Must-Try Dining Experiences in Calgary

Quintessential Calgary Restaurants
Quintessential Calgary Restaurants
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Must-Try Dining Experiences in Calgary

Classic Calgary restaurants that serve up some real local flavour.

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Over the last decade or so, Calgary has really become a city that’s embraced its independent restaurants. There are a handful of places that really scream “Calgary” and naturally fall onto the “must taste” list for many visitors. When first visitors to Calgary ask me for restaurant recommendations, I weigh not only the deliciousness of my favourite spots, but also how unique they are, the level of innovation the chefs put into the dishes, and how representative they are of Calgary’s larger culinary culture. This list could easily be twice as long, but these 14 restaurants are all places to try if you’re looking to get a taste of quintessentially Calgarian cuisine.

 


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Deane House

Deane House

Deane House


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Charcut

Charcut

CHARCUT Roast House


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Rouge

Rouge

Rouge


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River Café

River Café (Photo credit: Chris Amat)

River Café


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Caesar’s Steakhouse

Caesar’s Steakhouse

Caesar’s Steakhouse


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Modern Steak

Modern Steak

Modern Steak


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National on 8th

National on 8th

National


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OEB Breakfast Co. Downtown

OEB Breakfast Co. Downtown

OEB Breakfast Co. Downtown


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Pigeonhole (Photo credit: Ian Holmes)

Pigeonhole (Photo credit: Ian Holmes)

Pigeonhole


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Sidewalk Citizen Bakery 

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery 

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery


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Sky 360

Sky 360

Sky 360


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Teatro

Teatro

Teatro


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UNA Pizza + Wine

UNA Pizza + Wine

UNA Pizza + Wine


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Village Ice Cream (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Village Ice Cream (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Village Ice Cream

These are just a few of the must-try spots in Calgary, but there are plenty of others that speak to the quality of food in the city. No matter what you end up trying, you’re bound to find some great meals in town, especially since the bar is continuously being raised.

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By
Elizabeth Chorney-Booth

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth is a local food writer, cookbook author, radio columnist and a lifelong Calgarian.