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The Palomino Smokehouse, Calgary, AB

The Palomino Smokehouse

4.5
4.5
65 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Barbecue
Barbecue season never ends at the Palomino Smokehouse!! Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary with the largest smoker in Western Canada. All of our meats are smoked low and slow everyday as we go through pounds of BBQ classics such as Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Ribs. Our Smoked Chicken, New Orleans style Catfish Po'boy, award winning Chili and rib-sticking Macaroni & Cheese are also extremely popular with the locals. All of our BBQ sauces (House, Chipotle and Carolina Mustard) and Rubs are made in-house and are gluten free. On weekends we feature the famous Cowboy Brunch, our BBQ-inspired take on breakfast classics which are available for both early and not-so-early risers. We feature a large selection of beer, whiskey, bourbon and other spirits to quench your thirst.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 532-1911

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 65 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Hot spot

  • Calgary

    Hot spot

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  1. IW

    IxbyWuff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good for gluten free folk. Good for groups. Queer friendly. Has gender neutral bathrooms
  2. DE

    DeanE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Need more comfortable chairs other than that all is great
  3. JH

    JeremyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always consistent on food and quality, great place for a meal, cold one and good friends..
  4. CR

    ChadR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bbq, brews, live music and great staff. What more could you want? One of the best in Calgary.
  5. JS

    JoeS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Palomino is always a good meal and a good time. Highly recommend it.
  6. MM

    McMac

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Quick stop for a business lunch, good food, great service!
  7. l

    lingb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. They adjusted our reso from 3-5 without issues. Thanks for the great customer service.
  8. JK

    JackieK

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were down there for the Devin Cuddy concert. We made it a dinner & a show and it was a great night.
  9. TB

    TinaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food and service was good. Greeter was not very efficient. He couldn’t find our reservation yet we saw a table sign that indicated our name, time and party number on the bar. I even showed him our confirmation email and he just said we have lots of seats, help yourself. Very loud music so it was hard to carry on a conversation. Would suggest they change their menu when it comes to gluten free. For example, they indicate that french fries are GF yet they do not have a dedicated fryer - therefore they are not safe for celiacs! Thank goodness we asked before ordering. Overall we were satisfied and would consider coming back to the restaurant.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Food was very average. The brisket was dry and chewy. The service was great though.
  11. EH

    ErinH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The garlic fries are fantastic, but will stay on your breath for days.
  12. NH

    NifH

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Yum to the deep fried pickles! Great flavour and a very crunchy coating. I had brisket with grits and green salad. The brisket had good flavour but it was dry and barely warm. The grits weren't really smooth and not hot either, the cold cheese on top didn't help. I'm not sure why there was paper on our plates. When cutting the meat we were picking paper out of our food, which isn't appealing. I just think it's an odd choice. Why did I give 4 stars? The flavour of the brisket was very good and if the rest was presented better (and hot), it would have been a hit. Also, the service was amazing. Kathleen was SO friendly and attentive, I'd go back to chat with her! Ha ha! I didn't mention the food issues to her but I should have. When the music started downstairs at 6, we couldn't hear each other. I think the music upstairs was turned up too which didn't help. We love music but it was coming at us loudly from both directions so we made our exit. I would go back again.
  13. TN

    ThursdayNightSupperClub

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely FABULOUS food! Great atmosphere only draw back was parking. But it’s downtown parking is alway hit or miss! Will definitely be back.
  14. KG

    KyleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great food. The service was quick. I would recommend it to anyone.
  15. DM

    DarylM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent not to noisy service was okay but a little slow
  16. DH

    DavidH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and amazing service and nothing else really matters!!
  17. DS

    DavidS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure at the palamino. Hot tasty and good
  18. R

    Riley

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Server was incapable of checking in on the table for drinks and ignored us. Waited an hour before being asked what to drink, server then decided to only serve half the table. The server did not communicate cutting the table off and was extremely rude. She would not respond when asked questions, we would have appreciated this communication and would have left. Waste of our time and your time. This was a birthday party and quite possibly the worst service I've experienced and I was sober.
  19. S

    Smoked

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    service was really slow. too loud and noisy to have a conversation when table for 5 or more.
  20. S

    Sasha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    we checked on Sunday evening. Unfortunately, only a few item of the food and drink menu were available, a little disappointing. The staff were very friendly and food was yummy yummy. We had "beef bristake" and "very very slow cooked chicken".
  21. C

    Coco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was tasteless and cold. They were also out of a lot of menu items. Disappointing as usually the food is great here. Table was sticky and dirty.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was average.
  23. J

