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Restaurants in Calgary

Calgary's restaurant scene has expanded hugely in the past few years. Calgarians love eating out, and chefs are continually innovating using seasonal, local produce. Whether you're into high-end global small plates or no-nonsense steaks and burgers, there's a vast array of places to choose from.

The Calgary restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over C$65)
Moderate (C$45 to C$65)
Cheap (up to C$45)
These Calgary restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including taxes but not tips or drinks. A tip of 15 to 20% is customary.


Modern Steak

Cuisine: Steak

Locally sourced Alberta beef and handcrafted cocktails are the name of the game at this upscale steakhouse. Sleek booths, hip tunes and low lighting make this an atmospheric spot to slice into tender meat cooked beneath a 1,000°C (1,800°F) infrared grill. Choose from wet-aged or dry-aged, grain-fed or grass-fed beef.

Address: Hillhurst, 107 10A Street NW, Calgary, T2M 4N7
Telephone: +1 403 670 6873.
Website: http://www.modernsteak.ca


Cuisine: Italian

This smart Calgary restaurant occupies a restored 1911 bank building on Olympic Plaza. Teatro serves modern Italian cuisine featuring local, seasonal organic products, while all the breads and pastries are baked fresh on the premises. There's an extensive award-winning wine list; the wine cellar (housed in the original bank vaults) holds more than 10,000 bottles.

Address: Downtown, 200 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 0K7
Telephone: +1 403 290 1012.
Website: http://www.teatro.ca

The Belvedere

Cuisine: Canadian

This stylish restaurant serves modern Canadian food based on local ingredients, with game and seafood featuring prominently on the menu. Elegant décor and flattering lighting add to the upmarket vibe and skylights provide a stunning view of the Calgary Tower above. The wine list is among the best in the city.

Address: Downtown, 107 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, T2P 1B4
Telephone: +1 403 265 9595.
Website: http://www.thebelvedere.ca



Cuisine: Korean

Literally meaning 'food you eat with alcohol', Anju does just that, serving contemporary Korean fare that's supposed to be enjoyed with alcoholic drinks. Salty eats that might have you calling for beer include oxtail tortellini and wasabi nori nuts. Groups can pile into enormous platefuls of fried chicken and corn cheese fritters.

Address: Beltline, 344 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, T2S 0A5
Telephone: +1 403 460 3341.
Website: http://anju.ca

Ten Foot Henry

Cuisine: North American

Modern North American cuisine is served family-style at this hip eatery, meaning you can share plates with friends. Vegetables are at the root of every dish, be it yam tortilla, roasted carrot or whole roasted beet with a pistachio crema. That's not to say you can't enjoy meaty options too – try the spring salmon with chorizo and avocado.

Address: Beltline, 1209 1st Street SW, Calgary, T2R 0V3
Telephone: +1 403 475 5537.
Website: http://www.tenfoothenry.com


Cuisine: Argentine

An offshoot of popular downtown eatery CHARCUT, this trendy East Village hangout is housed inside the Simmons Building, a former mattress factory. The focal point is the Argentine wood-fired grill, but it's not all about meat. Veggie small plates include blistered provoleta cheese and charred napa cabbage salad.

Address: East Village, 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, T2G 0G1
Telephone: +1 403 452 3115.
Website: http://www.charbar.ca



Cuisine: Italian

Great-value Italian-inspired dishes draw a steady stream of diners to this Beltline restaurant, where you might chomp through bowlfuls of gnocchi or pumpkin ravioli. Save money during the afternoon pizza happy hour or come for a set-price lunch of pizza, salad and scodellina (small snack bowls).

Address: Beltline, 1012 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, T2T 0A5
Telephone: +1 403 984 4755.
Website: http://cibocalgary.com

Silver Dragon

Cuisine: Chinese

This long-standing Chinatown establishment offers a traditional Cantonese and Szechuan menu featuring over 200 dishes, including delicious dim sums. You can pick your own live crab or lobster from a seafood tank and pair it with a variety of dressings such as green pepper and black bean sauce or spring onion and ginger.

Address: Downtown, 106 3rd Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 0B6
Telephone: +1 403 264 5326.
Website: http://www.silverdragoncalgary.ca

Sunterra Market

Cuisine: International

Walk into Sunterra Market and you might be tempted by the ground-floor grocery store selling produce and take-away meals. Head upstairs and you can grab an inexpensive lunch or dinner either from the counter (pizza, pasta, burgers etc) or in the sit-down lounge. The outdoor patio has BBQs in summer.

Address: Beltline, 200 12th Avenue SE, Calgary, T2G 1A1
Telephone: +1 403 266 2820.
Website: http://www.sunterramarket.com
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Featured Hotels


Hotel Elan

Handy for the bars and eateries along nearby 17th Avenue, Hotel Elan has bright, modern rooms, plus one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate living areas. Rates include an extensive continental breakfast and 15MB Wi-Fi. If you're here during Calgary's chilly winter, you're sure to appreciate the heating toilet seats.

Hotel Le Germain

This Montreal hotel has 101 designer rooms. Everything is eye pleasing from the minimalist furniture to the low-lit hallways. If you own an iPad and appreciate nice shoes, this trendy hotel should tick your boxes. Rooms are loft style and have superior cotton sheets, goose down duvets and – ladies will appreciate this - Aveda bathroom products.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University

This place does what it says on the tin: it's cheap. Free Wi-Fi breakfast and parking make it an even more attractive proposition to the budget traveller. All rooms come with a fridge and microwave while some have a kitchenette. Plus there's an indoor pool and fitness centre. The hotel is near the university and light rail.

Kensington Riverside Inn

In trendy Kensington (a short walk from the business district), overlooking the Bow River and downtown Calgary, this 19-room hotel is a real gem. The spacious rooms are individually decorated, with plush bedding and free Wi-Fi. Some have fireplaces or garden patios. The Chef's Table restaurant features grain-fed, fresh, organic food.

Hotel Arts

Setting foot in Hotel Arts on a hot day is like arriving at a Miami beach party, with the cool and the beautiful draping themselves, cocktails in hand, by the outdoor pool. Calgary's chic, sexy and independently owned designer hotel is within walking distance of all downtown venues. Rooms are stylish, and the hip Raw Bar serves 'Vietmodern' cuisine.

Fairmont Palliser

The grande dame of Calgary's hotels, the Fairmont Palliser has been welcoming guests since 1914. Rooms are elegant and luxurious, and there's a posh health club and spa with an indoor pool. You can enjoy cocktails and craft brews in the sophisticated Oak Lounge or treat yourself to a fancy afternoon tea.