Centini Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
148 reviews
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Italian
This was one of the city's hottest tables when it opened in 2002 and its take on fine dining and service have only improved with age. Consistently well-executed food and relaxed, professional service rule in this contemporary dining room, which is filled with an eclectic collection of Canadian art. Daily fish deliveries, hand made fresh pasta, an in-house bakery and attention to the nuances of authentic Mediterranean cuisine abound on the large menu. The sleek dining room is complemented by additional rooms that can be closed off, a feature that makes Centini a favorite haunt of the city's corporate players seeking privacy. A stellar meal deserves a stellar wine, and Centini's collection of labels is a match for any dish here.
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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciated that we were asked if we were going to the theatre, they expedited our service we made it to the show in plenty of time and the food was excellent.

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W
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their meal and raved about it long after the table was cleared. We sat in the beautiful back room which only had 4 tables, so it was quiet and made it easy for the server to give us exemplary service. I found a gem on the wine list, the 2010 Domodimonti Petit Verdot at a decent price. I will go back!

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DC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Shortrib pasta dish was pretty small for cost and contained too much butter, if that’s possible haha. The cheesecake portion was too small as well. Overall good food, great service and stellar ambiance.

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GB
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had been here before when we had a great experience so it was with anticipation that we approached Valentine’s Day. As our past experience, the food was excellent. What marred the evening was the service or lack thereof. Front house was quick and efficient but our waiter (Michael) was slow, forgetful at all steps of the way. Two illustrations are a long wait for wine delivery only to be told our selection was unavailable and given a substitute (without being offered a choice) ; or waiting for a desert menu,walking by our table numerous times without the menu and we giving up and asking for the bill. Maybe we were foolish to be there on a busy night but our previous experience had been similarly busy yet the waiters had been excellent eg. We never had to pour our wine while with Michael we did

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C
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Some dishes a bit salty but tasty.

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H
Calgary
264 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Best chop in town. Professional service.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about this restaurant, from the ambiance when you walk in and are greeted, to the impeccable flavours of our 3 course meal we had. I will be returning when I'm back in Calgary!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High class Italian food that is made with care and craft. The meals here are always delicious, and the service is excellent. The meals are pricey but with it!

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f
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch. It was lovely!

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our theatre date has been extended to include dinner at Centini. Dining here makes the whole evening something special.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I rated things we actually didn't experience... we had a reservation for January 2nd, booked trough Open Table to find when we arrived that the restaurant was closed! We didn't even receive any courtesy call. That's atrocious service and speaks loud in how they care for their customers.

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KA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Made reservations with family before we went to Theatre Calgary, fantastic food. Between the 4 of us we had 3 different plates and was able to taste all, Delicious. Our waiter ask if we were there before the Theatre and ensured we were done with plenty of time.

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MM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a year end lunch with a customer and was very excited to try Centini's. It did not disappoint. Food was amazing and will certainly make it a first choice when in the area. Only thing that knocked it down one star is our table felt like it was crammed into a spot that a smaller table should have gone. we were in very tight quarters and the servers rubbed against the table every time they passed us.

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EC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great and food was good. Centini continues to be great throughout the years

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C
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in the city in my opinion. Never had a bad meal here. Rack of lamb was cooked perfectly.

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TK
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

An embarrassing business dinner with clients.

We were seated in a front room in which the heat was not working properly. It was uncomfortable and should not have been used.
My guests ordered but were told not once but twice that the item was not available after they ordered. Very awkward.

Typically Centini is a very good restaurant but this was a big disappointment.

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TH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Except for the Caprese Salad, which had tasteless tomatoes, the rest of the meal was excellent. As for the service, we were seated at a table which was not properly prepared and a waiter who did not notice. It had a candle that was not lit (all the other tables around had lit candles .. I had to take one from an unoccupied table); it had no olive oil or balsamic vinegar (the other tables did .. so I had to take them from another table); it had no flowers (but all the other tables had flowers); the apple juice ordered at the beginning of the meal arrived during the main course after we reminded the waiter; the meals were served to the wrong people; and, we were seated right next to the water serving station (less than 3 feet).

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for good food good wine and in a great location for the theatre. Love going there and getting good service in a very professional environment eating great food with a terrific wine list to choose from.

