|Cuisine Type |||French, Italian|
|Ambiance |||Good For Groups, Meet For Drink, Patio Dining, Dining At Bar|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Game In Season, Great Wine List, Must Reserve|
|Payment |||Diner's Club En Route, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Mon-Thurs: 11AM-11PM Fri: 11AM-12AM Sat: 4PM-12AM closed Sundays & holidays|
Profile Last Updated: June 02, 2008
With its opening in the fall of 2005, Tribune brought the traditions of French and Italian dining and cuisine to Calgary’s Stephen Avenue Walk. The owners spent many months and dollars renovating their slice of the historic Tribune block, built in 1892 as the home of the Calgary Tribune. Tin ceilings and exposed sandstone walls give the restaurant a cozy, cellar charm and supple leather lines the chairs and booths. There’s a lounge upstairs and a full dining room in the basement, connected by a multi-level wine cellar offering more than 40 wines by the glass and even more by the bottle.
Paying tribute to the culinary richness of France and Italy is the order of the day at Tribune. There’s an emphasis at Tribune on sharing. They offer several main courses like lambs and roasts that are meant to be eaten by more than one person. French classics like escargot and frogs legs are on the menu, and for the less adventurous there are simple pasta dishes, steaks and seafood. The fare may be pricy but definitely worth the money.
Duck for the daring
The restaurant features one of North America’s few duck presses, a method of serving duck in which the breast and legs are removed and cooked, and the remaining meat and bones are pressed to extract the juices. Those are then blended with other ingredients to form a succulent sauce. Because ordering and eating such a dish is an achievement, those who partake are given a souvenir medallion and asked to sign a book recording their meal. It’s a 400-year-old French tradition that the Tribune hopes will mean as much to patrons as it does to the owners. Treat yourself to a dessert, a cocktail or one of their many wines and enjoy an evening at Tribune. They do offer off-site catering services for your special event. They also accommodate groups of four to 70 for private functions in their dining room; however for more guests, the entire restaurant can be booked.