Open Sesame

4.2
1115 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • 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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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 1115 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.3
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OT
Calgary
1 review
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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OT
Calgary
1 review
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
15 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
68 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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i
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious as always! I had the Thai Bouillabaisse for the first time and it was very good!

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d
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

service was very slow, and the restaurant did not appear to be very busy

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AR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Nice ambience. Good place to take a date. Not enough meat with the stir fry.

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RM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Always enjoy open sesame. Good food and good variety.

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C
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Was appalled to find out that many vegetables weren't available, i.e. broccoli, corn, tofu, etc., when they finally came to ask what we wanted to drink. Yet, when I personally ordered off the menu, those veggies were all included in my dinner. I made a reservation for a special occasion, using Open Table & asked them to please call me for special instructions, which they didn't even bother to do.
Extremely disappointed in the portion size for appetizers, complained and still nothing was done.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was wicked and seriously the pot stickers are best I’ve ever had

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BW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I preferred the old setup where everything was on the buffet and you filled your own bowl. The new setup with additional charges for meat and seafood makes the cost too high for what you get.

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ME
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Open Sesame is one of our go-to's! We enjoy everything about it.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food is excellent but once again their service is slow and unreliable.

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J
Calgary
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great as always.

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OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

For appetizers we shared samosas and mu shu pancakes and it was the perfect amount of food. We each had noodle bowls. If you're adding shrimp, order double (unless 3 is adequate for you - for us it isn't. ) There was a large food service disaster beside us but they managed to get it cleaned up pretty quickly. Service is never fast here, so add some time to wait for your cheque.

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BH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Food had little flavour.

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W
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Been here a few times and look forward to my next visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Met up with friends

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AB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, good ambiance. Like the ability to make our own combination. It is especially handy for our vegetarian kid. Kids love it too. We need to try rest of their menu though..😊

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MS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner. The server did a great job. I really appreciate that both vegans and meat eaters can enjoy the food

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love going to Open Seasame, particularly on Tuesday’s when they have two dollars off their marketplace bowls. We had Stephen as our server and he was awesome. Really attentive and fun.

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AW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place, love the food.
The only thing I would say is, the tables are too close together and it’s hard to have intimate conversations without the next person beside you hearing. (In the enclosed area)

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

On line reservation was easy and quick to use. Service was prompt. Food was fantastic. My daughter has chosen this restaurant every year for her birthday dinner for the past few years. I enjoy the atmosphere, service and the food.

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have been here several times, never disappointed. Great service, great food. Only thing I’d say is the noise from people walking in the restaurant above is a little distracting but I’ll be back :)

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MM
Calgary
52 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Nice place to hang out with friends while enjoying your bowl of Asian-style "pick your own". The trick is to place all the flat veggies at the bottom of the bowl and load it up with the chunkier ones on the top. Then douse it with the sauce. That way you can get more into your bowl.
The veggies shrink when cooked , so don't be afraid to pile your bowl high with the raw veg.

Love this...mmm, delicious!

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