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Gorilla Whale

4.7
395 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 395 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipMathilde
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
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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NL89
Las Vegas
19 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
1 review
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
3 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
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

VC
VoelkCher
Calgary
15 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

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the best waiter and the best time!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Forgot my sunglasses at the table and the waitress was kind enough to run after me! Nice to see there are still good people in this world!!

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Frank
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Calgary. Highly recommend the Porchetta for 2!

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Coryb
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really cool rock atmosphere, wonderful and friendly service and the food was outstanding. I cannot recommend this place enough. Great Japanese inspired food with fresh ingredients. I will be back as soon as possible.

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vipSusannahA
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never ever had a bad experience at Gorilla Whale. I count it as one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary. Food is always amazing and the menu does switch up which is great! The drinks menu also changes- I usually go for cocktails- though I am picky so often order off menu and again- always so good!! And the service is always spot on! Super friendly wait-staff who check in but don’t interfere.
My go-to place for taking people from out fo town as I know they’ll enjoy it. I think the prices are perfect for what you get as well.
Oh- and the yakatori sticks?!- best in town!!

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MB26
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Gorilla Whale with another couple who hadn't visited before, and everyone was blown away by the food and cocktails. We shared a few appetizers to start (the gyoza, steam buns and edamame), and we could have easily ordered another round because everything was so good, but we wanted to save room for the mains. Try the sashimi donburi.

The cocktails were also fantastic - particularly the Fast Break and Old Fashioned. Our server Abby was great too! Thanks for a wonderful evening, Gorilla Whale!

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TaylorC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Happy hour was amazing, such good drink deals! Went at a quiet time but server was friednly and attentive.

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nataliec
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our night and food! Would book at gorilla whale again

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience!!!!

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Tricia
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very glad I went in every way. Intend to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent location. Great service. Sitting outside was fabulous on such a beautiful night 🌃. Enjoyed happy hour prices on a delicious bottle of white wine 🥂 Most definitely will be back!

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ChristyG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service! In spite of how weird all the covid restrictions make going out we had a lovely time, thanks to our kind server and all the tasty food. The shrimp wontons are completely homemade and taste like it! Everything we ordered was very well thought out, unique and delicious. And I was grateful for the yummy non-alcoholic drink selection! Always Appreciate it when restaurants offer more than a sad soda water and lemon for us non-drinkers.

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vipscoopster
Calgary
61 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a Sunday snack. Delicious food (sticks are very tasty, despite the downplayed description). Enjoyed the vegetable ramen. All our food was tasty and the cocktails were delightful. Will return!

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Dicky
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

decent joint to grab some good eats in a trendy area

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richU
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

I found the food to deep fried to eat. Nice location, excellent service but the food is Blau. And over priced

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RocheS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food and flavours! Definitely recommend this place.

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DennisR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service was great as per usual. Try it, you'll love it.

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 395 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.