Looking for your next great meal? It’s no secret that Calgary’s food scene has reached another level in recent years. Top restaurants are a mixture of hidden gems, local institutions, and new favourites. Here is a list of new and noteworthy places to eat in Calgary.
Where to Eat in Calgary
Where to Eat in Calgary
Every month there are plenty of new restaurants to get excited about. These are a few that have received plenty of buzz over the last year.
Enjoy dining in a bright and airy 100-year-old warehouse along Calgary’s riverfront. Chef Mikko Tamarra has worked at some of the best restaurants across Latin America. He brings all that knowledge to a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Fortuna’s Row.
Address: 421 Riverfront Ave
Known For: Its 10,000 sq. ft. beach-inspired interior.
Pat & Betty
Family is at the heart of Pat & Betty, named after the owner’s own mothers. The menu is European-inspired and indulgent. Treat yourself to some seared foie gras or chicken liver mousse.
Address: 1217 1st St SW
Known For: Their fancy weekend brunch featuring ‘Caviar “Soft Scramble” Eggs’.
Lonely Mouth Bar
Calgary’s newest sake bar serves modern Japanese food and cocktails. Lonely Mouth Bar’s interior is simple and elegant with plenty of wood and corduroy features. Diners can expect house-made udon noodles, fresh tempura, and tasty handrolls.
Address: 528 17th Ave SW
Known For: Having an in-house noodle maker you can see working behind the bar.
Dine in the original home of The Calgary Herald. The brink and sandstone building dates back to 1893. The whole experience at Fine Print, from the menu to the decor, pays tribute to the newspaper's history.
Address: 113 8th Ave SW
Known For: Their ‘Main Stories’ including the ‘wood fire grilled Alberta ribeye’.
A restaurant based on the yacht culture of Southern Italy must be good. And Barbarella delivers with delicious coastal Italian cuisine. The pizza and pasta will transport you to the Amalfi Coast.
Address: 240 8th Ave SW
Known For: Having one of the best happy hours in the city (daily from 2 to 5 p.m.) with half-off drinks and pizza.
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These restaurants have all become iconic within the Calgary food scene. Reservations recommended.
Rouge has been a fixture in Calgary’s fine dining scene since it opened in 2001. Diners can expect French-inspired meals in a historic setting. The Cross House sits next to the Bow River and features a beautiful backyard garden. Dishes often include ingredients pulled from the garden earlier that day.
Address: 1240 8th Ave SE
Known For: Continually appearing on Best Restaurant in Calgary lists.
You know a restaurant is great when it’s been around for over 50 years. Caesar’s has two locations and both offer remarkable experiences. These are old school steakhouses. The décor drips of opulence and the food is indulgent.
Address: 512 4th Ave SW and 10816 Macleod Trail #110
Known For: Being a go-to spot for milestones and special occasions.
The location of River Café is hard to beat. It’s surrounded by trees, on a river island, in downtown Calgary. And the food lives up to the setting. The restaurant focuses on sourcing food from small local farms and fishermen. This comes through in its seasonally changing menu.
Address: 25 Prince’s Island Park SW
Known For: Its picnic baskets, which are perfect for a day spent exploring Prince’s Island Park.
Teatro is the flagship restaurant of Calgary’s well-known Teatro Group. It opened in 1993 in the historic Dominion Bank building, right across from Arts Commons. The Italian menu is so authentic that the olive oil comes from the owner's family's olive groves.
Address: 200 8th Ave SE
Known For: It’s 10,000 bottle wine cellar.
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Hidden Gem Restaurants
There’s nothing better than finding a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that blows you away. These local spots are worth seeking out.
You’ll have to do a bit of searching to find this Vietnamese hotspot. Paper Lantern sits in a Chinatown basement. Go down the stairs and look for an unmarked door. Your reward is refreshing cocktails and tasty Vietnamese street food.
Address: 115 2nd Ave SE (basement)
Known For: Their authentic Bánh Mì (Vietnamese subs). The chicken roti is a must-try.
