Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bowvalleyranche.com/restaurants.html
  • Phone: 4034761310x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter hours

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday 5:00 - 9:00

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of complimentary parking within the park and a few metres to the restaurant
A word from Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
The Bow Valley Ranche has two restaurants where people come and go in the Fish Creek Provincial Park's beautiful surroundings. Located at the end of Bow Bottom Trail SE, in Fish Creek Provincial Park, just follow the signs for Bow Valley Ranche.



The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is the new fine dining facility located in the restored Ranche House. Their menu features a contemporary interpretation of Alberta regional cuisine. The Grand Salon seats about 125 guests.



Charlie's room, seats another 25 and there are private dining dining rooms available. Sit down beside the massive fireplace in the William Roper Hull room or enjoy the covered wrap-around verandah during warm weather. Enjoy lunch, dinner, cocktails or weekend brunch. Reservations are recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (127)scenic view (111)romantic (90)fit for foodies (80)great for outdoor dining (72)good for groups (53)notable wine list (51)great for brunch (46)neighborhood gem (46)great for lunch (24)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (10)late-night find (7)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were celebrating a special anniversary. The waiter, Kilo, was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Food was very good and prepared to our liking. (Especially the deserts). The meal was served at a nice casual pace. We never felt rushed or waited for service. The venue is clean and bright throughout. They have done an excellent job of retaining the old style decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect in every way.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nothing else needs explaining. The food, service, and ambeiance were all perfect. This is the second time I've gone to the Ranche, and the second time it was an extrodenary experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance great, food not so great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to the Bow Valley Ranche to celebrate our 15th anniversary. The location is fantastic, the restaurant and ambiance was very nice as well. However, the food did not meet our expectations. My wife had the lamb, which she said was very tough and tasted more like an old sheep rather than lamb. I had the duck which was a dinner special and found it to be extremely salty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was disappointed to find out, once seated, that on Saturdays there is only a brunch menu to choose from - and if you are not in the mood for eggs and breakfast fare, there isn't a lot of choice. (chef did accommodate our oyster request). Food was fine but cheese was moldy. When booking, we were not informed there were two private functions that day, so we were stuck in a small room with limited outdoor light, which made the room quite dreary. One of the Ranche's greatest features is the beautiful grounds and if you can't see outside, it takes away from the experience. Both this visit and prior visit (for dinner), both servers had attitudes of superiority - maybe that's their style but hey, if you don't like your job, find another.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great but not the old ranche
    FineDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I have been coming here for years, usually on our anniversary. The property is gorgeous and staff are always warm, friendly and very accommodating. All of those things still exist but since the new management has taken over, it seems to have slipped a small bit in terms of knowledge and details. We were seated on the veranda (lovely) and the menus were plonked down by the hostess. The waiter came, he was very friendly but we were missing a lot of things throughout the meal. Often no water, no plates, no napkins, no spoons until we asked. My Fish dish also had cooking paper still in it and not a single dish on the tasting menu was explained. I'm used to this place being IMMACULATELY refined and I think they've lost that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service was great. wine was too good. Food was remarkable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RichardJ
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outstanding food, excellent service in an historic location. Our American guests were most impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Luv2enjoy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I had the lamb steak and my friend had the cornish game hen and both were superb. The death by chocolate dessert was amazing and enough for 2. The setting in fish creek was so pretty our waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary at the Ranche
    OldRighand
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We took our teenagers with us to the Ranche to celebrate our 30th anniversary. There was a wedding party going on so we were a little worried but since the restaurant is divided into the rooms of the house, we were segregated from the large group. Food and service were very good. All ordered different things and all came out together and were all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SUNDAY BRUNCH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Sunday Brunch outside on the deck was superb! Beautiful presentation of our food, very knowledgeable server we were looked after very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow out of the gates
    Seasoned
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This had been a long standing favorite of mine to which I surprised some diner friends of mine with. The setting and atmosphere were stunning which was slightly dulled by waiting for over an hour to have any of the wait staff visit our table. This was very disconcerting as you can imagine. With that being the only hiccup of the evening i cannot really complain. We started with the charcuterie board such was quite good. And finished with varyng mains and shared three deserts. I do it hold the slow service against them, I merely chalk it up as a freak thing and will most certainly be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is the first time we have visited here since the new ownership. The food and the service were excellent and were up to the previous owner's standards. Even though there was a private function the service was excellent and there did not seem to be a significant delay in the food. It was a very enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bonuswoody
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A bit off the beaten path, this is a must do restaurant a few miles outside of Calgary. This rustic nugget has an excellent menu and great service. On a warm evening, a stroll thru the grounds and adjacent park are a refreshing escape from the Calgary urban scene. A bit on the pricey side, this place is great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful!
