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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
  • Email: lakehouse.events@crmr.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
  • "We have a long happy history of dining at Lakehouse and The INN ! We'll come again!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the ambience was nice, just a little noisy. The difference between a good server & a great one are the details. The staff was very nice & polite, but I had to ask for a spoon after receiving my soup appetizer and I had to ask for a cheese knife after receiving a cheese plate after my main meal. They also have a bar in the front of the restaurant in plain sight with a very large TV showing hockey & pop music playing in the background. Not really the mood I was looking for during a special occasion dinner. The Ranche was a special place without distraction. The Lake House is a nice place with great food, but they need to work on making it special. I will return for the food & check on the service."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "MY wife and I went to the Lake House for her birthday dinner. The atmosphere and scene was very comfortable the view of the lake added to the night. Our server Val was friendly and fun to enjoy the night. Her knowledge and recommendations on the menu were spot on. We had the bison ravioli to start, and could have easily eaten a couple more orders of those. For dinner we had the bison tenderloin, it was amazing, with the croquettes and turnips with it made it one of the best meals I have had in a long time. We will be coming back soon to try it again. Thanks Val! I would recommend anyone try the lake house if they are looking for someplace new to try. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening at the Lake House. We thought our meals were excellent our, but the menu may not appeal to non-adventurous eaters. The service was very good and the ambiance was lovely. We were there on a cold miserable evening, so the fire was great, however, it would be beautiful on a summer night overlooking the lake."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "After eating at CRMR's outstanding restaurants for several successive nights for our 25th Anniversary, we chose The Lake House for our 26th. CRMR does it again, we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. Our waiter, the chef, and the rest of the staff made our night delectable and memorable. We can't wait to try your brunch. Our waiter was very kindly attentive and showed us the menu to tempt us back. We're tempted!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I had the best fish I have ever had and the desert was fantastic. I really like the view of the lake and found all the staff to be really pleasant Our waitress had too many tables and it was a little difficult getting her attention but she was very sweet. We had a wonderful night and I would recommend this restuaunt to anyone."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a later reservation on Saturday night and our table was ready upon arrival. We started with two Crantini's perfectly made. No appetizers but our main course was Grilled Angus Ribeye and Grilled Bison Tenderloin. Both were cooked to perfection (medium) and much enjoyed. We also ordered a seasonal vegetable, which were not good, although we were told what it was I could not identify the food. We each had a glass of the malbec with dinner which wasn't a good choice for us. It was a very very heavy malbec and not to our liking. We closed with ice cream and sorbet - how can you go wrong. It was a lovely evening with good food (except the veggies), and we look forward to returning."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I were excited to check out the new location for the old Ranche restaurant. The service, ambience and food were very good to excellent. I had the wild boar and I highly recommend it to everyone. My wife had the buffalo but she preferred my meal to hers. We'll go back soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great night on the lake. Our waiter was fantastic. She'd been with the company 10 years and was all round fantastic. Food was perfect and pace of delivery was right on schedule. Only downside was the noise from a private function extending into the main restaurant area. Still, the over all experience was up there with the best. Good job!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My guest & I were @ The Lake House for brunch. It was very busy - service was efficient & timely in spite of the number of people! Eggs Benedict (Lake House version) was delicious. Only concern is that we hoped that "regular" bacon would have been available vs. Bison Bacon. We don't eat wild meat! Our server, Patty, was amazing & prepared one of the best Latte's I've ever had. The ambience is beautiful -- renovaations are A+++++++."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The view was spectacular and the food was good. My scallops were grainy but tasty. However, I could not enjoy them because I knew I would be crunching on a grain of sand. The restaurant was so noisy that I could only speak to the person directly next to me and missed out on conversation with the rest of my party. The service was good, but the server was very busy. The restaurant charged for tap water and called it filtered and didn't inform the customer. - add sound absorbers to the room (drapes, table cloths, or special wall hangings) - be sure the food is done to perfection - do not charge for water - it is not the cost but the principle"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We just spend our 10 wedding anniversary, and we love this place. The location is beautiful! Great food! Service excellent, really friendly. It's our favourite restaurant now!!! Thanks"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is my new favourite restaurant!! Food was amazing... everyone (there were 7 of us) finished everything on their plate. It was a wee bit loud and it was hard to have a conversation within our group... but if you were just 2 or 4 it would be just fine!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great to find an excellent restaurant in Calgary's southwest suburbia. Lively atmosphere with a nice view of the lake. Menu is excellent. We had the bison and caribou, both exceptionally prepared. Came to the table hot and nicely spaced between courses. We'd definitely go back. Can't wait until the patio is open this summer."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The venue is spectacular - beautiful lake view. We know why at lunch there were mostly women there and a few retired couples - it took almost 3 hours for a 3 course lunch. The three of us were visiting so didn't mind the wait between courses but you would need to plan for that amount of time. I gave the food 3 stars - the jerk chicken was fatty, chorizo overwhelmed the mussels in that dish and the trout special was excellent - your food experience would depend on what you ordered. Sounds picky but they need to buy some mussel forks to get at the mussels - their best offer was a salad fork. Another reviewer mentioned hard wooden chairs, but they do have some upholstered ones that I think you could ask to use. I might revisit."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Loved the Ranche location the best (at Fish Creek Park). The dark interior is not as 'warm and cozy' as the old location. Food was still good..just not the ambiance of the Ranche."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "So glad that The Lake House has arrived in Lake Bonavista. Food and service are at the usual high standards exhibited at CRMR establishments. They have done an excellent job at renovating this location to take full advantage of the beautiful lake view. Lovely place to go for a meal. Late night menu on the weekends is a great idea as well. We've already taken advantage of it!