decor matters too
If I could change one thing about this restaurant it would be the dining experience downstairs. If you're old enough to remember the suburban rec room it's a little like that. The decor and the seating arrangements are not on par with the food and wine list. The foie gras starter was especially delicate and tasty as was the duck with grains and broth poured at the table. The albacore tuna was slightly more than seared (read overcooked) and the wine list by the glass is brief but good and they even had ice cider from Quebec, a real treat for dessert.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A terrific dining experience
It all came together for us. The perfect booth snuggled into the corner provided outstanding ambiance. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. We paired our Chateauneuf Du Pape, Homage a Jacques Perrin, 2001 with the lamb and it worked magnificently. All in all a most perfect evening. The only minor caveat was the fairly small portion for the main. Do indulge on the truffle popcorn! Well done, Muse!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Mother's Day brunch!
Everything was perfect. Food was awesome, service was good. My mom and I were very impressed and the price was reasonable considering the upscale feel.
The only bad thing I could say is that we, and I think everyone else in the restaurant, could eat the kitchen call out orders. I realize that helps the kitchen communicate but it is very distracting especially at a brunch service when it's so quiet.
Also would like to say the restaurant is beautiful and will be back for a romantic dinner!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never been disappointed at the Muse
Great restaurant. We chose the taster menu and totally enjoyed it. Every course was an adventure. Portions were just right. The staff was knowledgeable, skilled and courteous. The service was prompt but not rushed. The food was fabulous. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions. Bring your wallet.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The truffle oil popcorn was amazing that was a great touch to our meal.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out to dinner
Had a lovely night out. Portions were a bit small. Very willing to work with food sensitivities.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trying Too Hard to Be Original?
I had been looking forward to a duck dinner. But they salt and sugar cure their duck breast so mine tasted and had the texture of a salty piece of ham. After I commented, they comped my dish.
My wife's pear and blue cheese salad was small and pricey but not remarkable. Her lamb dish was also salty. Surprisingly, no advertised fava beans.
Our son chose the best dishes of the night: rabbit tortellini appetizer and roasted suckling pig.
We all enjoyed the chocolate and banana dessert.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special place to dine
Under new ownership, the kitchen and front house staff work in cohesion to bring diners a special experience. Recommend to do the tasting menu, 8 courses at 110 per person. The fois gras is some of the best I have had in the city. Fun, thoughtful presentations with innovative ideas like shaved fois and dehydrated meringue are just some of the treats in store. Wine list is good with fun selections and fair pricing.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
oh what a night
we have been to the muse for our past 3 anniversary dinners so I guess it is now tradition
great service (Heather)
chose the chef menu, so lovely and delicious, wine was amazing- vegetarian choices - YUMMY
even though this is the most we have ever spent on dinner, for this one special night it was worth it
I was glad that when we were there that there wasn't any young children
it would have taken away from the whole evening if we had to listen to crying babies
I am a mom and I appreciate my adult time
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Taste of Alberta
Chef Pedhirney provided the most tastefull dishes I have had in a long while. Excellent texture and over the top flavour. I will return.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Local Gem!
I took my boyfriend and myself out for his birthday and ordered the 8-course meal. It was phenomenal. The flavours blended so well together and it wasn't overfilling or anything. A lovely, romantic evening, and although it was pretty expensive, I would say it was definitely worth it. This was an experience to remember :)
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great presentation, fab ambience, and fab service. Able to accommodate with there tasting menu for vegetarians.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Forgettable food, the Best service.
We had never been to Muse before, the service was excellent. The ambience was very nice. The food although very good was nothing special. My beef tartar was delicious but the tortellini appetizer was not very good. The salmon main course was something I could make at home, the flavors were not very interesting. Two of us had the lamb the other person does not like rare meat and didn't like how rare it was. Best part of Muse was the excellent service and proper timing of courses. For the money spent, I would go to a different restaurant that could give us a more unique gourmet experience.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Muse was exceptional
The service was excellent, the food was superb, the wines were noteworthy. In short, we had a great meal.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is fabulous every
The food is fabulous every time I visit!!! Presentation and quality is 10/10 ! Thank you to the chefs.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Spot!!!
When I booked, I sent a little note to the restaurant about it being a special occasion. Where other restaurants have disappointed, Muse pleasantly surprised us!
We arrived and gave the host my reso name, he led us to a nice booth. Our server then brought over 2 glasses of complimentary champagne because it was a special occasion! Our server was great throughout the night. One of the owners came by and chatted, she was very hands on through our dining experience and we could tell she really cared.
The food here is wonderful, the new owners were smart to keep that popcorn because it is amazing. We had the oysters to start, and the pork and lamb dishes. They also boast a wonderful wine list. We were very satisfied!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed the fell the restaurant. Can't wait to come back again. I loved the crab salad and the Salmon was cooked to perfection. I highly recommend Muse to anyone who enjoys good food and great service. Lovely place to eat.
