Best Steak in Calgary
Perfectly aged and prepared beef.
32-oz. bone-in prime rib chop.
Photograph by Jared Sych
*Listed in alphabetical order.
A business lunch mainstay since 1972 (and still owned by its founding families), Caesars’ dark leather and wood decor is a nostalgic plus (the Willow Park location offers a slightly updated atmosphere). Caesar's steaks are aged 28 days and cut to order before being broiled over charcoal. Classic steak house perks like tableside preparations, blue cheese wedge salads and Emperor-sized martinis.
512 4 Ave SW, 403-264-1222, and 10816 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-278-3930, caesarssteakhouse.com
The phrase “locally sourced,” is a mantra here: from the artisanal cheese to the grass-fed, grain-fed beef, it’s all Albertan. Not only can steak aficionados choose their cut of beef — they can also choose from such parameters as breed, ranch, aging method (wet or dry) and feed program. With a full bar and lounge on the main floor, and a dining room on above, there’s a wealth of space to enjoy a perfectly prepared steak.
107 10A St. N.W., 403-670-6873, modernsteak.ca
Only one per cent of Canadian beef is graded as Prime (higher than AAA), and that’s what you’ll get at Vintage Chophouse, where steaks are aged from 35 to 55 days. The hand-cut, Canadian tenderloin steaks are charbroiled in the custom-made broiler and served with family-style sides that are stellar on their own, but together with a
320 11 Ave. S.W., 403-262-7262, vintagechophouse.com
There’s plenty of tradition at this steakhouse, what with its offerings of such things as Caesar salad and cherries jubilee prepared tableside. But the real star of this restaurant is steak. With an open-view of the grill, it’s clear that every steak will be grilled to the diner’s preference. No matter the cut, the beef is tender, flavourful and exactly what your Albertan appetite was craving. Plus, it does a mean beef Wellington.
10325 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-278-5250, wellingtonsofcalgary.com
Chef-owner Dwayne Ennest has been doing the locavore thing since way before it was trendy, serving the very best of Alberta beef and other local game meats. The room oozes Canadian prairie charm and the 24-ounce hard-to-come-by porterhouse steak with tangy chimichurri sauce is a must for sharing.
1114 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-277-3408, open-range.ca