    Jann35

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service very attentive. Casual dining
  24. DD

    DiedrikD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Dry & cold bbq food. Maybe because we went there on a quiet moment?
  25. P

    Peaches

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    A decent restaurant in a good location, the food was good however it was so incredibly loud that our own waitress could barely hear us and got all of our orders wrong. Not her fault, but a suggestion to the restaurant- if you’re going to have a band blasting in the basement below maybe turn the music down that you’re already playing. Some guests would love the opportunity to socialize with their waitress/waiter or the friends they are sitting at the table with.
  26. m

    meee

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great BBQ, great patio ambience.
  27. SM

    SeanM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was awesome. Didn't expect the loudest live music though. Would come back for patio beers
  28. CC

    ChadC

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a really good local haunt, some day it's a dive but that's what we like about it. Over delivers
  29. SL

    StephLaf

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent ratio quality price. Provides also exclusive meals.
  30. AL

    AlyssaL

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    My husband, son and I went to the palomino on a recommendation for gluten free dining. As 2 recently diagnosed celiacs we're still searching out great places with gluten free options. The palomino had a lot to choose from. We started with wings that were VERY delicious. However that's where it ended. We both got the 2 meat platter and the brisket was dry and chewy with no flavor and the ribs only tasted of smoke. The best thing on my plate was the garlic fries, which at a BBQ restaurant shouldn't be the case. As well my husband ordered beans which were just chili and "greens" which was a salad, not what you would think of when ordering greens at a bbq place. The service was also not great. My order came wrong and we didn't get a lot of attention when it came to drinks. Overall we won't be back.
  31. OB

    OBKay

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Used to live in Calgary went frequently, not the same place now. Food was not good and portion size was not good value for money
  32. TR

    TRKV

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and accommodating to our needs.
  33. TC

    TamaraC

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    My burger was inedible. The patty was a small, grey, dry, overcooked brick with a tiny dab of sauce in the middle of the bun for flavour. I had a couple bites and left it on the plate. I did not send it back because our group was in a hurry to get back to the office and I didn't want to wait for another meal to be prepared. The other burger delivered to the table was also quite dry and overdone. When clearing the plates, the waitress did not ask if there had been anything wrong with my meal, nor did she ask whether I'd like to box up the remainder of my food - which would have provided a great opportunity to mention that the burger was awful. The sides were decent so I ate those and called it a day. This was my second visit to the Palomino. The first meal I had was very average and this one was terrible. I won't be back a third time.
  34. KF

    KathyF

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Everyone enjoyed our meal. One of the sides was not liked but you cant please everyone all the time. Only issue was this was at lunch time (11:45 am) we got seated asap, had to wait a while for the waitress to ask about drinks and then an extended period of time until we ordered. Food also seem to take a bit to get out. If you are in a hurry as you have to go back to work I suggest you either order ahead or choose a different restaurant. If you have the time the food is worth the wait.
  35. AE

    AnnEM

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent GF awareness and delicious brisket and turkey! My favorite dinner of our week long trip!
  36. CH

    ColinH

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place with excellent food. Pulled pork sandwich special was outstanding.
  37. C

    Chrisy

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience3
    I'm not sure what the hype is for this place. The electric smoker with applewood provides no smoke flavour. Every sauce option is overly spicy or sweet. They boast a solid drink menu with excellent top shelf options yet the Bartenders haven't a clue how to make them and they're over-priced. Brisket must've been a few days old. Beans are meh at best. The cornbread and bacon wrapped corn are delicious but if sides are the best bet why go? You'd get better value and flavour at McDonald's.
  38. TH

    ToddH

    Calgary

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Palomino is always the best. From the greeting to the good bye when you leave. Everything was outstanding. The appetizers were cooked to perfection. My client had the special he almost ate the plate. I had the chili and it was above and beyond anything I have ever had in the chili category!! Thank you Palomino I will be back again soon.
  39. LE

    LoveEatingOut

    Calgary

    90 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    This was a very disappointing lunch. The restaurant was not busy - we arrived at 11:55am and we had to ask the hostess to send our server over for our order. We ordered lunch at 12:10 and received it at 1:15. We checked multiple times and received no reason for the delay. The food came out as ordered, but not hot. Unfortunately will not be going there with a client again.
  40. JL

    JeanetteL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was wonderful and the esthetic was really cool but we felt forgotten about a few times. But we would still highly recommend this restaurant to overs

FAQs

The Palomino Smokehouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 532-1911.

The Palomino Smokehouse is rated 4.5 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Palomino Smokehouse

109 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0W5

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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