Where To Eat & Drink In Calgary, Alberta: 15 Places To Try

Calgary Skyline at Mt. Pleasant View Point in Calgary, Alberta

For my trip to the Canadian Rockies, I decided to stay in Calgary for a few days to do a bit of food tripping! Calgary’s food scene is indeed growing with food trends and new restaurants increasing the diversity in cuisines. In fact, 16 restaurants in Calgary were listed in Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.

Calgary Tower at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary, Alberta
Olympic Plaza

I liked the fact that most of the restaurants are local to Calgary which makes it extra special since you can’t find them in other places. I can’t wait to see how the food scene continues to grow in the years to come! Did you know? Alberta only has 5% sales tax from GST instead of the 13% HST.

Framing Peace Bridge at Prince's Island Park in Calgary, Alberta

When I come to a new destination as a Travelling Foodie, I try to get a gauge of the overall food scene by trying a range of cuisines in different areas and price points. In this food guide are 15 places I enjoyed which include some of the best restaurants, cafes and breweries in Calgary.

Tree Sculptures at Stephen Avenue Walk in Calgary, Alberta

Travelling Foodie Tip: If you only have a short time in the city and want to food trip, the best area to visit is 17th Avenue in downtown which is the street for foodies. It has the most restaurants and bars along one street in Calgary.

15 Places To Eat and Drink in Calgary, Alberta:


The Lake House

Website / Address: 747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 2M2
Accolades: Narcity’s 8 Calgary Restaurants With Breathtaking Views by Narcity, OpenTable’s 20 best neighbourhood gems in Calgary, Culinaire Magazine’s Alberta’s Finest Drinks List Awards, OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada 2017

Perched directly above Lake Bonavista with large glass windows overlooking the lake, The Lake House offers great food with awesome views! Chef Thomas Neukom and Chef Gareth Colville offer a locally inspired menu with what they call “Rocky Mountain Cuisine”, complimented by an extensive wine list by Wine Director Brad Royale.

The rustic interior is very nice as well. It’s intimately illuminated with ornate elk antler chandeliers and accessorized with a grand stone fireplace, a 130 square foot glass encased wine cellar, and a refurbished 21 foot bar from the 1800’s, previously housed in a mercantile shop in Montana.

I pretty much enjoyed everything we ordered here with favourites including the Dungeness crab cakes, Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Board, Grilled Wild Boar Chop and Bison Striploin. I was very surprised with the game meat they offer.

Charcuterie Board and Fish Plank at The Lake House in Calgary, Alberta
On the table: – Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Board ($21/small) – A Selection of Regionally & House Made Charcuterie, House Made Accompaniments & Rye Bread – Lake House Fish Plank ($21/small) – Assortment of House Cured & Smoked Seafood & Fish, Marinated Olives, Pickled Red Onions, Citrus Crackers

For desserts, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar is a must try, especially if you love peanut butter. It has a nice mix of salty, bitter, and sweet! I’m honestly not a fan of peanut butter in general, but I loved it!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar at The Lake House in Calgary, Alberta
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar ($11) – Dark Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter Mousse, Salted Peanut Chewy Caramel

If you’re looking for a more innovative dessert, go with the Lemon Sugar Churro Cake.


Broken Plate

Website / Address: 10816 Macleod Trail SE #590, Calgary, AB T2J 5N8

Located in Willow Park Village for 15 years, Broken Plate Kitchen and Bar serves some legit Greek food by Chef Ervin Bushi who lived in Greece for 5 years to understand Greek culture, language and cuisine. A hidden gem in the burbs of Calgary!

What are your go-to dishes for Greek food? My typical go-to dishes for Greek food are saganaki, lamb souvlaki, lamb rack and calamari, and they all delivered here. The lamb rack is good to share as it is a big rack and very tender. The calamari had the strong squid taste and a light crunch that I love.

A definite must-order here is the saganaki which was highly addicting. You’ll notice almost everyone in the restaurant ordering one. I could’ve eaten one by myself!

Saganaki at Broken Plate in Calgary, Alberta
Saganaki ($15) – Greek Kefalotiri, flambeed table-side, Metaxa brandy

Keep a look out for their off-menu specials. We had the certified Angus striploin special which was so good – perfectly cooked, consistently tender and flavourful!

