When California was forming the nucleus of its modern food identity it looked to its neighbours to the south and southwest, in many ways a logical progression. It was a bold step for Cilantro to go down this road in the 1980s, but it was clearly the right step; the distinctive flavours of the southwest are incorporated into the restaurants ever-changing menu with impressive results.
The adobe wood-burning oven turns out some of the best pizza in town and the wine list is diverse and well balanced. Game meats from our Game Ranch are also an important fixture on the menu, providing diners with healthy and delicious alternatives to the usual carnivorous fare.
Our culinary team has created a menu with an unconventional Californian-Southwestern flare. In addition, we offer daily and nightly features with our specialties being flat bread style pizzas, homemade pastas, along with many different appetizers, salads, and entrees – truly something to suit everyone’s tastes.
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 by introducing the city to Californian-Southwestern cuisine and it is as popular today as it was 27 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.