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Where to Dine Awards

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.

Where to Dine Awards 2019: Calgary’s Best Restaurants

By RACHAEL FREY, SILVIA PIKAL and SHAUNA MCGINN

PANEL OF JUDGES

Carmen Cheng
Food Blogger, @FoodKarmaBlog

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
Food Writer, @elizaboothy

Linda Garson
Owner and host, Vine and Dine, @vineanddine

Patricia Koyich
Hospitality Instructor and Former Restauranteur, @foodieforsure

Ryan Massel
Blogger, @immrfabulous

Mike Morrison
Blogger, @mikesbloggity

Gwendolyn Richards
Food Writer, @gwendolynmr

Cindy Stewart
Chef Concierge, Westin Hotel, @stewart_cindy

Julie Van Rosendaal
Food Writer, @dinnerwithjulie

Calgarians take eating out seriously, and the city’s chefs and restaurateurs of all stripes continue to rise to the challenge with innovative dishes that keep us coming back for more. The Where To Dine Awards are our effort to guide you to some of the very best the city has to offer, and we’re certain an unforgettable dining experience is awaiting you within city limits.

But, don’t take our word for it. We assembled a panel that includes many of Calgary’s top food writers and influencers to give you the critics’ choice for each category, and they also chose the restaurants that received our top honours, Restaurant of the Year and Best New Restaurant.

In addition, we’ve come up with some editor’s picks and local favourites to make sure you’ll be united with your perfect meal — whether that’s pine mushroom and stinging nettle risotto with parsnip milk, or a big ol’ hunk of steak medium rare.

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: BRIDGETTE BAR
Our judging panel declared Bridgette Bar the overall winner as Restaurant of the Year thanks to their inventive menu, artful décor and exceptional service. Set in a historic brick warehouse with a mid-century modern theme, they make use of a large wood-burning grill and oven for their dishes. There’s something for every craving, from seasonal vegetables to pizza and pasta, and an array of creative small and large plates. “Even with an ever-changing menu, it never misses the mark,” says Mike Morrison. There’s also a diverse selection of cocktails, wines and beers on tap to pair with your plates. While the menu is frequently updated, some of the cherished and lasting items include the garlic bread (one of Where Calgary’s 25 Favourite Dishes last year), braised rabbit on toast and the epic banana pie. “Nowhere in the world will you find a more decadent and delicious dessert,” says Ryan Massel. “Served on a pretzel crust, this sky-high pie made with rum caramel and spiced custard gives your palate everything it’s ever wanted.”

Photo by Jason Dziver.

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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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Tops in Taste: Toronto’s 2011 Where to Dine Awards

From quick and casual eateries to fine dining experiences inspired by global cuisines, Toronto has many hundreds of excellent restaurants. Only a handful, however,
can be true consensus favourites, and the winners of our annual Where to Dine
readers’ choice awards.

Canoe (photo by Kristina Doyle)

AMBIENCE
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Six locations of the popular steakhouse ensure diners can get a grilled-to-perfection sirloin, T-bone or filet mignon practically anywhere in Toronto. The brand’s most notable venue is in a circa-1868 mansion on Jarvis Street—the immaculately adorned interior is a conversation starter. Two other restaurants in the heart of downtown offer a more modern vibe for business lunches and pre-show dinners.
Honorable Mention: Auberge du Pommier

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH
Cora Breakfast & Lunch
Down-home country-kitchen dishes are the draw at this group of restaurants, originally from Quebec. Fresh fruit and eggs in various preparations comprise the majority of the menu, from the “10 Star” omelette—filled with ham, sausage, spinach, tomatoes and much more—to the “1990s Harvest” of cinnamon French toast with an egg, bacon and a mountain of seasonal fruit.
Honorable Mention: Fran’s (more…)

Where to Dine 2010 Awards

Cream of the Crop: We announce the 2010 winners of our annual Where to Dine Awards

By Laura Pellerine and Dan Leahul, Photography by Jason Dziver

For our second annual Where to Dine Awards, we gathered an expert panel of local foodies and critics to name the best in Calgary’s wining and dining scene.

Over a night of great food and drink, they deliberated and debated before putting things to a democratic vote. These are the results, we think you’ll be happy with the outcome. (more…)