Alforno

4.5
172 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
As part of the Teatro Group’s family of restaurants, Alforno Bakery & Café upholds our practice of offering only the finest ingredients to our guests. Since the opening of our flagship restaurant in 1993, we have been proud members of Calgary’s vibrant downtown culinary scene. Situated in the heart of Eau Claire, Alforno offers freshly baked, house-made pastries & bread as well as brunch, lunch & dinner. Alongside of our sustainable coffee programme, we are proud to feature a selection of artisan wine, beer & spirits that have been curated from the Teatro cellars.

We are a lively and casual café and accept reservations after 5:00 PM Monday – Saturday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 172 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was great

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
52 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and welcoming. Thanks for the great service!

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aand
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Restaurant was really busy, food is always good though. Recommend making a reservation weeks in advance.

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RahulM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here. I was on a date. Overall, I loved the place and ambience was mesmerizing. Even the service was good. I just felt that the food quantity could have been a bit more. We had Prawn Mafaldini and it was really good. Just felt it could have been more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Tessa was exceptional

Alforno
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hello, Thanks for the compliment of Tessa! We will pass it along.

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KC223
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! My friend and I both ordered the short rib pasta and the manager came out and explained to us that there wasn't enough left for two orders (we were there late) so instead they added meatballs to the dish to make up for it? The pasta was incredible and I loved their flexibility! I will definitely be back!

Alforno
Responded on March 9, 2021

Hello, Thanks for visiting us, and glad you enjoyed the Short Rib Pasta. We appreciate the feedback, see you again soon!

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Lala
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and ambiance; great service too! staff are friendly.

Alforno
Responded on March 3, 2021

Hi Lala Thank you for the feedback, have a great day!

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JustinP
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food. Service was perfect. Def go again

Alforno
Responded on March 3, 2021

Hi Justin, Thanks for joining us recently and we hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waited 10 mins for someone to help us at the main counter

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Tess
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Alforno is one of our favourite places to go for a date! We love everything about this place.

This was our first time back with the new restrictions in place and it felt super close to the table next to us. The screens are obviously required right now but we could hear everything the couple next to us was saying. It also doesn’t leave too much space for the servers trying to serve the tables. This wasn’t our best experience here.

Alforno
Responded on March 1, 2021

Hi Tess, Thank you for the feedback. Sorry to hear you did not love your experience this time. The plexiglass screens we have in place follow government guidelines in terms of safety protocols required when visiting our cafe. We hope we can see you again soon!

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AygulS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Unfortunately, our expectations were not quite met.
First of, the quality of prepared food was not worth the price.
It simply did not taste great.
Secondly, condiments were not available at the table.
Coffee tasted great, but, unfortunately, it was served barely warm, which spoiled the impression. We had to ask for sugar (it was not available at the table), and then we had to ask for a spoon/stirring stick to mix the sugar and wait again... So, the other cup of coffee became cold as well while we were waiting for sugar and then the spoon.
There was no lactose-free milk available, which was disappointing as well.
The background music was quite loud, which bothered our conversation.

Alforno
Responded on March 1, 2021

Hello Aygul. Thank you for your time and providing us with your feedback. We regret to hear you didn’t fully enjoy your experience at Alforno. Please note we do not have condiments available at the table due to safety protocols now in place due to Covid-19, limiting touching points by customers on items. We would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if we may. Please kindly email brittany@teatrogroup.ca at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Hungry
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! You can tell they use high quality ingredients. Their sausage and brocolini pizza was amazing! We were sad they ran out of meatballs though. Will be back again :)

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2021

Hello, Thanks for visiting, and apologies we ran out of meatballs - hopefully you can have them next time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner with my boyfriend, very nice! Food was excellent!

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello, thanks for spending Valentine's Day with us!

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Aileen
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alforno is our go to place, may it be just to have coffee and a dessert or for family dinner breakfast, lunch or dinner. We live in the NE but because Alforno is our favorite place especially our daughter - Ayeisha, we don't mind driving downtown. Thank you to Ava for making sure we get what we need, always checking on us. Cheers! Since my daughter posted about Alforno in her social media account like way back when she was in Grade 9, most of her friends started going there, and they love it as well. Cheers!

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Aileen, thanks for such great feedback. We will pass along your comments to Ava. We are so happy you travel downtown to visit us with your family. See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We were placed by the window, it was freezing and quite tight!! Had to eat with our jackets on. The food was ok but quite bland.

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello, thank you for your feedback. We regret to hear you did not enjoy your experience with us. We would welcome hearing more about your experience andrew@alforno.ca

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vipCindyP
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed their daily specials. Good food and friendly service.

Alforno
Responded on February 11, 2021

Hi Cindy. Thanks for joining us and for the feedback!

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MichelleG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was a lovely experience! The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. So nice to have the dining room open.

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Michelle. Thanks for joining us last week, and we hope you will visit us again soon!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
52 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love their pizza... The Fun Guy, filled with several kinds of mushrooms, is a favourite! Stay safe, we will be back after this lockdown. In the meantime, we will take out/

Alforno
Responded on January 4, 2021

Hello! The fun guy pizza is pretty fun - thanks for the feedback and we will see you soon. Thanks for your support during this challenging time. Happy New Year!

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Natasha
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this spot! I usually come here for brunch, but decided to come for their Tuesday dinner and wine evening. Safe to say I was not disappointed. Everything was fresh, delicious, and extremely reasonable priced! Always my go to spot. Not to mention they have the absolute best baked good. Their bread is to die for. Feels like a piece of Europe in Calgary.

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JesusR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good attention, great food , cozy atmosphere. A great place for a date or a family outing.

