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rooftop bar @ SIMMONS, Calgary, AB

rooftop bar @ SIMMONS

3.9
3.9
191 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.

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2 people

11:00 p.m.


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Bar Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 452-3115

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jessica Pelland

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    Riverfront Ave SE

  • Parking Details

    There is plenty of street parking that requires payment during hours allocated by City of Calgary Parking Authority. Street parking is FREE after 6:00pm. There are also 2 paid lots, one located on the West side of the building, as well as one East of the Simmons building.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 191 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Outdoor Eating

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Scenic View

  • Calgary

    Late-Night Find

  • Calgary

    Outdoor Eating

  • Calgary

    Scenic View

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  1. AR

    AlvaroR

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Corn chips for a burger, what’s wrong with fries ?? Our waitress was never there to ask if we needed more drinks. Pizza was good, dip crap was also good.
  2. M

    Mischa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We ordered pizzas from Connie and John’s. The pizza was way too salty and was worse quality than something you’d get at Papa John’s yet they were around $40 each. The view was nice but that’s the main thing you’re paying for.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It’s a beautiful location. We requested a table by the water but were told we hadn’t reserved it so we couldn’t sit there. The table remained empty the entire time we were there. Our champagne was served in juice glasses, which was odd. But the ambiance and service and food was good.
  4. T

    Thomas

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 29th anniversary
  5. LD

    LedaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This place is awesome. Both the food and the views are amazing, BUT, we did feel a little ripped off by the price. Our server charged us $8 for adding 1 oz of basic gin to our alcohol free soda (already $9) and we only got a 355ml can of beer when they were advertising 473 ml cans (tall-boys).
  6. J

    Jocs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Good but needs more umbrella for shade. Sun glaring to the eyes. Gave us headache. But definitely coming back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    The food was underwhelming and very pricy. Don’t mind spending money on good food but you can get that food in a upscale bar anywhere in the city for half. Mojito honestly tasted like it’s out of a can - very artificial. Drank two sips and told server. She said she can’t take it off the bill - we didn’t feel like complaining like crazy in order to not ruin our night. The location is breathtaking - so nice but definitely run badly. Not going back until something different is offered.
  8. b

    bren

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I don't leave many negative reviews. The host didn't really seem to want us there. When we requested a table away from the massive speaker, it seemed like both the server and host were put out. We nearly left. The drinks were served and that was good. The pizza was pretty bad. Much of the pie wasn't covered with topping. For 38$ the value was poor. The bathroom was nasty too. I don't think I'll return. That all said, the patio is really nice, and the view is great.
  9. FA

    FABEFO

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit finally at Rooftop Bar @Simmons - and will be the top of our list to go when it opens through summer always! Great ambience, attentive staff - Trina, and amazing food and drinks we had for birthday lunch! Thank you:)
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The rooftop bar has the worst menu ever Unless you are getting pizza, the menu is trash
  11. N

    Neilv

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Maitre’d was rude and ruined the whole experience as soon as we arrived. It felt like he could not care less that we were there. Drink waitress was great but our experience was already soured so we left after one drink.
  12. M

    Mattyoman121

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Thank you Connie and team for the wonderful hospitality
  13. N

    kellyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The service was great I couldn't recall my server, her name was 3 letters and was Asian and she was very attenuative and, the very was fantastic!
  14. SC

    SandraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I really spent a beautiful evening , we celebrated our wedding anniversary in Simmons bar. Everything was perfect , the beautiful view, the beautiful sunny day, the margaritas , the delicious ceviche , the very nice people who works here made our day !!! Thanks 🙏
  15. KH

    KristaH

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Views were amazing as always. Very poor value for food. Crab dip was small and imitation crab. Would have expected actual crab for price. Limited and very pricy menu.
  16. N

    Natalie

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Cool atmosphere and beautiful views but the server could not have been more miserable. When we tried to order another drink at 8:45pm on a Saturday night we were informed that we had "missed last call for alcohol." No bill presented-just an ipad stating you owe this much. Upon leaving we were presented with another ipad to pay for "missed drinks"-again, no actual bill. Bus boy told us to take the stairs, waitresses drinking in the stairwell yelled at us that we were supposed to take the elevator! Young and entitled staff that present as annoyed to serve you, perhaps the service industry is not for them! Will NEVER return.
  17. DN

    DanielleN

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    The hostesses were rude. The view is worth it though.
  18. MH

    MadiH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing and so nice :) food and drinks were great as well! Always have a good time here!
  19. BB

    BrandonB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, will be back!
  20. M

    Matty

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very average. High prices for what you get, service was ok.
  21. L

    Lolo

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked and we didn’t know and no one called us and said it close. Was no place for us. All they did recommend deferent restaurant for us which is not helping. Very bad and poor customer service
  22. SL

    SheilaL

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 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.
  24. E

    Elen

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 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.
  25. SJ

    StephJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Gorgeous view! A fun place to celebrate, or for a night out.
  26. JD

    JDCCCC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The pizza was delicious! Great views! Only downside is the menu is limited.
  27. A

    Arez

    1 review

    1.0

    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!
  28. s

    suzy

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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.
  29. AP

    AshleyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful! Great service. Will definitely go back!
  30. FL

    FoodLover

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Good river view but very limited menu. Service was good.
  31. D

    Deen

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 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.
  32. JC

    JuneC

    1 review

    1.0

    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.
  33. G

    Gene

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Menu cut again not even a burger and service was especially inattentive we thought she went home no kidding
  34. J

    Jlrs

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza and French 75s with empress gin and rose Prosecco were great!
  35. C

    Cleo10

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 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.
  36. SD

    SapnaD

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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.
  37. RF

    RatFink

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 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.
  38. M

    Mustard

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Service was awful and they were out of numerous cocktails.
  39. k

    karenc

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely ambience, great view, very limited menu, need to expand options. Bring back the burger
  40. f

    frontierdan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

rooftop bar @ SIMMONS is rated 3.9 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 p.m.


Google Map for rooftop bar @ SIMMONS

618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0G1

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Riverfront Ave SE

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Bar Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is plenty of street parking that requires payment during hours allocated by City of Calgary Parking Authority. Street parking is FREE after 6:00pm. There are also 2 paid lots, one located on the West side of the building, as well as one East of the Simmons building.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jessica Pelland

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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