Buffo Ristorante

4.6
300 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Housed within Saks Fifth Avenue at Chinook Centre, Buffo celebrates the simplicity and generosity of Italian cooking. The Buffo menu features timeless classics showcasing quality ingredients, from soul-satisfying pizzas and handmade pastas, to local meats and seafood. The menu also encourages sharing with its wide selection of antipasti, charcuterie, and vegetables. Buffo nods to classic osterias found throughout Italy, where traditional recipes and old-world cooking techniques transcend trends and are honoured throughout generations.

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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 300 people are saying
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Brett
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall a nice meal! Classic Italian, could maybe use a little more adventurousness.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martin is always so kind & attentive 👍

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vipBAMdining
London
56 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased Buffo has reopened. Such a pretty room, with a good menu and decent wines Great escape from the Mall or a nice adult choice before or after a movie.

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vipSheldon
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caesar Salad was excellent. Dressing was not loaded with garlic. Lasagna was the best I have tasted having been to many Italian restaurants. My husband had the Chicken Parm and really enjoyed. Tiramisu was excellent. Portion size was appropriate and so was the pricing for a restaurant that makes the sauce and pizza crust from scratch. No msg.

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vipAmber
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants in Calgary. The service is always incredible and the food is consistently delicious.

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MarkK
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I crave the amazing salads and will return time and time again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manager is so friendly & helpful.. the food is so amazing 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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vipRitaP
Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Music loud but we appreciated the hostess spacing the guests apart and giving us a room in back (sound and social distancing). 2 of the 4 orders perfect. However, penne was not good. 2 orders of penne. 1 was an error but my guest too polite to speak up. Other than that a perfect evening. Wine (Italian) was great.

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DavidW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made our second visit for Buffo’s Wednesday specials. This time we had friends with us. We all enjoyed our time together there. We enjoyed the quiet, attentive service. The food meet our expectations and was well prepared and presented. The music was considerably louder than it really needed to be. A not uncommon fault in too many restaurants.

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GordonB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were very pleased with the overall dining experience and hope that the restaurant succeeds. We were there on a Saturday evening when many of the well established restaurants were fully booked, but Buffo wasn't very busy which is worrying. I hope the location (i.e. attached to the Chinook Mall) doesn't put people off. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Definitely recommended.

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KerryN
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never heard of Buffo. A friend recommended it. It was great. The meal was wonderful, they made a side salad just for me the flavour of the dressing was unique and very tasty. The people was so very pleasant and helpful. Even though everyone wore a mask your could tell they were smiling. I would rate the whole experience at 115%. I will be back and will tell my friends as well. Thank you Buffo!

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Caesar Dressing was salty, we reordered with dressing on the side. Otherwise food was really good.

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vipAnneual
Calgary
67 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I hate to sound like a grumpy old lady, but the music was too loud and it made conversation very difficult for a table of 4 women. We asked to have it turned down and they did lower it a bit, but not enough to help. There was also a lot of noise from the fan in the kitchen. The food was nicely presented but far too salty for our taste. The service was very friendly. We likely won’t return even though the location is good for us. Disappointing.

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JoJo
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, with beautiful surroundings. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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vipSamanthaH
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with a coworker and the service was amazing - our server was so patient explaining their gluten free options. The gluten free bruschetta was amazing and so was the pasta. Very impressed with the overall experience! I wish I remembered the servers name so I could give her credit for being so awesome :)

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CoreyL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, and glad its back. A few of our favorite items (mussels in tomato sauce and squid ink risotto/pasta) weren't on the menu anymore. But we enjoyed the osso buco and seafood pasta along with some delicious negronis and appetizers. We'll definitely be back, and hope they bring back some of those other menu items.

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Catherine
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My post on Facebook:
Hi my Calgary peeps. If you want an amazing Italian food experience, you must check out Buffo at Chinook Centre. Their pastas and sauces are made in-house as well as their pizzas. Wednesday is $10 pasta and half price bottles of wine, you can have a glass and a bit and take the rest home. Thursday is $10 pizza. We’ve never had a bad experience there. Before covid, lunches were packed, today only 3 tables 😢. You won’t be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance & great service! Totally 5 stars!

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pdlc
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is superb, food is great and the interior design is impeccable. You're like in an expensive restaurant in Europe!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had the pimento penne, and both our meals were incredibly salty, almost inedibly so. Tiramisu was good though.

