A Touch of Class
Took my wife out for our anniversary dinner on a Thursday. Restaurant was a bit sparse in diners, but this just added to the calmness of the environment. Server was polite and attentive to details. We ordered the duck prosciutto and eggplant tempura to start. The duck was excellent, never had it done this way. It's exactly how prosciutto should be. The eggplant was mediocre; nothing to rave about. I ordered the Wagyu ravioli and my wife ordered the duck confit. Both were excellent. My ravioli came with fois gras and truffles that were sliced at the table (definitely bonus points for the presentation). The duck was good as well, fall off the bone along with the skin being light and crispy. Overall highly recommended.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Food A Great Lunch spot
I have eaten at Downtown Food twice in the last few weeks. Both times the experience was a very good one. The staff is friendly and energetic. Above all the food has been fantastic. There are some unique items on the menu and the taste has me wanting more.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate the tasters menu. At $75 a plate it was worth every penny. Would do it again.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did the chef tasting menu.
Did the chef tasting menu. It was awesome and the service was excellent.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular - again!
This time, my wife and I were heading to a movie, so didn't have time for the Chef's Tasting menu. Which is almost a must every timen in our opinion. We ordered a salad each and one starter and one main. Hard to choose, ther is not an un-appealing thung on the menu. That's why the tasting menu is so perfect! The food was very very tasty, the presentation was impressive, and the hostess, waitress, and owners were all very friendly and efficient. Very well presented, all local food, and oh, so tasty! Well done!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again I have had an exceptional experience! Four in a row with things just getting better, and better!
Nice to see the service evolving along with the quality food, I think the DTF team is in it for all the right reasons - everyone really cares. Outstanding food!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is new to the scene and adds a lot. The food was wonderful, especially knowing that some of it was grown on the roof. They put a lot of effort into helping me enjoy Gluten-Free version of their prix fixe lunch. Very impressed.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best lunch in Calgary
Wow! If you want a memorable meal with excellent food, service and experience, come to downtownfood. Lunch offers a wicked deal - fix price 3 course meal for $25.00. My favourite items for lunch was the ahi tuna nicoise, salt and pepper calamari, and the watermelon salad. The quality and flavour of the food is just superb.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worst name but best food
Other than the terrible name - this is a great restaurant. They are really doing things right here.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The hamburger was fabulous! I tried the Trio starting off with a delicious small bite of watermelon salad, followed by a big beautiful juicy burger and fries so hot and crispy and salty I couldn't stop eating them and finished off with a delicate strawberry eclair and cappaccino. Yum!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We tried the duck appie to start and that was pretty good. The entrees we ordered were the boar chop, sablefish, and the ravioli. The sablefish was the best, the boar chop was pretty good. The ravioli was very bland. We ordered two desserts: Strawberry beignets and the cheesecake. They were extremely tiny and priced at $10. The beignets were decent. The cheesecake actually tasted like sponge cake rather than cheesecake. We would come back for dinner and skip the dessert.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was the best
The food was truly special and most was locally sourced, some even from the rooftop garden. Our server was humorous, efficient and really informative. We wanted to invite him to join us!
The best restaurant in Calgary at the moment.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was amazing. We had the 6 course chef's menu with wine pairing and loved it all.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad we tried this restaurant
The name is a bit unassuming but went by other Open Table reviews and decided to give it a try. Really glad we did. My husband and I both had the Chef's dinner and it was amazing!! Hubby is a big meat eater and I prefer seafood...the chef was accommodating on both fronts. We were impressed by the food and our waitress was really great. We will be back! ( we aren't "Foodies" but we eat out a lot- this is a Calgary must-try).
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hottest spot downtown
This is definitely my new favourite restaurant in Calgary. I've taken several clients & business partners here for dinner & they've all been as impressed as I am. All of their dishes are well thought out with complimentary flavours and textures. Portion sizes are more then Ample too. Their wagyu beef is the best steak I've ever had in Canada. The Cheff Darren has a roof top garden where they grow most of their own vegetables & herbs. They have their own bees to make their own honey! Service is very attentive & knowledgeable & our waiter & the manager helped us choose the best wine for our dinner, not the most expensive! If you haven't been here you're really missing out on the best restaurant in the city!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to the city
Good tasting menu. Food was very well presented and flavorful. Service was a little slow as there was a large party that night. Friendly staff.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty took some time.
