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Cilantro

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338 17th Ave SW
Calgary, AB  T2S 0A8

(403) 229-1177

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4 star rating
Crispe Calgary September 11, 2010
thought it would be classier

i came here with my husband on a date and thought it was going to be a classier place, from what i had read about it. but it was okay, just not a fancy place, just trying to be i guess.

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English
December 14, 2011

Cilantro's casual and friendly atmosphere hides behind a forlorn stucco storefront that would look New Mexican if it weren't on an urban strip of 17th Avenue. The walls hide a tucked-away garden courtyard with a veranda bar. The food here is always excellent, eclectic with feints toward California and Santa Fe. You can snack on sandwiches, pasta, or burgers (in this case, an elk burger), or... more

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English
4 star rating
Wonderful food and wonderful service
June 22, 2014

It was my cousin's birthday and we were looking for a patio to celebrate with fine wine and delicious food. Cilantro was a great choice.
We started on the patio with a couple glasses of wine and the pear & Gorgonzola flatbread - a long-time favourite that is still delicious. Then shared the feature prawn salad before had to move... more

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4 star rating
Gormet Pizza
May 20, 2014

Expensive but worth it. We had their Pulled Elk Pizza. My mouth is still watering just thinking about it. Here's a link to their menu: www.crmr.com/wordpress/wp-content/upl...

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4 star rating
a bit of hit and miss but overall a good place to dine
May 17, 2014

we made reservations at Bar C for Mothers Day through Open Table on line reservations. When we showed up to the restaurant the note on the door said they were closed but we could check out Cilantro next door. so, that is what we did. the first person we spoke to at Cilantro said they were booked full and had... more

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4 star rating
Poor service for an expensive restaurant
April 05, 2014

I have been to this restaurant a few times and have always enjoyed the food and service but after tonight I was very disappointed and will not return. I made reservations 2 weeks ago and when I got to the restaurant we had to wait 15 minutes before being seated to clean our table. When the table was ready they... more

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4 star rating
Good food but quite expensive for what it is
March 02, 2014

We ate at Cilantro 2 weeks ago as a family of 4. Our meals were enjoyable however the wines are very expensive and we all felt there were better value restaurants in Calgary to where you can get pasta!

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4 star rating
Just average
February 14, 2014

This restaurant was nice and quiet, but could get loud if full. Good service, average food. It will not be my choice the next time we go out.

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4 star rating
Nice atmosphere
January 02, 2014

We have been wanting to try this place and while in Calgary for New \years Eve, we made a reservation. Nice quiet table, excellent staff a. I had beef and my wife had the seafood pasta, both well prepared. Several wines by the glass and some very nice cocktails. A feature menu and lots of nice choices on the regular... more

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4 star rating
Hold the Salt
December 09, 2013

Cilantro has been a favorite for years, especially for its BLT and vanilla crème brulee. Tonight's chef must have lost his/her grip on the salt shaker. My BLT was so salty I couldn't finish it (and I'm a dedicated salt addict). There was so much salt that it obliterated the taste of everything else. The pickled veggies that accompanied the... more

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4 star rating
my first time here
October 13, 2013

I was visiting my daughter and she suggested Cilantro for lunch. It was a chilly day so we sat upstairs overlooking the patio and veranda. It was lovely. We decided to have several different appetizers to get a full sampling of the menu. Each one was even better than the previous one. The seared salmon fishcakes and the beef tenderloin... more

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4 star rating
Still a great little place with a fabulous patio
September 04, 2013

I had forgotten how much I enjoy this restaurant. It has been around for ages and for some reason I hadn't been back for year. I rediscovered it on a lovely August afternoon. The service was excellent as was the food. And the patio remains one of hte best in the city.

