Best Restaurants in Downtown Calgary
The answer to where you should eat downtown.
Photograph by Jared Sych
*Listed in alphabetical order.
Nearly two decades old, The Belvedere is elegantly old school, but with chef John Michael MacNeil now at the helm in the kitchen, the menu is decidedly modern and sophisticated. Nowadays, you’ll get a potato mille-feuille with the beef tenderloin in place of a more standard steak frites, and pickled charred shallots alongside the rack of lamb. That, coupled with a few decor changes to soften up the place, has allowed The Belvedere to remain one of the great fine-dining restaurants in the downtown core.
107 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-9595, thebelvedere.ca
Much like the historic sandstone building it’s set in, the contemporary fine dining menu at Blink is sure excite and comfort you all at the same time. The modern decor in the long narrow space on Stephen Avenue is the perfect backdrop for the French-inspired dishes, delectable desserts and a stellar wine list carefully curated by owner Leslie Echino, who works the room with efficient professionalism and warm hospitality.
111 8 Ave. S.W., 403-263-5330, blinkcalgary.com
Since its inception in 2002, Catch has been the proving ground for a remarkable number of talented chefs, and continues to be an industry leader in promoting the Ocean Wise sustainability program and the introduction of innovative programs like BuyCatch, which allows patrons to purchase the same restaurant-quality seafood for their personal cooking adventures at home. Whether you opt to sit upstairs in the fine dining room or downstairs in the more casual Oyster Bar, you’re guaranteed to be served some of the finest seafood in the city.
100 8 Ave. S.E., 403-206-0000, catchrestaurant.ca
Well-established as one of Calgary’s must-visit restaurants, Charcut represents the dream of chefs and co-owners Connie DeSousa and John Jackson to work with local farmers and artisan producers and feed people well. Everything, from the pigs' head mortadella to the brioche buns, is made from scratch and the commitment to tip-to-taip cuisine is omnipresent. Saddle up with a glass of wine and a carnivore’s appetite, and you’ll never want to leave downtown.
101, 899 Centre St. S.W., 403-984-2180, charcut.com
Set in a historically grand and elegant space, Teatro has been serving downtown diners and theatre-goers since 1993 with a stylish à la carte menu as well as prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus, plus pre- and post-theatre selections that are Italian-influenced and reflect a strong European tradition. The wine list is undoubtedly one of the largest and finest in the city, and the service is consistently impeccable.
200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca