I'll be the first to say BEST restaurant is subjective. More accurately, I'd say some restaurants are better suited for certain occasions than others. There is good food everywhere, it's just a matter of choosing what food and atmosphere best fits the vibe you wanna set for the evening. That said, I get asked for restaurant recommendations Every. Single. Day. So here you go!
These hot spots always have a wait list. They aren't just the cool place to be seen though, the food is actually amazing. Worth the wait!
Smack dab in the middle of 17th ave, Una is Calgary's hottest pizza spot. They serve up thin crust pizzas that will make even deep dish fans weak in the knees. Try their mushroom pizza with truffle oil! Yummm. Note this place is always crowded and always has a line up and prices are not cheap for a thin crust pizza.
Mention "ramen" in Calgary and Shiki Menya will 100% enter the conversation. This hip place in Bridgeland is known for limiting the number of ramen bowls released daily and the long waitlist that results. Whenever I go I can't NOT get the Chili Goma. The broth, the noodles, the spicy level, everything is perfection!
Native tongues is known for it's small, juicy and flavourful soft tacos and delicious margaritas. I'd recommend going on a Tuesday for $2.99 tacos and ordering a mezcalgarita. As with others on this list, the usual warning applies - expect a waitlist for a table. However, there are often a few spots available at the bar.
Calgary's pizza scene used to be lackluster, but in recent years the competition has really picked up, which really benefits us as the consumer! There are lots of good choices, but here are some faves.
Noble Pie started as a small pizza pop-up within Eighty Eight brewing but quickly took on a life of it's own. This New York style pizza is truly delicious. Expect big floppy slices of heaven. They now have their own digs downtown Calgary, you can't stay in but you can order pick-up or delivery.
Connie and John are famous local chef's who we already know because of Charcut, Charbar and Alley Burger. They've now added pizza to their repertoire, because why not? This pizza stands up the Connie & John's name. It's cheese and greasy in the best way possible. Get it to go from Charbar or pick-up from their new Blush Lane location in Marda Loop.
Who doesn't love tacos!? Hard shell tacos are old news as everyone wants delicate soft shell tacos that are filled with succulent slow cooked meats.
Sometimes less is best. These casual joints are a great place to chill with friends, take your parents or just have a low key but extremely tasty meal.
I am a person who is always down for a good sandwich. Alumni focuses in on what makes them the greatest! These aren't "light" sandwiches if that's what you're expecting, these are hearty, meal-sized sandwiches. And any sandwich shop that serves draft beer is A-okay in my books.
Sundays and Thursdays are the days to go to Clay Oven for $19 all you can eat Indian buffet. Or come at lunch for $17!
The Grey Eagle Casino Buffet & Restaurant is well known for it's multiple themed buffets. Each night of the week is a different food style. Go on Thursday for the seafood buffet!
The rodizio dinner at Pampa includes limitless helpings of ten cuts of meat & caramelized grilled pineapple as well appetizers, salads, and sides.
It's $27 for all-you-can-eat lunch and $36 for all-you-can-eat supper. This restaurant in Signal Hills is open late on weekends (11pm).
Grill your meat right at the table at Seoul Korean BBQ. All you can eat is $40 Monday - Friday 5-9pm and weekends 12-9pm.
Their website isn't great, so it's not listed anywhere but you can get unlimited individual hot pot from 1 Pot in Chinatown. Choose your broth, meat and sides drink and dessert! All for $21.
The rodizio dinner is $60 and includes Picanha, Garlic Top Sirloin, Parmigiano Beef, Beef Ribs, Rosemary Pork, Malagueta Spicy Sausage, Mild Brazilian Sausage, Herbed Chicken Wings, Chicken Wrapped with Bacon and more!
Yes, we know East Side Mario's offers unlimited bread and salad, but did you also know that Wednesday is unlimited pasta day? ($15)
Choose from both sushi and Korean BBQ at this well-known place on 16th Ave.
This place doesn't have a website so I can't confirm what their menu is, but I think it's $23 for all-you-can-eat Korean.
Back in 2020 they offered the full rodizio (unlimited salad and meat) for $45, I'm not sure if the pricing is the same or if they increased it since reopening.