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
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!
Food was its usual high quality. Howeve ...
Food was its usual high quality. However, the main course took close to an hour...which was unacceptable for the price. May have lost loyal customers. No explanation or apology by management was given but acknowledgement by servers that the food was taking an exceptionally long time.
Having been to Divino before I can say i ...
Having been to Divino before I can say it is a great restaurant, but this was not a stellar experience. Parking downtown was a nightmare (not their fault) so we were late, but that was ok as there was plenty of open tables. We were seated near the bar at a quiet table, but it appeared that we didn't have a server, as we had multiple people stop by and not no one really seemed to take ownership of our needs.
The beer was not great (draft IPA for $13) and the ceasar wasn't great either. The tempura green beans which are normally fantastic were crazy salty (more than the ceasar which is saying something). Our pastas were both was fantastic. We skipped dessert as nothing seemed to tickle our fancy.
The biggest turn off was the poor service. Not sure if the bartender was supposed to be looking after us or what happened because he clearly was not interested in serving us and it took a very long time for plates to be cleared and the check to arrive. It is likely we will go back, but if the service doesn't improve next time, that will be it. Their prices indicate you should receive better service than what we experienced.
SLOW. Second lunch in three weeks with i ...
SLOW. Second lunch in three weeks with incredibly slow service. Being downtown one would expect that the staff would recognize that people have a limited amount of time, yet for the second time in a row our meals arrived after 1:00 even though we arrived at 11:45 and ordered fairly promptly. On a weekend, no problem. During a weekday, problem!
The room is nice and the food decent. If it weren't so slow I'd return more often but I can't afford a two hour lunch often.
Service was horrible, waiter had no know ...
Service was horrible, waiter had no knowledge of wine or cheese. He kept referring to all the choices as awesome and that it didn't matter what pairing we went with because it's all awesome. Did not ask us how the food was, if he could top up our drink, even placing an order took almost a half hour. We hung on thinking the food would be worth it, it was average.
We chose this restaurant based on the po ...
We chose this restaurant based on the posted menu and were not disappointed at all. We were really surprised with the green bean tempura side. This started the meal off in a great way.
The taste and presentation of the food was awesome. What really impressed me was the fact that the food was served with time in between each course. We did not feel rushed in any way.
Excellent service, with an attentive and ...
Excellent service, with an attentive and efficient server. A little slow waiting for courses to be served, but acceptable non-rushed atmosphere.
I had the stuffed chicken thighs. They were overcooked, dry and all the taste was of herbs. Expected more flavor and my fault for not complaining.
Someone else had the halibut special. Strong smoky flavor, which was not what one wants with such a delicate fish.
I had the foie gras ravioli. To die for!!
Overall, a good dining experience, although disappointed with the mains.
Ambience. Excellent. Near the open kitch ...
Ambience. Excellent. Near the open kitchen, and those guys are pros.
Food. Excellent. No matter what we choose, always excellent.
Service. Spot on. Not only our server, but everyone. Always paying attention.
One of our favourite spots, always looking forward to returning the minute we leave.
Food was very good, service was above av ...
Food was very good, service was above average, prices were high but not overly so. Why am I not more upbeat? Feel a bit cheated with the $2 glass of water. Sort of like a bitter aftertaste after a very good meal.
Took Japanese friends here for dinner, had never been before just went by the reviews on Open Table and have to say food was excellent as was the really great waiter. Live out of the City and
don't go to the downtown area very much and this was a gem of a place. Portions are not large
but quality is very good, place was packed and buzzing.
Food is good. However it is expensive. T ...
Food is good. However it is expensive. They really should stop this policy about charging for water. Especially when the customers are drinking something else as well. It's not the amount, its the principle. I will recommend the restaurant for it's good food, but will warn people on the cost. I personally won't be back.
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