Starbelly OPEN KITCHEN + LOUNGE - Calgary

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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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4.4
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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PB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food at Starbelly is always fantastic. The space can be a little loud but overall it is wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a good experience overall.

CM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice atmosphere and food

E
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Came for Sunday brunch. Three of our meals arrived cold (eggs, hash-browns, toast) and the fourth was okay. We decided to eat the cold meal anyway.

Appreciated that we received a fair reduction on our bill, but are hesitant to come back.

Hot meals should come out ‘hot’.

Service in handling our concern was polite and appreciated.

LM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Not a bad meal had rare steak, was really chewy, service was a bit too quick, felt we were rushed in and out, never asked if we wanted another drink, sold out of Creme Brûlée, so did not have a dessert then the bill arrived so did not get the chance to have a coffee of any other drink.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Star belly is the perfect destination for a date, business meeting or a special occasion! The service is outstanding and the food is even better they have an extensive drink menu that is sure to satisfy everyone’s taste. The decor is modern and calming and creates and nice ambiance.

NH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great restaurant! It is definitely the gem of the South. We love it!

b
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

great food great service. wished they had more add meat options to stuff.
prices are a little high

G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The quality of food that Starbelly markets isn’t the same as what they had served and that’s disappointing considering the price. We had made our reservation a month in advance for Valentine’s Day, thinking it would be special and it was far from. The restaurant itself has a beautiful atmosphere and the staff are friendly and attentive.

MC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Service was pretty slow. It took 20 mins to get drinks and our steak supposed to be rare but came overcooked. They did take the steak off the bill though .

b
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

First time there for Valentine’s Day, in hindsight should’ve reserved spot at the bar so you can watch the open kitchen but I didn’t. Beef tartare was excellent, we ordered a strip loin and a ribeye and ended up switching plates because we liked the others meat better. Overall the ribeye is a better cut and cooked a bit better than the strip loin was. Splurged on a bottle of wine what are usually don’t do because I hate the mark up, but I understand it myself. Skipped dessert although the table next to us had it and it looked delicious. The bill came in significantly cheaper than we had budgeted for and yes it was still expensive this is not your $60 dinner for two. Although I suppose it could be if you Only got a drink each and a $20 sandwich each then it would be reasonable. On Valentine’s Day you tend to go up a little bit more over budget.
Overall great and I will return

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

I wanted my husband to enjoy the experience I had previous to coming on Valentines Day.
When we arrived (I had a reservation), I asked if we could be seated at a specific table but was told “I will see what we can do” and after was never followed up.
I was very disappointed nobody acknowledged my request (which I didn’t think was to much to ask for) considering it was early and there was plenty of tables open at this time.
I had also taken in consideration it was Valentines Day, but could of definitely been a better experience for my husband if we weren’t crammed into a table elbow to elbow with other couples in either side of us.
I know we would of bought a bottle of wine instead of a glass if we had enough space and time to to enjoy our dinner.
The food was outstanding and never disappoints but as far as staff going a little extra mile would of made the world of difference!
I will be going back, but never on a special day where I know it’s going to be super busy.

AR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time there, great overall experience - food and service!

J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, very attentive servers, managers ran food when necessary, portion sizes were generous, cocktails were delicious and the pour was spot on. Very fair price point, and an overall very enjoyable way for my wife and I to spend our first date since the passing of our baby boy. Thank you starbelly for making us feel special.

ON
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Atmosphere in this restaurant is really really sweet. Definitely a good date spot. Food is not bad, maybe a little over priced for what you get but it’s pretty good. Drinks are fun. I would come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service and awesome food for a great price. Love the vibe of the place too! Perfect for a date night or special occasion!

CV
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We go here quite often, this last time the food was sub par. Both steaks bad cuts and over cooked, the rest was excellent!

LD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely birthday lunch at Starbellys. Loved the cauliflower and crab dip. Also had a delicious dessert.

D
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

relaxed and trendy atmosphere with a delicious food and drink selection.

