Smuggler's Inn

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3113 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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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JL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The service was excellent. The brunch buffet was mediocre. The roast was medium, but it should have been a bit more rare. Some of the other dishes were a bit dry, or overdone... There were some items that were very good and very tasty, but the quality of ingredients never lies. The desserts all looked really good, but upon tasting them I was disappointed. Again, the lack of quality shines through. Way too sweet and fake flavors... However, I'm not too disappointed given the price point, but my honest advice to smugglers Inn is to up the quality level of ingredients and charge a few extra dollars to cover the cost of the better ingredients. The customers will not mind paying a bit more if they are getting quality all around...

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C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Smugglers never disappoints!! Excellent food & friendly service always a given!! Love the salad bar!!!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the salad bar and the meat is delicious and super good

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BM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

My party and I went found that the food was either not being replenished or the food that was out had been out for a long time. We went up several times to see if “fresh food” had been placed and it hadn’t. The ham, beef and omelet was fantastic, the rest not so much. Definitely not worth what my party paid.

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CG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Smuggler’s always has a menu of fine
Dining. The service is inpeccable. And the palate appeals to refined tastes. We love Smuggler’s!

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OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My waitress was amazing, I can’t remember her name but she was new ! So friendly and beautiful!! Would love to have her again!!

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GC
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have not been for at least 25 years. The service and the food was as good as we remembered

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Overall good experience. However I ordered the Halibut and it was dry, the scallops and shrimp were overdone. Bread was good.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, very personable and intimate. The steaks were cooked to perfection and with the soup & salad bar, there was no need to order appetizers. But the marinated mushrooms were very good.

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JW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been a fan of Smugglers for decades and was meeting some work colleagues for a 10 year celebration. Food and service were both excellent, and we all had a great time. I'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We made a reservation quite early because we had other plans that night. It was very quiet (around 5) so it was pleasant and we had great service. Even as it got busier around 6, the service didn’t suffer :) The food was really tasty and the prices were comparable to similar restaurants. Good value for the money. We even signed up for their rewards program that shares rewards between them, Bolero, Open Sesame, and a few others. Will definitely be back! :)

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

We had a Great Time at Smugglers and our server was Great , Thank You Derek . You made Our son-in-law and daughter feel special for their anniversary dinner . Thanks Again and We’ll definitely return .

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

Overall our experience from the restaurants side was excellent. Our main concern was the table next to us that has loudly playing YouTube videos that mere making animals being slaughtered noises.

The only tough part was our table (awesome right next to the fireplace) was quite a distance from the salad bar and we had to walk past the entrance to make our way to and from. Got crowded and we were carrying hot soup.

This place is amazing, just some unfortunate circumstances made our dining experience less pleasurable.

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

Good food & great service!

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CD
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, great food, great service, and great ambiance! The only negative is those huge, heavy, hard to maneuver chairs!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated my husbands birthday here, we have been coming since 1976. The old saying “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it “ has been applied here, I’m really glad that they haven’t changed things. The only thing I would change would be to make the lighting a little brighter. 😊

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S
Calgary
31 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Love this restaurant, served best prime rib steak in town. Salad bar is not good as before, refill is not quick enough on Sunday night when it was full house. Dessert is too sweet. Service is excellent, and our server is friendly and efficient.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

An early Father’s Day dinner with my parents, as my husband and I are out of town on the actual day.

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KC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service, good foods, high decoration stycle and reasonable price. I really like this place.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and amazing prime rib

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YY
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always had good meals there, waiter was super friendly.....keep up the good work!!

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D
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday lunch for my wife. The food and service is always top notch at Smugglers. I have been going there for over 32 years and never had a bad meal. I would highly recommend Smugglers Inn.

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BH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most enjoyable. Our waiter was efficient with a great sense of humour. Because our food was late being served we received a free desert. Lovely.

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RS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The salad bar is good and the bison that I ordered came with a very delicious sort of compote. The server brought us a delicious ice cream cake for our friend’s birthday. No regrets and no disappointment here.

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PV
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, good food, good service, great place to take friends or associates. I have been coming here for decades and have never had anyrhing less than a great meal. Keep up the good work!

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SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wonderful staff. We could not ask for a better place to meet family and friends. the food is fantastic. This is our go-to restaurant and they always give excellent service every time.
the manager is one of the best.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service was fantastic

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PD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the first time for my family and they loved it! Will be back!

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AB
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Unfortunately the meat was not as I ordered it. The same as my last experience at the restaurant. They were very quick to take it back and make it right but for a restaurant that specializing in steak,roast etc. I am disappointed.
Waiter was good. The noice level was out of control. A large table of a few ver undisciplined children were up and running around, screaming ,crying and fighting. It was so loud another table next to us asked to be moved. I think the manager could have been skilled enough to get the parents to take control of the children without offence! Disappointed as smugglers is my favourite place to celebrate

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J
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

If I were in a great rush to get to my next venue, the speed of service would have been great. We were in & out in an hour. I hadn't even finished my salad when we were told our meal was ready. I would have preferred a bit of time between courses to enjoy time with my husband and to enjoy our drinks. Otherwise, as always the food is fantastic and we love this restaurant.

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JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Perfect for a Family Sunday Brunch
Good food Great Service
Would definitely go again

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F
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Your customer service is excellent! We were so happy, and enjoy our gathering.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I love going to Smugglers it's my very favorite restaurant no fault of the restaurants lots of kids there when we went on Saturday I go to go away from the kids so little bit noisy for me

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friends in town to enjoy the exceptional prime rib at Smugglers.

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p
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This place used to be good years ago, but it’s awful now.

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CR
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, Smuggler's never fails to impress!

As one of the long established mainstays in the Calgary restaurant community, Smuggler's has stood the test of time. During a recent visit, my wife and I were treated with friendly, attentive service, great food, and a convivial atmosphere. The dining room was quite busy with graduates and their families celebrating their successes, but the service remained up to the usual high standards, and the food was everything we have come to expect since our first "Date" here some 36 years ago! We opted for the Prime Rib which has been the cornerstone of the offerings at Smuggler's since day one, and it didn't disappoint in it's presentation, accoutrement, and flavour. Our server, Marco, brought our meals to the table with expert timing after we had had just the right amount of time to appreciate the salads we had selected from the options at the salad bar. It was all too much, however, as we were unable to save any room for desert. Next time!

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TB
Calgary
82 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always Smuggler's food and service were excellent. It doesn't matter if you go for lunch or dinner the food is fresh and tasty

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KA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It would be nice if you had a separate area for clients with small children as being an upscale restaurant unruly children can spoil the occasion.

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AK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always a treat to go to dinner at Smuggler's. The only item which I found not to my expectation, is the salad bar that came with my meal. It appeared there were some items missing from the salad bar and a few other items which needed to be replenished. Just seemed to be less attention paid to the salad bar than should have been. Other than that, the meals we ordered were great and met our expectations.

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