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Gorilla Whale

4.5
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285 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 285 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Restaurantiers
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent cocktails and appetizers to start.
And our main dishes were super.

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Boudan
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Food was OK! Too salty.
Music way too loud. We left earlier.

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StephC
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our trip to Gorilla Whale! Food is incredible & Tilly our server was super friendly! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Gorilla Whale quite a lot but not since before Covid. We were happy to go back the other day at quite short notice when we couldn’t be bothered to cook! We enjoyed a few cocktails each, some of the sticks and a main each- I had the ramen and my husband had the Special that night- a beef tongue curry. He seemed to enjoy his- and my ramen was delicious! Would definitely have again! The pork belly in it was really good! I also had the sake sangria which was surprisingly good! Service was quick and we were checked up on for drinks just the right amount of times through our meal. Music felt a bit louder than I remember but maybe I’m just getting older?! Haha will be back!! Thanks folks!!

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DesireeB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

great food, great service. Engaging server and was great with suggestions

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was incredible. The food was absolutely delicious and our server was outstanding. The only small complaint we had was that it was chilly near the door. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fell completely in love with this place, love the vibe and the people. Love the modern twist on the Japanese cuisine, we will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome. New favorite restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was quite good, service was delayed. Took 15 minutes to come back to take our drink and food order, 10 mins to get our two mocktails. 30 mins to get our desserts (which the server took off the bill). There was only one server and one bartender on so we gave the benefit of the doubt but still felt like the wait was quite long.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Honestly the music was far too loud. I didn’t like my entree very much but the salad was good!! The appetizers were good- although I don’t know if two small sticks justifies $8.

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JerP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best restaurants YYC has to offer. Chef Wong is an absolute weapon and is creating an unreal food experience.

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NicoleT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely night, great food and a hip vibe! Loved the Kaffir of dying cocktail ;)
Will be back for sure!

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Mmmmaxx
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe - amazing food! Lots of biggie options...wanted to try one of everything - will have to go back!

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NLBGM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was amazing!!! From the get go the service was phenomenal, they greeted us right away, let us sit anywhere on the patio and the server was great! Now the food....was so tasteful, from the spicy cucumber salad (Which I’ve never had before but will from now on) to the chicken burger that was so juicy and flavourful. Will be back for sure!!

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Amateurfoodie
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After an extended absence due to the pandemic restrictions, we were keen to eat at Gorilla Whale again. The menu has been modified slightly but remains essentially true to the spirit of the restaurant. We selected some of the new items in addition to favourites. We were not disappointed. The food was exquisite. The soft shell carb was the best we have ever eaten at Gorilla Whale. The OG Gupta is a great addition to the small plates and the hot chicken donburi simply amazing. This is one of our favourite places to eat in Calgary and fits in the list of great dining experience we’ve had any where

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great servers

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Favsie
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I love this restaurant. My only suggestion would be now that the servers wear masks, maybe just turn the music down a tiny bit to more easily hear them.
Overall tough I LOVE the staff, the food, the atmosphere and well everything! It so awesome!!

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LeslieW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I love everything about Gorilla Whale except the noise level. It was hard to talk to my companion. The food was excellent. Emma was very helpful with explaining the dishes and was very attentive throughout our meal. She is an excellent server.

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JETr
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Everything about our dinner here was amazing. Thank you for the wonderful experience!

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vipMCanada
Calgary
66 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

I was disappointed with my burger and the portion size of the appetizers. The burger was tough and didn’t have good taste. Cocktails were decent and service was kind of slow for being a relatively quiet night. The venue has a nice decor, but I won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent service. Great atmosphere.

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vipJomanji
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delish! Great local joint! The Flames Dog is great. The squid was cooked perfectly and those little cash money sacks of creamed blue crab are flipping ridiculous! Surprisingly filling as well so order accordingly!

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ShirleyP
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The quality and flavours were exceptional. Everything we tried was excellent. We especially loved the Yaki ramen bowl, roasted beets, halloumi and the specials.
Definitely revisit once COVID crisis is contained!

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LauryB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

As promised the restaurant had a cool, swanky vibe. The food was tasty, but pricey given the small plates. The waitress was fairly attentive. Overall, it was a good dining experience. Oh, and the bathroom art was great.

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HeatherP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was 3 of 4 of our first time and what a wonderful experience. We left the ordering to our server, who did a fantastic job. Everything was delicious especially the cheese skewers!!! Would recommend and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

I did not enjoy the food or experience at Gorilla Whale. The cocktails were quite disappointing, the food was fine, although it made me feel slightly ill after, but the dessert was the main let down. The dessert was banana spring rolls which are theoretically delicious, but they put like yellow craft singles in it which was both horrifying and did not taste good. Which wasn't ideal, but when I mentioned this disappointment to the waitress and she was quite flippant about it, when a better response would have been "i'll mention it to the chef" or something.

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JoniC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed delicious happy hour skewers, great beer from Last Best, and the weirdest tasty dessert we've ever had. We'll be back!

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RonDeWindt
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Gorilla Whale. The space was fun and lively and the food was creative and unexpected. Our servers were top notch that made us feel well taken care of without being constantly pestered. It is nice to see the continuing revitalization of the Ingleweird Neighbourhood, it used to be such a dump!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place

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CherylA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It is a cool place with a nice vibe. Food was good, portions are small, so you can share but you need to order quite a few dishes to feel full

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Grapevine
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious

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ShannonW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful and interesting menu. Loved all the gluten free friendly options that were very tasty. Great service and really good happy hour selections both with food and drink.

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BenjaminS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great! Excellent service, great food - our favourite restaurant!

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic - highly recommend the fried tofu and the cucumber salad. Lots of vegetarian options and our server (Ricky) was incredible. Music is loud but that is part of the "theme" for this place; while I couldn't whisper, I had no issues holding a conversation with my husband. Can't wait to go back!

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Matt
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service! Definitely would recommend

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Mseccare
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always very innovative. Don’t let the cocktail menu pass you by either.

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vipPinkGirlyNurse
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great food, great service & a great time!

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RobiK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, fun vibe. Lots of food for people with dietary restrictions

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LizaM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Sat at the bar. Received great service. Food was excellent!!!

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cjaneeat
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Much better than our last visit - we had our friend (who is a fan) do the ordering for us this time.

FAQs

Gorilla Whale is rated 4.5 stars by 285 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.