There are many great things to do in Calgary, including excellent places to enjoy a romantic breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our list features restaurants serving food inspired by the region which utilize only the freshest local ingredients, as well as Italian, French, Indian, Brazilian, Thai, Greek, Spanish and other cuisines from around the world. Here are the best restaurants in Calgary, Canada.
1. Open Range
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Open Range is a relaxed Southwest-style steak and chophouse serving Alberta-raised beef, lamb, and game. Dive into incredible eats such as the Bison Enchilada (with smoked sundried tomato, white cheddar, and salsa verde), Elk Ribeye (with roasted poblano, sweet corn cotija twice baked potato, and red pepper jelly), or Beef Tenderloin (served on a pearl onion wild mushroom ragu with black truffle gravy).
They also have an extensive wine list. Restaurateur power couple Chef Dwayne Ennest and his wife Alberta opened Open Range in 2016. It is located on the eastern edge of the Calgary’s Crescent Heights neighborhood.
1114 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, Canada, 403-277-3408
2. Ship & Anchor Pub
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Ship & Anchor Pub is one of Calgary’s most popular and diverse watering holes, and they have something for everyone. Treat yourself to delicious pub fare such as the Pork Scalopline BLT, Prawn Spaghetti, Beet & Goats Cheese Salad or a Pizza. Some vegan options are also available, as is a gluten-free menu.
Enjoy live music while sipping on one of several local and imported beers on tap. Owner James Ballantyne first opened Ship & Anchor in 1990, and it has remained a favorite amongst Calgarians ever since. You will find it on the east side of the Lower Mount Royal neighborhood. Check out our Places to Visit in Canada guide for more ideas nearby.
534 17th Avenue SW, 403-245-3333
3. Calcutta Cricket Club
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Calcutta Cricket Club is one of Calgary's best spots for high-quality Indian fare, originally opened in 2017 by local artist Maya Gohill. The 50-seat restaurant is inspired by the gentlemen's sporting clubs of India's British Raj rule era, showcasing a delicious menu of Bengali and Calcutta-style street fare and family meals. Unique decor elements include Moroccan tile work, rattan furniture, and a decorative leopard salvaged from an antique carousel. Excellent fare is served up throughout the day by executive chef Rene Bhullar, focusing on classic curry entrees such as butter chicken masala, shahi paneer, and pork vindaloo. A Taste of Calcutta tasting menu offers three courses and a dessert, available with full table participation. Craft cocktails are created under the supervision of bar director Madeleine MacDonald, served up alongside Indian classics such as mango lassi and chai.
340 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8, Canada, Phone: 403-719-1555
4. Restaurants in Calgary: Clay Oven
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Clay Oven is an East Indian restaurant that serves classic Punjabi cuisine in a cozy, casual setting. Treat yourself to extraordinary, bold, flavorful dishes such as the Beef Vindaloo Chicken Biryani, Aloo Gobi, or one of their Saffron Spiced Rice dishes.
Chef and Owner Gurnek Singh Gill first opened Clay Oven in 1997 and has run the place with his family ever since. Their food has won several awards. You will find this delicious eatery situated between Calgary’s Horizon and Sunridge neighborhoods.
Bay 349 3132 26 ST. N.E., Calgary, Canada, 403-250-2161
5. Char Cut Roast House
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Char Cut is a chic restaurant that serves farm fresh, urban-rustic cuisine with Italian and Country French accents – all made from locally sourced ingredients. Plan a romantic dinner to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or another special occasion.
Dive into unbelievable, chef-driven eats such as the Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich (with wild boar bacon, aged cheddar, and Piri Piri aioli), Country Sausage Slow Cooked with Caramelized Onions on a Bake Brioche Roll, or Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and Grana Padano Cheese.
Co-owners and co-Chefs John Jackson and Connie DeSousa opened Char Cut in 2010. The menu changes daily at stylish Roast House, which is located in the Le Germain building downtown near the Calgary Tower.
101, 899 Centre Street SW, Calgary, Canada, 403-984-2180
6. Restaurants in Calgary: OEB Breakfast Co.
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OEB Breakfast Co. is one of Calgary’s most popular breakfast spots, and all of their eats are natural and locally sourced. Treat yourself to divine dishes such as the Scramble Buckwheat Crepe, Banana Cream “Pie” French Toast, or their famous Soul in a Bowl.
All of their eggs come from their own free-range chickens, and all the potatoes are cooked in organic duck fat. Award-winning Chef Mauro Martina’s long-lived dream of opening a popular breakfast eatery became reality when he opened OEB in 2012. Find this fun morning hangout not far from Calgary’s Bridgeland Park.
824 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-278-3447
7. Una Pizza and Wine
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Una Pizza + Wine is a popular restaurant that specializes in Californian-inspired thin crust pizzas and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Stop in and try a Walnut-Stuffed Persian Date, The Beltline Pizza (double-smoked bacon, fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella, and maple syrup), or The Californian.
Una also offers a weekly special pizza pie, and they have a nice selection of wines and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available. Owners Kelly Black and Jayme McFayden opened Una Pizza + Wine in 2010, and they also own its sister restaurant, Ox and Angela. You will find this fun pizzeria nestled in the heart of the Beltline neighborhood.
618 17th Avenue SW, 403-453-1183
8. Minas Brazilian Steakhouse
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Minas Brazilian Steakhouse serves authentic Southeast Brazilian cuisine and specializes in Brazilian open BBQ known as rodizio. You can’t go wrong with their savory Churrasco-style meats, Minas Pao de Queijo (cheese bread), or traditional Feijoada (a long-simmering authentic Brazilian signature dish made with black beans).
Master Head Chef Jose Montes owns and operates Minas Brazilian Steakhouse, which first opened in 2015. The restaurant is named for the Brazilian state Minas Gerais. Visit this sophisticated eatery in the heart of Calgary’s Eau Claire neighborhood.
136 2nd Street SW, 403-454-2550
9. GAGA Pizzeria
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To get a taste of Italy in Calgary, check out the pies at GAGA Pizzeria. Try their signature Signora Gaga Pizza (spinach olives, prosciutto, bucconicini, and figs) or the Mamma Mia. They also have delectable sub sandwiches like the Trio Italiano. And save room for baklava!
GAGA’s name is a nickname given to Chef (and owner) Safeta Zedjic by her husband. They opened the joint in 2012. Enjoy a slice or a whole pie in this casual pizzeria located in the heart of Calgary’s Beltline community.
1236-12 Avenue SW, 403-264-2421
10. Cassis Bistro
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Cassis Bistro is a charming eatery offering flavors from the south of France with local influences in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy spectacular specialties such as the Croque Monsieur, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Tarte A L’Oignon, or Pork Belly Rôti.
Several French and Canadian wines are also available, and they are perfect for pairing with their delicious dishes. Cassis Bistro was first opened in 2011 by Aix-en-Provence-born restaurateur and owner, Gilles Brassart. Brittany native Executive Chef Dominique Moussu joins him in the kitchen, along with Head Chef Jean-Philippe Charpentier. Enjoy Cassis Bistro for brunch, lunch, or dinner at Casel Marché in downtown Calgary.
#105 2505 17th Avenue SW, 403-262-0036
11. Vero Bistro Moderne
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Constantly striving to live up to their name (Vero means “true” in Italian), Vero Bistro Moderne combines the best of regional Italian, Spanish and French classics with a touch of modern genius. Chef Jenny travels to Europe every year to seek out new and wonderful ingredients and to learn about regional food trends. Vero Bistro serves only the finest seasonal organic produce, most of which is locally sourced. The menu will delight you with a wonderful choice of mouth-watering items, starting with fresh, flavorsome salads, hot and cold appetizers and traditional Italian meat balls. The Entrees will all sound familiar and they taste even better than they sound.
209 10th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1V5, 403 283 8988
12. Restaurants in Calgary: Bow Valley Ranch Restaurant
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The Bow Valley Ranch Restaurant invites guests to come and enjoy some of the best fine-dining cuisine in the region. The restaurant is located in a wonderful historic homestead surrounded by beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. The multi-award winning restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and you can rest assured that everything that arrives on your plate has been ethically and sustainably sourced. When the weather permits, most of the vegetables and herbs are harvested in their own organic gardens. Just a few of the Dinner highlights include specialties like the Albacore Tuna Crudo, Elk Tartare and a brilliant version of Surf and Turf.
