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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Calgary / Southern Alberta

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Calgary / Southern Alberta? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bar Gigi restaurant
5.0
5 (38)
CAN$51 and over
Wine Bar
Calgary
About the restaurant
Bar Gigi is a small space, with share plates, located in the old Halibut Hut building on Edmonton Trail and 9th Ave NE.


Due to our tiny size...we set aside the allotted amount of time for each party size:
2-4 people: 2 hours
5+ people: 2.5 hours
If you need more time, or want to contact us at all please reach out to (403)612-4487
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Start to finish, such a fun experience. The entire staff who served us made sure we were tended to and entertained. The food, wine and cocktails were all top notch. My parents and their friends were up from Texas for a visit and they had the best time. Can’t wait to go back!!
A photo of Carino restaurant
4.9
4.9 (930)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Mission
About the restaurant
Carino is an Japanese and Italian fusion restaurant located in the Mission neighborhood in Calgary Canada. Japanese taste with Italian twist and vice versa.
Top review
Eddie
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Great food, service, ambience. We will return with friends.
A photo of änkôr restaurant
4.9
4.9 (629)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Canmore
About the restaurant
Opened in November 2020,
Our venue let you indulge in an approachable yet refined atmosphere that delivers a fine dinning experience resonating with each guest.

Surrounded by a team driven by passion, Chef Danny Beaulieu takes pride in honoring the richness of the Canadian terroir, showcasing a vision of contemporary Canadian cuisine.
For the full experience a 6 courses tasting menu is also available.

Our sommelier Julie Hélie curates a wine list designed to pair with the creations chef Beaulieu & his team brings to the table. Enhancing our approach to what we believe is an outstanding gastronomic experience.

Also, elaborated seasonally, ãnkôr offers a diversified local beer selection as well as a Canadian spirits focused cocktail list.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
One of the very best dining experience I’ve ever had. Both the service and food were fantastic
A photo of Sauvage restaurant
4.8
4.8 (681)
CAN$51 and over
Canadian
Canmore
About the restaurant

Award winning Chef Tracy A. Little connects the guests through her love of the mountains, of food and foraging. The team incorporates this into everything they do with a focus on sustainability and craftsmanship. The servers will guide you in your tasting menu experience. We offer a selection of Canadian wines for our wine pairings, and unique, house made juices and other concoctions as a non-alcohol pairing option. Featured on Chefs Vs Wild. If you are interested in cocktails or mocktails, we have the most original and sustainable wild potions that you will find, and a rotating bar snacks menu to pair. Please do not reserve for cocktails and bar snacks, but walk in! We will be happy to seat you!

Due to the size of our kitchen, we are not able to accommodate substitutions. We do offer menus for common allergens. Before booking with children (or in the summer with dogs), please consider if your child is comfortable sitting for up to 2.5 hours quietly at a table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was amazing; we did the Hunter menu with wine and juice pairing!!! It was all so good! Something different than just going to a basic restaurant! Our waiter was so knowledgeable and the pairings went so well with our food! We loved it!
A photo of KAMA restaurant
4.8
4.8 (610)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Beltline
About the restaurant
A new Beltline dining experience born from the creativity, passion and experience of Chef Kenny Kaechele - fresh and vibrant dishes celebrating the beauty and bounty of the Mediterranean region, anchored by local ingredients and a passion for excellence.

Kama features a beautiful sun drenched patio, private dining areas and a gorgeous centrally positioned bar- perfect for an intimate date night, lunch with friends or festive gathering, we are excited to make our new home in The District at Beltline and we can't wait to see you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Kama is truly an experience and culinary adventure. The ambiance is fresh and Mediterranean with a touch of Middle Eastern flair, the food is thoughtful and flavorful, the service is passionate and cheerful. Loved our waitress Jen - she guided us and inspired us through 3 courses and several drink options. Would not hesitate for a second to recommend to anyone looking for a treat and great meal.
A photo of Roy's Korean Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (131)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Korean
Calgary
About the restaurant
Modern Korean food and drinks from award winning chef and restaurateur Roy Oh.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Always outstanding. The fire chicken and cheese is the best.
A photo of Lonely Mouth Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (683)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
Calgary
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of 17th Avenue’s bustling hospitality scene, Lonely Mouth is Calgary’s newest Japanese inspired bar serving an eclectic variety of Modern Japanese food and drink. From freshly pulled house-made udon noodles to our hand-picked sake program + thoughtful cocktail list, Lonely Mouth's focus on craftsmanship and expertise to is meant to inspire, invoke and feed the curious, and without a doubt satisfy your cravings.
Top review
KerriC
Dined 2 days ago
By far my favourite restaurant in Calgary. Food is unreal, service is always great and the restaurant itself is beautiful
A photo of Francine's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (76)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
Downtown
About the restaurant
Francine’s is a petit French bar created by bar manager Nate Wry and chef Garrett Martin. Showcasing old-world cocktails, spirits and aperitifs with craveable, tavern-focused and French-accented fare, Francine’s will transport you to late nights on the side streets of Paris — in the heart of Calgary.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Probably my 10th visit?! 🥲 I came in yesterday just for the special. Nate Wry’s “Sunmaker” cocktail was super delicious and balanced (local Calgary Last Best gin, plum vermouth & mint soda). Stayed for a round of ham & chips (my favourite snack in the city) and also ended up getting cheese puffs, a chicken sandwich and a margarita. Yum.
A photo of Minas Brazilian Steakhouse - Calgary restaurant
4.6
4.6 (431)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Minas brings you the traditional cuisine from the heart of Southeast Brazil (churrasco), under the guidance of master head chef Jose Montes. Brazilian open barbecue cuisine (Rodizio) brought to your table is a perfect fit for today’s variety of tastes and diet: if someone in your party prefers vegan, or requires gluten-free or dairy-free options - Minas provides delicious choices and a wide range of options.

Served tableside on skewers, our delicious selection of meats and vegetables are complemented by a wide variety of delicious grain and vegetable dishes, ensuring a unique dining experience for every eater in your family, friend, group, or corporate outing.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
A true hidden gem. The food is always incredible and you never leave hungry.
A photo of ONE18 EMPIRE restaurant
4.0
4 (1100)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant

ONE18 EMPIRE is a whiskey inspired bar and restaurant with a strong focus on shareable, locally inspired cuisine, masterfully paired with our select onsite reserve.

With over 300 whiskeys, ryes, bourbons and scotches served by our seasoned bartenders, ONE18 EMPIRE cultivates an engaging and activated bar experience for locals and out of town patrons alike. Along with our vast collection of whiskey, ONE18 EMPIRE also offers a wide range of craft beers, wine on tap and a selection of whiskey tailored cocktails.
Top review
fabulous
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
We were there for luch and they only offered a rather limited brunch menu. I had the Burger with a green salad. It was very tasty.
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