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great good, personalised service
We enjoyed the 8 course menu with wine pairings. All of the food was excellent and the service was fantastic. We were made to feel like we were the most important people in the restaurant. The wine pairing could not have been better.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I went for the pairing and each dish was another treat for the tastebuds. So interesting and creative! A must stop in Calgary for an experience you won't soon forget.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gourmet dining at its best. Had 8 course meal with wine pairings.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not much to say that the title doesn't say. Food was great and so was the service.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The 8 course dinner was amazing. The service, presentation, taste, and wine were all outstanding. Great place for a special date night celebration. Its a fairly expensive dinner and you get the quality you pay for.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A True Dining Experience
A definite must try if you are an aventurous type! Tried things I have never eaten before and fell in love before the 2nd course. Would recommend the tasting menu for sure!!
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed dinner with friends
The four of us enjoyed the 8 course tasting with wine and it was amazing. The ambience at Muse along with the great service led to great discussion on which course tasted the best and which one each of us enjoyed the most. The wine selection to go with the tasting were right on and complimented the food. Highly recommend Muse to anyone who enjoys great food.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place does it well every time.
This is my second time going to Muse, and once again, they did not disappoint. The staff is friendly, and the food delicious. The owner will sometimes come around to the tables, which in my books, is very good service. I would highly recommend Muse to anyone, and have done so in the past.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special occasion
Did the 8 course tasting menu. Overall excellent experience. Nice presentations, good food, outstanding service. The quantities and pacing for 8 courses was good. Expensive, but great for a special treat.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the 8 course special and we were blown away. Every bite had you craving for more. The chef is brilliant. It was also a lovely evening, so we were able to enjoy the patio. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend and will return again for a special evening. Perfect date night.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found Muse from high reviews on Urban Spoon and made a reservation this past weekend for my wife's brithday. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the premium wine pairing package. The meal was incredible. It was alot more exotic than i was expecting and the portions were a good size. The servers were fantastic, and were very attentitive without being overbearing. The owner introduced herself and was very friendly and listened actively for feedback.
I really like how when i made the reservation for my wife's dinner, the servers and owner made a point to come over and wish her a happy birthday as well as comping two glasses of champagne. Little gestures like this will certainly bring us back to the Muse.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Management New Menu New delight
The Muse has been my family's favourite restaurant for many years in this City, Bar None.
When we heard that Master French Chef Xavier had sold it and moved on we were devastated... but decided
to finally try the new guys running it now and to see if their food would meet our high expectations
for fine, leading edge, yummy French cuisine. What a welcome surprise....all was as it should be tasty, tantalizing and
more than we could have expected. Thanks for a new taste exploration and beginning for our family, we will be
returning for more! PS: Your serving staff and sommelier were superb as well!!!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 Course Chef Tasting
We did the 5 course chef tasting at Muse, and found it to be delightful. In addition, we also started the night with their molecular cocktail in support of the Beakerhead event, happening on the weekend. We were impressed with the cocktail and amuse bouché, and thought it really showcased a unique cocktail (Tequila Sunrise Push Pop).
The only thing we found a bit strange was to get 2 poultry dishes in the 5 courses. We had quail and duck at Muse. I would have preferred a red meat dish as the final dish before the dessert, but I suppose that's personal preference. Each dish was aesthetically pleasing, and just as tasty.
Overall, it was a great night.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best!
I have dined at Muse only twice...once last week and once in early May. What I found the most amazing was that the waiter remembered what I ordered in May! Now THAT is service!! And as before, the food was absolutely fantastic. The best part is the popcorn with truffle oil that is put on the table instead of bread. I have tried to replicate the taste at home but have yet to do so. I highly recommend this restaurant. It's pricey, but worth it...and definitely the chef's tasting menu is the only way to dine!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was terrific...great wine
Will definitely return!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience
We had a great experience at Muse. The whole dining experience was exceptional. We ordered from the tasting menu, and the food was outstanding.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic place to take the wife
Although it is a little pricey I do suggest this place for a romantic evening get away. The food is good and the service is not only good but fun as well. The portions are not that big so plan to not go too hungry.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful Birthday Dinner
My daughter chose Muse for her birthday dinner; great experience. We were treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco and a starter of truffle popcorn. My daughter had the crab cake appetizer - delicious with avocado mousse on top and the lamb for an entrée which was perfectly cooked. I had the tomato salad to start which sounds plain, but was anything but; it was a medley of marinated tomatoes and roasted corn which was very tasty. My entrée choice was the duck which again was perfectly cooked and served with cooked beets and a delicious grain on a wine reduction. We finished the night with the Chocolate desert - a work of art with the different types of chocolate/hazelnut presented. It was a great way to spend a "special" evening.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted by a lovely young hostess that sat us in the busy part of the restaurant where everyone walks by. Also the chairs were much too low for eating so we asked to be moved by our waitress, which was done and to a more intimate part. The waitress was very good and we selected the chef's choice 8 course dinner with wine pairings. This proved to be a very nice and surprising dinner. We noticed during the dinner that another couple was sat at the original table we had and they also moved shortly into our part of the dining room. The restaurant should get rid of that . Overall the dinner was very good with interesting food. Something different for a special night. The cost was reasonable but much more than you would normally spend.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great location for a romantic dinner. My one complaint would be the proximity of each table. I found this took away from the privacy and intimacy of the evening.
