The 10 Best Restaurants In Calgary's Chinatown, Canada

Pho | © cyclonebill/Flickr
Pho | © cyclonebill/Flickr
Photo of Paige Watts
9 February 2017

Located along Centre Street in the northeastern area of downtown, Calgary’s Chinatown is the fourth largest in Canada, and has plenty of culture to experience as well as plenty of delicious restaurants to eat at. Read on to find out what the top ten best restaurants in the area have to offer.

Thai Bistro

Bistro, Canadian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Thai
Thai Bistro
Thai Bistro | Courtesy of Thai Bistro
Thai Bistro serves flavorful, traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients. They pride themselves on providing menu items that can also be made vegan friendly or gluten-free and dairy-free, depending on your dietary needs. Thai Bistro is open late on the weekends and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so that customers can get a late night Thai fix. If you don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your own home, Thai Bistro even delivers straight to your door.

The Golden Inn Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, Seafood, $$$
Located in the heart of Calgary’s Chinatown, The Golden Inn Restaurant has been serving authentic Chinese dishes since 1977. The restaurant is known for its Cantonese-style cuisine and its late hours. We highly recommend making a reservation to dine at this highly popular spot. The Golden Inn Restaurant’s menu offers over 170 different Cantonese-style seafood, beef, chicken, rice, and noodle dishes for you to choose from, and their salt and pepper squid is said to be the best in the city.

Pho Hoai Vietnamese Noodle House

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Fast Food
Pho | © cyclonebill/Flickr
Pho Hoai Vietnamese Noodle House features simple, minimal decor but a menu full of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with maximum flavor. The food is reasonably priced and served to you quickly and in exceptionally large portions, making this restaurant a popular lunch spot. Pho Hoai’s broth is rich and beefy in a way other pho restaurants’ broths are not, and it is continually lauded as the best pho in the city.

Ho Won Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, Cocktails, $$$
Ho Won Restaurant is a classic Chinatown restaurant that has been around for 25 years. The restaurant’s old school interior decor shows that they have been in the business for a while and know how to provide Calgary with consistently high quality food served in large portions at a good price. Ho Won serves traditional Cantonese-style cuisine. It’s also yet another restaurant in the running for best salt and pepper squid in the city.

Pho Pasteur Saigon Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese
Pho | © ljv/Flickr
Pho Pasteur Saigon Restaurant is a top-quality authentic Vietnamese noodle house. They serve authentic Vietnamese spring rolls wrapped in rice paper and only beef pho dishes. The interior decor is minimal and basic with a homey feel. The food is served quickly and the prices are reasonable, making this another great lunch option. Pho Pasteur Saigon is an excellent choice for some hot soup to warm you up as the weather gets colder.

Silver Dragon Restaurant

Restaurant, Dim Sum, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
Silver Dragon Calgary
Silver Dragon Calgary | © Elsie Hui/Flickr
The Silver Dragon Restaurant has been serving authentic Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine for more than 44 years. The interior decor adds an elegant, contemporary style to the venue with a warm and welcoming ambiance. The menu at Silver Dragon offers over 200 dishes prepared by Hong Kong trained chefs, that are served quickly and are a reasonable price for the portion size. They also feature a dim sum trolley that you can stop if you see something you would like to try.

Hans Restaurant

Restaurant, Canadian, Asian
Hans Restaurant is a small restaurant hidden away in Chinatown’s mini mall. The restaurant is small, but you don’t go there for the atmosphere or the ambiance; you go there for the food. At Hans Restaurant diners will find authentic Chinese food, rather than westernized versions of dishes, and Taiwanese delicacies. The food is served quickly which is ideal for a fast lunch if you can get there before the rush. Their popular dishes include the hot and sour soup and the spicy beef noodle soup.

The Dessert House

Dessert Shop, Dessert, Pastries
Dessert House – Curry Fish Balls
Dessert House – Curry Fish Balls | © Calgary Reviews/Flickr
The Dessert House is a little restaurant that serves desserts, bubble teas, and late night snacks. They have a wide selection of bubble teas, shakes, Taiwan shaved ice, traditional pastries, and Chinese dessert soups. The Dessert House’s menu of herbal teas also has descriptions of each tea’s origins, properties, and how the Chinese traditionally use the tea. The late night snacks include won ton soup, fish ball soup, and rice soups. However, the Dessert House does not take credit cards, so come prepared with cash.

Thi Thi Vietnamese Submarine

At Thi Thi Vietnamese Submarine, there is always a lunchtime rush, so try to get there before the crowd. Thi Thi is a small shop and is cash and take-away only, so you can take your sub and find a park bench to enjoy your lunch by the river. The service of this family-owned business is quick and friendly. There are other Vietnamese sub shops nearby, but Thi Thi has turned sandwich-making into a form of art.

209 1 St SE, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 265 5452

U & Me Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, Dim Sum, Asian, $$$
U & Me – Pan Fried Country Fish Cake
U & Me – Pan Fried Country Fish Cake | © Calgary Reviews/Flickr
U & Me Restaurant serves authentic Chinese food with friendly, quick, and attentive service. U & Me is open all night and allows customers to order delivery online. Portions are large and are the perfect size for sharing. Their extensive menu offers dim sum all day long and also offers vegan options. U & Me Restaurant is the place you always needed and never knew you had for those late night dim sum runs.

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