Big Fish
Big Fish

Big Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.big-fish.ca/
  • Phone: (403) 277-3403
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 Pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 Am - 4:00 PM;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 Pm - 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef: Dwayne Ennest, Kitchen Manager: Christa Scholtens
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot directly behind the restaurant, as well as additional street parking along the neighboring streets. *Please note on our block of 11th Avenue NE the parking is PERMIT ONLY for the residents.
A word from Big Fish
Big Fish is an unpretentious destination specializing in fresh fish, seafood, and a daily variety of fresh east and west coast oysters.

We are a proud member of the Oceanwise conservation program created by the Vancouver Aquarium. Most of our dishes are created from sustainable seafood sources.

Big Fish is a top three finalist in the Where to Dine Awards three years running - 2010 "Best Wine", 2011 "Best Seafood" and 2012 "Best Seafood".
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Big Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (111)fit for foodies (101)great for lunch (44)special occasion (43)great for brunch (40)good for groups (32)romantic (29)notable wine list (20)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Evening supper
    Kentfolk
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    If you enjoy seafood this place has a great selection of not the typical salmon and halibut found elsewhere. Mussels were excellent large and not over cooked as so often happens in other places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Biggest complaint was that one of our party sat through brunch with very cold feet as customers came and went leaving the restaurant door open allowing the outside winter weather to enter, A storm door might help.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love2eat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Big Fish is one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary. The food and service is always very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good mussels
    Cwonger
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The mussels were delicious and fresh. Not sure if I would order the main courses again though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty fish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Big Fish is an excellent restaurant specializing in fish. The menu has many dishes to choose from, the portions are a good size, and very flavourful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regarding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our server was Christina, and she was wonderful. She was everything i've ever wanted in a server, ie. we never felt rushed, and her attitude made it easy to ask her questions. Great food, bit Christina's service put this restaurant over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RWYM
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    As usual, a great dining experience, we ordered Artic Char and Walleye for our entree's. Wonderful as usual. The mussels were exceptional, friendly staff, smiling faces, cozy atmosphere, all found here at Big Fish. Have highly recommended it to many people
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Highly recommend this fantastic little restaurant. Outstanding mussels, could have licked the sauce right off the plate. Pecan pie with bourbon Carmel sauce so amazing. I wanted to take home a jar full. Great for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    CanmoreDiner
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our group of 4 had items off their regular menu and their daily specials. 3 different oyster varieties, ceviche, wahoo, arctic char and pickerel...everything was superb! Definitely recommended for seafood lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must do brunch spot...
    ThreeGirls
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Best Bennies ever!! Dungeness Crab Bennies are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    Janey
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have visited this restuarant sevral times and the food is always delicious. Server was very attentive and the food was hot as it came right fromt he kitchent to the table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "You Gotta Eat Here" got it right!
    Jagger
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was the third time we've eaten here and the food has been fantastic every time. We went the first time because we saw it featured on "You Gotta Eat Here" and thought why not try it. Everything we've tried has been flavourful, fresh and delicious. The mussels are incredible - so tender and juicy and just an amazing flavour. The crab cakes are the best we've ever had including ones we've made ourselves and the lamb and lobster burger is outstanding - who would have thought of that combination - yum! The service was very good each time and the atmosphere is cosy. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service! Great food!
    DougeO
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    One of our local favorites! The service is always top notch and the food was amazing... as usual! Oysters, the seafood platter (the smoked sturgeon is to die for) were the appetizers which we never get tired of! This was my first time having the lamb and lobster burger and it will not be my last! Yummy!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location, great food
    AWCalgary
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Big Fish is a hidden gem, in plain sight! Good selection of food. Friendly service. Easy to access.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with friends
    outwithfriends
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was really good for a fish restaurant so far from the coast. Creative and yummy dishes, nicely presented. Good for foodies. Two of us chose to have two appetizers each rather than an entree and one had the salmon entree. The two appetizers were filling and we probably should have shared at least one of them. The only downside was that being a smallish restaurant the tables were pretty close together so the noise level was quite high. Especially as there was a group of 8 to 10 diners adjacent to us and one of them had a loud booming voice! There's always one in a group. It was hard to hear each other across our table and we ended up either lip reading or with sore throats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trout Burger!
    JG01VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have to admit I was skeptical but decided to try the trout burger and I was pleasantly surprised on how great it was. I also tried part of the Bison burger and it was equally good. I was here for a late lunch and it was very quiet. Nice little neighborhood restuarant. I imagine the evenings are a lively atmosphere with a connection to the bar/club next door (same building).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodieSeafoodlover
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great great food. Suggest going at lunch(before 4pm) as their dinner menu(also available at lunch) is quite pricey. And $10/dessert makes you end the meal on a reasonably priced note(without dessert). Got a baker husband at home so no need to ever buy specialty desserts since me can make anything any restaurant/pastry or bakery can
