Safari Grill

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Safari grill is specializing in East African and Indo-African cuisine. The interior of Safari grill is also decked out in earth tones with zebra printed tablecloths and chairs.
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Heather
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always an awesome experience. Great food. Great Staff

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insearchofgoodfood
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A colleague and I went for lunch. It was my first visit, and well worth it. We enjoyed the piti piti cassava starter, a Kenyan goat stew with a tasty tomato sauce, and a very good Daal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food here! Can't wait to go back and try more of the grilled meat and curry dishes. Nice South African wine selection too!

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MichaelL
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always, Ali and team delivered very flavourful food and wonderful service. We'll be back again and again.

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BerniceH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed a restaurant for a special occasion; our parents 50th wedding anniversary. Believe me, it is very difficult to find one in this city that is quiet, has vegan and vegetarian options, and has delicious food. Safari Grill ticks all those boxes. Staff are courteous and attentive and we had a feast!!

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MaggieK
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The owner treated us as guests in his home, fed us well and catered to our every request. The quiet restaurant at 7:30pm became a joyous gathering of all ages by 9:00pm. Thanks, Ali, for a wonderful experience.

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MichaelL
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful and flavourful time as always at Safari Grill. The chicken mistake skewers were well seasoned and melted in our mouths, and the eggplant birigani and the beef vindaloo dishes were to die for! Ali the owner who always greets and treats us was not there today, but even not being there, he took the time to remember us, call in, and to have the staff give us an extra treat on the house that made us feel special. Between the willingness to be bold with flavours and spices in a time when so many restaurants go bland, and to remember us whenever we visit, it is hands down our favourite restaurant in Calgary. Thanks Ali and team!

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RukshanaJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We went for two specific items on their menu and neither were available. Nothing was offered for our disappointment not even an applogy. Won't be going there again

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Kerry
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Birthday dinner
Great food, friendly and accommodating staff
Love it!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Five of us went for Mother's Day and took advantage of the special early opening for lunch. Each of us chose a different dish and all were very happy - especially my youngest son who ordered the lamb chops. We were attended to by the owner and service was prompt and friendly. My wife even received a complimentary glass of rose wine for Mother's Day. Love the food, the different spices. So much more to discover so we'll be back soon.

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great experience. Food was good, flavours were awesome (growing up in Africa it was great to taste food from there). Value for money I wouldn't quite put up there, however will concede it's an experience and not just another fastfood chain. Over all worth the experience and the introduction to excellent cuisine in a well themed environment.
The only criticism would be the huge TVs playing mostly (Bollywood) musicals, so that was a little out if Character for the theme and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Wonderful music and special bday! Ali and the staff are amazing. See you again very soon!

Safari Grill
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review our location, we appreciate the feedback! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We strive to offer the highest quality food and service, and we're glad that we earned a 5 star rating from you. Cheers, and we look forward to hosting you again in the future. Sincerely, Roshney Moledina Manager Safari Grill Calgary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best African food

Safari Grill
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review our location, we appreciate the feedback! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We strive to offer the highest quality food and service, and we're glad that we earned a 5 star rating from you. Cheers, and we look forward to hosting you again in the future. Sincerely, Roshney Moledina Manager Safari Grill Calgary

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MichaelL
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well looked after as always by the staff and owner, and the meals were exquisite as always. Try the Lentil Crepes and Lentil pastry balls...the flavours in them dance on your tongue. And probably the most tender and seasoned lambchops in Calgary.

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MichaelL
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Ali the owner takes care of you as if you were one of his own. The tastes that flow off the food and the value for the dollar make it one of the best small hole-in-the-wall ethnic food (Tanzanian background) experiences in Calgary.

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MikeG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here as part of a monthly dinner club. Ali the owner? was great with good suggestions the food is African with Tusker beer and South African wines. They had generous portions, on our table was Butter Chicken, samosas, several curries and I had the special which was deer skewers with corn and fries in a spicy sauce.
Not one complaint about either the service or the food. Definitely recommend.
This is one of those places you can go into and just say "feed me" try it!

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vipSeahawksRule
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and wasn’t disappointed !! Good was excellent, will definitely come back !

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MichaelL
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the owner Ali treated us like family in every way. Food as always was outstanding and they had our favourite wine back in stock as well. A taste of African-Indian cuisine from the Tanzania region just waiting to be savoured.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with my family on a week night and service was quick and friendly. Food was wonderful. There were four of us so we had a variety of appetizers and meals. I paired a South African pinotage wine with our meals and was very pleased.
Saw the comments on a previous post about the bathrooms but maybe they have been since renovated? My wife said it was fine, even nicely decorated.

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vipFlowerdrumsong
Calgary
111 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I waited awhile before I decide to write a review as I can’t believe the high praises this establishment got. Did we come at a bad night? Did the kitchen have an off night?

The food was bland at best and did not have any spices. Is that typical of African dishes? There is only one color in our plate and that is red - maybe paprika?! The price point too is too high for ethnic cuisine. The server was nice but was not as knowledgeable as we had hoped. Honestly, what is up with this “food critic” saying that the place is authentic?! I’m sorry but I beg to disagree. I have coworkers who brought great African food on work potluck and I expected something like the caliber of what we had at work in a “highly rated” restaurant as this.

What a disappointment. Not returning.

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Millenial
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I love the fun zebra print tablecloths. My favourite dish was the Kuku 65. I asked the server why the title has 65 in it. She said that's just the name of it. Then, when I asked a man who seemed like the owner, he said it's because it has 65 spices in it! The table was split on the vegetarian paneer dish – – one person thought it was their favourite of what we tried there, but another felt it wasn't that spectacular . The ribs were more delicious as leftovers than the night of. The naan was more thick and not as soft as other places. Service was well-timed. Many dishes came with sides, which we had not realized when ordering , so we ended up with too many sides. I wasn't fond of the vegetable rice.

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vipTammyMac
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best (thin) ribs I've ever had! Always order one to go after the meal. I highly suggest the hot! The butter chicken is also amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother's Day and despite the restaurant being busy, service was attentive and our meals came in a very reasonable amount of time. Loved the spicy wings as an appetizer. My wife and son also really enjoyed dessert - perfectly paired with a moscato wine.

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KayamS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food here is great! We come down from Edmonton and always make sure to visit this place authentic African cuisine at its best bringing a taste of home every time we come

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CAROLEN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my most favourite East African restaurant! The food is truely what you would find in Kenya and Tanzania with all its different levels of spiciness! Also Ali (the owner) always goes out of his way to stop by and chat with the guests to ensure everything is to their liking!

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MichaelL
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The owner Ali greets everyone and the kitchen staff prepare wonderful food of African-Indian origin that can be found in the Tanzania/Zanzibar traditions.

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vipGeoffreyL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambience. Try the skewers and the ribs.

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vipYYCfoods
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Owner is always exceptional and treats us like we are his best friends and VIP. We don’t even go there that often!! Happy with everything from start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was amazing, food was delicious. Portion sizes were fantastic. A great place to dine.

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EvelynR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprised by the menu choices. Waitress was very good at explaining the different foods offered. Service was excellent as was the food.

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PamM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and amazing service!! Knowledgeable staff too! They were willing to chat and give us more information about the dishes and drinks. Fun night!

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GallupingGastro
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at the Safari Grill in part, because it was one of few Calgary restaurants open on New Years day - my wife's birthday. We had a fantastic family meal and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful selection of very tasty Asian influenced African food and the really friendly service as well. The wine list featured a number of excellent valued South African wines. The overall dining experience was outstanding as was the value received. We are already planning a return visit and hope to introduce a number of friends to this gem of a restaurant find.

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WallenaK
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good as well as the service.

However they forgot to recognize our reservation for OpenTable points.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Company dinner for 8 people, food and service was terrific! A good variety of tasty dishes for everyone and the restaurant was very accommodating to our requests.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the staff is helpful and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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vipfourthmonth
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safari Grill is my go-to gem in Calgary for unreal flavours and a remarkable experience. Ali treats all of his guests respectably and features an unparalleled menu fit for five stars from John Gilchrist! The African short ribs and goat vindaloo are my absolute favourite dishes. Sop up the sauce with cheese garlic naan and you will die and go to heaven after your dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went with my family. The waitress was really nice. We loved the beef ribs !

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Mane
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A very good dining experience. The staff was friendly and approachable and the food was amazing perfect for an adventurous appetite.

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