Best restaurants in Calgary
What it is: This simple and hearty comfort food hotspot earned a local following thanks to the French-inspired fare served, prepared using locally grown ingredients.
Why go: Brasserie Kensington also happens to revamp classic dishes, giving them a more modern character. Try the hunter’s rabbit stew with barley and rutabaga and you’ll know what we’re talking about.
What it is: This upscale wine bar in the city's Design District boasts a sleek, modern atmosphere that is ideal for both a business meeting and a get-together with friends.
Why go: As one of the few upscale bars that also serves late-night snacks, it’s hard not to constantly return here. Eat the eggplant fries or the chicken sausage pizza and wash it all down with a local lager.
What it is: With a reputation for serving the city’s best pad Thai, this restaurant is the go-to place for an authentic Asian-inspired menu.
Why go: The place is run by a Thai family, so expect the best from the East. The diverse menu boasts lemongrass chicken wings and Thai-style bruschetta with pork and shrimp.
What it is: This cafe and bar has a bicycle hanging above its beer taps. Hipster coffee drinkers: welcome to heaven.
Why go: It’s a great place to pop into for lunch. Try a classic cappuccino with a bowl of pasta, which is topped with a dollop of ricotta. The Instagram is filled with food porn, so you might be inspired to take a few snapshots of your plate, too.
What it is: This classic French bistro is a quiet getaway from the bustling downtown district. They’re known for their long wine list and their unpretentious menu, which features tons of European classics.
Why go: To be adventurous and order a glass of absinthe to wash down the house burger with aged cheddar.
What it is: Set inside of Saks Fifth Avenue in the Chinook Centre mall, this quiet Italian restaurant is the go-to spot for shoppers needing to unwind.
Why go: All the pizzas are cooked in an authentic Italian stove oven. Pair any of them with a glass of prosecco and pretend you’re in Rome.
What it is: A short trip from downtown, this is the only Calgary restaurant serving Afghani food. Heads up: it’s cash only.
Why go: To try everything, including the different kinds of kabobs, the chickpea salad, steamed dumplings and braised lamb.
What it is: Set in the heart of Prince's Island Park, this is one of the city’s most renowned eateries, serving upscale fare in elegant surroundings.
Why go: If you’re craving a high-brow experience you should definitely dine here. White tablecloths also abound during Sunday brunch, when you can devour pancakes, eggs and pastries from the on-premise bakery.
What it is: Don’t expect to eat your typical bibimbap fare here. This Korean restaurant menu includes dishes that have heavily, and eclectically, been influenced by Canada.
Why go: Upscale Korean food? Yes, please. We’ll take the crispy tofu sautéed with maple and the hot stone rice bowl—with a glass of lager, of course.
What it is: Chef Giuseppe Di Gennaro offers traditional Italian comfort food, from spaghetti carbonara to ravioli and gnocchi, with a modern spin.
Why go: For the artsy vibe and the stewed eggplant funghetto—a real gem.
What it is: This local joint is run by two sisters, chef Nicole Gomes and Francine, who specialize in Southern fried chicken, classic rotisseries and malted milkshakes.
Why go: Because you’re in Canada, really need to eat poutine and the fried chicken poutine here is absolutely delicious.
What it is: This is the ultimate place for Indian cuisine, so get ready to get your curry on.
Why go: In addition to some kickass curry dishes, this hotspot also serves Chinese food. Try the lemon chicken and a wide variety of vegetarian plates. Don’t forget to order a glass of mango lassi.
What it is: This gourmet food truck can be spotted serving plates filled with Indian food throughout the city streets but also at catering jobs and delivering to people’s homes.
Why go: Chef Jassie Bakshi has over 30 years of experience working as a chef at hotels across India. The food truck does East Indian food best but also offers vegan fare.
What it is: This wood-encased restaurant is classic Calgary and is set inside of the Royal Canadian Legion, a social club (with bingo!) facing the picturesque mountains.
Why go: The comfort food here is unparalleled, from the hot turkey sandwiches to the signature dish of liver and onion.
What it is: Smack dab in the middle of the bohemian Inglewood district, the restaurant offers a sprawling patio, communal tables and a friendly neighborhood flair.
Why go: If you’re meeting a group of friends, this is a great option. Order the Mexican nachos, perfect for sharing and delicious with some local craft beers on the side.
What it is: More than just a bakery, this dine-in eatery offers a wide menu that also caters to vegetarians.
Why go: The founder of this bakery, Aviv Fried, has the words “sour dough” tattooed on his fingers, displaying his passion for bread making to the world. Do you really need another reason to visit?
What it is: This downtown spot is known for its rustic vibe, so cozy into one of the leather booths for fine dining and drinks.
Why go: The eclectic dinner menu—which includes smoked octopus, lobster, prawn tacos and pork belly bao—pairs perfectly with the martinis.
What it is: A family restaurant founded by the Eden family, it is set in a 19th century historic brick building outfitted with a rustic vibe.
Why go: This self-proclaimed "blue collar bistro" offers French-inspired fare, from crab croquettes to ratatouille and beef bourguignon, that will revive all five of your senses.
What it is: A Chinese restaurant with Instagram-friendly decor. Walk in and notice lanterns, exotic pictures on the wall and Shanghai-inspired touches that feel like a throwback to the 1920s.
Why go: Traditional dishes are updated with local flair, like the beef and broccoli with slow-roasted Wagyu brisket.
What it is: The relatively new Neapolitan-style restaurant opened just down the street from the Chinook Centre.
Why go: The pasta is all made in-house. Why are you still reading this? Head to Double Zero immediately.