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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Lake House (formerly The Ranche Restaurant) reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (151)special occasion (129)romantic (101)neighborhood gem (90)fit for foodies (80)good for groups (66)notable wine list (65)great for lunch (37)great for outdoor dining (35)great for brunch (34)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • superb quality dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Friendly, accommodating, helpful, informed staff; genuine warmth. Superb window views over lake, yet not too cold, even seated beside windows (good insulation!). Great restaurant that doesn't overlook parking lot. Adequate handy parking. Extraordinary food. Well thought-out menu & wine choices; the fish platter to share has an exceptional range of tastes, each different & wonderful. Chairs comfortable for lingering over meal & drinks. Our only point of discomfort was the noise level; as older patrons, a room meant to sound "energetic" is distressing; we dislike having to yell to speak with the person beside us, or use sign language to communicate with the person opposite ---- & the room was only half full, early on Wed. evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brunch
    Ksmith88
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Went to the Lake House for brunch with a group of 10. Enjoyed coffee and Baileys and mimosas. Eggs Benedicy was delicious. Kids pancakes were filled with coloured chocolate chips which they really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Luvtheranche
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Amazing food although there used to be a larger menu.... Beautiful venue but dinber was cut short by the extremely noisy atmosphere. Need to have some type of sound buffets or plants to br all up the room. Table if three kids right beside is at the window. Constant running around and crying really dampened a romantic dinner carat kids by the front doir closer to the entrance so the parents can take them out when they are acting up. Have been a loyal "Ranche restaurant" attendee for numerous years and was disappointed by the evening left without dessert and went to another restaurant for dessert and after dinner drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    DAHS
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have dined at the Lake House 4 times. Our experience was excellent the first two times and poor the last two times. Service was poor - food was mediocre at best. it took so long for him to come and take our order after we had ordered our first drink that we were seriously thinking of leaving. They must have changed their chef because there was no originality in the menu The only thing that did not change was the price of the meals - still extreme. It will be a very long time, if ever, that I go back to The Lake House.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First and Last Time
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    To pretentious and way to expensive . There are a lot better Restaurant in Calgary to spend your money in.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy restaurant!
    lunchladies
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The view from our window table was lovely & the food was very good. Service was perfect. Servers were always there just when we needed them, helpful & friendly. However, the close proximity of large tables of 8 to 10 people made any ambience disappear. We had to talk loudly & repeat ourselves to be heard. The room, which was beautiful, seemed more like a community hall due to the long, closely spaced tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No service
    cantcook
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We arrived to the same location we'd celebrated our marriage 25 years earlier (it was the Inn on the Lake way back then) in excitement, but sat for a full 15 minutes with no service staff stopping at our table (they were whizzing past - seemingly ignoring us - while serving others). Our excitement started to wane as time ticked by and we sat, without so much as water, with our meals chosen. Finally, we just got up and left. We walked into Caesar's in Willow Park Village - without a reservation - and had a waiter cheerily greeting us and serving us water almost before we'd settled in our seats. Our 25th wedding anniversary celebration was salvaged with a wonderful meal at Caesar's!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great meal again. Oysters were outstanding (as were the crab cakes). Wild boar shoulder was so tender it fell apart with a fork. My wife had the salmon and thoroughly enjoyed it. And what better way to close things off than by having the chocolate pot (?). And the service was outstanding....will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, other issues though..
    CDow1990
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I came here last night for my birthday dinner with my parents. We've been here before, and really enjoyed ourselves last time. The manager, Desiree, called to confirm our reservation and even remembered we were celebrating a birthday. Good start. Our server was lovely. She always made sure our water and wine glasses were filled, and was polite and attentive. The food was excellent as usual. I did not receive anything for my birthday and the hostess blamed me because I did not order dessert. I did not realize I had to order dessert to get any recognition for my birthday. The way she spoke to us left a bad taste, which is a shame as we love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive--a glass of wine $15
    Finedining
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We both ordered quiche it was dry and over cooked. I have eaten here several times and never been disappointed. Prices are high for a light lunch also the wooden chairs are very uncomfortable. I am sure our lunch had been reheated--not what you expect at The Lake House. I would not recommend the restaurant highly based on our lunch!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall Amazing Place!
    Alyschristine
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went here for our anniversary dinner. Not only were the staff extremely friendly and pleasent.. our server and the chef were both informed already about my allergies (Celiac / Lactose Intolerent). They were extremely careful and cautious in letting me know what I could and couldn't eat, and modified whichever entre I chose to suit my needs... VERY IMPRESSED! Will definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best night ever
    Ayeshae
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were a group of 4 and was celebrating 2 birthdays. They started us off with some complimentary bubbly and an appetizer. The mains were fabulous, our server was exceptional. Two of us had desserts and the other two coffee, but they still gave a some chocolate and fruit for the 2 that did not order a dessert. The desserts were devine as well. Finally when the bill came, it was accompanies with 4 macarons , perfectly made and with mint chocolate in the middle. Yum. I would go here again any day. Thanks, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a large group sitting near us that we're celebrating an upcoming wedding. The acoustics in the restaurant increased the volume.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    WoodOvenGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant with one of the most imaginative and well prepared menus in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor value
    Nosh
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Very disappointed in the food. We used to love the Ranche but won't be returning to the Lake House. Extremely expensive for meadiocre food. There are lots of other places to eat -- why go here?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    JoJoYYC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have eaten brunch and now dinner at The Lake House. Highly recommend it for both. Good service and the food is wonderful. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Older diners
    olderdiners
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Good food, attentive but not overwhelming service, comfortable chairs and a great view. The noise level was a little high making it hard to talk until a couple of large groups left. Some sound deadening measures would be good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise Level
    SuziQ
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The restaurant was quite busy with a large group right down the middle of the restaurant, the noise level was unbearable. They were shouting at each other and so did everyone else have to shout to be heard. i wasn't sure why a group of that size wasn't put at the long table that is in the separate area. We literally had headaches when we left. The food was good, the service was good but I wouldn't recommend the place due to the noise level.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Birthday25
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely evening on the deck while watching the sun set. A quiet way to dine!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    food4princess
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We came with 2 friend (table of 4 with reservations). We were pleased to be given a table by the window and enjoyed the view of the lake on this sunny fall day. The server was fabulous. Very attentive but not annoying. Friendly and knowledgeable about the menu as we had questions. 2 of the diners really enjoyed the eggs benedict (one with salmon and one with the ham). Both dishes were excellent and beautifully presented on hot plates! A rare treat. one person enjoyed the breakfast has that featured game meats and the other had a simple ham and tomato sandwich with sides. The cappuccino coffee was lovely. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday - seated in the West Wing
    EatGreatFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Far to noisy! We anticipated a comfortable dining experience and I definitely would return to try more dishes; but not on the night they are hosting a wedding. I suggest you ask if there is a special event before making your reservation. The curtain room divider does not even begin to disperse the cacaphony provided by the wedding party right next door. Romantic views, average/pricey wine selection, the cheese plate was by far the best (quantity and quality) we have had in the City.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Staff top notch!
    Sandi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent dinner (salmon with lobster dill mashed potatoes and wild boar shoulder with polenta were both so tasty). Menu has great variety with a good number of unique choices. The service was very good and I appreciated that I was advised early in the day of a large party happening that night in the main dining room which allowed me to reconsider or be prepared. The ambiance of overlooking the lake on a lovely fall evening was so nice as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.