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Gorilla Whale

4.8
370 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 370 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Frank
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
10 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.

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vipCarny
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wife and I finally got to try out Gorilla Whale when we had a date night recently and it lived up to the hype. We sat at the bar and the bar tender did a great job of explaining the drink and food options making our choices very easy. The Spicy Dove cocktail was amazing and went great with our food choices. This time around we only had a few of their snacks and everything left us wanting more. Gorilla Buns, Edamame and the Sticks were must tries.

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Ktrave
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great cocktails!

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KellyM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had Gorilla Buns, shrimp gyoza, soft shell crab, and 3 different sticks ... all sooo good!

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SheldonP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

our 5th time, staff and food amazing as per usual!!!

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SusieG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place always go when visiting YYC. Keep up the great work!

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vipSheppie
Calgary
239 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great new find. Good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food.

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HopeB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorilla whale never fails to deliver. The quality of the food is top notch and the service is incomparable. I didn't get the name of the hostess but she was extremely friendly. Our server, Pat, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and attentive. Our water was never empty, our drinks were always full, our table was always cleared.
The food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious as always, highly recommend the halloumi sticks and the donburi either the hot chicken or the sashimi.

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Dales
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time at Gorilla Whale. Won’t be my last! We went for the ramen, and were not disappointed. Better than any ramen we have had in the city so far. Great selection of appetizers & drinks. Definitely go here!!

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vip2SSY4U
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved all the yummy food we had at GW last night. We enjyoyed the cucumber salad, shrimp gyoza, pork, steak and mushroom skewers, greens salad with delicious dressing, salmon skewer and very interesting doughnuts. Great service and wonderful evening. Thanks so much, looking forward to coming again to try out great food.
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RayS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food and great service from the fella in the green mask. Patio seating was great, even with a minor rain shower!

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SoniaL
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service! I had the chicken ramen. Would definitely order again

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JayM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, food was delicious (I had the sashimi donburi and my partner had the chicken ramen). A huge drink selection including some incredible cocktails and Japanese whiskey. Highly recommend this place for date night!

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CharB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. Excellent food, great cocktails, friendly service.

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sallana
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great customer service! Would go again in a heartbeat!

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VoelkCher
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Finally spent some time with my siblings and their partners, great time for the 6 of us. Shared great appys and then had some main courses as well. Great service and our food was delicious, many different flavor combinations. Highly recommend, also a nice selection of cocktails to cool you down, perfect evening

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JayeH
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was awesome, had a real good meal, fun time, would recommend to anyone. Appetizers were very good

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Tehmaskedfoodie
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a delicious meal and top notch service.

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GrandmaC
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to Gorilla Whale twice and it is fabulous! The food is very unique and delicious. There’s a decent wine list too!

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SteveO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious. Always great service. A favourite in Calgary!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was my second time out with my wife since the pandemic started. We saw the ratings online and wanted to give Gorilla Whale a shot. The quality of food was amazing. Great experience overall. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose Gorilla Whale as our first date night away from our new baby and we were very happy with everything! Service was very efficient, food was delicious and it has a cool vibe and casual but classy atmosphere. Hot chicken donburi and pork steam buns were our favourite plus they had a nice beer list and great cocktails. Only comment would be it would have an affordable bottled wine option. Overall everything was excellent however.

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KristaF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

portion size was very small for the extreme price of each item.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favourite in the neighbourhood. Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Such yummy food and our waiter was great!

FAQs

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

Gorilla Whale is rated 4.8 stars by 370 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.