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The Palomino Smokehouse, Calgary, AB

The Palomino Smokehouse

4.7
4.7
128 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 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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 128 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Hot spot

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Great for live music

  • Calgary

    Hot spot

  • Calgary

    Great for live music

128 Reviews
  1. JCharles

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Deep fried pickles were the best in the city I can find. Ambiance is so fun. Waitresses are very attentive.

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  2. JDex

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and great service!! The only thing I would say is the restaurant was very loud as the band downstairs was getting ready for their show, very hard to talk.

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  3. DanM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the ribs for an appy and brisket sandwich. The brisket was great but wish the bun was toasted, garlic fries were great too. May have to try the corn cob wrapped with bacon next time.

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  4. DaleE

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always like the Palomino. Service was fast, food was great and hot. Tries the Shepards pie with brisket.... highly recommended. Whenever lunch costs nearly $40.......... that's getting costly......

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Best bbq I’ve had in Calgary. Great service. It was quite noisy as the music is up and there was a band downstairs- great if you want the noise, not great if you want to talk! Definitely recommend the food and friendly service.

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  6. KimB

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were hooked after the first visit. The food has been consistently great and the servers are fantastic!! Palomino will continue to be one of our regular go to food joints!!

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  7. MissP

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks are delicious…service was amazing and the ambience was exactly what I wanted. Thank you Palomino!!

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  8. KalvinF

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot, fabulous service and an excellent kitchen. Definitely going back more frequently to for the enjoyable, rustic experience.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible, Staff was unreal! Would recommend to anyone

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  10. SandraE

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to the amazing Camelia our server. She was attentive & provided a 10/10 experience. Music was a bit too loud for a full table conversation, but otherwise an enjoyable night and great food!

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  11. AnnemarieB

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. Really recommend to anyone who loves the CURE and meat!!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great chilled atmosphere and the food was fantastic.

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  13. IaroslavK

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decent place in the middle of downtown. Drinks are a bit pricy.

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  14. Kylalila

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for a Christmas business lunch. Was a great venue. Food was Awesome and service was amazing. Can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu.

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  15. MarcNotNick

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic smoke. Rustic decor, great location for me. Sara always delivers warm and friendly service with a smile.

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  16. AmberC

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great staff, great music with an excellent dive bar feel. One of my faves.

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  17. SarahD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and lots of options for gluten free celiac food!

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  18. LuKu

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I reserved a table with view of the band. We got sat behind a pillar...which I guess is lucky as there was no table reserved for us (they said to find it at the back so we took he only table that was empty). I was running late due to crazy construction downtown (I don't live in the city so I had no idea how bad it was) but I called and sent a message via opentable. The sound was pretty bad which was disappointing as the bands were great. Painfully loud...and even louder between sets with the canned music. Drums easily overpowered vocals for every act which is a sound problem not a band problem. Lots if speaker screaming. You can hear better downstairs in the tiny room with sound bouncing back at you. Typically, I love this place. This night however, all three things I ordered were out of stock. The side portions (caesar salad and garlic fries) on my husband meal were very small and the salad was wilty. The servers were short staffed but wonderful. It would have been great had the kitchen told them what they were out of before they put in orders. I will always recommend...my favorite BBQ in the city...this was not a great night.

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  19. DanM

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent food but disappointed in the meat portion size.

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  20. StephenP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, Palomino delivered on great BBQ. I had their Chilli with a side of corn bread which is a perfect combination. My guest was just as happy with the ribs and sides. The staff is always friendly, happy, and helpful. Whenever I am in Calgary, at least one dinner will be a Palomino!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 10 and ate like kings! So much fun.

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  22. Glenn

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my go to spots. Always good food, amazing service and a great atmosphere.

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  23. Lorne

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and the server was fast which is much appreciated.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good, as usual. Will definitely go back, will for sure recommend.