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ClaudiaM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food! All I expect from an Italian eatery (food quality, customer service, unique and memorable) are met at Buffo. It's a rare gem in SW Calgary with ample parking for those who don't like going to Downtown/17th Ave/Kensington like me.

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Wanzo
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and friendly service. Food and cocktails were fantastic.

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ToddA
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have this gem re-opened. The food and the service were outstanding.

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SherryS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Looking forward for when they have a full menu again

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TLBW
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

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vipYYCFoodie
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally returned after various lockdowns. Pleased to say the food is still excellent and the service fantastic. Loved the calamari, lasagna and seafood pasta. I recommend this restaurant if you enjoy delicious quality food and reasonable prices. Did I say Italian food? Bliss!

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Foodie1
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always friendly service and great food!!

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LaurieG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian food! Pasta made in house!
Perfectly spiced, you will enjoy every mouthful!
Wine selection was impressive!
An amazing house Italian red!

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YubbyTubby
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the hubby was exactly what we needed after a long day. We chose Buffo for its great YYC Food and Drink Experience menu and it over delivered!
We ordered the bruschetta and charred romaine. So yummy with the sweet and savoury combination of veggies and apple slaw. The brisket and gnocchi was exactly the comfort food I needed after a long day. The brisket was so flavourful and the creamy buttery gnocchi was a great compliment (we were sharing our menus). The dessert sticker toffee with warm spice was amazing and the cardamom cake was reminiscent of my grandma’s Norwegian baking. Comfort and nostalgia!

The food was amazing and the restaurant was lovely and our service was exceptional. Roxanne was friendly, warm and professional. Roxanne clearly loves being of service and it shows. What a delight!!!! Looking forward to going back to Buffo soon.

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John
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok at best, charred romaine lettuce was quite small and minimal goat cheese.
Pasta was al dente and I appreciated that.
Desert of sticky toffee pudding was ok.
I saw reviews with high ratings which is why I chose this for lunch. More surprised after my experience as I didn't think it deserved the accolades. Maybe its just me.

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vipAlanS
Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for YYC Food and drink experience because we tried it last year and were very impressed and again this year it was a fantastic experience food and service was awesome a very great value for only 30.00. Thank you very much

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MichaelE
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Decent food overall; the decor and look was quite nice and service was adequate. Issues were more with the food and drinks. The coffee was lukewarm and bitter while the sangria tasted extremely watery.

The food itself was fine but overall lacked flavour. While not an awful experience overall, there are cheaper and tastier options for Italian all around Calgary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was average, the gluten free pizza was OK and it became quite noisy the longer we stayed.

More gluten free options would be great.

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NdotA
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It met expectations. Although I wish this sticky toffee pudding was better. I have had better so it is hard to not compare. The staff were attentive and the ambience was great. I would go back there for the staff and the ambience along. Plan to go back for Sunday dinners.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

A little disappointed that we went with the YYC Food Experience menu. We would have gotten more value for less with the regular menu! Also $16 drinks are absurd. Otherwise lovely staff, cozy decor, and delicious food.

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vipBVRFan
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We chose the Food Expo menu which was excellent value. The strawberries and cream, however, didn’t materialize and we got cake with strawberry jam in the middle instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. The desert was something that seemed to be out of a box. Disappointed.

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LB123
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service, very poor quality food, and very over priced for what you get

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mareB
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tucked away on the 2nd floor of Sak's, and accessible from the west parkade, this is a very charming little restaurant to meet friends, or refresh yourself after shopping at the mall. The service is excellent - all servers were friendly and helpful. I must admit I have had better Italian pizza and tiramisu, but for the location and the cost, I think the menu is very good. Nice wine list, too. Comfy seating and nice decor, my group of friends and I felt welcomed right away and had a nice visit; no need to shout - just had lovely conversation and dinner. I think this is a great food option for the area and I'll definitely be back. Thanks!

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DebraL
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brought our nephew out for his birthday. We have been to Buffo’s before, and enjoy the ambiance, food and service. We started with calamari and buffo bread, the calamari was fantastic, the bread a bit tough. Our main course - the guys had clams on white wine sauce, which was very enjoyable, I had the pasta special- linguini carbonara- which was a bit over done. I had had this dish the previous Tuesday and it was exceptional, so I was some disappointed with the dish this time. Overall my nephew had a very pleasant experience at Buffo’s.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Buffo Ristorante using the Order Online button. Buffo Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 351-2316.

Buffo Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 300 OpenTable diners.

Buffo Ristorante does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.oliverbonacini.com/e-gift-cards/.

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.