Two Penny Chinese

4.4
90 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Chinese
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Two Penny Restaurant & The Tea House is a multi-level, Chinese-inspired dining experience. The Restaurant occupies the main floor and offers family style dining in a beautiful Shanghai Art Deco inspired space. The Tea House is the more lively and informal counterpart to the restaurant - glowing red with Chinese paper lanterns, offering playful food and a more cocktail focused bar program.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 474-7766
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Ave SW
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Special events & promotions
Two Penny is available for private events and parties. Our venue can seat up to 90 guests or welcome 110 guests standing. Further details along with menu options are available on our website.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

What 90 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 18 hours ago

Great lunch today along with good service. We especially enjoyed the egg rolls !

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

I was surprisingly disappointed with the food as the other restaurants by this group are fantastic! We had one drink that was quite bland as well.

I was quite happy with the service though.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Appys were delish, lunch bowl special completely flavourless. Unfortunate as I had heard wonderful things

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

During the week us a great time to check out this joint with a larger group. There wasn't too much noise and we were able to order items that everyone enjoyed. Definitely great for the family!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had the salt and pepper Seafood it was fabulous and I love the fact that it was gluten free. Loved the oysters and the seafood rice was amazing we tried the tofu which ginger oil surprisingly delicious!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Everyone was super friendly and helpful! The food was really imaginative and delicious. Had both meat eaters and vegetarian diners and we all had more than enough to choose from!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Ginger beef is the best

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was outstanding. All dishes very tasty. The curried lamb buns were my favorite. The server however was unattentive. The service did not improve as the restaurant got less busy. He never came back to pour the tea, and never brought another beer to the table.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

great atmosphere, food and cocktails. great service and wonderful music.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Our family was celebrating my daughter’s 25th birthday. She picked your restaurant based on comments a friend of hers had said about their recent great meal there. Our daughter was very happy with the flavour and presentation of the dishes we all chose: some were recommended by staff and some we chose because of great online reviews. Her favourites were the egg rolls, the ginger beef, and the half chicken with chimichurri sauce. She also liked the steamed buns. We all enjoyed our meal and our time together at Two Penny.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Love the atmosphere, even for a slower Sunday night. Friendly staff and the food suggestions were great.
Thanks to all it was a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fantastic wine list. Well paired with the dishes offered.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Amazing! Food, decor, vibe...

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The servers were great and the food was prompt both times I’ve been, however the drink service both times took way too long. The food made up for it though, it was spectacular.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The service staff at TwoPenny was very attentive - good teamwork and we always felt like we were being taken care of. The food however, wasn't in line with the price. While they were using very fine ingredients (bone marrow in the fried rice for example) the quality of the food was mediocre at best. If you want Chinese food, look for something a little less trendy, less expensive, and have a better meal. If you're looking for something trendy, there are other places where you can get the right vibe, but with better food.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food was ok; nothing to rave about. Service was good.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The food was alright, nothing too mind blowing. Ambiance and service was great.

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1.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The food was good as usual but was perhaps the worst service I’ve had in Calgary. It was very different from past experiences there. The staff was apologetic but i was disappointed to have taken people there for their first time.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Fantastic meal and service. Can’t wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Had an amazing supper with my wife to celebrate our wedding anniversary! Service was great and the recommendations were delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We went for brunch on a long weekend and the restaurant was very quiet, which we liked. Where some dishes were very good, some were disappointing, and our waitress didn’t bring one dish that we had ordered. Unfortunately we did not realize it until we were at home! The interior is lovely.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food and service. The ambiance was nothing special.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food, atmosphere and vibe.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Came in for lunch at 2:50 but the lunch menu was closed. Super disappointing. If you are taking reservations in the afternoon you should offer a full menu, either lunch or dinner, all afternoon.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The overall aesthetic is absolutely stunning however, I was not blown away by the food. I felt like it was too salty, and wasn’t anything spectacular. I would rather come here for drinks and snack foods, and for the aesthetic rather than a full meal because it’s nothing too extraordinary in terms of authentic food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Some of the best Chinese I’ve ever had. Fabulous!!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Two Penny was amazing!! The food was great, the staff were really great as well. They were very knowledgeable of every dish & explained them all when they dropped them off. I have a seafood allergy & were extremely accommodating to that, even acknowledged that the dishes were seafood free each time they dropped one off. I would definitely recommend this place.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The venue was beautiful and the menu catered to everyone! Just found the food a bit pricey for what we got. The Szechuan spice was kind of over powering. Took away from the western Chinese food flavours we are used to.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my mom here for Mother’s Day and she enjoyed it. She thought the portions were quite small though for the price. I thought everything was delicious. We were actually quite full with 3 dim sum dishes (steamed pork buns, crunchy mushroom dumplings and siomai) and baby bok choy. This was my second time dining at Two Penny and my first for dim sum. Love the ambiance and decor. Staff is friendly, knowledgeable and not too pretentious. I will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Went for my birthday the food was great the servers where attentive and accomidating to our needs. They brought me a piece of cake that was on the house ehich was so nice of them. This place is great for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Thank for the wonderful lunch! food and service were great and I look forward to returning again soon.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Overall it was a positive experience, the food was good enough - more variety needed on the menu as it is pretty limited. The atmosphere was incredibly noisy, its a big open space and the music was way too loud, combined with many tables it was very hard to hear the person across the table.
Service was great, everyone seemed very nice and knowledgeable. Food came out with good timing between appetizers and main dishes.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We're a bit at odds with our feelings about Two-Penny. On one hand, it's beautiful and hip. All of the food we had was good, and it has a unique cocktail list. On the other hand we found the service poor and the prices inflated given you can get similar just as delicious food (or better) down in Chinatown with larger portions. The hostess was fantastic, however we rarely saw our server at all and he seemed disinterested in the experience of the guests. We would see him walking about, but he would pass by our table without collecting dishes, touching base, collecting payment or offering refills. Many other service team members including the host helped to cover these things off. We may give it another try, but with so many other great places in YYC, it's not a sure thing for us.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Quite expensive for quality of food. Nice presentation but under seasoned and waygu beef on beef and broccoli over cooked. Lots of potential but food seems uninspired unfortunately!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a great dinner there! Food was awesome and service was just as good, I believe our server’s name was Doug? We will be back :)

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Love the ambiance in this place. They also have a cute speakeasy underneath the restaurant which is great if you just want light snacks and drinks. Their egg rolls are outstanding and unlike anything I have had before. I got the eggplant and the shanghai beef noodles. TBH the eggplant was too spicy for me and the noodles were nothing special but the decor and the service of Two Penny made it still super nice and fun. Come here to try some modern Chinese food in a place fit for Instagram photos!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Second time to Two Penny and it didn’t disappoint. Friendly staff, great food and a cool ambiance. Wish it was a little less expensive but the food quality is always there. Will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Good server but bar was backed up and drink service very slow at first. We ordered tons of food and it came out nicely /was timed well.

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