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Open Sesame

4.2
1069 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Located on Macleod Trail, Open Sesame offers a wide variety of Pan-Asian cuisine. Our menu features everything from the traditional favorites, to the more personalized design-your-own stir-fry. In addition to our full bar and wine list, we offer an extensive Asian and imoprt beer list. Whether you are joining us for dinner, or just for a snack and a drink, you will find that we have something for everyone.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - last seating 10:00 pm
Sunday: 4:30 pm - last seating 9:00 pm
Holidays: 4:30 pm - last seating 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 259-0123
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gary Hennessey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mcleod and Glenmore
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Parking details
Our parking lot is located directly in front of our restaurant. There is also additional street parking on 69th Avenue (on the south side of the building) or Fisher Street (directly behind the building).
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Public transit
The #81 Macleod Trail stops just in front of the restaurant (both heading North and South) and we are also within walking distance from Chinook Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1069 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.2
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4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicous and service was great! Always have a great meal when we go!
Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I specifically called the restaurant to see if they did anything special for birthdays. They said they bring out a dessert with sparklers in it. Was very disappointed when the dessert came out with nothing and had to ask for the sparklers right in front of the birthday girl. Kind of awkward.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very expensive for what you get. Not as good as it used to be. Had the trip through the asian market or whatever they call it now. $15 base price for all the veggies you can stick into the bowl and then $4-6 for the protein. Got the chicken and the BBQ pork. 3 pieces of chicken and 4 pieces of pork......That's a better part of $9 for 7 pieces of meat. My wife had an order of chicken and the scallops in her's. 1 big piece of chicken and 3 smaller ones and im not too sure on the scallops. Just too expensive for what you get. WIll go somewhere else next time.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, have been here 3 times and have never been disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was great. Server was absent minded, forgot a few drink orders on a few occasions,

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very enjoyable- great service and a unique way of presenting varieties of rice, noodles, meats, seafood, vegetables, sauces and garnishes. Great decor and ambience. Special occasions can be celebrated here as well as dinner with friends and family. Children enjoy this restaurant. We have no hesitation in recommending Open Sesame to anyone looking for good food in a warm and comfortable spot.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Took way too long for everything, was not impressed with the service of our server. Was there for a celebration and in the end was not happy or impredded. Food was excellent that was about it that I was happy about.

Also having that many connected restaurants, need to have better parking. When you have a reservation, it's pointless when you have difficulties finding parking

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Delicious fresh food...excellent service. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our friends' first time and they were impressed as we knew they would be

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great food, always fresh. Friendly service but not overbearing. Reasonable prices offering a wide selection of menu items.Drink prices were also set at a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent selection of different Asian foods. I have ben to a lot of Asian countries and the food is authentic. Also lots of vegan choices. It was the 2nd time Austin served us - he is great. Lots of cozy tables and corners for privacy.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Open Sesame is one of our favorite restaurants. Great food, super service and amazing atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I haven’t been here in a long time and was very happy to see that it was even better than I remembered. I will definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I have been enjoying meals at Open Sesame for at least 12 years. I love bringing visitors to Calgary here. The dining experience is quite different from most cookie cutter establishments. The fusion of Asian, Indian and Thai dishes are great. I do enjoy the stir fry make your own bowls, however, the ginger chicken is my absolute favorite.
Our server was very attentive, and knowledgeable about our meal options.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We enjoyed our family time together, celebrating one of our Don's birthday. As always the food choices are outstanding and when the meal arrives, it never disappoints. Lots of selection for picky eaters when you build your own Stirfry! We really enjoyed our server ... very friendly and attentive, but not over-attentive! He had the right balance and was fun to have as our server. Forget his name but he had a definite Europeon accent!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food for a fair price except the appetizers- ridiculously expensive for the size of the portion. Could also use a better burbon selection, but still a great place to go.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Was so looking forward to dining again at Open Sesame but this time the service was disgraceful, waiting over 10 minutes for our first drink, waited over 60 minutes for our main meal which never arrived. Even though the place was not full . Waitress never even offered us a 2nd drink she never came to the table to apologize about the food being late or even to offer us another drink. In the end we left, totally disappointed. It will be a very long time before i consider going back there. Would i recommend the open sesame sorry no service was non existent.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

