Big Fish and Open Range Calgary
Big Fish offers food such as a seafood chowder, smoked oyster sliders or chili-glazed frog legs that make for flavorful appetizers. Guests can feast on an entrée of pan-roasted walleye with wilted spinach, fish tacos topped with tomato-mango salsa or a lamb and lobster burger. An oyster bar as well as delicious house-made desserts are also available.
Open Range embodies the essence of our city; cutting edge, but comfortable and unpretentious. Open Range mixes modern with tradition, serving every cut you would expect but preparing them with interesting variations of flavours. We offer locally raised beef, elk, bison and game prepared in an easy going Southwestern style. We are one of Calgary's premier steakhouses with multiple awards and accolades.
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- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
roasted chilies, guacamole and oven dried tomato mango salsa
Wild Rose Ale Fish & Chips
beer battered with lemon caper mayo
Pistachio Crusted Arctic Char
with sundried olive truffle butter and sour cream chive mash
Great food and service. Bright, welcoming decor. Would highly recommend to anyone, as the menu is extensive.
Well earned dinner out after waiting for this opening. Dinner was fantastic, safe and distanced. The food was delicious: Atlantic char, lamb shank and cod all exceptional with delectable accompaniments. A great mixture now that open range and big fish are together. Something for everyone. We had a wonderful evening.
Hi Csidegirl, Thank you for your review! We agree that there is something for everyone now that we have combined both restaurant concepts. We are glad that we were able to deliver you a wonderful evening! Look forward to your next visit! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Very high quality seafood meal. The wine choice recommended by the staff was perfect and affordable. A lovely date night!
Hi Cebee, Thank you for your review! So glad you mentioned our wine pairings - it is definitely not utilized enough. Pleased that we are able to deliver high quality seafood. See you again! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Big Fish is always a wonderful place to dine. Great food and great ambience!
Hi MaryB, Thank you for your review! We definitely take pride in ensuring that we provide a consistent experience every time someone visits our small business. We appreciate your constant support! Come again! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Winnipeg walleye was delicious and sides were spectacular. Service was prompt, efficient, polite and great recommendations. Pecan pie for dessert was yummy. So wonderful to be in a restaurant and enjoying well made, well plated and well served food. Covid protocols easy and felt very safe. 3 menus were a little overwhelming but the servers recommendations helped.
Hi Recommended, Thank you for your review! Pleased to hear that you had a wonderful and safe time with us. The menus can definitely be overwhelming but we are glad our servers were able to give you some guidance. Until next time! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
The Arctic char is fantastic! You can taste how all the ingredients are fresh and of the best quality.
Service was on point!
Ambiance was cozy and homey; a great spot for date night.
Happy to have found this gem so close to home
Hi DavidG, Thank you for your review! The Arctic Char is our best seller so we are glad that we did not disappoint you. Happy to hear your enjoyed the experience with us. Until next time! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Calgary’s Jewel! Excellent dinner, atmosphere & service as usual! Big Fish staff never disappoint. The oysters were fresh and delicious, the drinks are always outstanding, food was the best in the city! We recommend absolutely everything on both menus. We make sure to visit every trip to YYC!
Hi RhianonYQR, Thank you for your review and recommendation! We appreciate that you give us a visit every trip you have to YYC. We are glad that we are always able to give you the best experience possible. The staff will be so happy to see this review! See you at your next visit! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
First impressions was good. Great service, delicious food. However, right after we got our starters a waitress came to us and said we should hurry to order mains since we are very short on time. It’s a Valentine day for the RESTAURANT, we should understand and leave fast. Our table was already booked for somebody else, who was coming shortly.
I was shocked, the evening was destroyed, there was not even a glance of understanding in the eyes of the waitress. She just wanted her tips from us, and from others coming after. The more people, the better.
Yes, we got a discount from the manager, but the evening was destroyed. It is not that kind of a restaurant you go in order to get a discount.
Hi Anonymous, We are apologize for your experience and understand how you may have felt. After reviewing our cameras and speaking to the team, we would like to explain. According to our facts, your table was nearing the 2 hours per table time limit that we enforce. It is also stipulated on our site under reservations. We did not mean to ruin your evening but simply wanted to be fair to all other parties waiting. We hope you can find some understanding. Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
It was a nice quiet night for my wife’s birthday and we left full and happy.
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your review! Happy Birthday once again to your lovely wife. Best wishes for many more to come! We look forward to serving you again! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Fantastic seafood chowder! The fish was extremely tasty! Lots of selection on the menu! Highly recommended.
Hi MichelM, Thank you for your review and recommendation! You can't go wrong with the Seafood Chowder - great for the current weather. We look forward to serving you again! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
This was our second visit to Open Range as we were impressed the first time. Finding a parking spot right in front was a good omen. We were right on time for our reservation so taken directly to our table. With the recent melding of Open Range and Big Fish there were 2 menus to choose from plus a set Valentine’s Day menu. We opted for standard rye and ginger and a gin caesar. Both delivered promptly. The oysters for appies were delish but a dash of fresh horseradish would have elevated those. After much consideration I had the elk ribeye cooked rare with extra veggies instead of a starch. Husband had the wild boar chop. The servings were the perfect size. We each tasted the others and both were very well seasoned. The elk with a little heat and the chop with a little sweet. I’d recommend either one. Ending the dinner with the pecan pie and fluffy ganache and some ice wine topped us up both up nicely. With the tip it was a $230 night but an excellent way to celebrate and worth every penny. The service was prompt, friendly and unobtrusive. Well done Open Range.
Hi Arlene, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to have you come back and join us again! You are totally right about the heat from the Elk and the sweetness from the Chop. The Pecan Pie is the perfect way to finish your meal. Glad to know we delivered a swift and prompt service to both you and your husband. See you next time! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Open Range used to be a favourite of ours for when we wanted a little something special. The old set up with the split restaurant (Open Range, Big Fish next door) meant that Open Range could have its own beautiful ambience, that really supported the warm, cozy, rustic yet elegant feel that was the charm of the place and the food itself. Wanting to support in-person dining this past week as restaurants have now reopened, my husband and I dined at the new combined restaurant and were quickly disappointed when entering to find the ambience had changed so substantially. It now looks bright, white and trendy just like so many other venues now and has lost its unique appeal. Its a small space and with the bar, food service counter, and phones all right beside the first set of tables its really quite distracting and disruptive in terms of noise. I think this was amplified for us in particular since we were seated in the table closest to all of that unfortunately.
The service was just OK. Nothing that stood out, and perhaps I expected more enthusiasm from the wait staff now that things are opening up again but it was all pretty average.
The menu itself offers good variety; I can understand the appeal of combining and offering both menus (OP and BF) to guests to maximize their options. My husband and I stuck to entrees we ordered in the past (Elk, Wild Boar) which are always good, and tried something new for an appetizer. We ordered the mussels in green thai curry broth and they were phenomenal! Having grown up on the west coast I have high expectations when it comes to fresh seafood and these did not disappoint. Definitely a must try! We got a couple of east coast oysters to try as well and they were delicious. Overall the food quality is very good (seafood in particular on this visit!) but unfortunately its just lost that "something special" that the ambience and service provided before, and so I don't know that we will be hurrying back unfortunately.
Hi JonR, Thanks for your feedback. We miss the Open Range space as well. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of our control, we were not able to keep the space and we were forced to combine both Big Fish and Open Range. The alternative was losing Open Range all together which we did not want to happen. We hope you can understand... We have taken your note about our service and will communicate it to our front of house team. We hope you can try us again. Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range
Amazing menu! Ambiance was wonderful, and Covid 19 protocol followed!
Hi YYCfoodie926, Thank you for your review! We take great care in ensuring that we follow COVID-19 rules and regulations strictly. Look forward to your next visit with us! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Hands down the best waitress ever!! Can not wait to come back.
Hi Diner, Thank you for your review! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let know more about your experience. Please let us know who your waitress was so that we can recognize them appropriately for their job well done. We are sure that she will appreciate your kind words. We also can't wait to have you come back! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
It's not our first time here. It's always lovely. Nice food, great service. If you love seafood It's the right place to come.
Hi AisteL, Thank you for your review! We are thankful for regular customers such as yourselves. We always aim to create a wonderful customer experience. See you again soon! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
First time to eat here. Waitress was very sweet and friendly. Service time was very quick. Food was beyond delicious!! prices were very affordable.
I would recommend everyone to try Big Fish and Open Range!!!
Hi KarenS, Thank you for your review and recommendation! Yay - we love having first time customers and are glad that we were able to deliver a wonderful experience. Come back again! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Food was wonderful.
Kinda sad it has moved.
LOVED the old open range space and the ambiance, that what I was hoping for.