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  25. VladR

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Was supposed to be a nice lunch with a client, but things went sideways pretty quickly. It took about 30 minutes for us to get waters and put in an order. We've ordered a platter to share, which took another hour to arrive. We were told that the kitchen was short staffed, but it didn't check out: there was a steady stream of food coming out, just not ours. It's more likely that our server simply forgot to put in our order, just like she forgot we were seated for the first half an hour. The food was good, but the overall experience was poor. The place is also quite dingy, I get the rustic look is supposed to be part of the experience, but there's a difference between rustic and neglected.

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  26. Paulita

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Coming from Texas, I was kind of disappointed. I had the southern peach drink and it wasn’t as good as the one I had in Vancouver. Could barely taste the peach. Too much ice and soda. Need to up your game.

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  27. Bonterra

    Italy

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Upon arriving at The Palomino Smokehouse, we were advised it was a "bar" and the bouncer looking fellow carded my 31 year old son, who had not brought his driver's license because, well, I was driving and we were supposed to be going to a restaurant. So, we were turned away. It seems the Palomino wants to represent themselves as a restaurant to get food bookings, while, for some reason (I'll leave it to you to theorize why), being subject to liquor control rules that classify it as a bar. I don't like the misrepresentation and believe others should know that no children will be allowed entry, nor anyone who forgets their id, even if they are 31......

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  28. IPSD

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, always love it. My kind of bar and venue

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good - I had meatloaf and bacon wrapped corn and my husband had the chili. Tasty and good sized portions. Service was excellent. Our server was so so friendly. It was very loud as there was a band playing downstairs at the time but other than that a chill atmosphere.

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  30. OliviaS

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was super awesome and the food was fantastic. The Palomino's daily specials never disappoint! We had a large group (10 people) and the staff was super organized keeping all our bills and orders separated/going to the right people. We had a great time.

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  31. CaitlinS

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Those jalapeño poppers were next level! So delicious! The Cesar was also great!

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  32. Jennie

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    You can’t go wrong with the food or drinks at Palomino. Their patio is tucked away where you aren’t bothered by street noise and is a cozy place to hang out with friends. If you are into the band scene they have a great lineup too

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  33. GMrocks

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place. Smoked wings were a little overdone this time however, this shrunken a bit. Also disappointed they had no smoked turkey for the club sandwich I wanted. Tried the brisket cheesesteak instead which was ok, not enough meat and the hogie fell apart. Will give them another chance

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  34. SandyH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing fall-off-the-bone ribs we’ve ever eaten at the Palomino Smoke House! They were juicy and super tender! The sides we had, Cesar salad, coleslaw and corn wrapped in bacon) were okay, but not as outstanding like the ribs. Ambiance was totally western. Our server, Kaylie was terrific. We went on a Tuesday at happy hour, so it was more quiet. Next time, we plan to order the $2:00 each ribs and skip the rest! Hope you enjoy it too.

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  35. RWS1

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and excellent service. Happy hour beer prices were reasonable.

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  36. AmandaP

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have not been to Palomino for a few years and it did not disappoint. The Chili mac and cheese and Brisket are spot on! the real reason people come here is for the Garlic fries.....they are to die for! great spot for lunch and my coworkers really enjoyed it.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Awesome food, service, and overall venue. Was there with a group of 6 people for lunch and could easily hear the whole conversation across the table. Perfect business lunch.

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  38. DanielS

    Munich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first evening in Calgary after the Stempede final. Half of the tables was free so you have to chuse your place whereever you want. The Service was great. It gives only one restroom for only one person in the groundfloor, but if you want you can take the notherone in the basment. We are glad about that we have take the choice for this restaurant.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Not good food, corns were cold. Ribs too salty, chicken wings pretty dry

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  40. DeniseW

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was delightful but I don’t remember her name unfortunately. The brisket was delicious. The atmosphere was chill. It was comfortable and smelled great. A cosy feel on a rainy night.

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FAQs

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

The Palomino Smokehouse is rated 4.7 stars by 128 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 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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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