Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

4.6
1101 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Bow Valley Ranche has two restaurants where people come and go in the Fish Creek Provincial Park's beautiful surroundings. Located at the end of Bow Bottom Trail SE, in Fish Creek Provincial Park, just follow the signs for Bow Valley Ranche.



The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is the new fine dining facility located in the restored Ranche House. Their menu features a contemporary interpretation of Alberta regional cuisine. The Grand Salon seats about 125 guests.



Charlie's room, seats another 25 and there are private dining dining rooms available. Sit down beside the massive fireplace in the William Roper Hull room or enjoy the covered wrap-around verandah during warm weather. Enjoy lunch, dinner, cocktails or weekend brunch. Reservations are recommended.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Winter hours

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Afternoon Tea: Saturday & Sunday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Seasonal


Holiday Hours:

Dec 24-25: CLOSED
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(403) 476-1310
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Plenty of complimentary parking within the park and a few metres to the restaurant
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Banquet, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

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The exquisite ambiance of the Bow Valley Ranche’s tranquil setting is suited to any occasion, whether a celebratory family dinner, a romantic wedding or a special night out. Whatever your reason for coming to the Bow Valley Ranche, you will be enchanted by the elegant country atmosphere and dazzled

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LR
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good!

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SL
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bow Valley Ranch is wonderful for a relaxing and pleasant lunch or dinner! We love it!

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BW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent dining, kind, friendly service, well cared for historical building.

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary here with Sunday brunch. Our table was perfectly set up beside a window, overlooking the front garden, and our food was very delicious.
It is an open room so it did get a little noisy, otherwise a beautiful setting.

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IA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always but a bit noisy in the main dining room.

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a bit loud that night we went due to a wedding in the main dining room but otherwise it was fantastic and we plan to attend again in the near future. The food was amazing.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great anniversary dinner

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PS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and the service (Alec and team) was outstanding!!!!

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DS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is time Alberta Restaurants got realistic about tips. I retired over 10 years ago and since then my pension has increased by less than 22%. Restaurant workers pay will have gone up as of Oct. 1st by over 160%!! in the same period. When I retired a 12% tip was standard and 15% was an excellent tip.
Prices have had to rise to pay increased wage and other costs and have at least doubled so a meal costing $75. when I retired would have had a $9.00 to $11.25 tip the same meal will now cost at least $150 and an expected tip (options on machine 18%, 20%, 25%) of $27.00 to $37.50) compared to my increased ability to pay based on increase in pension of $11.00 to $13.75. Quit trying to shame me with options of 18% or above or I will have to stop tipping all together to get the cost of occasionally dining out to a cost consistent with how much my ability to pay has increased since I retired.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Why make a reservation through your company, when it is not honoured

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JA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favourite and never disappoints. Our family regularly chooses The Bow Valley Ranch for special lunches and dinners. Services is always attentive but nowt intrusive. Thank you for making my friend's birthday special.

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J
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

disappointing this time.....When the soup arrived it was luke warm so we had to send it back. I ordered the steak but it was tough so I had to send it back. The second steak was much better. My friend had the beef short rib sandwich which was very messy to eat with your hands. It had way too much creamy coleslaw on it making it very difficult to eat with out getting your hands very messy. My friend said she was very disappointed with her meal. On a positive note the wine I chose was very good but expensive. $14.00 for a 6 ounce glass. The service was pretty good.

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G
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the Ranche for a business meeting today and had a fantastic experience. I enjoyed their wild game burger - one of the best burgers I have ever had, I should say. My colleague is vegan and she loved the vegetarian bowl that they adjusted for her dietary restrictions. Great service!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I think the management in the restaurant can improve greatly. Food was good but portion size for price was pit of proportion.
Nothing especial for my birthday. That was disappointing.

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DL
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great experience. We brought our daughter to celebrate her birthday ( first time for her) Our server, Ramesh, was fabulous. He gave us a brief history of The Ranche building and area and made sure our lunch was a special. The food was fabulous too.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Our waitress karly was lovely and attentive to our needs and our chosen meals perfectly served. Local and fresh ingredients were perfect. The acoustics are terrible though. Very hard to have a conversation with our friends and the room temperature was a bit on the cool side.

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HJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Overall, it was a good experience. I would have liked to be informed of the wedding that was taking place as it was quite loud.

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MF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant defines Fine Dining. The atmosphere makes for the perfect venue for an intimate dinner for two or a wedding. The staff are courteous , friendly and are there to ensure a positive experience you'll remember. The food was on point. From the time your meal reaches the table to the very last bite, you'll enjoy every minute of it. Complements to the Chef, the presentation of each dish were of five-star-caliber. Highly recommend booking if you are looking for an experience to remember.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointed.... went to the Ranch to celebrate our first anniversary. Complying with dress code I wore a suit and my wife an elegant white evening gown. Took a nice seat in the evening sun on the patio. A wedding was going on on the Ranch grounds. As the waiter attending the table approached he became very concerned with my wife's dress. Apparently the Ranch guarantees a wedding party that only one bride will be in attendance on there wedding night. Understandable. Since my wife was wearing an off white evening dress (not a wedding dress!) they asked us to move to the opposite shaded side of the patio explaining the policy. This became such an issue that my wife was afraid of going to the bathroom as not to create an issue with staff. Meanwhile other patrons wearing board shirts and t shirts were escorted to the seats we were asked to vacate (not much of a dress code). Very disappointed! Will not be back and will inform our friends of our experience. Ambiance was great and food was quite nice but will not tolerate how the Ranch tested us. Ruined our night. Not impressed at all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went for lunch/brunch with family and service was very good, friendly and efficient. Will always recommend this little place for brunch/dinner - Very quaint and cozy

