Restaurants in Calgary

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restaurants in calgaryThe best Calgary restaurants are generally located within easy travelling distance of the city centre, and are concentrated in three main areas: the Eau Claire district on Prince's Island; the chic 4th Street and 17th Avenue Mission district; and the downtown area that includes Chinatown, International Avenue and the Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall.

Expats should note that all restaurants in Calgary are smoke-free – even outdoor dining areas. A service gratuity of 10-15 percent is expected, and usually not included in the bill.

Below are some of the best restaurants in Calgary:

JOEY Eau Claire

Address: 208 Barclay Parade SW
JOEY Eau Claire offers a uniquely Calgarian take on Italian/Asian fusion, with a selection of pizzas, pastas, steaks and burgers. It's located in the trendy Eau Claire district near Prince's Island Park. The atmosphere is always bustling, with both indoor seating and an outdoor patio.

1886 Buffalo Café

Address: 187 Barclay Parade SW
Calgary's 1886 Buffalo Café specialises in one thing: breakfast. Locals know it as the place to go for hearty meals to start the day. It's housed in the former site of the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company's offices, built in 1911, and overlooking the trendy Eau Claire downtown district.

Vin Room

Address: 2310 4th St SW
The elegant and upmarket Vin Room is a restaurant where everything is designed to complement the wine – from the menu right down to the décor. The dinner selection might be described as 'fusion tapas', with options ranging from meat and cheese platters, to bison short ribs, fish tacos, and oysters. 

Model Milk

Address: 308 17th Ave SW
This is one of the top spots to be seen at in Calgary. Model Milk is set in Calgary's historic dairy building on 17th Avenue. The menu from Chef Justin Leboe makes use of fresh, local ingredients and changes regularly. Food is beautifully presented and they offer a great selection of wines. 

Raw Bar
Address: 119 12 Ave SW
An eatery for those looking for an innovative dining experience, Calgary's Raw Bar pairs cosmopolitan cuisine with an urban vibe. The menu changes weekly so no two visits will be the same.

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