I had a few girlfriends visiting me from out of town, and I really wanted to show them what Calgary was about. No, not the “Yee-haw!”s and line dancing at Ranchmans, but the new, vibrant side of Calgary which is brimming with an eclectic, high quality food scene.
80th and Ivy is a new restaurant in town, and I was looking for a reason to check them out. With my girlfriends in tow, off we went, and must I say, we had a very, very positive experience.
From the moment I walked in, Jamie, the bar manager introduced himself to me and was really friendly. The restaurant was empty, but the patio was full. It was windy outside, so we sat inside. The decor is fresh, simple and modern. Very cool place to get together with some friends or an informal date. The menu is interesting and varied. Our table of 4 ordered a bunch of different things to share: the arugula salad, the rotisserie chicken sliders, margherita flatbread, tuna and watermelon salad and herbed frites. All the dishes were good, and well-presented. By the end of the meal, we were all satisfied, and not overly-stuffed.
We also ordered some cosmos and some glasses of Moscato D’Asti. The drinks were very, very good. The cosmos were different from ones I’ve had at other places. More fresh, fruity and refreshing. And the Moscato was AMAZING. Absolutely PERFECT summer wine.
The main standout of 80th and Ivy, however, was the service. Our waitress Chelsea was friendly, warm and gave the right amount of space. She seemed genuinely interested in providing us with nice, attentive service. Jamie kept to check up on us again while we were eating. My friends thought I must have known Jamie from before, seeing as to how attentive him and his staff were to us. But no, this was my first time there, and we truly felt like valued patrons. This is a rare occurrence in this city. Well, in any city for that matter.
I would return to 80th and Ivy in a heartbeat. Fabulous atmosphere, excellent service and great drinks - 80th and Ivy is off to a superb start!