Hi Letseat, Thank you for your review! We appreciate your support of our small business. We miss the old Open Range space as well. We look forward to serving you again! Thanks, Big Fish & Open Range Team
Food and service was excellent as always. Had a high table near the door. Always fun to watch the chefs and other patrons
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for leaving a review! We are happy that you enjoy our open kitchen concept. Glad you enjoyed the food and service. Until next time! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Unfortunately, when we arrived, the restaurant said they did not have our reservation. We showed them our open table reservation, including our confirmation. They were fully booked so they said they could not accommodate us. They did not offer anything (such as offer to reschedule, a discount or coupon for us to come back another night) for the inconvenience. We had to leave and find a different restaurant. After we left and were seated at a new restaurant, they left me a voicemail saying they found my reservation and could take us if we came back. I did not leave a phone number so clearly my open table reservation was found by the restaurant in order to leave me a voicemail. No explanation was offered for why the reservation was misplaced. An unfortunate development on what was supposed to be a special birthday dinner for my spouse.
Update: Thank you to Big Fish for reaching out so quickly to follow up and address our concern. Mistakes happen but I do appreciate that you have followed up and handled this with class. We look forward to coming back in the future to try again once the pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Hi MichelM, Thank you for bringing this incident to our attention. We would like to apologize for that experience. We looked into the issue and do admit a mistake on our part. There were multiple bookings with the same first name as yours and we made a mistake with the seating. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss this further. Again, we are deeply sorry for this and hope that your spouse was still able to have a wonderful birthday. - Big Fish & Open Range Team
The service was great and the food and cocktails were amazing. My wife had the Atlantic Cod and I had the lamb & lobster burger. We also started with the baked oysters. We ordered two desserts to go but just got home and haven’t tried them yet. They looked great, though.
Hi GeerDad, Thank you for your kind review! We hope you enjoy the desserts as much as the appetizers and mains! See you soon! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
We had our last dinner at Big Fish before lockdown 2.0. Big Fish did not disappoint and we enjoyed our experience immensely.
Hi NatalieS, Thank you for leaving a review! We are so happy to hear that you chose us as your last dinner before this current round of lockdown. We hope to see you again in the future! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Will return when you reopen. I order fish all the time, looking forward a new cook style for fish dish especially the cod.
Hi GRACEL, Thank you for leaving a review and for being a loyal customer. We look forward to having you join us again when safe to do so! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Both food and service were great!
This time we ate seafood and it didn't disappoint.
Hi Igor, Thanks for the review! We are glad you enjoyed both the food and service. See you again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Hi ThreeGirls, Thanks for the review! You stay fabulous as well! See you again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
The service was excellent and the food was fantastic! We both had the butter chicken and lobster and would recommend it to anyone.
Hi GrahamV, Thank you for leaving a review! The Butter Chicken and Lobster is definitely a customer favourite - you can't go wrong. We look forward to having you join us again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
My wife’s 70th Birthday.
Table was ready when we arrived. We were asked about drinks quickly. Table was neatly set with choice of menus.
Once drinks arrived we ordered appetizers and main course. Food arrived in a reasonable time frame. Portions for both were adequate. Table server was attentive. A little pricey, but we still enjoyed our visit.
Hi JohnG, Thanks for leaving us a review! Happy birthday again to your wife! We hope she had a wonderful day with many more to come. Hope to see you back again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
I am so glad we found this little restaurant and the reviews do it justice! We had a wonderful late lunch and enjoyed oysters, fish and chips and the Lamb and lobster burger! Everything was wonderful and delicious! We really enjoyed our time and the service was great!
Hi Anonymous, Thanks for leaving us a review! We are glad to know that we were able to deliver to the expectations you had from other reviews. The kitchen and front of house teams will be happy to hear everything was great. We look forward to having you join us again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Went there for our anniversary and really enjoyed ourselves. We both started with the seafood chowder which is a fav of mine. Wife had pistachio-crusted char and I had the walleye. Mine was a tad under seasoned but still had a nice, mild taste, while the char was spot on and included a mushroom risotto. Servings are generous. Shared a tasty pecan pie for dessert. Will be back.
Hi JohnL, Thanks for the review! We would like to once again wish you a Happy Anniversary - we wish you both a lifetime of happiness! We are glad to know that your wife's char was great and do apologize that the walleye was a tab under seasoned. We will make sure to give that feedback to our kitchen team. See you again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Amazing!!! The service was great, fast and we were never waiting for service. The mussels for an appetizer were the best mussels I have ever tasted. The portion sizes were large! It was a great meal. Will be back next time I’m in Alberta!
Hi SarahV, Thanks for the review and for choosing to visit us! We are always glad to have new customers for the first time. The team will be happy to know that the service was efficient and that the mussels were the best you've ever had. We can't wait for your next visit to Alberta! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Food is awesome, I wish they had a few more beers on tap but no complaints.
Hi WilliamZ, Thanks for the review! We also wish we could have a few more beers on tap but sadly can not due to the space we have. Glad you enjoyed the food. See you again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
We were seated right at the entry to the washrooms, across from the bar/kitchen counter area, which isn't the most desirable. Service was really good. Our fish was good, and the dessert was excellent.
Hi KimF, Thanks for the review! We apologize for seating you in a less than desirable place. In the future, feel free to book with us online/give us a call and let us know your seating preferences. We will do our best to accommodate any and all requests. For walk-ins, we do our best to first seat customers towards the back and work our way to the front based on space/bookings. We are happy that you enjoyed the service and the food. Come back again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Amazing meal, great value. Try the pecan pie! WOW! Love the focus on local suppliers.
Hi MarkG, Thanks for the review! The Pecan Pie is always a customer favourite and one of our best sellers. We take great pride in ensuring we support local and promote a close community. Come back again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
I didn’t find the food as good as it had been in the past. I was disappointed with it.
Hi bella, Thanks for your feedback. We would appreciate further information on your experience if you would like to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would greatly help us make improvements to our business to ensure we deliver the best customer experience possible. We look forward to hearing from you! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
A much smaller version of Open Range after the restaurant combined space with Big Fish. The food was good but not as good as previously. My staek was medium rather than medium rare but the meat was much thinner on one side so difficult to get right I expect. For the price charged that should not happen. The scalloped potatoes were to die for.
Hi Edwardh, Thanks for the review. We apologize that your steak was not up to expectations. We will definitely follow up with our kitchen team in regards to our steak preparations. Happy that you enjoyed the scalloped potatoes. Feel free to message us at email@example.com if you would like to provide further feedback on how we can improve. - Big Fish & Open Range Team
We've always enjoyed Open Range, now combined we decided to order off the Big Fish menu and were not disappointed - it was delicious and full of flavor.
Hi HangerPains, Thanks for leaving a review. We are happy to hear your loved having the option for both menus. The kitchen team will be glad you enjoyed your experience with us. See you next time! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
One of my faves for brunch... but it’s a well kept secret so sshh!
Hi Anonymous, Thanks for leaving us a review and for joining us at Brunch. We definitely do consider ourselves a hidden neighbourhood gem especially when it comes to our Brunch. See you at the next Brunch service! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Food was amazing! I had the bison short ribs and my partner had the lobster/butter chicken curry dish. Service was excellent! I am dairy-free and they were even able to make risotto dairy-free to accommodate - so good!
Hi SarahR, Thanks for the review. The Bison Short Ribs and Lobster/Butter Chicken Curry are so delicious! We are always happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions. Glad to know you enjoyed the risotto as well as it is a new addition to our menu as of last month! See you next time! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Our table was ready upon arrival.
The server treated us politely and was very welcoming.
The food was prepared and served quickly. The quality was excellent and the taste delicious.
Highly recommend it.
Hi Marco, Thanks for leaving us a review. Once again, Happy Birthday to your son! We are pleased that you enjoyed your first experience with us. It brings us joy to know that we are able to make the big day a great one! We appreciate the recommendation and look forward to serving you again! Join us again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
This was my second time in the same number of weeks. My wife and I couldn’t stop thinking about the oysters we brought the entire family back.
Food is amazing and now they have the steak house menu - the tenderloin was exceptional- as an option. We couldn’t have enjoyed our meal more.
Hi Gfry, Thanks for your review. So happy to hear that your family was able to come and enjoy our oysters and the options available from our Open Range menu. See you again soon! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Wonderful lunch at an awesome establishment.
Hi Anonymous, Thanks for leaving us a review and joining us for lunch! See you again! - Big Fish & Open Range Team
Big Fish and Open Range Calgary offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 277-3403.
Big Fish and Open Range Calgary is rated 4.6 stars by 1346 OpenTable diners.
Big Fish and Open Range Calgary does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://bigfishrestaurant.ca/gift-cards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.