Foreign Concept

4.6
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630 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
Here, you will experience clean, distinctive and subtle flavours that honour authentic Vietnamese and the best from across Asia, cuisine that will leave every guest surprised and delighted.

Chef Duncan’s techniques using fresh, local ingredients bring new and unusual flavours to Calgarians who seek new gourmet dining experiences. Imagine house-made charcuterie infused with crisp Asian spices and a room styled after the elegance of colonial Vietnam with some modern surprises.
What 630 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dorothyw
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started with the papaya slaw and the tuna tataki....both were excellent. Our mains were the spaghetti, the pickerel and the duck breast....desserts were the cheesecake and the tapioca....all delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Passion on a plate, excellent service!

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ChrisL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had great service, and it is a very nice atmosphere. The decorations and layout are unique. The Japan Manhattan was very good - not too sweet. The Brussels sprouts were tasty - the glaze is flavourful and the Brussels sprouts were crispy. The squid ink spaghetti was SO GOOD - great mix of seafood, textures, and flavours.

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vipFlowerdrumsong
Calgary
108 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely flavours with courteous staff and full protocols in place during this pandemic. We loved our appetizers and the mains are fabulous! I had the sweet and sour pickerel while hubby had duck breast. We can’t wait to go back!

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vipGwenS
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It’s been a minute since we’ve eaten here and they didn’t disappoint! Service was excellent and the food was perfect. There were four of us and we ended up ordering all the appetizers (except the Bao buns- we ordered 4 of those )
Thoroughly yummy and enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is just AMAZING, doesn’t matter what you pick, everything is great!

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STEVED
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience at Foreign Concept. Food was complex and delicious, service was excellent and all physical distancing protocols were observed by the staff. I recommend this restaurant

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Phil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice place. Menu selection is small, but the portions were a good size. Beer list was also short. Fun Place!

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Liana
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable everything! Always a wonderful dining experience at Foreign Concept!

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PattiM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

After having heard so many great things about it over the last couple of years we were disappointed in the food., some was fantastic , some was tough and one crazy salt ... appies were better. .

Squid ink pasta was the winner dish as compared to the other 3 entrees.

Server was awesome . Very nice and friendly service .

For a bill over $400 I would go somewhere else next time .

Darn :( we really wanted to love it !

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GayleneS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. The food is amazing and presented beautifully. What a treat!

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Rebecca
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was so friendly and knowledgeable about the entire menu. Overall great experience and will be back!

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VirginiaP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Each dish was a joy to the palate! Creative combination of flavors in each dish. I will definitely go back!!!

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DavidL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foreign Concept has done an excellent job of adapting to and accomodating for social distancing requirements. Their staff was appropriate and attentive as always, their food perhaps even better than my last pre-COVID visit.

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TiffG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dining experiences. Amazing food, perfectly plated, delicious. Chef made a special dessert for us to test out and it was perfection. We will definitely be back. Happy to support the Chef and any of his properties. Thanks for an amazing dining experience.

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Loveoysters
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

the new limited menu was frightening at first especially for a vegetarian but they did offer one "main" option for review. room was extremely cold. due to limited seating, food service was extremely rushed. we were in and out within an hour versus last visit 6 months prior which was a 3 hour fiesta.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Appetizers were phenomenal and the service was simply exceptional. Would definitely come back again!

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windowhound
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I would have loved to have given a 5 star rating for the food it was delicious I just wish the serve serving size was larger

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AnnaC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great service and food, with a beautiful restaurant as well. Highly recommend!

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AnnetteW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fathers Day

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SL12
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service and great cocktails! We loved it and would highly recommend.

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Liana
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect dining venue and ambience for birthday celebration!

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sulafaa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Underwhelming flavours
Most dishes were Luke warm
Under seasoned fried rice
Nothing really special

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vipLindaS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! We had 2 appetizers and 1main and shared it between 2 of us. The seafood pasta was one of the best dishes I have had in Calgary at any restaurant. It was so great to be back dining in after a long Covid break.
This restaurant is a must for anyone wanting to ease into eating out again, with the most beautiful and delicious of dishes.

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Brett
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best meals I have ever had, I will definitely recommend this to anybody and everybody I meet. The chef has some creative flavours mixed with traditional dishes, very enjoyable, very memorable. We had the beef carpaccio, the tuna, Squid ink spaghetti, and the duck dish.

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vipCarlD
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen. Please bring back the beef tartar !!!!

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vipJavaneseJournal
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foreign Concept never fail to extend an amazing dining experience especially with impeccable special Food & Drink Exp 3-course menu.

Great hospitality Chef Duncan Ly and his staff.

Has been and will always be my top 3 dining spots in Calgary, AB.

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VenessaS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amidst the coronavirus scare, we decided to venture out of our house into -20 weather to take advantage of The YYC Food and Drink Experience special menu. The restaurant was very quiet for a Friday, but we didn’t mind. The special gourmet menu was fantastic and the service was even better. Our server Brody was very welcoming and made sure that we were well taken care of. He was attentive without being annoying which I hate when a restaurant is slow.

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CcyC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Couldn’t ask for more.

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TeeEmm
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the 5 course gourmet meal with my fiancé and it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. We are excited to return and try some of their regular menu items.

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vipAlan
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

The food was very good but the server appeared to be looking after too many tables. She seemed to be very rushed. Wine was late - came half way through main course. The very serious problem for us was the level of noise. My wife and I were sitting across the table from each other and we couldn't hear what the other one was saying!! We were between 2 parties of 4 and this added to the noise problem. We like the restaurant, especially the food, but when we return I hope it will be a quieter place. Perhaps a table out by the bar would be better.

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JayrinY
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to Foreign Concept for the YYC Food and Drink Experience. Food was really excellent, portions were perfectly sized, the beef short rib was particularly good.

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BellaN
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love my dining experience at Foreign Concept. The food was outstanding, the service was great and the price was especially amazing during the Food & Drink Experience event that is happening city wide right now. Highly recommend to everyone who is looking for a good dining experience with a twist of traditional Asian food.

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SheilaM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Such an amazing night. Fabulous food, lovely wine, fantastic, well-timed service. Loved it. :)

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KatieB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the $65 gourmet meal during YYC food week. It was excellent! Loved that the noise level was low so we could easily have conversation, and the service was excellent too.

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MinkiMeowMeow
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and service was great! I would definitely go back!

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KarenK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved your brussel sprouts and all of the food was delicious,

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DarrylE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was great, service quick and friendly. Noise level a bit high for conversation.

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DanielleM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would highly recommend FC as a lunch meeting venue: great service, great food and an overall great experience.

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Tyler
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent presentation and balance of flavours served well in a calm dining atmosphere. Simply, it was great.

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Foreign Concept offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 719-7288.

Foreign Concept is rated 4.6 stars by 630 OpenTable diners.

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