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These Are the 14 Best Calgary Restaurants for Celebrating Special Occasions

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by OpenTable
Updated July 27, 2021

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has altered how we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions, most of us are still inclined to mark milestones with some kind of food. Some people are choosing to gather at home with a lavish take-out spread ordered from a favorite restaurant, while others are getting together with small groups of close friends or family to savor a good restaurant meal. Calgary is full of restaurants ideal for celebrating life’s special occasions, whether you’re looking for a luxurious multi-course tasting menu or beers over a fully loaded pizza. While the pandemic has limited how many revelers can come to the table, most of the city’s celebratory restaurants are open for business and ready to help diners feel like they’re escaping the weight of the world, even for a couple of hours or so. These Calgary restaurants are all worthy of hosting small celebrations.

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4.8
4.8 (4306)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Calgary
About the restaurant
Despite its unusual location near an industrial park, Alloy has been a go-to date night spot for Calgarians for more than a decade. Not only do the dining room and adjacent patio offer a gorgeous contemporary oasis that belies the restaurant’s oddball location, chefs Rogelio Herrera and Uri Heilik’s fusion of Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines also never fails to impress. Dishes such as the pork striploin with grilled apple salad and organic salmon with lemongrass coconut sauce always offer the right balance between surprisingly unique and comfortingly familiar.
Top review
PatM
Dined 3 days ago
Had a wonderful dining experience at Alloy on their beautiful patio yesterday. The food was excellent, and our server, Greg could not have been more attentive!!! Would definitely highly recommend this little gem of a restaurant!!
A photo of Anejo Restaurant - Calgary (4th St) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2327)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Mission
About the restaurant
There’s no need to wait for a Tuesday to celebrate with a plate of tacos and one of Anejo’s famed chile coconut margaritas. Located on a strip of 4th Street SW that has long been a hotspot for independent restaurants and bars, even in pandemic times, Anejo is a vibrant and lively restaurant. Its selection of over 200 bottles of tequila is probably the best in Calgary, matched with a menu full of Mexican fare like ceviche, flautas, and, of course, tacos.
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MichaelE
Dined 5 days ago
Really appreciated the fast service, variety of options (including gluten free) ad the large selection of different margaritas and other drinks.
A photo of Chairman’s Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3249)
CAN$51 and over
Steak
Calgary
About the restaurant
For those nights that call for white tablecloths and servers decked out in tuxedos, Chairman’s fits the bill. A rare fine dining restaurant located in the deep suburbs, the large dining area has plenty of room for social distancing, with the convenience of being in a residential development. Obviously, the house special is high-quality steak, with many cuts on offer along with classic sides like hickory-spiced fries or an over-the-top black truffle double-stuffed potato.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Service was good. Thank you Kaitlyn. Food came on time and was delicious
A photo of Goro + Gun restaurant
4.7
4.7 (297)
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
During non-pandemic times, the downtown Goro + Gun is an after-work happy hour hot spot. While it may be a bit quieter these days, it’s still a great place to safely share a toast over a glass, bottle, or flight of sake chosen by the in-house sake sommelier. As for the food, the rich and tasty ramen is the specialty here, but the kitchen also puts out some top-notch sushi and Japanese appetizers.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great service, tasty drinks, fresh sushi rolls. Would recommend
A photo of MODERN STEAK on Stephen Avenue restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1296)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Calgary has its fair share of opulent steakhouses decorated with dark wood and classic décor, but Modern Steak’s owner Stephen Deere wanted to do something a little bit different while still serving some of the best beef in Alberta. Both of Modern Steak’s locations (and their sister restaurants Modern Burger and Modern Ocean) boast contemporary styling, cool music, and a laid-back atmosphere, but the menu is completely serious when it comes to the steak. All of the cuts are specific to Alberta ranches, with the prized Modern Benchmark black angus beef coming specifically from the offspring of a bull owned by the restaurant.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
High quality steaks cooked perfectly with some creative sides. The rooftop is beautiful too.
A photo of Moti Mahal Restaurant - 17th Ave restaurant
4.7
4.7 (634)
CAN$30 and under
Indian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Calgary is full of restaurants that serve tasty meals from every region of India, but Moti Mahal has thrived for decades thanks to its refined décor, family-run atmosphere, and extraordinarily prepared Indian dishes. The menu is extensive, featuring a wide range of complexly flavored curries and other Indian fare, including a large selection of vegetarian items. Because of the pandemic, Moti Mahal is currently only open for dinner, and diners who would rather celebrate at home can order take-out from a specialized menu for items that travel particularly well.
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PatCvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Once again Great food as always. We will be back!!!!😋
A photo of National on 17th restaurant
4.1
4.1 (90)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Calgary loves its beer halls, as is apparent from local success of the National chain. The original National is the location on 17th Avenue, which got a light and bright renovation shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The large room has plenty of space for safe celebrations involving brews from the lengthy beer list and above-average bar food ranging from meal-sized salads and bowls to one of the best (and possibly most underrated) pizzas in town.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
The waitress was so sweet and the service was amazing!! Loved the patio !!
A photo of Teatro Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2844)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Italian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Sitting in a gorgeous old bank building right across the street from Calgary’s Arts Commons theatre complex, Teatro is without a doubt one of the city’s most iconic places to celebrate a special occasion. With tall white columns, a gleaming bar, and a bustling open kitchen, the room itself is all class, but it’s the expertly prepared food and robust wine list that truly dazzles. Some of the best chefs in the city have worked in this kitchen, and current chef Daniel Pizarro is no exception, with his menu of Italian-inspired dishes such as risotto with roasted mushroom, chicken with brown butter gnocchi, and Teatro’s legendary seafood lasagna.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Wait staff so committed to ensuring a satisfying business dinner
A photo of Ten Foot Henry restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5903)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
One of Calgary’s most consistently well-regarded restaurants, Ten Foot Henry isn’t a vegetarian restaurant, but it prides itself on having enough veg-based dishes to let vegetarians and meat eaters dine together in harmony. Sharing is the best course of action here (for those dining with others in their family or cohort, of course), as the restaurant specializes in small plates that are packed with flavour. Everything tastes good, but first-time customers shouldn’t miss out on the cauliflower with spicy gochujang, the tuna crudo with chimichurri, or the much-lauded butterscotch pudding with salted caramel and sponge toffee.
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LaurieM
Dined 6 days ago
Always the freshest, most flavourful food. Our go to for sharing plates.
A photo of Vero Bistro Moderne restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2067)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Vero Bistro isn’t the most famous restaurant in Calgary, but it definitely has one of the most loyal customer bases. Regulars flock to the small Kensington restaurant to enjoy food prepared by chef Jenny Chan, whose passion for Italian cuisine shines strong in all of her dishes. Her regular menu is full of Italian classics such as veal meatballs in Bolognese sauce, bucatini cacio e pepe, and Broxburn Farms tomato bruschetta, but Chan is also known for her specials, including evolving creations available for take-out meals.
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KevinK
Dined 2 days ago
A wonderful place for special occasions or just a nice night out. The food and the service here has always been great and my wife and I have had a great experience everytime we are here.
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