Divino Bistro and Wine Bar
Member Reviews (2)
- Divino Bistro and Wine BarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Oct 05, 2012
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro, part of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) family of companies, originally opened in 1984 as a quaint 30 seat restaurant, located in downtown Calgary' Grain Exchange building. Divino has since relocated to the historic Calgary Wine and Spirits building on Stephen Avenue. I have wanted to come here every since I stayed at CRMR's Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff way back in 1994.
I got my chance a few weeks ago as part of yet another Team Dinner within a very long business trip that found me in Calgary and North of Fort McMurray. Like every thing else fine dining-wise in Calgary, it was spendy, even considering the expense account. At the same time, I loved the energy, the nice seating we had in back, the good service, fun, tasty, and well presented food, and featuring one of the better wine lists that I had seen in Calgary.
Regarding the Wine, I was the designated selector for our Group, because they figured that since I live in Northern California, I know just enough to be dangerous when a wine list is put in front of me. However, whether it's because of the taxes, the pretense, or the distance to the vineyards, a decent bottle of wine is too damn expense in these parts. And what's with the relatively slim selection of good Canadian wines on these wine lists?
Anyway, until next time and maybe at the Emerald Lake Lodge with Gayle.....
- Divino Bistro and Wine BarMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1First to ReviewAug 15, 2012
This is one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary. It is French bistro style with a relatively limited menu and a good but not vast wine list. However, the cooking is consistently well done. The charming old building with exposed brick walls and windows which open to the pedestrian mall gives it a pleasant atomosphere.