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EL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall an excellent meal and service. What made it less than perfect- wine list is in my view over priced. Very few options below $100 which seems extreme for a business meal in this economy. The room was very cold.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Menu was limited from the get go. Wine selection was vast. Food was done right but appetizers were way too big.

Deserts were store bought it seemed.

Our waiter was scatterbrained and couldn’t fake his lack of professionalism for too long until it became evident he was unfit for his job.

We asked him at the beginning of the meal to have a pasta dish to go for when we left and he mentioned it twice during our meal.

He forgot to have it ready and the kitchen refused to make it even after sending him back twice to make it. Absolutely missed the mark and just doesn’t have what it takes to be a professional. Bad move on his part. It shrouded our entire experience in negativity.

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S
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and nice service. Very convenient for dinner before a CPO concert.

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AB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Centini regularly before the Theatre and also for very nice meals including business and private receptions.

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F
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The wine list was exceptional. The service was perfect. Very enjoyable evening.

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JH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had previously been and the meals were excellent. Not so great this time.

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RF
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Centini did a great job for me and my guests. Reservation did not get to them. Up your game Open Table!

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A
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bel endroit qu’on nous a fait découvrir. Un régal de A à Z.

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S
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The meal looked wonderful but the food was not seasoned very well at all. It left my taste buds quite disappointed. Service was excellent though...

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G
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Location is convenient if you are on a theatre outing. However, a place that advertisies itself as a Fine Dining Italian restaurant, it has a way to go. While the ambiance does classify as fine dining, the menu selection and quality is what needs attention. While there certainly is a long list of pasta, both the quantity and quality of veal dishes are below expectation. When what is prominent is a steak, that basically indicates that the customer base is conventional.

Service was attentive and cordial. As expected. However, failure to execute the order based on a stated food allergy is not acceptable. Fortumately, this customer noted and was able to avoid the item. When brought to attention, remedy was not offered.

As a consequence, best rating was average. If these issues can be addressed, Centini does have the potential necessary to be one of the better establishments downtown Calgary.

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MW
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. We have been there a couple of times. Fist time was an overall excellent. Tasty, but the service was lacking this time. I atribuye it to the server and not the place. Quiet and great environment.

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M
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at your restaurant and will definitely be back. Food was so amazing. Thank you.

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TM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My first time to Centini. Both me and my date were very pleased.

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PF
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three words. OMG

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SM
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, Great wine list and Great servers. We had a bit of a wait upon arrival and not the warmest reception but after we were seated, the service was impeccable.
The food was absolutely amazing ; if you appreciate great italian food, it's definitely a must try.
We would go back !

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CN
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. One wanted something particular he had in mind. Our waiter listened and created just the right pasta for my husband. It was perfect. I had a pasta on the menu. Very tasty. If we had been staying in town longer, we would have come back. There were other things on the menu that we would have liked to order. It was such a good meal in a very pleasant atmosphere with an attentive waiter. One of the highlights of our trip.

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BP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This is a high end expensive restaurant and not particularity well appointed with its plastic flowers. I had the stuffed chicken and it was barely eatable, greasy and no flavor. Others were OK with what they had but did not rave about it.

There are better options.

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WP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Quiet atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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c
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nous avons passer une excellente soirée l'ensemble était parfait le serveur Francophone très attentif mais pas invasif , nous avons découvert un vin chardonnay Canadien à notre gout , mais pas disponible au Québec , la nourriture était de grande qualité les cuissons était juste parfait et les saveurs appropriées .
Nous retournons à Calgary l'année prochaine et nous visiterons à nouveau ce Restaurant . Bon rapport qualité prix !!

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LJ
Calgary
33 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Centini is our favourite Calgary restaurant. Once again we were not disappointed. I had the Sea Bass which was cooked to perfection as was my husbands Halibut. The wine list is varied and well priced. Service is also excellent. The ambiance is quiet and sophisticated which is why we like coming here. The restaurant was quite busy this night too. We will be back. Thank you again Centini’s.

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RW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the avocado and crab salad, cream of wild mushroom soup, lobster ravioli, with creme brûlée and carrot cake for desert. Food was excellent, service was very good.

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MW
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. The waiter was attentive yet not intrusive. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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