Smuggler's Inn

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Steakhouse
Originally established in 1967, Smuggler's Inn has been serving Alberta prime rib to several generations. Always a popular place for Calgarians to gather and celebrate, we are the preferred dining choice for birthdays, anniversaries, milestones or just meeting friends and family. Our prime rib is the main feature of our diverse menu, available all day, every day any way you like it. From a 9oz. prime rib sandwich, all the way up to a 48oz cut, our succulent prime rib is sure to please any appetite. Cajun blackened is always a popular choice, as is adding a lobster tail or side of garlic shrimp. Of course there is a creative selection of steaks, chicken and seafood to satisfy everyone. With a soup and salad bar included with every entree, not many guests leave hungry, but it would be a great idea if you saved room for one of our delicious desserts...even if you plan on sharing.
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LouiseV
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The desserts are to die for. One of the best brunch restaurants in Calgary

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BobH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Primrib dinner & great salad bar!

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Seasea
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Smugglers since my parents took me at 15 years of age. Timeless in quality and service. Somethings do not change!

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NKen
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ribeye steak was very tough. I brought most it home but will probably throw it out. It seems that quality of the food has deteriorated in the last year or so. I have not had a good stake there for some time now. We probably will not go back anytime soon.

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DavidG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was amazing with large portions. We went just as the whole Covid 19 thing got started so it was not too busy and we could talk amongst ourselves without having to raise our voices. Décor seemed a little dated but I didn't go for the ambiance. Great place for prime rib.

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DAVEJ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Enjoyed service and relaxing atmosphere. The only minor negative was the cold veggies and potatoes on both plates

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good quality food for the money we paid. We appreciated the prompt courteous service. We will definitely be back!

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SamD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and good steak! Love this place for its service, atmosphere, food and salad bar. It is a very unique space that can be family friendly or intimate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good restaurant with good food & service!

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GayleC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

smugglers Inn always has a casual friendly feel to it. Meals never disappoint either

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I think we got there at a bad time. Most items on the buffet were gone and what was there was mostly dried out. We sat at 12:30 but I think the food was decimated by the church crowd and hadn’t been replaced yet. Salad bar was good. Server forgot my Diet Coke but kept my water filled. Took forever to get the bill. I’d like to go back and try the menu.

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LouisaY
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a busier day for the restaurant. The service was great as usual and our family always enjoy the brunch.

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Foodlover
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan, our server was amazing! Funny, witty and a true professional! The bar made drinks exactas ordered and brilliantly garnished. The food(bison) cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. Ribs with blue cheese crumble were huge but I managed to eat everything. No room for desert.
Thanks and see you soon.
Mark

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DaleJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Yorkshire puddings were heavy and cold. We so looked forward to our prime rib & yorkshires!

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RaeleneN
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If I want a steak this is always my go to. Took my boyfriend it was his first time and he left very happy!

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Foody
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was fair. Food was fair. The salad bar was disappointing, lettuce was wilted and I've never seen such runny cottage cheese before. None of it looked very fresh at all. We were there at 11:30am. Looked left over from the day before and like they were trying to get rid of it before the evening service. Our Server was abrupt a few times and could have been nicer when speaking to us. Our lunch took longer to come out considering that the restaurant was not busy. I had the steak sandwich medium rare and it was overcooked and for a steakhouse I expect my steak to be cooked right. If the tip was not already added to the bill, the tip would have reflected how we felt the food and service was that day, not very good. I will go back and give them another chance. Everyone thought it was pricey for what you get.

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DaphneC
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Michelle was excellent! She was very helpful and accommodating!

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DanH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a very pleasant old steakhouse style place with giant chairs and a fireplace. Service was exceptional including serving a birthday cake we brought along (and providing a free dessert to the birthday boy). My chicken (not crispy) and ribs (kinda bland) were pretty good but not great.

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Coco
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

good food as usual. very busy. make a reservation.

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vipSherdh
Calgary
46 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch. Food is very fresh and buffet has so many choices. Loved the waffles.

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JakeR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The buffet used to be fantastic. Tons of options, the warming trays were always topped off with fresh, hot food. It was delicious and a great price. We haven’t been in a while, and it was a little disappointing. The warming trays were almost empty each time we went up. We had to wait for the waitress to go get someone to carve the meat at the carving table as there was no one there, and the number of options have been drastically decreased. For the price it was just ok. Probably won’t be back for the brunch anytime soon.

