30 years young. About Us

Cilantro’s soul warming dishes served alongside the warm smiles from the servers evoke a sense of home and being welcome. Cilantro offers a sense of Calgary – friendly and vibrant – a nod to the past, as well as a tip of the hat to the current trends. A true classic, but with a twist. With its cozy atmosphere and Canadiana influenced menu specializing in flat bread style pizzas and homemade pastas, customers are invited to enjoy a variety of delicious meals in our welcoming environment. This Calgary restauarant proudly features Alberta’s first wood burning pizza oven imported from Italy in 1988 as well as a fully enclosed patio that is surrounded by white lights above in the trees and luscious Virginia Creepers.

Calgary Restaurant on 17th Ave SW
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Our culinary team has created a menu with an unconventional Canadiana flare. We offer daily and nightly features with our specialties being flat bread style pizzas, fresh homemade pasta, crisp and delicious salads, as well as soul warming entrees.

History A Calgary Classic

Purchased with a partner in 1986, Cilantro was the first of four CRMR restaurants. After major renovations and upgrades, Cilantro opened its doors in 1988 proudly featuring Alberta’s first wood burning pizza oven imported from Italy.

Cilantro was one of the first restaurants in Calgary to break the steakhouse mold 30 years ago when the doors first opened.

The building was originally a men’s tailor shop with the suits and fabrics occupying the front of the store and the tailoring/residence located in the back. Since then, the space has had a colourful history having hosted the likes of blues man Jeff Healy and impromptu poetry readings under the guise of Marty’s Cafe.

Historic image of Cilantro Restaurant in Calgary.