About Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro, part of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts family of restaurants (crmr.com) remains an icon for downtown diners. Now in its 15th year, Divino continues to entertain patrons in the historic Calgary Wine and Spirits building on the Stephen Avenue Walk (8th Avenue S.W.).
As a modern bistro, Divino offers a comforting, pure cuisine in an upscale and energetic environment. Inspired by the traditional bistros that have thrived for decades throughout New York City, Divino has merged modern décor with a comforting bistro atmosphere and cuisine. Featuring the same wood-burning grill found at Gramercy Tavern in New York City and an award-winning international cheese and wine program, Divino has successfully integrated the distinctive American bistro style into Western Canada.
Contemporary French, Comfort Food, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm,
Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Closed Sundays.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking in front after 6:00pm. Public parking lots within 2 blocks.
LRT Station is 1 block away - behind the Hyatt Hotel on 7th Avenue S.W.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Divino offers a spacious and versatile facility that can accommodate a function of any size on any of our three levels. The STONE CELLAR in our lower level, SPIRITS ROOM on our second level and the main floor, BISTRO.
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro Ratings and Reviews
The food was really good. It's not inexp ...
The food was really good. It's not inexpensive but overall quality is good. The server seems surprised that we wanted bread but when it did come it was good. The seafood chowder was delicious, not too heavy and the seafood was done just right.
The open kitchen at the end of the night was very smoky. If you don't want to smell like you cooked a meal, better get a table towards the back of the restaurant.
The service was excellent. Relaxed dinin ...
The service was excellent. Relaxed dining not rushed to order or eat. Very good wine recommendations. The mussels were excellent, seafood chowder was rich and full, and the Pork roast was tender and juicy. Pasta dish was nice but nothing unusual. Have been there many times and will return.
Hadn't been in many years and we were pl ...
Hadn't been in many years and we were pleasantly surprised at the deliciousness of every course! True French cuisine...all tasted delicious and authentic! No small plates crap! Onion soup was perfect! I had the best duck that I've had in years in a gorgeous raspberry so jus! The mussels were divine! Amazing food, staff and ambiance! Real authentic French cuisine with no odd sidebar fusion crap! We had aioli with our frites and my god...it was actual aioli!!! The kitchen sink was NOT in it! Tasted like what we've always had in France! Good, ethnic cuisine! We will be going back again and again and so on...
The service was excellent (both times - ...
The service was excellent (both times - we went back later in the same night for dessert). Both servers knew the menus and made wonderful recommendations when asked. The cheese plate is fantastic, as were the desserts. You won't be disappointed.
Divino is one of the very few restaurant ...
Divino is one of the very few restaurants in Calgary where you can count on your dining experience being consistently positive. They deliver excellent food, a creative menu, good wine selection, tables that are big enough to be comfortable, servers who know their menu and an atmosphere that makes conversation possible. They have done so since the last millenium. :)
A small recommendation: flag the gluten free items on the menu, this will prevent gluten sensitive patrons from setting their heart on an item only to have to select something else...it will also save serving staff valuable time.
We had tartare, lamb shanks, snapper and salmon and we were all suitably pleased. We wanted the rabbit meetballs, unfortunately they are gluten laden as are the quails. Oh well...the tartare was a worthy replacement.
Once again, well done Divino!
The food was delicious! I went on a Satu ...
The food was delicious! I went on a Saturday night for a birthday, and no one in my table complained about the taste. The second course has pretty small servings, so if you're hungry I would suggest to also get a first course. I had the Brussel Sprouts for my first course, and the Black Pepper Linguine for my second course.
The kitchen forgot about my first course, so I ended up getting it for free because I got it around 5-10 minutes after everyone else. The server I had was new, but he wasn't sure about the menu. He didn't know if birthday dessert was free or not.
The food was very good, even though it was pricey. I'd recommend this place for special occasions or anniversaries. I wish the service was better.
The service was among the most apathetic ...
The service was among the most apathetic and slow I have seen. An expected 60-75 minute business lunch turned into a 90 minute marathon, with both of us so distracted by the fact empty food plates remained on our table for 15 minutes after we were finished that we quickly dispensed with the idea of after lunch coffee or dessert. The most frustrating thing was the restaurant was not busy. Our waitress had 3 tables to deal with -- one can only imagine the utter carnage that we would have experienced if she actually had other tables to serve.
