Calgary has done it again and made it onto a top 100 list for outstanding accomplishments, and this time we did it 15 times! We are proud to feature the 15 amazing restaurants that made it to the top 100 Restaurants list by OpenTable. We're not surprised one bit given how far Calgary has come in the culinary world. Way to go Calgary!
If you are a major foodie in YYC, these remarkable Calgary restaurants won't be new to you. If you haven't yet visited these eateries, you'll want to add these to your date-night plans before year's end!
Bow Valley Restaurant Locations
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is where history and food come together to create a memorable experience for Calgarians. This restaurant is recognized for its historic building dating back to 1896, as well as its wide food selections featured on their lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert, kids, express lunch, and afternoon tea menus. Each menu contains Canadian-themed meats and vegetables and "locally-produced cuisine" as well as the use of herbs and vegetables from the restaurant's own sustainable garden found right outside the kitchen!
Downtown Restaurant Locations
Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Featuring incredible Mediterranean cuisine and an exceptional selection of wines, you will find the perfect pairing at this local eatery! Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar re-opened in 2017 and has come out strong to take the Calgary food scene by force! Escoba's food calls upon the influences of Mediterranean dishes to elevate the comfort foods craved by all. Some dishes on the menu have remained a cornerstone to customers, recognized as favourites for over 25 years.
Having been a presence in Canada for over 60 years, there is no doubt that Hy's Steakhouse in Calgary has been listed as one of the top 100 restaurants by OpenTable. This steak and drinks staple is described as "a dining oasis" and is known for its warm hospitality and refined space. Call ahead for a reservation to receive tableside service wherein the servers make the dishes in front of you for the enjoyment of your group.
Posto Pizzeria and Bar
Pizza and wine? What could be better! If you are craving Italian pizza that is overloaded with flavour, Posto Pizzeria and Bar will be your next favourite food and drink stop. But the menu doesn't just stop at pizza! Their assortment of small plates like their meatballs and perogies, as well as other fan favourites such as duck prosciutto, spaghetti bolognese, and their "Taste of Posto" grace their weekly tasting menu!
Q Haute Cuisine
Resting right beside the Bow River, Q Haute Cuisine brings unparalleled food and views to Calgarians. This fine-dining restaurant creates French dishes that change with the seasons. What makes this dining experience unique is that every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the head chef crafts a four-course meal "inspired from the Earth's pleasures and the oceans delights." Whatever brings you in, you can be sure to expect great food and view while you stay!
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Ideal for corporate meetings, events, and gatherings, Ruth's Chris Steak House will impress. Ruth's Chris is well-known for their "private rooms and customized menus to accommodate any function." Choose a three-course meal from Ruth's classics menu, or dive into some of the season's best features. This expansive location might just be your new favourite place to find perfectly broiled steak and other mouth-watering and "sizzling" eats!
Looking for Japanese cuisine in Calgary? Sukiyaki House is one of the top locales in Canada! The menu is one that will set your stomach growling, and it will not be disappointed once you taste the sushi, tempura, udon, and more! This eatery has been in Calgary since 1976, and has continued to serve happy customers their traditional Japanese cuisine in addition to selections of wine and sake ever since.
Ten Foot Henry
A name that has become quite well-known over recent years in the foodie community is that of Ten Foot Henry. This charming and rustic local Calgary eatery is noticeably surrounded by plants and offers a "fresh vegetable-anchored menu" that will turn any "simple" vegetable into a masterpiece of flavour! The space has a comfortable layout that welcomes groups up to 8, and is a great option for family styled dinners. Want even more? This Calgary restaurant also has a tasty brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday!
Workshop Kitchen + Culture
The WORKSHOP Kitchen + Culture restaurant is found in the historic Theatre Junction GRAND, one of Calgary's oldest theatres. The space has been transformed into a hip locale where you can find some of the best modern eats that feature local ingredients. The idea of this eatery is to "[stimulate] the senses with original ideas and diverse interpretations." Find your new favourites here like the buttermilk fried chicken and OceanWise Pan Seared Arctic Char.
Stephen Avenue Restaurant Locations
Klein / Harris
Located in one of the bustling districts of Downtown Calgary, the independent restaurant of Klein/Harris is found right alongside Stephen Avenue, offering "True North Cuisine." The wide selection of dishes on their lunch, dinner, and dessert menus are inspired by the many ingredients and flavours that Canada has to offer. Klein/Harris' Chef James Waters "focuses on distinct coast-to-coast Canadiana dishes" and designs a culinary "journey" that guests can enjoy while engulfed in the cozy and stylish atmosphere of the restaurant.
17th Avenue Restaurant Locations
Described as a "chef-driven bar in the heart of 17th avenue," Lulu Bar is a relaxed Calgary eatery that appeals to an assortment of taste profiles, with something for everyone. Here you can enjoy everything from snacks, such as their delicious popcorn or hot dog bao, to their popular protein dishes, such as coal roasted halibut. Enjoy the comfortable indoor setting or, on warmer days, watch them open up the large garage-style doors so you can soak in the sun on their patio!
Wine, breakfast, snacks, farm fresh ingredients, and so much more! Pigeonhole in YYC deserves its place on OpenTable's best 100 Canadian restaurants list. This eatery serves small-dish servings of foods that aren't exactly what you expect. Anticipate distinctive menu items such as pickled young cucumber, ricotta dumplings, charred cabbage, and other uncommon and delicious foods. What makes this dining experience more special is that each dish is served on a unique "flea-market find" plate, unlike any other.
Inglewood Restaurant Locations
Equipped with "Harvest Tables" that fit up to 12 people, The Nash is the place for larger groups to gather round and eat a remarkable meal. This local Calgary restaurant in Inglewood is situated within the used-to-be historic "National Hotel," well-known in the 1900s. At The Nash, diners can expect inventive dishes that are made over charcoal or wood-fire rotisserie in the open kitchen, which can entertain guests from the comfort of their own table!
Kensington Restaurant Locations
Found along trendy Kensington Road is one of Canada's best restaurants, Niko's Bistro. This casual bistro serves Italian favourites for affordable prices, including traditional pastas, comforting appetizers, and family-style dinner options. Created and managed by Niko himself (also head chef), this family-run Calgary restaurant has been described as an intimate dining experience complete with a welcoming and passionate team.
Vero Bistro Moderne
As mentioned on their website, the word "vero" means "true," and that is exactly the type of food that Vero Bistro Moderne creates. Bringing the "true heart" of Italy and Spain to their guests through incredible cuisine, the restaurant uses only organic, natural, and fresh ingredients for their brunch, lunch, and dinner menu items. If you are looking to try something different, don't miss the four-course "Chef's Tasting Menu" on Thursdays!
Celebrate Calgary's culinary accomplishments at these and other amazing new restaurants in and around the city center. See for yourself exactly why they were selected as some of the best restaurants in Canada by OpenTable for 2019!
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