    CalGal
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely brunch and were able to sit outdoors on their veranda to enjoy a beautiful day in the later part of August. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the surroundings unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We loved our evening. And although it is impossible to eliminate flies while the doors are left open we would have loved a quick check by our table as there were several 'trying to get out' that we quickly squashed during our first 10 minutes. Others had apparently met their fate lying against the floorboard where we sat. We're not squeemish but would have preferred the area checked and cleanen-up before hand. Alas it happens but could have been a bit nicer in this respect. We will return however!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not likely again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    For the money spent, I would not recommend this restaurant. The main dining room was just about full on the Friday evening we dined and the noise level was quite disturbing. I like to enjoy the conversation with my spouse without having to ask him to repeat himself. The lamb lollipops we shared were good, rare and tasty, but the lamb sirloin I had for dinner was overcooked and minuscule - yes, lamb is not big. I had a strip of red pepper and a green bean for vegetables with a tower of potatoes that were lukewarm. Very disappointing when there are so many fresh vegetables available. My partner's scallops were too salty but a nice presentation! We mentioned the shortcomings of the meals and were given a wonderful dessert plate of chocolate.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Poor Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have been to the Ranche a few times in the past, but this was the first time since the ownership change. The food was great and we love the atmosphere. However, we were very put off by the less than friendly host and waiter. Their attitude came across as unwelcoming, rude and demeaning. When you pay good money for a meal, there is an expectation of excellent customer service which was not the case.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An amazing afternoon!
    willgoagain4sure
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I surprised a friend for her birthday at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and we had an amazing afternoon while sitting on the building's beautiful veranda. After sipping champagne and eating delectable fresh oysters and mussels (that had just arrived), we feasted on unique risotto and vegetarian fare. All our dishes were fabulous!! Our server was attentive and very courteous, while taking the time to ensure everything was just right. He also joked with us when we engaged him! At the end of the meal, my friend was treated to a birthday surprise -- a large piece of dark chocolate with "Happy Birthday" written on it arrived with her ordered dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnF
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    scenic location. Great decor. nice heritage story. Very good Dinner experience. Easy parking. I like it very much and my guests were very delighted. I will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This little place was PERFECT!!
    sundre
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I took my girlfriend for her birthday and made her night! Away from the core of the city and nice and quiet it made for the perfect evening!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Experience
    myliemom
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have lived in Calgary for over 40 years and had not yet visited Bow Valley Ranche. We went for my birthday and sat outsides with the kids (7 and 10 years old). Outside was great as the kids ran in Fish Creek while we waited for meals. The view was stunning and the artwork at the side of the building is very nice too. There were so many great options for appetizers that we tried the potato soup, the charcuterie, the beet salad and the oysters. They were so good that we had to scale down our meals a bit. The spinach and goat cheese stuffed chicken was incredible and my son loved his first try of Arctic Char. Would definitely go back for a special occasion as it is quite costly but worth it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome restaurant!
