Starbelly OPEN KITCHEN + LOUNGE - Calgary

4.5
1359 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
The best restaurant in Calgary’s Southeast. Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge offers fresh, globally inspired food, exceptional wine, house crafted cocktails and the feeling of being at home among friends.

An ever-changing menu of seasonally inspired dishes, we work closely with local farms and producers, who provide us with locally grown ingredients to build every dish.

Our beautiful open dining room and kitchen showcases a casual yet contemporary space, where friends, family and loved ones can gather to enjoy all that we have to share.
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Civviekay
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our server was a little distracted, and we had some issues with the bar getting drink orders correct. However, as my friend has some pretty severe allergies, we love that Starbelly is super accommodating and we have never had any issues with cross-contamination from allergens here.

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BossBitch
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was good, attentive enough, noise volumes in restaurant made it hard to hear the service personnel particularly through masks. I was never asked if I would like another drink and our waters were not topped up. Food was a little pricey for the quality.

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SunnyDawn
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience1

Enjoyed everything but the noise level. It will probably deter us from coming back at least till next summer's patio weather.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely and the truffle tartare is amazing!

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ThommyT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Starbelly many times and always have exceptional food and service. It is always a little bit loud however we love the atmosphere and we always have a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great good, great service. Brunch was amazing. Chicken and waffles are perfect.

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TarynS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

We’ve been to Starbelly many times and always had a great experience but unfortunately that was not the case last night. We were seated near a large party that were very loud. We asked to move to a different table but there was not one available. The group were very loud and distracting from our date. Our waitress was also busy serving them and was not able to give us the attention we are accustomed too. Food was slow but tasted good. An unfortunate disappointment from one of our fave spots.

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MHHC
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We were hopeful that our brunch anniversary visit to Starbelly would mirror all the positive comments we had heard. Unfortunately, the coffee was weak, the breakfast poutine was too cold to melt the cheese curds and the $4 bacon add-on to the French toast involved 3 strips of what appeared to be ‘ready-crisp’ style bacon. The french toast, berries and citrus chantilly cream were tasty. Although this trip did not meet expectations, we will try again once they’ve had the chance to iron out what we’re hoping are post-pandemic bumps in the road.

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FoodieKat
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Service was excellent. Food was very good too. Sat at the bar and was great to see the team work and quality of food care from the kitchen staff.

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TinaD
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience1

It was extremely loud and I find the "open" concept to be terrible when chatting. The music seems to get louder as more people come in. I prefer a quieter atmosphere.

The meal was okay, not a lot of flavour. We started with the coconut prawns (although they were regular size, not truly prawns), and that was quite good. I had a steak, it was okay, I wouldn't order steak there again, my friend had the gnocchi and quite liked it. If I go back I will try something else.

If I tell someone about this place I will make sure they know it is LOUD

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RyanB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Starbelly was a very pleasant dining experience. Both the service and food were fantastic

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Robin
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening out with friends

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Gman
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Positives:
-Atmosphere was very lively and there were plenty of people there which is great to see given all the insanity which we are surrounded by!
-both the hostess and the server were very good at their jobs. The hostess handled to Vaccine check quickly and the server was attentive throughout the meal.
-The pork Belly appetizer was amazing as was the short rib!

Areas for potential improvement:
-We had to change our wine selection three times as they seemed to be out of all the ones which we were choosing.
- The pork chop while having a nice flavor got way overcooked thus making it tough and somewhat chewy. I will add that the smoked apple puree was very good.
The coconut Shrimp really lacked flavor and as with the chop spent just a bit too much time in the fryer and got over cooked.

All in all it was a decent experience, but I'm not sure if we'd return given all the options which are out there to try.

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loulou
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Just too loud. We could hardly hear each other. It makes an evening of catching up very hard.

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CyndieP
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was good. Our experience was tainted because after watching all the tables that came in after us get their food - I asked about ours. They said it was just being plated. It was not we waited another 25 minutes. Clearly our order had been forgotten but they said it was just that they were busy. The restaurant was half empty when we got their. I understand that these things happen but then you own up to and comp a glass of wine or something. The fact that they just lied about really put me off

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YYCB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Fantastic service

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, a bit pricey but it was fantastic. Will go again.

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BarryS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent place for celebrations and for unique food offerings (ie: try the dates)

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional environment, service, snd food!!!

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vipmonicah
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Staff amazing

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JuliaW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

Terrible service. Waited over an hour for our food and when we got it, it was cold, soggy and chewy. We were often forgotten about and didn’t enjoy the food at all. Won’t be back until they fix their staffing issues and food quality. Third time I’ve had an unpleasant experience in the past few months.