Frenchie Wine Bar
You’ll have to make your way through UNA Pizza to find this intimate wine + fondue bar. Frenchie is only open for dinner and has a fun, moody vibe. The 'Frenchie Fondue' has gruyère cheese, truffle oil, honey, and cracked pepper.
Address: 616 17th Ave SW (go through UNA Pizza)
Known For: Being a perfect date night spot.
Seniore's Pizza is in an unassuming strip mall in Calgary’s Beddington neighbourhood. You’ll notice it right away from the line-up out the door. The owners commit to serving pizza with the best dough and cheese. Come hungry because this pizza is filling.
Address: 176 Bedford Dr NE #5
Known For: Being home of “The Original Donair Pizza”.
Like the atmosphere of a wine bar, but prefer to drink beer? That’s the concept of Rain Dog. Craft beer fans will rejoice at the extensive menu. Many of the beers come from breweries down the street. The Northern European-inspired food pairs perfectly with an IPA, porter, or stout.
Address: 1214 9th Ave SE.
Known For: Promoting Calgary’s best craft breweries.
Restaurants With a View
Perfect for a date night, a night out, or a night to remember. You’ll find your attention gets torn between the amazing food and impressive views.
Canada's 100 Best named Major Tom ‘Canada’s Best New Restaurant’ in 2022. It’s easy to see why. The restaurant is on the 40th floor of a downtown skyscaper. The Benchmark Angus steaks get broiled at 1800° to ensure a caramelized crust. And the décor is a throwback to 70’s glam.
Address: 40th Floor – Stephen Avenue Place - 700-2 St SW
Known For: Its stunning views of downtown Calgary during Golden Hour – 3-5 p.m.
The Wilde on 27
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer diners unobstructed views of Calgary’s picturesque downtown. The life and works of Oscar Wilde inspired The Dorian hotel and its restaurant, The Wilde. This is where you can celebrate the finer things in life. The menu is imaginative, and the design is whimsical.
Address: 27th Floor - The Dorian – 525 5th Ave SW
Known For: Rooftop cocktails.
Dine at the top of the Calgary Tower. A rite of passage for locals, eating at Sky360 is also a classic experience for visitors. Families will enjoy the novelty and couples will get caught up in the romance. Everyone will devour the steakhouse fare.
Address: 101 9th Ave SW (inside the Calgary Tower)
Known For: Its revolving restaurant floor.
The Deane House sits at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers. This site has been an important meeting place for Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The house and the grounds are beautiful and the views of the rivers are even better. Enjoy incredible Canadian regional cuisine in a historic setting.
Address: 806 9th Ave SE
Known For: Its support of local farms, gardens, and ranches.
You don’t have to comprise on taste with these popular cheap and cheerful eats.
Tubby Dog is legendary among Calgarians. It closed its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened as Tubby’s Bar. Inventive, gourmet hot dogs draw the crowds. The new location is upscale for a hot dog place and perfect for an inexpensive way to impress friends.
Address: 100A, 1210 8th St SW
Known For: The ‘A-Bomb’ hotdog – bacon, cheese sauce, topped with crushed potato chips.
Peter’s Drive In
Cars line up around the block to get a burger and shake from Peter’s Drive In. Everything is simple, real, and fresh. Not much has changed at Peter’s since it opened in 1962. Why change when the food is that good?
Address: 219 16th Ave NE
Known For: Its thick milkshakes. You can choose up to 3 flavours to create over 4,500 combinations.
TukTuk Thai is a local success story. Sam Chanhao opened TukTuk Thai in 2015. People couldn’t get enough of the curries and stir fries. There are now nine locations in Calgary serving up Thai favourites. Make sure to get the candied cauliflower, it’s a game-changer.
Address: Nine locations across Calgary
Known For: Its signature Lotus Boxes.
Cluck N Cleaver
Enjoy fried chicken at its best. Francine Gomes teamed up with her celebrity chef sister, Nicole, to start Cluck N Cleaver. They make the batter from scratch which results in crispy perfection.
Address: 1511 14th St SW
Known For: The ‘Mother Clucker’ sandwich – chicken coated in chipotle hot sauce with blue cheese mayo, coleslaw, and pickles.