Open Sesame

4.3
1197 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Located on Macleod Trail, Open Sesame offers a wide variety of Pan-Asian cuisine. Our menu features everything from the traditional favorites, to the more personalized design-your-own stir-fry. In addition to our full bar and wine list, we offer an extensive Asian and imoprt beer list. Whether you are joining us for dinner, or just for a snack and a drink, you will find that we have something for everyone.
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TK
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect spot for a first date! Nice ambiance, calm atmosphere, attentive staff. Casual atmosphere that calms the nerves.

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p
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were both great. Very accommodating for omitting stuff you don’t like in your food. Eg: cilantro.

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F
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was good and the service was good. I was disappointed that I wasn’t offered a complimentary desert on my birthday.

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TC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great! Steven is a pleasure as always. Completely unrelated to the restaurant but one in our party received a very inappropriate fortune cookie message that was quite upsetting to her. This is the second time this has happened at your restaurant. I completely understand that it’s not your fault but you may want to consider who your provider is for these!

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A nice place to enjoy a meal with family or as a couple.there is enough space between tables that you don't feel like people can hear your conversation. Great food I like to make my own stir-fry and the meat was nicely cooked.

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CA
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent. I ordered a chicken and steak stir fry and they forgot to put chicken in it. Food was still delicious and service was exceptional as it has been in the past. Restaurant is beautiful and very welcoming

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J
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, ambience!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Much better at lunch than at dinner!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our food was flavourful and the service was exceptional. We’d heard great things about Open Sesame so we were excited to try. There are lots of options for many dietary needs and the menu is easy to understand. Lots of great mock tails . The ambiance was wonderful. We’ll be back for more (with emptier stomachs!)

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FG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took our children and their significant others to celebrate our anniversary. It was just wonderful. We had a table in a section that provided complete privacy. Our server was Steven - he was absolutely incredible. He is professional, respectful and very good at his job. We never had to ask for a thing - he was always one step ahead with refreshing drinks, etc. The young lady who sat us (sorry I don't have her name) was also just great. The food was delicious- there were 7 of us and I think we had 5 different dishes - all were excellent! Lastly, we received a dessert with a sparkler for our anniversary - an unexpected and much appreciated surprise. Thanks to everyone at Open Sesame.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Yum it is good

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

There was a hair in my food, I just don’t like to cause a scene so I picked it out. My date had a ton of butter chicken sauce but very little rice. I was not impressed with our experience.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Server seemed very unhappy. Not sure if she didn’t want to be at work or what. Food came out and it smelt burnt. After starting to eat my stir fry was in fact burnt. Noodles and vegetables. Not everything came out at the same time so we were half done before the wraps. Worst food ever after spending $55. This was a first and I can say it will be the last for a long time.

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MM
Calgary
69 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I love this place...but you have to know how it works. Build your own bowl and that is the best bang for your buck. If you do it right, you won't be hungry. Start with flat things on the bottom and build up. Start with bamboo shoots, water chestnut slices, peas, corn, and then slowly add the chunkier things like broccoli and cauliflower as you go. The smaller the florets of broccoli or cauliflower, the easier it is to stack your bowl. You can scoop peanuts or chickpeas around the sides and they can slide to the bottom. Then top off with the large spinach leaves as they will stay on top and not fall off. By this time you should have a bowl that is piled up high like a pointy mountain. Then add the sauce and present to the grill.
If you do not have a very full bowl, you will find that during cooking your meal shrinks so much that it will not be what you thought is was going to be.
Eat and enjoy!

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FG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love coming to Open Sesame. Excellent staff and service and the food is always delicious. Thank you.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice decor, not too noisy. Good service. Good variety of food choices. Only bad marks: friend ordered meal without onions and meal can with and white sangria drink came with the sticker still on the orange slice. Overall great restaurant, would go again.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Service could have been better. Was a good evening and good food

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was relaxing and waitress was fantastic. Food selection was perfect and delicious.

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m
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We always enjoy the teriyaki riblings and wok seared salmon. Our server was friendly and made sure our food was piping hot.

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TF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The sauces and vegetables were only heated before being added to our rice that we ordered. So the onions did not caramelize, the mushrooms did get cooked, the sauce did not get reduced, so 1/2 way through our meal we had this bowl of mushy rice and what had now cooled down to essentially a bunch of raw vegetables.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

It was great service. I love the atmosphere. I built my own stir fry option and was very disappointed in the amount of noodles and chicken given in the dish. It was mostly the veggies I put in. Not a very good balance. My spouse chose a dish off the menu and he loved loved loved it. I always enjoyed the build your own option but I think from now on I will choose off the menu if we ever return.

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LK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD, great service love to come!

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AM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent & arrived quickly. The server was friendly, polite & attentive.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is great. Bill for four people with appt platter, wine and dinners was only 160. You really can’t beat it for a relaxed, Asian dining experience. Stephen was our waiter and took excellent care of our needs making good recommendations and frequent (but not too) table visits. Food was all delicious and the restaurant has a fun and upbeat atmosphere.

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J
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a great time taking our son here for the first time. Excellent service, fresh tasty vegetables and a great drink variety.
We will definitely be going back!!

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J
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I have been going to Open Sesame for years. Love the concept and the atmosphere.
In my opinion they should have a wider variety of Red wine.
The service was very slow. It took 20 minutes just to get spring rolls.
Our server was good but she was running off her feet. Lack of staff.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Open sesame is awesome if you get their stir crazy. All the other items on the menu are overpriced. The music that was playing during our visit was rap and the music they play on the radio 90.3. If you like that then it's fine but it's not very nice when you're having a meal in a Thai resterant and you're listening to music that doesn't fit the atmosphere. That's like going to a Chinese restaurant and hearing opera.

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BL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Stephen was very professional and had great drink recommendations! I felt like he gave us a 5 star experience! (I used to work at Teatro-so I know what’s expected).

The price has increased significantly though on the market stir fry, which I wasn’t pleased with, but the market looks so much more organized and well kept than the last time I came in.

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K
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fun choosing your own ingredients for a stirfry!! The banana wontons were a yummy dessert!!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Birthday isn’t complete without a visit to Open Sesame. The service is great and food even better

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RP
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Not many other customers there due to weather so next to no noise level. Not sure if noise otherwise. Great menu. Tasty food.

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CJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First time dining here.
I loved the feel of this place. Lighting wasn't too bright and sets a romantic mood. Food was excellent but you need to be choosy what sauces you use in your stir fry. Some flavors don't mix well. Lol
The waitress wasn't a pest and had a great personality that made our experience enjoyable.

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Three out of five people had a stir fry bowl and were very disappointed with the amount of chicken and their shrimp was totally old it tasted disgusting. I cannot comment on all food as we didn’t have it but we will definitely not be back ☹️

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V
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

With all the different dietary restrictions in our group, this was an excellent choice! We all chose to have the stir-fry bar, so it's your fault if you don't like the ingredients! Delicious, good service.

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M
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I used to love coming here...the quality of the food was poor for the stir fry...the rest agreed they would not be coming back.

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I
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

This has been one of my favorite restaurants over the last decade, but the last few times I've found the prices have gone up and sadly the quality has gone down and is not consistent.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent, as always. We made a reservation and we were taken in right away. The staff was friendly and attentive. This restaurant is a family favourite! Highly recommend.

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OT
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Must improve not the best experience in a vary compedative market...

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is always a good choice when one wants to try out some healthy, tasty Asian cuisine.

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server really made my 30th birthday dinner extra special! Thank you so much!

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