Villa Maria - Calgary
Villa Maria - Calgary

Villa Maria - Calgary

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.villamariaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 4032285556
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 Am - 2:00 Pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm, Saturday: 5:30 Pm - 10:00 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maria Caria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: you can book the entire restaraunt to yourself.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: mcleod trail
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: over 45 stalls.
A word from Villa Maria - Calgary
Villa Maria is a family owned and operated business.
Great quality fresh food, and ambience. join us for lunch of dinner
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Villa Maria - Calgary reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (8)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (7)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A pleasant surprise
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had driven by Villa Maria many times and finally decided to try it on the weekend. The food and service were great. There were some nice specials and a good selection of items on the regular menu. They serve a complimentary piece of bruscetta to start and that is a very nice touch. There is plenty of parking in the back. We will definitely be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor food and rushed service
    Foodandwine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The proximity of this restaurant to the Saddledome helped us choose this restaurant before a recent concert. The waiter rushed us, and our party felt he was rude at times. The menu choices were very limited. The food ordered was sub par.. Opening a can of Catelli and pouring it over noodles would have competed with what we were presented with. In the future, we will drive a few more blocks, for a more enjoyable restaurant experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    Musically
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I were looking forward to trying a new Italian restaurant. We found the food of poor quality. I sent the cheese appetizer back as it was supposed to be deep fried ...it was cold in the center. They gave the same portion back slight warmer with more sauce. The rest of our dinner didn't match the price we paid.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic night
    Teafortwo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Resteraunt is very nice. Service is outstanding. They offer great suggestions, never rush you. Food was excellant. I would go back again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic and enjoyable atmosphere!
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I enjoy this classic Italian Restaurant with perfect service accompanied by great sense of humor. Maria prepares a delicious meal, nice size portions and the bread was amazing. Nice fresh salad! Love to be able to have a nice conversation without yelling at each other. Beautiful Art work make this dining room classy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely returning
    going2goback
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My daughter and I so enjoyed our evening with Villa Maria. It was our first time there. We had an early dinner before going to the theatre. The food was exceptional and the staff very pleasant, very attentive. It had a familiar atmosphere. They greeted the other guests by name, even the children, so it was apparent they were people who came to the restaurant often. They have a huge parking lot behind the restaurant so you never have to worry about getting a place to park. I will definitely be making a reservation for myself and my husband soon. Lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal - great Italian in yyc
    Ammacdon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was as good, very tasty & some of the best Italian I have had in Calgary. The Bruschetta starter was delicious and fresh. The Shrimp in lemon butter sauce were cooked perfectly and delicious. All pasta dishes were really delicious. My only disappointment was that the calamari in Read Sauce (not the Fritti) was very very chewy. I managed to peal off a membrane on them and was able to eat some but I had expected perfectly cooked calamari at a place like this- not sure if that is something that is supposed to be removed before serving or not? The staff were good and the owner was friendly and welcoming. Would certainly recommend and hope to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly Atmosphere, Great Food
    DHMsopinionVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great, overlooked gem of a restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was tasty, reasonably portioned, and well prepared. The house red was also very nice. I would recommend this place either for family and friends or for a business meal. It was very quiet the night we were there which is a shame given what a gem of a restaurant this is.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Villa Maria Excels!
    Elaine
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    During Stampede Week, we entertained suppliers for a corporate recognition event and were delighted with the excellent food and fabulous service we received at Villa Maria. And talk about "Location, Location, Location"! We were able to just walk over to Stampede Park for the rodeo and had no complications arranging transportation. Molte Grazie, Villa Maria!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Italian experience
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    From the moment we walked in (an office party of 9) we were greeted and treated with the best service! This is a family owned and operated restaurant and Maria really knows how to cook. All nine of us finished our plates clean and we are planning our next lunch back there. The food was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family/Anniversary dinner for 4
    DarkKnight
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    It was a quiet Monday night. Nicer look inside than from the street. Salads were very good. My daughter says that was one of the best Caprese salads she's ever had. My wife had the lobster ravioli and said it was OK. The deep fried calamari were good but needed a sauce or something as alone they were too dry. I wanted the lasagna but there was none left. Had the Cannelloni instead, and it was delicious. We shared a creme brule for dessert but the sugar crust was visibly burnt black and tasted as such...not enjoyable. Should not have served it that way. Service was adequate. Overall a bit pricey for level of food and service.
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  • Wonderful Italian seafood and veal
    Brian
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We took clients to this restaurant twice during Stampede, and were very pleased with our choice. Ordered calamari, mussels and scampi for appetizers, and all were fantastic. The main courses of chicken or veal were also great. Service was excellent - friendly and humorous, as well as efficient. Interior is newly renovated and very classy. Location is excellent for Stampede activities.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 106 reviews are from the Villa Maria - Calgary reviews archive.
  • memorableoutingsVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We have been to Villa Maria on several occasions and always enjoyed the very personal service. Wonderful Italian food. Danny is great fun, ensuring a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Excellence!
    PickyEater
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Villa Maria is a gem. The interior is beautiful, the service is exceptional, and the food is amazing. Our group of 4 was extremely pleased with our dining experience. It wasn't only just a delicious meal but a wonderful evening and experience. We will be back every time we are in Calgary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding.. take your time, enjoy
    Andrew
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Have been several times and Villa Maria never disappoints. The food, service, and ambiance are all fantastic. A hidden gem in the city. Plan a party or event and let them choose the courses...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Charm
    SAS71
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great food delivered quickly through great service. Very quiet during our visit. I think this is one of the top 5 caesar salads I've had anywhere. Nice interior and unsuspectingly nice inside
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    VictorP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    For my starter, I had minestrone. I ordered the featured lunch special, scampi in paprika sauce. Both my soup and the entree were delicious, flavourful, and not overly salty. Service was efficient and attentive without being overbearing. Enjoyed my lunch. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I was very disappointed with this restaurant right from the get go. Having gone early, there had been only one other table at the restaurant, yet it took a staggering 20 minutes to get the food menu and then another 20 minutes for our order to be taken. Furthermore, I thought I would play it safe and order the Spaghetti Carbonara. However, black pepper had been added to the dish before it had left the kitchen and unfortunately the flavor had overwhelmed the entire dish. The overall taste of it was really only mediocre. There are plenty of other places in Calgary that serve better tasting Carbonara at half the price that Villa Maria charges. Pricier menus does not always suggest better quality foods.
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  • Villa Maria
    Niki
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was awesome and the service was always on the ball. I would come here again for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Villa Maria is remarkable
    Tempting
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We are so pleased to see this wonderful Italian restaurant survived last year's flood. Again we had a great meal and evening and can't wait to return again soon. The food was very good and the staff and owner actually take the time to speak with you, not just take your order and run off like so many restaurant's these days. It was better than we had anticipated and a terrific end to a very busy and hectic week. They just treat you so well and so special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, again!
    Wukies
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It was a slow, snowy night when we are there. The scampies were excellent. There meat sauce is very tasty and the tiramisu has great flavour. Danny and his wife make excellent hosts and cooks. Always a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    No request too small or difficult for the staff - brought out a whipped cream spray can for my coffee upon request, heated up last portion of dinner that became cold. The list goes on. Attentive but not intruding. I'll be back :-)
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We love the food at Villa Maria. The appetizers are great, the pasta is fresh and delicious. My husband thinks the chicken parmigiana is one of the best in the city. We also love the friendly service. The owner, Danny, makes us feel right at home every time we go in, and he makes sure that we are well taken care of. One of our favourite restaurants in Calgary.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight! Food, service
    NewresidentVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Always a delight! Food, service and atmosphere are all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take a bow Villa Maria
    Grampy
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent service, excellent food and the wine was pretty good as well. Return trips will be planned.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice evening out
    Italy68
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Service and restaurant atmosphere was excellent!! One thing I found dissapointing was the portion size. The menu on line on open table does not include prices. The lobster ravioli entree serves 5 ravioli on your plate, one ravioli costs $5. Definitely not the portions nonna serves. They offered fresh black pepper but NOT cheese for on top of my pasta. Food taste was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were very pleased with our visit to Villa Maria. A very nice dining experience. Service was very good and we will go back for sure. Happy to support a small local restaurant impacted by the floods. It was evident by the interaction between some customers and waiters, that many people are regulars at this restaurant. Always a good sign.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really none of the above categories
    rammerVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Really none of the above categories fit. The food was excellent as was the service but the decor and ambience are dated and lack interest.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Villa Maria - back from the flood.
    MacktheKnife
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We made a last minute decision to take a group of 5 adults and 3 kids out for dinner last Saturday night and while Villa Maria was not our first choice, it turned out to be a good one. The wait staff were funny, incredibly energetic and really good with the kids however forgot a couple of drink orders. They were able to accommodate a big group without making it feel like an imposition or with cramped quarters. Considering they just recently reopened after last June's flood, they did a terrific job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Flames Dining
    Merr
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Was surprised to be handed a very limited Flames menu - as this is how the restaurant ensures all diners make the puck drop. The list was a bit too limited - one soup, 2 salads, 2 or 3 appetizers (had the shrimp which was delicious - sausage was one of the choices), 3 pastas (gnocchi, ravioli and cannelloni) and 3 mains (chicken, salmon, veal with seafood). My companion had the lobster ravioli - four on a plate with nothing else - and I have the cannelloni - 2 mushy tubes on a plate with nothing else. Both were fine but not very exciting. Service was slow. Would go back to try the main menu on a non-game night as the ambiance was very nice and the food we had was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers
    Jabber
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Enjoyed our evening, friendly staff, good food and ambiance, just found that it was a bit pricey. Everything was a la carte, e.g. salad and/or soup not included in price of main course. Bottle of Wine was delicious but expensive. Intend on dining there again in future. I would recommend to friends to dine here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved this great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    We loved this great Italian restaurant before the flood, and we are so happy that they are back up and running. Same great food, same great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We decided to celebrate Father's Day, the day before this year, which was a Sat. When we arrived at 6pm & there were no other customers. So we had the place to ourselves, we we wondering if this gem of a place had a very big clientelle, however, by the time we left there were plenty. Wine selection was a little on the sparse side, however, we had the house red & it was very good & went well with the dinner. Thank-you Open Table. I never would have found & tried it, unless I had been a part of your email list/web site. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and excellent service.
    Jasmine
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Great food and excellent service. I went for lunch with a business associate and I will be coming back for dinner with my husband. The lunch time pricing was very reasonable and everything was homemade and delicious. The owner was there and stopped to joke around with us and was very attentive. I would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Worth going
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Great service and excellent food, worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ffantastic food, service, ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    This was my first time at this restaurant and I will definitely go back. The service was very attentive, the server was knowledgeable and accommodated my special request. The food was delicious! Lovely interior decor. Also appreciate that there is free parking! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been to Villa Maria
    Wukies
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We've been to Villa Maria several times now and have never been disappointed. Danny and his wife and son make a great team in the kitchen and at the tables. This will definitely be a regular spot for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our server was extremely attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Our server was extremely attentive. I enjoyed the appetizer, the main and the wine. All in all a delightful experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Having not been there before,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Having not been there before, we chose the spot as a central location - meeting friends from the north while we are in the south. We all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. What I especially enjoyed was the relaxed pace - not being served so quickly that you feel they are rushing. We each had a different dish and each one was delicious. We all asked each other, "Would you order that again?" and everyone said yes. The only other comment I can make is I wish there more vegetables - a stalk of broccoli, some carrot and a tiny potato was the offering. Cut the carrots and add more broccoli please! We'll be going again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but the portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Great food but the portion of vegetable or pasta on the entree dish is small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet