Alforno

4.6
191 reviews
CAN$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 191 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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MaryQ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food as always is good but not so much variety. Drinks a bit and pricey.

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DebbieN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!

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CaboKaren
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a unique atmosphere. Our first time dining in - we do prefer the patio but weather dictates otherwise! The server was professional and efficient. We look forward to dining again on the patio

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vipHana
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Very good service and nice ambience. Quality of food is ok though. We ordered the seafood pizza, it was good but I wished there was more toppings. The Caesar salad wasn’t as expected, as it didn’t come with romaine hearts but with greens, the dressing had no taste, the salad was dry and I felt like eating grass.

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vipfoody101
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! All the staff were so attentive and friendly. Only came to Alforno for coffee in the past, but I will definitely be back for dinner again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great. The wine was even better and it was there house wine. The service was fast and very friendly

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aalv
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to eat, food is always fantastic - carbonara was a little saltier than usual but still good.

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bobm
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Our server Megan was excellent
And made the evening special
Great at providing all the options
Had the pasta and wine special
Potions considerably smaller than the regular meals we have had
They should have a traditional pasta dish with meatballs and sauce they have everything but
Fun time

Alforno
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thanks for the feedback.

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NetcandiAndy
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Alforno was an unknown to me and my guest. We showed up last minute looking for a place to eat and weren't really sure about this spot to us. We gave it a shot, and glad we did.

Entry past the initial cafe/bakery style is the actual restaurant that was clean, bright, well lit, and a great spot for dates and table dining. The only thing that I didn't like was the limited seating due to plexiglass still in place for Covid restrictions, but this was not the fault of the venue.

The place is busy with a wide range of clientele including children, and the food is great. We had the octopus pasta, soup, salad, and some wine. Though nearly done our meal, the wine we chose still didn't make it to our table. I had to ask if it was coming, and the server told us she was sorry but it was sold out.... it would have been nice to be told immediately so we could have made other choices. We still ordered the house wine which was good, but some sort of concession would have been in line for the time we waited, and the missed opportunity here. A mention to our server prompted no reaction, which was honestly disappointing.

Still, everything else was great, and I'd likely be back to try other menu items, and the cafe grab and go.

On exit I noticed it was owned by the Teatro Group. GREAT operators and legendary establishments.

Alforno
Responded on August 16, 2021

Hello, we really appreciate the insightful feedback. We apologize there are a server error in not addressing your wine selection being sold out. We hope you will be able to visit us again soon!

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FiruzaS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very clean area and friendly staff but the food was amazing. I love my first visit at this restaurant.

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Drew
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great day to be there.... half price wine bottles

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JuliaC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great deal, $21 for pizza and wine! Super yummy, and nice patio area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Great mood.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Was not expecting it to be a small dinner spot but it was still nice!

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Yycgal
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Menu wasn’t up to date.
2 drinks tried weren’t good

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
61 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the pizza and pasta from Alforno... Our favorite guy is the fun guy :-)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Meatballs are great. You will want to try for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great meal and value. Love alforno

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience at Alforno. I ordered their pepperoni pizza (regular with honey drizzle) and my wife ordered the gluten free mushroom pizza. One of the best gluten-free crusts she’s ever had, she says. Service was friendly and prompt, and the patio is a really nice place to spend time.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service was great

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
61 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good and welcoming. Thanks for the great service!

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aalv
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Restaurant was really busy, food is always good though. Recommend making a reservation weeks in advance.

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RahulM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time here. I was on a date. Overall, I loved the place and ambience was mesmerizing. Even the service was good. I just felt that the food quantity could have been a bit more. We had Prawn Mafaldini and it was really good. Just felt it could have been more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server Tessa was exceptional

Alforno
Responded on March 18, 2021

Hello, Thanks for the compliment of Tessa! We will pass it along.

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KC223
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! My friend and I both ordered the short rib pasta and the manager came out and explained to us that there wasn't enough left for two orders (we were there late) so instead they added meatballs to the dish to make up for it? The pasta was incredible and I loved their flexibility! I will definitely be back!

Alforno
Responded on March 9, 2021

Hello, Thanks for visiting us, and glad you enjoyed the Short Rib Pasta. We appreciate the feedback, see you again soon!

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JustinP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great food. Service was perfect. Def go again

Alforno
Responded on March 3, 2021

Hi Justin, Thanks for joining us recently and we hope to see you soon!

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Lala
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food and ambiance; great service too! staff are friendly.

Alforno
Responded on March 3, 2021

Hi Lala Thank you for the feedback, have a great day!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Waited 10 mins for someone to help us at the main counter

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Tess
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Alforno is one of our favourite places to go for a date! We love everything about this place.

This was our first time back with the new restrictions in place and it felt super close to the table next to us. The screens are obviously required right now but we could hear everything the couple next to us was saying. It also doesn’t leave too much space for the servers trying to serve the tables. This wasn’t our best experience here.

Alforno
Responded on March 1, 2021

Hi Tess, Thank you for the feedback. Sorry to hear you did not love your experience this time. The plexiglass screens we have in place follow government guidelines in terms of safety protocols required when visiting our cafe. We hope we can see you again soon!

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Hungry
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so delicious! You can tell they use high quality ingredients. Their sausage and brocolini pizza was amazing! We were sad they ran out of meatballs though. Will be back again :)

Alforno
Responded on February 18, 2021

Hello, Thanks for visiting, and apologies we ran out of meatballs - hopefully you can have them next time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s dinner with my boyfriend, very nice! Food was excellent!

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello, thanks for spending Valentine's Day with us!

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Aileen
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alforno is our go to place, may it be just to have coffee and a dessert or for family dinner breakfast, lunch or dinner. We live in the NE but because Alforno is our favorite place especially our daughter - Ayeisha, we don't mind driving downtown. Thank you to Ava for making sure we get what we need, always checking on us. Cheers! Since my daughter posted about Alforno in her social media account like way back when she was in Grade 9, most of her friends started going there, and they love it as well. Cheers!

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Aileen, thanks for such great feedback. We will pass along your comments to Ava. We are so happy you travel downtown to visit us with your family. See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

We were placed by the window, it was freezing and quite tight!! Had to eat with our jackets on. The food was ok but quite bland.

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hello, thank you for your feedback. We regret to hear you did not enjoy your experience with us. We would welcome hearing more about your experience andrew@alforno.ca

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vipCindyP
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed their daily specials. Good food and friendly service.

Alforno
Responded on February 11, 2021

Hi Cindy. Thanks for joining us and for the feedback!

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MichelleG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always it was a lovely experience! The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. So nice to have the dining room open.

Alforno
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Michelle. Thanks for joining us last week, and we hope you will visit us again soon!

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vipOysterLove
Calgary
61 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love their pizza... The Fun Guy, filled with several kinds of mushrooms, is a favourite! Stay safe, we will be back after this lockdown. In the meantime, we will take out/

Alforno
Responded on January 4, 2021

Hello! The fun guy pizza is pretty fun - thanks for the feedback and we will see you soon. Thanks for your support during this challenging time. Happy New Year!

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Natasha
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love this spot! I usually come here for brunch, but decided to come for their Tuesday dinner and wine evening. Safe to say I was not disappointed. Everything was fresh, delicious, and extremely reasonable priced! Always my go to spot. Not to mention they have the absolute best baked good. Their bread is to die for. Feels like a piece of Europe in Calgary.

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JesusR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good attention, great food , cozy atmosphere. A great place for a date or a family outing.

Alforno
Responded on November 30, 2020

Hello Jesus, thanks for visiting with your family!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great coffee!!! Awesome ambiance and space. Food was good, got the pizza, the dip and the meatball - a little pricey for what you get. Will try the pasta and one of the desserts next time and brunch. Would love to see more protein options. Will come again.

Alforno
Responded on November 16, 2020

Hello, thanks for coming in and providing your feedback. We hope you enjoy new items when you visit us again!

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LaynaM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favourite places in the city! The aesthetic and overall look and decor of the place is stunning, their drinks are so good as well as their food! The location is also a plus since it’s not right downtown and you walk from princes island ! Took my husband here for his birthday and he said he’d want to come back next year. Our server was also very lovely !

Alforno
Responded on November 16, 2020

Hi Layna, thanks for spending your husband's birthday with us, we are happy to hear he enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alforno using the Order Online button. Alforno also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 454-0308.

Alforno is rated 4.6 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.