Okay, as promised- here's a thread on places that go the extra mile service-wise in the city with the most acute labour shortage in all of North America.
I'm going to nominate a few, high- as well as low-end:
Capo: An amazing meal that was only improved by impeccable, spot-on, perfectly timed service, start to finish. Waiters were not burdened with more than, I think, three tables apiece.
The Coup: Smiles, smiles, smiles all around- don't like the soup? taken away and comped, no questions asked (and with a SMILE too).
River Cafe: I note a negative experience (which was only marginally negative) on here and I get an apology that I can only describe as... extravagant. Points in heaven for you, River Cafe.
Tubby Dog: Too damn cool, treat the hipsters and the families and old curmudgeons like me with equal aplomb. Fast service and you get precisely what you pay for. The sort of thing Calgary needs lots, lots, lots more of.
The Tribune: the food was kinda meh, but the service- I felt like Diamond Jim crossed with the prettiest gal in the room. Really fantastic, professional staff.
Bumpy's: A cafe that has become, if anything, too successful with its combination of the very best espresso and espresso-based, latte-art decorated drinks with really good, really good-value food, it still manages to staff fantastically, somehow finding barista after barista that would be at home in Seattle or Vancouver, and having tons- eight people behind the counter during a recent lunch rush- of other staff too. How John does this I don't know, but it's a delightful balm to step into a quality coffeehouse in Calgary that is so well staffed.
Globefish Sushi and Izakaya: They poached my favourite sushi guy from Midori! And from the looks of it many more- this place is packed to the rafters but in that open kitchen were six people not counting waitstaff last lunch I was there. Sushi is delivered fast as it should be, and staff are as friendly as anything.