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blink Restaurant & Bar

#17 of 2,874 Restaurants in Calgary
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111 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B4, Canada (Centre st. & 8 Ave)
We are less than one block from major C-Trains routes and central to all City Centre Bus Stops.
403.263.5330
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 113
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Highly recommended

This restaurant had the best food and such friendly staff. Very high quality and worth the price. A modern restaurant with some flavourful food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Podo123
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Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place, nice décor, convenient, good staff, food ok but small and pricey. Great for a business meeting since it was nearly empty on a Friday lunch, downtown Calgary!

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Thank ElTigre2014
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant had the best food and such friendly staff. Very high quality and worth the price. A modern restaurant with some flavourful food.

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Thank Podo123
Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great business lunch today. The restaurant is located on Stephens Ave, you do need to look for it as there is not much frontage space. The menu changes often, depending on local ingredient. The mushroom soup was the appetizer, drinks were tasty and they have an extensive wine menu. I had the beef fettuccine, while my colleagues had... More 

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Thank TheDude1974
Calgary
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104 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just about perfect starters and main courses. Their special starter, seared sea scallops came perfectly done with an interesting sesame based sauce. The 2 mains, pork shoulder confit and beef short ribs met our expectations. Service was good and professional.

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Thank BabyboomerCalgary
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled on to Blink as we were looking for dinner tonight. Very good service and a varied menu with something for most tastes. They emphasis local sourced ingredients and it showed in the freshness and taste of the food. The menu is small and changes according to what is available (based on the menu at door being different from... More 

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Lacombe, Canada
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71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The positive reviews I'd read for Blink were spot on. I would like to thank the staff who stayed late and did not kick us out after we lost track of time chatting over our tea at the end of an awesome meal; we had scallops to start, I did the braised ribs (they did in fact melt in my... More 

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Thank dreataylor
Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I've been here before for dinner and have always wanted to experience their lunch menu, and after doing so, I can say that I'm very glad I did! Even during the busier Christmas season the service was attentive, and they no problem adapting to our unique meal requests either! First rate from beginning to end, and will definitely be returning!

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Thank NedChiwalski
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This was the best food I have had in Calgary. I have been here twice in the past month and both times have been fantastic. The ahi tuna, salad, short tons and deserts do not disappoint. Food may take a bit longer to come out, but it's well worth the wait.

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Thank Laurence S
Kitchener, Canada
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Went to Blink for dinner with a couple business colleagues. Server was very helpful, attentive and friendly. I had the beef short rib on her recommendation. It was delicious. There were several interesting items on the menu. The restaurant had nice ambience. Quiet but it was a Tuesday night. Definitely would return.

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Thank On_The_Road_Canuck
Sparwood, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Amazing meal, I had the Arctic Char, prepared over a clam base, done in a way the fish stayed well heated during the course of the meal, and did not get tough during that time. So perfectly done enjoyed every bite with a touch of smoked eggplant. Thanks for the wonderful setting to enjoy a great meal!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 111 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B4, Canada
    (Centre st. & 8 Ave)
  • Public Transportation: We are less than one block from major C-Trains routes and central to all City Centre Bus Stops.
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 403.263.5330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?