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4 star rating
Beautiful patio... fabulous food... great find
August 28, 2013

We absolutely loved Cilantro. The food is all prepared fresh using local/organic ingredients where possible and is beautifully presented.
They had some very interesting cocktails, a great wine list and really yummy salads; the nicoise salad was absolutely fabulous.
This restaurant has a wonderful patio and very welcoming and superbly attentive staff - our server had a great sense of... more

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4 star rating
Nice patio for the rare nice summer evenings
July 31, 2013

Last minute reservation.
Nice patio. Took forever to take our food order, but once in, food started flying in.
Food was ok. Mushroom soup seemed like chooped in a blender with the consistency of a sauce, more than a potage.
As for the linguini bolognese, the pasta was more like a bucatini and the sauce was too dry.
Good selection... more

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4 star rating
Worth the walk
July 27, 2013

This was our first time to this restaurant and we enjoyed it immensely. We sat on the patio on a lovely summer evening. The food was great, the service was fantastic and we would definitely go again.

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4 star rating
Perfect Patio
May 28, 2013

This is your date night extraordinaire spot if you can get onto the patio. It's expensive but for the most part delicious. One of my friends ordered the pasta special and basically got linguine with a bunch of mace on it - oddly made you want apple pie.
The lobster bisque is OUTSTANDING but they only make it once in... more

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4 star rating
Decent restaurant but highly priced
March 15, 2013

This restaurant was good, not great. As far as expensive restaureants go, this is probably one of the better ones in Calgary... but I still expect a lot when I pay a lot, and I wasn't blown away by the food here. Good atmosphere though.

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4 star rating
Cilantro makes it look easy
September 03, 2012

Although I've heard great things about Cilantro for years (22 and going strong), I've just never managed to make it there. I don't live nearby and it seemed too much trouble to bother. Well, I'm going to bother from now on. Everything that makes a dining experience - food, atmosphere, wait staff, seating, decor, portion size, wine list - was... more

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4 star rating
Consistently excellent
September 02, 2012

Cilantro has been around for many years and it has remained very good to excellent all the way through. Favorites are the sea bass and black pepper linguini. Recommend the patio.

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4 star rating
Solid Performance
August 18, 2012

A nice evening with friends in busy 17th Ave. Staff were very attentive and we enjoyed a nice selection of wine by the glass. Meal arrived in good time with all guest served together. From the comments, all entrees were good quality. Mine was excellent and imaginative. A nice night out, at a restaurant that didn not over or underdeliver... more

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4 star rating
Good place to go with company
July 14, 2012

We were "restaurant hopping" one night, where my friends and I went to different places and sampled their food and drink.
The night we were at cilantro was quite a cold rainy evening, and, although the hostess found us a table, we had to wait outside for it because there wasn't any seating waiting area. When we were taken to... more

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4 star rating
Great dining on 17th Ave
July 08, 2012

From beginning to end, Cilantro does not disappoint. Their use of fresh ingredients and wine selection, combined with an intimate ambiance…makes Cilantro a must stop in Cow Town!

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4 star rating
Yeow! One hot oven
July 08, 2012

It was a special occasion that called for a special location. Hence, this restaurant. We were here when it first opened, and many times since. However, we have not been back since 2005. The patio is the best. Sheltered and classy, just like the rest of the restaurant. We had the goat cheese and a shrimp appy, both excellent. That... more

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4 star rating
Appetizers and Dessert at the best
July 02, 2012

You must try the Tenderloin appetizer and the peanut butter chocolate cake - both to die for! Sea Bass as an entree are excellent too. Beautiful patio, great service, wine list and atmosphere.

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4 star rating
Relaxing Comfort
June 14, 2012

Great ambiance, food and service. Chicken and pancetta pizza = fantastic. Great caesar salad ans top it off with a mouth watering Peanut butter chocolate dessert = mmmmmmmmm.

