Foreign Concept

4.5
364 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Vietnamese, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 719-7288
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jinhee Lee
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Private Party Facilities
Semi Private rooms or whole house buyouts
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Cross Street
1st St.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 364 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary here an cannot day enough about it. Everything was absolutely delicious, the staff was spectacular, and the chef even came out to check that everything was good. We will definitely be back and will be recommending it to all our friends.

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JB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The food was mediocre at best. I’ll lead with Pork/fois buns they were good. But the other things: the tofu had no flavor, the meat sauce on top was a dry Bolognese type sauce, the beef and rice dish on the mains was all rice and pretty much no beef.
Not a place I would frequent by any means. Tasty parts but nothing memorable.
Service was awful.
Needs something, not sure what but something.

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AF
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the first friendly greeting to the last delicious bite, our dining experience was terrific. Innovative cuisine from award-winning chefs and attentive service made our evening very enjoyable.

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DM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Matched its recommendation.
It took us a few months to try this place after a friend recommended it. The squid ink spaghetti and the sous vide short ribs were perfect - the best we’ve had. The brussel sprouts had a very interesting flavour. All the dishes had unique flavours that blended well with each other. The mousse lady finger dessert was the perfect ending. We’ll be back.

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I
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, nice ambiance. Love the location as it’s close to my apartment. Food came out in timely fashion as we had ordered several sharables

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went there with my date. We ordered multiple plates everything tasted excellent. The kimchi was incredible. We expected the bill to be large with the amount of food we ordered but it was very reasonably priced. The service was also really great. We will definitely be going again.

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D
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service make Foreign Concept a must visit restaurant. It's Asian Fusion menu is filled with flavorful items and options of small and large plates. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful and the restaurant is well laid out and comfortable.

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B
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great time at Foreign Concept. Sharing plates allow you to try more dishes at one sitting and everything we tried had delicious flavour combinations. We'd definitely go back.

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A
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit to Foreign Concept and we were not disappointed. The food was exceptional - great taste and beautifully presented - and the service was excellent - great recommendations for plates and wine. We were in the smaller dining area on the bar side, and the noise level there was acceptable (a bit too loud for us in the main dining area). The side we were on would be nice for a small private party or business luncheon. Price was very reasonable. Will definitely come again.

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nicely laid out restaurant. Moderately loud with a great overall ambiance. Knowledgeable staff with attention to detail throughout the experience. Most of the dishes were well thought out with a focus on the flavours and textures. The real standouts were the trout and the imperial rolls. Delicious!

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TE
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Dishes looks good, but all of the 7 dishes we order were too too salty...not healthy at all. VERY disappointed.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Asian Fusion Food done right. Highly Unusual layering and use of Asian spice or ingredients on familiar dishes. Portions for small butes and main dishes are sufficient. Good for sharing too. If looking for something different and non conventional yet workable sufficient quantity, highly recommend Foreign Concept.

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent taste and combinations. Creative dishes that were wholesome and appealing to the eye and palate.

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K
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Decor and location are nice. We were pretty disappointed in the food and wine. To command prices like that, everything should be fresh and done well - sadly, it was neither.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome food and great vibe

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

Top notch, excellent food and service! Beautiful restaurant for any occasion.

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SN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great menu with a solid selection of beers and wine too. Embiance is very good and the service was excellent!

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AF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

We had the Summerfeast dinner menu. The food was good value. However dessert was lacking flavour and did not seem to up to the standard of the rest of the meal.

We also went with the $25 matching wine pairings and while the wine was excellent we found the food overpowered it.

At the normal menu prices I don’t think I’ll be rushing back but will definitely give them a second try sometime in the future.

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SD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a fabulous culinary experience in every way I will recommend to anyone who will listen

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T
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food as always is great. We brought our foodie daughter in law from out of town and of course she loved it.

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OT
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Please take recommendations. It was fabulous. Enjoyed the food and service. We were delighted. Tartar. Steam buns. Forbidden Rice. Yum. all the rest. Not too shabby.

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J
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

This was the first time at Foreign Concept and the meal was wonderful! We had the summer fest for $25 that included an appetizer, main and dessert. It was great value for the cost. The portions were a great size and everything had exceptional flavour. I was disappointed, however, that when I was asked what type of water I wanted I was not made aware that my choice of sparkling was not simply a glass but a 750ml bottle of San Pellegrino... at $8!! Perhaps an option would be best.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food creatively done. Nice atmosphere trending a bit on the noisy side for get together but overall very pleasant.

