Smuggler's Inn
Smuggler's Inn

Smuggler's Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smugglers.ca/
  • Phone: 4032535355x
  • 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 4032535355x

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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Smuggler's Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (101)good for groups (80)fit for foodies (58)romantic (52)great for brunch (49)neighborhood gem (37)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (25)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (10)hot spot (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • YYC Meatheads
    YYCMeatheads
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always a great meal! We brought our family that was visiting from eastern Canada for proper Alberta beef & they weren't disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smugglers Inn dining
    good4friends
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food. busy place. would have liked the waiter to have noticed when drinks running low instead of having to wave him down and ask. would have liked that Potatoe an automatic not as aside. loved having a salad bar.reasonable price for the cost. Some difficulty getting in and out of table with the big chairs however they moved easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fabulous!
    livetoeat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We always come to Smugglers Inn to celebrate a special occasion, as the food is consistently great and the service is fantastic. This time was no exception - our server was courteous & prompt, our food was fantastic - the prime rib was stellar! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Auntvictoria
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A little too noisy. Service was very good. Food was very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I've lived in Calgary for 47 years and I can't remember Calgary without Smugglers. ALWAYs great! Sometimes you wouldn't take reservations and that wasn't good but now you do. I love your soups especially Mallagatawny which only appears infrequently. One small criticism :- I don't like the chintzy tongs on the salad bar. Is that REALLY the way to improve your bottom line?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - Subpar Service
    foodie212
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My first time here and my server failed to mention that there is a free soup and salad bar until after we ordered and ate a starter. The bathroom was super complicated to get to and you have to walk past people running food from the kitchen (making sure not to run into them). I also won a GC to the place and their gift card machine was down... Otherwise, the food was delicious and the decor is really interesting. A very unique, romantic setting, but left with a bitter aftertaste from the unfortunate service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a large group therefore lots of people to please. The meal was excellent well plated and excellent flavor, the service was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique spot and value
    anniversarydiner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Third time to Smuggler's Inn and again was not disappointed. The service was excellent and as always I feel it's quite good value. The quality of the food is excellent and without higher prices than most restaurants you get the salad and soup bar included. Keeps me going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime rib
    maturecouple60
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We both had the prime rib and it was incredible, great service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate Great Times
    Cmom65
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Took my kids there for a great celebration dinner. Has only been there once before several years ago and wanted to replace the memory. Our server was happy and attentive. Busy for a Tuesday night, but I guess that's normal considering the facility size has been reduced to 1/3 of the original size. I'm not a big steak eater, but I made an exception for this occasion and I'm glad I did! Steak was very savory and delicious. Everyone was happy with their meal. HUGE dessert portions! The only disappointment was the decor. Purposely large and clunky in the dining room but old, worn and dank downstairs on the way to the washrooms. Carpet on walls? Not since the 70's and I sure didn't want to lean against the walls.... say no more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donsafan
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    As usual, Amie and the gang were great as was our lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    CorianderVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Wonderful selection & quality at Sunday brunch, and the service was great as usual. However, when are they going to renovate? Instead of sitting in the bright & airy Tango Bistro, we had to sit in the dark 1970's cave of Smugglers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    wobbleh
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went to Smugglers after a few years hiatus. The food was average at best. i think the appeal to most people is the salad bar but that was pretty average as well...especially quality-wise. I also don't understand the point in having 2 hostesses plus a (I'm assuming manager) at the front if only one is able to assist you. Service from our server was the most disappointing part of the evening. The server blatantly gave much more attention to a larger table beside us. I more than likely will not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime rib roast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Large portion, very tender and cook to all our different requirements Excellent service, very friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arun
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have been to Smuggler's several times. Every time It has been a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always what you expect!
    altagal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Smugglers has never changed -- the food is good, service is fine -- and soup/salad bar is tasty and a bonus that it is included with the main course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Delicious
    Happydiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My family and I come here for special occasions and they never disappoint! They have a wide selection of soups and salads that is a buffet. Their prime rib is the best in the city! The restaurant is a bit dark so it causes a little trouble when reading the menu. Service is consistently pleasant. We will continue to dine here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to celebrate.
