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About Safari Grill

Welcome!
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.

255 28th Street SE
#100
Calgary, AB T2A 5K4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
African, Indian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am -2:00pm.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 1:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Memorial Dr. SE

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 235-6655

Website:
http://www.safarigrillcalgary.com/

Public Transit:
We are located near Franklin Station.

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safari Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (6)
Spicy (6)
Cozy (5)
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Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was very good as well as the service.

However they forgot to recognize our reservation for OpenTable points.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great Food and Service

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent food and the staff is helpful and attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Birthday dinner.
Food is good, asian girl doesn't know about the menu. The gentleman was really nice

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Horrible service

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Excellente, we only ordered appetizer and shared them but the taste and variety was so well presented and with such flavour.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The food was amazing!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Since this was our first time here, we had starters and a number of curry and bbq options which all exceeded expectations. We also included a slew of dessert options in our selection which were all good, except the Paan which we found to be very interesting and were outside the comfort of our palate, although it gave us poutpori like breath haha!

We would definitely be back and recommend this joint!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Excellent food. Decent service, quick efficient and friendly.
The owner came out and said hello personally. Nice guy.
The food quantity was good, flavours were outstanding.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Meat was exceptional.We had lamb, beef and pork...Very well cooked with a delicious sauce.
Samosa was very good as well as a lava cake in the end.
Definitely deserves a visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Spicy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Returned with my family at my son's request. Enjoyed a variety of great food - everything from grilled meats to curries - complete with rice and their own type on naan bread, and of course a bottle of Pinotage (very affordable). Owner took time to explain the dishes to us and checked on us regularly. He made us feel very comfortable as we shared/explored different dishes and discovered new spices and our own personal favorites.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Exceptional service with great dishes. Especially the beef ribs and Chicken mishkaki.

Very attentive staff and owner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 4, 2016

We love going to Safari Grill for our family gettogethers, the service is great and food is always consistently delicious. We ordered the famous African ribs (medium), mogo, kabobs, and katchori. Everything came out warm and very tasty.
Will be coming back soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Booked a table for two for Saturday evening. The restaurant was busy but there was no compromise in their service. We ordered the Serengeti Platter with pili pili fries and licked our fingers at every bite. The BBQ meat was very well cooked with flavour and aroma that satisfied our hunger. It was very tender as well and portions were big too! Definitely going back?

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2016

This restaurant never disapoint me. Very good for people who are looking forward to trying something new.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2016

It's really good service and food

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Amazing experience. Very good food. I highly recommend this restaurant to those looking for a new experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2016

We had a good time as always. The food was amazing and the service was friendly. I highly recommend this place to others.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2016

This restaurant is one of my favourite and it never disappoints! I went with my family and for the entree we enjoyed the beef mishkaki which, as suggested by the owner, goes perfectly with the tamarind sauce and salad that they serve on the side. We ordered Masai goat curry and butter chicken curry with rice and naan for the main course. I have not had curries so rich and flavourful at any other Indian restaurant! The food satisfies your hunger and the ambience makes you feel cozy and welcomed. A perfect place for family dinners!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great restaurant, great food and excellent host! Everything was perfect for my mom's 69th birthday. I would definitely recommend the ribs and the beef skewers.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Spicy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2016

I was initially referred to this restaurant by my friend and I had decided to be back soon! So I took my fiancé to celebrate his promotion. When we got there, the restaurant was packed with people but we were very warmly welcomed. We were asked to wait to be seated but it did not take too long. The owner apologized for the wait and asked the server to take good care of us! We were honoured! The ambience in this restaurant is cozy and perfect for quiet and romantic dining. We had the Spicy Kuku Bite and Prawns Korma which were mouth watering, full of flavour & rich with ingredients. We are definitely going back to try their other dishes!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 16, 2016

I was very disappointed with this. I had a reservation for 11 people at 7:30 on Sunday night . When we arrived there was a private party and the owner told me sorry can't seat you. I showed him my email confirming and he said can't help you. We then had to try to find another restaurant at that time on Sunday. How can I rate the restaurant when I didn't get to eat there?

Tags: Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 23, 2016

This was our first time to the restaurant and we will be back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Overall a very pleasant experience. This is the 3rd time we have dined here. Its probably the best place in Calgary for authentic East African cuisine. Lovers of Indian food will also love this place. Best Beef Ribs in town!!! Though it is slightly pricier than other East African restaurants in town, the quality of food, the ambience & the friendly service more than make up for it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 27, 2016

We had a really great time. The food was good. We were however, a bit worried about getting back to the office in time because the food took a little longer than we expected to come out. That said, we still had a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 22, 2016

This was our first time to this location; and will be our last for several reasons. Perhaps someone else will have a better experience.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Delicious food, good portions and a huge menu with a lot of variety

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Love the decor. Friendly service, patiently answered questions since we weren't familiar with many of the dishes. Drinks very affordable. Table favorite was the masala chipsi.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Went back for Father's Day and wasn't disappointed. I had the Serengeti platter and my wife and son chose different curry dishes. We paired the meal(s) with Fleur du Cap Pinotage (my son enjoyed a Savanna Cider with his meal) and we all enjoyed the experience very much. Owner is very helpful in choosing and recommending dishes - lots to choose from. We love the food and will definitely be back again to try something different...maybe the buttered prawns or Ndizi Na Nyama with a chardonnay.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 15, 2016

Safari Grill - It's a place to get great food with great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 29, 2016

I am not particularly into spice, so slightly nervous but they toned it down for me. Authentic African decorations. very reasonable prices. Loved the Dengu (Lentil stew), the basmati rice, Muhogo (cassava fries). We got a "fordhani platter" with several different meats - my favorite was the short ribs. Also loved the homemade ice cream (kulfi) - pistachio best flavor. And after we were done (& paid for), I recognized 2 bottles the waitress was delivering to another table as Savanna Dry - a carbonated cider I had tried in South Africa so we had to try those too. Went on a Sunday and pretty busy - could have used another waiter. Bill for party of five was $77 without tip (not counting the Savanna Dry bought after)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 6, 2016

Have been going for many years. new stuff on the menu. All good! Tusker Beer!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on April 26, 2016

What a great meal at Safari Grill! The flavors in the combo platter were delicious. From the tenderness of the beef ribs to the spicy flavor of the skewered prawns, all the items were enjoyable. For a unique dining experience, give Safari Grill a try. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 23, 2016

The food was tremendous, full of flavor. The service was first class. This was a gem of a find, and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys food full of flavor

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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