Alforno

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian

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Afternoon Coffee
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 93 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good

Alforno
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you, Kingsley!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

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
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

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
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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
25 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
45 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

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
Overall 2Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

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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JB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I love the location of this restaurant, and I really like the ambiance and atmosphere, but the service was terrible.

It was not busy when we went for dinner at Alforno, it took the waitress almost 10 min to bring water to the table and even more time for our drinks to arrive, I found that our waitress was inattentive and not very knowledgeable about the food when I asked her about it.

Alforno
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi, Jenna. My name is Terralynn and I'm the Marketing & Communications Manager at Teatro Group. Thank you for sending in your feedback regarding the service you received on your recent visit. I regret to hear it did not live up to our standards as we do pride ourselves on our quality of service. I would greatly 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 you1

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

My fiance and I have never been to Alforno before. I wasn’t a fan of the orecchiette (a bit dry/bland) but the manager definitely went above and beyond to offer solutions and everything else we ordered was great. Portion sizes are generous and the roasted vegetable spread/dip for the flatbread is AMAZING! We didn’t have time to get dessert but they looked so good I’ll have to go back sometime soon to try them.

Alforno
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We regret to hear you didn't love the orecchiette and have passed that feedback along. I'm glad we were able to do something for you in the moment so you could enjoy the rest of your experience with us! We hope there will be an opportunity to have you join us again!

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J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I booked this brunch for our annual staff get together. When I called, I asked if we could have a table in a corner so it would be a little quieter and we could talk throughout the whole group. Our table was literally in the middle of the room. It was so loud and people on one side of the table had to yell to talk to someone at the other side, and we definitely couldn’t talk to our staff about anything because it was too loud for everyone to hear. Food was okay, not worth it for the price. The tea wasn’t super hot and the espresso machine was broken, so specialty coffees weren’t an option. The service was nothing to rave about. I wouldn’t have tipped 18% for that service, but had to as it was automatically added to the bill.

Alforno
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi, Jenny. My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing & Communications Manager for Teatro Group. It appears you visited us during a busy Saturday brunch and unfortunately the table you were assigned to was the only one that would accommodate a large party! None the less I would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Would you kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca? Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Meeting a friend for dinner. Always very good!

Alforno
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you for joining us!

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H
Calgary
45 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We love Alforno. The food is always good, and with having two kids they’re always so accommodating. We’ve never gone for pasta night before, it was good. Just wish there were more pasta options to choose from. Other than that everything was great.

Alforno
Responded on March 22, 2019

Thank you for continuing to visit us and we appreciate your feedback in regards to our pasta menu options. We hope we can see you again soon!

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C
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent

Alforno
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thank you, Chloe! Our guest's experiences are our number one priority- I'm glad it showed!

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TT
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Thank you for the excellent follow up Terralynn - I can't wait to try Alforno again!

Alforno
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hey, Toby. My name is Terralynn and I'm the Marketing & Communications Manager for Teatro Group. Thank you for sending in your feedback and I regret to hear you didn't love your meal. I would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Would you please kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca at your earliest convenience? Again, thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

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ER
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I have been to Alforno many times for lunch and have had an amazing experience, great food and service. Unfortunately this time we decided to the try the menu as part of the YYC food and drink experience and the main course definitely left a lot to be desired. I had been very excited to bring a friend with me who I mentioned Alforno to many times and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to the hype that day. I will definitely be back for lunch another time but not sure about dinner.

Alforno
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi, Erin! Thank you for your feedback in regards to the YYC Food & Drink Experience main course. We have passed along your feedback to our culinary team so we can look into this further. Again, thank you for your time!

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S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I came for the food expo. The appetizer and dessert were phenomenal but the main (pasta) was pretty basic and bland.

Alforno
Responded on March 5, 2019

Hi there! Thank you for your feedback and we apologize that you did not love our pasta dish. We've passed along your feedback to our culinary team to look into further!

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