Alforno

4.5
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133 reviews
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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!
What 133 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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4.3
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NidiaP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The place is nice. Staff is friendly and care about the customers. Breakfast was delicious.

Alforno
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you, Nidia! It was our pleasure to have you join us. We look forward the next opportunity to see you again!

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ThandoG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to go! They have excellent customer service. I’d definitely go again.

Alforno
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I tried the yyc food and drink expo feature menu tonight. The salad and entree (pappardelle) were nice. The caramel cheese cake was very ordinary. Overall, a satisfying dinner.

Alforno
Responded on March 9, 2020

Hey, there! Thank you for joining us for our YYC Food & Drink menu and we appreciate your feedback. We sincerely hope we will be able to see you again soon!

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SharhanA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks to the crew, they made everything excellent ooo

Alforno
Responded on March 2, 2020

Our pleasure, Sharhan! We hope we can see you again soon!

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Kathy
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I’ve eaten here many times and it seems like the quality has gone down. The toast is sliced very thin and the potato rosy I was soggy. Otherwise everything was as expected.

Alforno
Responded on March 2, 2020

Hey, Kathy! Thank you for your feedback- we regret to hear you feel this way! We will look into this further with our culinary team. If you are ever dissatisfied with your meal, please let us know and we would be happy to rectify it for you!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine with my daughter at Al Forno. It would be nice to be able to substitute the glass of wine on the Tuesday / Thursday special menu for a dessert. Apparently, the manager is ok but the tilt doesn’t allow it...

Alforno
Responded on February 26, 2020

Hey there! Thank you for your feedback regarding our new feature. Just so you know for next time, we can offer your daughter anything from our non alcoholic cold beverage case!

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AnnieI
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I may not recommend because I had high hopes for Alforno. It turned out to be good, but not excellent. The risotto that I ordered was okay. It wasn't very flavourful which I was expecting it to be. Anyhow, my friend like his dish.

Alforno
Responded on February 26, 2020

Hey, Anniel! Thank you for your feedback regarding your dish, we've passed it along to our culinary team. We hope it was brought to our attention at the time so we could rectify it for you! We do hope we will be able to see you again soon!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I come here almost every week, sometimes 2-3 times per week. The food is always excellent and the service courteous. I will be back next week.

Alforno
Responded on February 24, 2020

We always enjoy our visits! We'll see you soon we hope ;)

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Bobh
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great evening. Very tasty food. The service was attentive and accommodating for all special dietary needs. Thank you Alforno. We shall be back!

Alforno
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for coming in! It's always our pleasure to accommodate our guests. We see you soon I hope!

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Jennie
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was AMAZING, the service was quick and friendly, and just the overall appearance was a modern but comfortable setting. Will definitely recommend to friends, and go again myself:)

Alforno
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks, Jennie! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to next time!

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lorid
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for breakfast band to try the featured hot chocolate. Everyone enjoyed their food!

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2020

That's great to hear! We hope we can see you before YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is up!

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JakobM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Probably my favourite pizza joint in the city! Get a table by the fire, warm and cozy. Thanks for accommodating that request.

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hey, Jakob! Our pleasure. So great to have you in for some pizza. We hope we can see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Manager went above and beyond when the food was slow by bringing bread and checking on us often.

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for coming in! We regret there was a lag but pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope we can see you again soon!

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DavidM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful server (Alice) and wonderful manager (Sonia).

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you, David! We are big fans of Sonia and Alice as well. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Gabby
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the chocolate boxes at the end of our meal on Valentine's Day - thank you for a wonderful experience!

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for spending the special occasion with us 💓 We hope we can see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Service was good, food was excellent!

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you very much!

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DJTforAnnBday
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service. Loved our brunch choices. My son didn’t want the eggs that came with the breakfast waffle; would have been a bonus if price was reduced a bit. And if using a reservation system, hostess shouldn’t be telling us they’re overbooked with reservations. But they still found us a decent table, in a timely manner.

Alforno
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hello, there! Thank you for coming in and joining us. We appreciate your feedback and will pass it along to our relevant teams. We hope we can see you for brunch again soon!

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LisaO
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their hot chocolate for YYC Hot Chocolate Fest was amazing! Brunch is fantastic, great atmosphere. Definitely worth checking out and I LOVE that they take reservations.

Alforno
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks, Lisa! We're so glad you liked the More S'Mores- we can't stop drinking them ourselves! We can't wait to see you again!

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SammD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for my birthday brunch with 10 other girls. Service was AMAZING. All the food came out together & coffee cups were always full. Highly recommend for a delicious meal + relaxing vibe.

Alforno
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you for joining us for the special occasion. It was our pleasure to take great care of you and your friends. We hope we can see you before the next birthday!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been here several times. Early 5pm-ish during week days is the best time to enjoy AF's tasty food in a relax environment.

Alforno
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thanks, OysterLove! We always enjoy our visits. We sincerely look forward to the next one!

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Grace
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is by far my favourite cafe in Calgary! The location is amazing, the food is great and the atmosphere is perfect!

Alforno
Responded on January 29, 2020

Well now you have us blushing! Thank you so much, Grace!

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Shay
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Server was really sweet but food was alright. And when we asked to move us to a better table because our was way too tiny to even fit our food, they didn’t let us. Even though, those tables were empty.

Alforno
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hey, Shay! Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback. We believe what may have happened is that you asked to move to a table that was being reserved for another guest. We do appreciate you sending in your feedback regarding your meal and we have passed it along to our culinary team. We hope there will be an opportunity to see you again soon!

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vipDinoutcal
Calgary
88 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Back to Alforno for a dinner out on a cold Saturday evening. Managed to score a table near the fireplace which was lovely. The food was great - we had a pasta dish rigatoni in a tomato meat sauce (the pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce flavourful) and the Blue Walnut pizza - nice toothsome crust with excellent toppings. Dessert was a piece of the in house made carrot cake. Our server was personable and helpful throughout our stay. All in all a nice evening out. Kudos to the staff at Alforno!

Alforno
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you for joining us for a hot meal! We're glad you enjoyed the dinner with us, that is a great combo! We hope we can see you for another meal soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great breakfast experience.

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Hotcat
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food and venue... My feedback is that the service was way way too fast for an evening meal.... We felt rushed! Maybe it would've been more slow if it'd have been busier. The tables are also super tiny for a full meal.

Alforno
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hey, Hotcat! Thank you for coming in for a bite. We appreciate your feedback regarding pace of service and size of tables. We sincerely hope there will be an opportunity to see you for another meal soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the perfect place to go for a latte

Alforno
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks a latte friend ;) We look forward to next time!

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vipDinoutcal
Calgary
88 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quick pre-movie dinner. We both had pizzas (Blue Walnut and Big Kahuna) which were very good - nice flavours, lots of toppings. Our server was helpful and timely.

Alforno
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for swinging by on movie night! We're glad you enjoyed the pizzas and hope to see you for another bite soon!

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Nana
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Hi! I can recommend it, food was good, flavour but it was cold.
I was in the restaurant before and the experience was much better that this time.
It was my birthday and they did treated me for the occasion.
Waitress was terrible..
I can give another opportunity, I love the pizza, bread, desserts there and the environment...
Thanks..

Alforno
Responded on December 23, 2019

Hello, Nana Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback. We regret to hear the service you received did not meet our standards. We will be sure to follow up with our staff to ensure this does not happen again. We sincerely hope we are able to see you around the bakery again soon!

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Cheeky
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

The food was just average - sent our dessert back as it was stale. No one checked in with us afterwards other than the inattentive server. We needed to request different types of cutlery several times. Example - serving spoons to dish up appetizers. Courses were brought to the table before the previous courses dishes were removed. Literally ate dessert all the glass ware and side plates from previous course on the table. We were not asked if we wanted any more drinks. On and on. It’s really too bad as we live in the area and would love this to be a regular place to dine. However with average food which feels like a generous rating considering the disgusting stale cake served to us and poor service why would we? It’s obvious the restaurant is not interested in me as a consumer.

Alforno
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hello there! Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve our guests' experiences. We regret to hear the service you received did not meet our standards. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if we may. Would you so kindly send an email to Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca at your next convenience? Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you!

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place , such a cool building. Great breakfast and lunch options. Loved everything I've had so far.

Alforno
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thank you, Sarah! We're glad you like us- the feeling is mutual ;) We look forward to next time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Was a little cold in the restaurant but other than that, lovely brunch

Alforno
Responded on December 19, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We will be sure to look into our heat. We're sure thankful for that big beautiful fireplace!

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Cori
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

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

Alforno
Responded on December 11, 2019

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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SoniaS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Very noisy for amount of people dining

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MarianeC
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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OpenTable Diner
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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AnnetteS
Calgary
4 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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vipGail
Calgary
28 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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NatashaJ
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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TonyW
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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ErikaG
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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Alforno offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 454-0308.

Alforno is rated 4.5 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

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