Smuggler's Inn

4.4
2747 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Originally established in 1967, Smuggler's Inn has been serving Alberta prime rib to several generations. Always a popular place for Calgarians to gather and celebrate, we are the preferred dining choice for birthdays, anniversaries, milestones or just meeting friends and family. Our prime rib is the main feature of our diverse menu, available all day, every day any way you like it. From a 9oz. prime rib sandwich, all the way up to a 48oz cut, our succulent prime rib is sure to please any appetite. Cajun blackened is always a popular choice, as is adding a lobster tail or side of garlic shrimp. Of course there is a creative selection of steaks, chicken and seafood to satisfy everyone. With a soup and salad bar included with every entree, not many guests leave hungry, but it would be a great idea if you saved room for one of our delicious desserts...even if you plan on sharing.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - last seating 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - last seating 10:00pm
Saturday Brunch: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - last seating 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 4:30pm - last seating 9:00pm
Holidays: 4:30 pm - last seating 9:00 pm


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Phone number
(403) 253-5355
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Gary Hennessey
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Glenmore Trail & Macleod Trail South
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Parking Details
Parking in the rear of the building (East side), as well as on the street. Overflow parking is available from 3:00pm-12:00am in the Canada Post parking lot on Fisher Street.
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Public Transit
The #81 Macleod Trail stops just in front of the restaurant (both heading North and South) and we are also within walking distance from Chinook Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2747 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
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MD
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yet another fantastic meal! We love going here for the steak soup and prime rib! Yum!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food, great service. Steak wasn’t cooked to my dad’s liking, was perfectly willing to offer an alternative at no extra cost. Spot on. Will come again like I have for the past 15 years.

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DH
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terry, our waiter on Saturday was very attentive, friendly and comical. He gave us as much time as we wanted and asked if we were ready for our meal. Great at serving our wine and giving us advise on the menu. Thanks Terry for even some our your jokes.

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S
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was very good. We really enjoyed our server. The table for two by the fireplace was awesome - it was out of the way and private for our date night out. Our one complaint, the tongs at the salad bar were laying in the different foods and it made those dishes unappealing. But we will be back. Thanks for a great evening out!!!

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Smugglers inn is always delicous and worth the drive! I dont live in calgary and have been here several times. It's great for a date night or anniversary dinner. I brought some friends this time and they were very impressed. Service was great and food was superb

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V
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were just there for our 53rd anniversary, the food was good, service and ambience exceptional

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TY
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

As usual, very good salad bar with order of any entree. Good value. But quality of prime rib and back rib have gone down

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience for group conversation, relatively private table seating, not noisy - great food selections and preparation - soups, salad bar, appetizers, main course, dessert, etc. Our table hostess was superb - bright, friendly,attentive, prompt - wish I could remember her name :(

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NM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Sunday brunch was ok. Some food was luke warm ie bacon and eggs benny. The salads were lacking they didn’t have anything to put with your lettuce ie bacon bits, croutons, cheese. Cheesecake was awesome. Wishing for more bread selection.

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B
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love coming back year after year. Anniversary, birthdays, and just for fun friend dinners.

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F
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service excellent food excellent excellent establishment

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PW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always worthy of great prime rib. Thank you Smugglers for holding the line and continuing to serve outstanding prime rib. Consistantly the best! This is our only place we come for this.

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SF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect evening. Our dining companions were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Our waiter Marco was outstanding and attentive. My husband's prime rib was a bit rare for his tastes. No problem. We even got a lovely celebratory dessert to share at the end of the meal.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great service with a warm and cozy atmosphere.

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D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Great service but prime rib was mediocre at best. Supper chewy, oju was like packaged gravy.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. The prime rib is unreal!

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JO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I recommend the tuna, halibut or salmon plates, the salad bar and their Portuguese soup - with a good bottle of wine

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, not too loud, great ambience, excellent selection and salad bar, super service

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the prime rib and really liked the soup bar

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the best prime rib around. Great salad bar too. Been going here for years.

