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Smuggler's Inn
Smuggler's Inn

Smuggler's Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smugglers.ca
  • Email: info@smugglers.ca
  • Phone: (403) 253-5355
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 2:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Gary Hennessey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have on site facilities for groups of 20 and also have the ability to bring our world famous cuisine to off site locations. Several menus are offered in different price ranges, and our catering co-coordinator would be happy to discuss options and availability.
  • Private Party Facilities: Special menus can be arranged through our catering department.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Cooper (403) 253-5355

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glenmore Trail & Macleod Trail South
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in the rear of the building (East side), as well as on the street. Overflow parking is available from 3:00pm-12:00am in the Canada Post parking lot on Fisher Street.
A word from Smuggler's Inn
Originally established in 1967, Smuggler's has been serving Alberta prime rib to several generations. Always a popular place for Calgarians to gather and celebrate, we are the preferred dining choice for birthdays, anniversaries, milestones or just meeting friends and family. Our prime rib is the main feature of our diverse menu, available all day, every day any way you like it. From a 7oz. prime rib sandwich, all the way up to a 48oz cut, our succulent prime rib is sure to please any appetite. Cajun blackened is always a popular choice, as is adding a lobster tail or side of garlic shrimp. Of course there is a creative selection of steaks, chicken and seafood to satisfy everyone. With a soup and salad bar included with every entree, not many guests leave hungry, but it would be a great idea if you saved room for one of our delicious desserts...even if you plan on sharing.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "My mom, who generally only likes Chinese food, had praise for the soup and salad selections. The mashed potato that came with her cedar-plank salmon, was too rich for her. Glen, who was our server, was friendly but not intrusive. He was very accommodating and brought lots of lemon slices for my mom's hot lemon water. My daughter loved the peach slices. My wife said her peppercorn steak was the best she's had in a long time. My jambalaya was a tad sweet, and could have been spicier. It was still delicious. We had family from Hongkong and they enjoyed the prime rib. The tables are a bit too close but I guess that comes with being a popular eatery. All in, a thoroughly enjoyable night. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I booked our reservation on Open Table, it was so easy. The hostess seated us right away and our server was amazing. I would definitely come back and recommend this place to my friends. Food, ambience, and service were all perfect. Well done Smugglers, well done. Not my steak though, it was a perfect medium rare. We will be back! The complimentary dessert was a perfect touch for our birthday celebration. Hands down delicious!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We've been to Smuggler's many times and always enjoy it there. The only concern we have is that every time we go everything is the same. We'd love to see something different available on the menu and even the salad bar could use revamping (salad bar really is a little sad). Food is good, service is excellent and it's one of the rare places that still offers a salad bar which we enjoy, we'll go again I'm sure."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We made reservations, and we got in at the reservation time. Very good food, but quite noisy for us, hard to carry on a conversation at times. Attentive waitress. Good atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Justin was absolutely great. We were having a business meeting and his tack and timing were incredible. The food was great as always."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a fantastic experience. Our server Rachel was outstanding!! She was very attentive, made recommendations and very friendly. She made our experience great! Exceptional service! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "the food was pretty average for the price. The service was good and the décor was nice to look at as well."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Good food and atmosphere... Great place to eat and enjoy."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I love the salad bar they have. It has a variety of items to choose from. the atmosphere is very unique."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I have been to Smuggler's many times in the past, but this was the first time in a long time since I moved away from the Calgary area. It was well worth the 3 hour drive. The service was excellent, the food outstanding. My daughter had never been to Smuggler's and she said that she will be back. It was a great meal for my daughter, my wife and myself. Thank you Smuggler's"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Amazing food and an impressive salad bar. The staff is all friendly and accommodating. The ambiance is perfect for any occasion--men loved the large, comfortable chairs! Must try the prime rib!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "If you are going to Smugglers, you are going for the Prime Rib. It is melt-in-your-mouth tender. Although the first time I went to Smugglers Inn was 25 years ago, the food is still just as good. The décor is similar but subtly updated, just like the salad & soup bar. They have kept up with modern dining needs, such as notations on the menu regarding Gluten Free selections, which was important for our group. Service has always been attentive here and it was no different on this occasion. We had not been back in a while, but we will come again soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Smuggler's Inn holds many memories for my husband and I, so I imagine my opinion is slightly biased. Having said that, our recent experience really was great; We were seated on time as per our reservation, our server was good, and the food was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend ordering the prime rib with the "Cajun" option which includes a spicy sauce and the meat is served blackened - so good!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've been here for lunch a few times with the office crew, but this was the first time my husband & I have been there for dinner. We arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation, but were shown to a table in less than 5 minutes. Our waiter Derek was more than attentive. It felt like we were the only people he was serving and we never had to wait for anything. The food was delicious and plentiful. After 1/2 bowl of steak soup (wonderful!), and a trip to the salad bar, our food arrived right on cue. The meat was done to perfection and as tender as butter. I ordered the side of whipped/mashed potatoes which was enough to serve 2 people. My husband ordered the cherry cheesecake, which I sampled, and it was delicious."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had a family gathering at Smugglers for Sunday brunch. The menu was ok, the carne asada eggs benedict was great, the rest of the buffet just average. Good food, just not what I expected. Spoiled by their dinner offerings I guess."