Alforno
Responded on November 30, 2020

Hello Jesus, thanks for visiting with your family!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great coffee!!! Awesome ambiance and space. Food was good, got the pizza, the dip and the meatball - a little pricey for what you get. Will try the pasta and one of the desserts next time and brunch. Would love to see more protein options. Will come again.

Alforno
Responded on November 16, 2020

Hello, thanks for coming in and providing your feedback. We hope you enjoy new items when you visit us again!

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LaynaM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favourite places in the city! The aesthetic and overall look and decor of the place is stunning, their drinks are so good as well as their food! The location is also a plus since it’s not right downtown and you walk from princes island ! Took my husband here for his birthday and he said he’d want to come back next year. Our server was also very lovely !

Alforno
Responded on November 16, 2020

Hi Layna, thanks for spending your husband's birthday with us, we are happy to hear he enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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JennW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot for a delicious breakfast or dinner! Check out their new menu - Highly recommended!

Alforno
Responded on October 27, 2020

Hi Jenn - thanks for this review! Hope to see you again soon!

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JennW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Alforno! ❤️
Had their very tasty mushroom pizza and a glass of their house white which is very good.
I try to come here once a week - it’s my fave spot in Calgary for breakfast, coffee, dessert, and dinner.

Their staff is always so nice too!!

Alforno
Responded on October 19, 2020

Hi Jenn! Thank you for the accolades and visiting us! I also love the mushroom pizza. See you next time - Brittany.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal. The staff did a good job working with the covid restrictions to make it safe but as personable as possible.

Alforno
Responded on October 14, 2020

Hello, thanks for the feedback and joining us last week! We hope to see you again soon.

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aand
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to catch dinner, food is very delicious and service was great. Would definitely return to order the carbonara again.

Alforno
Responded on October 8, 2020

Hello, Andrew! Thank you for visiting us! We're so glad you enjoyed your carbonara. We hope to see you again soon!

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JennW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with delicious food and great service!! Love this place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just an afternoon latte. ❤️

Alforno
Responded on October 5, 2020

Thank you, Jenn! It's always our pleasure to have you in. Whether it's for a cup of coffee or a meal! We look forward to the next opportunity to see you again!

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LuisD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was exceptionally friendly :)

Alforno
Responded on October 1, 2020

Hey, Luis! Thank you for visiting us. We hope you enjoyed your evening with us and hope we can see you again soon!

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KurtW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience5

This cafe is great for a bite to eat with friends as the food is awesome. The service was alright but it tended to be a little more on the loud side. There wasn’t any wifi which was frustrating for doing work. I would come here to dine but not as a casual cafe experience

Alforno
Responded on September 30, 2020

Hey, Kurt! Thank you for coming in. We are both a a bustling cafe and a restaurant so we do not offer wifi at all times so we can accommodate all guests looking to join us. So it may be likely you visited us when we do not offer wifi. We hope there will be an opportunity to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience! The wine and pizza was great! Caio gave us an amazing service, as always! Thanks also to the waitress (I forgot to ask her name) who was very kind and friendly!

Alforno
Responded on September 21, 2020

Hey there! Thank you for coming back in. It was our pleasure! We hope to see you for some pizza again soon!

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Heather
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Very slow service. Took 15 minutes to get our wine because they couldn’t get the bottle open. Then took quite some time to place our order despite menus being put to the side. Food was good and came to the table in a reasonable time. overall below average experience and would not recommend

Alforno
Responded on September 16, 2020

Hey, Heather. Thank you for your time writing in to us. We apologize for the wait on your service and will speak to our team so this does not happen again. If there is anymore we can do, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. We sincerely hope there will be an opportunity to see you again soon!

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

I made a reso but it was almost as though they didnt know. Extremely loud, cramped and slow service. I used to love this place.

Alforno
Responded on September 14, 2020

Hello, Ashley. Our apologies that your recent experience with us did not meet your's, or our, standards. We will pass along your feedback to the necessary teams so we can ensure this does not happen again. We hope we have the opportunity to see you again!

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BRENDA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved the Alforno salad but wasn't so freaked with the baked salmon. the service was really good

Alforno
Responded on September 14, 2020

Hey, Brenda! Thank you for your feedback regarding the salmon. We hope there will be an opportunity to have you join us again!

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EduardoI
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time since the start of the pandemic I had the opportunity to come back to my favourite place. It did not disappoint!

Alforno
Responded on August 31, 2020

Thank you for coming back in to visit us- it's been so long! We look forward to our next visit!

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Their salads wouldn't make me come back, but the pasta would

Alforno
Responded on August 28, 2020

Hey, Lisa! We regret to hear you didn't enjoy the salads. We will pass it on to our culinary team. We hope we can see you for another bowl of pasta again soon!

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Greg
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food - especially the pizzas were delicious. We were on the patio which has the unusual benefit (in Calgary) of being on a quiet street. Great experience.

Alforno
Responded on August 24, 2020

We're glad you enjoyed your meal with us, Greg! We also enjoy sitting on the quiet patio when we can. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JubellN
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cafe was very good and will definitely come back again.

Alforno
Responded on August 24, 2020

Thank you for coming in! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NidiaP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place is nice. Staff is friendly and care about the customers. Breakfast was delicious.

Alforno
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you, Nidia! It was our pleasure to have you join us. We look forward the next opportunity to see you again!

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ThandoG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go! They have excellent customer service. I’d definitely go again.

Alforno
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
52 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I tried the yyc food and drink expo feature menu tonight. The salad and entree (pappardelle) were nice. The caramel cheese cake was very ordinary. Overall, a satisfying dinner.

Alforno
Responded on March 9, 2020

Hey, there! Thank you for joining us for our YYC Food & Drink menu and we appreciate your feedback. We sincerely hope we will be able to see you again soon!

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FAQs

Alforno offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 454-0308.

Alforno is rated 4.5 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.