If you eat at the Laurier Lounge at 1111 Seventh Street S.W. you're stepping into a bit of Canadian history.

The restaurant is located in a house that once belonged to George Stanley, the man who designed the Canadian flag.

The place got a bit of an upgrade recently so John Gilchrist decided to try it out.

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"It's the go-to place in Calgary for fondue," said Gilchrist.

Laurier Lounge also has an eclectic menu that is French influenced, including various versions of poutine and French classics such as cassoulet.

A new team of chefs, excellent service and a fine wine selection has "vaulted" Laurier Lounge into the top level of restaurants, according to Gilchrist.

He scores it nine out of 10.

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John Gilchrist says Laurier Lounge is one of Calgary's top restaurants. (CBC)