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had to wait a few minutes for our table, but were comfortably seated at the bar and well taken care of by the staff. Food was great, service was fantastic. Only downside was a family with a very annoying and loud toddler near us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food too bad about the noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is truly a neighbourhood gem. Unfortunately, the past two times that I have dined at the restaurant the music levels have been well past comfortable. Big Fish management seems to be trying to decide if it is a restaurant or a bar. The music level is disturbingly loud and it took several tables complaining about the volume levels for the servers to turn it down. It is difficult to enjoy the food and company when you cannot hear the conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hungary Guy
    LunchGuy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food took so long that I thought I may have to slip out and get a sandwich somewhere. The only saving grace was that the waitress was very nice and fun to talk with. She did make the wait bearable but none-the-less there still is no excuse for being that slow
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great night at Big Fish
    webby45
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was our second time here and loved it again. We asked if it was possible to alter our meals due to an allergy and the friendly staff spoke with the chef and there was no problem with it at all. Both times there we never felt rushed or pushed out the door. Love the food and the staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fish is excellent
    PatnGinny
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had the best meal. The fish and oysters were great. They served us a birthday cake that we had brought. Just an excellent restaurant with excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food. Great service.
    luvfish
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I am a repeat customer and like always it is great food. The servers are wonderful and the overall restaurant is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh!!
    Viria9
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great fresh salmon on lovely asparagus and rice…….so delicious . Super service too. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Conrad
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The menu is limited, but the food was fantastic! Portions were nice too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found "our" new restaurant
    orangepam
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We went for a free corkage date night on Wednesday and was blown away by how delicious and original the menu choices were. We started with the crab cakes which were lick-your-plate-clean yummy! I ordered the pistachio Arctic char, which I thought was going to be too much food but before I knew it I had finished my plate and was ready for dessert. We shared a gluten-free chocolate ganache with raspberries, also was very good. The service was great, they brought an ice bucket to keep our wine chilled and our waters were kept full. We will definitely be returning for another free corkage night and also want to go for Paella Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    Dave
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Took my girlfriend for a romantic dinner. Service and food were spevtacular. Bring your own wine Wednesday meat it was very affordable too. Even with 3 coursed. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    SJCE
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    When my Husband asked where I wanted to go for my birthday, I chose Big Fish - it's a close walk, has great food and we hadn't been there since the spring. It was a good choice. As usual, the service was knowledgeable, efficient and friendly and the food was lovely. We shared the crab cakes as a starter with the kimchi aioli and slaw a perfect complement to them. I really enjoyed the cod special and was glad I got talked into the dessert special - chocolate and strawberry shortcake with whipped cream cheese. Hey, it was my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Fish Brunch
    foodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    As always, Big Fish delivered ... delicious food and excellent service. Try the peach vanilla preserve - yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice seafood option
    qpower
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good selection of seafood, fresh oyster bar was incredible. Nice use of asian flavours in some of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The staff is very friendly. When I walked in with my friend, the young lady greeted me and walked us to the table. The food came on a good time and the other lady serving the food was friendly and knowledgeable. My favorite bunch meal is the eggs benedict crab!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were impressed by the service and menu. The options are unique, tastie and healthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldnt go back
    paradizegirl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went out for a going away dinner. Service was slow, staff wasn't knowledgeable of the menu. Wasn't pleased with the food. Ended up leaving still hungry. Over priced!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peterb
    Peterb
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Oysters on the shell with condiments were excellent. Mussels outstanding. Not too salty, thanks. Garlic toast great for mopping up a delicious sauce. Service was attentive and respectful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Kayle
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was spectacular! However we went for the fish and chips, booked an appointment a week in advance.. Sat down at the table and was informed they didn't serve fish and chips unless it was lunch time - which wasn't communicated to me at all up until that point. The waitress was an older woman who came across as very impersonal and gave the impression that my date and I were a annoyance or inconvenience. Will return for the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-traditional seafood menu
    LadyG
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This restaurant finds interesting ways to serve seafood, and indeed, seems to offer even non-traditional types of seafood. Items on the entree menu include Walleye, Gurnard, and Butter Chicken with Lobster (all of which we tried). The appetizer menu includes a smoked fish platter which is divine. For dessert, we indulged in the decadent Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie with Pralines, Vanilla Mousse and homemade caramal drizzle - begin salivating now. It's heavenly. Even the cocktails are interesting and non-traditional - I had a Gin-GER tonic, made with (from scratch) ginger syrup as well as gin and tonic and garnished with a slice of candied ginger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Singin
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The pan fried trout with poached eggs, hash was outstanding
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish FABULOUS!!!
    HonestgalVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love the unique and tasty fish options. Two for one oysters on Mondays is a bonus!!! Bravo job well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flat-out amazing!
    hotmints
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first visit and from the food to the service everything was top-notch. The food was fast, fresh, and delicious and expertly prepared. Go hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy fresh fish in Calgary!
    OceanGirl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love being able to enjoy fresh, sustainable fish in a landlocked city. The recipes and preparation are fabulous. Desserts are also fab, so save room.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.