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10 Best Restaurants in Calgary, Alberta

10 Best Restaurants in Calgary, Alberta

Looking for the best restaurants in Calgary to visit during your visit?

I actually never realized how many ethnic restaurants there are in Calgary – the food scene is super diverse, and you’ll find amazing foods from all kinds of different cultures.

Whether you’re looking for casual eateries or upscale restaurants, here are some of the best restaurants and places to eat at in Calgary, Alberta!

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Hotels in Calgary

Looking for somewhere to stay during your trip to Calgary? Here are some of the best hotels in Calgary:

  • The Alt Hotel is an eco-friendly 3 star hotel located right in the middle of downtown Calgary, in the East Village neighbourhood. It’s a quick walk over to the Bow River, where you can do all kinds of fun activities during the warmer months.
  • Hotel Arts is a beautiful and modern 4 star hotel in Calgary’s trendy Beltline neighbourhood, and there’s an indoor pool, outdoor pool, and fitness centre.
  • The Fairmont Palliser is a 4 star hotel located right in the heart of downtown Calgary, right beside the Calgary Tower. The rooms are a little more traditional, but the indoor pool is absolutely incredible.
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Tours & activities in Calgary

Spending all your time in downtown Calgary? You might enjoy these tours and activities:

  • Floating down the Bow River is one of the top activities to do in downtown Calgary, and you can choose between different rafts depending on the size of your party (including your pets!)
  • If you’re looking to explore Calgary with a guide, you might enjoy this 60-minute guided segway tour that takes you around the Bow River (or the longer 90-minute version).
  • Another great guided tour in Calgary is this vintage sidecar motorcycle tour, where you get to enjoy the sights and sounds of Calgary while riding alongside your own driver!
  • This self-guided GPS walking tour is another fun option, and you can explore downtown Calgary while listening to the tour guide speak on your phone.

Looking to explore the Canadian Rocky Mountains while in Calgary? Try one of these guided day tours:


Best restaurants in Calgary


Thi Thi Vietnamese Subs

You’ll find plenty of banh mi shops in Calgary, and Thi Thi makes some of the best Vietnamese subs in town.

They have a bunch of different sub options ranging from $5 to $9, so it’s a pretty affordable spot to eat in Calgary.

They’ve been around for over 30 years, and you can find them in Chinatown!

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The shop itself is super tiny, so expect to wait in line to order your subs.

LOCATION: 209 1 St SE, Calgary, AB


Deluxe miso ramen from Tokyo Street Market in Calgary, Alberta

Tokyo Street Market

Not only is Tokyo Street Market super affordable, but their food is absolutely delicious.

They serve up authentic Japanese ramen, alongside other popular street foods from Japan.

From Gyoza, to Chicken Karaage, to Takoyaki, you’ll find all your fave Japanese street eats – and they’re only $5 per plate!

They also have a selection of different ramen flavours you can choose from, ranging from $6 to $9 depending on if you get the regular or deluxe (which has a bit more toppings – I personally would have been fine with just the regular size).

If you’re feeling a drank, you can also choose from a small selection of Japanese beers and cocktails.

They have two locations in Beltline and on Center Street.

LOCATION: Various locations


Ramen Ichinen in Calgary, Alberta

Ramen Ichinen

Ramen Ichinen is another awesome ramen spot in Calgary, and they make theirs completely MSG-free.

The Tonkotsu Red Ramen is absolutely amazing, and they’ve also got vegetarian and vegan ramen.

You can choose the cut of meat (pork belly or shoulder), veggies (green onion or mixed greens), and noodles (thin or thick).

They get pretty busy, so be sure to arrive early for lunch or dinner if you want a table!

LOCATION: 3132 26 St NE #349, Calgary, AB


Seafood Laksa from FOO Asian Street Food in Calgary, Alberta

FOO Asian Street Food

The thing I love about FOO Asian Street Food is that they have dishes from all over Asia, so everyone in your party can get their fill of whatever they’re craving.

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It’s a casual spot where you order at the counter, and there is some seating inside the restaurant.

