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Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses

Here are Where Calgary’s picks for top 5 steakhouses in Calgary from our 2019 Where to Dine Awards.

CAESAR’S STEAK HOUSE AND LOUNGE
Caesar’s has kept it old school for almost half a century. Their downtown location features dark wood, comfortable burgundy leather seats and regal chandeliers, whisking you back to the 1970s. Caesar’s, which is family-owned and operated, serves Alberta beef cut to order, seasoned with house spices and cooked on an open-flame grill. Try the emperor’s feast with the juicy rib-eye steak and beloved twice-baked stuffed potato.

Photo courtesy Caesar’s Steak House & Lounge.

HY’S STEAKHOUSE
Hy’s is all about simple, classic and elegant, perfect for business and celebration alike. Both wet and dry aged steaks are available — a dry-aged steak has a much deeper flavour profile which is not to everyone’s taste, but others can’t get enough of the nutty, sometimes cheesy notes of flavour that are naturally brought out by the aging process.

Photo courtesy Hy’s Steakhouse.

MODERN STEAK
Modern Steak serves only Alberta beef, including wet-aged, dry-aged and wagyu, from three small family-owned ranches. The filet trio is an excellent way to taste the difference between grain-fed, grass-fed and a mix of grass and grain. The vibe is more relaxed and contemporary than the classic steakhouse — perfect for when you don’t want to come across as too traditional. There’s still a nod to New York, but it’s more Jay-Z than Sinatra.

Photo courtesy Modern Steak.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Located at the base of the Calgary Tower, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is housed in a grand and elegant space with a phenomenal view of downtown. All steaks are cut thick for maximum juiciness, seared at 1800 degrees and delivered to you on a sizzling 500-degree plate. Try the filet, their most tender cut of beef, and finish your meal with their famous crème brulèe.

Photo courtesy Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

VINTAGE CHOPHOUSE & TAVERN
Known for its unique cuts of prime local fare, Vintage Chophouse & Tavern butchers in-house to the diner’s specifications — but not before wet aging for a minimum of 60 days to intensify every last ounce of flavour. The epic Canada Prime ribeye is highly recommended. For a truly eclectic dining experience, take a seat, or sip, inside their semi-private Beringer Room, located inside an enormous wine barrel.

Photo courtesy Vintage Chophouse & Tavern.

Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses

Text by HANNA DEEVES and MICHAELA RITCHIE 

No cross-section of Calgary’s fine dining scene would be complete without an examination of our prime Alberta beef. Though a bad steak is certainly hard to come by in this region, it takes something special to stand a slice above the rest. Whether you like it well-done or fresh from the butcher’s block, here are Where Calgary’s picks for top 5 steakhouses in Calgary from January/February 2018 Where to Dine issue. (more…)

Q+A: The Dining Empire of Lance Hurtubise

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Much has changed in Calgary since Lance Hurtubise made his first foray into our city’s culinary scene—as a dishwasher at the age of 12, making $2.10 an hour. From his days serving as a bus boy, waiter, bouncer and manager, to now as President and CEO of the Vintage Group, Hurtubise has seen it all in Calgary’s kitchens over the last four decades. (more…)