15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J 5E8, +1 403 476 1310
13. Restaurant in Calgary: Santorini Greek Taverna
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Santorini Greek Taverna offers some of the best and most authentic Greek cuisine in town, and everything is served in a very friendly and welcoming setting. Stop in and try the Ketethes (Greek meatballs), Spanakopita, or the Papoutsakia (stuffed zucchini with beef and Bechamel sauce).
A fine selection of Greek beers and wines are also available. Chef and owner Andreas Nicolaides, his wife Maria, and their three children have been running Santorini since they opened the joint in 1986. Enjoy a taste of Greece at this lovely tavern located in the heart of downtown Calgary just down the street from SAIT Polytechnic. Beaches in Canada are free to visit and offer a relaxing day out.
1502 Centre Street North, 403-276-8363
14. Restaurants Near Me: NOtaBLE The Restaurant
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For a powerful culinary experience, check out the chic NOtaBLE The Restaurant, where they serve extraordinary contemporary Canadian cuisine in a casually refined setting. Enjoy phenomenal dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as the Seared East Coast Scallops (with grilled romaine, double-smoked bacon, and caper dressing) or the Alberta Beef Tartare. Or stop in for brunch and try the NOtaBLE Skillet.
Wine, beer, and cocktails are also available. The restaurant’s name is a twist on the owner’s name, world-renowned, award-winning Chef Michael Noble, who opened the place in 2010. You will find this restaurant in the heart of the community of Montgomery.
4611 Bowness Road NW, 403-288-4372
15. Tamarind East Indian Restaurant
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When nothing but an exquisitely spiced aromatic plate of Indian food will do, Tamarind East Indian Restaurant is the place to find it in Calgary. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming ambiance which will instantly make you feel at home. The menu kicks off with some delicious spicy appetizers to get your taste buds ready for the main event – try Spicy Potato Cakes with Mint Chutney (Aloo Tikki) or a delicious sharing plate for 2. Starters are followed by a large selection of vegetarian, chicken, meat, fish and seafood curries and Tandoori dishes, as well as traditional Indian breads.
1110 Panatella Blvd NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3K 0G6, 403 731 0001
16. Restaurant Near Me: Las Canarias
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Las Canarias serves scrumptious, traditional Spanish cuisine in a setting designed to look like an Old Spanish bodega. Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas and flavorful dishes such as Tortilla Española, Salpicon de Marisco, Pato Confitado (a duck confit dish), or Cordero a la Riojana (a slow-cooked lamb shank).
Friends Florin Serban and Spanish restaurateur Claudio Tarano opened Las Canarias earlier in 2015. You will find this charming eatery in Calgary’s Royal Oak community.
327-8888 Country Hills Boulevard NW, 403-475-4165
17. Restaurants in Calgary: La Brezza Ristorante
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La Brezza Ristorante is one of the city’s most popular Italian restaurants and actually resides in the owner’s former house. Enjoy the intimate setting while dining on tasty dishes such as Mama’s Angela’s Broccolini & Sausage, Linguini Mediterranean, Bistecca Peppe, or the Penne Con Salsiccie.
They also boast a fine selection of wines. Owners Marco Abdi and his wife Filomena opened La Brezza Ristorante in 1987, and Filomena’s mother Angela fills the role of chef in the kitchen, (which explains the traditional, homemade Italian eats). Visit this lovely family at their charming restaurant located in Bridgeland near the Bridgeland/Memorial Station.
990 1st Avenue NE, 403-262-6230
18. Julius Caesar's Steakhouse & Lounge
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Julius Caesar’s Steakhouse & Lounge has been a favorite eatery amongst Calgarians for decades, and with their award-winning beef specialties, it’s no wonder. You can’t go wrong with incredibly delicious dishes such as the Barbequed Baby Pork Back Ribs, Steak Diane, Lobster Tails, or the Chicken Almandine.
They also have a full bar and an award-winning wine list. Julius Caesar’s has been owned and operated by the same families since it was founded in 1972. Currently, George Kaketsis, Gerry Stuart, and Connie Giannoulis operate this popular restaurant. Enjoy the retro-style setting at this scrumptious steakhouse with two locations: Downtown and in Willow Park.
