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15 Top Calgary Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

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by OpenTable
Updated July 15, 2021

As a city with notoriously unpredictable spring and fall weather, Calgary has a tragically short patio season, which is why Calgarians tend to make the most out of any day that’s warm enough to go out for a long and leisurely outdoor meal. The COVID-19 pandemic has given local businesses even more motivation to improve their patios and expand outdoor seating areas while adding in more features for comfort such as heat lamps, overhead coverage, and wind protection. From elegant rooftop dining areas with birds-eye views of the downtown core to quaint lines of tables on sidewalk patios at casual spots, more than ever both restaurants and diners are embracing opportunities for fresh air dining. There’s a fun and interesting place to eat outside around almost every corner in Calgary during the summer months, but these 15 restaurants go the extra mile when it comes to combining good food and the great outdoors.

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4.7
4.7 (2189)
CAN$30 and under
Pacific Rim
Downtown
About the restaurant
Hawaii is a long way from Calgary, but this Pacific Rim-themed bar and restaurant offers a taste of the tropics, especially when it’s warm enough to roll open the big garage-style doors at the front of the building that lead out to the sidewalk patio. Fresh and flavourful food dominates the menu, with playful bites such as hot dog bao buns, house-made spam skewers, and loco moco rice, all of which pair nicely with the bar’s over-the-top tiki-style cocktails and a little bit of sunshine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food. Great steak and small plates. Edamame was excellent. Service was superb.
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4.2
4.2 (373)
CAN$30 and under
Latin American
Calgary
About the restaurant
Calavera Cantina’s patio may be located in the parking lot of a large suburban retail development, but the patio is designed to make diners feel like they’ve been whisked away to a beachside taqueria in Mexico, with high walls to block out the fast food joints and big box stores nearby. The food is bright and fresh, with dishes such as tuna crudo tostadas and a melon salad as well as the requisite (but very tasty) tacos and burritos.
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MrsNevvip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
What a pleasant surprise! Beautiful interior, super fresh and unique dishes- will definitely come back!
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4.7
4.7 (1141)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Downtown’s Stephen Avenue is Calgary’s premium place for sitting and watching the world go by. Closed to cars during the daytime and bubbling with energy in the evening, the strip is always full of interesting pedestrian traffic and plenty of action. Klein/Harris’s street-level patio is a lovely place to drink in the Stephen Avenue vibe while eating chef James Waters’s uniquely Canadiana dishes and sipping on one of co-owner Christina Mah’s much-celebrated cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Top notch food and service. A great place for happy hour. This restaurant is my favourite place downtown!
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4.5
4.5 (917)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Downtown
About the restaurant
The Living Room has been a fixture on 17th Avenue for 20 years and is well-known for its breathtaking patio, which has a secluded backyard feel despite being right on one of Calgary’s busiest commercial streets. The wood-walled space is fit with plenty of lights, gorgeous plant life, and a fireplace to make the restaurant’s contemporary shareable cuisine and much-loved fondue dinners feel even more special.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This place was so great and all the food was amazing. We will keep going back. the first time I've been here was our 1st date either as friends as triple date, and it's a great experience for all of us.
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4.8
4.8 (1123)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Calgary
About the restaurant
This chic wine bar has two patios, one on the street level and another on the rooftop, and while the upper deck offers great views of the vibrant Mission neighbourhood, the lower area is popular with dog lovers looking to enjoy a nice international meal and a glass or two of premium wine with their pets at their feet. Owner Phoebe Fung is a true dog lover (her dog Dom is practically a local celebrity) and not only allows dogs on the patio but also hosts dog-related events and provides treats and “pawsecco” for canine friends.
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calgarydinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Another wonderful time at vin room. Added bonus of live guitar player on the rooftop patio tonight which was a very nice touch. Amazing service as always.
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4.7
4.7 (3627)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Bonterra has become a local go-to because of its consistently delicious higher-end Italian fare, but the trattoria’s most powerful asset is its luxurious patio, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in all of Calgary. The outdoor dining area is technically part of an inner-city parking lot, but its clever construction, terracotta tiles, rustic styling, and abundant greenery make it feel like a scene straight out of Tuscany.
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JohnLynnvip
Dined 1 day ago
Even though it wasn't terribly warm outside, we thoroughly enjoyed our patio lunch. Maggie was very thorough and friendly.
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4.6