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EwelinaS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Starbelly is a beautiful restaurant with a very nice decor. Staff is always nice and food is really good. Will visit again for sure, highly recommend!

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KalieM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best brunch spot in the SE. Amazing menu, great ambiance, helpful staff.

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Steven
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

They meant well, but too many mistakes. Plates were slightly dirty. When pouring water, a mess was made without any attempt to clean it up or apologize for the inconvenience. What my wife ordered was not what was delivered. They corrected this mistake by bringing the correct plate, only this time it was uncooked. Finally, after everyone was done eating, my wife got her plate. To their credit they did not charge for my wife's main dish.

Service was polite, but too many mistakes. This means that what I once considered a great place to have a business luncheon is no longer valid because at this level of service, my clients would not be impressed.

One last thing, and this my not be in the restaurant's control, are the patrons. There has been a noticeable increase in trailer trash. The table next to us had one lady lie down with her shoes off across a few chairs and when she wasn't taking a nap, she'd wander between the tables. I don't care what the demographics are as long as there is a minimum of decorum.

Call me a snob, I don't care. But at the price we're paying for the main course, this was unacceptable. We're done with Starbelly, much to our dismay.

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Strike1
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love their kale caesar but the menu only offers Cajun chicken as a protein add on. I asked our server if they could do salmon with the Cajun rub instead even though the only salmon menu choice is a different preparation. After checking with the chef he said it would be no problem. He also offered a few suggestions and samples to help us choose the perfect wine. We were very impressed with our food and the serice. You know you're in the right place when busy staff will step away from their routine and take the time to help increase their guest's enjoyment and experience.

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DanielleD
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great fun to sit at the bar, we like the Risotto and old fashions drinks. The service is always friendly, and professional. When just with my husband, we like the bar.

It can be loud at times, music could be better. Good friends, it's fine. I brought my mother in law here, and supper time too busy and loud for her taste.

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Mark
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Something was off with Starbelly last night...usually we LOVE it and have an excellent experience. The food took FOREVER to come out. The bacon was asked to be cooked "well done/burnt" and was basically raw. The fries were coated in truffle oil - not asked for and not appreciated by one of us. Something was off - not the usual experience at Starbelly

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vipGenesiaS
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed Starbelly to celebrate our 5 year olds birthday - by his request!!! We’ve been before with our kids and all summer he begged us for dinner here. Starbelly is one of our favourite spots. The food was incredible - my boys enjoyed the kids menu cheese pizza (AMAZING CRUST!) while mom and dad enjoyed the gnocchi and ravioli dishes. Our server was incredible, super personable and she even brought our son his desert with a birthday candle!

Cannot wait to go back!!

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vipCutecook
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Starbelly is a walkable distance from our temporary accommodations. I have reviewed this restaurant several times, it's food is consistent, love the decor and the staff are topnotch. The wine list is great and they do not have a huge mark up on their bottles so great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a wonderful evening with great food and great service.

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KyleO
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Very slow and inattentive service. Food was fine but still not up to standard set previously.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible

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Disappointed
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

We had to wait a long time for our dinner. The waitress never once came by to explain the delay. When the food did come it was lukewarm at best. We would have asked to have it reheated but we could not find the waitress nor did she come by to ask how the meal. Given it was late we just wanted to eat and leave and be held up waiting for the meal to be reheated.

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CorinneR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious. Servers were pleasant and helpful but it was very noisy.

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nick0169
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, great service, open plan restaurant makes it a little tough to hear the dinner conversation. Still a great restaurant i will return too

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DisneyDiner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food, great happy hour specials and engaging staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server was incredible. Bubbly and sweet, really shows care for her guests. I love the ambiance of the restaurant, very beautiful. The food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration with family was a delight. Nice atmosphere, good food and great service.

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Ceri
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was great. Noise level was a bit loud and challenging for a hearing impaired guest. But overall a lovely dinner!!!👍👍

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TaraG
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We were really unsure who our server was. Felt like we got forgotten and random people helped us when drinks/appies were dropped off. Our food (pasta) took a really long time... I think they missed putting in our order. Unusual for Starbelly's as normally we have really good service.

FAQs

Starbelly OPEN KITCHEN + LOUNGE - Calgary offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 570-0133.

Starbelly OPEN KITCHEN + LOUNGE - Calgary is rated 4.5 stars by 1359 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.

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