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Where Chefs Eat in Calgary

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by Phaidon
Updated September 13, 2021

You’re in luck. The world’s best chefs are sharing their favorite places to dine out in Calgary. We’ve partnered with Phaidon’s Where Chefs Eat, the best-selling restaurant guidebook with over 7,000 recommendations across the globe, to create a list of restaurants in Calgary where chefs love to eat. Grab your copy of this must-have guide, and get 30% off, just for being an OpenTable diner.

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4.8
4.8 (1664)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Dining Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
"Coming back home and having a meal of this quality with a surprising focus on vegetables, gives me hope for the restaurant scene in Calgary today." – Matt Abergel
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 8, 2024
Food was excellent, our server Eva was amazing with her professionalism and suggestions. Would def go back!
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4.6
4.6 (4590)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
"River Café has created a beautiful place in an extraordinary setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home– staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality, and regional, seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a sense of place." – John Jackson & Connie DeSousa
Top review
newhen
Dined 4 days ago
Great service, delicious food. Highly recommend the River Cafe.
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4.4
4.4 (2159)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
"The culinary influence of Argentina is evident throughout the menu, with the personalized touch of tableside preparation for dishes like ceviche mixto. The extensive raw bar pays homage to the fresh, sustainable, West Coast seafood that is readily available here. Vegetarian cuisine is celebrated too – almost half of the options are vegetarian, particularly the small plates meant to share, such as the pistachio and avocado bruschetta, grilled provoleta and sourdough fugazza with Roman broccoli." – John Jackson & Connie DeSousa
Top review
Neilvip
Dined 6 days ago
Our whole party's food was great. Attentive service.
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4.7
4.7 (1795)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Inglewood
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chefs John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
Top review
RommelB
Dined 7 days ago
Exelent!!! great attention!!! Highly recommended!!
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4.8
4.8 (4284)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Calgary
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chefs John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
Top review
Greview
Dined 1 day ago
Great service and outstanding food. Alloy knows how to treat their guests. exceptional!
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4.8
4.8 (1959)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Calgary
About the restaurant
Justin Leboe is a chef with an established haute pedigree, his CV including The French Laundry, Daniel and, closer to home, Accolade in Toronto. But in 2011 when he opened Model Milk, housed in a converted art deco dairy in uptown Calgary, he switched to serving up southern fried chicken, waffles and gravy, and "Sunday suppers" of BBQ ribs. On his menu, which does sharing plates and traditional mains, easy comforts sit alongside the more grown-up likes of handmade cavatelli, wagyu beef tartare and little gem lettuce with Asturian aioli. A fine modern wine list and an extensive list of cocktails encourage lingering into the early hours.
Top review
MarieGracevip
Dined 1 day ago
Always a Calgary favorite. We’ve loved Model Milk since it opened. Consistently delicious and fresh dishes. The calamari, fry bread and fried chicken are classics.
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4.9
4.9 (5846)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
Recommended by Chefs John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
Top review
GabrielaA
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service, strongly recommended. The coliflower is amazing.
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