Where to Eat in Calgary: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 15, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

The sophisticated city that grew out of the Canadian West, Calgary balances the modern and the traditional with pioneer charm. For the full western experience, show up in time for the annual Calgary Stampede, complete with rodeos. Year-round you'll find abundant shopping, dining and nightlife; a short drive away are some of Canada's finest national parks.
Things to do in Calgary

1. Cactus Club Cafe

2612 39 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 7J9, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 403-250-1120
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 686 reviews

Cactus Club Cafe

Reviewed By Garth B - Cobourg, Canada

A great experience near the Calgary airport. The bartender Jen provided outstanding service, very knowledgeable, and great recommendations. J recommended The BLACKENED CREOLE CHICKEN and on her recommendation I ordered it. Wow, what a great dish. The drink menu looked great but I stuck to craft beers. Good selection of craft beers served in ice cold glasses. My beer never went empty and my bartenders dish recommendation exceeded my expectation. I will definitely return next time I am in Calgary.

2. Santorini Greek Taverna

1502 Centre St NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 2R9, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$235 +1 403-276-8363
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Santorini Greek Taverna

For over twenty years, Santorini Greek Taverna has represented the best in Calgary’s Greek cuisine. Santorini was founded on the Greek values of filoxenia; literally the notion of befriending strangers. Thus, as all guests to Santorini quickly realize, they are immediately made part of the family, whether laughing with host Maria’s comedic personality or joining in on an uplifting Greek dance. While other Greek restaurants have attempted to reinvent a good thing, Santorini continues to offer the classic, authentic tastes of Greece in a welcoming, Mediterranean setting. <br>With over 40 Greek dishes, it promises an unforgettable experience. At Santorini, every day is a celebration!

Reviewed By GusGristle - Kamloops, Canada

At first glance when you walk in the door its spotless. A good sign. We came to town late and were probably their last customers but the staff made us feel right at home. Ordered humus and saganaki, both were delicious. My partner had the Kalamaria and Greek salad, I had the prawn and scallop souvlaki. All were delicious. Prices at bit more than average but the wine was reasonable but well worth it. Would definitely come back when in town.

3. The Coup

924B 17 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 0A2, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, Canadian, Healthy, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$63 - HK$133 +1 403-541-1041
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 344 reviews

The Coup

We use as much organic & local food, liquor and wine as possible, including all soy products & grains. Menu items are made from scratch & with love. We have a wine & cocktail lounge with weekend DJs, and a restaurant. We recycle all we can & compost our kitchen waste. We purchase food from local farmers, and with minimal packaging; we plant 36 trees a month, and we are 100% wind powered.

Reviewed By Allan_Laird - Calgary, Alberta

This is not just the best vegetarian restaurant in Calgary... it may be the best overall restaurant! We enjoyed the special Valentine's Day three course menu. Every dish was beautifully prepared and the flavours were sublime. The chef is a genius. Also, the manager (Katie) is amazing and infuses her smile and positive energy throughout. Try the Coup, you will not regret it!

4. Una Pizza + Wine

618 17 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2S 0B4, Canada (Formerly Wicked Wedge Pizza Co) Delivery, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Pizza, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$126 - HK$181 +1 403-453-1183
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 606 reviews

Una Pizza + Wine

UNA Pizza + Wine is a neighbourhood restaurant serving Californian & Italian influenced cuisine, thin crust pizzas, wine and as much local product as we can get. We are open 7 days a week from 11:30am - 1am for lunch, dinner & late night dining and 7 days a week from 4pm - 11pm for Delivery in the southwest of Calgary.

Reviewed By Claudia T - Toronto, Ontario

Shared a bunch of dishes and couldn't pick our favourite. The cheese pizza drizzled with honey was amazing, as were their meatballs. The cauliflower and date starter was a surprise treat. The mix of flavours were perfect!! Reasonably priced and very fresh food in one of the best areas of Calgary. You have to check out this place of you're looking for a great vibe and a satisfied belly!!