Aside from that, the dinner was amazing. We had the 8 course meal and left bursting. It seemed as though the food would not stop coming and each plate was drool worthy.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice atmosphere. Great service. The food was unique and best steak I ever had in my life. Not sure about the truffle on popcorn thing perhaps a little out there. The oysters were miniscule but tasty. The wine I had was nice at the time although not so great the next morning. Great location. Lots of staris in restaruant. Coat check person had disappeared by time us and other diners disappeared so we just rifled thru all the coats until we and other guests located ours by ourself. Parking is a bit of a concern but park right across road in underground carpark for $4. Except make sure u keep the parking slip for reentry to parking building. Its not obvious.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for the eight course tasting dinner coupled with the standard wine. All delicious and the wine pairings were perfect. The pace was excellent. It was a very entertaining evening.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Muse for the first time Friday night and loved it! The atmosphere was very unique and charming. We had the 8 course tasting menu and enjoyed most of the dishes. The food was presented beautifully, and for the most part we enjoyed the flavor combinations. The only dish we did not particularly enjoy was the fatty lamb belly, which had a bit too much fat and not enough lamb for our tastes. However, the other 7 courses certainly made up for that. I would highly recommend this restaurant for foodies looking for a unique flavor or romantics willing to spend a bit more for a quiet, intimate night out. The more traditional steak-and-potatoes crowd might find the dishes a bit too fancy for their tastes. I will definitely be returning!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time visiting Muse..was
First time visiting Muse..was worth the wait. Our quiet, dimly lit corner had a romantic and intimate feel...a little "stuffy" and not the warm, welcoming, gitchy feel I was expecting. Service staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the food and drink menu, but I was a little disappointed they weren't attentive to my empty wine glass that I topped up all night. Appy choices were pumpkin soup and beef tartar, both delish. Main courses, steak and duck, were excellent choices. I was expecting a tender, flakier duck meat with darker appearance, but it looked and tasted more like a ham roast...but still amazing. Desserts were pie and chocolate...topped off with 20 yr old tawny port. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed and will return -YUM!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great birthday dinner
Tried Muse for the first time last weekend. Wonderful dinner, great service. We ate off the "tasting menu" which took about 3 hours. It was nonstop dishes, which were all unique and delicious. Great place for a special occasion.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is really a great place to eat. Not the cheapest for sure, but totally worth it !
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef's Tasting Menu
Enjoyed a great tasting menu with family and friends. Every course of the Mushroom & Truffle Tasting was great. A wonderful way to spend an evening enjoying great food with outstanding service in a wonderful atmosphere. Enjoyed every morsel we had.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Experience of Decadent Dining
We had the pleasure of experiencing the 6 course Mushroom & Truffle Tasting Menu (plus an amuse bouche martini and appetizer). This was an evening of true decadence! Each course was beautifully presented and thoughtfully prepared so that the flavours were enhanced and not overwhelmed. The blind tasting menu provided an opportunity to appreciate dishes that I likely would not have chosen on my own (who knew mushrooms for dessert could be so delicious?) and had us excited to see what would come out of the kitchen next. The servers at Muse are always attentive and knowledgeable of the food they are presenting- I appreciate the descriptions of each course and the subtle suggestions at how you can best enjoy and savour the meal. Thank you!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were once
Food and service were once again seriously amazing!!! Probably the best tasting menus ever.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had the tasting menu with
Had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Very wonderful experience. I would recommend the restaurant and I will be for sure going back again in the future! Thank you to the front of house and chefs of Muse
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I enjoyed a romantic dinner at Muse. We ordered the Chef's 8 course special selection. Fabulous presentation, taste, atmosphere and service!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Muse! Always a challenge for daughter to eat out because of severe food allergies. The chef and service staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely recommend Muse to friends and return for another fabulous meal!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good enviroment for working dinner
Muse was a good choice because it allowed me to bring my team members to a nice dinner and allowed us to talk without having to yell over each other. Food was outstanding. Next time I am going to pay closer attention to the wine list.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM