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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Met up with friends on a Tuesday at 6:30! I was surprised to see the place pretty much full, glad we made a reservation. Ordered a few apps, Ginger Chicken & Dumplings (massive portions) we all ordered off the menu and decided to skip the build your own after being a little bit too full. I had the Chicken & Veggie Noodle bowl, not a lot of Chicken with a huge bowl of noodles! Our server was great! Fast and very friendly! I would totally go back! It's a fun vibrant place!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Love the food. Good price, love how can make your own food. Highly recommend for couple's. And friends getting together."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We made a reservation and we were not seated until 20 minutes past our reservation. Once we got to the table, it took 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us for drinks. The service was overall very poor, and very slow. This was not my first time at this restaurant, I have never had such a poor experience there before, it is disappointing because the food and ambiance are both really great. I would of course recommend doing the stir fry, probably the main reason people go there, but don't be scared to order off the menu either, they have an excellent Pad Thai, and their appy's are fantastic."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "By far my favorite restaurant in the city. Healthier eating. Fun experience. Romantic lighting. Unique"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The waitress was not very experienced. Did not ask us how are food was or if we needed anything. One person took two bites of their food and the taste just was not right."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We came as a group and although our table was somewhat constricting, we did enjoy everything. The starters were a little on the small portion size which was good that we had orders several which gave us all a little taste of each. The server was great but could have been a little more attentive as we found ourselves waiting for him to return. Overall it was very good."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Ambience was nice, restaurant quiet. Well laid out; felt there was some dining privacy. Service a little slow considering how busy it seemed to be, but very good nonetheless. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went to Open Sesame for dinner before heading to a movie. The food was great, but for the first time the service was not great. We were trying to get our servers attention for 30 minutes because she we had to leave and we never received anything from when we told our server it was my birthday (and it really was). In the end, I was not very impressed."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As a work group we enjoy going to Open Sesame as the selection is great and we love to go Stir Crazy! There is something for everyone. Delicious food! :)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have a lot of dietary restrictions so this restaurant always tops my list since I can make my dinner any way I want. Normally would give it five stars but the service was surprisingly sub-standard that night - really unusual for this place in my experience. Our waitress paid almost no attention to us (restaurant was only about half full) until she wanted us to pay up because she was off for the night. Disappointing."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great food, great music. However, the past few times I have been here, every waitress is initially very attentive to your needs and once your dinner is out, she disappears. To order dessert and to ask for water we had to get out of our seats and walk around the restaurant to find our waitress. But whenever the waitress was with us, she was very nice. In the past though, we have gotten some extremely unfriendly and rude ones."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "If our waiter had been more attentive, our time at Open Sesame overall would have been better. We were never asked if we would like drink refills, we had to flag him down to ask for our bill. Food was good, front end staff/hostess were very friendly."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Been to Open Sesame three times now and each time the food was great. Had the do it your-self bowl twice and each time it turns out different so it's new every time.My son thinks it fun to load up his own bowl with the things he likes! Also had the chicken sizzling plate and it was great too. Recommend for anyone who loves veggies ans stirfrys."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It took 20 minutes to get our drinks. She did let us know it would be coming 10 minutes before the drinks arrived. Slow with the food as well."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great place, not too noisy can still chat comfortably with friends. Great variety of food for those with special diets. Service was great very friendly and honest staff who know the menu."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We have dined at Open Seasame over the years; as a couple, with our couples; girls night out! We love it. This past experience was very special. Our children are grown and we have chosen to go to Open Seasame once/month and invite our grown children and their significant others to join Mom and Dad for a special dinner out. It's a perfect location for all of us. The big booths allow us to sit in a semi-circle and have great communication. It is quiet and private. We love it! Oh yes, the food and service are excellent too!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "As you get to pick whatever you want in our own stir fry bowl, everyone gets what they want, or at least what they thought they wanted. No one to blame but yourself here. Pretty good naan bread. Service a bit slow but it was a busy night. The seven of us were in the special raised booth which made for very private dining. We liked that a lot."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good place to talk. Food was good with nice variety. You could make your own stir fry or order off the menu. Wasabi Salmon was excellent. Great place to meet friends for lunch or dinner"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Came here for a date on a Saturday night, the restaurant was busy but with reservations we were in right away! The server was great considering it was busy. Food was great, great selection to,"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The only problem we found was trying to find a parking spot."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "They need to put frozen drinks on the menu! But other than that the food is amazing, the mood is romantic, and the service is excellent!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love Open Sesame, and have been here several times. However, this past weekend our experience wasn't the same as prior. The food for some reason wasn't as great as usual. The terriyaki riblings are so good, and this time around were very fatty. The service was terrible, and is typically top notch. We will be back, because we love Open Sesame, but this time around not so great. Thanks,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went for valentines, was sat in a small uncomfortable room. Waitress spilled my food all over our table, gf asked for a dish with added chicken, ofcourse no chicken was added. Terrible service. Will never go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I expected lots of great flavors but the food was all very bland. Dessert was served in a hot metal pan that didn't seem to have any purpose. The browned inside the pan wasn't really warm but the sizzling hot pan caused a couple of burns."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Thanks for an excellent experience that you provided for our family."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Open sesame is by far the best dine in restaurant I've ever been too. The atmosphere, the cleanliness, the service, the prices and the food are all outstanding. The menu offers such a wide variety of exotic dishes. The appetizers are delicious. Your chai cheesecake is to die for. Open sesame is a place I want to visit once a week!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Open Sesame is fairly priced with a large, fresh selection of vegetables, sauces and extra topping for a fantastic stir fry. I would suggest it to anyone looking for a healthy, affordable meal in a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "You can't go wrong when you get to choose how much of each item goes into your stir fry since you load up your bowl with the ingredients of your choice before giving it to the chef. Choose from a variety of pastas/rices as well as meat options to add. If stir fry isn't your thing simply order from the menu - my 11 year old raved about the ginger beef. Oh, and save room for dessert. Mmmmmm"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Quiet enough to hear ones self thing but enough back ground noise to not feel like a board room"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Server was very friendly and great. The hostess was not friendly. Scoffed when we asked to be moved to a better table when the restaurant wasn't even half full. Did not appreciate the attitude."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Our table was a group of five. Four of us chose the popular stir-fry that the restaurant is known for. There was a good selection of vegetables and sauces to choose from, although some of the vegetables had run out and were not replenished. Those of us who had the stir-fry were pleased with the meal, it was quite tasty. The one diner that chose not to order the stir-fry chose a Vietnamese bowl instead, but was disappointed as the food tasted bland. We were not overly impressed with the service as it was quite slow and errors were made. Overall our experience was pleasant and we will go back again to give it another try."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Although crowded, especially with diners that did not reserve in advance, we were taken to our table right on time. Our server was friendly and did not rush us at all. She was chatty and humourous and very pleasant. The food was outstanding as usual and we really enjoyed our meal."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We frequently visit open sesame. They've made a few menu changes- new draft beers, a couple new sauces and tofu is now an option among the proteins that come with an extra charge, rather than being in with the vegetables in the "market". Not a big deal, but something to consider. Made a reservation, hostesses seemed flustered at accommodating it and our request for a booth. Were seated, at a booth, fairly promptly but after some discussion. Food is fresh, restaurant is clean and attractive. Prices competitive. We will keep coming back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Being able to make your own plate is what sells this location. Great for groups!"
    Dined on 1/17/2013
  • "I had a good experience at your restaurant the only thing that I was not happy about was, I didn't get what I had orderd, don't get me we of it was still good however it would have been nice to have what I orderd. Other then that I would go back for sure."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great food, service and table - book well in advance with Open Table!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013