22 July 2018

5 best restaurants in Calgary
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
River Café Restaurant
Take an old and completely-open-to-the-elements park concession in the idyllic Prince’s Island Park and turn it into a rustic, but refined destination for locally-foraged ingredients and forward-thinking plates. It took founder Sal Howell and her chef, Andrew Winfield four years to transform this once run-down location into a beautiful open room featuring Canadian seasonal cuisine. A massive fieldstone fireplace and open kitchen greet you as you settle into the craft-styled furnishings. The culinary philosophy here is a homegrown approach from in-house baked breads and pastries to the edible garden maintained by the restaurant. All this translates into an exciting and innovative menu. As eclectic as the dishes, is the wine list albeit with a far more global view.
Kasey Wilson is a food and travel writer, broadcaster and author. She is editor of Best Places Vancouver; executive producer and co-host of AM650¹s Best of Food & Wine and author of ten non-fiction books. Wilson was inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame and is a judge for The World¹s 50 Best Restaurants.
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Tel: +1 403-261-7670 www.river-cafe.com/
By Kasey Wilson
It’s fitting that this fine dining establishment is housed in a 1911 Dominion Bank building because you might have to empty your bank account to eat here. The beautiful room is refurbished to meld the best of Old World/New World elements and likewise the menu reflects that with classic dishes spiffied up here and there with a little molecular gastronomy. Think Alberta beef tartare with thermal egg yolk, Quebec foie gras torchon with nasturtium, apricot and aerated brioche or sous vide beef tenderloin with bacon wrapped green beans. The Bordeaux and Italian-centric wine list with an 800-strong label selection and over 10,00 bottles in stock is housed in the bank’s old vault. Between the food, the service and the setting, this place is the Cow-town Abbey of Calgary.
Tel: +1 403-290-1012 www.teatro.ca/
Tel: +1 403-265-7343 www.modelmilk.ca/
Model Milk
Opening a restaurant in a 100 year-old dairy building is sure to add personality to any dining establishment and Model Milk, from its folksy name to funky interior is an exemplary example of this. Chandeliers constructed from antique milk bottles, exposed brick from the original dairy and reclaimed wood furnishings create a contemporary bistro setting built on the framework of a historic building that’s even said to be haunted. The menu is an extension of the restaurant’s quirky personality that manages to combine classic and comforting with innovative and individualistic dishes. Adhering to local, regional and seasonal ingredients means this menu changes often. Their ever-changing Sunday Supper menu is a big draw along with the great cocktail, wine and specialty beer listings.

When the nickname of the city you’re located in is “Cowtown” you can safely bet that there’s no shortage of quality local beef available. That being said there’s only one place to head for the best in chophouse atmosphere and hefty cuts of meat hewn from Grade ‘A’ cattle. As its name suggests, Vintage has all the classic tavern-style trappings that make a steakhouse great from exposed brick to polished oak to deep and luxurious booth seating.
Aged Canadian prime beef is this restaurant’s calling card in all its variations from rib eye to New York strip to tenderloin and the wine cellar has been given an award of excellence since 2005. Throw in a couple of hand-crafted cocktails and a baked Alaska for dessert and you’ll feel like a cattle baron living the high life.
Tel: +1 403-262-7262 www.vintagechophouse.com/
The Coup & Meet Restaurant Lounge
It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to open a vegetarian restaurant in a city known for its rodeo and its beef. But even meat-lovers are lining up to grab a seat at this cozy but contemporary space. If you’re too puckish, you can always go next door to their Meet Lounge for some appetizers and a one of their wacky-named cocktails like the Clockwork Orange, the Iggy Pop or the Kung-Flu Fighter. As for the menu, local suppliers and organic ingredients are at the forefront and what these folks do with veggies is simply amazing. You’ll find more creative ingredient pairings in one dish than you might at a high-end restaurant. Recommended is the Wild Stack with pan-seared Portobello mushrooms, herbed goat cheese, sundried tomato and walnut paté, the falafel quesadillas or the Noodles of Contribution, which will certainly contribute to the overall well-being of your body.
Tel: +1 403-541-1041 www.thecoup.ca/
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