LOVE Cilantro. We have taken our children - now with children of their own - there to celebrate for over 20 years. It is always reliable for quality of food and service. LOVE the outdoor patio and the pizza ovens. Just celebrated our grand daughter's 16th birthday lunch - HER place of choice.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu is high priced but the
Menu is high priced but the taste of the food is worth every penny. Plethora of wines and beer to choose from. Parking situation is brutal...in fact, virtually no parking nearby, save for the street. No parking lot which would have been great as it was storming when we went and had to walk 2 blocks. Would definitely eat there again. Service was fantastic.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice pizza and thoughtful
Very nice pizza and thoughtful service at the bar, but I reserved a table. Guess they do not cater to lone business travellers.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
They were great - the food
They were great - the food was excellent, the service was excellent and we were early and they were able to accommodate us. Definitely a return visit is in order
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Will come again
Went on a double date with another couple. Great food, generous portions, and friendly service. We got greedy at the end and ordered dessert each - it was HUGE! But delicious. The prices are really reasonable considering what other resturants in the city charge for small portions and lacklustre food. Definitely would come again and highly recommended.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, this was a pleasant
Overall, this was a pleasant experience. The staff took great care of us and we enjoyed our evening. Two of our guests ordered the ribs and both sent them back (they said they tasted boiled). The two guests who ordered the lamb thought it was great! The manager took care of the ribs and the guests were offered another meal. We will try it again!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still my favorite place to go!
Love this restaurant! There were only three things on their menu that I would not order. Can't go wrong with Cilntros.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hole in the wall
Cilantro is a little gem of a restaurant...looks like nothing from street view but is very quaint and cozy once inside. Food is awesome! Love it!
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy and inviting
I had dinner here with a friend one night and we were very impressed. The wine list was varied, the food choices inviting, and the service was fabulous!
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cilantros in Calgary
This is a favourite spot of ours. Excellent wine list and usually great food. Service is always great. We were a little disappointed in our meals this time. My pear and Gorgonzola flatbread was bland and my husbands pasta dish didn't stand out either. We'll try again but hope for better meals or we'll head elsewhere on 17th avenue.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a solid choice!
We have dined many times at Cilantro and each time we have received great food and great service. This is one of those restaurants that are a solid choice and an enjoyable experience each time you dine.
We always ensure to make room for dessert as their menu items are some of the best in the city!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time at Cilantro, from the wine to the appetizer to the main course and after dinner sherry. It was all fantastic, so good I think we were there for 3 hours.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at Cilantro, had a wonderful evening with good service and food. The seclusion of the patio is wonderful for a night of conversation and yet still from the top you get the buzz of 17 Ave. We will be returning with friends.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eat here if you want to support a local restauranteur and if you want great food.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I Hate Surprises!
it is nice to be able to rely on a restaurant that over the years has served us well. Such a restaurant is Cilantro that continues to offer great food, excellent service and great ambience. I have no problem sitting outside, inside (main floor) or on the porch. All are terrific. Thanks for a great meal and birthday present for a close friend.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were really happy with the food, the beautiful patio and the service. Try the pulled elk pizza!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday meal
There is a reason Cilantro has been around 25+ years - outstanding food and excellent service. You won't be disappointed.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet little get-away
Loved the atmosphere of the Patio, didn't feel like we were on 17th. Amazing food and Wonderful Service!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always very good
I have never been disappointed in any facet of my visits to Cilantro.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always loved this spot. Still do.
Used to come to this place regularly twenty years ago. Only have been here sporadically since then and always question why I don't visit this fabulous establishment more often. The food is always fantastic and the service is wonderfully attentive and thoughtful. The patio is beautiful and shouldn't be missed when the weather allows for it. Will be back sooner than later!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed the tenderloin. My Lord! That reduction was a marvel. As tender as a tenderloin is this was like butter. Bravo Chef! Thank ou for an amazing meal.
8/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cilantro's Patio is AWESOME
Cilantro on any given day is a treat, be it lunch or dinner, special occassion or just casual get together. The food quality, especially the feature sheet offer great options and this has not changed over the many years they have been in business. We had the great pleasure of sitting out on the Patio. It's hard to believe you are right along busy 17th Avenue! The Patio offers a great ambience.
The lit trees and small intimate patio is one of the nicest (and maybe not so well known). I'm letting the secret out...if the weather holds and there is room....don't miss out on Cilantro's Patio experience.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was beautifully presented and tasted fantastic. But portion size was on the small side. I would still go back!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't say enough!
We went to Cilantro for my birthday and the food and ambiance was perfect. Loved it and will be back soon!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best patio in the city
Ever wonder how to make a beautiful evening in Calgary even better? Come here and you will find out. The food is delicious, the service is wonderful and the patio is killer. The best in the city by far. Check it out! You will not be disappointed.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always
Great food, great service, great patio. I'm never disappointed when I eat at cilantro. We had a very cute waiter too!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Has been a while
Prior to this week, it had been a while since l had last dined at Cilantro.
Was wonderful to enjoy the familiar room and feeling of the space and staff as a comfortable and non-contrived destination for an joyable evening with an out of town friend.
Meal ( culiflower soup and tenderloin to start followed by the feature and regular pastas) were up to the usual high standard for taste, presentation, and temperature.
One issue we encountered was that my friend had to redetermine his beer preference three times as the bar was "out" of his first three preferences offered on the munu.
Like the wine list which includes a feature sheet for whites and reds.
We will most deffinately bring Cilantro back into one of our regular go to resataurants.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistent site in Calgary
In the approximately 25 years we have been going to Cilantro it has never once been a disappointment. While some menu items stay and are reliable (e.g. black pepper linguini), the menu items are refreshed from time to time and there are always special lunch or dinner menus.
For ourselves or for a recommendation for others, we know it will be a reiaible and enjoyable experience.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been dining at Cilantro's since we moved to Calgary 20+ years ago. Some of the same traditional pizza's and pasta's are still there.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cilantro has consistently
Cilantro has consistently great food and great service. I enjoy the changing Specials menu each time I'm there. Sitting upstairs is nice and cozy, especially in the winter.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location, amazing Food
We have only been in Calgary a few days preparing for my mom's BMT and before starting we wanted to go out for a nice dinner. The service was amazing, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect! It is an excellent place to sit on the patio, have a glass of wine, and catch up. They were so accommodating that they let us take a creme brulee back to the hospital with a promise we would return the dish! That guarantees another visit!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service here was outstanding. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. I had the lemon conchigliette with chorizo, scallops,lobster, snap peas ,poblanos in a basil-chevre parmesan cream sauce. The portion was a good size but the taste was just okay. Even with the chorizo I felt I had to add salt and I never add salt to my food. My friends had flat bread pizzas and were extremely happy.
This is one of the few restaurants on 17th with parking that has more than just a few stalls so it was nice to be able to find parking. Overall a very good experience.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cilantros - Experience the charm
We were a group of four finalizing our plans for an upcoming cruise. The table selection was off to the side on the outside balcony and provided a quiet spot for our antics as well as enjoying the warm fall weather. The waiter was fantastic -- service, meal recommendations, fun, friendly, professional, knowledgable,..... The food was great, as recommended, plenty of options with various cheeses and variety that you would not normally make at home. Overall a great experience.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like many of the diners on this particular Friday we stopped at Cilantro for a pre-concert dinner. We were seated outside on this sublime summer evening. Our waiter was attentive and helpful with wine selections and the food was first rate all round. I enjoyed the Wild mushroom soup and the Salad Nicoise while the rest of the table enjoyed the Cesar Salad, one of the Pizzas and the Seafood salad special of the day. We didn't have time for dessert but the meal was a perfect prelude to the Eagles concert.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am often at a loss for where to take client's for dinner when they come to town. More often than not, I always think of Cliantro for a few reasons... The food is always good, the atmosphere is lovely whether dining in of door or out, and the service is always solid.
There may be new restaurants in town that are more trendy, or edgey, but Cilantro always offers a sincere, and enjoyable experience. It's never hit or miss, it's consistently a hit.
