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

The Rimrock - Fairmont Palliser Calgary Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/palliser/GuestServices/Restaurants/TheRimrock.htm
  • Phone: (403) 260-1219
  • 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

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Perfect special-occasion treat for someone with a sweet tooth."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "From the ambience to the food and Anthony our server everything was impeccable. First class evening. Very romantic spot."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We went for a Sunday Brunch and the food was amazing! Great for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, service was attentive but understated and the ambiance was great. Quiet place for a business lunch."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We go out to quite every weekend. This it was a special occasion. We really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend Rimrock."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "excellent. gret food, service n place. just a bit pricy."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My family loved the ambience and the food at The Rimrock. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "thanks to the staff at the Palliser for Death by Chocolate -- the food was delectable, the decor exquisite, the staff friendly and welcoming. It certainly was a special evening."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Disappointing...we love the Oak Room at the Palliser and thought we would try dinner at the Rimrock. Service was ok...friendly and professional but lacking in attention, especially considering it wasn't that busy. Example: we ended up having to fill our own wine glasses. Which isn't a big deal, but I expected more for this caliber of restaurant. The amuse-bouche was a nice touch. When our food arrived, you could tell the mash potatoes had been sitting for a while..they weren't hot (only warm) and developed a crust on them. Again, not horrible but for the price of a tenderloin I would recommend Ruth Chris or Charcut over the Rimrock."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We went for the chocolate buffet for my 15 year old daughter's birthday. We heard about the chocolate buffet a couple of years ago and waited until a family birthday came on a Monday. My daughter and her friend tried one of everything on the chocolate buffet. The rest of us enjoyed the whole buffet. It would have been interesting to see what other foods besides dessert could be made with chocolate to make it a more full experience."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "It was a fun night out. But the quality of the food was not there. We made it fun but I've had way better dessert elsewhere. Not worth the $30 for the chocolate buffet"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant a number of times over the years for family celebrations. This will probably be our last. The room is very impressive, service was very good, but the food was average and not good value for what you pay. I'm willing to pay an inflated price for wine and food if the food is excellent. However it wasn't."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I booked the Rimrock to bring business guests from the US and other parts of Canada in the midst of a negotiation. I thought the Rimrock would have been the correct venue to show the people from out of Calgary a great restaurant in one of the original railroad hotels. Instead, the menu was poor and the service even worse. The location of my group was situated so the waiter had no access to some of the people at our table. Overall, a poor experience and one I won't make again."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "You can't beat the atmosphere of Calgary's oldest hotel with a gourmet's Sunday Brunch. It is a special place for special times."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "As always, we received outstanding service. This dining room is very willing to indulge children which was greatly appreciated as we had a 5 and a 6 year old with us. They brought crayons and coloring paper immediately and they served the children quickly. I love the wonderful old room and the fireplace. The food was outstanding as usual."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We choose the Rimrock at the Palliser for a visit with an old friend knowing full well that we would be paying a premium but we Ok with that as we remembered the exceptional service and fine food from the past. We were disappoined with both. Although not unpleasant the service was not up to par and the food left much to be desired considering the hefty price tag. Another time we choose another venue."
    Dined on 1/4/2014