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French Quarter Cafe
French Quarter Cafe
  • Address:
    unit 100 - 1005 Cougar Creek Dr
    Canmore, AB T1W 1E1
    Neighborhood:
    Canmore
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: CAN$30 and under

French Quarter Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frenchquartercafe.ca/
  • Email: fqcafe@telusplanet.net
  • Phone: (403) 678-3612
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm.
    Lunch: Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm. Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Michael Rasso
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Michael for further details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Book out the whole restaurant up to 60 people for your private function.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Rasso (403) 678-3612
  • Entertainment: Live Local Jazz every second Saturday, reservations recommended.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Benchlands Tr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in private lot and street.
A word from French Quarter Cafe
The French Quarter Café in Canmore is a jazzy little bistro that's big on food inspired by the Deep South. Chef & Owner, Michael Raso loves cooking and is a regular visitor to New Orleans. He can't get enough of the ambiance, the music and the special Cajun and Creole food that is associated with The Big Easy. He always comes back to Canmore from these jaunts with fresh ideas, recipes and new menu options for his great little restaurant in the Rockies. If you are looking for excellent food that is a bit out of the ordinary in these parts, try The French Quarter Cafe in Canmore. While you're at it, say hello to the Chef ...Michael loves to talk about the food, the jazz, and his special spin on New Orleans-inspired recipes.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had just come back from a trip to New Orleans where we were treated to some excellent NOLA cuisine and wanted to see how the French Quarter did in replicating the tastes. The answer is that it did a fine job. Obviously, Canmore doesn't have access to the ingredients the way the restaurants in NO do but having said that, the shrimp creole that I had at the French Quarter was as good as any I had. The crab cakes were nicely done and the Louisiana style oysters were crispy on the outsida and nice and moist inside. All in all a very good meal that we all enjoyed; we'd go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation online for a Saturday night although it probably wasn't necessary. The atmosphere is friendly and reasonably casual. The service was great, our waiter was very helpful and personable. The menu was a great take on Bourbon Street and there would good options. I had pecan encrusted shrimp for my entree and Southern Fried Chicken as a main. I found the food to be good quality and would compare it to a good home cooked meal. The homemade ice cream and creme brûlée were very good. An overall good experience"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This restaurant lacks all that a local hot spot should be. I will be strait to the point on this review...It was 10 min before a server of any kind greeted us or offered to take our beverage order.The first item we ordered (a bottle of San Pelligrino) they did not have. A review of the wine list had me almost fall off my chair when I saw a bottle of Little Penguin for $38.00! lol. To even list The Little Penguin on your wine list should have been a warning sign. Our meal itself took just over 2.5 hrs to arrive. The food overall was bland and lacked care. The jambalaya specifically was very disappointing. Overall I will never be returning to this establishment, nor will I be recommending it to any others. (F-) for The French Quarter Cafe."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was obvious the restaurant had overbooked big time.. We waited over 20 minutes for beverage service and an hour for our appetizer, which was just okay. We then waited a further hour for our main courses which were poor. Steak was overdone, vegetables were cold, jambalaya was so spicy it was uneatable. When we mentioned our disappointment to our server she gave us the chef/owner's card and suggested we call him. Since we had to sit beside the open kitchen area for dinner we chose to let the chef/owner know as we'd been watching him all night .. When we tried to engage he didn't make eye contact and shrugged his shoulders when we told him we were unhappy. Definitely would NOT return. Period. PS our clothes smelled of cooking odour!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We choose the 3 course valentines day special for 41.99 each (which includes 5 items plus coffee/tea) and couldn't be happier. The wild mushroom tart with shaved fennel was perfect in size, texture and flavour (and I do not like mushrooms), the crawfish bisque was amazing with large chunks of crawfish. We ten had the scallop salad with three large scallops that melted like butter in your mouth with a honey citrus dressing. My main was a 1/2 pork tenderloin with a cranberry orange glaze, herbed mashed potatoes, and lots of grilled vegetables, the pork was super tender and had a nice mellow flavour. We finished with a molten chocolate cake with whipped cream light as clouds and mini cheesecakes that were rich and flavourful. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been meaning to go there for some time, I've always wanted to try Cajun style food. It was my birthday so I wanted something special and within walking distance. It was great not to be rushed through the courses, cos you shouldn't rush good food. My overall experience was very pleasant. Good food, polite well informed staff, a place well worth a re visit."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Authentic Louisiana cuisine, the best in southern Alberta from Calgary to Banff. Chef's impromptu creations are also delicious."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "There were 6 of us and we had a good uninterrupted visit over the all day breakfast menu. The food was just fine, but not amazing.and the space is comfortable."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "After driving in from out of town for a good meal we chose this cafe. New waitress was very inexperienced needed basic training from owner, it took 15 mins to get water and another 15 to get a glass of wine. Food was poorly prepared with raw rice on my plate and a relish made only of lemon rinds on the dry fish. We sent the fish back only to get another dry piece. Too bad a touch of New Orleans would be good in Canmore."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I hate to give such a great review as I fear not getting a reservation next time as they could be too full. Service is beyond excellent and relaxed, you are encouraged to sit and relax and enjoy coffee after your meal. Everything we have tried has been excellent but whatever you do make sure to save room for the bread pudding, it is amazing (as is the home made cheesecake). Make sure you reserve and the live jazz they have on occasion is a welcome treat!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We went as a group of five (three kids), service was friendly and attentive and food was enjoyed by everyone in the group. We had a vegetarian at our table, and while there was no specific vegetarian dish on the menu, chef Michael Raso was quick to accommodate, which was nice. Reasonably priced wines. Nice, casual and comfortable ambience. I would recommend the crab cakes and sweet potato chicken, as well as the cajun jambalaya, and I've had the seafood gumbo before and it is delicious. Desserts are a standout here as well. We ordered 4 separate desserts and all were outstanding - my favourite being the pecan pie. There are gluten free options, including for dessert."
    Dined on 10/23/2013