I'd highly recommend it. One my favourite places in town to take new people or when I want a pleasant experience I can count on.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time to Cilantro's and we were surprised that we have overlooked this fantastic restaurant all these years! Open since 1988, it's a small converted house that is easily overlooked on the foodie paradise of 17th Avenue. I had two dishes, both with Asian influence... The shrimp appetizer was amazing, and the salmon special was just as good. Both the shrimp and salmon were cooked perfectly and the sauces complimented rather than overpowered the dishes. Combined with a great bottle of wine and sincere, unpretentious service, we had a wonderful dining experience. Our first visit, not our last.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think Cilantro has the best
I think Cilantro has the best caesar salad in town. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. We sat at a cozy table on the upper level by the woodfired oven.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food but too fast
We choose Cilantros for our date night. Great atmosphere and nice wine list, professional server. We like to enjoy some wine and appetizers and entrees normally and take our time. But from the moment we sat down it was like they were in a hurry to get the table flipped. It wasn't a full house either. Our drinks and appy and entree came pretty much one after the other. We were done in under an hour. The food is fresh and was very good.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
lunch at Cilantro
Had a wonderful lunch at Cilantro. The service and food are excellent. We had a wonderful time. Their made in house pasta is wonderful.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service!
This was the first time we've been to Cilantro and we loved it! We were seated upstairs by the windows with a great view of 17th ave. Our waiter was prompt, friendly, and courteous, but was unfamiliar with the extensive wine list so had the sommelier help us. The sommelier was able to recommend a reasonably priced wine with little guidance, and was very friendly while doing so. The food took a while to arrive, but was nicely plated. The lamb chops were nicely prepared, but because of the shape of the plate they were difficult to eat so I ended up having to eat them with my fingers. My companion enjoyed the lemon chochigliette but was disappointed with the tiny amount of lobster and scallops. Overall I would highly recommend Cilantro.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couldn't find the right wine...
I've been before and I'll go again. Not my favourite restaurant, but it was the favourite of my beautiful dining partner. Pace of service was a wee bit off...we waited for an almost uncomfortable period of time to get our wine on the table. Food was amazing...MW beef medallions were butter soft and bursting w flavour. Not a huge fan of their wine list - I found some gaps within it. That noted, although I tried 3 different deep reds, we just couldn't nail it.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite Restaurant
We have been enjoying Cilantro since it was first opened many years ago. Not once has our meal or service been off or even mediocre. We have always had tasty, fresh food paired with an excellent selection of wine (poured in generous amounts). The staff has always been knowledgeable, well mannered and friendly. Special occasions are more special when celebrated at Cilantro!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty expensive for the little
Pretty expensive for the little bit of food. Food was just ok but ambiance was great
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty good food, expensive
Fairly good food, probably not worth the price. Very nicely decorated, lots of rich people there.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over 20 years great restaurant
Over 20 years we have been many times in Cilantro. I do not recall that we were ever disappointed. One of our favourites is pizza with pear and Gorgonzola and it has been a staple for all this time. We enjoy having manny appetizers or sharing dishes to explore more delicacies and to extend the evening. We prefer upper floor where pizza is made. Cilantro is cozy and romantic, not too loud so you can have a long conversations. Very reliable!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome, with a Tad Expensive
Lovely interior, food and ambiance, but was a little bit more expensive than I have would have liked. I would still recommend it.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little noisy and not inexpensive but worth it. One of my favourite restaurants.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place always
Food always excellent. Our waiter was fabulous and nothing was too much effort including splitting the final bill between seven of us who wanted to share in taking our guest out for the evening ... so eight of us in total. Always feel comfortable here.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have been coming to Cilantro for years. We have taken many of our friends as well as out of town clients. We have even held our company Christmas party there. The meals are always outstanding, as is the service. We used to live very close, and moved quite far away. As such, we didn't frequent quite as often. Now we have moved back much closer and hope to be able to enjoy it more often. Cilantro has never disappointed us!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cold blustery evening, warm welcoming ambience,reunion with out-of-town friends, delicious food and drink, very personalized service. A perfect dining experience. Thank you.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM