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About Blink Restaurant

Through a unique blend of texture and colour, Executive Chef Bryan Michaels combines slow food cooking techniques with local flavours, allowing each delicious menu selection to evolve with the changing seasons. Traditional and modernized cooking techniques combine with a wide range of carefully selected grape varietals and vintages to offer an unmatched European fine-dining restaurant experience sure to impress even the most sophisticated palate.

We are proud recipients Where Magazines Restaurant of The Year as well as Avenue Magazines 4th Best Restaurant, and Best Dessert in 2014.

As we endeavor to use only local and fresh ingredients, we do not allow any outside food in the restaurant. Should you require anything above and beyond what is on our menu, including cakes, please feel free to contact us directly.

Corkage Policy: Our corkage fee is $25 and we allow 1 bottle per group

111 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1B4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest, Organic, French

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday: 11am - 11pm
Saturday: 5pm- 11pm

Cross Street:
Centre st. & 8 Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 263-5330

Website:
http://www.blinkcalgary.com/

Catering:
Blink caters private functions in and outside of the restaurant. Please call for further details.

Parking Details:
Parking can be found underneath Le Germain Hotel and the Palliser Parkade which are both located on 9th Avenue and within close walking distance. Parking is also available on Stephen Avenue after 6:00pm.

Public Transit:
We are less than one block from major C-Trains routes and central to all City Centre Bus Stops.

Executive Chef:
Bryan Michaels

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thank you for choosing Blink Restaurant & Bar.

Blink Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Romantic (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
People Watching (5)
Casual (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Food was fantastic and the service was great. Went there on a company lunch for the holidays. Had the short rib (along with several others), simply delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Organic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

The new Ahi tuna plate was A major improvement from previous offer. Chunky instead of slices. The arctic char was fresh as usual. Nice accompaniments.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful lamb, the best I have had out in a restaurant ever!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food and service was excellent! The wine suggestions and overall experience was everything we were hoping for
I would highly recommend Blink!
M

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

A friend and I came for lunch. The menu was good and our server was terrific. The food was very tasty - well prepared and served. Would recommend this spot to others.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a reservation for 6.30pm on a Saturday, we arrived at 6.25 and were told they were no tables, we were to wait at the bar until someone left. Ended up waiting for almost a full hour to be seated.
Full was ok, nothing spectacular and certainly was not worth an hour of my time. Didn’t even get a free desert or snack for the trouble.
I’d be hard pressed to go back.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My daughters and I attended a live performance downtown on Saturday and then met up with my husband for dinner afterwards. As usual it was great. We often go there before a downtown performance as Blink staff are efficient at ensuring that you are out in time to get to whatever venue you are going to. Provided you leave yourself at least an hour and a half you can enjoy a nice leisurely pre-performance dinner. The food is always delicious and nicely plated and the service very excellent. I would recommend Blink restaurant for any occasion either for a light meal or a hearty one. There is enough variety in the menu to suit most people I'd say and we will be definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lots of old people
Food was good
Small portions
Delicious but overprices

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was amazing and service was really good! We had a great time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was incredible, as always! The halibut was cooked to perfection and the pork jowl was luxurious and tender. We also ordered the braised lamb which was full of tasty surprises!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 23, 2017

2nd time in 7 days. Just as good.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful and unique menu. Loved it! Our server was fantastic and also helped us pick out some great wines to try.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good food, small portions and over priced. Better for lunch than dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service was terrible. We arrived at 5:30 in the middle of the week and we sat in what was a nearly empty restaurant for 10 minutes before our waiter said hello. I had wine by the glass, and my glass was empty for almost the entire meal. Once we were finished eating, our plates sat on the table for a good 10 minutes and only when they came to clear them did they ask if we wanted more to drink. We asked for a dessert list instead. That took a good 5 minutes to arrive. We choose a dessert, but with the restaurant being busy now, our waiter did not come around to ask what we wanted for a very long time. Finally, when we were able to get his attention, we told him we wanted the bill instead and he seemed surprised. I am glad I had cash to pay as I can’t imagine how long it would have taken him to come with a machine (we had been there for 1.5 hours already). One star for "Service" is far too high...we will not go back

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food and service - atmosphere provided a great venue for a business meeting

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a lovely evening at Blink. The server was lovely and knowledgeable about the wine list. The food was perfection. Looking forward to going back again sometime soon

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Food was absolutely amazing, it was very well prepared and cooked to perfection. The wine list is extensive and they offer very good parings of you can't decided for your self. The lighting is perfect for the mood, the desert was exquisite

The service was kind of slow at times and we were left waiting for sometimes but that being said we will be coming back for more the food was too good not to try again

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I took my girlfriend to blink for a date and found the building to be unique and the food was fantastic but the one thing I didn’t like was how loud it was inside for it being a smaller place. It was hard to have a quiet conversation without raising my voice, this is also a catch because the tables are pretty close together so a private conversation is hard.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food at Blink was excellent. However, our service was abysmal. Having served myself, I try to be understanding of the people who serve me. Our server seemed to just completely write us off, as we were perhaps, in her opinion, "too young" to be in such a fancy restaurant. She served us as if she expected us to be cheap and leave a poor tip, from the very beginning. We were there for over 2 hours. Tables in her section which were seated after us received service promptly, before we did. Not sure I would go back and have mentioned the poor service to friends and family.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Enjoyed our lunch at Blink. The menu is very good. Could have a few lighter options for lunch. The service was good and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Overpriced

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was a culinary adventure with fantastic and interesting dishes. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. We had made the reservation months in advance because we were a large party and we had requested a quieter table. They greeted us with confirmation and at the hostess desk personally and told us they have given us a private dining room to help with the noise. What a lovely accommodation. Every dish was beautifully prepared and presented. Our server helped us select the right wine and provided some tasting glasses to help us decide. An amazing experience and the perfect way to end our Canadian Rocky vacation adventure in Calgary ! Blink was memorable and not to be missed!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Appetizer was spoiled. Picked up by waitress with zero empathy or asking if it can be replaced. Parts of a dish missing, waitress shrugged shoulders and walked off. Mains took two hours to reach our table and were just so so. Disappointing all around from a proclaimed high end restaurant.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and service, extensive wine list.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Highly recommend - fabulous food, great service, extensive wine list. Nice ambience. All of us loved our entrees and deserts. We didn't try appetizers but I doubt we would have been disappointed. Definitely one of our best meals - very memorable.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Impeccable service and great wine list. Food portions were very small for the price, but not too bad. Not worth the $200 price tag for dinner for 2.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service was great at Blink. We were catered to very promptly upon our arrival. Greeting from our waitress was very quick and the ordering process was informative and not rushed. Our plates arrived very quickly. My gf had ordered the duck which was delivered at a later time, but it was no problem as we were forewarned.

Overall, the food was very good along with the service. The only thing I would mention that may seem negative is the price. The fact this was a special occasion, it didn't bother me. But, be warned, the pricing is substantially high.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were there this past Friday for my friend's 50th birthday and had a wonderful time. Ken was our server and he was fantastic! The food, ambiance and service was spectacular!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food and a great selection of wines. The service was great, we order appetizers and a main and it came in with a good flow. The beef carpaccio is to die for.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Mercedes is amazing - brilliant with her clients and always takes excellent care of us! We had a new waiter and he was lovely too. This is my fave restaurant in YYC! :)

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Enjoyable lunch with a nice atmosphere. Would come back. Had duck leg as main and it was perfectly cooked. Everyone had their plates polished at the end so I take that as a positive endorsement. The only word of caution is that the chocolate nugget on the tray holding down your bill is not chocolate, it's a stone. Do not put it in your mouth. Do not chew on it. Do not swallow it. Forewarned.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

It was clean and food was good, it seemed a little stuffy as far as environment goes.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Best Restaurant in Calgary, and has been for years. Trust the reviews, trust your friends, Blink is delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had a lovely lunch with great food and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

I actually called the restaurant the day after our dinner at Blink, it was so memorable that I felt the need to call to let the staff know that the dining experience was exceptional. Every bite of food has its own unique flavor and I have never been disappointed eating at this establishment. Blink is my favorite restaurant in Calgary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We loved coming here to eat! The food was amazing, plated beautifully. But the portions were a little small for the price. We had two baskets of bread before we shared an appetizer and then had separate entrees, but we were still hungry afterwards. My boyfriend wanted to go get pizza since he was still hungry. If the portions were a little bigger, I think we would have been okay with spending the amount we did.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Lighting is not great if you are seated facing the window. The restaurant is dark, and it is difficult to see your dinner companion if there is even modest sunlight outside.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Blink has a nice ambiance in a great location in downtown Calgary. The food was mostly nicely plated. The pickle plate was lackluster. Very few and not plated nicely. Charcuterie was plated nicely but for $32 could definitely come with some extras. Zucchini blossoms were very good. Main beef dish was delicious, plated very nicely but the portion was small. Halibut dish was plated ok, the taste was good. Cocktails were ok. Staff was mostly very nice. Would maybe come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The server was fantastic but everything else was blah.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Weak. But it seems to be hard to find good service in Calgary.

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