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Where Chefs Eat in Calgary

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by Phaidon
Updated September 13, 2021

You’re in luck. The world’s best chefs are sharing their favorite places to dine out in Calgary. We’ve partnered with Phaidon’s Where Chefs Eat, the best-selling restaurant guidebook with over 7,000 recommendations across the globe, to create a list of restaurants in Calgary where chefs love to eat. Grab your copy of this must-have guide, and get 30% off, just for being an OpenTable diner.

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4.7
4.7 (1654)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Dining Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
"Coming back home and having a meal of this quality with a surprising focus on vegetables, gives me hope for the restaurant scene in Calgary today." – Matt Abergel
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Best beef tartar in the city. Service is exceptional.
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4.7
4.7 (4564)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
"River Café has created a beautiful place in an extraordinary setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home– staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality, and regional, seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a sense of place." – John Jackson & Connie DeSousa
Top review
JaimeP
Dined 7 days ago
We went for a birthday celebration and had a delicious meal. We started with the hummus which was fresh and delicious, followed by the halibut and hog. The halibut was nice and crisp on the outside and cooked to perfection. The hog was also cooked perfectly and really flavourful. The server was excellent and attentive.
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4.4
4.4 (2155)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
"The culinary influence of Argentina is evident throughout the menu, with the personalized touch of tableside preparation for dishes like ceviche mixto. The extensive raw bar pays homage to the fresh, sustainable, West Coast seafood that is readily available here. Vegetarian cuisine is celebrated too – almost half of the options are vegetarian, particularly the small plates meant to share, such as the pistachio and avocado bruschetta, grilled provoleta and sourdough fugazza with Roman broccoli." – John Jackson & Connie DeSousa
Top review
DorianA
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
We had Mark as a server and he was excellent, efficient and humorous! He really enhanced our dining experience! The food was great! We had the delicious burgers with avocado! Thanks for a great afternoon out!
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4.8
4.8 (1779)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Inglewood
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chefs John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
Top review
Tina
Dined 2 days ago
The timing, presentation and taste of our dinner was excellent. Our server made us feel welcome, she has a good sense of humour while always being professional. We look forward to dining at Deane House again soon.
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4.7
4.7 (4265)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Calgary
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chefs John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
Top review
Shas
Dined 2 days ago
Alloy never disappoints! The food was outstanding and the service was top notch. Thank you to all at Alloy for another great evening.
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4.7
4.7 (1948)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Calgary
About the restaurant
Justin Leboe is a chef with an established haute pedigree, his CV including The French Laundry, Daniel and, closer to home, Accolade in Toronto. But in 2011 when he opened Model Milk, housed in a converted art deco dairy in uptown Calgary, he switched to serving up southern fried chicken, waffles and gravy, and "Sunday suppers" of BBQ ribs. On his menu, which does sharing plates and traditional mains, easy comforts sit alongside the more grown-up likes of handmade cavatelli, wagyu beef tartare and little gem lettuce with Asturian aioli. A fine modern wine list and an extensive list of cocktails encourage lingering into the early hours.
Top review
BigGvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great service, delicious food, and a great ambiance
A photo of Ten Foot Henry restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5793)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chefs John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
Top review
BrittneyB
Dined 6 days ago
The staff and manager go above and beyond with every interaction. I was absolutely floored by the service and kindness of management during my most recent visit. Ten Foot Henry never has an off day, the entire team consistently deliver an exceptional experience every visit. The fabulous food speaks for itself. Most importantly always start with the tomato’s!
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