Daily Special Steak at Broken Plate in Calgary, Alberta
Daily Special: Certified Angus Striploin

They also have Daily Happy Hour from 3-6PM with drink and appetizer specials.


Bill’s Peking House

Website / Address: 380 Canyon Meadows Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 7C3
Accolades: Daily Hive’s 9 must-try Chinese restaurants in Calgary

Another hidden gem in the burbs for Chinese food is Bill’s Peking House, serving Chinese food since 1988! When I told my friends I had so-so dim sum at the popular Silver Dragon, they took me to Bill’s Peking House and it was definitely much better.

The must-order here is the steamed shrimp and scallop dumpling, which is rare to find even in Toronto. It’s like an open sleeved har gaw topped with scallop and roe. Four pockets of heaven! Their e-fu noodles (Yi Mein) are simple but so delicious as well.

Steamed Shrimp and Scallop Dumpling at Bill's Peking House in Calgary, Alberta
Steamed Shrimp and Scallop Dumpling ($6.25)

One thing about Calgary’s dim sum scene is it’s super pricey! Dim sum prices tend to start at $4 and goes as high as $7. My cousin and I spent a total of $60+ for two people. They don’t really have the Dim Sum Happy Hour that Torontonians are used to that offers dim sum at around $2.50-$3.50 before 11am.


Sushi Bar Zipang

Website / Address: 1010 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 4K1
Accolades: Foursquare’s 15 Best Places for Sushi in Calgary, Culture Trip’s Best Sushi Spots In Calgary, Avenue Magazine’s Best Sushi Restaurants

Opened since 2004, Sushi Bar Zipang offers an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi with fish from Japan, East Coast and West Coast Canada, and Mexico. Owner Chef Naoya Umino learned from Chef Hiro Hyakutake of Sushi Hiro. Did you know? Sushi Bar Zipang is No. 1 in TripAdvisor for Japanese Restaurants in Calgary.

Deluxe Matsu Sushi Platter at Sushi Bar Zipang in Calgary, Alberta
Matsu Sushi Platter ($31.50) – Deluxe Assorted Sushi – 9 Nigiri and 1 Sushi Roll: Sockeye Salmon, Scallop, Special Scallop, Tobiko, Unagi, Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi, Botan-Ebi, Tuna Roll

Be sure to sit at the sushi bar where you can watch the sushi chefs, including Chef Naoya himself, in action. Chef Naoya is very friendly and, on my visit, I noticed most customers are regulars who had built a rapport with the chefs already.

You can’t go wrong with their seasonal fishes for something interesting and guaranteed fresh including Kinmedai/Alfonsino, Isaki/Grunt and Sanma/Saury.

Seasonal Sushi at Sushi Bar Zipang in Calgary, Alberta
Seasonal Sushi: Kinmedai/Alfonsino ($6), Isaki/Grunt ($6), Sanma/Saury ($6)

It’s a great place to get your sushi fix. Pricing is reasonable and the fishes are sliced bigger than normal so you are getting more.

Sashimi Platter at Sushi Bar Zipang in Calgary, Alberta
Deluxe Assorted Sashimi ($38) – 18pcs

For hot food, the grilled black cod is a must! It’s grilled to perfection that the cod is flavourful and tender, not mushy nor falling apart.

Black Cod at Sushi Bar Zipang in Calgary, Alberta
Tara no Kazuke ($9.50) – Grilled Seasonal Black Cod

Shiki Menya

Website / Address: 827 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C3
Accolades: FLARE’s Best Ramen Restaurants in Calgary, Foursquare’s 15 Best Places for Noodle Soup in Calgary, Narcity’s Best Of YYC: This Is The Noodle Spot You Need To Try In Calgary If You Freaking Love Ramen, Daily Hive’s 14 slurp-worthy Calgary ramen bowls on Instagram

Calgary is known for being cold so a nice bowl of ramen really hits the spot. Highly recommend Shiki Menya which serves fresh in-house noodles and soups made from scratch using pork from local farms. Did you know Shiki Menya means “four seasons noodle house” in Japanese.

This small ramen joint run by father-son team of Tsukasa and Koki Aihara is only open for lunch and serves only 150 bowls of ramen per day so make sure you come early to beat the line! When you arrive, put your name down on the waitlist pad on top of the chair outside the door right away. Since it’s ramen, turnover is quite fast but I still had to wait 30 minutes to get a seat.

