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“Return to an Old Favorite”

Chef's Table at Kensington Riverside Inn
Price range: US$23 - US$37
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 10 "A" Street
Transit: Close to Sunnyside C-train station
Description: Chef's Table is a CAA four-diamond award-winning upscale 40-seat restaurant residing at the Kensington Riverside Inn, Calgary's only Relais & Chateaux property. Chef's Table is one of Calgary's top fine-dining establishments, serving modern French cuisine in a uniquely memorable dining experience. Chef de Cuisine Michel Nop showcases his passion for food in our open concept kitchen. Enjoy breakfast, dinner or weekend brunch in our intimate 40-seat restaurant. Dine indoors or sit outside on our patio overlooking the Bow River, open seasonally from mid-May through September. Be sure to ask about our ever-changing tasting menus with wine pairings. Passing through the neighbourhood? ... Chef's Table is available for special events, receptions and weddings.
Calgary, Canada
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83 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Return to an Old Favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

I recently ate here with a colleague to celebrate a career milestone for both of us. We had both had previous connections to the Kensington Riverside Inn, as it was where our employer arranged for us to stay when we came to Calgary for our interviews. It seemed fitting to come back here to celebrate.

The Chef's table is an outstanding restaurant. The ambience is excellent, with the bustle of the kitchen, the relaxed lounge area or, as we chose, the outside patio. The waiter service is attentive but not intrusive. Occasionally it's a little pretentious, but forgivable. The food is always of a very high standard. We enjoyed three courses with wine, and each was beautifully presented and perfectly cooked.

I think we were the last to leave and the waiters remained and said goodbye with a smile and a thank you. All up, a perfect evening in a close to perfect venue. I will always be happy to go back here, anytime.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank anderses
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  • English first
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English first
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Exquisite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

The food is excellent. 2 friends of mine living in Calgary said they often go here for dinner because the food is so good and they were right. Restaurant compliments the quality of the hotel, or vice versa. Highly recommend.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Lisaneed
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Overall Good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

Nice stampede breakfast sponsored by Banff ice vodka and yelp! Lemon ricotta pancakes were very delicate which is how I would describe the food at the inn. All dishes are very gently flavored wich sometimes is good as in the pancakes but sometimes is disappointing as in this morning's flavorless bacon or a previous dinners choice of rabbit 3-4 ways.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Robet P
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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Food Great - Atmos Lacking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

Food is awesome but the atmosphere is lacking. It maybe a subjective thing where I am not too find of the big square room with a few tables lined up but either way I appreciate a little more character. I have been a few times with groups of friends and wouldn't suggest it for a night out. Family dinner is a better fit.

Service is great and food is amazing so thats what important.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Water_BabyTina
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Edmonton, Canada
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“open kitchen restaurant quiet and intimate”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

For a small 10 table restaurant with an open kitchen, this one was pleasantly quiet, with no noisy rattling of plates and pots.
Menu and wine list offered plenty of choices. I particularly liked the meritage-style Chateau Angludet Margaux 2009 and its reasonable price. The food and presentation was excellent although I found everything a bit too salty for my taste. Breakfast was also a pleasant variety with lemon ricotta pancakes, feature omelettes and eggs beni. My Croque Madame was perfect but my potatoes didn't need that extra little sprinkle of finishing salt.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Dawnafreeman1
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