Smuggler's Inn

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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
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MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are new to Calgary and thought we would check it out for our anniversary dinner. The food was amazing. Our server Gerry (sp?) was absolutely amazing. I’ve never had better service anywhere. The food was delightful. We can’t wait to go there again, which will be soon and we have already decided it’s going to be our anniversary place each year. Thank you all so much!!

WY
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Our server, Justine, was excellent.

LY
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I still like their brunch but I missed the slow cooked brisket and I also wish they have in house made desserts.

LM
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and cooked to order, server very knowledgeable and friendly. Atmosphere was perfect for our Anniversary night!

JW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Hadn’t been to Smuggler’s in 22 years. The food was fabulous! The menu has lots to choose from. The restaurant is a bit pricy but in line with any good steak house. Very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Our service was not great and very slow but it could have been an off night. Will definitely be returning soon.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The salad bar. 1 soup was good to go the other 2 they couldn’t figure out how to get the warmers to work so the soup was stone cold. The bread was under cooked on the bread sticks and old stale buns. The salad part was ok.

The entire. The prime rib was very poor quality definitely not prime maybe grade A at the best the potatoes seem to be way over flavoured with parsley maybe. The broccolini was almost raw not even cooked difficult to eat. The Yorkshire pudding was dried out and very old.

The other meal sirloin steak sandwich was the worst piece of meat I have seen. Very poor quality meat tough and hard to eat.

These place was very good 20 years ago. I suspect the cost of food and them cutting corners has turned this into a bad dining experience. Don’t waist your time here. Both me and my wife felt ill after eating.

r
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Smugglers is always great. Been going for many years and never had a bad experience.

CD
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was superb, service fantastic, and ambiance just right! Our waiter checked up on us regularly, filling our water making sure everything was just right! The value for what you get is phenomenal and e continue eating as smugglers as they never disappoint!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Second time being back and it didn’t disappoint! Had the bacon wrapped sea scallops to start, hubby had beef ribs and I had the bison entree. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted fantastic :) The salad bar was fresh and tasty and because we were early (around 4:00pm) the bread was super fresh (just brought out and warm). Service was top notch also. Will definitely be back! Thank you Smuggler’s! :)

S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I brought young family members who had some questions about steak cuts. Our waitress was wonderfully knowledgeable and gave them the exact right amount of information for what they wanted. The steaks are always cooked perfectly here. Soup and salad bar is really good.

WW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything, it was our 39 th wedding anniversary and they gave us a dessert to celebrate
At no charge

c
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was very personable.

AB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

The decor of the restaurant needs to be redone. It’s old and tacky. Giant chairs were horrible. Lighting was too dim. Salad bar was poorly labeled. Soups were unremarkable. Meal was lukewarm is temperature. We exchanged mash potatoes for a plain baked potato & were charged extra. Ridiculous! We used to come here when I was a teen with my family. Sadly we were disappointed and it was our 26th wedding anniversary.

BD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great waiter. Good times.

n
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and sister in law had some food problems but was looked after right away. I will be back again, our server was great kudos to her. Thanks.

JD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a great restaurant for a family gathering. There is something for everyone and they will make vegan and kids meals if you ask. We celebrated a birthday and they provided a complimentary desert complete with a candle for the birthday girl.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They were very accommodating when I called to change our party from 14 to 20 to 17, our server was amazing and did a fantastic job at serving so many of us at once not a single mistake even when it came to all separate checks. AND THE FOOD! oh boy the food was amazing definitely worth the price.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing prime rib. Best deal on a Sunday! Sunday feast is the way to do it! Amazing salad bar and incredible soup with homemade bread! Would definitely go back!

E
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great morning out for brunch with family. Service was wonderful start to finish and the food was incredible. We will be back for sure!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual Smugglers was amazing, took my sister and her husband there and they loved it. The service was great, the food was outstanding. We will be back!

CV
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Restaurant was so dark we could not even see the menu. Ordered steak and found it to be dry and over cooked. Salad bar was poor with bag lettuce and had very few choices. bacon/ potato soup was good. Our server was very attentive and friendly.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Second time to Smuggler's Inn in two months and again was very impressed with pretty well everything about the restaurant. The choice of meals was great, but the prices were very reasonable compared to other steak houses in Calgary. We ordered two entrees, one was the ginger chicken and the other was cajun blackened prime rib. Both meals were outstanding. The cajun blackened prime rib was ordered medium, but came to me medium well. I'm assuming it had to be grilled and seasoned after it was cut from the roast and hence the medium well done. But it was still VERY moist, plus I was quite surprised at how lean the meat was. This was suppose to be the smallest size for the blackened selection on the menu, but If could not eat all of it as it was too much meat. Needless to say we were too full to order dessert.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was good as usual.

DM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Smuggler's Inn is a frequent visit for us for a nice evening out. While it can get quite loud, overall the experience is worth it. Food is top rate, have never had a bad meal there. You can't go wrong with Prime Rib, ever!!

N
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chris looked after us very well and food was great as usual
We will be back again

CD
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated my husbands birthday! Food was delicious, service was fabulous, our glass of water was never empty! Salad bar is a bonus to the meal! And mud pie was the dessert given for my husband’s birthday, more than enough for both of us! We eat at Smuggler’s often and are never disappointed!

PL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Smugglers never fails to impress. I eat vegan which is odd going to a steak house but their salad bar is great. I do miss the cauliflower and a few other menu items that used to be in the salad bar. Overall great place and great experience.

BW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our family of 4 went to Smugglers on a Sunday especially so we could have the Prime rib dinner.
With the soup and salad bar and desert included it is a great deal and is always good.
The staff are friendly and service is excellent.

BL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service!! we would and have recommend this restaurant to friends and clients.

Thank you
Bill and Anna Laney

RB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Epic service and the quality of the food was amazing. Can’t wait to come back. Variety of food and attention to ensure the food was fresh. Exceptional!! Thank you.

D
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great professional service .

JR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived shortly before closing time so the restaurant was quite empty, but even so the service was fantastic and we did not feel rushed at all. The food was to die for, and out server's wine recommendation was on point . Overall, a fantastic experience - we'll definitely return!

MS
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. The salad bar and soup always tastes great and is the best in town. The prime rib special was perfect. Great value for your money. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We ordered calamari for starters. It wasn’t hot and crispy. The main dishes were the smugglers cut prime rib and filet mignon. The prime rib was really delicious and bigger than I expected. The filet mignon was a little bland to our taste. A little bit more seasoning would have helped.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Great all around experience

G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Salad bar could be a meal in itself! But the reason you go is for the buttery melt in your mouth prime rib. (Tip; order big! You can always take home what you don't eat!)

HW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Took out of town visitors. Loved the salad and soup bar. Prime rib excellent. Wine not so much

TB
Calgary
92 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter-in-law was very happy to find a vegetarian soup as one of the three choices on your buffet which she said was delicious. We were celebrating a family birthday and appreciate the varied selections on your menu. Everyone was happy.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went for out anniversary and truly enjoyed! Great service, great atmosphere and great food!

GM
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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