My wife and I have been coming here on a regular basis for close to five years. We have brought many new people here, and they all love it. I am a 6'4 210 pound guy who is most at home working hard, and wearing cowboy boots, and yet, I love this place. I always walk away pleasently full.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was great, food was excellent. Our server was extremely friendly, nice, and very helpful and accommodating with the allergies in our group. A wonderful experience!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of the few great
This is one of the few great vegan gluten free restaurants in this city.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed my dining at Open Sesame. We had 11 people meeting from 6 to 9:30 PM and we could listen to each other without the interference of television or loud speakers. The service was outstanding and prompt. We all had an excellent time and enjoyment throughout our dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant as the experience and opportunity of sharing is quite unique.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was fabulous
We went with a group of 10 people. Seating was great. We were placed in a large booth.
Food was excellent. Recommend the lettuce wraps and the create your own stir fry.
Only thing that took away from the great experience was our waiter
Took 30 minutes for a glass of water. Had to ask for a refill and when that came it had no ice and was very warm. Reservation said we had table for 2 hours however we had only just got our appetizers after an hour and he hadn't yet even taken our dinner order. Plates were never cleared until we asked for them to be and we had to wave another staff member down to try and get our bill.
31/2 hours later we finally were out of there.
I don't think the service is usually that bad. Think we got terrible waiter
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Birthday Dinner
We had a great experience here. At the last moment one member of our party was unable to make it, and two others were running late. They were more than accomodating, and made us feel totally ok about it. The service was wonderful, and the food was tasty. It was nice to have gluten free options, although I was disappointed to find out that they use wonton wrappers with gluten in them, which left me with only fried mushrooms as an option for an appetizer. It was great overall though.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have been to
My wife and I have been to Open Sesame a few times now and we love it every time, the food is amazing and the service is great!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ist time there, liked the
Ist time there, liked the food, would definitely go back. Found the restaurant to be just a little on the dark side. The staff was great, no wait times at all.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience was great Out waitress Erin was fabulous and suggested a great dessert.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed the food immensely, and will return in the future.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner with the ladies a success
My girlfriends and I went for a casual dinner one night and chose to hit up open sesame by recommendation of one of the girls in the group. Let me tell you the food is awesome. Good selection and wide variety for choices of what you'd like to eat. The reservation was helpful as we were seated quickly. Out service wasn't the best, the server seemed preoccupied and slow to check back with us but overall the dining experience was pleasant and I would return and recommend to others!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I used OpenTable to make the reservation a couple of hours in advance. We were not on the restaurants computer system and had to wait for a table. Restaurant gets a passing grade for the food, but OpenTable gets a failing grade.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for visiting friends & family
We bring relatives & friends here all the time. The trip around the ASian market menu option allows everyone to customize their own meal so there's no need to worry about picky eaters.
We brought our two young kids last time and had great service, but I'd prefer to leave them with a sitter next time. It's more of an atmosphere you'd want to enjoy kid-free.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dinner Out
We came with family who were visiting from Germany, one of whom is a chef, and we were all impressed by our meals. An added plus for us is the great variety of gluten-free options available!
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love going to Open Sesame and have gone numerous times since we first discovered it. Their food has been outstanding every time. Drink menu is really good too. Service has been hit-and-miss, I suppose that's true wherever you go. The ambiance is unique, there are lots of textures and deep colors and it's dimly lit. One part of the restaurant has an awesome fireplace for romantic dates. There are several semi-private areas too which are good for groups. Most recently our group of 10 was seated across from the bar in an area that looked like the inside of a genie bottle or a sultan's tent - it was awesome! This is the quiet side, the other side is more lively. Try the do-it-yourself market bowl, crab wontons, and chai cheesecake - yum!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Veggies & Meaters alike!
This restaurant offers a make your own stirfry, so you can load up on veggies alone or add steak, chicken, fish, pork. Great for large groups....something for everyone! Prices are reasonable.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Its my favourite restaurant in Calgary
Brought my sister from Halifax there and she loved it as well..
Always served promptly and reservations are always on time
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Calgary Eatery
The food was more tastier than last time and the sizzling steak was not as salty as the last time we were here. The only thing that we would comment on with regards to service was they did not even attempt to acknowledge that it was our our anniversary, even though we made a note of it during our booking days before. When we mentioned it to our server (in passing, not to draw attention) we were surprised that the server was indifferent. We are not people who like to draw attention to ourselves and this didn't ruin our experience, just worth a comment. Red Water Grille do a great job when it comes to discretely acknowledging anniversary's and we will look to stay with them next time we celebrate an event. Will be back here again though.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a cool place to eat! Decor was reminiscent of old industrial China. Big heavy timber and beaten copper everywhere. Nice big hearth with an eerie blue flame off to one side as well. Wonderful service from the hostess to the server at our table. Lots of menu options for applies to mains. Interesting beer selection from all over Asia. By far the best idea on the menu was the make your own stir fry. Fun to do and the results were amazing! House made sauces and rolls makes the food quality so much better than the other bagged or boxed Asian cuisine places. Try the peanut butter blondie for dessert if you have any room left. Prices were also on the less expensive side as well. All around fantastic time!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Open Sesame!
Always the go-to restaurant of choice for when the in-laws are here, Open Sesame is affordable and delicious!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always!
Been to Open Sesame a few times and have never been disappointed! Will definitely be back!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
An evening out!!
Great evening out with family. Everyone enjoyed the experience!
Staff was friendly & knowledgeable !
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best stir fry ive ever eaten!! So big ... Makes 2 meals! Great prices
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh, delicious, affordable
Although they have a full menu, we always order the "do-it-yourself" stir fry option. It's fresh, delicious, lots of choices, filling, and HEALTHY. The only thing I dislike about the restaurant, is how close together the seating is. I often feel like I'm sitting WITH the people next to us. We love Open Sesame and we will be back.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Night Out!
Staff was very accommodating of our group, including one members food allergies. Service was great as was the food. We will definitely return!!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have been going to Open Sesame for many years and it is still our favorite restaurant. It is a great relaxed atmosphere with good food and service. I highly recommend it for a regular lunch/supper night out or a romantic dinner for two.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it! Great first experience and will be going back! Affordable good healthy food!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made a reservation for my friend and we arrived 20 min early. The waitress ha no issues accommodating our early arrival and finding a place for us to sit. The waitress was friendly and even the girl in training with her was friendly. We went stir crazy ha ha h. The sauces and fresh vegetable selection is amazing the food was cooked perfectly.i would come back to open sesame again.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has a trendy Asian inspired feel to it. Tables are a bit close together but overall the decor and ambiance is very nice... Good for dates or family/group gatherings. I've been here twice and both times I ate the make-your-own stir fry. I like the options and it was very tasty both times. It is similar to mongolie grill but less expensive and much more attractive and enjoyable. I tried a fruit beverage called Aladdin's passion and it was a bit bland and not very memorable but not necessarily bad. My boyfriend also got a fruit beverage (frappe) and they were out of strawberries and made it without. Overall, I would go back.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Pan Asian Dining
LOVE Open Seasame! This is my favourite restaurant. Service wasn't up to normal par the other night but the food was delightful! When I made my reservation I submitted a request and they were able to grant it! Love this place for dates, spending quality time with friends & family and special occasions!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Leave lots of time
We had a group of 8 and had a great time. Food and drinks were great except for my Mushroom Fried Rice. My complaint is that service was good but very very slow. Drinks took a long time each round as did dinner and dessert.
Luckily for us, we had the time to chat and catch up but I would not want to go there on my lunch hour or a "quick" dinner.
The waitress brought my parents desserts out with a sparkler on each which was a very nice touch because they were celebrating their 30th anniversary.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner with friends
really good food. fast service. Good experience to go with friends / date / special occasion and because you can make your own dish - everyone will find something they like.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this place
Everything about this place is amazing
Recommend to anyone and everyone
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entire experience was great. Food and service were wonderful and will defiantly be returning in the future.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us met for drinks and appetizers. Waitress was friendly and attentive but not overly so. The appetizers were a little hit and miss. The chili chicken was great. We had 2 orders of it. Imperial spring rolls were very good. The battered prawns were tasty enough but a little heavy on the batter. We had the mixed dumplings - 2 meat and 2 vegetable. We wouldn't order the mixed again - just the meat. The veggie dumplings seemed to have mashed potato as their main ingredient and weren't that good. We had not paid a lot of attention to the prices and we were pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it was.
We would go back again and maybe give some of the other appetizers a try.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went here with my two daughters and had a great time!. The food was great, portions are just right. Our server was very helpful and friendly. I would come here and reccommed it to others!.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love This Place
We go here all the time & each time I bring someone new who I know will return when they leave. The food is great & the concept is wonderfule!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pan Asian is Right
Admirable selection of Southeast Asian beer, and a menu that covers half of that continent. Moderately priced, amiably staffed, fork friendly.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our birthday party group had a lovely meal & certainly enjoyed our semi private area in a raised area of the restaurant. Open to all, yet contained for the kids to move around a bit. Our food was hot, served promptly & very tasty. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. Would go back again.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale DIY stir fry!
A group of 10 of us went here for my fiance's birthday and everyone loved it! Great atmosphere and great food. I'm not the foodie in our group, but a friend who knows his "Pad Thai", loved his meal at Open Sesame. Thanks guys!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dessert menu, but no dessert.
It was a busy Friday diner service, but a dessert menu offering should be followed up with a timely dessert order.
This didn't over shadow a good meal, but left an organizational question.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We travelled from 6 1/2 hrs away and we'd certainly travel it again. The food was fantastic! Just as we remember 10+ years ago! What a gem of a place!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and i love this place. We always go to Open Sesame for our birthdays. Always a good time and great food!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Making it Yourself
Nothing like choosing exact what goes into your meal to make it enjoyable. Always great ambience, the vegetables are fresh and tasty when you choose to build it yourself. The calamari appetizer was small but tasty, a perfect start to a do ious dinner. The banana wontons are a perfect desert to share - sweet but not too sweet.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most recent visit was my 3rd time to Open Sesame. Brought my (adult) kids and they loved it. Great food, great service. Will definitely be back.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
My favourite Calgary restaurant
I never feel rushed when I eat at Open Seseme..
ive brought many out of town guests here and every single one enjoyed the "Market" concept.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server, Payge was WONDERFUL!!
Our server, Payge was WONDERFUL!! Very friendly and energetic! We never wanted for anything!!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Last minute reservation
Booking a last minute reservation was no problem. The second we walked into the door we were brought to our table. My only suggestion is fix the step into the restaurant I almost face planted on my way in !! That would have been a terrible experience.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was great we were a group of 10 people and some arrived late but there were no problems
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our son and his bride-to-be are vegetarian, so we do like going there when we take them out for a meal. I'm sure there are other places that cater to Veggies, but this has always been one of our favorites.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM