Seasons of Bowness Park

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Seasons of Bowness Park is a Casual/Fine Dining restaurant perfectly situated in one of Calgary’s largest and historically relevant parks. Overlooking a beautiful tree-lined water system used for boating in the summer and skating in the winter, Seasons is the perfect setting. Open year round. Join us for our weekend brunch before strolling along the banks of the Bow River. Seasons is the perfect setting for everything beautiful. Date night, Brunch, Weddings, Rehearsal dinner, Graduation Dinners, Thanksgiving Dinner, Private functions, Celebrations of Life, Christmas Parties, Birthday Parties, We do it all at Seasons...All Year! Our summer Patio is bar none the best patio in Calgary's North West. Where else can you sip beautiful wine, enjoy some appetizers and watch the beavers eagerly working away while sitting on a beautiful patio. Seasons Patio is also open during the winter months. Watch the kids skate while enjoying a relaxing winter drink. SEE YOU AT SEASONS!

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JS
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A ladies luncheon Seasons was a lovely, quiet place to meet. The food was good, but not the best I’ve had there. However, I would return and try other meals on the menu.

c
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The ambiance is fantastic - a high end restaurant in Bowness Park! I think the location is even better than that of The River Café. I loved the intimate but super-casual decor.

Service was ok, but not great.

We ordered a bottle of 2016 Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc. Every red wine fan should add that one to their repertoire.

The charcuterie platter was just right in size for the four of us. I thought the paté was a little bland and the cheeses were rather mundane. The house-made compote was outstanding.

My companions all raved about their main courses: two had the Pork Rack, and one had the Fish Pot. I tried a bit of my wife's pork with the sauce - oh yeah!

I had the Farmers Sausage Ragu. This gets a D- only because it did not actually taste bad and I was hungry enough to eat the whole thing. Now that I have re-read the menu, I think the problem was that the kitchen did not actually add the 'spiced tomato sauce' mentioned on the menu,. Had I thought of that (or had the server noticed,) I would have sent the plate back. As a result, the dish was incredibly bland. To add insult, the pasta was terribly overcooked. My main kitchen tour-de-force are grilled-cheese sandwiches, and I could have done better.

The Swedish Chocolate Cake for dessert was fine, but to me, they were just well-prepared brownies.

D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

I was very disappointed in the food at Seasons. Our group of 10 went to the restaurant on my recommendation. The meatballs were overcooked ad tasteless, the salads were all sub par and the prices were very high considering the quality of food. It is a shame, such a lovely setting and nice restaurant.

AS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seasons of Bowness is one of my all time favourite Calgary restaurants. The food is excellent and the location is always beautiful any time of the year.

v
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You need to expand your beer menu, don't like craft beer, canned beer or draft. Could you include some Canadian beers in bottles or MGD? our server was great food was good.

JR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the whole experience with friends. Thanks.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service. Atmosphere is great too.

T
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting, delicious food, and great service

LH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I had a lovely lunch at Seasons of Bowness. We enjoyed sitting outside enjoying the view. The service was excellent and the food was tasty. Overall, a very pleasant lunch. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a relaxed meal in a beautiful environment. I can hardly wait to go back and try the brunch menu.

A
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

I would not recommend as they are inconsistent. One week I had smoked salmon blt and it was excellent the following week I had the same and it was not smoked and very thin. My friend had as $26 steak sandwich and it had 4 smallish meatball sized pieces of steak. Also the salad dressing had no taste. Tasted like straight oil. The waiter insisted all was good. Later when I called back, the waiter answered and said oh well.

GR
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance on a summer evening. Service from James was excellent. Menu selection was limited, but that's OK as long as there is something on there you like. The main issue is main course portions. I had the Seafood Broth. To call it a broth would be generous with very little liquid hiding at the bottom of the bowl. About 7 clams was extremely modest to say the least. So while the flavor and spices were an excellent blend, there just wasn't enough. I don't mind paying a premium price for a good meal, but the portions makes the Seasons a poor value for money. It required both an appetizer (good Charcuterie) and dessert (good Pavlova) to make sure I didn't leave hungrier than before I arrived.

N
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, great food, great service.
It’s too bad it’s too cold in Calgary to use the patio. :-)

D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant could really be amazing, as the location is stunning! We were a table of 2, arrived at 7:45pm for our reservation and didn't leave until almost 10pm. It took ages for the food to arrive and the restaurant wasn't busy. The server was friendly and attentive, but I'm not sure what was happening in the kitchen. The food portions were small (but tasty) for the cost and the Crème Brûlée was sad with no crunch on the top. Having spent a fair chunk of change, we left hungry and disappointed in the experience.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It was fantastic. I wished the weather would have cooperated so we could have sat outside. One we were inside it was great!!

j
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

One of the most beautiful settings in Calgary but the food could be beter although it was well presented and the service was good with friendly staff. With an upgrade on the food and value for money this could do very well

H
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The baby gem salad was uncut romaine lettuce, with fried gruyere, bacon and croutons, I thought it could have been more interesting and easier to eat with cut lettuce. The tenderloin was a bit tough. I thought it was overpriced for the quality. The spot is amazing and romantic.

CB
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our favourite places. They always deliver! We sat outside this time and it was quieter, as there was a big party inside. The food, wine and service and ambience was excellent.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It is such an awesome place on a beautiful day, on the deck. Food very good.

RP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were Wonderful.. Food was Amazing!! There was six of us we were probably the loudest group. Great Place. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio. It was a beautiful warm night which added to the experience. The food was fine, the portion sizes were perfect. There was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with the food but there was nothing about it that made it outstanding. Our server was wonderful and very attentive. I love the location and will certainly go back, I just hope they can do something to make the food a little more of an impactful experience. We had a great night, I just needed a bit more out of the food to really rave about this restaurant.

