Calgary’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Events, Food, Things to Do — By mattmcpherson on February 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Valentine’s Day in Calgary. Sure, it’s not as romantic as Paris or Rome, but that’s not a good enough excuse to do nothing! With the big day only a few days away, it’s time to think seriously about where you’ll book your reservation.

Romantic restaurants in Calgary don’t have to be too expensive, but they can be, if you’re into that sort of thing. In fact, there’s many unique, but quality, restaurants in this city that are quite reasonably priced. Here is a quick list to help you out: Calgary’s top 5 romantic Valentine’s Day restaurants.

For those looking to splurge: Bolero Brazilian BBQ

If dropping $150-200 to treat your special lady is no problem for you, consider the Bolero Brazilian BBQ. This is an all-you-can-eat steak house where you determine the pace. Gauchos will bring you cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, as much as you want, and it’s right off the skewer. But the favorite menu item here are the roasted pineapples, which have a smokey, caramel flavor. And, remember, you can eat as much as you want for as long as you want. If you can’t get a reservation at Bolero, call Gaucho Brazilian BBQ, which is also an authentic Rodizio experience.

If you’re looking for a place with charm: River Cafe

River Cafe is hidden away in Prince’s Island Park, right in the heart of the city, but it feels like you’re getting out of town. This restaurant is known for charm. Warm yourself next to the field stone fireplace, enjoy the multi-course menu, and let the servers take care of everything else. A second option is The Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park, where you can escape the city altogether to enjoy the tranquility of nature and the luxury of fine dining.

Those looking for a great steal-of-a-deal: Mi Tierra Tu Restaurant

It’s hard to find good Mexican food in Calgary. But, Mi Tierra is one of the finest you’ll find, anywhere. There are two locations in the south, which are in non-typical spots for restaurants. The Oakridge location (Bay #2, 10015 Oakfield Dr. SW) is in a small strip mall next to a mechanic. But, it doesn’t matter. For $12-15, you can get a great meal. And, you will be telling your friends later about this great find! The other location is in Fairmont (Bay #30 – 8316 Fairmont Drive SE).

Some couples like to have ‘their place’, so here’s a spot you’ll likely want to go back to again and again: Il Centro

Again, although it’s found in an atypical, strip mall location east of Chinook Centre, this little pizza place serves some of Calgary’s best Italian food and pizza. It also makes home-made ice-cream. The pizza is a little more expensive than what you’ll find at a franchise, but the quality is worth the price. The dining area is not very big, and it’s decorated with a faux-Italian look. But, the pizza is better than almost anywhere else in town.

If you want to treat your special lady, but just can’t afford most places: Jonas

This quaint spot serves great Hungarian cuisine. Entrees vary from $13-15. I recommend the Mushroom Paprikash, but that’s just me. Jonas is located downtown (937 – 6th Ave. S.W.), and it is open from 5-9pm for dinner service. It’s fun, different, and really delicious, but also cheap (and there’s nothing wrong with that!). Also worth considering is the Austrian Club of Calgary, which is a bit pricier, but serves good Austrian food.

For dessert: Crave Cupcakes

Most Calgarians know Crave Cupcakes all too well. This little cupcake shop is one of Calgary’s best known small-businesses. Truly, the full-size Crave cupcake will probably induce a sugar coma. They are very sweet tasting. But, the mini size is just right! Crave has locations in Kensington and Willow Park.

I hope you enjoy my recommendations and have a great time this Valentine’s Day!

Photo by: half alive – soo zzzz,