Food was excellent but it definitely took its time. Dined mid-week lunch with 6 co-workers. All ordered appies, entrees, dessert, and coffees/teas. Burgers, fries, tomato salad, gnocchi, and squid was delicious. Salmon was a tad overdone. Appies came out quick but entrees took over an hour. Didn't stop me from coming back a few days later for lunch with my husband!! Service was much quicker 2nd time around ( plus only 2 diners).
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stumbled across this restaurant online. Glad we found it! The food was pretty good. My husband ordered the bison and I had the Miso Sable Fish. The fish was a little under done and was some what lacking in excitement but overall was pretty good. We were first sat at a table the the chairs were pretty low. So we then moved to the bar which is highly recommended, that or a booth. The food was pretty late getting to our table but even though we did not mention it we were served a tomato salad which was the highlight of our dinning experience. Amazing for a little starter salad. The service was also outstanding! Great find and a must try place.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, Great service
Had another perfect evenin at downtownfood. The general manager greeted us at the door & got us some drinks at the bar right away so the server could change our table to a booth. We had the sushi special to start then steak. The fish was very fresh & our steaks were perfect medium rare. I'll be back again soon.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food,music and service
I have gone to this place many time and the saff gets to know you and make you feel so welcome. The food is amazing and I LOVE half price vin on wenesday. See you soon Downtown Food.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our meal there. The food was fabulous, the service very good and the atmosphere nice. One thing we did notice is that the entry is wide open so it may get chilly in the winter. But really, we highly recommend!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely fantastic food, all presented by an outstanding waitstaff.....and at an affordable price.
I cannot recommend it enough.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good surprise
We were back again to find that Downtown food is part of the Calgary film festival. it was nice that we got to mingle with all the film industry people
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was beyond fantastic.
We all ordered different things and everyone really enjoyed what they had. Their starter salads were amazing!
Looking forward to going back again soon.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great lunch with work colleagues. The food was amazing and the menu is constantly changing.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
short but sweet!
consistent food quality and service. this is based on only two lunch visits that were over six months apart.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was not at all disappointed by downtownfood. Loved all aspects of my expirence dinning their. My husband and I will be back!!!!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first time. Will return
Having orchestrated our own chef's tasting, we quite enjoyed the flavours. The paired wine was excellent, a fine recommendation by our server. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening, and definitely worth returning to sample the actual chef's tasting.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I go for lunch here all the time whether it be to take clients out or to meet with friends. I really enjoy the food it's one of best restaurants in Calgary and I highly recommend going!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
will definitely go back
highly recommend this restaurant. amazing food, great service. you won't be disappointed.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was outstanding, the artisan greens and sous-vide steak was simply amazing. Presentation and taste on the chocolate bomb for desert was really great. I will certainly go back.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Even Better Service
The food was absolutely amazing. While food was moderately priced, I wouldn't hesitate to say that it was some of the most interestingly nuanced flavours I have ever experienced. Each dish was complex and blended together flavours in interesting and unique ways. To top it off our server was unconventionally entertaining. She was full of energy and continued to make us laugh throughout the entire evening.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I tried the Chef's 6 course dinner and it was great. The wine pairing really hit its mark for 5 out of the 6 courses, which is pretty good.
The only problem I had was that I ordered the 6 course dinner with my boyfriend for his birthday. We asked the server to replace lemon tart with a cake for his dessert. When it came to dessert, we were given only 1 dessert. I paid for 2 dinners, but got 1 dessert? No explanation was given.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entertained an out of town guest, seasoned traveler, so was looking for something unique and memorable.
The menu addressed the unique aspect - every dish distinct, and made you think, and seek clarification of the composition. Ended up with difficult choices among desirable items.
The delivery met the memorable aspect - beautiful presentation, distinct and novel taste and watchful, attentive servers.