    Eatoutinyyc
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    As usual a great night out. Food was awesome, salad/soup bar was very good. Celebrating our Son and Fiancées engagement. Waitress congratulated them and bought over a special dessert for them to share. Very impressed with everything. You can't go wrong with the Smugglers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prime Rib Leader
    Thugor
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been to Smugglers Inn dozens of time and they always hit the mark with there Prime Rib. Order the big Cuts... Doggie bag...Prime Rib Sandwich for lunch the next day!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was outstanding as always. Service was also outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    LadybugcecVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have enjoyed Smuggler's for years. Always a great place to get great Alberta beef. We came here this past weekend to take my mom out for supper because she wanted prime rib. She was not disappointed. Very nice service. The only negative is that the chairs are huge and it can be hard to get in/out of them while holding a plate of food from the salad bar as they are quite a tight fit, but honestly it's so minor because the food is always lovely
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Going out to eat is a special event for me. I have a diet limitation that few restaurants bother to cater to. Last time I went to Smugglers the service and food quality were not up to par. They very apparently read the review I left last time and fixed the problems. Food was great and service (our waiter was Justin) was stellar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cold food
    jangeobrown
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was cold and the containers were empty. I counted three containers empty and the ones that were full were overcooked and cold. I will not take in another brunch at that restaurant. We mentioned to the waitress about the cold food and the empty containers. It was quite a disappointment to us as we had invited our friends to join us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way to long between visits
    toolongbetweenvisits
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As we live west of Edmonton now, we don't get to Calgary enough. Smugglers Inn is our #1 choice for a meal out. We love the soup, salad bar and particularly the prime rib. We are literally full for two days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    ching
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We came around 1pm which is late apparently for there not much selection.We planned for nice lunch but we didn't know that its all brunch buffet for Saturday and Sunday.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Times a Charm
    foodie4life
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Was looking for a nice restaurant to take my mother and grandmother who were in from out if town to. I went online to look for a restaurant in the area and had decided on Smugglers based on the good reviews. Everything from start to finish was amazing. Our server Terry was actually an acquaintance with one of the diners at our table and the service was impeccable. And then there was the food!!!! To die for ! My 82 year old grandmother said it was the best birthday dinner she had ever had (and that's a lot of birthday dinners). Will absolutely be back! Hopefully date night next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended
    Romano
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Server was efficient and polite. Food (primary rib) was cooked properly and was not late (15min.wait). Salad bar had a good selection and dessert (brownie) was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!
    nverk
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had a great time at brunch with my fiance, service was fantastic. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • random
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It would be a better ambiance and noise level as an adult dining experience especially at dinner. The obvious goal of this restraunt is to be a fine dining experience in the evening, that requires children only at lunch
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smugglers
    dineking
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm not sure what has changed since the last visit a few years ago, but it was not good. Ordered a prime rib (their specialty) and asked for medium well. When steaks arrived it was VERY WELL DONE. I would expect better from a renowned steak house. Not only over cooked but extremely dry and bland. My wife ordered a smaller cut of prime rib and hers was undercooked. I'm not sure what has happened since our last visit but it was not for the better. May not return for anniversary next year.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steak house
    underwhelmed
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It's not too fancy. But it's not rundown at all. It's your classic steak house. Traditional salad bar. Big meaty steaks. Side dishes to match. My husband and I had a very nice dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and good services
    Great
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Thanks for looking after me and my guests's needs last Friday. All my guests enjoyed their food and the salad bar. Booking an early reservation, 5:15 p.m., really helps. The restaurant was quiet and the server had more time to help us with our orders. In general, we had a great time! Mo
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love It here!
    Alana
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I've been going to Smugglers for over 20 years, it's changed a lot over that time. It went through a bit of a rough period a few years back, but has figured things out again! Now that I have a family of my own this has become my kids (age 10, 13) restaurant of choice for their birthday dinner or any special occasion over the last couple of years. My son and my favorite is the garlic Parmesan crusted steak, my husband gets the first mates blackened Cajun, daughter is a rib girl. They have great soups to start and their salad bar is decent..... Although I am sad they no longer have the wasabi dressing anymore.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    ELAINE
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It was great as always Stuffed potato was cold Excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    lulu25
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for brunch. We have visited the restaurant for dinner but never for brunch. Overall the food was good. My kids loved it but I felt I wish they keep the same level of quality that you find in the regular restaurant. Either way it was a good experience. My kids are quite fuzzy eaters and they really enjoy it. They are asking to go back. Another thing is that you are charge $1.25 x the age of the child. I thought it was a great idea as my 12 year old doesn't eat the same as my 5 year old
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    MicheleM
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They have a wonderful selection for brunch however make sure you come hungry otherwise it may not be worth the $22 per person. Recommend reservations as they are given better seating (nice booths, close to buffet). Handicapped bathrooms are okay but a tight squeeze with low toilets. Overall would recommend and we will be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andymaui2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The overall experience was excellent as we had not visited Smugglers for a very long time and are asking ourselves why it has been missing from our dining scene. That has been rectified by our last visit and we will be returning a lot over the foreseeable future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decline in quality
    Foodie2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Smugglers inn has been our special occasion restaurant for many years. The ambiance and food are classic however we have noticed a decline in the quality of the salad bar. On our last visit the salad was wilted, the steak soup had no steak in it and the jello was mangled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same good food as always
    Suzyyannie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were disappointed that the patio was closed on what was probably our last opportunity this summer to sit outside and have a drink in sunny, warm weather. But, we were given a nice table inside and the food was great, as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Celebration
    eric
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We booked for a group of 6 to celebrate a friends Birthday. Food was fantastic n so were the selections for drinks. Highly recommend this to celebrate any occasions. Server was good but did forget a few of our drinks as people staggered in for our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet