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Best Local Cuisine in Calgary

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River Cafe

River Cafe, the small, tranquil restaurant is located in a refurbished building among the trees, lawns and wildlife of Prince's Island Park. Surrounded by the Bow River, the setting alone is enough to draw you to its charms. But that isn't all this hot spot has to offer; it features one of the best menus in the city, with wood-fired regional cuisine offering specialties such as Noble Farms duck breast and Honeycrisp apple flatbread. Reserve a table at this cafe for weekend brunch and you won't walk away disappointed with the quality of food served. People dining here don't mind paying a little more for this cafe's winning combination of ambiance and seasonal flavor.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Sky360

If you are looking for dinner with a view, look no further than Sky360. The breathtaking establishment is housed inside a rotating floor of the Calgary Tower, which offers up incredible views of Calgary and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Diners can enjoy locally-sourced, perfectly prepared dishes while sitting 600 feet above downtown Calgary. While the tower may be known for its views, the food and drinks on offer are certainly worthy of such a popular location. An award-winning wine list is paired with appetizers and entrees that feature artfully composed New-Canadian dishes like duo of Alberta lamb and cheese plates that include locals cheeses. When diners purchase an entree, they also gain free access to the Calgary Tower Observation Deck located one floor above the restaurant.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Chef’s Table

Chef's Table is a 40-seat, fine dining restaurant located in the four-star Kensington Riverside Inn, a boutique hotel in the fashionable Kensington area. Chef's Table is better known for its fine dining offerings that utilize the freshest regional ingredients while still respecting the best of European cooking techniques. Diners can watch the chef Chris Barton and his team dabble with culinary magic in their open-kitchen concept while enjoying the opulent, white-linen service. Chef's Table has an a la carte menu and a five-course tasting menu, with a selection of wines that can be paired with the dishes of one's choice. Chef's Table is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for hotel guests and the public.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Model Milk

Before opening the space, the owners and collaborators of Model Milk sought to create a menu and a restaurant that would combine both innovation and comfort. They support local farmers by sourcing ingredients produced around the region, and seek to use every last inch of whatever produce and meat they can get their hands on. What has resulted is a restaurant and bar that feels both homey and elegant. Modern Milk is located within in an old creamery, so diners are seated at wood tables nestled against authentic brick walls that give the space mix of contemporary and rustic appeal. The menu focuses on simple, elegantly crafted dishes, while the beverage list is an artisanal cocktail-lover's dream. The restaurant also hosts a communal dinner every Sunday, during which guests share a family-style meal that includes a first and second course, as well as dessert.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Rouge

If you want to taste a little bit of Calgary's history as well as enjoy fine dining in an old-fashioned atmosphere, spend an hour or two at the Rouge. Choose from a number of private rooms in this beautiful restaurant situated on four acres of immaculately kept grounds. On a bright and sunny day, you can also sit on its outdoor garden patio and enjoy the scrumptious meal prepared by the expert chef. The menu is always interesting, with an emphasis on local ingredients as well as beef, game and chicken dishes. There is also an extensive wine menu which complements the exquisitely-prepared food.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Ironwood Stage and Grill

There may be many restaurants where you can enjoy some good food and live music. But nothing compares to Ironwood Stage and Grill, which serves some of the best dishes namely, Ironwood Jambalaya with prawn, chicken and chorizo, Beer Battered Halibut with coleslaw and artichoke tartar or the house-special Ironburger with bacon, bison patties, mushrooms and cheese. Now apart from the great food, you'll also be in for some brilliant live performances by talented local bands and solo artists. To sum it up, visiting Ironwood Stage and Grill means dropping in for a memorable treat.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Naina's Kitchen

Naina means "grandma" in Welsh, and when you tuck into a meal at Naina's Kitchen, you really will feel like you're eating your grandma's delicious home-cooking. The diner specializes in crafting homemade meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients that are sure to get your tastebuds watering. The establishment is perhaps best known for their burgers, which can be prepared in a variety of ways. Locals love Naina's stuffed burgers, which feature a half-pound burger stuffed with delicious items like blue cheese, mushrooms, and bacon. Other dishes on the menu include a make-your-own poutine, decadent grilled cheeses, and other comfort foods like mac n' cheese. The restaurant always has a daily special that is announced on the establishment's social media pages. What's best is, when you stop in at Naina's Kitchen, you're sure to leave full and happy, without having to break the bank.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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NOtaBLE

Open kitchen, trendy decor and classy presentation defines the dining experience at NOtaBLE. The stylish vibe is reflective of an indisputable culinary passion which they proudly bask in. With monthly additions on the menu, great signature dishes, and a charming wine list, NOtaBLE distinguishes itself quite well in the locality. Another NOtaBLE feature is the dynamic private dining space, which is a preferred spot for corporate gatherings and family receptions. A meal at NOtaBLE is definitely going to be a remarkable affair, end it with their Stilton Cheesecake.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

If you have been searching for authentic Albertan cuisine and can't find it downtown, Bow Valley Ranche provides a special prairie dining experience. Located on the edge of town near Fish Creek Provincial Park, the charming restaurant is located in a farmhouse restored to its original 1940s condition. Overlooking Fish Creek Valley and surrounding ranch lands, the stunning view is enough to inspire a healthy appetite. It specializes in romantic candlelit dinners, with discreet service and subdued lighting.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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