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4 star rating
Tired and outdated
May 05, 2012

I have not been to Cilantro for approximately10 years. Back then, it was a quiet restaurant, timely service and ambience suited to a meal with a loved one. The food also represented West Coast and even local produce. How things have changed. Well some haven't - the decor is the same as then - all tables and walls the worse... more

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4 star rating
Listen to the waiters advice
April 30, 2012

Had an excellent spinach salad but my friend took the waiters suggestion and had the shrimp done with Asian salad - wow it was good! I had the black pepper chicken pasta which was good but again my friend took Ryan's advice and had the chicken flat bread pizza - the best. They are known for their pizzas and we... more

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4 star rating
The best food in town
March 26, 2012

We were there in a decent sized group. Not only did all of our meals come out together they were all hot and there were no complaints. All ten of us had a very lovely evening.

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4 star rating
Garden Seating in the middle of 17th Ave
March 20, 2012

You would not think it from the outside but this restaurant has a neat patio/garden, it is well enclosed so you don't really know you are in the middle of a main through road! Nice food but not anything special.

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4 star rating
Good food and Great Experience
March 04, 2012

We got a table upstairs by the pizza oven, which added to the coziness. Ambience was very very good. Food was quite good. Very inventive menu. Sadly, though I crave the taste of cilantro, there wasn't any on the menu; and I didn't find out until AFTER THE MEAL from the waiter that the chef always has a few handfuls... more

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4 star rating
Fun and delicious
February 27, 2012

Went to Cilantro on a Saturday night at approximately 7:30 pm. Although we did not have a reservation they were able to accommodate us, albeit at a somewhat awkward table (right beside the waiter's prep area) - at the last table available in the restaurant. It's a smaller restaurant, so the conversation volume seemed a little loud. Very good server,... more

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4 star rating
What a gem
February 26, 2012

I have long wanted to try Cilantro as I have heard many good reviews about it and boy, they weren't kidding. I think this is one of my new favourite upscale restaurants in Calgary. We were choosing between Cilantro and Petite, which I have also heard good reviews about but chose Cilantro for it's more varied menu and cozy decor.... more

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4 star rating
Best Risotto in town
February 06, 2012

Shawn is the best server here hands down, meal takes awhile but is worth it, small and intimate but worth every min and dime. Their steak and risotto combo is the best in town hands down.

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4 star rating
Come on
January 18, 2012

Come on - I said it's average - doesn't that sum it up? Price, ambience, food quality... average.

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4 star rating
Never again
December 31, 2011

New Years Eve. The noise in the restaurant was simply horrendous. One rowdy obnoxious group ruined a special evening, not just for our family but for many of the other diners also. They were not just loud, but also stamping their feet, banging their chairs. Totally unnecessary behavior. The staff were either unable or unwilling to do anything about it.... more

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4 star rating
Great food but some of the staff really let the restaurant down
December 11, 2011

Although the food was very good (if over priced) getting hit on the temple by a cork thrown by one of the waiters really ruined my birthday evening out.
Behaviour that I wouldn't expect in a fast food joint was in evidence in this restaurant. Apologies were made and an attempt at compensation was offered but I would have to... more

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4 star rating
Great Food
October 10, 2011

Great place for lunch. We didn't have dinner but we heard it was good also.
We had the best sandwiches we have every had. Well second best so that is saying something. I had the Meat loaf sandwich. Out of this world. It was made with ground beef tenderloin. My wife had the tuna sandwich which she loved. The waitress... more

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4 star rating
Poor Service
July 10, 2011

On arrival, had to ask for table to be cleaned. They hadn't prepared for dinner service. Glass of wine was served from bottom of bottle and tasted as if it was off and had sat too long. Sent it back for another brand from fresh bottle. Waiter kept looking away as if his attention was somewhere else as he's taking... more

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4 star rating
Reliable favourite
June 12, 2011

Always one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary. You can always count on a great meal, friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere.

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4 star rating
A great night out
January 29, 2011

It had been a long time since I'd been to Cilantro's, and now I wonder why I stayed away for so long. Fantastic food, friendly, knowledgeable service in a very warm and welcoming environment adds up to a great night out.

