The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant)
The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant)

The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lakehousecalgary.com/
  • Phone: 4032253939x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm Lunch
    Monday-Friday: 2:00pm-5:00pm Late Menu
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner
    Friday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 12:00am Late Menu
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:30pm
    Sunday: 1:30pm - 5:00pm Late Menu
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wild Game, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Neukom
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Louise Way SE
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking.
A word from The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant)
Perched directly above Lake Bonavista with large glass windows overlooking the lake, The Lake House is home to one of Calgary’s finest & most creative restaurants as well as a unique setting for private events & weddings. Exuding rustic elegance, the interior is illuminated with ornate elk antler chandeliers & a grand fireplace. Catching your eye when you enter is a glass encased wine cellar & a refurbished bar from the 1800’s, previously housed in a mercantile shop in Montana. Our wonderful location is complemented by Chef Thomas Neukom's celebrated Alberta Rocky Mountain cuisine. His offerings feature locally raised meats, game & vegetables from farmers & producers who share his vision for sustainable high quality & close to home cuisine. To augment Chef Neukom's Canadian focused cuisine, The Lake House provides a variety of wine from some of the world's top producers. Our passion extends to many regions of the world, as we have sought to find some of the world's best producers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant) reviews from OpenTable diners
222 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (179)special occasion (159)neighborhood gem (113)romantic (113)fit for foodies (92)good for groups (69)notable wine list (68)great for brunch (48)great for lunch (41)great for outdoor dining (36)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Ladieswholunch
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went to the Lake House to celebrate a birthday. The food was amazing minus the hair in aioli. The server seemed more bothered that we told about it than its presence.(She did take 25% off the tab at the end without our asking) The restaurant is lovely, the chef talented, if not a bit expensive for the amount of food served. It was good for ladies, we were satisfied but I can't see a man filling up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    BrownGuy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If you want waterfront dining in Calgary your choices are limited. We were lucky to have a warm summer evening on the patio over the lake. Service was awesome, enjoyed the wine. I've dined at CRMR restaurants before and I'm never disappointed, but I felt the food wasn't quite up to the usual high standard this time. I would still go again and recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful spot!
    wine2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Lake House is, quite simply, a wonderful place to dine, whether lunch, brunch or dinner! The sun was shinning on Sunday for our brunch and the food did not disappoint. Perfectly cooked Eggs Benedict and also Steak and Eggs. Well looked after by all the staff, especially Jessica and Rebecca. Staff is well trained and attentive without being intrusive. A favourite spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was really good, not outstanding. I would recommend this place to couples and groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Lakehouse
    luvappies
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Overpriced for portions provided - for example crab appetizer was extremely small for $17.00 Salad was mushy and not tasty. Quiche and soup was very good. Good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a special dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Beautiful view, we sat right on the water, on the deck. Our only complaint was that there was a wedding and the guests kept walking by our table on the small part of the deck interrupting our anniversary meal. They were all standing at the end corner of the deck but walked by about 20 times going back and forth to get drinks. It was honestly rude of them and quite obvious they were too loud and disruptive. I don't think the restaurant/bar was aware they were going to be coming in. But I would definitely go back to this restaurant and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out
    Unhappywithnoise
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We used to go to the Ranch for special occasions, so we thought we would try the Lake House as was supposed to be the same group. Our biggest disappointment was the noise, the rest was Ok.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anonymous
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Ambiance would be higher but my guest and I found the noise level distracting. We both enjoyed our visit - it was a special birthday celebration for a good friend. I know I will return. Thank you
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Night out with Hubby
    pepper
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My husband and I went to the Lake House for our Anniversary. We were surprised by the changes in atmosphere since the Lake House took over. It looked lovely. Our server was friendly and efficient. And the food was excellent! Everything was so delicious. We opted for a cheese platter for dessert and we were pleasantly surprised at the presentation and it was the best choice we could have made for a dessert! I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a special night out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    Corvus
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food is excellent, great menu, attentive service. Party of 6 had various menu choices, all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a view
    fudlvr
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Went to the Lake House to celebrate a co-workers work anniversary. The restaurant was very quiet as it's kind of out of the way for business lunches; was nice that way as the waitress had only a few tables to attend to. She was exceptionally professional and very attentive. Our meals were all outstanding...my halibut on black caviar lentils was delicious. The only complaint from the three people that ordered the Steak & Frites was they thought the frites would be 'skinnier' and, as one of them put it, more 'ladylike'; that said I didn't see a single too-fat-manly frite left on any of their plates. The place has a wonderful upscale rustic charm and the view of the calm lake is really something...makes you feel like you've left the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday August 29th.