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HowardJ
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Our fifth visit to Smugglers in the past year. This last visit was not up to par compared to the previous visits. The first four visits were great.. the food being the best restaurant orders we’ve ever had. This time ordered the blackened prime rib medium..usually the cut of meat is cut the same thickness, this time it was thin in part to thick in another, plus a section was mush and fat..not to good. My wife ordered the Cajun chicken. Was a big order plus the chicken was very spicy.. live and learn not to order that selection again. At the end of the meal our server surprised my wife with a complimentary slice of ice cream cake for her birthday. Very classy. This is a great restaurant to come to for many occasions, but this time was not our best experience, but we will still come back, but probably order something new on the menu.

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RachelleC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a group of 8. Cousins reuniting after many years. Some of us have been there before. I love the ambience. The salad bar is ok, pretty basic. Our one cousin is vegan. There were options for her. However the server forgot to bring fixings for her baked potato (as she only had that and the salad bar). I had the Chicken Oscar. It was okay. I used to love The Keg's version. This wasn't as tasty nor stove hot. Overall everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. I found the prices more than fair. I appreciate that the server made sure each paying group of us knew there was a 18% gratuity automatically added as we were a group of 8+ (I had informed everyone as I noted that on OpenTable anyways, but appreciated it anyways). Over all I'd be back!

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rdwild
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always

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ColinW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This meal was a rather large disappointment. After having reflected on my discussion with management I have decided to remove the utterly brutal review that was here

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Gallant
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at Smugglers and the best prime rib I've had. Love that you can actually talk without loud music blaring like some other restaurants. We will be back with family and friends soon!

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Czap
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff are friendly and serving us with a smile also taking time to converse inspite of their busyness. Ambience is nice and clean. Fresh food servings too. We will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Gord
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for dinner. Love the salad bar and soup, even though I couldn't find much steak in the "steak soup". Thanks to the salad bar and good portions, you always go home with your next day's lunch!

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WilliamC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wouldn’t insist on them like I would before. Service was phenomenal, but the food left something to be desired. Chef needs to lay-off charring the steak so much. Inside cooked to perfection, but the outside was like a charcoal briquette

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dons
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Liked the place as we have been there before,the waitress was Great ,very accomodating as i was very unhappy with my Steak,first it was very bloody/under cooked for a Medium cooked Steak ,which she agreed with me so sent it back,within minuts it came back completly burnt but still red in the middle.Waitress was sorry and did not charge me for it. So i shared my Wifes burger which was very good as was the salad bar/soup,then we left a bit disappointed on Valentines day.
Don Schmidt

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PaulC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The only reason for 3 stars is the 2 lady’s had the salmon and they both complained that it was just ok, very bland and not worth the money.
My son & I had the friends and owners prime rib and it was perfect!

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JuditH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our comment at reservation time wasn't taken into consideration at arrival. Once we pointed out that we requested certain table when we made the reservation, we were accommodated. After that we had a great time and as always, we enjoyed the great food. Service was pretty good as well.

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ArleneW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Smugglers for a few years and came to celebrate our 55th anniversary. The waiter was very efficient and friendly. He even took our picture in front of the fireplace. We enjoyed the food and never felt rushed. He brought us a mudpie to share and boxed up the deserts that came with the meal to take home. As good as or even better than we remembered

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

It aaa my birthday dinner. Everything was on point except the fact that we had a reservation for 11:45 and had to wait until 12:00 for our table.

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Fitzy
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Used to go here for Brunch quite often years ago before moving to another part of the city. This was the first time we'd been back in at least 5 years (probably longer), and it was not at all as we remembered.

Most of the hot dishes were either cold, or very overcooked. The salad bar was a little scant, and desserts seem like they're store bought. The ham and beef was still good.

I believe the service was good to great, after mentioning it was my wife's birthday they brought her a piece of cake with a candle, which was very nice. However, we're not sure what happened but while half the cake had a drizzle of Chocolate sauce, the other side had what tasted very close to Worcester sauce. It was very jarring, and atrocious served on birthday cake. The only thing we could think of was whoever plated the cake grabbed the wrong dark brown liquid, realized their mistake, and then switched to chocolate sauce half way through. Truly surreal.

The staff was friendly and attentive, so we can't fault them for that. However that standards seem sub-par. We had a lot of great memories of this place, and perhaps it was just an off day but we likely wont be back anytime soon.

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Joyce
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at Smugglers for brunch. It was so good. We had a group that consisted of picky eater, dietary restrictions, allergies and vegan. Everyone had more than enough to eat and loved every morsel.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot for brunch! Good selections for the carnivores among us and very well priced. Crème brûlée with a citrus twist was my favourite.
Their old fashioned vibe with kingly chairs makes you feel like Michael Corleone in a secret meeting.

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FarnoushS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Salad bar is very boring. I ordered medium steak and got well done. Server changed my food to prime Rib. Tasted awful. Too much waiting time and got bad food. Very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant and a new go to for business dinners

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Smuggler's Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 3460 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.