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Smuggler's Inn
Smuggler's Inn

Smuggler's Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Pros:Good location, good ambience, good service. One of the fewest places you can make a reservation for a sat or sun brunch. Cons: quality and taste of food is average / below average."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been dining at 'Smugglers' for over 30 years. We know you have not changed your décor in this time span..........this is because you do not need to..........the consistently, Amazing, quality food keeps your customers coming back! Best 'Halibut' we have ever had! We always bring our guests visiting from Europe here for Alberta beef...........never a disappointment! Do NOT change you menu (PLEASE) to accommodate the latest trends. We love to know that we will always find our favourites here! Thank-you!!! Gunther & Roxanne Gebauer P.S. You might one day, want to consider recovering your chairs?"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My nephew particularly loves the steak soup. Anything I've ordered has been to my taste and liking. Service has always been impecable."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Everything was fine. We had the seafood platter. Large lobster, 3 large scallops and 3 large shrimp. Nice salad bar. It was loud, we had to raise our voice to speak with each other. I felt like I was yelling at the waiter. They put too many table in the room, crowded in."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I have been to Smugglers a few times over the years and have really enjoyed it. It's one of my father's favourites, so I thought it would be a nice treat to take him there for his birthday. We were both very disappointed. The soups on the salad bar were devoid of anything but liquid... the beef ribs i ordered were (I am quite sure) from costco - that's ok for home (if you don't know how to cook), but not for a nice meal out. The rare 'Owners and Friends' prime rib that my dad ordered was so tough, and so sinewy, that if the 'Owner' did in fact serve it to her or his friends, they wouldn't be friends for long. Don't think we'll be coming back - not for a long while anyway..."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our guests were very impressed with the atmosphere and The Prime Rib! They will return!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is a stellar restaurant if you want to go somewhere with excellent service, great food and attentive service. It is also one of the few restaurants that still offer a soup and salad bar, which was totally delicious. No complaints whatsoever and because they were busy, I was very thankful to have had the opportunity to reserve a nice table in advance for our daughter's birthday celebration. We were seated as soon as we arrived. We never had to wait for anything in the entire 2 hours we were there. We will definitely go back again on another special occasion to try other delicious items on their menu."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "A pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning. Service and food were very good."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have been going to Smugglers since 1976. It has never wavered in service, good food and the cost of the food is reasonable. Soup and salad bar come with your meal and the mud pie is outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "First time going to a restaurant where the waiter did not greet and introduce himself. He also did not ask if we were finished with the dish and took the plate away, we had to ask for it back. He was definitely NOT worth the standard gratuity that was automatically added to the big for a large group. Otherwise if it was not because of the prime rib we would never be back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great old time salad bar and wonderful prime rib served in 'hungry man' portions."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We were seated immediately, and the waiter greeted us right away. The service was impeccable. The salad bar had a great variety of vegetables, salads, dressings, everything was fresh and colourful. There was a choice of 3 soups the 2 we had were delicious, hot and filling. Variety of buns were available, and my husband sampled all, and enjoyed them all, especially the cheese rolls. Our main course was fantastic, presentation was nicely done, and the waiter returned numerous times to see if we needed anything, constantly refilling our water. He brought us a special dessert, mud pie with a candle for dessert. All in all a great dining experience, as usual."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We are very very old patrons of smugglers,the food is great, I specifically asked for a nice quite table. ..near a window , I also said it was for a special birthday and we were the hosts.I did get there when the other couples were seated, but I did not get what I wanted, and until I told our very nice waitress there was no indication of why we were there.I just didn't feel the occasion was special and did not get what we wanted."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great brunch on a Saturday, this is the place!!! Same wonderful food as Sunday, but a little less of crush of people."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoy going to Smugglers for special occasions such as our anniversary. Well we were seated in the bar area right by the door where the waitresses were constantly going out to serve the patio. We were not impressed."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "As usual if you want great service and nice food - go to Smuggler's Inn."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Smuggler's is one of my favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, they did not live up to our expectations this time. My steak was excellent, but my husband had to have a second one prepared because the first one was severely overcooked. The second one was not much better. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Arrived with out of town visitors for a 7 PM reservation. Seating was prompt and timely. I was surprised to find the bean soup on the evening menu...woohoo! My wife and I have dined at Smugglers on several previous occasions and always enjoyed the experience and the food. The staff are friendly and well informed about the menu. Smugglers is a great experience day or night."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Soup and salad bar were great but the entries weren't as good as we have had in the past. My wife and daughter had the Cajun chicken which is supposed to be blackened but not have the charred, burnt taste and very, very dry. The waiter told us it is supposed to be black. I don't think that black is suppose to be charred black. I had the salmon and it was overcooked and dry. My son's had the steak and they were good and others had prime rib and it was great."