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M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

From the friendly hostess greeting us and providing complimentary champagne to the knowledgable and excellent server and incredibly flavourful and diverse menu items - truly a great dinner experience and highly recommended. We were visiting from Vancouver and you would be surprised to hear that we currently don't have a restaurant with a korean/asian fusion influence at this calibre.

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

The squid ink pasta with lobster broth and seafood - it would be featured on my ‘BEST THING I EVER ATE’ show!

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s
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our anniversary meal was really good! From shared small plates of salads to our entrees of trout and short rib, the food was great, service good and we could actually have a conversation without screaming across the table....which is rare these days.
Loved that the chef was out and about and stood by to thank us as we left.

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

There were six of us, we order 11 different dishes, and 10 were absolutely delicious

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SP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had a business lunch on August 2nd. The food was amazing, unique, great flavors and they were very accommodating for me. I have a life-threatening allergy to eggs, and the whole team knew about it. The chef even altered the appetizers so I could enjoy them as well(egg-free).
The service was great and I will definitely be back to enjoy the lunch and dinner menu.

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KB
Edmonton
64 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall I was impressed with Foreign Concept. Great ambiance, excellent service, and all of the dishes had a great flavour profile. The only issue was that 2 of our dishes (the squid ink spaghetti and the soy garlic brussel sprouts) were extremely salty. We shared between 4 people, so it was tolerable, but the dishes were less enjoyable because of this. I shared this feedback with our server and she immediately offered to replace the food even though we had mostly finished the dish. We didn't accept this as we had already finished eating, but the gesture was appreciated.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was very good, service was bad. It took so long to get food and one of the dishes was not what we ordered

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JF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Modern Asian Decor. Fantastic unique and creative cuisine. The short ribs are melt in your mouth tender and the lemon chicken small plate is to die for. Suggest you order rice with the small plate. So delicious. We will be back to try more of their creations!

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DY
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service, food and cocktails were excellent. Our server had great recommendations and we loved everything she suggested. Will definitely go back

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SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Despite the restaurant being nearly empty and my partner and I having reservations, we were seated just next to the door. I understand this in a bustling restaurant, but not when it's nearly empty. The hostess did say, "I apologize for the door," but that doesn't really help all that much. There was also outdoor seating that was not offered as an option/not suggested on the website when I made the reservations.

The food was good, but the timing of the dishes was poor. We ordered three small plates and one large plate. The three small plates (tartare, bulgogi lettuce wraps, and carrots with goat cheese) came out all at once. We didn't even have enough room on our table to comfortably accommodate the dishes. Our server checked in on us when we had just finished the tartare, commented that we must have liked it, and then left our empty plate on our overcrowded table. After the small plates it felt like we waited a long time for our trout. I'm more accustomed to restaurants in this price range with a family style experience spacing out the dishes in a thoughtful way to complement the dining experience. The pacing was very very off.

The food was good, the drinks were good, the service was so-so. Nothing amazing, but good. The very loud couple of women practically yelling their conversation while sitting next to us didn't help things!

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EM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent quality at a fair price point. Beautifully presented food.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolute outstanding food quality. The 72h short ribs were out of this world and the beat I've ever had.

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N
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I have been to the restaurant before and have enjoyed my meal. This time, my guest and I both had the spicy crispy chicken bahn mi. We were both disappointed - the chicken was dried out and over fried and the bun was stale. We did enjoy the honey butter chips and the pork steamed bun was delicious. I hope it was just a bad day in the kitchen because I will definitely try again.

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l
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Authentic and unique food, inspired by Southeast Asia. Everything was delicious and they have many Vegan options.

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JV
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent food, great service.
Sad to see the tuna poke was not on the menu but the chef made us some; it is divine!

The sous-vide short ribs are a revelation. UnREAL good.

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AN
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for lunch for the first time. Outstanding service and presentation. The papaya salad was very tasty and tangy. Had the trout and it was the best ever.

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N
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went here for an anniversary dinner as we wanted good food without any drama! The food was delicious and unique. The service was fantastic, with extremely knowledgeable staff who could guide us through the menu and make suggestions. The food is unique and delicious; we'll have cravings for a few dishes! The Brussel Sprouts, Bulgolgi Spring Roll, Lemon Chicken and Trout were fabulous. The only dish we would not order again is the charcuterie.

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