6 New Restaurants in Calgary Opening Soon

There’s no doubt about it, Calgarians love good food. We’re lucky in this city to have so many great dining destinations to keep us all happy and full. And just when we think we’ve tasted all we could taste around town, the start of 2013 brings us six new restaurants, opening up in the next couple months, to look forward to.

Bistro Rouge

No longer the sole territory for the Earls and Moxie’s of Calgary, we’re starting to see local restaurateurs appreciate the value of the suburban clientele. A more casual dining experience than its sister restaurant, Rouge, this bistro is expected to open up in mid-February in the Signal Hill area. Owner Paul Rogalski hints at what we can expect on the menu: “Bistro Rouge will offer menu items such as grilled Paillards — thinly pounded meat topped with fresh ingredients — offerings from the rotisserie, as well as modern and classic bistro dishes.” (1919 Sirocco Dr. S.W., 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com, @bistrorouge1)


Just a few weeks away from opening, this new space on 17th Avenue S.W., in what was formerly The Yardhouse, promises great plates with a strong local focus. If the December pop-up dinner at The Calgary Farmers’ Market was any indication, executive chef Geoff Rogers (formerly of Home Tasting Room) and chef de cuisine Dave Bohati’s (formerly of Rush) will be assembling one hell of a menu. Stop by for a bite in early February. (718 17 Ave. S.W., marketcalgary.ca, @MARKET_Calgary)

National 10th

National’s new and not-so-little brother on 10th Avenue S.W. is set to open its doors in early March. The main floor will offer a similar experience to what you’ll find at the original location (with the addition of some ping pong and foosball). With a second floor bowling alley opening in May and a third level with patio coming in June, this new National is ramping up to be the place to be this summer. (341 10 Ave. S.W., NTNL.ca)

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

Aviv Fried and his to-die-for baking have become well-known around Calgary, with line-ups often out the door at his somewhat out-of-the-way bakery location near Chinook Mall. Come January 18th, you’ll be able to get all of his quality baking, sandwiches and more at their brand new, second location attached to the Sunnyside Market in Kensington. Welcome to the neighbourhood, Aviv. (338 10 St. N.W., sidewalkcitizenbakery.com, @avivfried)

Yellow Door Bistro

After being vacant for quite some time, the space that was St. Germain attached to Hotel Arts has been given new life. Raw Bar’s talented executive chef, Duncan Ly, is behind the menu here, so we look forward to trying all of his dishes when the bistro officially opens later this month. (119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9585, yellowdoorbistro.ca, @YellowDoorYYC)

Xocolat Mexican

Taking over the old Virginia Christopher art gallery on 11th Avenue S.W., this new restaurant promises “posh Mexican cuisine.” These are, most definitely, bold words for a cuisine that is typically anything but posh. Xocolat (pronounced shuck-o-laht) has had a few teaser tastings at events around town, but check them out towards the end of February for a full menu. (816 11 Ave. S.W., xocolat.ca, @xocolatyyc)

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