We did attend on a night that was not overly busy, so can't speak for service under pressure, however given that all servers appeared to be watching all customers (none of the "not my section" attitude), I would expect that customer service is a behaviour that prevails at all times.
The chef's free bite size desert topped it off perfectly.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
food 5+, survice5+ , ambience 5+, This place knows how to do thing the wright way!!!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lively and pleasant
Very energetic and pleasant atmosphere.
Will come back to dine agai, again.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time and the food was amazing! Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
best. dessert. ever
The experience overall was amazing. The server was attentive and came back often to check back on us. It was good ambience for a Tuesday night. It was pretty quiet when we got seated but a few more people and a group showed up and make the place really energetic. The food was great, the most notable was the dessert. They have their own pastry chef so desserts (and bread) are made fresh in-house daily. Gotta try the chocolate bomb and deconstructed carrot cake--the carrot sorbet is a thing of it's own.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing, beautifully presented, but filling and the service was wonderful. Our server was great at judging what we might need, but left us space to chat and visit as long as we wanted.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such great food!!
This place is amazing! Between the touch of Asian inspiration in all the food and they use as much locally grow food possible!! I had the beet tartar to start and it was amazing!! I also had there steak sandwich and it was a great piece of tenderloin for the price!! And we went at lunch and the service was quick!!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful atmosphere and amazing food and wine made for a very special evening. I requested a quiet table away from any drafts in the comment section and was pleasantly surprised when we arrived...everything was perfect! When we left the restaurant was filled and the noise level was quite a bit louder.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wow, what a great dining experience. I have a friend that writes a food blog, and she has been to downtownfood 4 times now, so I thought that it was time to visit this restaurant - so glad that we did! Our server was so knowledgeable and friendly, she made recommendations, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Everything we tried was delicious, we will definitely be back! Thank you downtownfood!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu was focused on using
The menu was focused on using fresh ingredients, so we were unable to get a number of items as they had ran out by the end of the day. The food, however, was fantastic. The chicken liver mousse and the miso soaked sablefish were amazing! I'll definitely be back for dinner on Wednesday night for half price bottles of wine!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious + consistent.
Highly recommend. 7th visit and never disappointed.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A real gem
Had a last minute group of 16 people from out of town and DTF dig a great job on a Monday night. That said, my group of real fine food colleages found the food of very high quality, creatively assembled and matched with well paired wines. Thank you for a wonderful epicurian outing, the service was impeccable and staff very knowledgeable and discrete. Personnaly, the ravioli starter is a dream come true in terms of flavor!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Visit
This seems to be a great little spot that does not get a lot of hype. I've never had a meal that wasn't top notch. Easily one of my favourite lunch spots that offers great food for a really goood value!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'd eaten here several times for lunch, and thought the food was good, but wen I tried it at night, it was a much different story. The menu selection is completely different, the options are varied and creative, and the quality of the food is excellent. There is a lot of attention paid to the blend of ingredients and flavours, as well as the preparation. I enjoy the Asian influence - mostly Japanese - and the inclusion of healthy, local ingredients - but not to the exclusion of quality and taste . Good beer and wine menu as well. Well done. A little cool sitting by the door on cold evenings, though.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food with a twist
Great restaurant with unusual menus items that won't disappoint anyone. Even if your a picky eater, there is something for everyone. Great atmosphere and great staff.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place but cold
During the winter months, I would strongly suggest requesting a table as far away from the door as possible. We sat in this small 'nook' around from the Hostess Station and every time the door would open, we would be blasted with the cold air. I'm sure the several tables next to the Hostess Station also felt this. The decor is excellent and the main dining room looks like it would be an excellent place to enjoy a unique dinner.
As for the food: this place is pumping out some amazing dishes. The Duck Ham and Cheese starter might have been the best dish of the night. I had the Wild Boar Chop and it was delicious. My GF had the "Moroccan" Leg of Lamb. Her dish was cold and its components were a bit confused but the overall flavor was good.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never fails to impress
I came in with my family after coming in a few times (on my own and with friends). The food never fails to impress and is, as always, amazing.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM