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Il Sogno
Il Sogno

Il Sogno Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilsogno.org
  • Phone: (403) 232-8901
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday- Saturday 5:00pm - close Sunday closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Fedosoff
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Corporate Meetings/ Luncheons/ Dinners, Wine Tastings, Winemaker Dinners, Birthdays, Weddings, Special Occasions, Customized Menus

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meredith Road NE/ Edmonton Trail
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking adjacent to restaurant, street parking is available, and additional parking is available at Eisenberg's Furniture next door.
A word from Il Sogno
Il Sogno is an upscale Italian restaurant located in the heart of the historic DeWaal Block in the community of Bridgeland just minutes away from down town Calgary. We welcome you to come and experience our contemporary menu influenced by the flavors of Italy while enjoying richness of the IL Sogno dining room. Accented by pre-existing 14 feet pressed tin ceilings and original hardwood floors, this historical venue provides the perfect ambience for a memorial dining experience. Lose yourself in both style and comfort while indulging in exquisite food and exceptional service. Il Sogno has received a great deal of recognition Most recently, Il Sogno was recognized with the “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence”(2006, 2007), “Top Fine Dining in Calgary” (Where Magazine, 2006), “ Most Romantic” and “Worth the Splurge” Restaurant (Avenue Magazine’s Annual Food Awards, 2008) and CAA/ AAA “4 Diamond” rating.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Il Sogno has excellent atmosphere, and our waiter was nice personable. The only real issue that we had was wait time for food. Nearly an hour for an appetizer is too long, and then our meal another 30-45 minutes after that is too long. (We ordered the appetizers and mains at the same time). Good food, so that is definitely the high point of the night."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "My kids and I loved the food. No matter what we ordered this visit and our last, they do not disappoint. Flavors are distinctive and pleasant. I appreciate that people like me with gluten, egg and dairy allergies have some delicious options."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints! We've been coming here since it opened, lord knows how many years ago, but it remains one of the most consistently brilliant places in town"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere but unremarkable food. Lacking in flavour and complexity."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Il Sogno is faring well despite the construction of the Meredith Block building happening to the south of it. On a Friday night, the service was prompt, friendly and very attentive. The later seatings (8 PM on) appeared much busier so coming earlier is recommended. The food here is never disappointing, and they offer the best portion sizes (not too small or too large) to allow for an appetizer, entree and dessert. We had the Artic Char and the Lamb with risotto, starting with a classic Caprese salad. All was fresh and prepared with light seasoning. Dessert was a stand out with a carrot cake and a chocolate panna cotta. This restaurant is a favourite of ours and will continue to be."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Although it has been almost (2) years since I have been there I was still expecting a decent food and service although- I was concerned as the labour market and what the place had become but....Everything I saw on the menu looked fantastic offering a good number of selections that were going to be based on quality rather than quantity. Needless to say, once I finished (almost licked my plate it was so good- I wondered why I don't go out more. I have no doubt with the area developing this will be a go to place. I wont wait (2) years next time. I do wish the business well but... selfishly hope that the new high rises and the people that come with them don't change this place."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Service was excellent, the waitress knowledgeable about the food and wine."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Space was a loud. We split the calamari with the onion loaf - both were great with the calamari cooked perfectly. I tried the beef cheeks in a polenta and was very happy with the flavours though the portion could have been larger. The prawn taglianoti was beautifully done - nice flavours but with nothing being overpowering. The wines by the glass menu was had enough for us to choose from and were very nice and reasonably priced. Dessert is a must - we had the white chocolate brulee and the chocolate panna cotta - excellent. The price point was pretty good, location is good, service great, food excellent - I'll be back. One criticism - please don't give me a menu with grease stains."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "On my recent stay in Calgary, I took a friend to dinner at an old favourite, Il Sogno. My leg of lamb was delicious and cooked to perfection. The service was attentive and friendly. Thank you for the great evening."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great food, wine list, and excellent service. Was perfect for dinner prior to evening entertainment."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was great, to start we had Beef Carpaccio which was not bad. Then we had the Duck and Scallops for our mains, both dishes very well done and delicious! We finished off with Carrot cake and Chocolate Panna Cotta, the carrot cake was warm, light and fluffy a good mix with the cold icecream. The panna cotta was nice and light which was great after eating a large meal. Service was very attentive, but I found it took a little long for our main dish to come out (I could have just been hungry). Other than that our servers were always there when needed and our drinks were always filled."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I had a Groupon and this gave me the opportunity to have a large meal. I had four courses. I found the food average and not really bursting with flavor. Desert was the best part of the meal. Service was outstanding. The venue is gorgeous. Not sure if I would go back. There are better places in the area."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The restaurant's food is exquisite and the service Euroean, i.e., attentive, unobtrusive and realxed. The should install an air conditioning unit though."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food and service at Il Sogno's is always exceptional. We look forward to trying new dishes and know that we can trust whatever the chef puts together will be a treat to our taste buds."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food, service and ambience is great. The food is so good you want to lick your plates."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The menu has a variety of small plates and larger portion meals to choose from and it all looked so enticing we had some trouble deciding what to order. In the end I settld on the ricotta gnocchi which I didn't intend to finish, but it was so delicicious I ate every last morsel! The mounds of wild mushrooms and light, buttery sauce gave this dish its remarkable flavour and the gnocchi was small and tender. I'll go back for this dish for sure! My companion had the prawn tagliolinia and she commented numerous times about how much she enjoyed it. The restaurant was quiet on a Tuesday lunch hour in July so we very were well served by two waiters. The atmosphere is a bit dark for a sunny summer lunch and the prices warrant a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "When I drove by and first saw the restaurant I thought it looked like a restaurant you would see in NYC so I was sold right from there. From the time we entered to the time we left the service was amazing! I wish I could remember her name but she was fantastic. The food was good but not spectacular. I had the duck breast and while it was good there was red beet purée that was under the duck so it looked a little like blood which was a little off putting. It came with both red and yellow beets which are my favourite vegetables. There were only a few little squares of yellow beets and a little onion on the side if that. No starch at all which was disappointing. Dessert was good :) I would recommend il sogno tho b/c the service was so good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service was very good. Our waiter was attentive but not in our face. My wife's food was very good and she enjoyed it. My lamb was tough and the meal lacked the flavours of lamb that I like. The rice needed salt. Wine choice very good. Overall enjoyed the experience and will return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was awful, lamb leg was sliced and BBQ (I guess) tough meat and tasteless. It didn't taste lamb at all. Risotto was not fully cooked. The beef cheek, what a joke. I looked brisket to me. What a shame!! I was a loyal customer. Somehow, this time really put me off."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "the food was incredible very much enjoyed the different tastes lamb meatballs was everything and more than the review I read the sever was funny and informative loved the old building the floors and ceilings make for a different feel one thing was weird, all the windows were covered with deep red curtains except our table? the curtain was open it was early evening but the view was of construction? and being a 50 plus women not into bright lights could be just they always leave that drape open for light but over all very lovely"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We chose Il Sogno since it was open on a Monday and was listed as Calgary's "Best Italian" by recent reviews. In reality, it's more Italian inspired, not classically Italian, but it is excellent food!! The highlights of the meal were scallops with hominy...simple, and a perfect combination of flavors...and the desserts. Normally my husband will share his creme brulee, but he wasn't inclined to feel generous with this one. Luckily my carrot cake was heavenly, so I didn't feel deprived ;-) Our server was an absolute delight--we were the last to leave, so he regaled us with a few neighborhood stories and other dining suggestions for the future. He would be enough to get us to return, even if the food hadn't been so delicious!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had a very lovely dinner celebration. Dishes were very tasty and unique. Especially enjoyed appetizers calamari in tomato sauce and the lamb meatballs. Service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Four of us, 2 from Toronto and 2 from local, always enjoy quality food and service. This restaurant delivered both. We had wine, appetizers, salads, pasta, and of course dessert at the end. The server is knowledgeable about the food and his job. Also, very friendly. Overall an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. Food, service and ambience is always exceptional."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is an exceptional restaurant. The food is creative, delicious and well served. The server was helpful, decisive and could also anticipate our needs. The restaurant has been in business 14 years and one should try it. They will not be disappointed. The price to value ratio is also very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is one of my wife's favourite places. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is great and the food is outstanding. I had the beef cheek which was so tender. Their wine list is quite large too. The only thing is the menu doesnt change too much, but it's a great place to go for an anniversary dinner or some other special occasion,"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and the food was uniquely prepared and tasty, although on the pricy side for our budget. (Mains $29 to $32. We like to try new places and enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is delicious. The service was amazing. I'd recommend Il Sogno to anyone."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Il Sognol is consistently the best. the quiet room so you can enjoy the food and your guests is rare these days. the food and service is superb."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our first time at this little hidden gem in Bridgeland. We were warmly welcomed when we arrived and were seated at a quite table for four. Our servers were attentive and we were not rushed to place our orders. We were there for over 3 hours enjoying every course. The chef did a beautiful job with all our meals and they were all delicious. We would defiantly recommend this restaurant and go back again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was great but not very big portions. Waiter was terrific, very patient when answering all our questions. A little disappointed in the menu selection, expected more choices. Would love to hear some Italian music while dining, too. Overall a great dinner, great service and great food!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her 40th and we really enjoyed ourselves. Great food and service."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "One of the best restaurant meals I have had in awhile. We took our 2 teenage sons for Father's Day and initially they thought it was a bit fancy for them but they LOVED the food as did we!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was our 15th wedding anniversary - even noted to the waitress and NOTHING. In the past, they used to send a glass of sparkling wine or anything but this time NOTHING. We are not going back. The waitress was so busy - we were just filling in time as she looked after bigger tables. My scallops were good but the hominy tasted like nothing - cardboard. For $32 it should taste better than that. VERY disappointing. The wine sommalier was fine and did a good job. Somehow we just felt rushed - almost processed. It was not like that in the past. We've come for dinners with friends/family celebrations and this was not the same. Maybe this is why it is now on Groupon. Disappointing to say the least."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were a group of seven trying the restaurant for the first time. I ordered a starter size caprese salad and wanted 3 scallops beside it as I wasn't very hungry for a full meal. Not only was the food not good, but the bill for what I ordered came to $41, after leaving a tip, it was almost $50,which is ridiculous for what I got. If the food turned out good, I may have felt slightly more OK with the ridiculous price but unfortunately not a single one of us enjoyed our meal. We ended up going somewhere else for dessert because it was just that bad. I asked the entire group if anyone would come back and it was a unanimous no. Would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "For the price, nothing really blew us away. The calabrese was bland, the "risotto" with the scallops was bland and the texture was mush, the fingerling potatoes were over cooked. There was no offer to remake anything or take any corrective action by the service staff. We were simply informed they "let the kitchen know". We were able to hear entire conversations by the kitchen staff, including subjects I wouldn't have been surprised to hear in a bar, but are not appropriate in fine dining. The server brought us our bill with our final course, before we had indicated that we were finished, and then brought the machine to have us pay in the middle of the course, which I found to be quite rude."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is an extremely high end restaurant that has been very average the last two times I've attended. Where once you came away thinking 'it's expensive but well worth it', now it only seems expensive. Still better than lots of places, but a shadow of its former self on the food execution side."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The ambiance is nice, food is okay, service was great"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service and meal at this neighborhood restaurant was very fine indeed. Basically if you take traditional dishes and dress them up you have the menu. It is very interesting and the tastes are very delicious."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This was our third dining experience at Il Sogno in 3 months. Our first evening was the best, food was delicious, service attentive and friendly. Saturday was awful. We had the same server as our first evening, Maybe be wasn't in the mood but it was poor. We felt ignored and wondered & the restaurant was not that busy. We weren't offered bread, we had to wait a very long time to order our appetizers and we had to corner to server as he re arranged the window curtains to order our appies. The lamb was chewy, the appetizers were okay. We were there with friends that evening as we raved about this restaurant and so they were really looking forward to it as well. We won't be going back! I'm sorry but this was below our expectations. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014