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Gorilla Whale

4.7
412 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Serious food & drink in a very unserious environment.

WE ALWAYS SAVE ROOM FOR WALK IN'S

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 412 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Erik
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and great prices. Great music and servers.

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Ccccccw
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good, an interesting spin on Japanese food which was done very well. Would definitely come back.

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Skunker
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Creative menu, food was very tasty. Drink menu was interesting, tried a few different cocktails with a unique twist. Eclectic music choices, not overly loud - could still converse. A little pricey, but for a special occasion was worth the money.

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KKO1
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for a date night. They take excellent care with execution - flavours, presentation and overall preparation is spot on. We enjoyed the service and food. Arrived in time for happy hour (half price wine, beer and sake) was the cherry on top!

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Dinner was awesome. Highly recommend eating at Gorilla Whale.

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KirstenSarmiento
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I had their chicken paitan ramen bowl and the fresh egg noodles were amazing! But the egg was a bit too salty compared to most ramen places in Calgary.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Will return.

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Penny
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don’t usually leave reviews, but had to in this case because the service we got last night was truly amazing. We had a large group and never once did I run out of water, beer, or food.

I didn’t understand the menu so our server ordered something for me and explained what it was. Our food came out all at the same time for our group of 9.

Being a busy mom, I’m always running around looking after my family so I was looking forward to a nice meal with adults and this restaurant exceeded expectations. Our group was very happy with the food quality and taste; the drinks menu was varied enough that everyone got something they could enjoy.

Thanks again for making our night out a blast!

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Will
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was clean, service was great and the food was very good.

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MargaretM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good was amazing as was the service . Great personable staff . The food was outstanding and interesting and delicious !!! Always a great experience at Gorilla Whale !

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, music. Drink selection and ambience.
Love the music and laidback feel of this place!

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vipDiannaT
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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JayFF
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was decent and fresh, but it’s a small place and it was too cold to sit by the door and it was a hard and noisy, impossible not to hear everyone else’s conversations . Good for a fun night not so good for a date.

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Kris
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic spot, love the ambience. Food and drinks all great and service was excellent.

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EricS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Overall meh! A starter was forgotten and brought during entrees. It felt like they were rushing us to get out and we had a 6:15 pm reservation The dishes also seemed forced and quickly put together. Either over sauced or poorly plated. Do not think we would go again. Too bad as we like the fusion concept and the overall ambiance was nice

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was very friendly, competent and helpful. Food was very good, if not to say exotic.

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vipMathilde
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I highly recommend the bennies !

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Mike
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot with decent food. Loud. Good value. Parking was an issue in Inglewood.

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vipEllisFun
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 as always!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great meal and service. The only good item I thought was “meh” were the Gorilla buns. We didn’t find they had a lot of flavour.

However, the burger and sous vide pork were exceptional, as was the service.

We will definitely return.

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StephanieJ
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorilla Whale is quickly becoming my favourite go-to for casual dining. The sharable plates are fun way to sample lots of flavors. You can't go wrong because each dish is more delicious than the last and most of the menu can be made gluten free or vegan. Servers are always friendly and attentive and the ambiance is upbeat and lively.

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MariaM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a delightful experience. Great food, awesome service, and a lovely spot to eat and get caught up with friends! Thank you!

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StuB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were wll looked after, the food was delicious, and surprised to book dinner before 6 and have happy hour - A great evening - will return

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KylyT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, highly recommend. Good atmosphere and friendly staff.

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LaraW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Gorilla Whale! Can’t wait to go back! It is a must eat spot in Calgary!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding meal. Great service, great food. Thanks guys!

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vipNL89
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wasn’t too busy. Food and service was great

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Gary
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and excellent service. This was our first time there and it will not be our last. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service & delicious food. We will for sure be going back. If you like Japanese-ish food, you’ll enjoy Gorilla Whale.

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CherylH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great little restaurant in Inglewood. Good was very good. Service was also very good. Interesting cocktail list.

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Angie
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing date night. Really enjoyed the skewers and half price saki. Our server was absolutely wonderful. She was fun and bubbly but also had great knowledge of the menu.

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MickeyB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You're paying for the quality of food. Made very well.

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vipLeesa
Vancouver
37 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious food a really mix of Korean/Japanese casual bites. Perfect portion sizes great for sharing. Rice bowls are heavenly. Fried chicken is amazing. Must eat here great music too. Casual but cool.

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TaraW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Never been here before. The food was delicious, the service attentive and the ambience fun. Would come back again.

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EllenL
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I have nothing negative to say about the food, however I am not dying to go back. Was looking for more. Great drinks though!!!! And I loved the gorilla buns

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RolandL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere and very interesting dishes and drinks. Our rice dish had noticeably too much vinegar in it, but given COVID issues, have to give them a break. Surprising cool and vibrant spot.

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JulieM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dishes are unique and delicious! Will be back for more!

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VoelkCher
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorilla Whale is a great place, service is attentive but not overbearing, the food is unique and delicious. This was my 2nd visit and loved it again. Brought another couple and they really enjoyed the night out too

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vipRenaF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! And great food. Staff was so friendly

FAQs

Gorilla Whale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (587) 356-2686.

Gorilla Whale is rated 4.7 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

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.