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blink Restaurant & Bar

#91 of 3,011 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Downtown
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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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11:00 am - 10:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 11
    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
Always Good

We have been to Blink four of five times at least, and we are impressed every time. They don't try to dazzle you with dishes that have 18 ingredients, most of which don't go together. The emphasis is on fresh and tasty, and we can't find any fault with that. There is a nice wine list that caters to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Pierre L
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Rome, Italy
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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151 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Blink is a restaurant in a heritage building that has stood the test of time on YYC's popular Stephen Avenue. While many other spots tend to change hands, this intimate classy little gem of a restaurant remains consistent, as do the talented Wine Director & Executive Chef. From your first step in the door you are welcomed with gracious service... More 

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Rome, Italy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We have been to Blink four of five times at least, and we are impressed every time. They don't try to dazzle you with dishes that have 18 ingredients, most of which don't go together. The emphasis is on fresh and tasty, and we can't find any fault with that. There is a nice wine list that caters to most... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Want something a bit different try Blink. It has a menu that can cater to anyone. It is an upscale restaurant with service that you would expect at this level of dining. And it is dining. They do not rush you and there is a bit of time between your first course and main. Blink has a nice balance between... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best pesto I have ever had! Amazing food, service, ambiance etc. Exactly as a 5 Star restaurant should be form the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Great wine menu (connoisseur's won't be disappointed) and the food menu is a nice balance between fish and red meats etc. In summer, there is a small outdoor table area, but... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Situated downtown is this lovely brick interior restaurant. Warm and cosy atmosphere. The staff were friendly. I had a beef dish that was absolutely amazing. Best meal I've had in a long time. My cocktail was mighty delicious too. Highly recommend.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Nice menu - lovely decoration - better inside than you think, I had soup and pasta which was delicious.

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calgary
Top Contributor
306 reviews 306 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

What a treat! A soufflé appetizer that was delicious! Not a dessert soufflé, but a great cheese and fennel combination with a salad treatment on top!---So in two words: Perfectly delicious! Risotto also very flavourful and prepared properly. Sablefish was light, moist, and full flavoured. Steak was overcooked according to the guest requirement---which in his opinion, shouldn't happen with this... More 

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Hard to beat this consistently good restaurant. Always meets and exceeds expectations. The pork belly is out of this world!

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Wow! I went to Blink for lunch and was blown away by how flavourful and absolutely perfect every single morsel of food was. The restaurant itself boasts a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere. The downtown suit crowd was bubbly and chatty but not overpowering. The cocktail menu was exciting and I would have loved to linger all afternoon and experiment. The... More 

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HIGH RIVER
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

The service was just ok, great veggie soup as a starter, pork entree was nothing special, so for a fairly high priced downtown restaurant "meh"

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, 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?