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Perched directly above Lake Bonavista with large glass windows overlooking the lake, The Lake House, formerly The Ranche restaurant, is home to one of Calgary's finest and most creative restaurants as well as a unique setting for weddings and corporate events. Exuding rustic elegance, the interior is illuminated with ornate elk antler chandeliers and accessorized with a grand stone fireplace. Catching your eye when you enter the restaurant, a brand new 130 square foot glass encased wine cellar as well as a refurbished 21 foot bar from the 1800's, previously housed in a mercantile shop in Montana, speak to the recent renovations. The outdoor patio provides the perfect opportunity to savour sips
US$16 - US$31
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were surprised by the entrance to the restaurant as it has professional offices downstairs. Our waitress was pleasant and we were directed to a lovely table with a view of the lake. We enjoyed our meals which were cooked to perfection - scallops and...hazelnut crusted cod and were delicious. Our waiter was attentive, but not intrusive. We loved the view! The tables were socially distanced and we felt safe while dining.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed March 20, 2021

I have been here for lunch a few times with a friend but first time for dinner and a first for my husband. Service was exceptional. We were lucky to be early enough (6pm) to get one of the last window tables to see the...lake and Sunset. Tables are spaced well for Covid protocol so noise level was even lower. Comfortable with Covid procedures however surprised that they put salt and pepper shakers on the table rather than the packets other restaurants seem to provide. I can only presume they were wiped down each time however I did not use and I had my husband sanitize after he used the pepper. He ordered the rib eye medium rare which is how they recommend it be cooked as well as how he likes it. It was served with fingerling potatoes and glazed carrots and he rated it well. I ordered their Atlantic oysters which I've had there and they continue to be delicious with grilled lemon and pickled onion/carrot or ginger sesame topping. I asked to hold the horseradish. For my entree I ordered the PEI mussels. Although on the smallish size they were all open and the sauce was tasty. They are topped with frites which were also very tasty. I chose their New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to drink with it and it paired well. They change their wine regularly so you may not get the same choice. I started with a favorite cocktail - Old Fashion and was disappointed both in the taste and the presentation. I guess I should have asked the name of the bourbon they would serve but presumed it would be a premium. I was extremely disappointed that the bar tender did not check the orange peel for marks and it was served as a big chunk rather than a smaller twist which is better for adding flavor. This drink was the only negative of the whole experience.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed January 13, 2021

My husband and I had booked a table for New Year's Eve before the new Covid restrictions were in place. We were very saddened when they came into effect and our reservation was cancelled. However, The Lake House did have a pick up menu available...about a week or so after the restrictions were in place. We ordered the dinner for two and it was wonderful. A few glitches initially getting the website to work properly but we did get our order placed. Pick up was seamless and the food looked amazing. Everything was packaged very well along with color photos and detailed, yet easy to follow, instructions on how to reheat and plate. I was skeptical about the reheating instructions for the Sous-Vide beef tenderloin as I thought it would overcook in the oven but it turned out perfect! Everything was amazing! Loved the lobster tortellini - hope that stays on the menu when things open up again and the dessert, the chocolate raspberry layered cake was so, so good. What a lovely meal to end a not so lovely year. Thank you Lake House. We will be back for in restaurant dining once things open up.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 5, 2020

Had a wonderful lunch overlooking the Lake - all tables well spaced - service was excellent. Menu is good but somewhat limited for lunch. The Fish Platter was an excellent appy. The dinner menu provides many more. options but still a great place for lunch.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 2, 2020

The Location - This is a beautiful spot to eat. If you like peace and calming views with no kids running around - this is a good place for that. The patio wasn't open, but we had a seat by the window which looks onto...the lake. The Service - top notch. The staff have been well trained. The Food - the menu looks great which you can see on their website. I had the burger and my friend had the fish and chips. I will give them 5 stars for making their own fries - this is a big deal for me as I think way too many great places spoil great food by serving it with frozen french fries that are never good! Burger is hard to eat as it's filled with too much "mushy" ingredients, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, etc. Had I paid more attention to how the burger was served, I would have eliminated a few things. If I had one complaint - it would be that everything I had was way too salty, and I like salt. I noticed there were no salt and pepper shakers on the tables - maybe they should put them out and not salt the food in the kitchen. My friend enjoyed the fish and chips. I would recommend this place and will likely go back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
desireeplume, General Manager at The Lake House, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2020

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you feel our food is over seasoned. I have passed on your concern to the Back of House Team. The idea of great cuisine is for guests not too add anything to their dish,...More

Reviewed September 11, 2020 via mobile

A terrific date night. Food beautifully prepared. This is a higher-priced menu, but there is excellent value in the quality of the food options and the portion sizes. Excellent service, right downtown to the lovely little glass of complimentary Prosecco. Leisurely paced meal delivery and...a beautiful restaurant made for a perfect night out. Thank you.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

We don't often get this far south anymore but have fond memories of this place from many years ago. We met up with friends and were pleasantly surprised at the great brunch choices. Two had eggs Benedict, one the brioche French toast and I opted...for the smoked short rib on a Yorkshire pudding. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the experience as well as the service.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

We were here for lunch and had a nice table overlooking the lake (great view). Lots of free parking nearby. Service was attentive and polished. We shared the charcuterie board with bite size rye bread, and meats e.g. Westphalian ham, beef, elk salami, pâte, etc....Very good grainy mustard, some pickles and sauerkraut as condiments. I then had the crab cakes (small but tasty) with an excellent aioli, red pepper relish and potato gaufrettes. Crab cakes were lightly fried and juicy on the inside. My wife had the Icelandic cod in a very light beer batter. Home made tartare (remoulade) and ketchup with a nice portion of fries. Two big pieces of cod, so I had some too. Very juicy cod, not overcooked. Overall, very good food and service. Not too keen on the antler chandeliers (a bit too rustic), but that is a personal opinion. However, there was an abundance of dust on sprinkler heads, the top of the air circulation system and the beams. In addition, the exhaust vents also had a lot of dust on them, which made me wonder what kind of air filter (if any) is being used. This was only the visible part, so the invisible dust particles could be a serious concern. It cannot be that difficult to do a thorough clean at night (both internal and external surfaces) push all the tables to one side and then do the other half. From what I could see, that dust had been there for quite a while. This should be an easy fix and could enhance the dining experience (at least for me).More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020

They have a relatively small menu but every dish is done to perfection. Service is very good as management are quick to pitch in when it's busy. The view of the pond is magnificent year round.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 1, 2020

We went for family new year eve dinner in this restaurant. We were reserved for 8.45 pm seated in 5 min as requested close to window but the chairs were unfinished wood that were so uncomfortable for long seating. The menu was not selectable as...they mentioned for this night on the website prior of booking and was included 5 courses. Actually, I myself did not intended to take a full dinner at that time of the night but, there was not any other choice and caused me very bad sleep. I preferred to have more salad and light dinner with the same payment but was unavailable. The quality of foods were totally good with some comments. The lamb was so fat and the desert was made of dark chocolate that my kids did not like. Also, I believe this type of restaurant should have table cloth but hadn’t. The last thing, it is reasonable for the waiters to ask for the pleasant of the food but, our waiter asked us more than 10 times during the meal that was kind of annoying.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Yes, Lake House has a small elevator for wheelchair access and wide open floor space. Expect about $30 per person for a good lunch with wine etc
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4