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Two Penny Chinese

4.3
49 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 Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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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
What 49 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Each and every dish was absolutely delish. It's as simple as that!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was so amazing! Definitely get the sesame balls, crispy egg rolls, and the curry lamb steam buns.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Two Penny Chinese is delicious! From the salted peanuts to the charred cabbage to the
spicy Sichuan noodles, everything was flavourful and unique. I will definitely be back again, and again, and again!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Exceptional service and food, cocktails were really good but did take slightly longer to come out despite there only being a few other tables besides us. Get the salted egg yolk bun its to die for

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Most spicy unusual Asian inspired deliciousness. Service is exceptional. A little pricey but well worth the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Blown away. Wow. This place is just what Calgary needs. Is anyone else sick of the all new trendy places where the ambiance is cool but you each get a tiny bite of a ‘shared plate’ worth $5.00 a mouthful? (No offence Calcutta CC and Foreign Concept). Get a grip Calgary!! Two Penny proves you can have MORE style, way more VALUE and leave completely satisfied and happy. The food is AMAZING. We were a party of 8 and are all in love with this place!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful, and the cocktails were amazing, but the food was just so-so. We prefer our local Chinese place at a fraction of the cost. It’s not that it was bad, it was just underwhelming for the price. We’ll be back for the drinks, the setting and to have some of the small plates, but not specifically for the food.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Menu in Open table is inaccurate.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Had an amazing lunch there! Food was great - will come back for dinner one day!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Service and food were great. I recommend the duck, the buns and fried rice. Everything was great.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This was my third or fourth time to Two Penny. I usually go for after work drinks and have the smoked mushrooms or pot stickers with a bourbon cocktail; exceptional! The first full meal held up the standards of the small dishes. The ginger beef is a nice exception to the standard sickly-sweet "candy beef" of bad Chinese food; it's a serious sized shortrib prepared with a tangy/sweet ginger garlic sauce (nodding to the standard) and nice crispy garnishes. Our group was split on the spicy Sichuan noodles; some thought they were too spicy (if that's possible)... They weren't, but definitely lots of flavour.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing food with amazing service! Great place for a group of friends

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This a great place for something different. A lot of care goes into the dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Super friendly staff - very clean - a little loud but not in an annoying way - Great food!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Not your usual Chinese food (in a good way). Great combination of flavors, fast and friendly service.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Cute place — great vibe, nice looking venue. Food was just ok. Avoid the spicy szechuwan noodles. Lobster shrimp dumplings were excellent. Calgary needs a hip and happening Asian inspired restaurant so I hope they last...with a few small changes to the menu, this place can thrive!

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Overall disappointed with our experience here. We had been so excited to try this new restaurant and unfortunately service was mediocre at best, I have celiac disease and although there are gluten free options on the menu very few of them were actually safe for celiacs to consume due to the cross contamination in deep fryer. After considerable pushing we were able to get our server to have one dish cooked in a wok instead of deep fryer (salt and pepper seafood- was good!), but for the so so ambiance, average at best drinks and poor ability to cater to dietary restrictions I would not come here again. Everything was extremely slow and server did not seem to care.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Very noisy place even only partly full at lunch with minimal lunch special option. Good food however and great service.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Nice decoration, little noisy, hard to have conversation, foods are little salty , but good service.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Brought my friend for her birthday and were really impressed with the service, the ambiance of the restaurant and the food was awesome!
I’m looking forward to bringing my family in for a meal!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

A casual evening out turned into an amazing dinner mixed with some great cocktails. Great ambience even on a quiet night and the food was fresh and amazing. Service was 5 stars as well. We will be back over and over and over again!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent Food, staff was very knowledgeable and excited about the menu!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service was very friendly; really enjoyed the ambiance; chinese inspired dishes were very tasty, portions are on the smaller size for the price. Great cocktail selection.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was terrible

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was delicious! The servers were very friendly and the ambiance was inviting. Our favorites were beef noodles, half-chicken, and the candy bar.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The chair one of my colleagues sat on fell apart. A safety hazard like that should never occur.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Excellent location for a business lunch

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great service and food. Had the feature new year menu and it was delicious. Definitely will be back to try more dishes.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great wine great food! Love the decor and a fun atmosphere

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had the Chinese new year’s menu. It looked like it would be good from the menu but except for desert, none of the courses had any depth of flavour. The cod soup was overpowered by mushroom flavour, the noodles were bland, the crispy chicken was dull and mostly bones. Normally I enjoy poke but the version we had did not combine well. Had to line up for 15 minutes to use the washroom. The art on the walls and desert were the only positives. Avoid this mediocre food although maybe ordering off the menu would have been better.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Amazing service and food! But my girlfriends were there for our monthly Cocktail Club and we were so in love with all of the delicious cocktails!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

An interesting food experience. We went and it happened to be a Chinese New Year special menu night. It was great to try a bunch of things. Some amazing, others we wouldn’t have chosen. Overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The food was every bit as good as I had been told to expect, highlight was the Charred Cabbage for sure. Cocktails went quite well with the food, if not quite as alcohol forward as I am used to (and prefer), they suit the food perfectly.
Our server Sarah did a phenomenal job of guiding us through the menu, as it was our first time in. There was a slight wait on our first cocktails, but the bartender was busy and the place was quite full, when they came, they were absolutely perfect, and it was worth waiting a few extra minutes for them. Certain to come again and try a few more menu items. Already planning my next visit for my girlfriends birthday.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

It's a modern take on Chinese food. Unlike dining in Chinatown, this spot offers a beautifully decorated dining room that has an Asian inspired theme. Cuisine is beautifully plated and delicious. The BBQ pork buns are made in house and are authentic!! Even for our picky eater (aged 12), he thought the food was amazing. There was no arguing at the dinner table for a change.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Been here twice now and both times the food is fantastic. Food isnt cheap but its far higher quality than most Chinese restaurants in my opinion. Food is great. Staff are very nice and professional.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Service and food was slow. Will go back. Wine list a little $.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

First time in. Great space. Great food. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Two Penny was recommended to us and we had an amazing dinner. The tasting menu celebrating Chinese New Year was delicious---a great surprise and change from typical Chinese fare. It was great value and the service was also perfect...great timing on the courses and we didn't feel rushed. We will definitely return to try the Ginger Beef, which I hear is amazing. I definitely recommend ordering a menu if it's offered--great variety and value.--especially for just a couple of people.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We ordered a total of 4 dishes, the egg rolls were non traditional but very good as was the prawn dish. Unfortunately when we got to the short rib ginger beef it was very salty to the point my mouth hurt, the noodle dish was also salty.. the service was ok, the server started out a bit smug but eventually warmed up. Overall the meal was about $130 plus a tip so when I compare Two Penny with other similarly priced restaurants in the area I would choose differently next time. There’s lots to like about the place, good energy, trendy decor, location, and the little lounge downstairs looks very nice but unfortunately, at least in our case, the food quality was just not there.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

It was a good experience. Some dishes were hit or miss, server was young and inexperienced but made our experience good.

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