Alforno

4.6
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian

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As part of the Teatro Group’s family of restaurants, Alforno Bakery & Café upholds our practice of offering only the finest ingredients to our guests. Since the opening of our flagship restaurant in 1993, we have been proud members of Calgary’s vibrant downtown culinary scene. Situated in the heart of Eau Claire, Alforno offers freshly baked, house-made pastries & bread as well as brunch, lunch & dinner. Alongside of our sustainable coffee programme, we are proud to feature a selection of artisan wine, beer & spirits that have been curated from the Teatro cellars.

We are a lively and casual café and accept reservations after 5:00 PM Monday – Saturday. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
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C
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

great eggs benny with spinach and mushrooms. Great service. Very loud. Hard to talk.

Alforno
Responded 2 days ago

Hey, Cori! Thank you for your review and feedback. We definitely are a busy cafe. If you would rather come when it's slower, we recommend weekdays before 11am or after 2pm . And weekends before 10am!

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SS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Very noisy for amount of people dining

MC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the food at Alforno. I had avocado toast an my friend had a veggie omelette and both were yummy. The sourdough is incredible and made in house. I did not have a cinnamon bun this time but would highly recommend it. Our server was very friendly and came back to fill up my coffee many times. I will be going back for sure.

Alforno
Responded on December 5, 2019

It's our pleasure, Mariane! Thank you for coming in and joining us. We hope we get to see you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a good time. Servers were very engaging and knowledgeable. Quite enjoyable food and dining room!

Alforno
Responded on December 2, 2019

Why, thank you! See you again soon!

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AS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect ambience and loved that the noise level was so low. Very comfortable for good conversation.

Alforno
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Annette! We're glad you enjoyed everything and hope we can see you again soon!

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G
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a fabulous place for brunch with the girls!

Alforno
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks, Gail! We do love a good girl's brunch!

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NJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and very friendly staff. Enjoyed the food and salted caramel cheesecake!

Alforno
Responded on November 4, 2019

We also 💓 that Salted Caramel Cheesecake! Thank you for coming by and we look forward to seeing you again!

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TW
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had heard of the great eggs benedicts there so four of us went down to try things out. I was pretty hungry so I went for the breakfast sandwich instead from a recommendation from the server. It was delicious and a great recommendation. It was like most stacked high "burgers" though, it got messy. However it was as stated really good and it was filling. Another person did order the mushroom eggs benedict and she loved how much flavor it had from the hollandaise sauce to the mushrooms. The other two guests went with the steak and eggs sandwich and one of them loved the taste of the light salad dressing it had on the side and wasn't quite sure what it was but enjoyed it very much.

Even though it was busy in there, the server was very attentive and made sure our refreshments were topped off and checked to make sure our food was fine. I would highly recommend breakfast there. However make sure to make reservations, it was busy in there.

Before leaving, I did check out their fresh baked bakeries items at the front and had the server add a couple of lemon tarts for me to take home, they were also very tasty. Just enough tartness and flavor and not too sweet.

Alforno
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for coming in for breakfast, Tony! We're so glad you enjoyed your morning with us. We hope we get the opportunity to see you again soon!

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EG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

Enjoyed our visit. Appreciate being able to make reservation as very busy on the weekend. We dined around lunch and the bakery was low on some items but still lots of delicious goodies to choose from. A bit loud but hard to control that when so busy!

Alforno
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for coming by, Erika! We're glad we were able to see you this weekend. Let's do it again sometime! Maybe earlier so we can ensure you get a sweet from the bakery ;)

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E
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first visit - the food was amazing. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Loved the decor (will be using it for inspo for my own place). Looking forward to a return visit!

Alforno
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for giving us a try, Emily! We hope we get a second visit ;)

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My server was awesome ! She made us feel comfortable from the moment we got there to the end. Thanks so much!

Alforno
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Paula! It's our pleasure to ensure you have a great evening with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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I
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and good food. The only down side is that it was a little too loud. Not the best for a group meeting.

Alforno
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello there! We sure are a bustling cafe. If you wish to visit during a quieter time, we'd recommend weekday mornings until 11am and afternoons from 2-4pm. We hope to see you again soon!

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R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Service was a little slow but the food was exceptional for a casual bite. Would recommend for date night or girls night.

Alforno
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, Rachy! Thank you for your feedback and we apologize if your service was a tad slow. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you again soon!

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KH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good

Alforno
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you, Kingsley!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

My favorite place for a brunch in Calgary! Cozy atmosphere and friendly staff!