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MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Loved the salad bar! I was not too excited about my prime rib, others in the party had really good filet and ribeye was amazing but one had to send hers back very undercooked. Order your meat more on the well done side they seem to cook on the rare side. The server was very apologetic and they gave my guest a piece of complimentary cheesecake which was appreciated. I've been to Smuggler's many times but not for a few years. It's the old school steak house feel. Our server was polite and attentive.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

We ordered 2 stuffed mushroom crab entrees which we sent back as they were extremely dry. One of the prime ribs was ordered medium and came well done. Mostly bone, hardly any meat. Teryaki steak was ordered butterflied and well done. Came not butterflied and was really really tough. They took the appetizers and steak off the bill, but we left hungry. Have been going here for years and don't know if it's new owners or what but it was horrible this time. Won't be back

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant... the atmosphere and decor takes you away to another time. We have been going
there since it opened ...1975. That must say something! The food has been consistently excellent since the
beginning and no other restaurant serves up such a delicious prime rib.

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5
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

A Sunday brunch; we were seated right at noon. The service and the servers were awesome, as was the manager who checked on us frequently; unfortunately the food was not awesome - the meats were dry and overcooked, the seafood flavourless, and the jentacular offerings minimal. Might give it another chance as a late solo option, but not for a family gathering.

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C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love going there for brunch. Large selection and child friendly is a huge win in my books.

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RF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was a great experience as always. This is our go-to birthday spot for everyone in our family as it has almost something for everyone. The only down side is that they do not have any of the correct signs on the buffet items and I am allergic to dairy so not much choice for me. And unfortunately even the chef doesn't always know if something has dairy in it or not. However, our waiter went above and beyond to make me a dairy-free hot chocolate, which was heaven! :)

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and great atmosphere - the salad bar and soup were phenomenal and a great start to be able to start eating straight away. The food was all unreal.

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M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time for a brunch and I have to say, the food and service were amazing. The only thing that you can improve for people like me who like their sugar in their coffee/tea should have the option to have a sugar jar. Those tiny packets don’t do quiet well with me. Otherwise everything was good.

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LM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Been going here for a long time and the restaurant has had some ups and downs. This time was up and we enjoyed it very much. The prime rib portions are good. They now serve veg and potatoes with the main entree instead of for an additional fee. Salad bar has gotten smaller over the years but it's still good and they have kept the soups and bread too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was excellent, but the food was mediocre. The prime rib was cooked perfectly however, I was very disappointed in the sides. I would’ve enjoyed garlic mash or at least more flavour, as the mash was bland and a bit dry. The vegetables were undercooked and not well seasoned or buttered.

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DB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fantastic, as it always is! The prime rib is the best in town. The Portuguese Bean soup is my favorite soup in the world, the recipe is carefully guarded secret.

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M
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had prime rib, beef ribs , steak sandwich and halibut with cheesecake and creme brûlée for dessert.
Everything was very good .
The salad bar has good selection but the greens were looking tired.
Excellent choice of soup and great buns.
As always excellent value for money with very good service .

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I went to Smugglers for our anniversary celebration. The ambiance, salad bar, dinner menu selection, reasonably priced wine and waitress attention all contributed to a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Smugglers as a place to go for a special occasion or just a pleasant evening out.

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M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

My only complaint is how crowded the dining room was. Tables and chairs jammed into a tight space. It use to have more room between tables.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were before snd we like this place for our wedding anniversary

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Terrance was fantastic, very professional, knowledgable and overall great person with awesome people skills for service :)

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JJ
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Reservation was accurate and confirmed by phone on the day. Seated immediately. Friendly knowledgeable server, excellent food and old school ambience. First experience for two of our party - they had a wonderful time. Our go-to for a really nice meal. Items ordered were prime rib, beef ribs, and several chicken variations. All were immensely enjoyed.

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R
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After first coming to Smuggler's 30 years ago, the food and service are better than ever.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great variety and delicious food!

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TS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I went to Smuggler's Inn for their brunch buffet to catch up with a friend. I made a reservation thinking it would be busy, but the section we were in was practically empty. It was very quiet, which was nice, but I do not suspect that is the norm for them. I suspect they are quite busy during the fall/winter/spring. I believe the buffet included coffee and juice, and it had quite the array of different foods from breakfast, to dinner, to dessert. Highlights for me were the stroganoff, the chef-attended omellette and carving station with ham and brisket, and the dessert buffet. The serving staff was excellent, every person on staff that we encountered was very pleasant. They only reason I rated a 3 for ambience is because it is quite dark. I look forward to returning.

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