The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary
The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary

The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/palliser/GuestServices/Restaurants/TheRimrock.htm
  • Phone: 4032601219
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily 6:30am - 11:30am Brunch: Sundays 11:00am - 2:00pm Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Daily 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Paul Peddle
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st ST SW
  • Public Transit: Access via Calgary Transit.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Located in the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, we offer valet parking or you may park your own vehicle if you please.
A word from The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary
AUTHENTICALLY LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE CUISINE.

Our Rimrock Restaurant serves 28-day dry aged steaks that rival the world’s best steak houses. All of our organic and naturally raised bison and beef are from local Alberta ranches, offer unparalleled tenderness and hand crafted, cut to order quality. We are also proud of our partnership with the Ocean Wise program and in offering our guests the freshest seafood that is not only expertly prepared but also sustainable and accountable to our ocean’s species and marine ecosystem.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)romantic (18)great for brunch (18)good for groups (16)notable wine list (12)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (8)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We chose your restaurant to celebrate 2 birthdays. My husband is hearing impaired and I was impressed with the low level of background noise. He was able to hear and participate in our conversation. We were also celebrating our 52 wedding anniversary and have decided we are going to try and come for Sunday brunch once a month as it was so pleasant to be able to have a conversation that my husband could participate in and enjoy the great ambiance at the same time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Have been to the Palliser on many occasions in the past, never fails to "pass the test" excellent food, wonderful ambiance at this historic downtown building.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice night out
    Crispy301
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a great time, food and dessert were great. Used the valet parking which was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Pook33
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We attended this restaurant to celebrate a birthday. The service was incredibly slow, our entrees took almost half an hour to get to the table after the appetizer even though the restaurant was not even half full. Food was mediocre - both steak and salmon were slightly overcooked with hardly any vegetables/side dishes to accompany the main item. The waiter brought a small slice of cake with a sparkler for the birthday person and then left us waiting 10 minutes before the rest of us were offered the opportunity to order desert. The "large portion" apple crisp was in a tiny ramekin. Overall not a good experience, especially for the price. We won't return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointed
    CMills
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The buffet selection was not on it's A game that day. It was 9:30am, the fruit was dwindling, there was no yogurt and the cheese and meat where picked over. So I decided to spend the extra $7 for a full buffet and have the standing chef make my son pancakes. The Chef finished making up two omelettes for the guests in front of us. When my son asked for a pancake the Chef was very curt and said "I have no time for that." Then he looked to the people behind us in line and said "Yes, what would you like?" I was put off and just grabbed some oatmeal and cottage cheese for $23. 15 mins later when we left the Chef was still making food for other guests. Julie our server was amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • don't order the rib eye
    Tastelessbeef
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The bread, potatoes, brocolinni and creme brule were amazing. The rib eye was cooked as ordered but it was tasteless. Costco has better tasting meats. The steak was small for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nil nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    good2know
    Dined on 10/16/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Level Restaurant
    BigKahuna
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Rimrock was busy with two wedding parties on the schedule but the food and the service were excellent through the night. The waiters are so caring about their customers, they remembered us from our previous visit several months prior. Same goes for the waiters in the Oak Room lounge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful ambiance & food
    SuperbVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The ambiance of this dining room is very old-world, serene and beautiful with huge fireplace, mural and leather embossed columns. And the food matches it. Although our waiter was very personable, something happened in the kitchen with one of our party's order. It was placed incorrectly and then took about 45 mins for the preparation of the correct order with no communication about why this was taking so long, until finally we captured his attention and asked. We were through eating by the time hers arrived. Thank goodness we were not in a hurry. All the dishes we ordered was delicious - from meat to fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TastyBusiness
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the additional menu items geared towards those with dietary restrictions including: vegetarians/vegans, gluten-free, heart smart, and those on macrobiotic diets. I applaud them for taking this step which many other restaurants in the city haven't. Bravo! On this particular evening, I was celebrating with a dear friend and while the service was excellent, the food was not up to its usual standard. I had the asparagus soup to start and it was tasty but luke warm. My friend had the tenderloin as her main and she loved it, but the vegetables were tough. My dish, the vegetable napoleon was warm-ish but the polenta was sandy. There was no problem getting them to make a new one, which was quite delicious. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodzies
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the second time I have gone to the Fairmont Palliser for their Sunday brunch and it was just as great an experience as the first time. Not only are the staff attentive but they don't hover, nor do they interrupt at in opportune times. The food is top notch, and the selection is varied so that each meal is a different experience. And I just love the location - for the decor and also because of the ambiance of the place. For those special occasions, I'd highly recommend coming here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant as usual w/pleasant service
    Arthur1932
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is one of our "go to"places in Calgary.Staff are gracious , food is excellent , the ambience is as good as it gets
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Restaurant
    thebear101
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Rimrock is an awesome restaurant. Food and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant Dining
    BigKahuna
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We love to dine at this fine establishment. The servers are excellent and have been there for years. The food is always top quality. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Sunday Brunch
    Cgygirl34
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I booked the Palliser for my dad's bday and wanted to do the Sunday brunch. It was plastered all over the website that is what they do on Sundays from 11:30am to 1:30pm. When we arrived at 11:30am we were told they weren't doing brunch and the breakfast buffet would be over at noon. So we were rushed to eat and all there was left at that point was scraps. I was very disappointed for a $30 breakfast buffet and lack of items. Should have booked elsewhere for brunch. The quality of service and ambience is always high at the Palliser. I was disappointed that they still advertise a brunch when they know it isn't being served. I don't blame them for not having brunch as the restaurant was dead but the Fairmont Palliser website was misleading.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Elegance
    BigKahuna
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It's always a pleasure to dine at this fine establishment. The food is always delicious and the service staff professional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsCalgary
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The resturant was very quite during the lunch hour, we were the only ones, l expected it to be a lot busier during the stampede week. The business lunch was great, a lot of food for the price, my friend had the salmon, which she said was very good. l had the steak, it was okay, l have had better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good
    degranaVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The waiter did get my order wrong (I never said anything as I was too hungry). The food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love it!
    JLOu
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I love it here! I love the service and the good! I'm definitely coming back! Calamari was super amazing too!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening
    rosechick
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was our choice for 45th wedding anniversary dinner. It didn't disappoint. Excellent regional menu and an amazing "alternative" menu: gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, raw...we found such an alternative menu available at all of four Fairmont hotel restaurants we visited in Canada. When we declined a complimentary dessert to honor our special occasion, the server brought us a box of Fairmont tea to take along with us. Very nice gesture.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary reviews archive.
  • Overpriced buffet
    atHungryCaro
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I work at a bakery that bakes from scratch every single day so I may have a higher standard for desserts. However, when you're paying $30 per person for desserts, anyone would expect something from scratch and unique, I would think. It was a disappointment to say the least when I got to the buffet. Most of the desserts were left overs and not made in house (usually squares such as brownies and cakes are baked from an outside source where all hotels tend to get their desserts from). You can tell which were made in house by the type of dish the dessert is set in. If it's a dish that can be thrown away, it was not made in house. I would not recommend going to this buffet if you are a foodie wanting to explore new and fascinating desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service. WOW
    Jessamae87VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I was blown away by this restaurant. We had Jack as our server and he provided one of the most spectacular service I've ever experienced. He was very helpful, very attentive to all of our needs. The food was excellent. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for succulent food and outstanding customer service. Can't wait to try their Death by Chocolate buffet on Mondays :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calgary's Best Brunch
    ORBEA
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The Palliser has always been my favorite hotel in the city...no other Sunday Brunch in town comes close to being as good. It may be a touch on the expensive side but these days you get what you pay for....at the Palliser, it's always amazing food and first class service...as a family, over the years, we have celebrated dozens of special occasions at the Palliser I highly recommend the Palliser for brunch or any other function.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World of Charm
    BistroJ
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was a special occasion made even more so buy the staff. This is a hidden gem. The menu is small and not up to foodie standards but this isn't a modern restaurant. The staff is professional with knowledge and charm. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere Good but Not So for Food
    vancouverfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Five of us and a baby had brunch at the Rimrock which many had said it was the best buffet brunch in town. The spread looked impressive as it took up a big space outside the restaurant. But the food quality was not good and selection was limited. The scallops were small and overcooked, the prime rib was mushy and does not have the fresh meat texture. They also ran out of seafood sauce. It was nice to have all you can drink mimosa, but the service was slow. The chairs were soggy so they were not good for bad backs! They did bring out a little slice of cake with a sparkler for my mom's birthday though!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, but food is just ok
    SomewhatOK
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    For the price of the buffet ($49/pr), I would expect that there be more food variety. The dessert is good but not great. Comparing it to other not so pricey buffet places, I can get more bang for my buck. Nice ambiance but I don't think I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    meleds
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was wonderful. Our waiter even gave us free dessert! The food was good. I had the half Cornish hen with barley risotto, and I would say it was good not great the risotto was dry. My husband had the steak, which was really good. But for the price I would skip it
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Death by Chocolate buffet
    Ifyouknew
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Perfect special-occasion treat for someone with a sweet tooth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I had a good time. Although, I ate too much of my meal too fully enjoy the death by chocolate afterwards.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food and good service
    Ckhappydays
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    we had a wonderful dinner. we love the food and the dessert. the server was very nice and every staff you saw in the restaurant was wearing a friendly smile. will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing but okay
    VeteranDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had bought a coupon with Travelzoo and were expecting a really great evening. However, I found it kind of disappointing - the server was subpar (which I was so surprised about since I am a real Fairmont fan!!) and they placed us at a table right outside the kitchen door. It's such a great room with lots of spots - not sure why they did that. The food was good - nice and hot, cooked well. But really uninspiring - salmon with a hunk of guacamole on top, mashed potato and a couple veg. Overall, just a bit not what I was expecting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy, great food, great service
    spartacatVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    From the moment you walk into this high class dining room, you are treated like a royal. We went with a TravelZoo deal, and our waiter Simon was fantastic. We both had the clam chowder to start - which was savoured down to the last spoon full. Then the main course of the salmon and beef tenderloin. DELICIOUS!!! Creme Brulee and coffee for dessert rounded off the evening with a full 5 star rating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They should stop trying to do this
    Yycfoodie
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Sadly, Death by Chocolate needs to be put down. The dinner portion of the buffet was minimal in choices, and only moderate in quality. The cold marinated shrimp were very good, but the hot food was dried out, not very frequently re-filled, and the carving station was mostly un-attended, so you had to serve yourself if you wanted roast beef! The dessert selection was varied enough, but that hardly justifies the price. We won't be back.
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  • Wonderful Evening in Historic Hotel
    Smitty57
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Well, at 100 years old, the old girl still has it. The Palliser lobby is jaw dropping gorgeous. Beautiful furniture groupings, soft music, high ceilings, lobby bar...Fantastic. We had 2 Travelzoo vouchers ($158 for 4 prix fix dinners). The Rimrock room is equally beautiful to look at and we managed to reserve a fireplace table. Simon our service was funny and helpful. The food was delicious. We had the 100-year-old recipe clam chowder and Caesar salad. Mains were hanger steak and salmon. Desserts crème brulee and chocolate cake. All nicely cooked and presented. Hubs got a birthday surprise when Simon brought him a dessert with sparkler. Nice touch. Bill still came to $68 + tip even with the voucher. Total $261.A tad pricey for what we got.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    Micmed
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We used a travelzoo coupon. I had the kale salad which was baby kale leaves, orange pieces and radish slices around the edge and dressing lightly drizzled. Dinner was salmon cooked perfectly but with no seasoning. Parmesan potatoes, two slices of boiled carrots, a tbsp of corn and a tablespoon of guacamole. An odd combination. Dessert was a chocolate mousse with passion fruit compote inside, which was tasty. The best part if the meal was the wine pairings fir only $30. They were generous sized glasses of nice wines. Overall, I found the food to be fair but it lacked creativity. Calgary restaurants have raised the bar so there is no room for mediocrity. I won't return as there are so many choices in the city for good, fresh, fun food.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time visitor :)
    2delicious
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I had won a gift certificate for the Death by Chocolate Buffet so my Boyfriend and I went with another couple. We decided to do the full buffet and were not disappointed. The food was amazing and the chocolate buffet to following was delicious. I have never eaten so much quality food for a acceptable price. Our waiter was very nice and helpful with everything. Although, he did only ask one girl at our table for her I.D and no one else's. I found this a little non-professional and a bit rude to only ask for one. As we were all around the same age and she was the oldest. I found it odd to check one ID and not everyone's. Overall, the experience was wonderful and I would recommend it to other people for sure! I will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall Experience!
    catsarekool
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Went to the Rimrock Dinning Room for a Birthday Celebration; had brunch on Sunday and loved it! Great food, outstanding service; would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day 2014
    SmtccccVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We have been to the FM several times for dinner brunch etc. It has never been approaching a poor or even just average review. This Mother's Day Brunch was terrible (other than the dessert). The service and food was so substandard that I cannot make myself rebook again It was $500 for the lot of us and thankfully the tip option was not included. The once spectacular Brunch has regressed unfortunately
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  • Retirement lunch
    Cameron
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Went for a retirement lunch for a favourite coworker. Most places downtown can't accommodate large groups. Found this gem. Not only was it good for a group, it was quiet and intimate - we could all hear each other across the table with a party of 13, service was impeccable, food was fantastic, and it was reasonably priced. Made it an experience for my coworker that we could all sit and really have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch place
    LambchopspecialVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This restaurant is a gem for those times when you want to go out for lunch and actually have a conversation with your table mates, the food and service are good. Between the three of us we tried pasta, sandwiches and a salad. All meals were good, fries very tasty and we would all return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.