    DBM1960
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great dining experience, staff were attentive and friendly. Menu had a variety of selections for our entire group (9 people) Awesome environment and can't beat the views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant. Nice view.
    Jessamae87VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food was good, Service was good. Good view as well as we were right by the window overlooking the Lake Bonavista. It was my first time visiting this restaurant and I will definitely would love to come back. The only reason I did not give it a 5-star is because I had to wait for approximately 40minutes to get my dessert (Sticky Toffee Pudding) which is way longer than expected. As my husband and I were in a rush that evening as we had a concert to catch, we opted out on the dessert. The downside was how long we had to wait for the dessert but the server gave us a complimentary glass of wine for the trouble. The ribeye steak and the halibut were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night
    Dave
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went with my with to celebrate our 43 anniversary. Food was great and the service excellent. The wine list was good but they were all out of my first 2 choices. Nice view of the Lake but shades had to be drawn to block the evening sun from other dinners. It's is indeed too bad they had to move from the old location. The new entrance and room lacks appeal. Overall we would return for the food and service which they nailed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last days of Summer Lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I met a girlfriend for lunch and it was just before school started. We had a window table and watch 3 young boys jumping off a pier and paddle boating. It was so much fun to watch while enjoying lunch with an old friend. Food wa great, service was great, and a change from the downtown scene.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Evening
    GerryD
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The view was great overlooking the lake. An evening out for an anniversary, it was a pleasurable experience, Food good, ambiance excellent. Service good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A friend and I had lunch on the small deck. Best to reserve a spot there if the day is fine. Our glasses of wine were forgotten and came after the meal was served. I had asked for no cheese on my salad but they were quick at returning with a cheese-less salad. The chicken was thighs which were overdone for a sandwich. I would still return to try another meal. The waitress was attentive but I think they may have been short-staffed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we will be back
    k8tee20
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband and I had a great time. Food was very good and our server Howard was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Gr8foods
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Talented chefs...friendly service...stunning atmosphere! From appetizer to dessert we were not disappointed! Well worth spending extra $$ for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fussy Food for Brunch
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very average yet fussy food. The restaurant is in the middle of a family neighbourhood but has very little on the brunch menu that is "expected". There should be a mix of gourmet/foody food and standard brunch fare. The smoked salmon benedict was flavourful - a bit too much dill, but the biscuits it was served with were dry. The bison hash was made of shredded bison meat and potato in a watery broth - the dish was more like soup. The blueberry "crostini" was a small tart with excellent gelato, but the portion was tiny. The desserts are not sharable. The server was pleasant and efficient, and the coffee was very, very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The perfect evening...
    MichelleC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My partner and I had dinner in celebration of our birthdays which are only two days apart. I had heard of the Lake House but this was our first visit. When we arrived, we saw that there was a wedding party inside the restaurant and at first we were overwhelmed with the noise inside. Luckily, we were seated outside on the deck overlooking the lake. Outside it was much quieter. The temperature was cool, but we were provided with blankets and enjoyed the sunset over the lake while we dinned. The food and service was excellent. All in all, this was the perfect evening out. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food and service were great! Thank you Howard for a lovely dining experience. We met with another couple for a long-awaited visit. The weather was too cool to sit on the patio but we had a nice table in the corner with views of the lake. Food was very tasty - had the tomato salad, crab cakes, halibut and sticky toffee pudding - YUM! While it was energetic we found that we were able to visit without issue. Had been many years since we visited here and will certainly come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Lake House - superb dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The lovely view of Lake Bonavista and the rustic furniture really set the mood for this restaurant. A relaxed and peaceful atmosphere is maintained, even after the busy dinner rush arrives. Our server took very good care of us, making sure drinks were refilled and the food was to our liking. And what food! As we perused the menu, the server told us "you really can't go wrong with anything on there"... and I have to admit I was skeptical. Usually there are one or two items that the restaurant is known for and the rest of the menu is only decent. We started with the fish plank, savored the main courses (ribeye and bison ribs) and by the time we were sampling the creme brulee and sticky toffee, I was convinced. A wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent South End Restaurant
    Dave