    dinner4two
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The Fish Creek Park location is beautiful. The food was excellent, very tasteful and will presented. The menu choices are what you would find in a fine dining restaurant. The service was excellent, very friendly staff. Because the restaurant is in a restored home from the early 1900's, you feel you are not only having a dinner but enjoying a part of Calgary's history. Would highly recommend this restaurant, we will definitely go back again and soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a really lovely evening here! The food was excellent, the private outside table perfect and the service perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ranche Hands
    hcbcalgaryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A Saturday summer evening at the Ranche restaurant, beautiful setting with a view of the fields surrounding it in Fish Creek park. We counted no less than 4 brides and wedding parties that night. We've had great meals here in the past, unfortunately this night it seemed our food choices were less than top notch. The pheasant dish was tough, and the pickerel not as tender as it should have been. The number of large parties being accommodated may have affected this. The service was attentive and the verandah seating provided a very comfortable atmosphere. I'd try them another night where weddings are not so dominant a theme.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, food was better before
    Hdom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came in for brunch and everything was very wonderful, only thing was food was only okay. We ordered two steak and eggs, both mid rare and both got close to well done, instead. For the price we were expecting may be 3 eggs and more food like toast, perhaps but it was 2 eggs with a hand full of photos chips, which were good but not filling. First Coffee was a bit sour too, probably sat out for too long. Anyway, not ruling them out completely but probably wouldn't come back for bunch again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a special occasion
    Englishbob
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went there for a 80th birthday; food was great, service was good lovely location. I will go again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bow Valley Ranche birthday dinner
    shebadines
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Patio ambiance was great - summer evening, flowers, trees; charming historic house. Food - good, classic stuff, although my meal was not hot enough. But, the venison was flavorful; the plate looked good. Birthday boy's Angus steak was excellent, though bordering on overcooked; the roasted peppers were notable. Wine selection was extensive, and it seemed impossible to make a bad choice. The waiter was apologetic about the lukewarm venison, and comp'd the desserts - which were rich, complex, beautifully presented. I'd skip the Pavlova next time - there are more interesting choices. Overall, attentive service and good food, though the drinks seem a bit pricey. Definitely a destination spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bow Valley Ranche Review
    Tracy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We celebrated my father's 88th birthday here and when I made the reservation I specifically asked for a very nice table. When we arrived we were taken to a little corner with no window, no view and just tucked away. I asked the maitre d for a better table and he provided it to the people that came in with us. He said they were there first and first come first served. I expressed my concern because I had specifically requested a good table when making the reservation. The waitress apologized and stated that she missed my comment. So she accommodated us by pushing tables together in front of a window. I found the maitre d to be rude and "aggressively dismissive". The food is outstanding but WAY over priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bow Valley Ranche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Interesting menu...food was very good...great presentation.....local craft beers available!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant in a great setting
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We brought our visitors from out of town here for brunch and it was just the right venue. The restaurant is in a historic home situated on a large property with a small outdoor exhibit, perfect for a leisurely stroll after eating. The food was very good and very nicely presented. It was not inexpensive but still reasonable for all that you get. A great place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best
    SerialDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    To sum it up.. Awesome! Food is amazing, wine list is among the best in Calgary and you simply can not beat this setting! We had a wonderful time. Special Thanks to Arthur and Jason. The service was a perfect balance of attentive and unobtrusive. Definitely my favorite restaurant in Calgary! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time - not the last
    MJyyc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Came here for the first time with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. We had an amazing experience. This is the new favorite for our special occasions. The food was incredibe - everything was spot on, well cooked, well portioned with amazing presentation. Service was top shelf - there is an amazing team of staff that are covering for each other. Not hovering, but always aware and looking to improve our experience. Ambiance was great. It is upscale without feeling stuffy. Comfortable and homey. Lots of natrual light.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HendricksMcDougall33
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had hoped to enjoy a Brunch date with my Husband and the Service was fair not overly exciting. Need to ask for Salt & Pepper and a Steak knife. order a bottle of Champagne and was served a 373ml bottle for $80 disappointing as the server had start to open it, so I couldn't change my mind and order the 750 ml. They had all so ran out of the Lamb Ravioli so my husband needed to change his order.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    jkh783
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great brunch there, the food was fantastic and the view from the patio can't be beat. Our waitress wasn't great, she wasn't very attentive, but the food and view made up for it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    Sparky
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had the lamb and the chicken. Both were prepared to perfection!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haute cuisine with western flair
    Meatpuppet
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The staff who stayed on after the change of ownership here remember their old clientele and go out of their way to make sure you still feel welcome. Some popular dishes run out so have an alternative choice. The pork belly was outstanding as an appie especially when paired with a great glass of Pinot Noir offered by the friendly and knowledgable Maitre D'. Eye-poppingly expensive but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and views of Fish Creek
    DaleandGie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was our second time to Bow Valley Ranche and again we were impressed both with the service and the menu. Very well prepared, beautifully presented and the food was fabulous. Especially enjoyed the Cartcuterie Board. We will be back soon
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Ranche a hidden jewel!
    wakingfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    In the heat of the summer, nothing is better than to walk to The Ranche and sit on the patio, and with good friends, partake of the amazing views of the garden, and the park, and as well, the good food!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Beautiful setting, service adequate, food expensive and disappointing. Cold soup, overdone ahi tuna served on inedible stale bun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great location, friendly staff and good food. Menu somewhat limited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.