Business lunch spots on Stephen Avenue Walk in Calgary

A pedestrian-friendly stretch of Eighth Avenue Southwest, Stephen Avenue Walk is a popular downtown destination for shoppers and restaurant goers. The area’s mix of upscale dining rooms, casual fine dining restaurants and quick-service eateries also makes it a favourite haunt of downtown office workers. Naturally, a lot of business is conducted over lunch at area restaurants such as the ones listed here.

CHARCUT Roast House

1
101-303 Centre St SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9

A half block south of Stephen Avenue, this popular meat-focused restaurant offers well-priced daily lunch specials that are guaranteed to have diners in and out in 45 minutes, with a bag of warm cookies to enjoy on the walk back to the office. Perfect for a quick out-of-office conversation, especially for anyone who loves sandwiches packed with succulent rotisserie meats and paired with Parmesan fries.

Blink Restaurant & Bar

2
111 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

Contemporary Canadian fare is served alongside one of the most carefully curated wine lists in town. A quiet space done up in vintage red brick and glass and hung with abstract artworks, Blink is a top spot for client meetings or other occasions when one needs to impress with fine food while not getting too formal or fussy. Blink even features a cozy, bookable private room featuring a single table with space for several diners.

Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro

3
113 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

A business meeting hotspot, talk business in Divino’s main dining room or book one of its private rooms for larger meetings. The food is classic bistro fare – pastas, salads and a killer cheese selection. Nothing says team building like putting together the perfect cheese board with your colleagues.

Teatro

4
200 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K7

Many folks visit elegant Teatro (which is housed in the beautiful old Toronto Dominion Bank building) for special occasion dinners. It also does a solid lunch service, suitable for upscale meetings. Or just pop in on a stressful workday, and treat yourself to an impeccably prepared beef strip loin or a silky dish of the daily risotto.

Klein & Harris Restaurant

5
110 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3

Billed as a wine-centric restaurant, Home Tasting Room offers your standard burgers, steaks and salad, but things get really interesting with its tasting plates. Designed to be shared (a perfect way to break the ice), adventurous business lunchers can test out the Korean spiced beef tartar or sweetbread tacos or stick to a colleague-pleasing cheese or charcuterie plate.

Centini Restaurant & Lounge

6
160 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K6

In the Telus Convention Centre, Centini is an obvious choice for business people who need to take a luxurious break from the grind of conferencing, but it’s also a favourite of business types in need of a classy lunch. With its Italian-inspired menu (including both pizza and pasta) and a lengthy wine list, it’s no wonder the office crowd keeps returning, whether or not there’s a conference on the go.

The Belvedere

7
107 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

Certain situations call for the kind of atmosphere where you can imagine big deals being made in velvet-upholstered booths over juicy steaks and glasses of premium Scotch. The old-school charm of the Belvedere adds a little gravitas to any business lunch, and its prix fixe lunch is hard to beat for both taste and price.

Ca'puccini Theatre Cafe

8
205 8 A SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K9

The eatery in the Arts Commons building provides a more casual setting for lunch meetings, but it’s a great place to sit down and have a conversation over a well-prepared meal. The menu is more interesting than one would expect from a lunch counter, and there’s a separate seating area for those who prefer a table to a spot along the coffee bar. Entrees include pasta, paninis, salads and pizza as well as the superior coffee that the café’s name suggests.

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