Cirque at Lizard Creek Lodge

4.2
50 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Welcome to Cirque Restaurant & Ice Bar!

Join us at our 15 seat bar or in our stunning dining room.
We pride ourselves in using the freshest ingredients in all of our food & cocktails.
Come for a tour of our Ice Bar! Vodka tasting room made of Ice featuring 25 different vodkas.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(250) 423-2056
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kayleigh Kilbey
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Private party facilities
We can seat up to 40 in our private dining room. Cozy with its own gas fireplace and audio visual equipment available. Customized menus to suit any group.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Mountain High Shuttle runs daily/nightly from and to town from 8:15 AM - 10:30PM

Cost is $3.50 one way.
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Entertainment
DJ every Saturday après ski 4-6pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 50 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.4
ambience
3.8
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is SO good!

The service was a bit bizarre in that 3 tables that came after us were served their mains before us. After a long ski day people get a little hangry, just sayin. It was over 80 minute wait and the place was not even full.

Once it did come out, everyone at our table decided it was well worth the wait. Hopefully it was an off night, would go again for sure!

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cirque never disappoints. Same menu largely as last year but with a nice refresh. We’ll be back (yet agoin).

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SO
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience as the ambiance was pleasant and the food was amazing!!

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of BC inspired cuisine, it will certainly tantalize your tastebuds. Staff are absolutely spot on. Cocktails are just incredible and the wine menu is out of this world!

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RS
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

We eat at the Cirque on a very regular basis. The Tuesday night Pasta evening is very good value. My one complaint about the meal is that this is now the third time we have gone to the Pasta evening and Pork in some form has been one of the specials. This week it was curried pork and chicken. We found it to be very dry and not to any expected standards. The (sp) pootenesca was fine. The mussels were a delight. One child had the children pasta meal. Unfair to say, but it was the best pasta of the evening.

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RS
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We regularly eat at the Cirque. Today every aspect of our meal was perfect.

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MM
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Main course were very good; ceaser salad used old lettuce and had a mediocre deessing

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A
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice ambience, we had the wild mushroom lasagna. Very tasty!

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RS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

This past week, we have eaten here three times. We are very familiar with the restaurant as it is our "go-to" location on the Fernie Ski hill.

Our thoughts on the food this year have not been up to our exceptions that were developed from past visits. The Pasta Night sauce was "lacklustre." The Vegetarian Wellington was dry and flavourless. I enjoyed the Souve ???? steak. it was excellent and at the standard I expect from the Cirque . Last night, the Caesar salad was not to the standard that we have eaten in the past. It just did not appear to have any special attention paid to making it a spectacular salad. We make better ones at home. The Mussels sauce last year with chorizo was superior to this years offering with bacon. A revisit of the sauce would be appreciated. The bread offering as part of the dish was just two small pieces of dried toast.

When sitting down in the past we were always offered a platter of delicious bread and butter to munch on with our wine while we waited for our meal. Not so this year.

We look forward to our next visit in the near future and hope that the food standard is raised to the 4.5 Star offering that Cirque stands for.

Cheers

Robert

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a
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I and some friends came here last fall, and had a lovely experience - food, service, ambience all really nice. We came again last week, and we were delighted that it was even better than last fall. The cocktails are delicious, and if you get a chance to have the grilled asparagus with poached egg and chimichurri sauce, go for it! I and a friend thought it was one of the best things we had ever eaten. The chicken and salmon main courses were terrific, as were the desserts. The creme brulee was apparently done right, and I can say the marscapone with strawberries in filo pastry was delicious without being heavy. We enjoyed it so much we went to dinner at Cirque both nights we were at Lizard Creek. I think the only thing that wasn't perfect was the gnocchi, which seemed a tad overdone - likely a one-off mistake. Service is very friendly and responsive, and the dining room itself is lovely, as is the patio. We will be going again next time we are in Fernie

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had the elk. Given the price point, expected better. Sides (carrot purée, lentils, kale, brussel sprouts) just did not work well together, nor with the elk. Food arrived on the cold side. Server was good.