Alforno
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you so much! We're always happy to have you for brunch. We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Poor costumer service, from hosting to server and getting the check. Good food and beautiful setting. Prices are fair considering the area. Service was so bad that compromised the experience.

Alforno
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hello there. Thank you for your time and bringing this to our attention. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if we may. Could you please send us an email to Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca at your next convenience? Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you!

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C
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice restaurant! We came on pasta Tuesday (by accident) where all the pasta's were $13. On top of that, we were also there for 'Summer Feast,' on their special menu. My wife got the special and I got the Crab dip and Tagliatelle. We are pasta snobs... the pasta was exceptional.

There were people around us with laptops and created the coffee shop vibe, yet sophisticated enough to be a dining room as well. It's hard to explain but it was pleasant. I like everything about this place.

Alforno
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hey, Chuckmate! Thank you for coming by for Pasta Night! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed everything. We look forward to our next visit!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall a very good experience.

Alforno
Responded on August 26, 2019

We're so pleased to hear this! We hope to see you again soon!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Prob one of yyc best casual places for great food, ambiance n amazing service. I frequent often n always am introducing new people who also become equally impressed

Alforno
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you, Mary! We always love our visits!1

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was terrific, as it usually is, but service was subpar. When we arrived, I was told that my reservation had already been seated, when in fact they had seated another group at our table. They then moved us to a small table right in the corner of the restaurant, which was not large enough to hold our drinks and plates on comfortably. The staff seemed fairly disorganized. However, the food is delicious which is why I keep coming back anyways.

Alforno
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hello there! Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we may review it with our staff. We apologize for the confusion and hope there is an opportunity to see you again soon!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

My egg benny was overcooked, sandwich bread was so hard, and chai latte was too mild. Maybe it is a good place for a coffee and cake? So disappointed with food. Also, the tiny round table was so uncomfortable with my food. Sharing a couch with other table was weird as well. Couch seat was so low to the table as well. So busy in sunday. Many menu was sold out and food came so late.

Alforno
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hello there! My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing Manager for Teatro Group. Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback about your most recent experience. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Could you please kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca at your next convenience? Thank you again for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

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RH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

An Italian place that can’t make pesto? Seriously ridiculous. The dinner food was mediocre at best, the service was the worst I’ve ever had anywhere. As a counter order place they’re fine but as a service restaurant it’s terrible. It took us 20 minutes to get the bill AFTER we reminded her that we’d already asked for it. One drink came in a dirty glass. The menu has changed but the website hasn’t been updated so half of their “signature cocktails” are gone. I will never go here again. Clearly the “servers” do not understand how to do their jobs.

Alforno
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hi there , thank you for your time and bringing this to our attention. We very much regret to hear your dining experience with us did not meet our standards. We have taken the time to review your feedback with our team so that we may take this an a training opportunity. Again, thank you for your time!

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KG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Able to book brunch reservations. Food was tasty. No complaints!

Alforno
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for coming by, Kat!

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SM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

excellent menu, nice patio, good value, great staff, not rushed

Alforno
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Susan!

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w
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I love Alforno for the food and atmosphere. It’s consistently good and the desserts are as goods as they look!!

Alforno
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you so much! We always enjoy our visits together :)

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Better breakfast than dinner. Pizza was OK with the bacon and fig being most interesting. Beet salad was basic. Soup of the day was tardy and very hearty helping. Bathrooms could be better mainly for cleanliness. Table was also not properly cleaned prior to us being seated.

Alforno
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hey, Judy! Thank you for the feedback regarding your visit. We will look into this further!

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Took 45 mins to get our breakfast. Beautiful place. But make sure you go when you have lotsa time to wait.

Alforno
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hello there! Thank you for bringing this to our attention and apologize for the wait. We can assure you it doesn't usually take 45 minutes to get breakfast!

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G
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a beautiful coffee shop. This was a great brunch location and even better food! We had the crab omelette and brie and mushroom bennie...delicious!

Great location for a stroll along the river after brunch.

We’ll be back!

Alforno
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for coming by, Gail! We hope to see you around the bakery again soon!

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S
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

We made reservation in advance knowing that it would be busy for Father’s Day. Unfortunately my review is based on a child that screamed and shrieked for most of our meal. I understand that kids can get cranky but after 30 minutes of non stop shrieking, we got fed up and left as soon as we could. This was not a nice date night meal. The restaurant was packed so I’m sure this affected all the diners. The sad part was that management did not even notice the screaming and if they did, did nothing about it.