K
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful ambience and great for lovers of the outdoors and great food. The seasons are wonderful at the restaurant. Local food and warm decor.

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

A great location with a beautiful balcony overlooking the Bowness Park lagoon; very pleasant staff; slow service from the kitchen and the food is not as great as is used to be last year; a bit overpriced for what you get given the drop in quality.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great but not as much food as would have liked small portions but nice taste

ML
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I would only recommend this place with a warning that they could leave hungry. Some menu items are done well and there is sufficient food. The eggs Benny and the avocado toast would never be sufficient to satisfy a man. The French toast was so sugary sweet my 13 year old granddaughter was only able to eat half of the meagre amount served. The Spanish tortilla was dry, tasteless, and accompanied only by greens. I have been to many similarly priced restaurants that lived up to their potential but this restaurant definitely does not. I was actually embarrassed that my family didn’t get enough to eat with their choices so if one is going for brunch the regular breakfast is the only possibility. A recommendation to this restaurant would only come from me with warnings about the food choices.

N
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Would go back

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome Dinner, peaceful and relaxing. Food was outstanding!!

B
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great place to have lunch...good atmosphere and food

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointed in the slow service when we first arrived and ordered drinks. Our waiter seemed unfamiliar with the drink menu. We ordered a couple of things to start, and almost laughed at the “bread” portion. It was ridiculously small and not very good. When the meals arrived, we were shocked at the tiny portions on our plates, especially the tenderloin steak. It was a very high priced meal for what you got. The restaurant has a rustic, casual feel, and the food served did not match the environment. We will not return, as we had to go to another restaurant after, just to get enough to eat.

H
Calgary
73 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Service very poor Staff ignored us Stood around chatting amongst themselves. Server had no idea about times on the menu or any daily specials. We waited 45 minutes from ordering until our orders arrived. Restaurant was virtually empty of patrons. meal arrived and was stone cold except for the meat. Have been here many times this is the worst we have ever encountered

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

This was my third time at the restaurant. I had enjoyed the food in my last two visits and expected small portions but well prepared food. This time portions were small but the food also was very ordinary for the price. When a restaurant charges gourmet entree prices, they should also serve gourmet tasting entrees too. I could prepare better food at home at 25% of the cost. The only notable thing about food this time was that there was very little of it. Very disappointed experience overall.

CS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The menu has very few selections. The price for the quality and quantity of food was very high.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

The waitress and restaurant were great. She was lovely and the location can’t be beat! Unfortunately, the food was awful which made the price a kick in the pants. Honestly, if I hadn’t been starving because I was too busy chasing after kids to eat all day, I wouldn’t have eaten my dinner (the mackerel special that evening). As it was, I choked it down with a lot of water. The risotto had chunks of seasoning in it and the green beers were not cooked (barely warm) while the fish was so fishy it was awful. My husband’s meal was so tiny that for the price it was unacceptable (we weren’t expecting a huge portion or anything but that was ridiculous). I really want to like this restaurant because of it’s location and the wait staff has always been great.

s
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I would recommend for brunch. Dinner was very slow, but the service was very good.

CM
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our third visit to Seasons of Bowness, this time for brunch on Saturday morning. As with both times before (for dinner), Michaela's service and the food were excellent. The brunch menu is limited but there are still plenty of choices. My eggs benedict with back bacon was the best I have had in a very long time and the apple pancakes for my wife were exactly what she likes and needed to cope with her dietary requirements. Phil and Sebastian's coffee in a French press was strong and well flavoured. The grapefruit juice seemed to have been freshly pressed in-house.

PC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We drove across the city from the south to visit the restaurant. It really is in a charming location, but we didn't start eating until over an hour after we'd arrived and they weren't very busy. The meal was good, not exceptional, and the portions were super small for the price. I had to stop at Subway on the way home to fill up the men in our group and after a spend of close to$250 (with only 2 - 9 oz. glasses of wine) I would of wanted everyone to leave sated.
I don't think I'd drive that far again for this restaurant but always will travel to find new places to eat.

OT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food took a long time - 1 hour for 2 salads- and it wasn’t too busy.

Location is great... but very overpriced for what you get. I ordered a salad- was very plain and very small.. which would be fine... but def not worth $25, after adding in $9 for salmon.

Not pulling off the fine dining aspect of casual fine dining. I feel that they are using the location as means to not excel in the food area. Lovely location - Overpriced.

G
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It is a lovely location. The background music was a bit loud, and we had to ask twice to turn it down, but our server, who was the second person we asked was right on it. They gave us lots of time. The tables were huge and we huddled up close so that we could hear each other. The food was good.

JS
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I have often gone for dinner or lunch at Seasons of Bowness Park but this past week was not a good experience. The waiter while putting up the umbrella upset the coffee pot and hot coffee spilled all over my skirt and leg. It certainly stung although not seriously burnt and he did apologize and bring me an ice pack. He was a pleasant young man but did not seem to have regret over the spilled coffee and that I ate lunch in wet clothes and shoes. The food was good as usual but there was no compensation for the error nor much of an apology when leaving so it was kind of like being empty - not having had a good dining experience at all.

RK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Service was poor and inattentive but the kicker was the fish and chips... easily the worst (and most expensive) pieces of fish I’d ever had. I don’t often write reviews, but went out of my way to write this one.
Grab a drink here and take it the view, but save your pallet and your bucks!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The overall experience was good but there were a few areas that could improve. I think they needed more staff to bus tables, seat people and make drinks so the servers could focus on serving. We were seated with no menus and after our meal came we asked for more condiments that arrived when we were almost done eating.

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