We loved the Sweet + Sour Pork Belly and the Seafood Laksa!

The portions are a little on the smaller side, so I’d order an appetizer to share if you’re super hungry.

They also have another location in Victoria, BC.

LOCATION: 2015 4 St SW Unit 5, Calgary, AB


Birria tacos from Spicy Amigos in Calgary, Alberta

Spicy Amigos

Spicy Amigos is your spot for authentic Latin American food, all made completely from scratch without any canned or pre-made ingredients.

Literally everything on their menu sounds amazing, but we went for the Birria Tacos, which have been all the rage lately in the foodie world.

Of course, they didn’t disappoint, and we’ll probably be dreaming about them for days.

They’ve also got an extensive drink menu, and their spicy margaritas are fantastic (we loved the Passionfruit Margarita).

They also have daily specials and “Spicy Hour” everyday from 2-5 PM with food and drink specials!

LOCATION: 821 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB


The Himalayan Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta

The Himalayan

The Himalayan serves up authentic Nepalese food in Calgary, and the food is absolutely incredible.

I’d definitely recommend getting the Dal Bhat, which is a traditional plate popular across India.

It includes your choice of protein, lentils and curry, pickled veggies, rice, and bread!

I’d also recommend the Butter Chicken and the Pork Momos (Nepalese dumplings).

They also have some vegan and gluten-free options on the menu if you have dietary restrictions!

LOCATION: 3218 17 Avenue SW Calgary, AB


Alumni Sandwich & Liquor Bar in Calgary, Alberta

Alumni Sandwich & Liquor Bar

Alumni serves up amazing sandwiches in a vintage-inspired diner space.

Their Hot Chicken sandwich is incredible, and I would definitely go for the half spice (coming from someone who loves spicy foods).

The Rosemary Beef Dip is also very good – though it’s quite messy to eat!

A lot of their sandwiches can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegetarian if you have any dietary restrictions.

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They don’t have a patio space, but they do have a small island bar table out front if you’re in a party of one or two people.

LOCATION: 725 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB


Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich from Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary, Alberta

Last Best Brewing & Distilling

Last Best is a poppin’ brewpub that serves up amazing beer and food.

The Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich is fantastic, and definitely one of the best KFC dishes I’ve ever had.

They offer both in-house made craft beer and gin, and they’ve got plenty of fruity stuff if that’s what you’re into (I’m into it).

If you’re a cocktail lover, they’ve got a small selection of cocktails made using their batch-distilled gin!

LOCATION: 607 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB


Ten Foot Henry

If you’re looking for a more upscale restaurant to visit while you’re in Calgary, Ten Foot Henry is the perfect spot.

Their menu is vegetable-focused, but it’s not all just about veggies – they’ve got amazing dishes like Tuna Crudo, Jerk Chicken, and Flat Iron Steak.

The aesthetic of their restaurant is also beautiful with Scandinavian elements and plenty of greenery, and they’ve got a lovely patio!

LOCATION: 1209 1st Street SW Calgary, AB


Shokunin

Shokunin is another upscale restaurant in Calgary, and I actually discovered it through Final Table on Netflix, a reality series where top chefs around the world compete to get a seat at the Final Table.

Darren MacLean is the mind behind Shokunin, and he was actually my favourite chef on the show.

His Japanese gastropub offers up yakitori (skewers), shareable plates, and craft cocktails, all using fresh and seasonal ingredients alongside traditional Japanese techniques and flavour profiles.

The chickens they use for their skewers are butchered daily, so they’re super fresh and very limited!

It’s also right across the street from FOO Asian Street Food, which I mentioned earlier!

LOCATION: 2016 4 St SW, Calgary, AB

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Best restaurants in Calgary:

  1. Thi Thi Vietnamese Subs
  2. Tokyo Street Market
  3. Ramen Ichinen
  4. FOO Asian Street Food
  5. Spicy Amigos
  6. The Himalayan
  7. Alumni Sandwich & Liquor Bar
  8. Last Best Brewing & Distilling
  9. Ten Foot Henry
  10. Shokunin

These were some of the best restaurants and places to eat at in Calgary!

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