Alforno
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hey, there. Thank you for your time and sending your feedback about your experience on Father's Day. We can empathize that you were disturbed by the young child, but we did in fact speak with the mother who did take the little one outside to calm down. Unfortunately, we are not in a place where we will ask parents to leave because of their child being upset. We are a family friendly restaurant and we encourage guests to bring their children with them. We regret to hear this impacted your day.

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E
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

I've been to Alfono many times however the staff should have asked another customer to step out. Her child (age 4 or so) was throwing a fit and screaming at the top of her lungs for a solid 50 minutes. The mother never left and other customers (5 other tables) complained verbally, as well as a few other people asked to be moved. Would hAve been much nicer if the staff stepped up and asked the lady to just step out for a bit, especially on a special occasion like Father's day

Alforno
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hi, Emily. Thank you for your time and we regret to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. Just to inform you, we did in fact speak to the mother of the young child and she promptly took her child outside to console her. We are a family friendly restaurant and encourage guests to spend time with their family in our establishment, especially on Father's Day. We regret to hear this impacted your day with us but we are not in a place where we will ask guests to leave if their child is upset.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing food, service and atmosphere! I usually host a ladies meetup group here. I’ve tried most of the pizzas on their menu. Great price on Thursday’s for $13. Brunch is awesome as well! Thanks for serving us tonight Ally! See you next time! :)

Alforno
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you so much! We're so pleased you enjoy the pizzas 🍕Did you have a favourite? We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great!!! Awesome foods and ambiance

Alforno
Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you so much! It's our pleasure!

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TB
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I really like Alforno for a casual breakfast - the food is UNREAL yummmm! The service though is really lacking. It feels like they are not sure if they are full service or counter service...so it's kinda messy.

Just manage your expectations - if you're looking to have Teatro-Group-level service, it isn't going to happen here. If you're looking to have Teatro-Group-level food that is on the casual side, and just as yummy - you will absolutely get that here!

I will certainly be back!

Alforno
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hi there! My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing & Communications Manager for Teatro Group. Thank you for your time and sending in your review. I do regret to hear the service you've received does not meet our Teatro Group standards, as it is the same across all properties. I would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Please kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca at your earliest convenience. Thank you in advance!

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SA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

This is a cute spot. Food is good. Service was a bit slow, for what we ordered it took a long time (avocado toast and a side of bacon). The A/C was blasting so we were freezing. But I’d try it again to see if those were just a one time thing.

Alforno
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hey, Sara! Thanks for visiting us and for the feedback. It appears you visited us on a Sunday- one of our busiest days of the week, so that may have something to do with the longer than usual bill time! We strive to ensure our guests are as comfortable as possible so if you're ever too cold- let us know!

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cute little cafe, delicious food great atmosphere. Portion sizes were on the small side.

Alforno
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hey, Liisa! Thank you for the feedback. We will look into this!

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ER
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

I often go to Alforna for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was only disappointed in the service this past time. The server came by at least 5 times to take our order even though we asked her to give us 10 minutes or so. She never even offered us a drink before asking to take our order and we had to ask for a drink first. I don't hold her responsible for this but whoever is training your servers; generally speaking they are very professional! I will always recommend Alforno.

Alforno
Responded on May 8, 2019

Hello, Elizabeth. Thank you for your time and sending in your review about your recent visit with us. We hold high service standards and we regret to hear that they were not met this most recent experience with us. I have passed along your feedback to the relevant individuals to ensure this does not happen again. We sincerely appreciate you bringing this to our attention as it's through channels such as these we can improve our guest's experiences.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved this place! The service was phenomenal and the food even better! We will be going back, no questions asked. The vibe, the decor, the layout, the seating - all was like no other. We're fans!

Alforno
Responded on April 30, 2019

This made us smile ear to ear! Thank you for joining us and for your favourable review. We sincerely look forward to seeing you again!

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SR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

There pasta Tuesday specials are delicious! I'm looking forward to trying them all.

Alforno
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thanks for coming in for our pasta features! Our pizza is $13 on Thursdays too ;) See you soon!

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C
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Not our best experience at this restaurant.....food was good tonight but not great.
The server, while attentive, lacked experience.

Alforno
Responded on April 29, 2019

Hi, there. Sorry to hear your recent experience didn't meet our standards. We hope we will have an opportunity to have you back again to remind you why you keep coming back!

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CL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

I've noticed the servers are typically young and can be great but this last time it was obvious our server had never seen anyone pour wine. Wine was dripping down the side of the glass and the carafe and then she knocked over and broke a wine glass on the people sitting next to us.

Alforno
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi, there! Thank you for bringing this to our attention so it can be addressed!

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