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Symons Roadhouse
Symons Roadhouse

Symons Roadhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.symonsroadhouse.com/
  • Phone: (587) 296-4986
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Closed
    Tuesday - Closed
    Wednesday - 11:00am
    Thursday - 11:00am
    Friday - 11:00am
    Saturday - 10:00am
    Sunday - 10:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Turner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Disembark Transit Bus 425 on the corner of Symons Valley Road NW & 144 Ave NW (2 minute walk north to the restaurant)
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Symons Roadhouse
Located at Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market. Chef Kevin Turner serving farm to table, southern BBQ and stick to your ribs comfort food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The place was very comfortable and the tables felt private. Food was very good, though perhaps a bit on the salty and rich side. Dessert was at once both unexpectedly nostalgic and new."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The restaurant offers a dependable rustic dining experience. This was the third time we attended with relatives from out of town and to celebrate the retirement of a brother in law. Overall, we have been pleased with the selection and the atmosphere is very cozy. Our last dining experience suffered a bit from the restaurant being admittedly short staffed in waiters. However, once the waiter came around and took our order, the kitchen prepared the food in very quickly. The cost of the food is also very reasonable."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Simple, seasonal, local ingredients prepared in a special way. Will definitely be back with friends and family!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The butter milk peach salad and corn fritters were amazing! Great service!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The wings are the only wings I will eat in Calgary! Thank you! so good..Saw some changes to the menu, the Bison Burger is fantastic! See you next week."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. This was our second time at Symons Roadhouse and it won't be our last."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Unfortunately my experience was not very enjoyable.. The walk from the nearest car park, was a bit of a chore for me a long time Senior. But I had hoped that the food would make it worth while. My son & myself ordered the same main course which proved to be a big mistake as we were expected to eat raw Lamb. Having picked the most expensive meal on the menu, it was awful!!! The mixture that was served with it, is just indescribable! We both decided to try and drown the taste of what we had eaten ( I left half of mine) with a desert, we found this to be quite miserly in proportion. Having travelled 4500 miles to spend his birthday with his father, he was very disappointed & I was very embarrassed at choosing this venue."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great lunch - Yummy eats! We will be back, next time for the patio!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My wife was just recently diagnosed with diabetes. The waitress helped her food selection by asking the chef what foods would be good for her.This was a great help.We will be coming back.Thankyou."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I heard about the restaurant on CBC with Julie Van Rosendaal, so I checked out the website and it looked amazing. Shortly after our reservations were made, I read the reviews posted. Lots commented about the poor quality, quality, and value of the meals. I had hoped that with the negative reviews, the meals may have been improved. Sadly, our experience wasn't the best. While the server was friendly and trying to do their best, the meals weren't great and not worth the price. The wings were too smokey and had an unappealing taste to them, the mussels could have come with some bread, and lastly the beer we ordered wasn't a full pint. As a result of our appy's we chose not to stay for dinner. :("
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My family of three went there for a Sunday brunch. The service was slow. It was clear that they didn't have enough experienced servers. The girls were really nice, but green, so they were not as efficient, e.g., they had to run back and forth a lot for condiments. They must be trying to save costs, as they only gave me one cube of sugar for my coffee. We ordered eggs benedict and short ribs w/ eggs. The food presentation was plain, and so were the flavors. For $17 eggs and short ribs, I expected more. If they just make simple breakfast items, no frills and just hearty, and reduce the price a little, I think they'll attract more local customers. I'd love to make it my Sunday staple...but not until the food gets better."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Decor-wise, it's like eating in the old Wild West - check out one cabinet display - it's got Calumet brand baking powder - so neat! The food is great - local and organic sourced from the vendors at the market. Loved the frozen lemon terrine dessert!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The place still holds the charm it has always had with an updated fresh feel. We were a bit disappointed that the lunch menu presented was limited compared to the menu showing online however, a specials menu was included that had a few extra choices. The Fritters were fantastic with the sides! The wings and the aioli were very good but the mesquite used in the smoking process was overpowering. We inquired if all meat options on the menu were smoked and they were so we tried the recommended Lobster Poutine. This dish is better than it's first tastes, I recommend tossing the fries with the sauce and let it rest and soak up the flavours, then dig in! Reservations recommended but the service was great with a no rush attitude."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Still have not been disappointed.. Fantastic food! Service charming... fun... thanks again"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Went here for brunch and were not disappointed. We always go to the farmers market but we have never been to their restaurant so we were pleasantly surprised when we finally had a chance to try it! Food were fresh and organic and chef-made. There is always something so good with good that are served seasonally. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We've been meaning to check this place out for a while now - and I'm finally glad we did. The food is top notch, as exemplified by the incredible corn fritters and salty + savoury lobster poutine. Service was outstanding. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was a fantastic night we were greeted at the door with a smile and a warm welcome we were seated and not long after we were sipping our favorite drinks. We took our time ordering and even were asked if we had questions about the menu or would like recommendations, our server was absolutely one of the best servers I have ever had she was friendly, and really took care of us and made us want to come back, the food was extremely good I love a good steak and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. We will be back and will be telling all our friends about it."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We knew going in that anything cooked in the smoker would be amazing and it was. What we didn't expect were the desserts! We ended up sampling 3 of them and they were absolutely perfect. Who would have thought a roadhouse BBQ joint would have desserts to beat anything the downtown hotspots could produce?"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Really fun place with great food. Western theme, felt like the old wild west. Will definitely go back for dinner or wings and beer!