It was fabulous but I would highly recommend the sizzling plates over the stir fry bowls. The bowls get cold fast and some of the veggies were cut up way too large. My open table requests wasn’t read so we didn’t get the table we requested so that was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great as always. The do-it-yourself stir fry options are excellent and plentiful.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Friendly staff, decent service, good food. Liked the cozy booth that leant itself to good conversation and an enjoyable time.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This is my third visit and the food has been exceptional each time. As I am not a Calgary resident I only get to visit when coming to a concert or Doctor appointment. Will highly recommend. The staff are friendly and courteous and very detailed orientated.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food is great and the staff is wonderful.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our waiter was great but he was so busy that the service was quite slow. We frequently visit Open Sesame and are always happy. Just noticed that the service was slower than normal.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It's always a pleasure. The waiter was too notch again this visit. Matt was our best server to date. Thanks again.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Love the stir fry! I get it every time and am never disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great service! Food was amazing as always. Great option to have a reduced portion for my kids.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Service was "meh", but I think it was busy for a Tuesday. Friendly service, just a bit absent.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

I really like the concept of this restaurant. Its always a lot of fun. On this last visit I went for lunch time. My food arrived and it was lukewarm. It was still tasty. Ordered brown rice but I'm pretty sure I received white rice Waiter forgot to bring my coffee but after I mentioned it, it was brought right away and I was not charged. Waiter was friendly. Overall , it was still a good experience.

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

The food is expensive for the quality you receive. $2o for one bowl.
The meat was not fresh ( barbecued pork).
The lighting is far too dark.
The waiter pushed the alcohol menu ( 3 times).
I would not return.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was tasty, but expensive!
Two of us got the build your own stir fry, the basic charge being $15 which included the vegetables and sauce! The meat for the stir fry was $5.00 each, we were under the impression the meat would be $5.00 total, the rice itself and the Nann bread are each charged for seperately. The variety of meats, rice and sides was wide. Though I would like to say one of my ingredients was missing from my dish when it was returned.

The stacked seseme Chicken Salad was very good. The salad was large enough to be a meal in itself. My mother was able to take some home for lunch the following day.

Kung pao chicken was spicy, and spicy was desired. My husband enjoyed it.

We also tried the Brownie, Chai Cheesecake and Wan Ton Bananas, all of which were greatly enjoyed and devoured.

The tables and seats needed more thought. There was no leg room for two short people, the seats in the booth (which was raised) was not ideal for a wheelchair, and was quite uncomfortable.

To get the wheelchair into the restraunt we had to go out, around and come back in through the kitchen entrance, and they were very kind. Our server was wonderful and attentive, he kept coming and checking on us, refilling glasses, made sure we had all we needed but did not hover or impose. Balanced our care wonderfully which I have noticed is sorely lacking in other establishments.

We had tried to make the reservation for Bolero using the internet link, and wound up with reservations for Open Seseme due to the two restraunts being connected not only in the same building but using the same app/site. Not knowing this was the situation I thought as I used the link from the site itself our reservation was with Bolero. This was quite disappointing on the one hand, and a huge flaw in their system.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We had dinner for a couple birthdays and as 3 servers we knew we were going to be complicated. Our server was wonderful. She got stuck with us after our first server had to leave and she dealt with all our requests perfectly and we had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the great staff at open sesame we will be back.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a decent meal (not great) at Open Sesame this Friday. The Singapore noodles were very good. The reason I rated the food at a 'good' level is that one member of our party added a protein to his dragon noodles, and did not receive an adequate portion of this add-on. When the waitress was questioned she came back with info, and it confirmed that the dish was shorted on the protein. The bill was not adjusted. Desserts were very good. The service was adequate. I did tip 15%, but held back from my typical 18% because there were a number of times we were just left. Also, we weren't asked about our mains at all.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Something for everyone...just wish the appetizer portions (Mushu Wrap & Terriyaki Ribs) was of a larger portion, especially for the amount charged. Barely enough for two people to enjoy.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We were there for a birthday dinner. It was good but our server wasn’t very friendly and the food wasn’t really anything you couldn’t do at home. Good, but nothing overly special.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

I loved the place and the food, great experience
The food is delicious and healthy . Customer service is excellent. The environment is cool

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

It was good. But it was a little slow this time. I really enjoyed the bbq pork with my stir fry i will definely eat it again next time.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Very tasty food whether you do the make your own stir fry or the menu set ones. Service was fast and very nice.

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1.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The rice was mushy in our stir fry. I had heaped on the garlic and ginger and other flavors, but the food didn’t come out very flavorful at all. We were on the wild rose detox and thought this would be a good place to go. But the quality of the food was poor and quite costly.

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Love Open sesame. The food is always great! the last outing however the service was really really slow. It was not too busy but I feel our waiter had more tables than what he could handle in order to be efficient. It took almost 30 minutes to get our bill. Despite the slower service ( and i should add its never like this so it was just a one off) i would still go back and recommend to other people. It is one of the best places to eat in my opinion.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was quite good!!

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