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Open Sesame
Open Sesame

Open Sesame Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.open-sesame.ca
  • Phone: (403) 259-0123
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Gary Hennessey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are happy to offer off-site catering for any type of function. Advance notice is required. Please call (403)259-0123 and ask to speak with a manager.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two rooms that can be booked for private groups. Our first room, the Opium Den, is a tented style room that can accommodate up to 20 people. Our second area, the Indigo room, sits perched on a small balcony overlooking the restaurant. This room can seat 8 people. These rooms tend to book up quickly, so advance reservations are recommended.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (403) 259-0123

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mcleod and Glenmore
  • Public Transit: The #81 Macleod Trail stops just in front of the restaurant (both heading North and South) and we are also within walking distance from Chinook Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is located directly in front of our restaurant. There is also additional street parking on 69th Avenue (on the south side of the building) or Fisher Street (directly behind the building).
A word from Open Sesame
Located on Macleod Trail, Open Sesame offers a wide variety of Pan-Asian cuisine. Our menu features everything from the traditional favorites, to the more personalized design-your-own stir-fry. In addition to our full bar and wine list, we offer an extensive Asian and imoprt beer list. Whether you are joining us for dinner, or just for a snack and a drink, you will find that we have something for everyone.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and selection of foods here are very good. The service is second to none. Waitress was very friendly and helpful, didn't have to wait for any kind of service. We use your establishment for our date nights and haven't been disappointed. We really enjoy the market and the service is very efficient. We will be using your place for more of our date nights. Thank you so much and keep up the fine quality and service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Overall it was a pleasant experience and I'd recommend this place for the food, ambiance or just a night out. Very professional and nice staff as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was travelling on business in the area, and decided to try out Open Sesame on my own. They seated me in a nice corner spot (so I didn't feel so isolated). The service was reasonably attentive (took a while for them to ask if I wanted a drink refill), and the meal, Hibachi Steak, was delicious."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We have been to Open Sesame a few times in the past year and always enjoyed our meal. This past Father's Day, our family went for a nice, casual supper out and were extremely disappointed with everything we ordered. The spring rolls were super oily, the spicing seemed off on the butter chicken and my husband's halibut (one of the specials) tasted "fishy". While our service and server were great, the rest of the evening was a let down ... especially when the bill came and we had to pay for it all."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The service provided at the restaurat was very prompt. Very pleasant waiting staff. Overall very happy and that is the reason we come over and over again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants ever!! The good is always good the ambience is amazing and service is great!! Good prices too!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is good. Ambiance is just fine. Service needs to be improved. The server assigned to our table wasn't that attentive. Has to go directly to the cashier to pay our bill. It seems that he was trying to ignore us. Never felt that we are welcome to dine in there. But then a lady server was nice and friendly enough to attend to us while paying at the counter."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Staff was very friendly and food was great, it was a surprise to be sitting upstairs in our own private area, our out of town guests loved everything about the Restaurant. They said they will be stopping in next time they are in the are area.Thanks"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Open Sesame is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I chose to go there yesterday to celebrate my birthday. The food was excellent but I was a little disappointed that nothing was done for my birthday. I told the server and we ordered dessert and nothing was taken off the bill or anything. Definitely won't spend another special occasion there again."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I love the food and the ambiance at open sesame. Great for birthday dinners or casual meals. The parking can be a hassle at busy times, since the lot is shared by a group of 4 restaurants."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was average. They have a decent selection of food but overall didn't live up to the standards of the other restaurants in the group. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Food was salty and no taste I had the steak very dissapointed would I go back? No"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The quality of the vegetables at the stir-fry bar was less than appetizing. Only about half the items were worth putting in my bowl. It was a disappointment. It has been several years since I was last at Open Sesame and it seems to have gone "down hill" On a positive note, the appetizers were good."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great for the experience and our Chinese friend really enjoyed the selection of spices and sauces that matched her taste buds - something she has found difficult in finding in Calgary."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "we've always enjoyed coming here ... typically we order off the "stir crazy" menu so we get a variety and each person can make their own choices - great selection of items to choose from NOTE: had the salt + pepper calamari appetizer - not what we expected, the batter was heavy, greasy and not really a salt/pepper taste ... probably won't order that again"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We had a large group about 9 people. Most of us got the stir fry. One of us who ordered from the menu Recieved the wrong order and the waitress left us for 20 minutes. They kept telling us we had to leave in 2 hours because of our party size. We were finished way before and were left another 30 minutes with the plates stacked up on the table. My husband and I enjoy going there are were really disappointed by how we were treated when we were trying to celebrate with friends. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This is a fun place to go especially for a group or family. There is a good variety of choice on the menu and the option to choose your own adventure at 'the market'. The atmosphere is dark and a little noisy but fun and the service is great. The only complaint we had was that we needed a high chair and, because of the way the table was raised, the high chair didn't allow the child to see the top of the table or eat off of the table. There was also no tray on the high chair so we just ended up holing him so that he had a place to eat from. We will definnitely return but likely find a sitter until the baby is old enough to sit at the table with us."