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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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

10 Toronto Steak Houses That Sizzle

The Shore Club

Everything from traditional favourites to new takes on the classic steak dinner

The Shore Club
The Shore Club is located in the heart of the Entertainment District, close to venues like Roy Thomson Hall and the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Along with classic cuts like New York strip loin, bone-in rib steak and filet mignon, you’ll find a steak and lobster dish, braised short ribs and double-cut lamb chops.
155 Wellington St. W.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Ruth Fertel, founder of this international chain, credited the success of her steaks as much to their sound and smell as to their taste. That’s why steaks here are cooked at nearly 1,000 degrees Celsius, served on an incredibly hot plate and doused with a tablespoon of sizzle-inducing butter before they leave the kitchen.
145 Richmond St. W.

This Texas-based steakhouse chain has a modern ambiance but still delivers a proper old-school steak—not to mention an impressive number of side dishes, including sautéed broccoli florets, creamed corn, bacon and onion macaroni and cheese, and parmesan and truffle matchstick fries.
4 Avenue Rd.


Mix the vibe of a modern restaurant with that of an exclusive nightclub—there’s even a live DJ—and you’ve got the STK experience. Along with dry-aged steaks, this restaurant offers some unique drink concoctions, with names like Cucumber Stiletto, Carroted Away and Strawberry Cobbler.
153 Yorkville Ave.

Harbour 60
Don’t be surprised to see a Toronto Maple Leaf or two dining here, considering the restaurant is only seconds from the Air Canada Centre, located in the century-old Habour Commission building. The restuarant offers classic fare and has a seafood menu to rival its steaks, with beluga caviar, a daily selection of fresh oysters and a seafood tower, including steamed lobster, king crab legs, jumbo black tiger shrimp and oysters.
60 Harbour St.

Barberian’s Steak House
Founded in 1959, this is one of the oldest steakhouses in Toronto. Sitting in the dinning room, you get the impression little has changed since it first opened its doors. One thing that definitely hasn’t changed is the attention to detail Barberian’s gives to preparing its steaks, which are all butchered and aged in-house. Be sure to ask for a tour of the must-be-seen-to-be-believed wine cellar.
7 Elm St.

Hy’s Steakhouse

Hy’s Steakhouse
Dark mahogany furniture, rich carpets and intimate lighting complement the high-quality, 28-day-aged Canadian beef on the menu here. The Steak Neptune—New York strip loin or filet mignon topped with asparagus, Dungeness crabmeat and hollandaise sauce—is just one of the house specialties.
120 Adelaide St. W.

BlueBloods Steakhouse
One of the city’s most noted tourist attractions is now home to this upscale eatery. Antique furniture mixes with modern art in the billiard room of Casa Loma—a circa 1900 gothic-revival-style mansion—where the Liberty Entertainment Group recently invested $3 million to create a steakhouse featuring cuts of beef sourced from around the world, plus a drink list of international wines and spirits.
1 Austin Ter.

La Castile
Eat like royalty in a three-tiered, castle-inspired dining room, complete with stained-glass windows and chandeliers suspended from cathedral ceilings. Start your meal with flash-fried calamari, escargots or a plate of Caspian Sea caviar before cutting into a char-broiled USDA prime steak, served with mushrooms or steamed spinach.
2179 Dundas St. E., Mississauga

Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar
Located in the Financial District’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, Quinn’s is a family-owned-and-operated steakhouse with an Irish flare. Not in the mood for their aged Alberta beef steak or slow-roasted prime rib? Try the Irish stew or Clare Island salmon. Whatever you settle on, make sure to relax afterward with a glass of one of the 240 whiskeys on offer.
96 Richmond St. W.

Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses


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…)

Western Adventures in Jasper

Aug. 10, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

For centuries Indigenous people navigated the Canadian Rockies on horseback. And when traders like David Thompson arrived in 1811, horses were used to negotiate northern trading routes and establish trade posts.

Follow in their footsteps and have an old time western adventure in Jasper. Here are the horseback rides, rodeo events and country style steakhouses not to miss this summer. Cowboy hats at the ready…

Jasper Horseback Riding

Escape to rugged wilderness with a horseback ride in the mountains. Photo from Jasper Stables.


Hot Dining: Prime Cuts at Halifax’s Steakhouses

CUT Steakhouse at Night

The Hamachi Steakhouse Bar & Grill on Lower Water Street specializes in teppanyaki dining, with some of the best char-grilled steaks in the city. Foodies will love the chance to interact with the chef as he creates your meal. Nearby is Cut Steakhouse & Urban Grill, at the corner of Salter and Lower Water Streets. At the grill, you will find a selection of gourmet burgers. Upstairs is fine dining in a contemporary atmosphere. USDA Prime Beef is dry-aged on-site.

Staff Picks: 10 Steak Houses with Staying Power

Harbour Sixty's surf and turf of bone-in rib steak and black tiger shrimp

When it comes to steakhouse fare, there’s less of an emphasis on panache than on quality cuts of beef, subtle seasoning and perfect grilling. The menus at these 10 Toronto meateries are therefore bound to have some similarities, but each place does things a little bit differently, and they all dish out worthwhile meals. (more…)

Many Mouths to Feed: Our 2011 Dining Guide

Whether your palate is daring or demanding, Toronto’s incredibly diverse dining scene satisfies every craving.


With the continuously growing influence of North America’s local- and slow-food movements, it’s only natural that sustainable, regionally appropriate cooking has taken hold in Toronto.

On the menus of many restaurants you’ll now find a profusion of Canadian-sourced and responsibly farmed ingredients, from Alberta’s renowned beef to East Coast seafood to vegetables harvested in Ontario’s fertile “Greenbelt.” And though simple meat and potatoes still offer us comfort on a plate, Canadian cuisine can also be very classy. (more…)