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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Tried this restaurant twice now and won't go back.... expensive, portions so small you're still hungry (and we are light eaters) and feeling ripped off, gastronomically pretentious but misses the mark, menu descriptions don't give you any idea what the item is-ordered something I never would have ordered had the dominant flavour been described... tasted like the entire dish had been doused with liquid smoke and server didn't come by until so late there was no point"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My wife and I visited the Lake House for our Sunday brunch "date day". It was very quiet, probably due to the Stampede. It was a lovely, quiet and calm environment. We sat on the deck overlooking the lake. Very scenic. The food was second to none - very delicious. We had an outstanding brownie semi fredo for dessert. The restaurant was excellent at accommodating my wife's need for gluten free fare. The staff were all very attentive and friendly. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We shared the fish starter which was superb, for mains we had the wild boar which was excellent, and that nights special feature which was a lamb dish, the lamb was a little more chewy that would be expected... otherwise the meal was great."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We always share an nnniversary dinner with special friends and this year we chose The Lake House as we have always liked The Ranche. The men were disappointed with all the sauce on their steaks. One lady thought the scallop/wild boar sausage did compliment one another and the other lady thought the halibut was very good. Our server was good and attentive."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Amazing food, outstanding service. The experience was very nice and the view of the lake was romantic and picturesque."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I had high expectations for The Lake House as I was a big fan of The Ranche Restaurant. Unfortunately a lot of things seemed to have gotten lost on the way to the new location. The interior of the new location is dark and rustic and it may work better in the winter when the lake is frozen but it doesn't feel right on a warm summer evening. And the restaurant is really, really noisy. The night we were there it wasn't full and it was very difficult to hear the two other people at my table. We shared the charcuterie board and it was superb but my pan seared scallops were disappointing. The scallops were cooked nicely and boar sausage was tasty but something in the sauce was overpowering and harsh tasting. Service was great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Met for brunch with my older grandparents and parents. The large open concept and loud noises from a party made it difficult for them to hear the conversation. The selection of brunch items wasn't very good and didnt really appeal to us. I had the smoked salmon Benedict and I hate to say but I've had better at other breakfast chains. The service was poor. Our waitress had to be flagged down whenever we needed a coffee or water refill and wasnt very attentive. I would suggest dining on the veranda, however they only have tables of 2."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place had amazing food and service. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had an important occasion where my parents and my fiances parents were meeting of the first time. We needed somewhere quiet because my fathers hearing ability was a concern. I had been to this location ages ago when it was another resturaunt and remembered it being very nice. The renovations done were excellent, the resturaunt was quiet, but not too quiet with a beautiful view of the lake. Perfect for a special occasion. The food was outstanding, many of us ordered the Boar. You must try the Boar! Although everything was perfect, our server was efficient, helpful, and polite and orchestrated our dinner very well...I don't usually write reviews on these things but they made a night I was very nervous about, beautiful. Thanks"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Lovely view, great service and wonderful food! Lovely first experience at the Lake House!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I think I've pretty much seen all of the menu now and there are 2 good selections, the Angus and the wild boar. They could do with a little freshening up on the menu, some lamb possibly or a variety of fish choices, just to keep it interesting."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Lovely location, wonderful food and excellent service. Relaxing, comfortable spot for Brunch."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "AGain you outdid yourselves -- the charcuterie platter was great -- the boar sausage was fantastic and the desserts, etc. were brilliant Thank you again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant has it all - a gorgeous view of Lake Bonavista, a charmingly decorated dining room, interesting cocktail menu and delicious food offerings. Try the bison or duck breast. You will be impressed! I can highly recommend the sticky toffee pudding for your sweet tooth..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Been here twice in last 2 wks for anniversary and daughter's bd. Awesome food. Great service. Nice views. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back. Thank you Lake House... great job!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Lake House is right on Lake Bonavista so the views are spectacular. As the ceiling is open, it was hard to converse with my dinner partner as the noise level from the other guests talking was quite high. If you have hearing difficulties, this might not be the best restaurant for you. The food was a good size portion and the service was good albeit I did not receive a bun with my soup so perhaps it is not provided unless you ask. Overall, a great place to eat and we will eat there again. There are only a few tables outside on the balcony so arrive by 5:00 so you want one."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The restaurant, food and service is amazing. We'll for sure be back again. Just don't make a reservation when a function is taking place in the main dining room. It is overwhelming and your dinner will be interrupted by noise. Awesome job thank you Lakehouse"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Way too noisy!! By dessert I was so agitated I just wanted to leave. Service was slow."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our group of four had an incredible experience. Food and service were top notch. The room is beautiful and the view over the lake is unbeatable."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Nice scenery. Upscale casual dining. Energetic atmosphere. Inviting to all. Good service and food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Been here twice already and it was fabulous! Great menu selection!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Halibut with lentils was perfectly cooked. Service was friendly and not intrusive. Truffle pop was a nice treat."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This is an absolutely beautiful restaurant right on the lake. Stunning view, amazing food and excellent service. I went there for the first time this past weekend for my birthday dinner and it was just perfect!! Will definitely go back. Has a really cool almost upscale lodge feel inside. Would be amazing for a wedding reception."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, a bit noisy given the special day. Had to always ask for more water or coffee though."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went here for Fathers Day brunch. The food and service were great, but the music was WAY too loud. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We reserved VERY last minute for Father's Day....within ten minutes of arriving! Our family lucked out and got a table right by the front windows. We watched falcons catching fish right out of the lake. Our server was friendly and efficient. We had some cappuccinos and hot chocolates (my son says they are the best hot chocolates) and also the regular coffee. All were very delicious. We ordered the beignets as a pre breakfast snack and they were quite delicious, at least I think they were as they disappeared really quickly. My son was really happy with his Bison brisket as were we with our Eggs Benedict; both the classic style and smoked salmon style. The hollandaise was probably the best I've had. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My vegan daughter was graciously accommodated & the waitress informed us that next time to call ahead & the chef can prepare something extra special. The service, staff & interior are all first class,but the designer should be shot. Zero acoustical consideration= game night at a noisy pub, NOT $30+/entrée dining experience! Conversation was a strain! The good: crab cakes were lively & delicious, as was the roasted wild boar. The bad: goat cheese & pear salad was beyond boring. The scallops need revisiting (hollandaise lacked flavor & needs some extra kick to offset the neutral scallops & bland potato, broccolini was almost raw). The wild boar sausage was unique, bold & tasty. Worth a revisit for desert & cocktails on the patio @ sunset!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We decided on the Lakehouse this year for my wife's birthday and neither of us were disappointed. The ambience was great, the food even better, and the desserts wonderful. Overall a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We loved dining at the Ranche and feel as though the lake house is just as wonderful. Service is always exceptional and food is flavourful and cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have been there three tis and obviously enjoy it or would not come back. Food needs a little more subtle spice (Orzo and mussles) but good service and just a happy place to be."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This restaurant never fails to deliver. Staff is excellent (thanks to Erin), food is consistently wonderful, and the location is beautiful. Staff is professional but always warm and welcoming without being intrusive."
    Dined on 6/6/2014