TAIKO CANTEEN

4.3
66 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Asian
Taiko Canteen is the home of Zilford's Fried Chicken, Taiko Taco, & Lucky Putt. We offer a casual family-style dining and drinking experience, alongside 9 holes of mini-golf!

What started as a food truck in 2014 with the goal of serving an innovative menu of tasty, bold flavoured foods in a fun and lively setting, has now grown into TAIKO CANTEEN to offer both Taiko Taco and Zilford's Fried Chicken all day erry'day. We also feature a rotating list of craft beers, fun cocktails and the greatest mini-golf course you can enjoy with a drink in hand.

We offer a variety of seating choices, including lounge seating, bar seats, standard table seating, the clubhouse for private events, and 3 seats close enough to the kitchen line that you might be asked to help.

TAIKO accepts reservations but always welcomes walk-ins, nomads, adventurers, and those of you who don’t like to plan.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Wanted to check it out for awhile and didn’t get the chance until yesterday. Mainly was there to try the mini golf and it was fun but overpriced. The food there was so many options and they sound good so had to see other reviews and everyone tried the hot chicken sandwich with kimchi tater tots so I had to try it. The hot chicken sandwich was good but the kimchi was so salty I couldn’t finish my food and left a lingering unpleasant taste. Also tried the recommended short ribs but it was over cooked so very chewy but the sauce on it was delicious. Definitely a nice atmosphere to hang out.

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KodiH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome and very accommodating. I brought my 4 month old baby and was able to eat and then mini golf with him in my baby wrap carrier. My family was out for my sisters birthday and it was a unique, laidback place for us to all enjoy no matter what age. I loved that there was non-alcoholic beer options, especially the stout. We had such a good time here!

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JessicaC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great choice for our group of 6. We were getting together for a birthday and it was the perfect spot for tasty food, great drinks and an activity to get people up and having fun. The service was awesome and I appreciated that they called me the day of to confirm and answer my questions about the venue as we’d never been. Great atmosphere, would totally recommend.

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klpm
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, great music and vibe. Loved the place!

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BryceP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

No nonalcoholic beer
20 kids came in and interrupted our mini golf game, we didn’t even get a hole done and they were all over the place. It was awkward we left.
Didn’t eat.

Service was good understood we weren’t having it

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Critic
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This place is horrible. I couldn't wait to get out of there. It was very loud and such a rip off. Will never go back

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LucasC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Food is average at best but a cool concept

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JayM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the mini golf is challenging and fun. They also make delicious cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! A hidden gem for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great spot. Super chill atmosphere with excellent food and a fun little mini putt.

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MacP
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Calgary. Always so tasty!

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thevancitydiner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was working all alone in the front of house (except for the manager that would come down if she got swamped). She was amazing, even making a great surprise drink from her creativity (it’s now the Sarah special to us now). The food was amazing every bite. The mini putt is a great way to spend some time waiting for your food. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food but the indoor games weren’t open bc of covid which is in no way their fault.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved it! Music was great, people were great, food was excellent as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Made our reservation on here for 7:45. Took and Uber over and they were closing..... waste of time and money on the Uber. The waitress was nice and offered to stay a little longer. We didn’t bother as we were celebrating my birthday. Why take reservations this late if you’re closing. So frustrating.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Great food and service! Only negative was a lack of shade on the patio (completely understandable). I’ll have to remember to bring my patio umbrella next time.

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JDJD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This hidden gem was quite unique. Not only the food was amazing but our waitress Sarah was so sweet. It was a fun filled Thursday birthday brunch for my lover and I. His favourite was winning in the mini golf but mine was the stunning bathroom that is a must see for captured memories. It was a biggie hit #itsallgoodbabybaby. Thanks for the best brunch!

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vipPkDk
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So frick’n good!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was ok. Very loud. Good was a little cold and wasn't great

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SherryS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch . Efficient friendly and very happy.
The food was fabulous . The best chicken Sammy ever.
The cauliflower bites were excellent . Great suggestion by your staff.
We will be back .

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LisaD
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, fun place. Service was a tad slow and lacking in a Saturday night... But no big deal; covid is tough. We will absolutely be going back!!!

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mmyama
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Both my friend and I had never been. Service and food were amazing. The restaurant was very loud although I’m unsure if anything can be changed about that. That didn’t deter from our amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing (as always) the service was quick. I honestly just love this place so ill never have a bad thing to say about them!

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vipjennl
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot! Great food, awesome service, cool vibes!

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ChristinaM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best Chicken tenders in the city! So yummy! Golf was fun too!

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Disappointed
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was quite good. We got the half price bao tacos on a Wednesday night, so they were good value for the product. I would not pay full price for them though. As well, they do not mention there promotions or specials so we had to go off of a photo on Instragram from a few weeks ago. They do not mention that the shrimp taco is not half-price. We also got a Walter's caeser as their Instragram promoted $2 off cocktails as well, but it was not mentioned by the post or the server that the caeser was the only the only cocktail not on promotion. The caeser was not worth the $11 that we paid for it, as it tasted like a canned ceaser with a bit of salt on the rim and a couple of sad looking asparagus spears.

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jabsc21
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, best hot chicken I have ever had.

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Josephine
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was super nice and very attentive. The food was great. They even let us stay after their closing time to finish our mini-golf game.

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KarenR
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went for Wednesday special of 1/2 off bao buns & were disappointed shrimp wasn’t part of the special. Pork belly was definitely the tastiest, the chicken & tofu were lacking in flavor. Service was great as were the drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The first round of drinks took nearly 35 minutes.
When the food finally showed up, there were mistakes, and missing items. Some of the food was soggy and room temperature from sitting in the pass-through window for so long.
For a Friday night, the only front house staff was 1 bartender and one server. There was no way for them to keep up:
We wanted to play mini-golf, but opted not to not knowing how long that would take to set up for us.

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brunch
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came with a group, played mini golf, ate bao tacos. Great afternoon.

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AngelaN
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service from Sam, the food came out super quickly and the Zilford’s chicken sandwich never disappoints!

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Maddi
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The music and energy was amazing, so fun! Our server was so nice and attentive but also let us do our own thing which we appreciated. We ended up staying for about 3 hours! The beers were a little pricey but not out of the ordinary and the tacos were cheap so it evened out! Will definitely be back with our friends.

LJ
LeeJay
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

The waitress was nice. But started off by telling us about half the menu was unavailable. My drink was made incorrectly twice, but the waitress just told me I didn’t know what kind of drink I was ordering. We later overheard the bartender didn’t show up so they had someone trying to make drinks that had never bartended. The food was fine. The volume level was so insane we both left with sore throats from having to yell at each other. Loud music was fine but an extremely obnoxious table and bad acoustics made the volume level unreal. Do not recommend.

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JayBee
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taiko Canteen is a really fun little getaway hidden in the Barley Belt. Delicious baos and chicken sandwiches and mini-golf that's also more trickier than expected... Total fun overall - would definitely go back!

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FoodieKat
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was a great evening out with fiends. Lots of fun. Mini golf was great. The only feedback I’d give is that we had a reservation and also booked golf for 6 people in advance. The server told us not to rush to our tee time slot and we could just jump in when we were ready. We ordered food/drinks and ate before we hit the mini golf. While at the mini golf the sever gave us a “half hour warning” to say that someone else had a reservation and we needed to go within the half hour. There was no question to if we wanted to drink or order more or play more golf. Just we had to be done for the other reservation. Everyone in my group was shocked and as result we did just leave. Before we even had a chance to leave, someone else was asking us to leave. In total we were barely there an hour and a half. None of us have ever experienced being in a restaurant that gives you a time line on how long you can stay as paying customer.

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AndrewS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really fun place with amazing food a decent selection of drinks and challenging mini golf course

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ChrissieR
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, fantastic music and incredible food!!!

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SadatH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Service was absolutely slow. Had to wait along time to order food and to get the bill. Two waitresses on a Saturday was not a good plan

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MelissaH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun night out! The food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful! We will definitely be coming back and would recommend to other friends.

FAQs

TAIKO CANTEEN does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. TAIKO CANTEEN also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 454-1843.

TAIKO CANTEEN is rated 4.3 stars by 66 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.