At Rouge, the foundation of our food begins with the best ingredients. We partner with local food growers and utilize our onsite garden and our homegrown produce. Preparing these quality ingredients with respect and expertise gives our cuisine its regional flavour. You can almost taste the terroir. We complement our menu with a carefully chosen wine selection showcasing some of the finest varietals available today, constantly recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with the Award of Excellence. Above all, our goal is to provide an exceptional dining experience with our welcoming attitude and professional service.
Chef Paul Rogalski & Olivier Reynaud
Less than a ten-minute drive from downtown and on the Bow River, Rouge occupies, the historic Cross House in Inglewood.
Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood, established adjacent to Fort Calgary in 1875. 9th Avenue South East, formerly named Atlantic Avenue, became the Calgary’s first authentic main street. Today, Inglewood is a vibrant, eclectic and ever-evolving arts and culture district with more than one hundred shops, boutiques and eateries.
Built in 1891 by A.E. Cross, the Brewery House was home to the Cross family for decades and is now designated as a Calgary, Municipal and Alberta Provincial Heritage Site.
Cross was one of the West’s most prominent cattlemen. In 1892 he founded the Calgary Brewing and Malting Co., the first brewing company in western Canada. He was one of the city’s “Big Four”, one of the original founders of The Calgary Stampede
Our very personable owners Olivier Reynaud and Chef Paul Rogalski met in the mid-90s. They discovered mutual respect for each other’s professional abilities and experience, and a common dream of using their vast restaurant experience to create their own fine dining establishment in Calgary. The dream was for a restaurant that would showcase the best cuisine and service that Calgary had ever experienced by tapping into their cumulative 38 years of international experience and provide them with the opportunity to be really chatty with their patrons!
Olivier and Paul have independently cultivated their skills and culinary perspective in nine different countries. They knew if they could take the best in service and food preparation from their experiences, they could dazzle patrons, food critics and food writers, alike. They have. In May of 2001 Olivier and Paul combined their tremendous experience to create The Cross House Restaurant, and in April 2003 introduced us to ROUGE – At The Cross House.
Since the formation of their partnership, they have enjoyed outstanding reviews. It’s more than just the critics who are taking notice, though. Calgarians are making ROUGE a part of their Calgary culinary scene.