Restaurant type

  • Pizzeria,

Cuisine type

  • Californian,
  • American Cuisine,
  • Fusion,


  • Restaurant With Bar,

Products and Services

  • Online Reservation,
  • Patio,
  • Wine,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
338 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $30,

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Cilantro was ahead of its time. Much of what defines the city's contemporary restaurant scene was inspired by this homey restaurant located on the 17th Avenue Southwest strip. Serving Californian Southwest cuisine, its cozy dining rooms and flourishing summer patio have made it a vibrant dining destination since the '80s.

On Cilantro's busy patio, patrons enjoy dishes prepared with ingredients raised on the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) game ranch. Lauren Webb, CRMR director of marketing, notes that the restaurant's pioneering use of local ingredients has come to define dining culture. “When you consider the variety of restaurants in the area now and what was here when it opened in 1988, Cilantro was one of the first restaurants to break the steakhouse mold,” she says.

Since its inception, Cilantro has built a devoted regular clientele. Though its staff members pride themselves on creating new and inventive recipes, patrons demand that four entrees forever remain on the menu: black pepper linguine, New Zealand rack of lamb, mussels with black bean cream sauce as well as pear-and-Gorgonzola pizza.

“There was a period of time where we tried to change a couple of menu items, and the clientele said, ‘No, we want that back!’” Lauren says with a laugh.

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On Feb. 14, Cilantro serves up a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu from 5 until 9:30 p.m. The dinner costs $65 per person and features several options to choose from. Start things off with amuse bouche, followed by a choice of either wild mushroom soup or baby spinach salad. For the second course, choose between tortellini en brodo, pear and pecorino triangoli or Prince Edward Island mussels before moving on to a main course of beef tenderloin wellington, pan roasted chicken breast or swordfish al forno. The fourth-course dessert is a surprise, but it’ll be a perfectly sweet ending to the meal. Call 403-229-1177 to make reservations.

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Go ga-ga for Cilantro’s gorgonzola and pear flatbread, topped with pine nuts and dill pesto – sweet and savoury with a little bit of crunch. Fire roasted tomato, chicken and pancetta, pulled elk and wild boar sausage are a few more of their uniquely flavourful and satisfying flatbreads. Can’t decide which one sounds the best? Grab a few friends to share them all in their classy dining room. Play with flatbread and wine pairings from their lengthy wine list for the perfect Friday night with friends.

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When Cilantro first opened its doors in 1988, it featured Alberta’s first wood-burning pizza oven, imported from Italy. The fire in Cilantro’s pizza oven is still going strong, churning out unique pizzas topped with pulled elk and wild boar sausage. In addition to pizzas, the Fourth Street and 17th Avenue Southwest eatery serves hearty entrees that include coffee-and-chili-braised bison short ribs with Southwest-style grits and maple bacon baked beans.

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