has some very solid choices these days for restaurants, and although this was our first visit, this one stands out on the very top percentile. Definitely going back to try some of the items we didn't but I would also be happy to have exactly the same meal again. The food was both inventive and exceptional. Service was flawless, and we even had it complemented a few times by a visit from the owner to check up. Go, eat, and enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Not too expensive, not too cheap, the wine list is good, the servers are present but not too much, the food is excellent and innovative Will go back in a heart bit to invite my clients there"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I tried Downtownfood for lunch with a long-time-no-see friend. When I gave the hostess my reservation, the first thing she let me know was they have a turnaround time for lunch and wanted us out of there within 30 min. She was polite but the concept did not work for me. Had I known I would not have chosen it as a sit-down place to have a nice chat with my friend. All restaurants have turnaround time but they manage that instead of asking their guests to do the managing. Bonus - service was fast because they wanted to get people out ASAP Food - decent but not spectacular Decor was great Flexibility of restaurant to be appealing for a variety of dining situations - very low Conclusion: definitely not going again."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Food fresh and nicely prepared."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went here last night to try the night market menu. We were very very impressed. Everything we ordered was excellent. The items on the menu for this night market are reasonably priced as well. The dessert was amazing, I can't really describe what the flavours were because there was so much going on in that dessert, but it was very memorable. Bravo DTF!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I have dined here before, but we specifically booked for "The Big Taste". We had been to a few restaurants already for the event, so our expectations were high. I have to say - they blew us away! By and far, this was our favorite meal of all the "Big Taste" events we attended. Unbelievably good."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "All very good. I was there during The Big Taste which is a great way to experience new restaurants and food. This wasn't my first time but the friend I was with, it was her first. We both loved the food and the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Went there for lunch. Their Lunch menu on line was different then the one we go to choose from. I ordered the Kale salad and it was just awful. Just completely void of any good taste because the kale is so powerful. There where three of us for lunch that day an only one of us liked their meal. fun vibe. Very loud venue. food was just very blah, Dont waste your time."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I really like the food. We did the Big Taste menu with wine pairing. There was a glass of wine with every course and it was a lot of wine together. The trout was fresh and we really liked the duck leg. The skin was crispy and the meat was soft. The server was friendly and nice. It was a really good dinner. Wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I booked a table for lunch and when we arrived, we were told that the restaurant was very busy over the lunch hour so we only had 45 minutes for our lunch as the table was booked for another party. Not sure I will return to a restaurant where I'm told I need to leave before I even sit down...I booked online so maybe that was the problem... no one told me in advance that we would need to leave."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It's not that I'm NOT recommending this place, it's just not that I AM recommending it. It was OK and the service was great. The wine list is interesting, but the food was trying too hard to be unique (if that makes sense). Calamari was delicious as was my friend's Korean style steak-frites. Korean red pepper spin to most dishes wasn't exactly inspired. Maybe a little more straightforward menu? The decor is trendy, but again uninspired, like it's afraid to take a direction. It's just not a place you walk into and say "WOW" more of a "HUH". May try it again on a night when going to the Globe - it's convenient for that."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Sometimes I hated to destroy the arrangement but once I extracted a tidbit from the side, I couldn't stop. In fact, we would like to see DTF install a plate-licking booth. Our primary server anticipated our needs by recalling our last few visits. My Manhatten arrived - no ice - and tasted old school, the way it is supposed to. We were surprised to hear a mix of all the best classic rock. The best of anything suits us just fine and that's why we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks Downtown Food!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had wanted to try downtown foods for a very long time and we finally went during the Big Taste YYC Event. The waiter was AMAZING. In fact all of the wait staff were terrific regardless if they were our assigned waiter or not. They were personable and attentive. The food was nice and I would like to come back for a regular evening instead of the gourmet tasting menu but two days later, it is not the food I remember but the service - thank you for a great evening out with friends."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food as usual was amazing. Disappointed in our service this visit. Waitress very inattentive."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "First time for both of us at DTF, nice decor and vibrant lunchtime crowd. We both ordered the 3 course lunch; choice of soup or salad, featured sandwich, and dessert. At 11:55AM the server informed us that the kitchen was out of sandwiches...REALLY?! That was somewhat unimpressive. It would have been a nice gesture if they had offered complimentary dessert for the inconvenience. Fairly limited menu selections. The burger was very good, fries oversalted and overpeppered, and it comes with a small root beer float. Market fish was also tasty, though some garnish with argula or pea shoots would have brightened the dish."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Excellent food. Was short staffed (they explanied that some of the serving staff did not make it in) however service was still very good and I wuold not have noticed anything if they had not pointed it out. Eggplant wonton apatisers where super yummy and the calmari was the best I have had in a long time (thinking kingfisher) with not even a hint of rubery texture. Had the burger (not your ordinary burger!) and will definitely return to try their other dshes."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and well presented. Executive Chef Darren and our server Megan were great hosts. The Alice May wine was great (get it while it lasts). You have to try this place!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Food was creative and beautifully presented and tasty."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Ate at Downtown Food with a group of 12 pre theatre in February 2014. The staff and service were excellent, ensured that we were served in lots of time to get to theatre. We sat at a large table in the centre of the room, decor was modern and the noise level was very comfortable, not as loud as one might anticipate. We were there early as we had theatre at 7:30. The food was excellent, I had the Ceviche starter and Sablefish main and both were excellent. The restaurant was a little far from Theatre Calgary about 10 city blocks, on a cold night we were glad of cars to ride in, however on a warmer evening it would have been a pleasant walk, just need to allow sufficient time. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Darren MacLean's food is nothing short of is nothing short of spectacular - genius on the plate. His style and form rival that of New York City, Europe (both where MacLean cut his culinary teeth), or any great restaurant in the world. Chef MacLean's palate is refined and contemporary. Get the tasting menu and have your own palate educated in great food. Those who stick to the old restaurants of Calgary are surely missing out on a great food experience of a lifetime."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "An amazing place...both the food and service were top notch. I would recommend DTF to anyone. I will be going back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was my first time at Downtown. I took a client there and was very impressed. The luncheon special was spectacular. I will be returning."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Conitnental/oriental.Lots of spicy touches. Very well prepared. Presentation limited in variety. Wine steward makes good reccomendations from a very limited list."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We went for lunch during the work lunch hour - service was prompt, VERY friendly and accommodating. The squid appetizer and fish entrée were phenomenal - really, really great. Surprisingly good seafood even having just come back from Van Island. Not the first time we've eaten here but this was the best to-date. Best service, best food - just wonderful on the whole."
    Dined on 2/10/2014