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Calgary’s Culinary Scene Surprises and Delights

When you think of Calgary’s culinary scene, images of sizzling steak paired with a spicy Caesar cocktail may come to mind. And while a great steak is certainly one of this city’s claims to fame (check out Avenue Calgary’s best steak houses here), the food offerings are vast and exciting. Here are a few of Calgary’s top restaurants to check out on your next visit:

Deane House
Deane House represents Canadian fine dining in the historical heart of Calgary. The building was once the home to RCMP Captain Richard Burton Deane, but now houses a menu proud of its prairie roots. For groups, request the garden room or dining room.

Shokunin placed 21st on Canada’s 100 Best restaurant list and was thrown into the international spotlight thanks to Netflix’s cooking competition show, The Final Table. Chef Darren MacLean brings his passion for Japanese cuisine in an approachable way, with a focus on seasonality, technique and maximizing flavour. Make reservations for this hot spot!


Teatro is one of Calgary’s most timeless dining institutions, situated near the end of Stephen Avenue for more than 25 years. Its location is convenient for those attending conferences either at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre or BMO Centre at Stampede Park, and its classic Italian cuisine is rich and comforting.

Native Tonques

Taco Tuesday, anyone? With Native Tonques’ elevated take on Mexican street food, you’ll be happy with tacos on any day. Pair these with one of the 60 bottles of mezcals and you’ve got yourself a fiesta.

Ten Foot Henry
Ten Foot Henry’s veg-forward, shareable menu bridges “the gap between what you should be eating and what you really want to eat.” It was named one of Calgary’s 20 best overall restaurants for 2019 thanks to its thoughtful menu and approachably upscale vibe.