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Alforno, Calgary, AB

Alforno

4.0
4
228 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Contemporary European, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 454-0308

  • Payment Options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Daniel Ramon

  • Catering

    View our Private Events information at www.alforno.ca to download our Events Package.

  • Private party facilities

    View our Private Events information at www.alforno.ca to download our Events Package.

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    7 Street SW

  • Parking Details

    Street paid parking during the day, free in evening after 6:00pm

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 228 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Brunch

  • Calgary

    Brunch

  • Calgary

    Contemporary Canadian

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  1. D

    Doonhamer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This definitely is a niche restaurant in Calgary and a relief from all the steak places, which offer Veggies fake meat substitutes full of fake fat, blood and gristle and only suitable for carnivores on a health kick, these days... ( The days of the textured bean burger are numbered and these gruesome replacements are going to be the only thing on their menus in future...). Anyway away from that rant... Minimalist and chic with excellent, attentive helpful staff who were not in your face all the time. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were accommodated without fuss... I had the pear and gorgonzola Ravioli, which was delicate in flavour and rich and filling in content. personally I would have upped the gorgonzola content but I'm weird that way.... Mrs B had the squash pasta which gave her inspiration for future home cooking.. Dessert selection was superlative, though i stupidly went for the Tiramisu which came in a plastic cup with a lid makingit look store bought and wasn't as exciting as the real bakery stuff they had in the display fridge. I was too lazy to go and look so that's my own fault.... Wine was good value. I just had the house white and it was pleasant, dry and a nice quaff. Didn't taste like the cheapest hock they could find and was up my street for a casual drinking wine. Only concern was that we had a starter but were only part way through when the main course arrived.. at least though they didn't whip the starter away, which I have had done elsewhere! Prices are a wee bit on the high side, but again in this time of inflation they probably need it to survive. I would recommend it as a change from the boring old chains which unfortunately remain ubiquitous throughout Canada More power to their independent elbow!
  2. L

    Lacy

    Edmonton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Second time being here. Food was fine, I do think the portion of the carbonara I had compared to the price was not enough. Service was poor. Our server, although friendly, did not check up on us anymore after food was delivered to our table. Even after eating, we waited for atleast 15minutes for our server to come, but we ended up just standing up and coming up to her to ask for a to go box and the bill.
  3. C

    Carol

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pasta, salad combos generous to share for 2 with room for a 2 bite tart!!
  4. ZD

    ZDCH

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Decent pizza. Unfortunately, our pizzas were a bit underdone, making for a doughy pizza.
  5. MP

    MichaelP

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food is pretty good but the service is a bit slow and everything is expensive.
  6. BC

    BrendaC

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Busy, loud restaurant with lots of screaming children. Not a lot of ambience. Would not return again.
  7. SL

    SophiaL

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff, food and atmosphere are awesome. Good place for dessert after dinner.
  8. AH

    AnnaH

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    There was little offering on the menu as they were going through a menu change. The server was new to the profession and had not been trained well by the management. I love the atmosphere though so will try again.
  9. B

    Bambina

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I love Alforno. Great location, at times difficult to find a parking spot. Great ambiance, very good food and lovely people.
  10. AK

    AmyK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very friendly staff, awesome breads and desserts. Good price point for the quality of food.
  11. B

    Baddiebish

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely. Staff was lovely and made us laugh. We go here all the time so we already know what to expect

    AlfornoResponded on May 3, 2022Thank you for the review, and for being a loyal customer!

  12. j

    jeang

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Just not worth the price . Our server was slam whit a full dining room all at once and no one to help her . This place needs to train there staff properly we usually go there once a month but probably won’t go back . It as been like this the last few times, enough is enough .

    AlfornoResponded on April 14, 2022Thank you for your time and providing us with your feedback. It’s through channels such as these we are able to improve our guests’ experiences. We regret to hear you didn’t have a good experience at Alforno recently. We would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if we may. Please kindly email andrew@alforno.ca at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

  13. T

    Tlynn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The thing about this restaurant is it is a busy daytime "cafeteria" style restaurant, lots of foot traffic from Princes Island leaves little time for cleaning and prep for the evening restaurant dining experience. The food took a bit longer than expected, but was actually the best thing about the experience. Dirty floors, overused bathrooms and everyone getting shuffled out of the restaurant in the dark after 9:00 was not really appealing, if you are looking for a good meal - maybe off the bike or after a walk this is probably a good bet. Not really an invite your friends to dinner spot.

    AlfornoResponded on April 12, 2022Hello Tlynn, Thank you for taking the time to review Alforno and provide context to your experience. We have passed this along to our front of house team. We regret to hear you did not fully enjoy your visit with us last week, we hope that you will visit us again.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual excellent all around, Thank You

    AlfornoResponded on April 12, 2022Thank you for the review!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was really impressed with how well the waitress paired the wine with our selection of food

    AlfornoResponded on April 12, 2022That's great to hear! Thank you for the review.

  16. JN

    JoelN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my 5 and 6 year old nephew and niece and they had a perfect kids sized pasta that they loved. The hostess even printed out colouring pages for them!

    AlfornoResponded on March 29, 2022Hi there, thanks for the review - it sounds like your niece and nephew had a great time!

  17. A

    Anthea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious and yummy food! great service! servers are respectful and accomodating. price is reasonable. ambience is cozy and perfect for a meeting. would highly recommend this to my friends! ...until next visit!

    AlfornoResponded on March 29, 2022Hi Anthea, thank you for the compliments and we can't wait to have you back!

  18. AB

    AnneB

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our servicer was very friendly and informative and very attentive. The food was great, especially the beet salad. Would have no problem recommending this restaurant for a great meal with a casual atmosphere.

    AlfornoResponded on March 22, 2022Hello Anne, thank you for joining us, and we hope you'll be back for a visit soon.

  19. KG

    KirstenG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza and salads are amazing! It was a great weeknight oasis before a show!

    AlfornoResponded on March 22, 2022Hello Kirsten, thanks for enjoying some pizza & salad with us!

  20. K

    Kate

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good food and nice location been so many times will go back
  21. CK

    ChefKV

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Lets start by saying the bakery and cafe is stellar. Breads, pastries, desserts, coffee and pantry items are worth the trip. Great brunch menu and the takeout options travel well. It is hard to get a seat here sometimes on weekends so show up early. The dinner menu is just ok. Not executed consistently as some of the pastas are heavily seasoned. The service is again ok at night. Friendly but not detailed or attentive, owing to some inexperience but nothing upsetting or off-putting. Overall its decent neighbourhood spot, your best bet is to pre-order, take it to the park and enjoy the Bow River.
  22. JE

    JENNIFERD

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    I was here last October and the service was very poor then - they actually forgot to put in our order. Last night it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get out food. When our food came - the beet salad came with our pizzas and pasta. We were not sure if they were waiting for the hot food to get to the same temperature before they brought it all out. Food was warm, but tasty. Service was poor. If I was to recommend this place, I would tell my friends to eat before they go; cause it could be awhile.
  23. S

    Sam00

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the pasta was great, the waiting staff was friendly and efficient
  24. DR

    DeanR

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was good not awesome but good. We went for dinner but I think we will stick to there brunch menu.
  25. N

    Noor

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    The food was bad, would not recommend if you prefer authentic Italian food
  26. H

    Hello

    Calgary

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday - Got desserts and coffee
  27. S

    Sunnydelightz

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    I usually really enjoy my experience at Alforno's . This time, I found the octopus casarecce to be salty and I thought the price of the charred cabbage was expensive, especially for just a quarter of the head. I like the meatballs, I found it was soft and lean because of the veal.
  28. EG

    EmmaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The jalapeño popper dip is to die for! Highly recommend!
  29. b

    bdemchuk

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very friendly and helpful
  30. V

    Vick

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, superb service. Thanks for a great evening 😊
  31. F

    Faramarz

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    When I was reserving there was time slots till 10 pm But when I reach there they was preparing for closing. At first they was confused and then they invited us to a seat and told us to order our food ASAP because the kitchen was shutting down. And we should leave at 9 pm. It didn't work for us, we were there for our anniversary not just eat and go. So we left. Although I like the place but that was disappointing.
  32. AS

    AhmadS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will recommend this place for for your leisure time. For meeting party excellent location. Staffs are very friendly and well respected.
  33. CM

    CynthiaM

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely date night! We sat right by the gorgeous fireplace. Our server was so sweet, and the food was divine!
  34. AS

    AhmadS

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love the place. Customer service is very good. Strongly recommend this place.

    AlfornoResponded on December 20, 2021Hello Ahmad, thanks for the review!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food and coffee is always an absolute delight. Too bad they ran out of meatballs. The server was young and took away my cutleries before I can put away my take home. I end up using my bare hands to put my leftover pizza in the box provided. Having said that I will still dine in here.
  36. OL

    OysterLove

    Calgary

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best spots for carbs in the city! We love this place!
  37. RS

    RoseS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    My nhoque was uncooked and it really did not taste great.
  38. MQ

    MaryQ

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food as always is good but not so much variety. Drinks a bit and pricey.
  39. DN

    DebbieN

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  40. CK

    CaboKaren

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Alforno is rated 4 stars by 228 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Alforno

222 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5M1

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    7 Street SW

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 8:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Contemporary European, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street paid parking during the day, free in evening after 6:00pm

  • Payment Options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Daniel Ramon

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 454-0308

  • Catering

    View our Private Events information at www.alforno.ca to download our Events Package.

  • Private party facilities

    View our Private Events information at www.alforno.ca to download our Events Package.

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