5. Vero Bistro Moderne

209 10 St NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1V5, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, European, Canadian, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$126 - HK$173 +1 403-283-8988
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Vero Bistro Moderne

With an atmosphere that breathes relaxed elegance, Vero Bistro presents a menu that defines inspired Italian Fusion Cuisine. Vero&apos;s Chef Jenny believes strongly in the importance of fresh, healthy food while supporting the local community and strives to create flavourful inspired cuisine using quality ingredients sourced from a variety of trusted local producers, Remarkable starters and plates designed for sharing are offered along side hearty entrees, such as the house made pasta, grass fed beef, seafood, lamb, chicken and duck, with many gluten-free options available. Featured small plates include, Meatball &apos;Bolognese&apos;, Signature Sweet Potato Gnocchi with wild boar bacon and gorgonzola, as well as more substantial offerings, such as the Grass Fed New York Steak w truffle parmesan frites, traditional agnolotti with bone marrow barbera reduction "The Seafood Platter". No Menu Tuesdays $45/guest Steak & Frites on Wednesdays 3 courses $39/guest Brunch Sat & Sun 10 AM-2 PM

Reviewed By Luke L

The steak and eggs was absolutely delicious. Tomatoes had lots of garlic for flavour and fries were super crispy. What an absolutely delightful meal.
Also ordered the Jamon Iberico de Bellota which is very pricy but wow the taste is unbelievable. Definitely worth every penny.
Service is fabulous. Quick and cool little place.
Highly recommend and definitely will be back again!

6. The Himalayan

3218 17 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T3E 0B3, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Tibetan, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 403-984-3384
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 645 reviews

The Himalayan

The Himalayan Restaurant serves Nepali cuisine, which has influences from India and China.

Reviewed By Travel-Troopers - Calgary, Canada

If you are looking for delicious, home cooked, authentic Nepalese cuisine, the Himalayan is the restaurant for you!
Decor is beautiful and the owners and staff are very friendly and welcoming.
We have been here numerous times and we always order the feast as one gets a nice assortment of different dishes to try.
You will not leave here hungry!

7. OEB Breakfast Co.

824 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3J6, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol American, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +1 403-278-3447
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 659 reviews

OEB Breakfast Co.

Reviewed By Tourmoline

Smoked Peking duck with duck eggs on an English muffin with delicious arugula salad. I wanted to try the fries too and had enough leftover for a whole plateful! Service was excellent and friendly. Tables were clean. Coffee was very good, atmosphere was pleasant. So many choices on the menu! I recommend this if you are hungry. The smoked duck was yummy!

8. Blue Star Diner

809 1 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 0C2, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 403-261-9998
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Blue Star Diner

Reviewed By Doug D - Chestermere, Alberta, Canada

I found this gem while looking for a Mexican breakfast in Calgary. The Mexican offerings are delicious but they have other intriguing options as well. A cozy atmosphere with great food and great service. Get there early on the weekends. Very popular with the locals.

9. Gaga Pizza

1236 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T3C 0P3, Canada Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 403-264-2421
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 139 reviews

Gaga Pizza

Reviewed By denver60 - Denver, Colorado

We popped into Gaga for pizza based on TripAdvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. We shared the Roma pizza and it was absolutely delicious. Friendly atmosphere, excellent service. Highly recommend!

10. The Canadian Brewhouse

9650 Harvest Hills Blvd NE | Unit 1200, Calgary, Alberta T3K 0B3, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Grill, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$149 +1 403-452-5636
Excellent
70%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

The Canadian Brewhouse

Our one-of-a-kind Canadian themed sports bar & grill has an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, drinks and amazing specials every night of the week. You’ll note our Canadian decor starts right when you walk up to our huge Inukshuk at our doors and continues throughout the restaurant in a “cheeky” Canadian fashion. We promise, when you come to The Canadian Brewhouse, you’ll instantly feel at home, because our house is your house…only we have way more TVs! You won’t find a better selection of screens anywhere for the sports you love! We even provide tabletop speakers for those nights when multiple sports and teams are playing. Our house is your house.

Reviewed By Edwin F - Calgary, Canada

Three of us went to the Canadian Brewhouse for lunch. The rocky mountain chicken, and the steak Sandwich were both good but the prime rib was pretty average. The veg served with the prime rib was hard and inedible. Service was friendly but very slow (over two hours for lunch). Parking is difficult to find.

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