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Good food and great service. Found it a little difficult to get out and go to the salad bar. Overall it was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Really good steak, Salad bar is average, and soup area was good but my favorite "French Onion soup" was missing, I was a little disappointed about that. French Onion goes well with any dinner especially Steak."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband received a gift certificate over a year ago and we finally made a reservation and went. We were very happy with the food and the value as compared to other steak restaurants ie. The Keg. We will deffinatly be returning."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We made a reservation but had to wait at another 20 minutes before being seated. The food was delicious. The service OK. It took ages for our food to arrive. It was so busy on a Sat. night. We would return but never on a weekend."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Remember coming here when I was younger and loved it! This time not so much.. service was quite slow and he just didn't seem to care we were there. Food was really good, just don't see myself coming back anytime soon!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Have been to Smuggler's a couple of times. Food always very good. Service seems to vary though, from relaxed and on-point to merely relaxed and confused. Don't let the service deter you from going though. I'll be back. Thanks."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Service was great, quick and the server was really friendly and made amusing comments. Price is very reasonable. Food was great, Steak and Ribs were perfectly done. Only the appitizers are a bit seafood heavy fo me (less choice for me) but this is on the individual taste. I had the naan bread and the crab cakes. They tasted perfect! Great location! Would come back anytime."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Been here for all major events. Wanted to try buffet for wife's birthday, was very disappointed in the food & selection. It was cold, and most were empty. Not at all what I expected."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Our favourite spot for Brunch! We can bring our kids & the selection is excellent!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Food was not cooked well, had to send it back. Luckily they didn't charge me for it. How hard is it to make a filet mignon, especially at a steak restaurant."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our choice of smugglers for a special birthday was a good one. Our server Rachel was young, friendly and an very efficient. The mud pie was complimentary for birthday boy. Recommend to anyone who likes their primerib done to perfection (mine was blue rare)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Reservered our tabke for two online and did not have to wait to be seated. Overall, the experience was great. The server and manager on the floor were really kind and attentive."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The generous portion of prime rib was very tender and flavourable. Although the decor has not changed much in the 29 years that I have been going to Smuggler's the prime rib is always excellent. The service was quick and polite. Smuggler's is always one of my stopsz when in Calgary. It's good to know that they still make it like they used to."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Lowreys can't even come close to this purveyor of Prime Rib."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The brunch had a ton of variety, and although the vegan/gluten free menu didn't matter to me, I know a lot of people who would appreciate the diverse menu, as well as the designations on each item. Would definitely recommend for brunch!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The salad / soup bar that comes with the meals is great and fills you up before you even get your meal! The food is delicious, although a tad pricey for some items, in my opinion. Service and ambience were great too!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We sat down for 10+ mins and our server did not seem to aware this was one of his tables and he's been walking pass us several times until the othe waitress alerted him."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food and prompt service. Have been going there for over 30 years and never disappoints. The prime rib is superb and the mud pies as dessert are always excellent. Has always been good value for the money. The menu has expanded since we went there originally so lots of choices. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Fabulous food and great dining experience. this was our first experience here and was amazing, we enjoyed it very much our waiter was very funny and service was great!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have been going to Smuggler's for 28 years. I have never had a bad meal and the experience has always been great!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I took my friend for brunch on Sunday and had the best brunch ever. It was the best because it had the largest selection of gluten-free items. Obviously, I normally cannot eat the breads and baking, and this is to be expected, but most often the meat dishes are not safe at a brunch either. The sauces and glazes usually have gluten. This brunch had sooooo many selections of meats, including sausages that had no gluten. I tend to eat more of a Paleo diet and this brunch just hit the spot. Excellent, excellent. I will definitely go back. It was extremely affordable as far as a great quality brunch goes as well."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Weekend Brunch buffet. The selection was lacking other brunch buffets offer quite a bit more. The food was also not hot and only kind of warm. The food that was there was good just needed to be kept a lot warmer The service was very good and I enjoyed sitting over in the Tango restaurant it is quite nice in there. Improvements need to be made, until that happens I don't know that we would go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was good and got to our table very quickly, but our waiter could have been a little more on top of his serving. We had an 8 p.m. reservation and their were very few people in our section at this time. The service started out great he was at our table to get our drinks before the menus arrived but as the night went on we saw him less. I could have used a drink refill and probably would have had at least 3 more drinks."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "great as always , Ryan our server , great & friendly"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went there because the menu looked good. The food was good maybe too overpriced. The server was not friendly and didn t explain to us how the restaurant and menu worked. We waited for the salad and soup .... that ever came.... because she didnt tell us it was in the back as a buffet. Anyway she was rude to us went we asked questions on the menu. This restaurant preety much is like a pub more family oriented with alot of crying babies. We didn t have time to talk and hear each other. Anyway a great restaurant if you have a family overpriced thought.... dont recommend it too have a quiet night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014