The 4 of us were highly disappointed as ...
The 4 of us were highly disappointed as we had theatre tickets and needed to be out of the restaurant by a certain time. I read the reviews that said if you tell the server/host that you have theatre tickets they will provide efficient service and get you out on time which I did. We arrived on time for our reservation (75 minutes before we had to leave), had to grab the server after waiting 10 minutes, ordered all our drinks, appetizers and meals at once to avoid any concern. After receiving our drinks and appetizers, we waited an additional 30+ minutes to get our entree, and had to go to the bar to order a 2nd drink. the server never once came to our table after the initial order to check in on us (he did fill our water glasses). We had to gulp down our entree which was too bad as the food was delicious and expensive to rush through. The manage said our food was delayed because we ordered an entree that takes longer but that doesn't add up (I believe the server forgot to input our entree and even if the entree takes a long time, they knew we were on a time constraint and should have advised us of that) Even though the manager comped our appetizers, we would have much preferred to pay for our entire meal and had better service that was on time, as it impacted our entire evening. To their credit, the food was excellent.
We were attending a theatre presentation ...
We were attending a theatre presentation and decided to have dinner here first. Was an excellent choice as we were within distance of the theatre. Menu was very good, service excellent and prompt. All around very good experience. Will definitely return another time.
We were strolling along Stephen Avenue l ...
We were strolling along Stephen Avenue looking for the perfect dining experience for our one and only evening in Calgary following a fabulous week in Banff before our return to Connecticut. We spied Divino's menu and that was that! From appetizer, entree to dessert, each was not only beautifully presented but reflected a master chef's touch. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and paired our wines perfectly. The ambiance was cozy, relaxing and welcoming. We couldn't have envisioned a better evening. Oh Canada!
Divino is always a good place to go down ...
Divino is always a good place to go downtown. It has consistently had very good food, friendly service and a wine list that will not break the bank. If you want to step up, the wine list is there to allow you to do so. We like to go before the theatre. The staff, if informed upon arrival, will work to get you off to the theatre on time. The Pepper soup, Seafood Linguini and Salmon were hits amongst our group. The caramel sponge cup hit the mark and all of would highly recommend it.
I had a friend visiting from Vancouver a ...
I had a friend visiting from Vancouver and recommended Divino - everything from the service, to the appetizers, main meal and drinks right through to dessert was great and she loved it! thanks for making me look good!
Food was very good as always, however th ...
Food was very good as always, however the service was rather dishevelled. Our group of 4 ordered appetizers, but 2 of us got ours long before the others did (~10+ mins). When the appetizers finally came, one of our servers (3 in total!) took all the menus and utensils away. When she came back to order our main courses, we needed to remind her that we had no menus to order from. I'd best describe the experience as "clumsy".
My husband and I go to Divino every coup ...
My husband and I go to Divino every couple of months because we've really enjoyed the service and quality of food. The portions aren't huge, but we realize there's a element of atmosphere and service for which we're paying. Although our food was tasty last night, the minuscule accompaniments to our mains were completely unacceptable - a fraction of what they have been in the past. Three tablespoons of squash and four potato chips?! I always look forward to the risotto with the salmon, but last night there was barely enough for four bites. It's RICE - it's not going to bankrupt the restaurant to give a person a decent-sized portion. Leaving a restaurant nearly as hungry as we were when we came in and a good chunk of change lighter is not a positive experience. No thank you, and no more Divino for us.
I have dined here many times and this wa ...
I have dined here many times and this was before theatre this past weekend. Our server was very attentive and asked if we were attending theatre before she took our order. She also cautioned us about items requiring longer prep time. I had the red snapper for the first time and can't wait to go back for it again.
The staff at Divino was lovely. I e-mail ...
The staff at Divino was lovely. I e-mailed them in advance and told them I had food allergies (soy, eggs and fish). They made sure there was something I could eat on their menu, and when I ordered the cheese, they provided apple slices instead of the bread, because the bread had eggs in it. Truly exceptional service and one of the best and most delicious meals of my life.
They have an excellent wine list and the mussels and bison tartare are amazing. I am definitely going again!
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