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4 star rating
beautiful restaurant
August 16, 2010

First time visit and definitely not the last. On short notice they received us to a really nice table for two, in the back. If you can get the table by the window overlooking the patio and garden area I'd recommend it, my wife was so happy there. We were greated kindly, our waitress was very knowledgable, from the wine... more

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4 star rating
Outstanding food, service, atmosphere, and value
August 23, 2009

The food is interesting and very good. The portion sizes are generous – we had an excellent meal sharing a salad, “flatbread” (pizza) and desert, having plenty to eat, and resulting in a very modest bill. The service was outstanding – knowledgeable and friendly. When the server correctly sensed that one of us was not absolutely happy with our shared... more

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4 star rating
Contemporary comfort food for everyone
May 02, 2009

I am a vegetarian so eating out can be challenging, although the menu hosts some vegetarian options, the server suggested creating an entree for me of portobello mushrooms, mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies, which was delicious. I was impressed with the staff's knowledge of food and drinks. The rustic feel and savory dishes create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic... more

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4 star rating
These guys are pros. Catering or dining in.. it is a no brainer
March 09, 2009

These guys are pros. Catering or dining in.. it is a no brainer.

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4 star rating
Nice patio, cool forno a
June 21, 2008

Nice patio, cool forno a legna

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4 star rating
Its a new age mexican cuisine, and they do put cilantro in nearly everything if you do not like the "soapy"
March 15, 2008

Its a new age mexican cuisine, and they do put cilantro in nearly everything if you do not like the "soapy" taste of cilantro in your food, this place isnt for you but. its very cheap and the portions are very large. super cheap and tons of tequila drinks specials

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4 star rating
The best wild mushroom soup I've ever had
February 29, 2008

The best wild mushroom soup I've ever had

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4 star rating
Still good after all these years
January 26, 2008

Still good after all these years.

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4 star rating
Exceptional food, classy
December 13, 2007

Exceptional food, classy environment

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4 star rating
Great atmosphere excellent service this is a must for a special occasion
December 10, 2007

Great atmosphere excellent service this is a must for a special occasion.

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4 star rating
Not very good service, cold food
December 07, 2007

Not very good service, cold food

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Bad Service at Cilantro on 17th
August 01, 2007

I was looking forward to a night out with the girls. Trying a restaurant that I hadn't been to but had heard good things about. I was sorely disappointed... more

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French
4 star rating
June 04, 2007

Visited on June 2nd, 2006, after a favorable memory from years ago. It was a hot and sunny day and the attractive patio was all full, but the food and service inside were still great. The waitress was knowledgeable, friendly without being too familiar. This restaurant offers about 20 wines by the glass which is a nice treat if you and your guest can't agree on a bottle; which was our case! ;) I... more

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English
May 14, 2011

A Southwestern California Cuisine restaurant may now be a cliché, but this place was one of the first and the food is consistently wonderful. The menu includes pizza with fresh pear, gorgonzola and Chilean sea bass with southwest tamale and ancho citrus chili sauce. The wine list is extensive, with more than 20 wines available by the glass. The decor manages to be both casual and elegant, and... more

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January 18, 2010

A rustic decor composed of brick, aged woodwork, and wrought iron adds a certain charm to this casual establishment. The menu has a Mediterranean sensibility, although it pulls influences from California and Asia as well. Wood-fired pizzas are extremely popular, crowned with exotic ingredients and flavorful sauces. You'll also find chicken breasts dressed with savory toppings and a wonderful... more

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December 13, 2008

A Southwestern California Cuisine restaurant may now be a cliche, but this place was one of the first and the food is consistently wonderful. The menu includes pizza with fresh pear and gorgonzola and Chilean sea bass with southwest tamale and ancho citrus chili sauce. The wine list is extensive, with more than 20 wines available by the glass. The decor manages to be both casual and elegant,... more

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