Rouge

4.5
363 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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Calgary’s premier restaurant destination. The expansive on-site garden and locally grown products influence the ever changing menu. Located only 5 minutes from downtown, Rouge offers cuisine and ambiance dedicated to food and wine aficionados. Ample free parking.



Rouge boasts private rooms for your next meeting, event or function, as well as an outstanding patio overlooking the garden for those warm summer days
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Organic, French / Canadian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 531-2767
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Darnell Japp
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Catering
Call or email to inquire.
Phone 403-531-2767
Email: events@rougecalgary.com (Attn Chelsea)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Street SE
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Parking details
Ample parking is available directly off 12th Street, just south of the bridge on the East side. Alternatively, street parking may be available in front of the building.
Please be aware that 12th Street Bridge to and from Memorial Drive is closed from now through 2018
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Public transit
The bus route 1 stops at 9th st SE and 12th ave SE, Rouge is located 1 block North of 9th ave SE at 1240 8th ave SE.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
363 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
20%
Good
9%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointed. I have been going there to celebrate my birthday for 6 years. Not again.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

We had an incredible dining experience over Stampede. One thing we found was lacking at almost every place we’d dined during Stampede week was good service. Not at Rouge! Our server was knowledgeable, prompt and extremely professional.

Our garden view patio table was comfortable and relaxing despite the business and chaos Stampede week seems to inflict on the rest of the city. It was the perfect reprieve before putting our cowboy boots and hats back on.

This place offers an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone, whether you are visiting Calgary (like us) or just wanting a day/night out.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent food and service. I requested a special favourite birthday dessert and they didn’t disappoint ... added touch of a birthday card signed by all the staff was appreciated

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Very good as usual
Lovely garden to spend a warm summers evening

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Tasting menu June 2018. Was fantastic. Kept getting better and better. Highlight for me was the beef main and the cheese crepe (my wife said maybe the best dessert she's ever had and I would agree).

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went for our wedding anniversary- lovely ambience, beautifully presented and delicious food, and great service.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We made great choices for lunch (soup and salad) and added a glass of wine. We were not paying attention to prices necessarily but were very surprised at how expensive the bill was for lunch. Perhaps pricing better suited to special occasions not an everyday place

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Fantastic experience, with the exception of some loud tables. This is not a negative on the restaurant, it is the customers that should have been more mindful. I'm sure next experience will be better!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great as always. Food and service was fantastic. Never had a really bad experience here.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great experience, except for the baby in the dining room at another table. It was my impression that children under 10 years were not welcome based on literature on the website, so a shrieking baby at times was an unpleasant part of an otherwise outstanding and romantic ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It was a wonderful night. Our server was knowledgeable and kind.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Limited lunch menu and very disappointing considering that this place should be exceptional. Previous experiences (dinner) have been positive. Poor value.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Wonderful ambiance, fantastic entrées, and superb service.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had the tasting menu and it was such an incredible and delicious experience. There was an overarching theme to the dishes that tied them together very well, and the portions were perfect; we left feeling satisfied and comfortable.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was quite good, expensive though. Portions were larger than I expected.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Totally delicious, neat location, great service. Best mushroom soup ever. Would go again!

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

When we arrived nobody came to greet us and we waited a while standing around. When finally the hostess showed up we were brought out to dine in a tent??? Service for food from the kitchen was extremely slow. We had to ask for our food to be served as it was taking way to long, 3 1/2 hours to dine. And when we asked for the bill we had to make our way to the hostess desk to pay as our server wasn’t around to collect payment.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I brought my 9yo daughter here a few months ago for a special fancy dinner out - we did the tasting menu together(I had the wine pairing) which certainly was a new experience for her and a wonderful experience for both of us. The staff were wonderful to us and made a couple very unique and delicious mocktails for my daughter. She loved everything about the evening. We were back in Calgary again last weekend and she asked if we might go back to that same place again. We did more of a standard appetizer, entrée and dessert meal this time and had another friend with us as well, but still had an unbelievable meal! The sommelier paired a fabulous wine for the appetizers and entree's we had ordered. Loved it. My only critique would be with the drink menu, our server advised that the restaurant had returned to a more classic cocktail menu which was disappointing for us. The cocktails I had enjoyed on previous occasions were out of this world. So creative, sophisticated, unique and fun. I would vote to bring back some of that! I do have to say that our server did dig out some frozen cucumber lemonade and they came up with a fabulous gin cocktail that we thoroughly enjoyed so I greatly appreciated that effort. Between the 3 of us we had the bison tartar, fois gras mousse, mushroom risotto, beef tenderloin and duck breast. We enjoyed every single one of the items we chose.

Thank you for another spectacular dining experience!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. The staff are always attentive. The food as always great.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I thought t food was excellent. T black truffles unique y flavour full. T appy surprised me even when she took t time to warn me of t one bit. Enjoyed such fine cuisine. Ty

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Very nice place good, food and special but pricey.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had the tasting menu with wine pairing last night and it was tops all around. The food was very tasty and they were happy to sub out one of the courses for me. Our server Bree was delightful and we enjoyed chatting with her. Overall a two thumbs up.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My wife and I went for date night. The food was good but the service was only fair at best. We had the Bison tartar which was excellent and the Halibut was also great.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Rouge is a special Inglewood gem across from the zoo. It has free parking and charm as soon as you walk in the doors of this historic property.
The food is absolutely divine! Everything is prepared from scratch with special attention to even the tiniest detail. Homemade bread and butter complement each meal.
Even the bill came with two tiny carrot cakes with Chantilly cream frosting!
You won’t be disappointed trying this sweet spot!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

It was amazing. Would definitely recommend and go again. Amazing food and patio was perfect

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We recently dined here for our wedding anniversary. The setting was beautiful I must say!
However, I had emailed a note to the restaurant that is was our anniversary that evening and anything special for her would be appreciated! On arrival we waited at the front for someone to show up and we thought maybe there was another way in because nobody came. Eventually I proceeded into the restaurant and flagged someone down. We were seated and asked if we wanted water to start. Water was not served till I reminded them of it about half way through our course. Was really not impressed with the meal, especially the beef as it seemed tasteless. Way overpriced for the quality and quantity of food and as for the special occasion we received a paper card with happy anniversary signed by all. 👎

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Our anniversary. Our server was outstanding from food knowledge to wine recommendations. Very enjoyable. Our feeling is that the look of Rouge needs an upgrade. Floors and wall covering should be upgraded.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food although not unpleasant was pretty 'run of the mill'. The service was not too bad but the ambiance was really substandard with poor linen and very stark décor. the patio which will come into its own in the season still had assorted (apparently) broken furniture on it.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

A perfect evening sitting outside at Rouge ... celebrating two birthdays!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Service made you feel top notch, great food atmosphere nice, gotta go back for a chef tasting.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Staff were very informed on your choice of food. Great service, garden area is very nice. A great place for a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We took our mom for mothers day brunch thinking it would be an exceptional dining experience. We were incredibly disappointed. The service was great but the food was very under whelming. We ordered the quiche and eggs benedict, the quiche was cold, and the eggs benedict would have been better had we made it at home. In no hurry to visit this restaurant again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A special brunch on Mother’s Day deserves a special restaurant, and Rouge always works for the four of us. It’s on the higher end of the price scale but hey, it was Mother’s Day. We shared starters (charcuterie plate, bison tartar, and a mushroom truffle dish). All very good but the bison tartar—we were experimenting—was amazing. The mains were also very good with decent variety on offer but it was the bison we were all talking about, right up until dessert. Here again we shared, and the star was the chocolate brownie cake. That and double espressos capped off a very nice meal. See you next Mother’s Day.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day and birthday for my mothers 64th
Was a little disappointed in the service
Had to ask 3 people for a soda
Our appetizer only had 4 piece of bread for our cheese and meats
The desert was definetly not my favourite or my mother’s
Coconut Bruele was very more of a custard rather then bruele

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We made a point of returning to Rouge as our first experience there was amazing. On this occasion the food was phenomenal as we expected but the overall experience was below average. The experience was ruined by the poor service. Our waiter never did tell us his name. He returned to the table twice to ask which wine we had requested. There were very long periods of time in which he gave us zero attention and I got up from our table multiple times to pour our own wine. Also at no time did he ask us if we liked either food or drink. Very disappointed to return to such a high class place that held special meaning for us and have the experience soured by such terrible and impersonal service. Doubtful we will return.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

On balance a good experience. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings. The pairings were inspired, with perhaps 1 exception, and was probably more memorable than the food. Probably the only downsides were 1) the hostess, who had no personality to speak of and didn’t seem to be happy in her job, and 2) an uncomfortably long wait to be served once seated. Our waitress was really good and the meal was well paced. All in all, a good way of spending a few hours.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Ouch. This restaurant used to be a favorite, but this is the second time we've come and been utterly disappointed.
The venue is admittedly still gorgeous. It's only spring, but the patio is beautiful, and you feel like you're much farther from downtown than you actually are.
That is where my positives ended. The service was roughly what you might experience at a dennys, but with none of the value. Our server was unable to communicate knowledgably about any of the menus, and clearly was used to making up answers to guests who weren't used to dining out. We rolled our eyes as we listened to her mumble incohernetly about the food. The manager and other servers were little better. We were also left to top up our own water and wine all night. We left 10%, and felt that was being generous.
The food was a little better. We had the mushroom soup and tuna to start. Both good, but simple. The mains, particularly the pork were chewy, underseasoned and expensive. Hopefully the chef wasn't working.
All in all, lazy service and mediocre food at a premium price tag. Avoid!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Booked a table at Rouge for lunch for my friends birthday treat as it was somewhere she had always wanted to go. While the service from Sarah was outstanding, the food was disappointing. I ordered the quiche, the daily special, and it was inedible. Clearly warmed in the microwave, it was like rubber. Sarah was very good about tak8ng it back, but because I didn’t want another one, ordered the cauliflower appetizer to replace it. I was surprised to find I was charged for the cauliflower. At $105.00 plus tip for lunch for two, I expected to be wowed. I was not.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Sat on the balcony and the ambiance and food were both outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Rouge never disappoints! We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our evening and can't wait to do it again. We even enjoyed the music playing in the background. 10 out of 10

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