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“AMAZING service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Downtownfood - CLOSED

Downtownfood
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, International, Fusion, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 5th st SW
Transit: We are located very close to the LRT line on 7th ave, with a station at 5th St. Several buses stop on 5th St and 8th, including the #3 bus, which runs frequently, and the 300 bus that runs from the airport.
Description: Located on Stephen Ave's west end theatre district, this modern bistro on 8th is the home to some of the most innovative cuisine in Calgary. A forward thinking restaurant with an eye on sustainability, dtf proudly plays host to our great city's first fully integrated rooftop ecosystem the urbanagproject from which the restaurant sources its honey and over 40 different types of vegetables, herbs and fruits. More here #growfooddowntown As seasonal restaurant, dtf's menus changes regularly in order to explore, serve and showcase ingredients at their best. downtownfood makes everything in house and lovingly supports local, organic and small producers. This philosophy culminates in our "true Canadian cuisine." By utilizing Canada's ethnic heritage, we can apply those flavours to Canadian sourced produce. In this way, downtownfood aims to achieve true innovation harmony and fusion in our cuisine
Calgary, Canada
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131 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“AMAZING service.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Was taken here by a group who frequent the place. And let me tell you, the service alone should keep you coming back. The service staff is beyond attentive, kind, and they believe in this restaurant. We ordered every appetizer on the menu and each one didn't disappoint. The eggplant tempura with goat cheese was my favourite. The mains did disappoint a little - the fish was very salty and the pasta wasn't anything too special. But all was forgotten when the lemon tart for dessert arrived. Despite the less than amazing mains, I'd return in a heart beat for the appies and the dessert and most of all, to interact with the amazing staff!!!

  • Visited April 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Bistro Bliss”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Recently I attended The Big Taste Pop Up YYC six course pop up dinner at downtown food with some foodie friends. It was hosted by John Gilchrist and had a stellar line up of Chef's in attendance: Chef Darren MacLean, Chef Duncan Ly, Chef John Jackson, Chef Roy Oh. Each Chef prepared a dish for each of the six courses plus we were teased with a delightful Amuse Bouche to start the evening.

The decor & ambiance in the bistro is very modern. Immediately upon entering you notice how inviting, warm and friendly the restaurant is. The staff go out of their way to make you comfortable and ensure you leave happy.

The food during the Pop Up was decadent, erogenous, flavorsome and full of love. You could tell a lot of work went into the planning of this event. Definitely left us wanting more.

I look forward to returning and trying out more on their menu.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Robswife2004
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Calgary, Canada
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fun night in a new fav restaurant”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

We were looking for something new to celebrate my husband's Birthday and struck lucky with the Downtown Food. The food was truly a gastronomic experience, the staff were attentive and helpful, and to top it off - there was a even a bit of chef/owner drama with the presentation. Oh and I forgot to mention - they even presented my husband with a special Birhday Desert. All in all - a terrific night.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Gingenut
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Calgary, Canada
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62 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Delicious, comfortable and accommodating”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

A very different place, with beautifully-presented food in a non-pretentious environment. I have eaten here on multiple occasions, and they have always managed to create a completely comfortable atmosphere while serving delicious, locally sourced food. The menu is unique, and although the ingredients may not be familiar to everyone, the tastes they create are universally appealing. The bacon carbonara (sp?) is like none I've had anywhere, and their wine selection is complementary to their menu, and nicely stocked. This restaurant deserves much more exposure than it has.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank ki-tonjones
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Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I had the fish taco last time I was here for lunch and it was fantastic. Easy walk from the core and cheap parking at night in the heated centennial parkade. A must try in Downtown Calgary.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank NeilMurdoch
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