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Big Fish
Big Fish

Big Fish Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "I had only been to this restaurant once before a few years back but I have been pretty happy with it both time. I am a big seafood fan and they do not disappoint, the raw oysters were great too, really nice sauces servied with it. Our waiter Scott was also great"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have not been to Big Fish for brunch before. I ordered the eggs benny with Dungeness crab; my friend the egg dish with duck confit. We both felt the dishes were under-seasoned - disappointing for the eggs benny in particular! With such sweet crab, I was expecting a brighter, tastier Hollandaise sauce. Oh well - atleast you can make a reservation for brunch, which is pretty fantastic."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "the food was great & the presentation was superb. Parking is a problem."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The hot oysters were great. The rest of the meal was disappointing. The salad wraps were mostly rice, the pot eu feu was tasteless my boyfriend did not enjoy the curry chicken and he normal eats everything. Also the wine they had lacked body and flavor. Won't go back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our first time. Chosen from Open Table App. What an amazing evening. Food and service were wonderful, friendly and attentive. Did not feel rushed and would reccomend this place to my friends. Planning on returning for lunch."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Found the food overpriced for the portion received. Also considering the cost of the meal surprised no bread basket or anything on tables. Although the food was good I have had just as good elsewhere cheaper. Also the tables are set up very strangely. There are 4 seater seats for tables of two so is not intimate at all - I felt like I was "sharing" a seat with another couple. For those reasons we will not be dining there again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had the mussels and they were very fresh although a bit too spicy for me. Impeccable service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and very attentive service. Have been there many times for brunch, dinner and lunch and am never disappointed. The food is always fresh and interesting. You cant go wrong here."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, reasonable price, interesting and great appetizers, the mains were average, a little overcooked on the seared Salmon. The Gruen Riesling was tasty, along with the novelty bucket of shrimp. Oysters were amazing. Great meal overall"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service slip-ups reduced our enjoyment of this meal. 3 meals at the table were delivered, the fourth came 10 minutes later. A glass of wine meant to come with the main dish came when the dish had almost been eaten (she brought it when she brought the late dinner but the other 3 of us had already almost finished our mains at that point). Fish was properly cooked but in one case (walleye) inadequately seasoned."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "very good creative food. Very friendly staff. Fresh food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The appetizers were excellent. They were not quite a meal in themselves, however they were appetizers. The Arctic Char was excellent and cooked the perfect amount of time. It was Wednesday night so we were able to bring our own (preferred) bottle of wine and the corkage fee was not an issue. My wife and I each drove from the office to the restaurant and we noticed others did the same thing, so parking could be an issue. We both were able to secured spots behind the restaurant which was easy for us for we both have smaller european type cars. Larger SUVs would be an issue. Parking is probably not an issue on the weekend."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed the halibut and rice pilaf, though I thought it could have had a few more vegetables with it. The salad with the smoked salmon was excellent. The Chocolate Ganache with Raspberries I did not really enjoy. The texture was a bit mushy and it was a bit too sweet. The waitress was great, the hostess...the one who originally seated us was not really very friendly and could've smiled more. The menu is interesting, though generally quite high fat so not really suitable for our family. But we will probably be back to enjoy the halibut again!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "After wasting money on Mother's Day at the Paliser (Fairmont) in Calgary, I decided to go the Big Fish for Father's Day Fairmont $500.00 Only the desrt was the good and the service was lousy vs $100.00 plus tip Big Fish = Excellent food, great service and eggs Benedict that was superbly done--the Fairmont was way below standard"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good food, good service. The frogs' legs were fantastic. We went on Sunday night and most of us had the paella - it was pretty good. I felt the clams could have been a little fresher (they were still good, just not great), but we are land locked and it was over all very tasty. The desserts (especially the ice cream and sorbet were fantastic). I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was amazing (as usual) and our server did a fantastic job. The only problem was the hostess, or whatever her job was, clearly didn't want to be there, and made it our problem. She didn't smile at the door or attempt to be at all pleasant, she was slamming things around with a scowl on her face, and rather than politely asking my father to tuck in so she could get a chair past him she rammed it into him, TWICE! Happy Father's Day. We will be back, as other than this we have always had wonderful food and service, but that was pretty disappointing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The fish was excellent. So nice to go to a seafood restaurant where they don't overcook the fish. The raw oysters were excellent. The service was excellent and the water glass never got below half."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I love Big Fish. I love the ambiance, the background music, the service and the food. All are consistent every time I dine at Big Fish which is important to me when I go out for dinner. All six of us enjoyed our appetizers and entrees. The wine was very good as was the service. I eat at Big Fish often and will continue to bring friends and family to the restaurant. This is a neighborhood gem that should not be missed."