If you're lucky enough to have spent some time in Calgary, you already know that this city has no shortage of amazing food options. Because Calgs is so big and has so many neighbourhoods, sometimes the endless options can be too much to handle.

As much as we all love Peter's Drive-In, you always have to consider if it's worth driving from the deep SW all the way NE just for a milkshake, when chances are an equally delicious snack is substantially closer to your humble abode. 

If you're new to Calgary, or even if you've lived here your whole life, and just aren't aware of your options, we've got you. The following is a list of some of Calgary's best eats, broken down by city quadrant, and then by neighbourhood. The next time hunger strikes and you don't want to go too far, allow us to help:

Northeast

Northwest

Southwest

Southeast


For Restaurants in the Northeast, click "Next"


Northeast

Diner Deluxe

Where: 804 Edmonton Trail NE // Bridgeland/Renfrew

Type: Classic Comfort/Diner Food

Most popular item: Breakfast Poutine

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: If you're like me, and don't have anyone to cook for you, then you definitely appreciate comfort food when you can get your hands on it. Everything at Deluxe Diner is made from scratch, so it's that much more delicious.

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Boogie's Burgers

Where: 908 Edmonton Trail NE // Renfrew

Type: Burger Joint

Most popular item: Deep Fried Mac-n-Cheese Burger

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Boogie's puts so many crazy twists on all your favourite classic foods. Burger joints are a dime a dozen in YYC, but this one is something special.

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Pacini

Where: 123 Freeport Blvd NE // Near Airport

Type: Italian

Most popular item: Parmigiana Fries 

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Winter is coming, and you need to bulk up so you can stay warm. The perfect way to do that? Ingest a ridiculous amount of carbs.

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Toad n' Turtle Pubhouse & Grill

Where: 2475 27th Ave NE // Barlow

Type: Pub & Grill

Most popular item: Loaded Toad Burger

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: Winter may be approaching quickly, but you have to keep this rooftop patio in mind for next Summer. Plus, you can never go wrong with pub food.

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Misai Japanese Restaurant

Where: 7-1915 32 Ave NE // Barlow

Type: Japanese 

Most popular item: Lobster Roll

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Calgary has a million sushi joints, but this one seems to leave people always coming back for more. The menu is super diverse, and the interior is laid back and cozy.

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The Main Dish

Where: 903 General Ave NE // Bridgeland

Type: Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly

Most popular item: TMD Stir-Fry

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Delicious vegetarian/vegan friendly places can be hard to come by in Calgary, so this is one opportunity you should take advantage of.

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For restaurants in the Northwest, click "Next"


Northwest

NOtaBle

Where: 4611 Bowness Rd NW // Bowness

Type: American, Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly

Most popular item: Sweet Soy Chicken Wings

Price: 💸 💸 💸

Why you should go: NOtaBLE is a Calgary favourite. They're another great vegetarian/vegan option, and the menu is to die for. It's a bit pricey, so save it for a romantic date night.

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Juree's Thai Place

Where: 2055 16 Ave NW // North Hill

Type: Thai

Most popular item: Matsaman Curry w/ Chicken

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: If you're one for authentic Thai food, this is your place. The interior is decked out in beautiful decor, so it'll look great on your 'gram.

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Higher Ground

Where: 1126 Kensington Rd NW // Kensington

Type: Cafe

Most popular item: Breakfast Burrito

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Studying season is upon us, and this will be your new favourite place. Snack on some cake, sip on some coffee, and get your study on.

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Wiener Schnitzel Haus

Where: 4703 Bowness Rd NW // Montgomery

Type: German

Most popular item: Wiener Schnitzel

Price: 💸 💸 

Why you should go: German food made locally in Calgary? How often do you find that? This place has been over for over 10 years, so you know they know what they're doing.

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Pelican Pier Seafood Bar

Where: 4404 14 St NW // Nose Hill

Type: Seafood

Most popular item: Fish Tacos

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Not a lot of people are huge seafood fans, but if you are, you've gotta eat here. The atmosphere will genuinely make you feel as if you're in the Maritimes.

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For restaurants in the Southwest, click "Next"


Southwest

The Coup

Where: 924 17 Ave SW // Downtown

Type: Vegetarian and Fusion

Most popular item: Tempeh Shwarma

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Ok, but where else are you gonna find vegetarian shawarma? You have to go.

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Cassis Bistro

Where: 2505 17 Ave SW // Downtown

Type: French

Most popular item: Aioli de légumes

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: All the intimacy of Paris, without any jetlag. Cassis has a delicious, affordable, authentic French menu that will leave you beyond satisfied.

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Anju 

Where: 344 17 Ave SW // Downtown

Type: Korean

Most popular item: KFC Sliders

Price: 💸 💸 💸

Why you should go: Anju is definitely a bit expensive, but that just means it's perfect for sharing. Grab your crew and split some appy's. 

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Belmont Diner

Where: 2008 33 St SW // Marda Loop

Type: Diner

Most popular item: Eggs Benedict

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: You don't need to be hungover to eat breakfast for dinner. In the mood for pancakes at 8pm? We've got you.

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The British Chippy 

Where: 2335 162 Ave SW // Bridlewood

Type: British

Most popular item: Fish & Chips

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Live out all your wannnabe British dreams while you eat your fish and chips.

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For restaurants in the Southeast click "Next"


Southeast

Sploumbos

Where: 1308 9 Ave SE // Mills Estate

Type: Italian

Most popular item: Meatball Sub

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Not only is the food great, so is the service. You'll genuinely feel like you're in Italy.

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Karma Fine Indian Cuisine 

Where: 309, 4600 130 Ave SE // McKenzie Town

Type: Indian

Most popular item: Tandoori Chicken 

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Rumor has it that Karma has some of the best curry you'll find in Calgary, so you've better get on that.

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Dixon's Public House

Where: 15425 Bannister Rd SE // Midnapore

Type: Bar

Most popular item: Quebec Poutine

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Live music, and great food? The perfect pub experience.

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Mimo

Where: 4909 17 Ave SE // Forest Lawn

Type: Portugese

Most popular item: Paella

Price: 💸 💸

Why you should go: Mimo is Calgary's only Portugese restaurant, which makes it all the more appealing.

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