8 restaurants with great wine and food pairings in Calgary

For Calgarians in search of pairing menus with exceptional wines and upscale cuisine, several of the city’s restaurants offer carefully selected options to bring out and enhance the ingredients and flavours of the food. Whether you’re looking to pair your wine with a charcuterie, a decadent six-course feast or some tapas, these are the restaurants to check out – just in time for Winefest Calgary.

Teatro

1
200 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K7

One of downtown Calgary’s most upscale restaurants, Teatro is a gourmet eatery with a focus on quality seasonal ingredients, assembled into decadent dishes courtesy of chef de cuisine Christopher Woolnough. Each evening, a six-course tasting menu is available for $95, with wine pairing available for an additional $70 or premium wine pairing for an additional $120.

Una Pizza & Wine

2
618 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4

This popular 17th Avenue restaurant specializes in two things – wine and pizza. And pairing the two together is what makes the UNA experience so special. Whether you’re ordering the cheese-laden, honey-topped 4-maggi pizza or the rich, arugula-topped prosciutto pizza, make sure you ask for a recommended wine pairing.

Workshop Kitchen + Culture

3
608 1 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1M6

This experimental fusion restaurant on Stephen Avenue has become a popular destination for Calgary’s gastronomes due to its inventive takes on classic menu items. Three and five course prix fixe “Workshop Improv” menus are offered daily for $55 and $80. Add wine and beverage pairings to the three-course menu for $30, or to the five-course menu for $42.

Modern Steak Inc

4
107 10A St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4M7

Modern Steak is a modernized upscale steakhouse located in Kensington that exclusively serves ranch-specific Alberta beef, along with a wine menu that highlights some of the top wineries in Canada. Ask your server for a pairing recommendation, which will change depending on the cut of your meat and the steak’s doneness.

Vin Room

5
2310 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2

While this tapas lounge and wine bar doesn’t offer a specific pairing menu, it’s known that Vin Room is one of the prime places to go for stellar pairing recommendations. Whether you’re ordering up a charcuterie, or an assortment of small plate bites, Vin Room’s expert staff will be able to recommend a wine pairing for each plate you order. Get experimental and order up the eggplant chips or gnocchi with suggested pairings.

Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro

6
113 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

This longstanding classic Calgary restaurant is modelled after American bistros and features a decadent menu highlighting cheeses, Alberta game and high quality seasonal ingredients. Divino has a well-curated wine program courtesy of CRMR wine director Brad Royale. While there is no specific pairing menu offered, Divino’s staff are more than happy to make pairing suggestions to accompany menu items.

Winebar Kensington

7
1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

Located in the heart of Kensington, Winebar is a lower-level upscale tapas room and wine bar (located directly below The Brasserie) with a decadent menu of wines and spirits, cheeses, meats, tapas and small plate dishes. Whether you’re looking to snack on a charcuterie or just want to drop in for dessert, make sure you ask the Winebar staff for pairing recommendations.

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