The tonkotsu black was so flavourful, and elevated with the black squid ink garlic bomb. A heads up that the overall ramen taste isn’t the traditional one you’d expect, but it’s damn good! I loved the texture of the in-house noodles. The 2 pcs of char siu was well marbled and tender, and had an amazing taste! It also came with a perfectly cooked half egg.

Tonkotsu Black at Shiki Menya in Calgary, Alberta
Tonkotsu Black ($16) – Tokyo negi, soft tamago, menma, wakame, char siu, black garlic oil, black squid ink garlic bomb

Bike and Brew

Website / Address: 921 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 2L3

A unique concept created by two local bike guys, Bike and Brew is Calgary’s original caffeinated Bicycle and Repair shop to bring the communities of cycling and coffee together. I randomly stumbled upon this gem when I was walking from Sushi Bar Zipang to Shiki Menya, and thought it was too cool not to check out.

I love businesses that strive to support local. At Bike and Brew, their offerings are all from locally owned and operated businesses: roasted beans from Fratello Coffee Roasters, freshly baked pastries from Corbeaux Bakehouse and sandwiches from Peppino Gourmet Foods.


Calcutta Cricket Club

Website / Address: 340 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8
Accolades: No. 70 in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants 2018, Avenue Magazine’s 25 Best Restaurants in Calgary, CBC’s best 20 new restaurants in and around Calgary, Avenue Magazine’s Best Indian Restaurants in Calgary, Best of Calgary’s Best New Restaurant 2018

My most memorable meal during the trip was at Calcutta Cricket Club. Since I’m generally not into brunch, it says a lot when a restaurant gets me excited about it. Calcutta Cricket Club and Chef Rene Bhullar definitely did just that!

The interior is very unique too compared to traditional Indian restaurants. The design is described as “1960’s Indian social club meets The Golden Girls”.

Bar Area of Calcutta Cricket Club in Calgary, Alberta
Bar Seating

I was impressed with their Indian take on traditional brunch bringing amazing Indian flavours inspired from West Bengal that make you coming back for more! This is one restaurant I wish we had something similar in Toronto.

Their Chips & Curry was an exciting take on poutine, using curry instead of gravy, and a poached egg instead of curds to denote brunch. You can’t help but keep smothering the fries with the fenogreek curry. It’s great for sharing too.

Chips & Curry and GOGO #2 Cocktail at Calcutta Cricket Club in Calgary, Alberta

You must ask about their Featured Benny. I had their pork keema benedict with coconut-based malai curry on naan with peas and side salad. It had a bit of spice and a lot of deliciousness. A must-try if you see it on the menu again!

Hand in Frame: Pork Keema Benny at Calcutta Cricket Club in Calgary, Alberta
Weekly Feature Benny: Pork Keema Benny ($16) – coconut-based malai curry (coconut based) on house-made, peas and side salad Poached eggs & hollandaise, served on house-made naan.

Even their cocktails are Indian fusion! The brunch pineapple mimosa had star anise and cardamom to give that spicy kick.


Bridgette Bar

Website / Address: 739 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3
Accolades: No. 71 in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants 2018, OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in Canada, Avenue Magazine’s 25 Best Restaurants in Calgary, Eater’s The 18 Essential Calgary Restaurants, Where.ca’s Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017

Bridgette Bar is a chef-driven bar located in a 1922 brick building in Calgary’s Design District. Did you know? Bridgette Bar draws inspiration from French model and actress, Bridgette Bardot.

Chef JP Pedhirney menu specializing on wood-fired cuisine as seen from the open kitchen showing wood-burning grill and a wood-and-gas pizza oven. Therefore, you’ll definitely want to try their wood-fired dishes.

Oysters at Bridgette Bar in Calgary, Alberta
Raspberry Point Oysters ($3.5 each) – Dill Pickle Granita

But first, make sure to start with some delicious french fries with garlic aioli. It was so good even my friend’s 3 year old wanted seconds!

Top picks were the Grilled Octopus, Lamb Sausage, Wood Roasted Half Duck and Pici All’Amatriciana! The duck was perfectly cooked medium rare, and had a flavourful smokey taste from the wood.

It was actually my first time trying Pici All’Amatriciana, which is a thick hand rolled pasta like a fat spaghetti with udon bite. Noodle lovers would love this!