RC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love starbelly brunch. I do spend majority of my sundays eating the eggs bene here.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I would recommend the restaurant for anyone to try once, maybe our experience was a one off. Our food was okay. We had the coconut prawns as an appetizer and honestly it was 15$ for 5 prawns that were overcooked and really just not great. They are deep fried and definitely were in too long, so were dry and burnt tasting. Not worth the money. I had the gnocchi and it was great , the only complaint i have is that they made the mistake and cooked the wrong pizza for my friend and came and told us the food would take longer because they had to cook a new pizza for her. So definitely my plate and my other girlfriends sat under a heat lamp for a while while they redid hers. The sauce on the gnocchi was already congealing. It just wasnt fresh tasting and neither was our other friends curry bowl. No attempt on bill to compensate for the time and the error. Also we had the red sangria. it was okay, my girlfriends was a way darker red and had a sweeter taste than mine which was very tart, so maybe not mixed enough or missed something in mine. Her second one was that way as well. Very tart. Hopefully this helps both the restaurant and other customers. I felt that it wasn't worth the money, its quite pricey. Most entrees do not come with meat so we added it. Takes the meal price from 20-25, to 30-35$ each.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, service and always a great time!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was great, but every time we book indirectly they always seat us at the back separate area and never in the actual restaurant.

J
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and food. Perfect place for date night.

SF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time at Starbelly did not know what expect so we were pleasantly surprise the tables are spaced apart nicely our server was very attentive and the food was amazing deserts to die for WOW We will definitely be back again going try brunch sometime soon as well it’s now one of our go to restaurants

LD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is amazing but when the restaurant is busy, it is LOUD. It is very hard to hear the people you are dining with.

E
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

We had reservations for a Sunday night and when we showed up we had to wait for our table because it was not set up yet, the waitress gave us water and then walked back and forth past our table looking in our direction before finally taking our order about 15 minutes later and it took over an hour to get our food despite the restaurant being just about empty. We were with a 1 year old infant who has a short attention span and cannot be in restaurants for over an hour and a half.

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second experience at Starbelly and the Sunday date night special is amazing. The food is fantastic, the wine was fantastic! The bar has been set really high by Starbelly

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service and food, really enjoyed ourselves!!

TP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We dine at Starbelly fairly regularly because we enjoy the food and the ambiance however the last few times we’ve been there the service was mediocre at best. This is not an inexpensive place to have a meal and as such, you expect to receive excellent service as part of the experience. Here is an example of where they seem to be falling short: We made a reservation on Saturday and arrived on time - but the “hostess” certainly didn’t provide a warm greeting (in fact we felt like we were an inconvenience). It seems like the leadership team prioritize hiring pretty, young women for this role instead of making sure that they are capable of making a strong first impression for the customers. Next, even though we had made the reservation a week earlier we certainly weren’t provided with a premium seating location - several nice tables in the main dining area suitable for the number of diners were bypassed (and remained empty) as we were lead to a far less desirable location - I cannot understand why you wouldn’t ensure guests who took the time to make a reservation received premium seating if available - again, this seemed to be the choice of the “hostess” and she didn’t act like our experience was very import her. I don’t like being “that guy” who asks for a different table than the one assigned so we just sat down and hoped things would improve from there.....however for the second time in a row it seemed like we had a server who was very new to their role and who missed many opportunities throughout the night to provide the level of service one would expect for a restaurant of this caliber. Thankfully the food was very good (consistently so)....but more attention needs to be paid to the customer experience.

E
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service are always awesome. The noise level and ambiance is sometimes difficult to visit easily within. Still a lovely night out.

L
Calgary
42 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

This is not the first time at Starbelly, but the first for lunch. We had mussels, and thai curry bowl and beet salad. The mussels and beet salad were great, but the Thai Curry bowl did not have much curry flavour and was bland. Also, we had ordered chicken to add to the Curry and it wasn't in our dish. Do to the dish being only warm I didn't want to wait for the chicken, as the waitress was going to get us some. Our waitress was very pleasant.

S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

What a great place for a business lunch. Great food, great service and the noise level at lunch was perfect for discussion but still provided some ambiance. Will be back!

KW
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pretty good restaurant. Good ambience, casual but not too casual. Jeans and Ts to sport coats would look fine in this place. Food was good. Cocktails were decent. I’d go back.

SL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was tasty and refreshing to see use of good ingredients! The staff was friendly, drinks were great and ambiance fantastic. New favourite brunch spot all the way!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

The food was ‘Okay’ certainly not worth the prices they charge. The steaks were thin and overcooked. The pork belly app was very disappointing as well as the coconut shrimp.

The server was good but nothing I would rave about.

I’ve been here before and everything was much better the last time.

Probably won’t go back.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wedding anniversary

HM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. A beautiful and relaxing atmosphere too! Will definitely be back.

DD
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed food and wine. Suggested that We’d nite wine discount should applied to entire list - perhaps 50% on limited list and 25-30% on all others.

SF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dining experience! Service was fantastic and we will definitely be going back!

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