Open Hours: 5:30a-9p Mon; 5:30a-10p Tue-Thu; 5:30a-11p Fri-Sat
If you enjoy the robust flavor of garlic, check out the signature dish of a restaurant famed for its indulgence in the healthy herb. Its ... More
Antonio's Garlic Clove
If you enjoy the robust flavor of garlic, check out the signature dish of a restaurant famed for its indulgence in the healthy herb. Its steak—marinated, saturated, garnished and sauced with garlic—is sure to overpower even the strongest breath-freshener. The tidy and welcoming restaurant is outfitted in a traditional Italian style, with antique wine bottles intertwined among the vines lining the walls. For those who aren't enthusiastic about garlic, there are a number of unseasoned dishes and desserts on the menu. Even the air inside, however, is saturated with the sweet and strong scent of the "stinking rose."
The food was super- garlic soup-Stinking steak and garlic caesar for a drink. If you like garlic this is the place to go. The waitress was not having the best day, but we all have those. Would recommend to all.
My wife and I dined here on the recommendation of some work friends. It is really small and not too clean, dirty wine bottles decorate the walls and the cheap tables are old and worn.
We tried the "Antonio's Garlic Clove" bread w/brie and garlic app for $10. Gross, bitter, fat laden, poorly plated and awkward to eat, really not worthy of a signature dish status.
I had the "Stinky Steak" as an entree $36. It was cooked perfectly as were the vegetable sides. The flavor however was so-so. It was not terrible but I would never get a craving to have it again and it was certainly not worth the price.
My wife had the "Garlic Butter Chicken" $18. Awesome is a suitable word to describe the flavor of this garlic version of the dish, also amazing or phenomenal. Crazy good and worth a visit for this dish alone, I would probably pay double the price with no complaints.
I tried the garlic vanilla ice cream for desert and my wife had a blueberry vodka sorbet. The ice cream was curious tasting, not really good though not really bad either. I can now say I have eaten garlic ice cream and leave it at that. My wife's desert was not too bad but not great though.
The house red was an OK Shiraz for a house wine, $8.50 by the glass.
It was a half full house on a Friday evening and the service was friendly and competent.
I can't comment on the rest of the menu, maybe there are some other jewels like the Butter Chicken, but that was the only thing about the restaurant that justified the high price.
Of course, parking sucks but that goes without saying.
Firstly, I LOVE garlic so I was really looking forward to this dinner.
I found the atmosphere more claustrophobic than "romantic"
Service was slow, one server for a full house?
The dessert menus came to us as two scrunched up pieces of paper that looked like they came out of the garbage.
$18 for 4 overcooked shrimp as an appy was a joke and I could have made better at home.
My pork chop was thick, but also overcooked.
My date had chicken parmesan, and only ate half.
For the prices they charge I expected much much more, needless to say we walked away dissapointed and feeling ripped off. If you plan on charging $30 for chicken parm, it better be the best darn chicken parm I've ever had - not something I could get at Denny's for half the price.
We won't be back.
As garlic lovers, we found they didn't work on the best of what garlic should be. Over-priced appetizer dish was the first disappointment. Forever-waiting main courses were so-so tastes with high priced tags.
We were oversold. Won't recommend to anyone has tasted good foods somewhere else.
The food was excellent however the service was a little bit pushy when it came to the insistence we have dessert.
While the restraunts interior could use an updating the cozy atmosphere lends itself to a romantic evening out with your significant other.
A little on the pricy side but the food is worth the extra cost.
I love love Garlic but this place goes way overboard. It's like the staff are trying to test the unsuspecting patrons and revel in thier expressions. Unless you are an absolute Garlic Psycho, I suggest that you go for appetizers and dessert somewhere else and only have a main course here.
This is the morning after a garlic induced flatulent night of no sleep and the smell and taste are still lingering. My colon will never be the same.
I loved everything about this place. The food was amazing, very, very good. The service was great, and the menu was extensive, a bit on the high priced side, but what do you expect this is Calgary. I think it's worth every penny.
My husband and I visit the Garlic Clove on our anniversaries and special occasions. We have always had great service, amazing food, and a romantic time. We have been going there for about 4 years now, and we hope too keep going for another 40 years.
One year ago we dined there and loved the place. Last Friday night (7 April 2006) we returned. We really enjoyed the starters and main courses.
Then the disappointing tackiness.
Our waitress asked about dessert; we requested a menu; she offered it verbally. I ordered a white chocolate mousse. The bill arrived with a $13.95 charge for this small portion. I protested this extortion and submitted my credit card. She returned witrh the payment slip with a $4.00 reduction for this dessert.
Rightfully or not, I smell a garlicky rat.
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