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming here every year for 12 years to celebrate not only our anniversary from when we first started dating, but also for the last 8 years to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This is a special place for us and it always will be."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I went to Smuggler inn every time I have a business trip to Alberta, food , service also can keep in same good standard I will invite all my coworker who need to goto alberta must visit"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I love that they pay attention to GF. Makes dining easier. They are super to my 10yr old son. Service is excellent and quick and they don't hang around the table annoyingly!! I went there for a romantic dinner with my BF and it was so nice and relaxing and special. Food is AMAZING!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great brunch! A bit pricy but really good food! I would go back but more for a special occasion because of the price."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Justin did an outstanding job looking after my family seeing to their every need. The incredible variety of the food was scrumptious and beautifully prepared and displayed. Great job guys!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Nice food, great service. One of our family's favourites. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Smuggler's is always our go to place for any occasion! We know what to expect & the quality of the items we order are consistent. When in the mood for the perfect prime rib or for a mud pie dessert, there's no where else better to go!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had the prime rib and it was a great cut, nice and tender and opted to have the double stuffed potato with it which i would recommend. Salad bar has a good variety of items to choose from and there was 3 soups to choose from as well. All in all a great place to go for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A great choice for Father's Day! The salad bar is always a delight--the Portugese bean soup being a particular favourite-- and the only problem is one can never quite have room for dessert. Beef ribs are a particular favourite of mine. I also enjoy the decor and it's always a treat to visit. Bravo!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Not overly satisfied with Restaurant , kind of noisy , food not prepared the greatest & not cooked that well. Restaurant is getting quite run down. Years ago used to be a special place to go."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Since my first time in Calgary 2004 ..... Smugglers Inn is no. 1 for me.... All my friends learn this place thru me. I held my 2006 birthday here. My friend had a wedding celebration here. My other friend had a proposal from her husband here. This place never change since them. I'm happy they maintain the good service and food they have. Keep it up. The ideal to make it in different restaurant is a good ideal. Been to all this resto... And I like the meat BBQ dinner.... Well done."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've been to Smugglers Inn for dinner many times and it has always been amazing. We went for brunch an I was disappointed. The food was bland and dry. Disappointed with this brunch"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I give a poor rating be cause of the horrible music they insist on playing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Smuggler's is a go-to place, allowing for reservations, knowing you won't be waiting in line for a table. The atmosphere is pleasant, although a little dark for me. The high-backed chairs offer privacy, making group conversation enjoyable. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, offering us recommendations when asked. One party member was unhappy with his strip steak, finding it overdone, dry and fibrous. the Tarragon Halibut was, as always, perfectly prepared and tasty. The salad bar is a favourite of ours and always well stocked with a fresh selection of soups, rolls and salad ingredients. Overall, a great place to visit, over and over again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had requested a booth when our 5:00 pm reservations were made, did not receive a booth. We were seated on the left side of the restaurant. Did not enjoy this as much as the right side where the salad bar located. Also, did not receive the usual complimentary warm bread on this side. We always received it on the other side. Food was great, as usual and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "When you want to be productive at lunch, you need a balance among service, noise, privacy and good food. Our lunch met hose criteria as best as can be done. The halibut was slightly dry, but was more than made up for by the accompanying sauce and delicious, perfectly cooked scallops. the meat dish was its expected quality. I would be back tomorrow if guaranteed the same waitress."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a small group in Calgary for the GPS and Smugglers was recommended to us by some locals to the Calgary area. On arrival we were given a booth that had lots of space for all 4 of us (4 grown men) and we each ordered a different steak from the steak menu. The food came out in an appropriate amount of time for this type of venue, was hot, and I didn't here one single complaint. We all loved it. The only hiccup was that on arrival, another group had already taken our reservation somehow, but they were still able to accommodate us."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have been coming to this restaurant for years and I am always impressed with the quality of food and service."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • " I made the reservation for Smugglers Inn, where I have dined alone before, and have always been treated as a valued guest. This time the entrance to Smugglers Inn had a sign directing to Tango a restaurant all in the same building, because of renovations. My table was the only other in this part of the dining area where a party for 20 was being set up. As the party organisers began arriving, I began to feel more and more in the way. I have never felt more unwelcome as a single diner as I was for this Sunday Brunch. Single diners stay away!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for a birthday dinner, and the food was incredible! Definitely the best food we have ever eaten! Soup and salad bar was great, and we got steak and chicken and both cooked perfectly! The service was also spectacular, our waiter was so nice and checking in on us making sure we were doing okay. Food wasn't too badly priced either. HIGHLY recommend! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great room, good food, excellent service. Smugler's Inn never disappoints. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014