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

The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lakehousecalgary.com
  • Phone: (403) 225-3939
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "The view was great overlooking the lake. An evening out for an anniversary, it was a pleasurable experience, Food good, ambiance excellent. Service good."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "My husband and I had a great time. Food was very good and our server Howard was perfect!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • " 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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Food and service were great! tttu yt iadgdjljaksllfkkmk k'ad gjdklgj dsl' jgdad lkdsfgdalgkj adlgjjja"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Good food, great ambience. Seemed like many good vegetarian options."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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 !"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and nephews's meat was dry but they did not say anything. Mine was fine."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great experience at the Lake House. The food was fantastic and the service was great. Would recommend to everyone."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had a very nice evening celebrating our anniversary. Service was attentive and meal was very good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The appetizers were great we had the heirloom tomato and the crab cakes. Nice balance of flavors in the tomato salad, crab cakes were good. Dinner was scallops witch were delicious and the caribou and bison the carbou was excellent cooked perfectly beautiful flavor the sauce was second to none, the bison was overcooked and a little dry, as was the succotash. Dessert was the sticky toffee pudding which was incredible and the chocolate semi freddo which was heavenly. The Caesar was very nice the basil was an interesting touch, the white wine was refreshing. The St ambrose oatmeal stout is possibly the best stout made."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice anniversary dinner here. The food was excellent. The location at Lake Bonavista has nice views from many of the tables. The restaurant is quite noisy due to all the hard surfaces - hardwood floors, wooden chairs, open ceiling - which takes away a bit from the ambiance. We will go back again."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My partner and I chose this venue in celebration of our 2nd anniversary. As we are a senior couple, we found it very pleasing and romantic and the menu was also accommodating for our diet requirements. We were asked to sit in the bar area while our table was being prepared by the windows overlooking the Lake. The view was beautiful along with a breathtaking sunset, however, we were somewhat shaken up from the "Cirque de Soleil" performance it required to sit on the stools at the bar waiting for our table. We were also disappointed to discover that the Beef choices were not AAA especially for a fine dining restaurant such as the Lake house Restaurant. Apart from these two issues, our experience was spectacular!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Loved it! The services was super! Food was great. We sat out side and it was perfect for a date night. Nice to have a downtown Resturant in the south."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant. Excellent service. Food - meh. Boys both ordered a wild meat dish. Both complained their meal was incredibly tough. Duck and halibut dishes were delicious. Serving sizes small for 'manly' appetites. VERY loud. We were at a four top and had trouble hearing each other over the din of conversation in the restaurant. Desserts - delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I loved the food and the service was lovely but the room is too crowded and loud. I was surprised that there were no table clothes and didn't realize how relaxed the atmosphere would be. We were expecting more of a special occasion spot."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It is not a place to go to often because it is very expensive. But we really enjoyed our time. the halibut was excellent and the view was great."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent presentation, reasonable price. We had our wedding reception there ( Inn on Lake Bonavista ) and it was fun being back after so long. We won't wait 30 years again !"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food and service. Thank you Leanne, Basia, and Desiree... we had a great lunch and will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a table that was in the corner of the room so we could see the lake from two directions. It was a beautiful evening and the lake was calm and inviting; like being in the country. We shared the charcuterie platter, which we recommend that everyone try, and both had the duck breast which was done to perfection. The only hiccup was that my bottle of California Cabernet was served too warm so I had to have it placed in a wine bucket. It should have been served at cellar temperature. Great attentive service and all and all a great experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I took my friend to the Lakehouse for lunch the other day to celebrate her birthday. The new reno's are amazing and we had a delicious lunch. I will be bringing my husband next time for dinner! The setting is outstanding and the food was delicious, I am looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Excellent food with small menu choice - but that was a good thing as our party tried various selections and all were delicious! Great service as well. Top of our list for a quality restaurant in the South."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Delicious food, great view of the lake and good service. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent food service and wine made for an enjoyable evening"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Oysters and appetizers were great, the sticky toffee pudding is incredible, and our scallop main was perfect. Our other main, the lamb special, was the worst lamb I've ever received at a restaurant - bad cuts, tough, and far overlooked with no pink. I love lamb, but I could not even finish the 5 small medallions. I'm hoping this was an anomaly, because everything else was top notch."
    Dined on 7/14/2014