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is a location screaming out for a restaurant with staying power and I had hoped that The Lake House would be the one given it's history as The Ranche. The current menu is lacking in selection and needs some tweaking to be more generally appealing - thank goodness there was a quiche as a special for lunch. Yes, there are some quality items on the menu for all offerings during the day, but could still have one or two more. A little pricey but one can justify for the view."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We may be partial because we are excited that this restaurant is in our neighbourhood, however we were taken by surprise by how gorgeous the place is. We noted right off the bat how friendly and prompt the service is. The restaurant is beautiful on the inside. We were seated at a window overlooking the lake and near the fireplace. The server was engaging and knowledgeable, and the menu is interesting and certainly "rocky mountain inspired" like the website touts. Everything we tasted (charcuterie board, boar shoulder, caribou, huckleberry Creme broulee) were delicious. We definitely recommend if you want fine dining, great atmosphere, and fabulous tastes. Overall perfect date night."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal at the Lake House - every dish was spectacular and the service and ambience were top notch as well. We cook and eat out often - and haven't have only had one other experience like that in calgary in the last two years. Great experience all around - give it a try."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wanted to see what the new owners had done here as it was a favorite location of ours some 20 years ago. It was all beyond our expectations, congrats to all and we will return."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Lake House is both a wonderful experience and fantastic place to eat. We like the "open kitchen" design, which allows visitors to say a quick hi or have a peek at what's happening. There's no doubt about it, we miss the previous location of the old Ranche house, but the staff and menu at the Lake House are pleasingly familiar."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. Need more gluten free options. Desserts were excellent."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I felt like I was at the Fairmont in Banff. Great decor, so inviting! Wait staff was amazing."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. We had a table in the middle of the restaurant and we found we had to speak loudly to hear each other. Other than the loudness we enjoyed ourselves very much."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Enjoyable evening at "The Lake House," with three friends on evening of March 27th. The meal was everything we expected of the former Ranche group, with the added bonus of the view of Lake Bonavista. We all had different mains including scallops, bison tenderloin, rib eye, and risotto. The mains were all artfully presented and delicious. Although I did not have dessert, two members of our party enjoyed the crème brulee and pot de crème respectively. The desserts were presented beautifully and I was assured that they were delicious. The appetizers we sampled included the green salad with pears and goat cheese, the beet plate and the mussels - all delicious. Conscientious and unobtrusive service added to a first-rate evening."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My husband and I went to the Lakehouse for a special dinner. The food was unique and exceptional. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented, and the flavours were vibrant and decadent. We enjoyed every bite from appetizer to dessert. The service was perfect, and we were given our choice of table. We really loved the ambience and rustic-chic Canadian decor. We will definately return and have recommended the restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "These guys did a great job in updating this place. The food is great and the wine list is amazing. We will be back soon"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Your restaurant was lovely but your chairs are way too hard to sit on. We had to ask to switch them for the more comfortable chairs that were only located at a few tables. We were only able to do this because it was a Wednesday evening and not to busy. Chair pads would be a great investment ."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We all shared a charcuterie plate, which was delectable. The bison I ordered was cooked to perfection and the small alterations to the menu I asked for were done as requested. Everyone at the table raved about their food, but no one coveted another's plate because any choice was excellent. The blue cheese croquettes though will be my new kryptonite. The ambiance is cozy rustic elegance and the view at sunset on the lake is gorgeous. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to eat out at a quiet romantic restaurant."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We've been going to "The Ranche" since it opened in 1999 and were quite disappointed it was closing. Then we found out the restaurant was just moving to Lake Bonavista and wanted to give it a try. The new location is very nice, although not as special as the historic Bow Valley Ranche House in Fish Creek Prov Park. What is just as good, if not better is the food and the service. Our small group had an exceptional meal with everyone impressed. What also stood out was the service and the friendliness of the staff. Our waitress was particular good, she was very professional, knowledgeable and attentive. All-in-all an outstanding dining experience, this new (old) restaurant just became our new favorite. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was disappointed with the selection on the lunch menu. The main that I ordered was a risotto dish. It was a $17 bowl of rice, with a few artichokes, a few pieces of spinach, and cheese. It may have been a nice side dish with a piece of fish, and complimented with a side salad."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience at The Lake House. Mom and three daughters who are all foodies would go back in a heartbeat. Recommend the wild boar, risotto and mussels."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Took a friend for lunch there and while it wasn't very busy, we waited an hour for our lunch to come out and that was only after I asked someone to check on our food. It's a good thing that we weren't in a hurry. Food was quite good. While I might go back, it would only be if I didn't have anywhere to be in the afternoon."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Still one of the best dining experiences one could wish for!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Highly over priced. Our server the only positive thing about our lunch. Restaurant should block the view of the kitchen--we were treated to a view of a kitchen worker with a substantial ponytail--(not covered) handling food--not appetizing to say the least. Noise level unacceptable. Won't return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was superb. Service was excellent. Will definitely dine here again!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Good, not great meal. My caribou was overdone, but my son's bison was very good, Prices are high."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "How unfortunate it is to have a great dining spot where the food and service is fabulous but you have to practically shout across the table to be heard."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The service and food where not to the level I have come to expect from the CRMR group."
    Dined on 3/15/2014