Open Sesame

4.2
1136 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - last seating 10:00 pm
Sunday: 4:30 pm - last seating 9:00 pm
Holidays: 4:30 pm - last seating 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 259-0123
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Gary Hennessey
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Mcleod and Glenmore
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Parking Details
Our parking lot is located directly in front of our restaurant. There is also additional street parking on 69th Avenue (on the south side of the building) or Fisher Street (directly behind the building).
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Public Transit
The #81 Macleod Trail stops just in front of the restaurant (both heading North and South) and we are also within walking distance from Chinook Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1136 People Are Saying
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b
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was great, we had the make your own stir fry which never disappoints

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DS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food and up to their usual standards. Waiter was friendly and on the balll (too on the ball actually). We had a table by the fireplace which was very comfy and casual and added to the very relaxed atmosphere of the place. Open Sesame is one of my favorite's; never disappoints.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was fabulous

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoy this place. Nice you can get exactly what you want in a stir fry. Love that they have different atmosphere throughout the place. Staff are so friendly and always ensure your water and drinks are full.

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N
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We were the only people in the restaurant for the first 20 minutes and our order for drinks was taken right away. But, it took 20 minutes to get our drinks once other people came in and 40 min to get our meals. The food was only okay. I don't think I would return

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AM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food was good but the service was awful. I had a reservation when I arrived, they seated me. However, when the rest of my party arrived this reservation was no where to be found so I had to get up and go to the front to get the rest of my party. Also the waiter was really slow, my party was ordering 2 drinks at a time because he was pretty slow..

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SF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We were stuck in the corner with no lighting made it very hard to read the menu ... our waiter also took 15 mins to get us a drinks.

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LA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Was ok. Food not as good as I expected. My stir fry have big chunks of chicken instead of sliced or smaller cubes. This was my birthday dinner and I was disappointed. I took my food home with me and threw it out.
My server was great.

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PC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Was left sitting for half an hour before finally getting up to have a waiter take our order for even drinks.

Food came with uncooked rice.

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FO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Very very slow service.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We’ve had better service before. The meal was just ok - nothing special to report.

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We were pleased overall. One in our group asked for no sesame and they had it on their stir-fry . Also the spring rolls for $8 was a rip off. We only got 2!

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MM
Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

you need to know how to work the plate...put the flat things on the bottom of the bowl and then layer the bigger chunks on top. This will allow you to pile more into the bowl and that way, when it all shrinks when being cooked, you still end up with a substantial meal.
It is delicious, no matter what you eat.
enjoy!

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V
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

With the various dietary restrictions in our family, it's a great place to eat for everyone! The make-your-own stirfry is delicious.

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DC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is great, as you make a lot of it yourself and the seats by the fireplace are warm and inviting.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my daughters birthday and this is her favourite place. She had a wonderful meal and the service was awesome.

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CL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Worth the trip from Medicine Hat. Made the trip numerous times

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SC
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Build-Your-Own Stirfry is my favourite item on the menu. So many sauces, vegetables , and add ins to choose from.

The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable.

I would recommend Open Sesame to anyone. The menu has something for everyone.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was phenomenal! We had a group of 7 with a rambunctious toddler and two birthdays on Tuesday night. He was absolutely perfect in every way, very professional, efficient, friendly, knowledgeable, approachable, with great presentation and table maintenance. The staff of Open Sesame are truly well chosen and trained. Thank you!

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RG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We are regulars at Open Sesame but haven't been in a while. the Wok Salmon enjoyed by 2 of the 4 of us was exceptional as always. I always have the stir fry and it was over cooked and the chicken very dry. It's like the chicken was (over)cooked ahead and just added to the stir fry, they used to have packets of fresh chicken which was put in first and then the veggies added. My moms dish was also not enjoyable, she said the shrimp were very small and not very tasteful and not enough of them. The banana wonton dessert was not hot from the deep fryer, very disappointing. So disappointed that a favorite restaurant of ours appears to be going downhill.

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A
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall a fabulous place to eat and always a hit. However the restaurant is always way to hot. This last time it was uncomfortably hot and we complained to our waiter.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Ordered the chicken stir fry.
Veggies were fresh however the chicken was terrible. Was chewy like rubber and there were maybe 3 medium sized pieces. I did the suggested sauce combo which was very bland. This was my 2nd time here and I'm sad to say I will not be back

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant! Service was incredible, excelent food and cozy ambience!

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a nice evening and although busy service was prompt, the atmosphere was relaxing, enjoyable, and food was absolutely amazing I will surely be back.

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MR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Overall I had a good experience. When my friend and I wanted to share an entree we were told it would be an additional $4 charge.
We ended up separately ordering dishes and they didn’t charge.
The menu isn’t CHEAP, but it’s noy bad.
But when 2 people order $80 of food,adding a $4 charge is kind of ridiculous.
Everything else was great.
The calamari was stuffed and not good for low-carb diet. The menu should state this
The Thai shrimp were phenomenal.

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants. I always make a point of going there to eat when I'm in town visiting!!

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SL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Minimally staffed, I know it's lunch, but you still have to plan for a busy lunch, just in case. Food was okay.

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RB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was excellent, and good central location. The interior is a bit dated, but clean and pleasant.
the multi-level design makes every table feel cozy and private. The value for quality of food is great. We will go back

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C
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

A mother/daughter sat near us. Daughter ate nothing & watched videos in her cell phone-as did the mother!!

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KL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I always enjoy my meal at Open Sesame. Today's service wasn't as good as what we normally get but it wasn't below standard.

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MH
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food is excellent. However service was not what it usually is and the restaurant wasn’t that busy. Still, I highly recommend this restaurant.

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LR
Calgary
71 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food here is actually really good! I had the sizzling plate soy salmon and it was some of the best salmon I have had even at a high end restaurant. The build your own bowls are great as you get to pick exactly what you want. Service is accurate, but scarce - not the best for business because of this - but if you are low maintenance and just want a casual dinner in an ok environment (dated and dark) the food is worth it!

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food was amazing and fresh! (We ordered the ginger beef stir fry & Shanghai street noodles). We loved the ambience. The only complaints were that there was not a greeter at the front (the people behind us went to find someone after about ten minutes of waiting) and it took a long time for our food to come and to get our bill.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great food, the peanut butter blonde is THE best! A little expensive but delicious!

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Staff was on their game and the young lady that had taken care of us was exceptional not rushed and made us a priority! I enjoy each time I eat in restaurant! Just a bit more variety on the salad tables was needed but was replenished quickly when we mentioned it!

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J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Open Sesame is always a great time. Nice interior, delicious food, and the option to make your own stir fry by choosing ingredients yourself make for a great experience.

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Stir fries were not hot as we had to wait for another meal.
The Merlot was poor.
The steak was very chewy but tasted good.
Quantity of food and variety was great.
Our waiter was entertaining, energetic, and very helpful.
We really want to try the restaurant again to be sure we didn't just have a bit of bad luck.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Our daughter chose this spot for her 20th birthday. The service was extremely slow and the server wasn’t busy. Other tables received much better service than we did. This is our daughters favourite restaurant but our first time there and I dont think we will be back. I indicated in the reservation that it was a birthday but nothing was mentioned. I’m not sure why it’s even asked.

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MR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great attentive server. Food came quickly. Creative menu items.

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AP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of my faveriot restaurants! I frequent here often for birthdays and date nights!

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