4.6 (2844)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Italian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Situated in a historic bank building, dining indoors at Teatro is a quintessential Calgary experience, but the venerable restaurant also has a lesser-known outdoor dining space. Sitting just off of Olympic Plaza and steps away from both Calgary’s Municipal Building and Arts Commons theatre complex, this tucked-away corner offers a serene spot to indulge in some Mediterranean-inspired fine dining and a bottle from Teatro’s legendary wine list.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Wait staff so committed to ensuring a satisfying business dinner
A photo of Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (354)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Calgary
About the restaurant
A Calgary institution since 1988, Buchanan’s boasts a dark, wood-lined interior, representing classic chophouse style. Diners looking for the same great steakhouse fare but in sunnier surroundings can opt for a seat on the restaurant’s expansive sidewalk patio, enclosed by glass panels and adorned with flowers and umbrellas. Close to the Bow River, it’s an ideal place to stop for a steak or a glass from the bar’s extensive whiskey collection after a stroll on the riverside pathway.
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StellaTvip
Dined 2 days ago
The lobster Mac and cheese was outstanding and loved by two teenagers!
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4.5
4.5 (516)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Modern Steak’s Downtown location has the same excellent ranch-specific steak menu as the restaurant’s original location in Kensington, with the added bonus of a spectacular rooftop patio that overlooks the heart of Calgary. Diners can take in a full view of the Calgary Tower as they dine on beef that was raised just a few hours away in Alberta cattle country for a truly local experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We didn't understand or was it explained how our steaks were served. Our steaks arrived, then 10 mins later, when I was 1/2 done my one side of mashed potatoes arrived. A little odd, steak was very good. For a $1200 bill for our table, the meal felt disjointed. Service was good, wine recommendations excellent.
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4.6
4.6 (191)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Comfort Food
Beltline
About the restaurant
Billed as a “modern diner,” The Beltliner is best known as a laid-back brunch spot, but also has a nice happy hour, with wings, burgers, and various cocktails all on offer at a discounted rate. The patio along the side of the building faces a park for great people-watching opportunities and is also dog-friendly, making it a top choice for brunchers who want to while away the day with their pups in tow.
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immuno
Dined on Feb 22, 2024
Great service and great food as per usual! Always appreciate the vegetarian friendly menu.
A photo of Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4089)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Located way down in the south end of the city in a landmark historical home, it’s hard to beat a special occasion Canadian meal on Bow Valley Ranche’s picturesque outdoor veranda. For a different view of the property, the fine dining restaurant’s parent company, the Great Events Group, also hosts gourmet outdoor private dome dinners in the restaurant’s back garden under its “Foodies in the Park” banner.
Top review
amie
Dined 5 days ago
Very impressed with the food and the area. Will definitely return!
A photo of Connie & John's Rooftop restaurant
4.1
4.1 (245)
CAN$30 and under
Dining Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Part of the Charcut/Charbar family of restaurants, this bar on the top of the historic Simmons Mattress factory offers an absolutely unparalleled view of the Bow River, historic Inglewood, or downtown Calgary, depending on which direction you’re facing. Once up top, diners can relax with a drink and a pie from Connie and John’s Pizza, a New York-style pizza project run by Charbar proprietors John Jackson and Connie DeSousa.
Top review
Debyycvip
Dined 7 days ago
Love this space!! Yummy yummy yummy
A photo of Last Best Brewing & Distilling restaurant
4.6
4.6 (584)
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
Downtown
About the restaurant
From the outside, Last Best doesn’t look like it has an outdoor dining area, which makes its courtyard patio feel all the more secretive and magical. Sheltered from the wind and fitted with a firepit to help extend the patio season, it’s a popular fixture in a brewpub that is already much embraced for its excellent line of beers and above-average pub food.
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Roadgoddess
Dined 4 days ago
This is my first time, and was very impressed with the food. We tried the halloumi fries, which were delicious. Then we shared the stinky cheese pizza and the beef dip. The beef dip was outstanding as was the pizza.
A photo of FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall restaurant
4.6
4.6 (222)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
Kensington
About the restaurant
This beer hall just off of the main drag in Kensington has an impressive selection of craft beers from over a dozen local breweries and a fresh and casual menu full of flatbreads, sandwiches, and beer-friendly appetizers. The patio is a unique second-storey rooftop giving revelers an impressive view of the neighbourhood, while still putting them at arm’s length from the busyness of the street below.
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Sheppievip
Dined on Mar 22, 2024
I love this place, food, staff, service, all fantastic I love the rotating taps and specials on the menu..
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