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JG
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Great food and service.

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NY
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Made a reservation here for our 10th anniversary as it appeared to be the nicest place in Fernie. When I made the reservation I indicated it was for our anniversary, and that anything that could be done to make the evening extra special would be greatly appreciated. Nothing special was done what-so-ever. Which is fine, but any restaurant I've been to before has at least piped "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert plate. Wasn't expecting much, just something, anything really, so was disappointed on that front.
We were sat at a very small, crowded, 2 top table (which I swear was a metal out-door patio table moved in-doors), situated next to a giant wooden pillar. So we both felt cramped the whole meal. Would've preferred a table next to the fireplace which was a 4 top occupied by 2 people, so again felt irritated about the whole "anything special" note which was ignored.
Food was decent (fairly standard high end dining options, nothing spectacular in terms of originality). We both had the elk steak. Meat was cooked perfectly but the side dish (lentils and carrot mash with a few other ingredients) was piled under the meat and all the flavours ended up blending together). The side ended up tasting very acidic, almost bile like, and I couldn't finish it.
The drinks were good with interesting ingredient / flavour combinations.
Overall the experience was okay. No huge complaints but nothing wowed us either.

For the price, it wasn't really worth it IMO. We had a far superior meal at Nevados in town the night before.

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s
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had several items on the menu. Everything was yummy. The Elk was the table favorite.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at this restaurant twice in our trips to Fernie, and have never had a bad experience. The overall environment was amazing. Roaring fire place set in front of a scenic Après ski view at the bottom of the Fernie Ski resort. The staff were extremely kind and courteous, extremely accommodating, and the food and beverage were outstanding. After our first initial bite of our meal, our whole group started passing around small bites to everyone so we could share the delicious food. Would highly recommend to everyone to try, but be warned that it can get a bit pricey once you start to get carried away with the handcrafted cocktails...they can sneak up on you!

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RC
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Fernie for the first time and were looking for a lovely meal out without having to leave the hill. Our server, Kianna (sp?) was delightful! She was very knowledgeable and made our evening out a lot of fun! The food was fantastic. We had three different starters and four different entrees...all spectacular. Dessert was good as well.

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JH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, fabulous service and loved the atmosphere with our table right by the fire and beautiful view of the hills. The meal was outstanding!!! Very impressive. Loved seeing the ice bar too. 5++.

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RS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cirque is our "Go-To" restaurant in Fernie. For clients of Lizard Creek staying in the complex, I never understand why they would drive to town when the best of everything is available here.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The restaurant and food was lovely. But they were sold out of a couple items. And the food took a very long time to arrive.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my boyfriend and parents after a weekend of skiing; was the best meal we had all weekend!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening with a great table by the fireplace!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cirque was so great and the staff were so amazing we went two night's in a row. Cirque knows what they're doing and they do it well. Friendly and outgoing personalities from all the staff at Fernie, we'll be back for sure!!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food especially the ice wood burner g fireplaces.

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HG
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with my awesome mountain friend, Carla. Great dinner. Cocktails by the fireplace first then on to s table for two close by. Carla had lamb, medium rare with callow potatoes and mushrooms. I had sea bream with ratatouille. Appetizer was truffle fries. Carla won the dinner sweepstakes. Her lamb was definitely nicer than my fish. We love this restaurant and it is becoming our regular Tuesday lunch or dinner spot. Jaimie at the bar makes a sweet boy on old fashioned and Sara is a beautiful and very competent waitress. Hostess Aileen rocks the restsurant. Beautiful spot

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d
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had made reservations & were seated shortly before 8pm. A group of 18 arrived unexpectedly. We gladly moved tables so they had room. But after that our service deteriorated to almost none. Our food finally arrived just before 10pm. The cost for dinner was just over $300.00 for 4 people and was mediocre at best.
I would never go there again.

