rooftop bar @ SIMMONS

3.9
171 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Drinks + Pizza + Good Vibes
Located in East Village and housed on top of the historical Simmons Building along the Bow River, The Rooftop Bar @ Simmons was named as Calgary’s Best Rooftop patio.
Where the rosé is flowing and cold beer is are hitting the tables. This landmark has the only uninterrupted panoramic view of the Bow River and downtown lit up city scape. With our sister restaurant, CONNIE AND JOHN’S PIZZA offering delivery directly to your table, built in heaters, a glass encased fireplace and live music on feature nights help set stage for a unforgettable time.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 171 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SheilaL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Can't beat the view and atmosphere on a sunny summer/early fall evening! The pizza and caesar salad were both so delicious! The wine menu was limited and quite pricey, would be great to have happy hour pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

It was a strange experience because the service and food felt very rushed although it didn’t seem that busy. Also all the food was served in a to go container and felt very DIY.

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Elen
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

We went to rooftop simmons for my husband birthday. Our order was forgotten about (the waitress forgot to put it through). Once she realized this after 30 minutes, we waited another 20, and then we had to ask again to get our salad. Turns out it was pre-made and she could just grab it from the fridge. By the time we got our food we had been there for an hour. The waitress did not offer us anything and we ended up spending our night trying to get her attention and trying to get our food. We had ordered the pizza of the month, which does not have a price on the menu, we asked if it was the same price as the other pizzas. She confirmed to us that it was and then when we got the bill, we discovered that it was actually 5 dollars more. Nothing was compensated on our bill. It is too bad because friends have been asking how our time was at rooftop and we have had to share our bad experience.

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StephJ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Gorgeous view! A fun place to celebrate, or for a night out.

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JDCCCC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The pizza was delicious! Great views! Only downside is the menu is limited.

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Arez
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The tables came with no umbrella on an extremely sunny day. Some chairs and tables were covered with spider webs! The customer service was under standard. They didn’t have most of their own drink menus and very limited options for drink as well.
The pizza was really good and delicious, but it was not even from their own kitchen. It was from Connie And John Pizza delivered in a pizza box!
The salad was OK, but nothing special and served in a plastic box.
Overall not a great experience and do not recommend! If you wanna have a great pizza, order it directly from Connie & John!

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suzy
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place to meet friends for a drink and a quick bite to eat. Latasha served our table and she is amazing.

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luv2dine
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall I think this is a gem of a location and they completely miss an opportunity to make this a really good experience. The food and drink menu are super weak. The pizza was delicious but it would’ve been nice to have more food choices add an elevated cocktail menu. Such an amazing patio an amazing view and they completely miss the boat.

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AshleyP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful! Great service. Will definitely go back!

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FoodLover
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Good river view but very limited menu.
Service was good.

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vipDeen
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The rooftop patio is amazing. What was not so amazing was how the food was brought out. I did read that they served Connie and John pizza up there and that was fine. It was strange that the food was brought out in the pizza boxes and the salads were brought out in plastic containers that looked like the plastic was ripped off the top. All of this would have been fine if I was doing take-out but I was not. I was at the restaurant paying someone to serve me a pizza box. I do not think I will be going back until the menu has changed back.

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JuneC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Limited menu offers no flexibility, plastic containers with pre prepared meal, really? Poor service, not enough staff, 1 server for the entire patio - felt sorry for him, but waited over 45 minutes to place order. Out of wine we wanted, yet only 5 choices on menu for white. No offer of umbrellas yet it was 30 degrees. Brought people from out of town and other than the view and nice building, it was an embarrassment. Twice I have brought guests there in 2 weeks, same poor experience. What a waste for such a beautiful location. First experience equally as bad, but thought we would give them the benefit of the doubt for a 2nd experience, equally as bad.

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vipGene
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Menu cut again not even a burger and service was especially inattentive we thought she went home no kidding

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Jlrs
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pizza and French 75s with empress gin and rose Prosecco were great!

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KavithaN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Cocktail and view on a summers evening- Perfect!
Mainly for drinking, chatting, and enjoying the weather and view. Not really for eating. Limited choice for vegetarians.

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SapnaD
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food and drinks were AMAZING. Would have preferred more options for food. Service could have been friendlier as well. Felt a bit rushed.