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I saw Big Fish on a Food Network show about two years ago? It looked amazing! I live in Drumheller, so when I had the opportunity to try Big Fish, I was thrilled! The menu is delicious and original. The only difficult aspect of this dining experience was trying to decide what to order! I shared the East Coast Poutine (a decadent twist on poutine), and ordered the organic chicken & lobster curry chicken hot pot with ginger rice! Yummmm! Try this "neighbourhood gem", you won't regret it!! A bonus: The staff were so friendly to us and especially to my little girl! They sent her home with a pretty shell and swordfish stir stick :)"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed the atmosphere and enjoyed our meals. Seafood was cooked perfectly and with the right balance of flavour Now that we have found this gem, we will be coming back for more."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Cute place, Great Shrimp Bucket! Good Oysters. Slow service."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our latest dining experience at Big Fish was,as usual outstanding. We always choose mussels for appetizer, the taste is unequalled. The main course was Artic Char, always done to perfection. We have also tried the Lamb/Lobster burger, and other dishes in the past. Friendly staff, lots of smiles."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We always come to the Big Fish for brunch. Staff are very friendly, service is great and food is delicious!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our first experience with this restaurant and found the food to be worth recommending to family and friends. We intend to return to enjoy other dining experiences in the near future."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I had the trout burger and it was amazing. We split a poutine and they brought two equal sized bowls so we can each have our own serving, which was very thoughtful. The only bad thing is when we asked if we could hold our employee xmas dinner there, the maximum reservation is 12 and we would need more than that. Other than that it was great. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "First time at Big Fish and it was excellent, from the fantastic crab cakes to the delicious entrees and finally the decadent dessert. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We came to big fish upon recommendations from a friend, and were pleasantly surprised. We were quite impressed with all of the appetizer options (wanted to try them all to be honest). We came for dinner but the lunch menu looked really great- much more inventive. We wished we were there for lunch. The dinner mains on the other hand, nothing really stuck out at either of us- and just sort of picked at random. Both were mediocre. Arctic char was over cooked and half the skin was too crispy to cut and half was slimy. The veggies were buried between the fish and mash, and were quite soggy as a result. We will be back for sure for lunch, apps and oysters- but not dinner until they ramp up their mains to match the rest of this inventive menu. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I love the service at Big Fish. I feel like the servers are genuinely concerned that I have a great time. The food is always a treat. Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed another fabulous evening with friends at The Big Fish! Great Menu and the Oysters & Mussels are perfect every time! Make sure to order extra grilled bread with the Mussels!! Thanks again for a tasty evening. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Dropped in before a flight back to Toronto. Had the two for one oysters (east and west coast). Very good. Followed by some egg scramble on duck confit hash and soft shell crab sandwich. All washed down with a few glasses of a Sardinian white. All very good especially the blueberry preserves."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The oysters were fantastic. Wine list was good. One of the best seafood experiences I've had in Calgary. Service was so-so. Very cool spot, will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "One of the few places you can find traditional Paella in Calgary, and they have the best mussels I've been able to find in Calgary! And I'm comparing to the traditional moules et frittes in Belgium and from my years of living in Europe (they know how to do mussels over there...and this restaurant is comparable!). Service was quite slow the first time I went there, but the second time was average, but nothing outstanding. But the food certainly makes up for it! The salmon is also amazing. And I've tried a couple of their desserts and both were fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Angela was our server and she was SUPER! The food was excellent, as usual, as that is what I've come to expect from this great restaurant."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "most delicious oysters and the crab cakes were fresh, hot and excellent."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I went to big fish because of great reviews I had read, and I'm not saying that my experience was poor but just not anything I was expecting. My appetizers consisted with fresh shucked oysters and a bucket of shrimp, both of which were absolutely delicious and arrived quick to the table. However, when we ordered the pot au feu(broth literally tasted like water) and the paella, it took extremely long to come out and the server just dropped the food off at our table, said nothing, and left. The service was not the best, no one asked if I need anything or water or how my food was, servers seemed rushed. I highly recommend the fresh seafood as it was delicious. Overall, the experience was okay. Nothing special."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent as usual. Consistently great, friendly service. The soft shell crab sandwich is a must have!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When we arrived, had to ask to be seated as they mistook us as being with the walk-in customers in front of us (who were turned away). Ordered 2 eggs/sausage, duck confit hash, soft shell crab club, side French toast. Hash was delicious w/ a good amount of truffle. However ~1hr in to our meal (literally still eating w food on the table) the advised they had booked another party for our table. As I looked around, 1/2 the restaurant was empty which I understand could be reserved but they could have adjusted their seating. It would have been courteous to advise at the time of booking or upon arrival that I had a limited seating time. Rushing us out the door left is all I remember now. Total Time 1hr15mins from time to be seated to paying."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The place is cozy, comfy and always exciting to dine in. The food is excellent and service is great."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went to this diner following the programme "You've gotta eat here" review. From the moment we went inside it was good. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and we were able to select a table where we wanted. I choose the Bison burger and my Wife the Lamb and Lobster burger as seen on TV. TOP MARKS. The food was great and good value. Would definately go there again and highly recommend a visit."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent service. First time here but will return. Out of neighbourhood but worth the trip."
    Dined on 5/8/2014