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D
Calgary
53 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our night out at Cirque, in particular for the unique visit/experience at the Ice Bar for vodka tasting. Our meals were all quite good. Two of us had the gnocchi and it was delicious! We were somewhat disappointed in our service, however, as it was slow and we spent a lot of time waiting for drink refills. Our server also talked a lot about herself & her struggles in life, which seemed odd to be so cavalier at a higher-end restaurant?

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K
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening. Had some nice cocktails(they were happy to make up some customized cocktails). Meals were all good, Mussels for appetizers were great with the sausage. Caesar salad could of been tastier with a better dressing. Otherwise pretty good overall. We didn't have dessert.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

For the most part everything was great. My steak was over cooked and my friends halibut was over cooked as well, but everything else was spot on. The food was good, service was amazing.

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RS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was the closing weekend of the ski season. We started the season and ended the season with a fantastic meal.
Not sure if it a good thing or not when the bartenders know your favourite drink though😳
My wife had a chicked pasta dish which she raved about.
I ordered lamb medium rare. Very nicely presented. Though the meat was well done.
A great evening was had by all as we wished the staff all the best during the coming summer.

R

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service

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NN
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good. Great location and fantastic value up at the hill.

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SM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and Service were excellent

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J
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great atmosphere and food, truffle fries are to die for!

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s
Calgary
52 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate dinner with my spouse. We each ordered something different (beef tenderloin and lamb striploin). Both our meals were so delicious. We also had cocktails and the bartender came over to our table to make sure everything was ok. It was very good, as he made me a custom cocktail. The dessert was also very good. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have had a few great experiences at this Restaurant and this one didn't disappoint. Very good food, amazing location and very attentive service.
Come early sit at the bar and after dinner make sure you take a cab or stay at the lodge as the Vodka Ice Bar is very cool.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The service and ambiance was really nice, menu looked good and the appetizers and desserts were delicious. Too bad they don't serve local beer and liqures as there is multiple local brewery's and distillerys in the area. Unfortunately the mains were not what we expected. When you pay $39 for and Elk ribeye you expecte it to be cooked to perfection. The meat temperatures were off for everyone that got the Elk (4 out of 6) and it was like they forgot to add seasoning on the meat. Didn't have any flavour. The lambs and tenderloin was good. A little disappointed that there only was drip coffee as we heard they have delicious espresso menu. Hopefully the machine will get fixed asap!

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OT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

As Calgary "locals", we've been coming to Lizard Creek Lodge and the various iterations of the restaurant at least a couple of times a year for well over a decade, essentially since Lizard Creek opened. Generally the restaurant(s) have been good to excellent. However, with this newest iteration, the "Cirque", things have taken a turn in the wrong direction. Last year wasn't bad, albeit arguably overpriced. Our first visit this year was supremely disappointing - an extremely limited menu, exorbitant prices, and sub-standard food. The half-dozen oysters (at $16) were rife with shell fragments. Someone in the kitchen needs a lesson in oyster shucking. My wife's salmon was OK, but my "Chicken Ballotine" was a joke. It was two small pieces, comprising no more than a couple of ounces of dried-out deep-fried chicken jerky.Even the "drumstick" piece was obviously cut from a larger piece of leg/thigh - clean cut at the drumstick, leaving the thigh to who knows where. In fact, it may have actually been the "drum" part of a wing. Charging $34 for this takes a lot of gall.

Now, the service is still great (the hostess/waitress recognized us), but the kitchen staff and/or menu is obviously aimed at tourists infatuated with elk and other "exotic" fare, as well as taken by the "ambience".

We had reservations this evening, which we cancelled.

Really, a shame. RCR needs to rethink their direction with this property since taking it over.

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M
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good. Service was spotty and strange. We ended up getting our own side plates for our appys. The woman who seated us was wearing an exceptionally small dress so when she bent over to tend the fire it was uncomfortable for all!

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the oysters fresh and delish the waitress was delightful

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