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RatFink
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Good time, we all remarked how small the menu had become compared to the past. Possibly a sign of Covid but hopefully it grows again in the future.

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Mustard
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was awful and they were out of numerous cocktails.

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karenc
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely ambience, great view, very limited menu, need to expand options. Bring back the burger

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frontierdan
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The patio is beautiful and scenic. Our server was pleasant, not overly attentive, and did an adequate job. The cocktails were disappointing. Ambiance was okay; the music wasn't anything special and wasn't playing too loud but unfortunately there was a busker down below with a speaker so the competing sounds were slightly annoying (not the bar's fault and I like hearing buskers just not over music at a bar; it's just something that could happen). We didn't actually eat here but I had to rate the food to leave a review. Worth a visit on a nice evening but it'd be nice to see them review their drink offerings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

A bit disappointed that the menu has changed and it’s primarily pizza with a couple salads and wings as alternatives. Still a great rooftop patio with great servers, however, next time will only go for drinks not dinner.

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JulianaL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best pizza in Calgary and the stunning view by the bow River 😍❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience2

Food was too salty, menu is lacking variety it’s extremely limited, drinks were not that great either. The service was good!

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KimM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The sun was extremely hot and no umbrellas. Appeared to be very disorganized! Very disappointed

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Steph
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

View was amazing, but I think there was only one server on for the whole rooftop. She seemed overworked and cranky. It was hard to get water refills, the drink was overpriced and they only have pizza which was really good. But they were out of the GF option. Also I was pretty miffed to pay $14 for a pre packaged salad that you can buy for $9.....
I'll go back for the view, but for pizza and beer.

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Ceeb
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Although our server was super friendly he was not particularly well trained and forgot various drink orders and one meal was completely missed although not sure that was his fault. Also - there is zero shade up there which is kinda hard to believe that a roof top patio wouldn't have umbrellas or sun screens of some fashion! Pizza's were really good although I don't get the appeal to truffle oil - it smells like someone's breath after a night of drinking but that's my thing not a fault of the restaurant. The (forgotten) burger was not properly cooked. Finally - pet peeve - you need a pin for the washrooms which you have to track someone down to get.

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Andrea
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great views! Menu selection not great, but what we had was tasty. Would definitely return.

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Martin
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience5

I gave a low rating because of our server. He came by with water and the menus and we discovered that the menu didn’t offer more than pizza & salads and when he asked about it he just curtly answered “just one page, that’s all there is” and walked away. He took so long to come back we that we decided to leave and go elsewhere. They sure have the ambiance though.

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JacquelynA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot for cocktails, pizza and beautiful river views!

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KimS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great views. Wonderful service. Just know the food menu is limited but tasty. Pizza is a good value. It was nice to be out and socializing

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JimG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best patio and best pizza in town! Excellent and friendly service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Overpriced drinks but the location makes up for it. Waitress was overwhelmed and took awhile with our order but overall for the view alone it is a great experience.

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ComeCcomesaw
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was great atmosphere was amazing, service was just majorly lacking.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

It was an alright experience, but I wouldn't go back again. We were not greeted by our waiter, and the waiter was very rushed when he did come take our order, which felt odd because we were the first reservation of the day. I hadn't realize the menu was so limited and coming to the table in pre packaged containers.

My friend was very hot and had asked the waiter for an umbrella as there had been a few not being used and he said he couldn't because they were being used. Then we saw (I think may have been the manager, move an umbrella for another table) And when we asked for the bill to be split down the middle he initially told us he didnt think he could.

The food it self was really tasty but I had booked it for mine and my friends birthday expecting it to be very different. It felt over priced for what we got and disorganized.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service good food! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Connie and John’s pizza was a highlight!!

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Noelle
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

One of the best rooftop patios in Calgary. The view is spectacular. Great service. Beet salad needs more beets.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

We had a reservation at 6:30 and were told upon arrival that last call for food and drinks was at 7. The website says they are open until 10pm, but our server told us they closed at 8. Very disappointing as we were only able to have 1 drink before being rushed out.

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vipFoodieotherun
Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Pizza Special not available though tweeted it out. Long wait for pizza. Server fidget wings. Great drink menu. Bathroom door handles very hot in sumner day

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vipStuartJ
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service!

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rooftop bar @ SIMMONS is rated 3.9 stars by 171 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.