Smuggler's Inn
Smuggler's Inn

Smuggler's Inn

  • 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 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
182 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (113)good for groups (90)fit for foodies (61)romantic (56)great for brunch (46)neighborhood gem (39)kid-friendly (30)great for lunch (28)notable wine list (22)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Poor value
    Dale
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The bison steak was $32, which is fine. What is not fine is the very small meat portion you get for dinner. The piece of meat was so small it looked ridiculous on the comparatively large plate. It did taste very good however. If it was not for the fruit at the salad bar, for which I had 3 helpings, I would have gone home hungry. The beef steak and seafood plates that my friends had were reasonable portions, but certainly not too much. Server was good. The salad/bread bar had a pretty small selection. I previously thought this was a good although expensive restaurant. Now a reasonable value is just not there anymore. I do not plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Being an out of town traveller, I used to eat at Smugglers many times. In the past. So when i returned this time with my wife we were looking for that service and quite frankly the best Prime Rib in the city. We were disappointed at best. Our food did not arrive as we ordered. When asked " how is everything" I explained that they must have confused the wellness of the meals as I ordered Blackened Prime Rib medium rare and received it at least medium well. My wife who ordered the Prime Rib medium well received her meal barely medium rare. When we replied to the question and she seemed to be disinterested in our reply. My wife would not send her meal back or eat the undercooked meat so our evening was well below our expectations. Following the presentation of the bill our waitress came and after clearing our table, she told us that "the Prime Rib was cooked as ordered and that because the Blackened Prim Rib is seared in a pan it may have been over cooked". We did not complain but will not return
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  • Great!
    GAPR
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We had visitors from Australia and took them to Smuggler's for a feast. It was superb, from beginning to end: for those who had fish and those who had prime rib. Desserts were excellent and the service was fantastic. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good night except for...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very good night. Only one issue. My wife's prime rib was cooked wrong. It was corrected but the waiter made a point of making sure that we knew it was the kitchen's fault and not his. I thought that was very unprofessional. The food however was delicious and everything else about the evening was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended!
    lucky
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I grew up in Calgary and hadn't been to Smugglers since the early '80s. The decor is still the retro '70s look (which was great...it immediately brought a smile to my face). The same salad bar with delicious salad dressings (if you like blue cheese, the blue cheesing dressing is beautiful) and amazing steak soup. I am not a meat eater at all....but for the steak soup I make an exception! It is outstanding. I am only sorry we were a bit rushed and could not stay to have a piece their wonderful mud pie for dessert. Thanks Smugglers, next time I am back in Calgary I am coming back and if need be, I'll get the mud pie for take out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don D
    Donsafan
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I had scheduled an important business lunch and needed to be sure that the quality of food and service wood be outstanding and that it would be quiet enough that we could conduct our business. Smugglers came through big time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meat siza!
    Tintin
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Went to Smuggler's to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were looking forward to it for a week since I booked! We were so amazed by the size of the steak we ordered, truly it was beyond our expectations! We will definitely come back and try other menus. The food is definitely a must-try! On top of that, we got a free mud pie with a candle for my husband, so truly, the resto went out of their way to please us! The only downside was the noise level. I asked for a quieter area as I wanted to enjoy the conversation with my husband and it was accommodated (we loved the fireplace very close to our seats), but we were close to a family who had a baby crying. Guess, you can't just have a perfect set-up anywhere.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Whenever we have a special family occasion we choose smugglers as our favorite restaurant. When we have friends from out of the province or from outside the country and we want to showcase how great alberta beef is we take them to smugglers. Great food, good folks, great ambiance. Smugglers is our restaurant of choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We went for dinner on a Monday and was surprised how full the restaurant was! However, service was absolutely amazing and the food was delicious! Would recommend to anyone :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Soup and Salad Bar
    John
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Soup and Salad Bar made the meal. Main course was disappointing. Bison steak was bland and overloaded with berry sauce. Vegetables were overcooked and almost rubbery. Server was fantastic and very attentive. Mud pie was absolutely scrumptious. All in all I would recommend the appetizers and dessert.
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  • Good meal, good beef!