512-4th Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada, 403-264-1222; 110, 10816 Macleod Trail SE, 403-278-3930
19. Restaurants in Calgary: River Cafe
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River Café is a unique, elegant rustic restaurant that serves seasonal Canadian cuisine, including many unbelievable meat options. Stop in and try the Wood Grilled Pacific Octopus, Mountain Creek Bison Striploin, or the Studo Farms Winter Squash Terrine.
Or grab a bite to eat at their weekend brunch and try a dish like the Eggs Benedict with Bison Bacon. They also have an impressive wine list. Founder and Proprietor Sal Howell opened River Café in 1991; Chef de Cuisine, Matthias Fong joins her in the kitchen. This beautiful eatery is located on Prince’s Island Park on Bow River. Check out our article on the best romantic weekend getaways for your next trip.
25 Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Canada, 403-261-7670
Occupying the historic Cross House (which was built in 1875) in Inglewood, just a short drive from downtown Calgary, Rouge has become a local legend. The restaurant is owned and headed up by a pair of culinary genii who boast a combined experience of more than 38 years. Currently celebrating their 20th anniversary, Rouge Restaurant offers consistently excellent cuisine, service and hospitality. Guests are invited to settle in and enjoy a 6-course Foraged and Found Chef’s Menu (with or without wine pairing) or select their favorite dishes from the a la carte menu. Several of the appetizers are suitable for vegetarians and there is always a vegetarian entrée on the menu.
1240 8th Ave SE, Calgary, T2G 0M7, 403 531 2767
21. The Lake House
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The Lake House Restaurant is a wonderful choice for a romantic dining experience. The restaurant is the epitome of rustic chic, and would be an ideal setting for any meal or event. There are large picture windows which overlook lovely Lake Bonavista and the outdoor patio is perfect for alfresco dining when the weather co-operates. Overhead, unique elk antler chandeliers add a special touch of elegance. The food is centered on Rocky Mountain Cuisine and the Lake House has one of the best wine lists in the area. Menu highlights include their popular Lake House Fish Plank (a selection of smoked and cured fish and seafood, perfect for sharing), Tandoori Duck Breast and a mouth-watering Duo of Bison.
747 Lake Bonavista Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta T2J 2M2, 403 225 3939
22. Klein and Harris
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Inspired by the diversity of outstanding Canadian produce, Klein/Harris Restaurant works alongside trusted suppliers to showcase True North Cuisine. Sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients from across the country, Klein/Harris endeavors to delight your taste buds with outstanding flavors from all across Canada. Every dish on the extensive menu adds a new twist to familiar ingredients to elevate a simple cheese sandwich to a work of art. There is an excellent selection of fish and seafood on the menu and several good options for vegetarians. In addition to wonderful cuisine, Klein/Harris is also known for mixing some of the best and most unusual cocktails in town.
110 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1B3, 403 262 8100
23. Vintage Chophouse and Tavern
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You will find Vintage Chophouse nestled in the historic Victoria Park neighborhood of Calgary, where it has established a solid reputation as one of the best steakhouses in Calgary. The restaurant has received multiple awards for their food, service and their extensive wine list and has become a popular meeting place. While excellent meat dishes will always lie at the heart of this restaurant, the menu also features a wide selection of salads, soups, seafood dishes and delicious sides. Just a few of their signature dishes include their Canada Prime Ribeye, the Tagima Wagyu Ribeye and their Braised Prime Beef Shortribs. Day trips from Montreal offer an affordable way to explore nearby.
320 11th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2R O35, 403 262 7262
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Owned and operated by Chefs Uri Heilik and Rogelio Herrera, Alloy restaurant invites guests to come and discover their unique take on travel-inspired haute cuisine. The interior of this modern and elegant restaurant features lots of wood and marble to create a warm and welcoming ambiance which perfectly sets the scene for a great night out. The menu is not overly extensive, featuring a manageable and interesting selection to tempt your taste buds. There are 5 delicious-sounding starters followed by 7 entrees, each of which would be at home on any fine-dining menu. A selection of 3 delectable desserts completes the picture. There is also a comprehensive wine list featuring wines from all around the world.
220 42nd Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 1Y4, 403 287 9255
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