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was delicious, very well presented. Service was very good. Prices same as downtown hot spots but interior is not as refined or having as much character. Being right on Lake Bonavista is nice. Furniture is dated. Chairs uncomfortable. All in all though, we did enjoy ourselves. And would go back there. Very convenient if you live in south Calgary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vindine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went to The Lake House as we had both read a good write up in The Calgary Herald. We had been to the original Inn on Lake Bonavista and to the smaller, updated version. The food has always been good as well as the service. The building is mainly medical offices, which have taken away much of the original outdoor deck space. Since it was a rainy day, the indoors was quite welcoming with its large lit fireplace. As a negative, there is a peridonist's practice which comes smack up to behind The Lake House restaurant's bar. At the table, we were sitting at, you could actually view the patient being treated and the medical personnel. However, the food and wine were great and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Three of us went. One person was a chef from Vancouver. Service was excellent. Went on a Wednesday night. Had reserved a table by the window. We ordered appetizers. Every thing was very good except the Fresh Egg Pappardelle. There wasn't any lamb. For main course we had the duck, halibut and steak. they were cooked the way we wanted. The best part was the dessert. We had sticky toffee pudding, the warm Blueberry Crostata and the Creme Brulee. Everyone really enjoyed their desserts. At the beginning of the meal we were adventurous and had the Rocky mountain charcuterie board. We've never had game before. It was delicious .Especially the Boer pate and the salamis. We would go back again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    Arobs
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Ever let's you down! Best food in the city! Great view amazing food and wonderful staff. This is by far one of Calgary's best restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serene lunch
    wine2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wonderful location for a relaxing summer lunch. Food and service were, as is the norm, very good. Great service without being intrusive. A new favourite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lake House Brunch
    REB2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Surprisingly, this was the first time I had been to this restaurant. My friends and I have been doing brunch at various places all over the city, but have decided that this we be our going forward brunch meeting place. The food was very good and at a good price point as well. Loved the ambiance and decor. Overlooking water just has such a pleasant feel to it that you forget that you are in Calgary. Will be going again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
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    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better than expected
    Brian
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    food and wine was very good; service was great. we were a table of four but the restaurant looks like it could handle larger groups very well. I will be going back and hope to sit outside if the weather cooperates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Cincanada
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our recent visit to The Lake House was a wonderful experience. The staff is so good and very attentive from the moment we walked in the door, until we left 3 hours later. We had a table over looking the lake which gave us a feeling like we were dining somewhere else. The food was delicious and good serving sizes. It is a bit "loud" but it would not deter us from going again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service, good food
    dinner4two
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Although we went on a week night, the service was slow, the waiter not as attentive like at other places. Overall dining experience was good. Excellent view of the lake. The oysters were small, if you charge $3.50 for each, make them big or add a few more on the plate. I had the scallops and they were cooked perfectly. My husband had the roasted wild boar and it was really good. Nice place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a lovely spot in the summer
    wjbeauch
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good food, great ambience. Seemed like many good vegetarian options.
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Birthday Lunch
    GypsyChef
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A beautiful spot to enjoy some good conversation and fine wine. I could say that I preferred the food when it was the Ranche better, but the menu changes often enough, that its hard not to love all the creative flair that they put into their delicious dishes. I am a huge fan of the CRMR group and all their establishments and I think their new property has a lot of potential to truly become another gem in their collection. Worth a visit, if only to enjoy the charcuterie board or poisson plank with a glass of wine while watching the world float by!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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 LevelQuiet
  • Bdette
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The four attending our Monthly Breakfast Club were delighted with the friendly and fun wait staff, the character of the Lake house as well as the flavorful & well-presented food. We discussed that the beautiful calm sunshiny summer morning, and the pleasure of each other’s company, was tipped over in to near 'Nirvana' as we enjoyed the tasty "Cinnamon Knots" dessert treat at the Lake House. Hint - "order one to take home too" ! Or simply go to back to The Lake House again. We certainly will !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and nephews's meat was dry but they did not say anything. Mine was fine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    girldays
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great experience at the Lake House. The food was fantastic and the service was great. Would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service - OK Restaurant
    MacBob
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overall, we would rate this restaurant as good, nothing special. The entree (we both had seared fresh halibut) was very good, appetizers were okay (fish plate), wine list was average at best (they had one California chardonnay), however, our service was outstanding. Probably would not return for some time as much better restaurants throughout the City.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a very nice evening celebrating our anniversary. Service was attentive and meal was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic