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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The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)romantic (17)good for groups (12)notable wine list (12)great for brunch (11)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (7)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service. WOW
    Jessamae87
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 224 reviews are from the The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    spartacat
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Buffet, Terrible Dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The buffet on Monday night with the prime rib was so delicious! The selection was large and everything was very fresh despite being served in a buffet style. I was very satifised with the dinner. However, when it came to the dessert I was disappointed by Death by Chocolate. I tried almost all the desserts but ended up only taking a bite out of everything. The only dessert that was acceptable was the chocolate fondue. The mint cheesecake, mousse cake, chocolate cake, tarts, cake bites and others were either too sweet, didnt have the right texture or tasted not right at all. Overall, the desserts were not a delight and spoiled the rest of the evening despite the dinner being very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fantastic
    Frank
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    From the ambience to the food and Anthony our server everything was impeccable. First class evening. Very romantic spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for a Sunday Brunch
    i8here
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We went for a Sunday Brunch and the food was amazing! Great for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a special brunch
    Ladybugcec
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This would be the best venue to have a special brunch, especially one to celebrate a friend's birthday or some other "girly" occasion like a post-stagette or wedding shower type celebration - they bring you non-stop mimosas that are very delicious and it is not extra. Amazing. I would love to have a girl's only brunch here, would be a lovely time. The food is lovely. It is a bit expensive for a brunch, but remember you get mimosas at no charge, so that in and of itself is worth the price to me. I did find that the service to get a coffee a bit slow, but then maybe they didn't realize we wanted coffee and mimosas; the food is lovely. This is a very elegant brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    Classic
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The Rimrock is a gem, warm, spacious not crammed in, service was top notch, quiet, food absolutely perfect. They know what they're doing at the Rimrock sit back relax and enjoy the service. They even brought us a little extra appetizer to start, save room for dessert. It was my sisters birthday and they gave her a piece of chocolate cake to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    Rwalker130VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The food was fantastic, service was attentive but understated and the ambiance was great. Quiet place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feedback
    marie
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    excellent. gret food, service n place. just a bit pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey - but excellent!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A special evening required a special restaurant and we definitely got it at the Rimrock Dining Room. My beef tenderloin was excellent - tender and not overdone (I like it rare). Although the veal was good, my partner felt it was mostly bone and not enough meat. We were not rushed (we spent three hours there) and our waitress was charming and efficient. It was very pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Death by Chocolate
    Luluf
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Hadn't been there for quite a few years for the Death by Chocolate. Quite disappointed with the selection. Went back for fruit for the chocolate fountain, and there were no strawberries left. A bit disappointed as it is an expensive treat......$30.00 just for desert.......$5.00 just for tea. Service was very poor. Irregardless, we enjoyed our night out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was quite busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The restaurant was quite busy and our server Anthony was still very pleasant treating us to complimentary glasses of wine when things got a little backed up. I loved my evening out and didn't mind waiting slightly longer for service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Death by Chocolate
    cosita
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    My friend and I celebrated her birthday at the restaurant. We didn't have the dinner, only the dessert buffet. It was very good, lots of choices. I can't say that every dessert was superb, but some really were. I think it's a matter of taste. The ambiance was lovely, service was impeccable. Classical music was playing as a back ground music, there is lots of space between the tables, so you can have a sense of privacy at your table. I would absolutely recommend it for a special celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet