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“Almost excellent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Trough Dining Co.

The Trough Dining Co.
725 9 Street | Walk of Champions, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2V7, Canada
403-678-2820
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Ranked #2 of 103 Restaurants in Canmore
Price range: $34 - $66
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located just one block away from Main Street.
Sherwood Park, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Almost excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Had a near excellent meal here. The food was very interesting.

I had the steak tartare to start. Homemade potatoe chips as the vehicle for the tartare made things interesting. It was excellent.

I also sampled the bruschetta which my wife had and it was very good. A sample of the fresh fish nachos was also excellent.

My main course consisted of the duck two ways. The tortiere had excellent interesting flavours. I loved the pastry and definitely was a highlight. The breast of duck would have been excellent as well but unfortunately the duck skin had not been rendered down to allow it to crisp up. However the duck breast was served a nice medium and was otherwise cooked correctly.

The rack of lamb was excellent as well, but unfortunately was not from Alberta. With locally sourced ingredients one would anticipate this.

Sauces and accompaniments were excellent. Women at our table ordered the scallops and were happy with their selection as well. Only complaint was that the lemon may have been a bit much.

We all ordered dessert and everyone was happy. I had the sticky toffee but theirs isn't as dark as I've had at other places, nor as rich, but still acceptable.

This is not a cheap place and we spent well over $100/person when you factor wine. Expect to spend an evening here and enjoy the food. Service is slow and purposefully unhurried. Our server may have been relatively new to this as she appeared nervous opening our wine. She also managed to spill when pouring our wine a number of times.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Remarkable Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

From the moment I stepped into The Trough my expectations of the evening were set to a high standard. We (a group of five) were promptly greeted at the door with a smile and friendly welcomes. The decor is set out perfectly, especially the waterfall wall and beautiful washrooms. The service was attentive, friendly and knowledge making suggestions and wine recommendations when needed.
It was indeed an amazing dining experience. All five of us chose different dishes, trying each one. They were all perfect, the brushetta is a must! Chef Josh Gaudet certainly knows what he is doing, by far the best meal we have all had in a while.
I highly recommend the Trough to anyone who is up for a truly remarkable dining experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Great dinner at the Trough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The staff are very attentive, polite and helpful.
The food was very delicious and the ambiance is wonderful - there are only 10 tables so reservations are required. We were there for a birthday and it was great! Definately would recommend this restaurant!

Visited July 2013
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Houston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“consistent crown jewel of Canmore cusine !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you love being treated to a dining delight, don't miss The Trough while in Canmore ! Owner Richard and his crew are warm and gracious and you will be drawn into their passion for beautifully presented and creative cuisine. It's obvious Chef has a gift for envisioning new and imaginative dishes based on familiar favorites enhanced by some ingredients unfamiliar to the ordinary diner - with delectable success ! It's really hard to choose between all the tantalizing seasonal offerings..

The "unpredictable Caesar Salad" was little romaine boats you could eat like a taco - heavenly contents inside ! We swooned over the scallops and steelhead trout - eating light due the unusual heat July 2, but were equally tempted to lick our plates with duck, lamb and tenderloin on previous visits. They are always pleased to help you with a lovely wine pairing whatever your choice of entrée.

This was our 4th visit as we were living in nearby Calgary for 2+ years. We're now back home in Houston but returned for Canada Day (and the food!) in Canmore and Stampede in Calgary, post-flooding. Canmore has several good eateries, but this is the consistent crown jewel! Reservations are highly recommended so you'll not be disappointed and miss a special treat !

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Granada, Nicaragua
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Top notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This place is really snazzy! Great ambience, great service, great food. You pay for what you get which is gourmet! The palate cleanser and the complimentary pre-appetizer are nice touches. There are also a few options for a vegetarian. Thumbs up!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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