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Calgary restaurants

Calgary restaurants: 5 new and noteworthy things

By SILVIA PIKAL

January 19, 2018

This is part of our bi-monthly food and drink series, which rounds up eats, drinks and food news!

Bar Annabelle now open on Stephen Avenue

Photo by Jasmine Croteau.

Bar Annabelle’s pink doorway with gold script draws you inside to a tiny but welcoming space. The wine bar opened in December 2017 right next door to sister restaurant Blink on Stephen Avenue, and offers a unique drinks list and tapas menu. The cozy bar is accented by pink, from the light fixtures to the distinctive Kat Marks price point and bill markers complete with Bar Annabelle’s logo. (more…)

Where to Dine Awards: Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017

Our panel of 10 judges had a difficult task this year due to the extremely high bar that is being set by Calgary’s restaurants. There was much rigorous debate before they narrowed it down to 12 stellar examples of the very best the city has to offer. Each of these restaurants (presented in alphabetical order) are well worth the time and offer something new to visitors to Calgary—they are all original to our city. We invite you to see for yourself what our judges are raving about.

ANJU RESTAURANT

Photo courtesy Anju restaurant.

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Calgary’s Best New Restaurant 2017: Bar Von Der Fels

By RACHAEL FREY 

Photo courtesy Bar Von Der Fels.

BAR VON DER FELS

One of Calgary’s Top 12 Restaurants in our 2018 Where to Dine Awards and Best New Restaurant, Bar Von Der Fels quickly became a staple in Calgary’s foodie scene after opening in autumn 2016. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Bonterra Trattoria

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo by Gustav Nel, courtesy Bonterra Trattoria.


BONTERRA TRATTORIA

When you just want some classic, delicious Italian fare in a charming atmosphere with attentive service, Bonterra is the place that will bring it all together. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Deane House

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Deane House.

DEANE HOUSE

The sister restaurant to the renowned River Café, Deane House is located in a beautifully renovated historic home with several different rooms and moods, from the garden room overlooking the front yard to the upstairs library with a private bar. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Foreign Concept

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Foreign Concept.

FOREIGN CONCEPT

Flavours, ingredients and culinary ideas from across Asia are transformed in the hands of Foreign Concept’s award-winning chefs. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: The Nash

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by S. Ward, courtesy The Nash.

THE NASH

Executive chef Michael Noble took what succeeded at NOtaBLE—gourmet comfort food, excellent service and a wood-fired rotisserie—and brought it to the historic National Hotel in Inglewood. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Pigeonhole

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy Pigeonhole.

PIGEONHOLE

Pigeonhole focuses on sharing plates that are creative and eclectic. The charred cabbage is Instagram-famous and raved about by many of our panelists, including Dan Clapson, who says it’s a great example of how the simple technique of charring can make the most humble of all vegetables shine. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: River Café

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy River Café.

RIVER CAFÉ

River Café on Prince’s Island Park is a welcome haven from bustling city life. The patio, surrounded by greenery, is popular for leisurely summer brunches while the cozy, cabin-style décor and roaring fireplace provide an ideal winter retreat. The menu focuses on seasonal fare from Canadian farms, ranches and waters. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Rouge

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo courtesy Rouge.

ROUGE

Also one of the winners of the Les Clefs d’Or Silver Service Awards in the 2018 Where to Dine Awards, Rouge is housed in a historic home in Inglewood with intimate dining rooms. Rouge’s French-style cuisine utilizes herbs and vegetables from the restaurant’s own garden. (more…)

Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2017: Suzette Brittany Bistro

By RACHAEL FREY

Photo courtesy Suzette Brittany Bistro.

SUZETTE BRITTANY BISTRO

Inspired by the seaside region of Brittany in France, Suzette specializes in a dish called galettes—a savoury buckwheat crepe stuffed with ingredients such as the classic French ham, Gruyère cheese and egg, or the Moroccan merguez, potato, mustard cream and tarragon. (more…)

Calgary’s Restaurant of the Year 2017: Ten Foot Henry

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Jason Dziver.

TEN FOOT HENRY 

One of Calgary’s Top 12 Restaurants in our Where to Dine Awards and the Restaurant of the Year, Ten Foot Henry’s menu is built to make vegetables shine. The wide variety of dishes provide a hearty, satisfying meal, transforming veggie doubters into veggie believers. (more…)