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Just recently moved to Calgary and found this gem. Great food, lots of choice, good service!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Okay food.... But the service was a little slow. Not overly impressed with anything "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Excellent food as always. I've eaten at Open Sesame many times and they never disappoint. We often have the stir fry and enjoy choosing our own vegetables and sauces. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We are regulars at Open Sesame and this time was a huge disappointment. To be told, "It's the weekend, so we're out of a lot of fresh stuff," is completely unacceptable from any restaurant. No salad rolls, that's okay. But the Asian Market looked like there had been a robbery. Many of us stood around waiting for them to replenish and it never happened. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I've been here before this time the experience was just average. Service was nothing to write home about and half the bowls in the market were empty."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent food, great prices, very good selection of beer, fabulous service, lovely ambiance. Definitely recommend & will be back! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "If you have a lot of time to kill and do not mind waiting 40 min for two veggie spring rolls it is a great place. Granted we were there on a busy night, but the kitchen was slow and the restaurant itself was not full. I would have hate to have seen it if every table was filled how long it would take then."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Dined with a group of 8. Food was good and staff were attentive."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Open Sesame was the perfect location for my birthday dinner this year as I am following a very strict eating program so the build your own stir fry is the perfect way to enjoy delicious good and remain on program :) Our waitress was not having a good night though as she repeatedly forgot items ordered and screwed up on the billing. She was absent for long stretches of time as well."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Open Sesame. One of the people in our group was gluten sensitive, and he was pleased that they had a gluten friendly menu, albeit somewhat limited in the selection. However, he was pleased that he was able to find a dish that was to his liking. We all were happy with the quality of our meals."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "A friend and I had a late lunch this last Thursday. The food was excellent - had the make-your-own-stir fry. The service as a little to be desired, but overall it was a great meal. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food and service is always great. I was a little disappointed in our table as we were so close to the table next to us, they could hear our conversations not a big fan of that little room with the tables and would ask to be moved next time. Otherwise, a great experience as usual!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My husband and I really only eat at Open Sesame for Date Nights, we just really enjoy the food. They are also very accommodating for my Celiac Disease, which is very nice. We again enjoyed our evening and will go again in the future."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Had a great time with my girlfriend when we went there for dinner the other night. The food was great and the service was amazing. If there ask for Payge to be your server, she will take care of you and make your table laugh! Will definitely go back soon!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I had to call and change the time and the girl I talked to did not seem to know we had a reservation. However she was very friendly and our reservation time was changed with no problem. It just makes me question if I will use the service again if I am not sure the restaurant looked at my reservation request. I did get a confirmation email."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our waitress was fantastic. Our first visit was excellent and would definitely return. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We used to go to Open Sesame a lot a few years ago and had a great time, but this time we were there i was not impressed. The service was very slow and very disorganized the waitress we had was not good ,she seemed to be a new waitress with no experience I was not happy it took forever to get are drinks and the food was cold when we got it. Sorry to say we were not happy."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food is always great, the menu is wonderful for me as I'm vegan. This visit the service wasn't as good as usual though. The waitress wasn't too friendly. The table wasn't clean when we were seated. We sat for a long time without anyone helping us. Then I got my food quite a while before my husband was served."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, however, the service was absolutely horrible. We waited longer for a cup of coffee than we did for the food. The manager was at the table more than the server was. If it was a Friday/Saturday busy night it may have been somewhat understandable but for a Sunday when it didn't look to be all that busy, it was appalling. As a server I would personally be embarrassed to give the type of service we received."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I usually do not leave feedback as I enjoy having the experience over and over again without complaint. Except this last occasion I chose to take on two meats for our Sesame Bowl favorite that my wife and I love and it just appeared that we were both let down a little on the Vermicelli noodles and the meat we chose for the cost, especially when you pick two kinds. None the less I would still go back and eat here over and over again. We both love this place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had booked a table for 8 for my husband's surprise bday dinner with friends. One day before the event i received acall saying it was booked for the 4th instead of tje 5th. I explained that this could be due to miscommunication , but the lady who made reservations refused to accompdate and said that i would have to cancel my party as ut was my mistake. I used OPENTable to make an onkine reservation right after i hung up the fone and secured the same table. I would recommend making an online reservation rather than speak tovthe lady who takes bookings. Overall, the place is great. Very good food, lovely ambience . Would surely recommend this to my friends( but with online reservation)!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Open Sesame is a great spot for large groups- we came for a girl's night out. It was super easy to book a table online. The dining room has a good vibe and the noise level isn't too loud, which means you can actually have a conversation with your dinner companions. The " Asian Market" option on the menu is a great deal, with your choice of protein, noodles or rice and then a trip around the "market" table for the veggies and sauce you want to add to your own dish. You don't wait long at all for your dish to be cooked and it's a healthy portion! I've sampled a few of the other menu items and haven't been disappointed, the desserts look amazing but I'm always too full to try them!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was a dissapointing visit; we have had much better experiences at this restaurant in the past. The service was slow, the food was below Open Sesame's usual standard. The restaurant was also very understaffed."
    Dined on 3/27/2014