Pici All’Amatriciana at Bridgette Bar in Calgary, Alberta
Pici All’Amatriciana ($19) – Cured Pork, Tomato, Pecorino Cheese

To end on a sweet note, be sure to get the Banana Fosters Cream Pie which has a mix of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy all-in-one. Yum!

Banana Fosters Cream Pie at Bridgette Bar in Calgary, Alberta
Banana Fosters Cream Pie ($10) – Pretzel Crust, Rum Caramel, Spiced Custard, Pretzel

Made By Marcus

Website / Address: 1013 17 Ave SW #121, Calgary, AB T2T 0A7
Accolades: Avenue Magazine’s 12 Ice Cream Shops in Calgary, FLARE’s Coolest Ice Cream Shops in Calgary, Narcity’s Best Ice Cream Spots In Calgary, Chatelaine’s Best Ice Cream Shops Across Canada, Gusto TV’s The best places in Canada to get the ultimate

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! In Calgary, one of the best places for ice cream is Made By Marcus literally by Marcus Purtzki who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition.

This small batch handcrafted ice creamery offers ice cream, sundaes, soft serve, ice cream cakes. They are very known for having some of the most interesting flavours like peach jalapeno yogurt, pumpkin cashew coconut, toasted hay and lemon curd blueberry.

Matcha and Whskey Hazelnut Ice Cream at Made By Marcus in Calgary, Alberta
Mr. Fujioka’s Matcha Tea and Whiskey Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream Cup ($4)

Aside from the classic flavours, about a half dozen seasonally changing flavours makes people line up to try them because once they run out, they’re out. Pro Tip: You can actually get two flavours in their single scoop!


Una Pizza + Wine

Website / Address: 618 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4
Accolades: Avenue Magazine’s 25 Best Restaurants in Calgary, Narcity’s 43 Bucket List Restaurants Every True Calgarian Needs To Try, Avenue Magazine’s Best Pizza in Calgary, Best Of Calgary’s Best Pizza 2018

Opened by husband and wife Kelly Black and Jayme MacFayden after their pizza experiences from trips to San Francisco, UNA Pizza + Wine serves Californian inspired, thin crust pizza on stone deck ovens.

I really enjoyed their thin crust pizza which was crispy on the bottom and chewy in the middle. I tried the Beltline Pizza because I found the use of maple syrup as sauce was quite interesting. Travelling Foodie Tip: If you find the pizza sweet, I found adding chili oil helped neutralize it.

Beltline Pizza at Una Pizza and Wine Bar in Calgary, Alberta
Beltline Pizza ($23) – double smoked bacon, fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella, maple syrup

Travelling Foodie Tip: Be sure to specifically ask for tap water if you don’t want to go with their $2/person filtered (still or sparkling water) that uses a filtering system they use called Q Water.


Native Tongues Taqueria

Website / Address: 235 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1H7
Accolades: Avenue Magazine’s 25 Best Restaurants in Calgary, Eater’s The 18 Essential Calgary Restaurants, Narcity’s 43 Bucket List Restaurants Every True Calgarian Needs To Try, Avenue Magazine’s Best Mexican Restaurants in Calgary, Best of Calgary’s Best of Mexican 2018

Perhaps the most popular Mexican restaurant in Calgary and No. 1 in TripAdvisor for it is Native Tongues Taqueria. This rustic cantina taqueria offers a fun casual dining atmosphere with a bar program centered around Mezcal, a Mexican spirit made from agave.

As the name implies, Native Tongues primarily focuses on tacos having street style versions of individual servings, but also Mercado style (family style) version called Tacos Al Carbon which are grilled over chacoal.

The tortillas are all homemade. Owner Chef Cody Willis uses a process called nixtamalization in the corn for their tortillas. In nixtamalization, the corn (white, heirloom Bolita corn from Mexico for Native Tongues Taqueria) is soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution, usually limewater, washed, and then hulled.

