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Gorilla Whale

4.8
337 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Serious food & drink in a very unserious environment.

WE ALWAYS SAVE ROOM FOR WALK IN'S

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 337 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GrandmaC
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Gorilla Whale twice and it is fabulous! The food is very unique and delicious. There’s a decent wine list too!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second time out with my wife since the pandemic started. We saw the ratings online and wanted to give Gorilla Whale a shot. The quality of food was amazing. Great experience overall. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Gorilla Whale as our first date night away from our new baby and we were very happy with everything! Service was very efficient, food was delicious and it has a cool vibe and casual but classy atmosphere. Hot chicken donburi and pork steam buns were our favourite plus they had a nice beer list and great cocktails. Only comment would be it would have an affordable bottled wine option. Overall everything was excellent however.

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KristaF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

portion size was very small for the extreme price of each item.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite in the neighbourhood. Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such yummy food and our waiter was great!

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vipGoodfoodseeker
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

OMG! So yummy!! The food and drinks were amazing! The atmosphere was fun and lively. The restaurant made us feel safe with extra cleaning and spaces tables. Our waitress was friendly but a little busy. I think she appreciated that we weren’t in a hurry - just needed some grown up time and told her we didn’t want to be rushed.

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Chivers
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant
Food, service and ambiance are top quality

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Sweetb
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we finally got a chance to get there and will definitely be back! Food and drinks were fantastic and had awesome service!

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Queenbre
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite, we cannot get over how unreal every detail was!! MUCH LOVE

KL
KatrinaL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience! We visited for a Saturday morning brunch and had the place to ourselves, the space is cozy and comfortable, very attentive service, and the food was beyond delicious. Tempura Soft Shell Crab Benedict....this is what dreams are made of :) I was also treated to the Japanese donut bites for my birthday, so thoughtful!

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BrendanN
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal here with great ramen and cocktails. The server was very friendly and helpful. The place is very cool but not intimidating. Prices are definitely on the higher side, but we had a great time and would go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Food and service were great!

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amandam
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 1st and definitely not our last visit. The food, drinks and dessert were delicious. Service was excellent the vibe was relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food as always, the team here never disappoints. Great happy hour deals too.

JM
JayM
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great options on the menu. Some great house cocktails. Really recommend starting with sticks for appies. Looking forward to the next time we go.

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vipRachaelW
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and experience. The service was great and it was amazing to be able to sit at a bar again to have a delicious meal.

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Franki
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Been wanting to come here for years, did not disappoint. Highlight of the night, cocktails and yakitori. Highlight HIGHLIGHT of the night, get the pork belly yakitori! Great ambiance, very well executed food!

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Pamela
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Good food, service average. Play loud rap music which interferes with conversation.

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BarbaraS
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

You’re given an hour thirty for reso, but the order wasn’t taken right away. We were 45 mins into reso before the first plate came out. Food is good. And music was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eats! And great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The music is a spoken word style with heavy beats. Always felt like someone was yelling at you while you were trying to have a conversation with your date. That’s the only issue we had, food was great and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience at Gorilla Whale. Our server was very prompt, friendly, and helpful. Our food came quickly and it was all fresh with amazing flavours and textures. The music was awesome - I wish I had their playlist!! The atmosphere was great too. Everything was top notch. We will be back!! Highly recommend!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely adore Gorilla Whale! Second time here, and many more to come. Some of the best food in the city, love the ambiance in the restaurant, fantastic music! Servers really know how to read a table, know when to interact and when to give you space. Can’t rave about this place enough!

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SteveO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment has quickly become our favourite in Calgary. The food, the service and the sake are awesome! I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining here. Great room and atmosphere with genuine and personal service. The food is always delicious

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Dubsy
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This place is a bit of a hidden gem.
Not as many people know about it... but they should. I have never had anything disappointing come out of this kitchen.

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SusieG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALL AMAZING! Well done to that staff and owners being able to keep going!

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vipFlowerdrumsong
Calgary
115 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-Valentine’s Day brunch was amazing. The tables are all spaced out well and the personnel were all wearing masks making us all feel assured that they were doing what they can to comply with the regulations.

Food were delicious. I ordered the soft shell crab Benny while hubby ordered the karage sandwich. Tasty and freshly made - the dishes were exactly what we hoped for!

We will be back!

SB
SeamB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was as it advertises to be and more than I expected the food was exciting and delicious, with a bit of great and loud music to feel we were really out on the town and at someplace special.
Good Covid measures in place.

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SamK
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic happy hour drink deal. The chicken ramen was excellent.

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vipSinclair
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, cocktails, and service. One of the best date nights in Calgary.

KB
KellyB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding, up beat vibe with fantastic food and drinks!

ML
MyLam
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top shelf
Sake menu delightful
Food was mighty tasty and high kicks to the staff
Be back for brunch!

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vipSarahP
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun unique dining experience. Great for a date or night out with friends.

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vipVaughn
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Tasty last dinner before quarantine restaurant closures. Menu is very good albeit limited. Service lagged but given restrictions understandable. Overall great dishes and cool music/ambience/decor.

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vipJesseI
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Always a good time. Never disappointed with the food. Service was slow but they probably weren’t expecting it to be as busy as it was, so that’s understandable. Had a lovely time.

JB
JoanneB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and we loved the atmosphere and the service as well.
Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

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vipCalgaryGirl
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorilla Whale is consistently fantastic. Food, ambiance, cleanliness, service- all top notch. One of our go-to restaurants.

FAQs

Gorilla Whale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (587) 356-2686.

Gorilla Whale is rated 4.8 stars by 337 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.