Whether coming to or going from our city, millions of passengers take flight at the Calgary International Airport every year. Calgary’s northeast quadrant is a high-traffic area for travellers, so naturally, this part of town is home to a variety of delicious stops for tourists to have a meal before takeoff or after touchdown. Here are our top picks for the best of high-end dining near the YYC terminal.
The popular British Columbia chain has grown to three locations in our city, including this fun restaurant near the Calgary Airport. The restaurant is spacious and upscale, but the dining experience is casual. With a menu designed by Canada’s Iron Chef legend, Rob Feenie, there are several appealing dishes to choose from. If you just want to tipple, Cactus Club provides a sophisticated atmosphere for a post-flight cocktail.
Cactus Club, 2612 39 Avenue NE, 403-250-1120, www.cactusclubcafe.com
Open from 6 am until 10 pm, this casual restaurant in the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel features a contemporary North American menu using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. A gourmet breakfast buffet is available daily from 6 am until 11 am.
The Compass, 2001 Airport Road NE, 403-291-2600, www.marriott.com
Toad ‘n’ Turtle Pubhouse & Grill
The perfect place for a pre-or-post-flight drink, the Toad ‘n’ Turtle English pub has a massive patio that overlooks the city’s northeast. Located across from the Royal Inn, this cozy watering hole has 24 beers on tap, 25 in bottles and 50 different scotches. The food menu features classic pub fare with a contemporary Canadian twist.
Toad ‘n’ Turtle Pubhouse & Grill, 2475 27 Avenue NE, 403-717-0670, www.toadnturtle.ca
North 51 Steakhouse
Located in the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel, this restaurant utilizes Ocean Wise seafood, locally sourced produce and classic Alberta beef for a sumptuous (but sustainable!) menu of gourmet Canadian fare. A gluten-free menu is also available.
North 51 Steakhouse, 2001 Airport Road NE, 403-291-2600, www.marriott.com
This cozy lunch-time bistro truly earns its label as a Calgary Airport restaurant: it’s located on the side of a private runway with floor-to-ceiling windows providing a picturesque view of the airfield. For food, Airside serves a homemade menu of North American fare made entirely from scratch.
Airside Bistro, 1441 Aviation Park NE, 403-295-4140, www.airsidebistroyyc.com
Located in the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel across from the airport, this upscale restaurant cooks up North American and Canadian cuisine and offers a premium wine list.
Carver’s Steakhouse, 2620 32 Avenue NE, 403-291-0107, www.sheratoncavaliercalgary.com