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!
What 113 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
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OL
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
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.

G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

D
Calgary
85 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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H
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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
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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D
Calgary
86 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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N
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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C
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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SA
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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OT
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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C
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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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
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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G
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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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
21 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
11 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
28 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
48 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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