80th & Ivy

This swanky spot on 17th boasts comforting, farm-to-table fare with contemporary twists. The rustic yet trendy atmosphere provides a fun vibe for large parties, and the food is made to impress! Sample dishes varying from tuna tartar with cucumber ceviche and a soy reduction, to braised lamb and gnocchi with grana padano and cherry tomatoes. For drinks, the bar offers up a full list of wines, pitchers of sangria, and cocktails swirled to perfection. Cheers!



La Brezza

Hearty and authentic Italian dishes hit the spot at cherished local favorite, La Brezza. Lots of love has been poured into this restaurant since it first opened in 1984 (in the former house of the owner), making the atmosphere one of the coziest and most welcoming in town. Enjoy a fresh caprese salad made with local bocconcini cheese, melt-in-your-mouth calimari, or soul-warming three-cheese lasagna. Either way, La Brezza is sure to provide you and your loved ones with a memorable get-together before the I do.


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The Metropolitan Grill

The Metropolitan Grill has served up contemporary fare with a lively atmosphere since 2000, and consequently has established itself as a hotspot among locals and out-of-towners alike. Here, you'll find steaks grilled to perfection, as well as a smattering of less traditional menu items (think: s'mores doughnuts and lemon mascarpone risotto balls). The patio is one of the best on 8th avenue for summer events, but you'll also find plenty of space for a rehearsal dinner indoors on those cooler, Calgary days.


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Recommendations courtesy of Nicole Field Photography, a Rocky Mountain Bride GEM Vendor.


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