From fresh fish to oysters to lobster, Calgary’s seafood restaurants will have what you are looking for if you’re a seafood lover. Calgary itself is a lively metropolitan city, the largest one in Alberta province, Canada. The city is a cultural tourist hotspot as there’s plenty to do and see. Read on for our list of the best seafood places in the city.
Big Fish Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Big Fish | Courtesy of Big Fish Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Big Fish Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a casual, intimate restaurant for seafood, fresh oysters, and lounging with a drink. They offer lunch and weekend brunch, and you can enjoy your dinner by candlelight to the soothing tunes of blues music. This restaurant serves up unique seafood option like salt and pepper frogs legs and the house-smoked or raw oysters. The cocktail list is anything but predictable with a selection of carefully concocted and eclectic martini choices.
Named after the waterfront district in San Francisco, the Embarcadero Wine & Oyster Bar has the widest selection of oysters in the city. Their menu features six varieties of northern Atlantic and Pacific fresh oysters. The Embarcadero’s wine list is extensive and has an ever-changing selection of wines by the glass. The first floor of the historic red brick building the restaurant sits in features a European-style wine bar, the second floor gallery features original Asian artwork, and the brick-paved outdoor patio is ideal for summer dining.
Billingsgate Seafood Market & Restaurant is named for the fish distribution area in London. Started in the early 1900s as a cart and horse operation, Billingsgate is the largest continually owned and operated family business not only in Calgary but in all of Canada. The restaurant is a fairly new addition to the business.. The Billingsgate Restaurant offers Great Grandpa Bertie’s secret fish and chips recipe, Great Grandma Marg’s famous chowders and soups, crabs, lobster, and oysters.
Set on Calgary’s Prince’s Island in the middle of the Bow River is River Café. You may have already heard of River Café from our top restaurants in Eau Claire and top Calgary brunch spots lists. So it should come as no surprise to find River Café listed again, this time for best seafood. Along with their fresh, organic, and sustainable products from small local farms, River Café carefully selects its seafood from sustainable fishers. Their menu offers various fish, duck, oyster, octopus, and chowder dishes.
Pelican Pier Seafood Restaurant is a family-run business that has been in operation for 20 years. Inside the restaurant is the fish and seafood market where customers can buy fresh and frozen fish and seafood from all over the world. The restaurant is casual with a maritime décor designed by a movie set company to give off the feel that you are dining on a pier. The menu offers chowders, shrimp, fish and chips, and fish tacos. You can also buy some of your favorite restaurant items from the market.