Blink Restaurant

4.4
1777 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
Through a unique blend of texture and colour, Executive Chef Brian Diamond combines slow food cooking techniques with local flavours, allowing each delicious menu selection to evolve with the changing seasons. Traditional and modernized cooking techniques combine with a wide range of carefully selected grape varietals and vintages to offer an unmatched European fine-dining restaurant experience sure to impress even the most sophisticated palate.

We are proud recipients Where Magazines Restaurant of The Year as well as Avenue Magazines 4th Best Restaurant, and Best Dessert in 2014.

As we endeavor to use only local and fresh ingredients, we do not allow any outside food in the restaurant. Should you require anything above and beyond what is on our menu, including cakes, please feel free to contact us directly.

Corkage Policy: Our corkage fee is $25 and we allow 1 bottle per group
What 1777 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JA
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Was looking for something interesting for a date and stumbled across Blink. We were both presently surprised. We started with the charcuterie which had fantastic flavours and then split the char and strip loin. Excellent meal all around.

PW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant in downtown Calgary! Very creative dishes, warm and relaxing atmosphere.

w
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was some of the best food we have experienced anywhere. We had the halibut and duck and both were outstanding. The octopus appetizer was the most perfectly prepared octopus I have ever had. The staff was amazingly helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Blink.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food portions were super small for the price

s
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I knew this was a highly recommended restaurant, but myself and 2 friends can't figure out why. The service was fantastic, but the food was definitely not our style.

RB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Very underwhelmed. Way overpriced for food that was unremarkable in every way. Very disappointed.

G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a very pleasant evening out for our anniversary dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was beautifully presented but far too salty. Flavors were average and a little boring. Felt that we should have had a more interesting and delicious meal for the price. Service good but not superb. Blasé meal for above average price. Kept thinking we should have kept our original resos for Anju.

RV
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Very slow service
Cold main course after a very long pause and staff too busy to notice we had an issue.

JB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nailed it from beginning to end: delicious well-prepared food, knowledgable service that was neither over the top or nonexistent. As good as I have been to in this city in a while, they should be super proud of themselves.

AF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I had the duck breast and my partner had the halibut. Both were beautifully presented and flavourful, however both were slightly overdone.
Also I did note in my reservation this was a birthday dinner, it would have been nice had birthday wishes been extended.
Overall a lovely restaurant with delicious food. I would recommend it and I’m sure we will be back.

CM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

great date night restaurant. good food and wine. quiet quaint atmosphere.

g
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Read great reviews but didn’t feel the restaurant lived up to the reviews. Wouldn’t go back.

m
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Restaurant seemed short staffed and everything took way too long despite being only half full. One of my guests left in frustration. The food and drink was exceptional though and I will be back.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pricelesss

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food!

JM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The design of the restaurant made us feel very comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Food excellent.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed it enough to go twice during our stay in Calgary.

MH
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food and wines and excellent service at each visit. Highly recommended!

CJ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Nice atmosphere good service, two orders of steak small portions for 30 a plate at best food was a litlle warmer than cold tast was good. Fish and chips chips awesome fish was over cooked and dry. Pickeral was good.

The restraunt was 70 % full. Value at 20% tip was 145 no alcohol desert or coffee. This is the 3rd time i have taken clients here average to below average score. Not the first restraunt with location and ambience,wonder how long they will stay in business.

M
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was enjoyable and they did a good job with the salmon and halibut. Tiramisu was a super end to the dinner. This was the third Calgary restaurant we ate at and most expensive. While Blink was nice, we would go to the other two restaurants before returning to Blink.

DB
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent service, food is tasty- even if portions are small ...

DJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was my first visit to Blink and I was very impressed. Excellent food, service and ambiance. Good location.
It is, however, very pricey so I consider this restaurant as "special occasion spot"

OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Blink, the service was incredible, the food was so good, the pork belly, octopus, halibut and cheesecake was out of this world. One of the better meals I’ve had.

CJ
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still one of the best restaurants in Calgary, top quality food in an elegant and comfortable setting.

HH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was helpful, personable and memorable. The ambience was lovely; we looked out of the front window directly into street where there was outside seating. The food was certainly good though not quite great. Don't skip dessert.

PS
Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Blink is our go to favourite place when we're downtown. It's so stylish yet understated. Our server Nicole was knowledgeable and a real sweetheart. His nibs had the chicken with a nice glass of Albariño and I had the striploin with a delicious rosé (preceded by a lovely chilled sparkly Raventos); followed by cheesecake and earl grey crème brûlée. Everything was cooked to perfection and we'll hopefully be back again soon. Thanks to all.

KK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very good, however the service of the food based on how quiet the restaurant was, was a little slow.

Y
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

As always this restaurant never disappoints. The octopus appetizer was truly the highlight of the meal, served with a surprising bite of grapefruit which paired well. The duck was delicious and filling with all of the beautiful vegetables served alongside the perfectly cooked meat. Ensure that you have dined here at least once during your time in Calgary.

DS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal out with friends. All of our meals were awesome.

PO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Excellent food, beautiful decor and exceptional service! If you are in Calgary and are looking for very good food, and not only steak, this is the place to go for sure! We loved it!

JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The service was terrible it took 20 minutes to get our drinks and 1 1/2 ours for food. Waiter did not communicate with us and did't acknowledge that we waited so long. Other tables were served much sooner so it was just our server.

DB
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, superb service and as always - great conversation

KC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was good food. Ordered the striploin, sides were delicious and it was done well. The appetizers were a bit small and expensive.

F
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed ourselves and most of the food. The service was great.

SQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat in the window overlooking the street and it felt like the privacy of a friend's home. Great street action. Everyone enjoyed their meal-the lamb and chicken breast were delicious and the octopus yummy. The servings were very satisfying. The service was excellent without being invasive. All in all a lovely experience that we would all repeat.

GO
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and great atmosphere!

C
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Blink used to be really fantastic but last night it missed the mark. Risotto was underwhelming and the octopus was not very enjoyable. Good wine list though.

AA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was “ok”. I have no specific complaints. Our service was good. The ambience was “ok”. The food, while good, wasn’t “wow”. Overall, the whole experience was “ok”.

OT
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Our last time dining here was one of the best meals we have ever had. Unfortunately, this time was underwhelming to say the least. Maybe we ordered wrong, or there was a different kitchen staff on for the Victoria Day long weekend? The cheese platter was magnificent (as always). I ordered the chicken and it was underseasoned and underwhelming for a $33 entree. The polenta was creamy but relatively flavourless as well.
My wife ordered the halibut and was not impressed with the fish. It was also under seasoned. The only flavor on the dish came from the sauce, which was overpoweringly "fishy" with salt, and not much depth. The service was good, as usual, but the looks on the faces of our server and the manager (who checked on us twice) seemed apologetic.
We WILL be back, but will order something different. I am still eager to try the lamb!

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