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JR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The dining room is spectacular in its historic setting, although we sat outside on a beautiful evening. Three of our group had lamb and I had the salmon daily special. All of the food was as good as we have had anywhere in Calgary. The veggies were crisp as were the potatoes. The doneness level of the meat was perfect (compliments to the chef). I had oysters before dinner and the rest had the tomato soup, all of which we found excellent. The wine list is huge with a good range of pricing. We had the house Pinot Noir which our waiter recommended and it was excellent.

The service was a wee bit slow but we were enjoying a lovely warm Calgary evening so didn't mind. When it did cool off later the staff brought out shawls for us. We haven't been to the Ranche in a long time and were reminded of how good a restaurant it is and how it is well worth the bit of a drive to get there. It will be high on our list to return to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been here several times and they never disappoint. Great selection of food and wine. We always try something new and always enjoy. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fantastic evening here with my partner. We had been waiting for a night out together for a long time and all the staff and particularly our server Marten did not disappoint - service and food were impeccable. We were given the utmost attention, respect and advice about the food and hats off to Marten for being an excellent host.

At the end of the evening he also offered to take our picture outside, showing his prowess at knowing the best spots for a photo.

Thank you all for a wonderful evening, you will be seeing us again!

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MA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Possibly my palate is not sophisticated enough but I expected more 'food" for what I got. Probably should have inquired of our server who was very attentive what to expect.
What food we received was exquisitely prepared but the portions were lacking.

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MC
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had not been there for a long time. Went for a birthday. Sat on the deck. The service was really delightful, the food better than ever and the ambiance simply enchanting. We will be back soon for sure.

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D
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was exceptional as was the atmosphere. The staff were very welcoming and good at their job. Will definitely go
back. One small note , we felt rushed through our meal which was frustrating. We were celebrating our 25th and were enjoying each other’s company. Seemed the server was not giving us space to enjoy our meal at our pace. Other than that it was a
wonderful dinner out.

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R
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went for lunch. it was quite busy but service was OK. Salad appetizer was great. I had the steak and it was done as requested. Wife had the Salmon and she quite enjoyed it.

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AS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch with some friends! The patio offered some great views of the park and the menu had plenty of options.
Service was attentive and my coffee was always filled! Will be back for dinner soon!

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DP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service, outstanding food, a real treat!

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We brought my California cousins for Sunday brunch and they were delighted with the total experience! The weather allowed us to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors on the expansive porch. Our server offered us blankets as the day was sunny but cool. Great service - attentive without being intrusive. And the view of the park is spectacular! The house is set far enough back from the path that cyclists and walkers form part of the backdrop. A perfect day topped off by a server’s generous offer to take our photo as we were leaving!

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Food was only mediocre for a quite expensive Sunday brunch. Wheelchair access is somewhat difficult, wheelchair ramp is quite tilted. Single wheelchair bathroom was out of service with no alternative. Servers were quite attentive but we didn’t have a designated server who we knew to direct inquiries to, as such we felt inundated by overly frequent inquiries about our meal and beverages from the staff. Food was subpar for the $20 plus per person for breakfast. I expected exceptional and would be hard pressed to say it was ok. Very disappointed given the reviews we read online.

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JJ
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a lovely brunch. The food and the service is always very good, and the atmosphere is lovely. I have a new gluten intolerance and they were both insightful and helpful in providing an excellent meal for me to enjoy.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Bow Valley Ranche and we were very impressed. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make us feel special. The food and service were excellent and our dessert plate was decorated with an anniversary message. As we were leaving a team member offered to take a picture of us by the pretty garden in front. It was a wonderful evening and we are looking forward to going back.

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SM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Very disappointed.
Wanted a nice quiet lunch to celebrate my wife’s birthday.
Got stuffed in the middle of the big room - told only 3 servers on.
Asked for beers on draft - was told to read the list.
Steak undercooked - asked for medium-well, got medium-rare.
Nobody came to ask how meal was - otherwise would have sent it back.
If we’d have wanted to be seated next to a table of 10 - we would have gone to the pub.

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C
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We dined here for the first time for brunch. It was lovely atmosphere, gorgeous location, good food, and good service. I would love to return on a warmer day/night to sit on the front porch, that would be fantastic!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, and we absolutely loved it! Everything about this place is fantastic.

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PB
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday that included great food and service. We enjoyed the evening at a leisurely pace and never once felt rushed or delayed in eating our food. Terrific staff with Martin in complete control as out waiter. Recommend for a great evening and a special event. Worth the drive.

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AG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We really love going here for birthdays! Love the ambiance. The food is excellent... I had the 3 course lunch salmon... delicious!

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G
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Ranche is always our to go place when my husband and I want to indulge in a unique fine dining experience. The servers are very professional and polite and they will do everything to accommodate your special experience. Photos in front of the house included.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When we got there we asked to sit outside because it’s so beautiful on the patio and they were very accommodating. They told us we could move inside if it got chilly and gave us blankets . The service was exceptional right down to the bus boy . The food never disappoints here . Highly recommend .

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