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Interesting spot with character and unique menu. Great farmer's market upstairs also!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Server was not familiar with the menu and could not make any recommendations. Salad is lacking in quality and quantity pricey. Flatbread was dry. Service was slow"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nice to have higher end restaurant in the deep NW INSTEAD OF GOING TO KENSINGTON OR DOWNTOWN. Best mussels i have had in calgary but some crusty bread with the order would make it a 10 out of 10 appy i had thr special a good sized bone in ribeye cooked perfectlyy parrner had thre penne and prawns both were excellent"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It's great having the Roadhouse up here in Sage Hill area.. awesome spot to go, especially because we can walk over. Food is absolutely amazing!! Wings...OMG awesome! Go on Wednesday, half price! Food there has never disappointed us, it's always fantastic.. We'll be back again and again.."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We went for brunch and thought they had a good selection, great food , great atmosphere. The favorite was the breakfast poutine ! They did a awesome job with decor inside the restaurant. Waitress was very helpful and clearly proud about what they served."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We've been to Symons Roadhouse twice and both times were memorable! The food is a surprise in a place so out of the way and it's worth the drive. I had lobster poutine both times and would have it again in a heartbeat. The wine is reasonably priced at $8-$9 for what I thought was a generous glass. Service was good too - even though it was quite busy the first time we went. So far I've had the aforementioned poutine, the lamb, calamari, chicken and all were delicious. My husband had the pulled pork sundae -it was okay but wouldn't order it again with so many other amazing choices. I love that they don't have a huge menu so you know they're making a few things really well. I also love that many ingredients come from the market upstairs."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thank you Symon's Roadhouse for giving us a real food option in the NW. Yes, a bit of a drive but worth it. Great western ambience. An interesting food list with a western theme that delivers quality, flavour and value. We've eaten there twice, the second visit with a group - all meals were excellent. The well marked detour during road construction on Symons Valley Blvd wasn't a problem to get there. The rejuvenation of the old Symons Valley Ranch is a bit of Calgary History in our own back yard. Kudos to all who have given us this great restaurant and market. Be sure to enter and park from the east side of the buildings."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went to the Symons Roadhouse for our anniversary dinner. The food was excellent. The muscles and fries were a delicious appetizer. Our main dishes were great also. We will definitely return for the food. We were disappointed with how close together the tables are. Conversation at neighbouring tables can clearly be overheard. The close proximity to other patrons was slightly uncomfortable. Despite this, we will return, knowing that a romantic spot it is not."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Was really hoping to be able to give a lot of stars! We need more good restaurants in NW Calgary. Howeve, could not do so. The BQ pork shoulder (and we were there on BQ Thursday), seemed a little bit like too long in the steam cabinet. Presentation was colourless, taste just okay!Both of us had the 'shoulder' - in retrospect we should have ordered different dishes - to give a better assessment. That however was not the case, but we collaborated on this review. Neither of us will rush back, but wish to hear that our experience was a matter of our questionable choice."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening! The serving sizes were just right. I had the beef short ribs: very tender, very flavourful. The BBQ shrimp and grits appetizer was gresat."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The only downside I can report is that there is not any signage on 144 to help you find this place! Nor is there sufficient direction from the market upstairs. Navigating on foot is impossible and so you must drive, the entrance is on symons valley road which you don't see because access from that direction is inaccessible due to current construction. Once you get there your senses will be delighted by the delectable food and cozy ambience, I would definitely go again...now that I know where it is ;)"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Carbonara is amazing and crispy chicken was excellent Great new spot for the NW"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We took the whole family and we found it hard to decide on something from the menu, it was quite small for main dishes"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious but..........the menu lacked an appetizer soup or salad, we had a nice side plate for bread, but there was no bread and the presentation was very plain. Correct these minor issues and the dining experience would be perfect"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "There were 4 of us who dined here Wednesday after work. The restaurant was pleasantly full and the atmosphere was fun. We had an assortment of appies that were all beautifully presented and delicious."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was quite good. You better savour the few bites that you get. Don't get me wrong, I am not a big eater, there literally was not enough food. $32.00 for a steak dinner . . . I shouldn't leave hungry. Don't expect to get any bread beforehand either. There are no extras here at all . . . not even a mint as you leave. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our first time dinning here and everything was really great! Service was fast and very friendly, food was outstanding, my boyfriend said it was one of the best steaks he has ever eaten and was cooked to perfection! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food at the roadhouse it was tasty and well presented. Portion sizes were a little on the small size for the prices."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "went there for Father's Day brunch time; great service & food & ambience (for a roadhouse). We wanted the lobster poutine & although it wasn't on the brunch menu, we pleaded to our server & she asked the cooks & they obliged...fantastic gal & the food/poutine was devine. we highly recommend this dish & the whole place. we will be coming back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, good service but the atmosphere leaves a little something to be desired. The tables were too close together and seemed to have more than a couple of tables with very loud patrons. Made it hard to hear who I was having dinner with. Maybe dining room and bar should be a bit more separate?"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The Roadhouse is a great addition for those of us living in the far NW. Everyone seems to rave about the lobster poutine but it's definitely not worth the $17. Tasty but not life changing. The short ribs were great as was the bison burger, paparadelle and pork. Everyone enjoyed their sides which ranged from cabbage to cauliflower to mac'n'cheese and french fries. For dessert we tried the Pineapple Upside Down Cake and the S'More. Both were delicious and just the right size. Most dishes were reasonably priced around $20 with only a few creeping up over $30. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and the rustic décor was a nice touch. It’s great having easy parking and with reservations there was no wait! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014