The Best Places to Eat in Calgary

Calgary’s reputation often skews towards the sporting events that take place there, but the city is so much more.

While you’re looking at Calgary homes for sale stop at one of these favorite local spots for a bite to eat.

Silver Inn Restaurant (2702 Centre Street North)

The Silver Inn is notably known as the birthplace of ginger beef, originated by chef owner George Wong in 1975.

The family-owned restaurant is a staple in the community. It also introduced local folks to Peking-style dishes like hot and sour soup and chicken and cashew in yellow bean sauce.

River Café (25 Prince’s Island Park)

Another longtime eatery, River Café has focused on local sustainable and whole foods before those terms became commonplace in the industry. They make conscious decisions about the food they source as well as how they operate.

River serves hand cut pastas, fresh shucked oysters, and chicken liver mousse, among many other dishes that celebrate Canadian culture.

NOtaBLE (4611 Bowness Rd NW #133)

This upscale bar and eatery is lauded for its locally sourced dishes and original menu items with a Canadian twist.

The steak tartare is often cited as some of the best around. You’ll find Alberta Bison Carpaccio, Seared Queen Charlotte Black Cod, and Stilton Cheesecake on the menu.

The Himalayan (3218 17th Avenue)

The Nepali cuisine served at The Himalayan covers everything from curries and stir frys to clay oven roasted dishes.

The staff is notably helpful and will assist anyone looking to substitute a spicy sauce out for something milder.

Calcutta Cricket Club (340 17 Ave Southwest)

Ever wanted to take a trip to India and indulge in the dishes there? Calcutta cuts it close thanks to the atmosphere of the restaurant and menu that includes modern takes on classic Indian dishes.

Check out the three-course tasting menu to entice your tastebuds with new flavors.

Bridgette Bar (739 10 Ave Southwest)

If you’re into sharing plates this is the perfect place to do it. This mid-century modern-styled eatery is chef driven and offers up everything from French fries and ricotta dumplings to Wagyu beef carpaccio.

You can get portions in both small and large shareable sizes.

Flores and Pine (254028 Bearspaw Road)

Flores and Pine is great for a nice night out at an upscale grill room. They specialize in elevated comfort food and modern classics with a menu that changes with the seasons.

Though the dining is elevated the atmosphere is down-to-earth and friendly. Enjoy Scallop Gnocchi or Smoked Meatball Linguine for dinner. Pop into lunch for a warm quinoa bowl or some meatballs and pierogies.

Belmont Diner (2008 33 Avenue Southwest #19)

This culinary fixture sits in the trendy Marda Loop section of Calgary, inviting locals to sit down and enjoy breakfast to kick off the day.

The vibe is vintage as far as décor goes with 100-year-old booths and a classic counter-and-stool space.

The menu is full of standard diner dishes and pancake art, one of the first establishments to do so in Calgary. Looking for a fun character to take shape in your flapjacks? No problem.

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