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The Silver Dragon Restaurant has been serving Chinese food to Calgarians since 1967, so obviously they must be doing something right. They have an excellent reputation that not only spans decades, but includes excellent quality and service. The Silver Dragon serves both Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, and you can choose from over 200 menu items. There is also a fantastic selection of dim sums. Private dining rooms and banquet facilities are also available. All of the tables have white linen tablecloths with centerpieces that add a touch of class and elegance to the surroundings. It is large and airy, with just the right amount of fresh air and muted lighting.
This warm and inviting pub occupies a turn-of-the-century firehouse and plays out the firefighter theme throughout its open and airy interior. The barroom ceiling is a good thirty feet above the hardwood floor; the other rooms all have balconies overlooking the bar, with separate areas for dining, drinking, pool and darts. Vintage firefighting equipment such as axes, fire-coats and ancient pumps line the walls, while a huge ceramic Dalmatian, mascot of all firefighters, guards the bar. They serve a full compliment menu featuring burgers, steaks and other American foods.
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.