    JimX
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Smuggler's doesn't change, and I mean that in a good way. Steak and Prime Rib were our choices and the quality here is always good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benny
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had our employee apprication event here and the food, staff was all excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Linzg
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was amazing! Server was friendly and personable. Best steak ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    john0324
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great steaks great service. Parking is always full on weekends as this is a popular place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    CruisingDiner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    3 of us went to celebrate our friends birthday at Smuggler's. It was a great atmosphere and we did lots of laughing, chatting and eating. The salad bar had a wide variety of fresh vegies, salads, and dressings. The buns were freshly baked, and crisp, and melted in your mouth. A couple of people had the soup, and it was scrumptious. Our main course roast beef, was made to perfection, and we all enjoyed it immensely, though there was too much to eat. We managed to save some room for the birthday mud pie, that they brought for the birthday girl, but there was more than enough for the 4 of us to share. We topped it off with coffee, which we had refilled a few times. Service was next to none. All in all a wonderful birthday dinner for all of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little disappointing....
    Bianca
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I had blackened cajun prime rib with neptune. The prime rib was excellent but the neptune was a ripoff. I paid $7.00 for a spoon of grated seafood, that was disappointing. My partner had the mixed seafood plate he said is was fine, not outstanding. What really bothered me was that they put us in the very corner of the room and there was a machine noise that was so loud it was giving us a headache, they said they couldnt change the table becuase it was full but there was plenty of extra tables they could have exchanged. The tables also felt like they were way too close together and people could hear our conversation. We spent a lot of money but the surroundings and noise ruined the evening. Will go downtown next time.
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  • Excellent Food
    Calgarianamateur
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I have been there a couple of times and I am always satisfied that the service is very good and the food is excellent. Great place to be with friends. It is a little noisy, but I guess it is because of the amount of people there...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love, Love, Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    from the fresh salads to the hearty delicious soups, this restaurant is not to be missed. You feel like a King or Queen of old in the high backed "throne" chairs that add to the overall mood and ambience of place. The food was served quickly and efficiently even on a busy Saturday night and cooked to perfection. One of our favorite places to eat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love smugglers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very impressed when talking to Rich about bringing in my special needs son on Nov 1st, who would not eat anything on the brunch menu. Nothing was a problem. Rich was awesome on the phone and made me feel very welcome and assured me that bringing my son and not charging for him was no problem at all. He made me feel at ease. I love this place and have been coming here for 20 years. It's always great food and I have NEVER had a bad experience at Smugglers;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall - good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    overall the food is good, try not to pick too much salad, so you will have enough room for your nice lunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Smugs! We love coming for each and every birthday in our group. The soup & salad bar is fabulous. There aren't many (any) restaurants that still have a salad bar available. The food was excellent. Our evening was enhanced by our waiter, Terry. He really knew his food and his restaurant. He had us laughing and really added to our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went beyond normal service
    Gigicanada
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went with our 18 months old daughter. She has some good allergy and the waiter went beyond the norm to find a safe dish for her to eat. He double checked with the kitchen to make sure it was safe without us having to ask for it And it was delicious
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good weekend brunch
    Kron
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I made reservations easily online or a Saturday brunch beffet. It was for 10am and the restaurant was not yet busy at all so reservations may have been un-necessary but it did start to pack it in as the time progressed. Food was very good and you could tast the freshness of everything. Seafood display was very visually appealing. Selection of buffet items were on par with hotel and convention centres. All around it was a good experience and good meal. Will return next time we are in Calgary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food wasn't up to par.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My dinner was undercooked. I asked for rare it came out blue! Not even a grill mark on the meat! I wont be back 4 a long time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not impressed. Shabby
    Joans
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Potatoes, steak, seafood all had the same taste. I believe the chef favors a certain flavor which dominated all dishes.
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  • Always a great meal!!
    clod
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Another great meal at Smuggler's. Thank you for great service, ambience, and as always the food!! We love the big chairs and the fireplace as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality
    Lynn45
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Smugglers has been on the Calgary scene for many years.The quality has always been consistently good. One of the few restaurants that still has a salad and soup bar .The lighting has improved but the décor is very dated. The food, however and value make this a great dining out experience, especially for those who enjoy their prime rib, which is probably the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Calgary Restaurant
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Smuggler's Inn has been open in Calgary for decades. It has been updated, but still has the 70's charm (giant chairs that look like thrones, dark interior) and classic food that is always good: prime rib, steak soup, salad bar. All excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    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.
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    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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    • 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
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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