Downtown Calgary is home to world-class restaurants, unique boutiques, and engaging entertainment. Calgary itself is a cosmopolitan city in the Alberta province of Canada. Its nickname is Cowtown due to its hosting of the July rodeo, the Calgary stampede and its rich history. If you wish to have a meal and stay close to all of the downtown Calgary action, we have the top ten best places to do so.
If you are downtown and you’re looking for a good lunch place, Holy Grill is a must-visit place. They know that your lunch break is short and you’ve got things to do, but they also know that you don’t want to sacrifice great taste for fast food. Holy Grill offers customers good food made from fresh ingredients, which are ordered straight from the grill. Meals are prepared quickly, but expertly, so that you can eat and get back to roaming the streets of Calgary as soon as possible.
827 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 261 9759
Taste Restaurant is a chic and modern venue for tapas and craft cocktails. The setting is low-lit and intimate, making it perfect for a date night. The kitchen is open so that you can watch your food being made. The small plates of food are made to be shared and they are brought to the table steadily and continually throughout the night. Taste’s menu changes seasonally based on the availability of local and seasonal ingredients, so you are always sure to get something fresh each time you visit.
1210 1 St SW, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 233 7730
Located in Calgary’s Theater Culture Grand, Workshop Kitchen + Culture is named after the theater’s original Workshop 14. Workshop is a gathering place for those with disdain for the status quo and those who are after a little more than just food. Their dishes are handcrafted and inspired by tradition but with an innovative twist. If you are feeling really adventurous, take either the three-course or the five-course improv tasting option and leave your meal up to the chef.
608 1 St SW, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 266 7062
Kabuku Downtown is a comfortable sushi place with simple, quaint decor and an outdoor patio area. They serve fresh fish and a wide selection of artfully presented sushi rolls for customers to choose from, including tempura, sashimi, nigiri sushi, and maki sushi rolls. They also list plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options on their menu and hot sake to perfectly complement your sushi.
414 3rd St SW, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 237 8884
The Palomino Smokehouse offers an authentic western experience where it is always barbecue season. Their menu has a wide selection of slow-smoked barbecue favorites that are cooked in the largest smoker in western Canada, and a huge selection of beers. The Palomino also features a large, fully enclosed outdoor patio. In the basement is the Palomino Smokehouse Showroom, an 18 and up venue for live independent music events that frequently features local and international acts from a variety of genres.
109 7th Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 532 1911