Suadero, Carnitas, Chorizo and Feature Tacos at Native Tongues Taqueria in Calgary, Alberta
On the table: – Suadero ($3.95) – beef brisket, white onion, cilantro – Carnitas ($3.95) – confit pork, white onion, cilantro – Chorizo Con Papas ($3.95) – chorizo rojo, potatoes, white onion, cilantro – Feature Taco ($3.95)

Philosafy Coffee

Website / Address: 632 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4
Accolades: Narcity’s Best of YYC: 9 Cute Calgary Coffee Shops You Should Go To At Least Once In Your Life, Daily Hive’s 14 best coffee shops in Calgary for studying and working, FLARE’s Best Coffee Shops in Calgary

For a coffee break from food tripping along 17th Avenue, go to Philosafy. I love the name of the cafe, a play on words from philosophy, and philosophers who hand out in cafes to think. Even their locally roasted custom blend is called Socrates Espresso, which is a blend from Colombia, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.

The atmosphere is very cozy with wide open windows, gold accents and 100 year old reclaimed wood. It has perfect coffee shop vibes to coffice, which I did during my visit.


Alforno Bakery & Cafe

Website / Address: 222 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0E4
Accolades: Eater’s The 18 Essential Calgary Restaurants, Daily Hive’s 14 best coffee shops in Calgary for studying and working

Situated in the heart of Eau Claire, Alforno Bakery & Cafe is a hybrid cafe, bakery and restaurant offering freshly baked, house-made pastries & bread alongside a sustainable coffee programme.

Mocha Hazelnut Cake and Cappuccino at Alforno Cafe and Bakery in Calgary, Alberta
Mocha Hazelnut Cake and Latte

The place is a perfect meeting spot as it has all kinds of seating from the restaurant dining, to cafe high chairs to a bar area, and a big outdoor patio seating.

I tried the mocha hazelnut cake, which was not overly sweet and had the stuff I like: dark chocolate, hazelnut and coffee.

Mocha Hazelnut Cake at Alforno Bakery & Cafe in Calgery, Alberta
Mocha Hazelnut Cake ($6.50) – dark chocolate, hazelnut sponge, coffee cremeux, salted chocolate crust

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Website / Address: 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0G1
Accolades: Narcity’s Best of YYC: 9 Cute Calgary Coffee Shops You Should Go To At Least Once In Your Life, Daily Hive’s 14 best coffee shops in Calgary for studying and working, Foursquare’s 15 Best Places for Coffee in Calgary, FLARE’s Best Coffee Shops in Calgary

If you’re a coffeeholic in Canada, you’ve probably heard of Phil & Sebastian Coffee since it’s one of the most popular coffee beans in Canada. Even the coffee we had at The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette in Ontario was theirs.

Since it’s distinctly Alberta and Calgary, you’ll definitely want to check out Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters. I highly recommend going to the beautiful historic Simmons Building location, which is not only their headquarters but also a training lab, cafe and roasting facility where you can see their custom-built 45kg coffee roaster designed by Phil. The building overlooks the Bow River and is shared along with Charbar (and Alley Burger) and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.


Cold Garden Beverage Company

Website / Address: 1100 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T3
Accolades: Narcity’s Best of YYC: 17 Calgary Craft Breweries To Bring The Gang This Summer, Foursquare’s 15 Best Places for Beer and Craft Beer in Calgary, Avenue Magazine’s 2018 Alberta Beer Awards Winners for Canadian Cereal Ale, Farmhouse Ale, IPA and Stout

If you enjoy beer, and especially craft beer, check out Cold Garden Beverage Company. This microbrewery in Inglewood community is such a beautiful hangout place with a cozy hippie vibe. Their approximately 2,000 square feet tasting room has pool noodles, random couches with blankets, and a big funky pineapple shaped disco ball.

Tasting Room at Cold Garden Brewery in Calgary, Alberta

Travelling Foodie Tip: Since they don’t serve food, you can bring your own, or even have restaurants deliver to the brewery which is common practice.

They offer about 10 beers on tap, and you can do 5oz samples for just $1.50! Be sure to try some of the eccentric flavours like The All-Nighter Vanilla Cappuccino Porter, I Believe In A Thing Called Lager, Easy Come Easy Gose, and Cakeface.

I Believe In A Thing Called Lager is a black tea lager that has a strong tea taste. And I was particularly mindblown by Cakeface because it really tasted like a birthday cake! If you’re feeling daring, try the Easy Come Easy Gose which is a mix of mango and green cardamom.

Beer Flight at Cold Garden Brewery in Calgary, Alberta

Hope this food guide gives you an idea on where to eat and drink in Calgary! Which places have you been or are most excited to try? Let me know below!

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