Eight | Calgary's Best Restaurants 2021

The restaurant is run as a three-times-weekly ticketed experience with only eight guests seated at an intimate, theatre-style chef’s table overlooking the kitchen.

The exclusive chef’s table at Eight seats just eight guests at a time. Photograph by Michael Trudeau Photography.

The Food Local Canadian culinary mosaic.
The Vibe
Intimate, dynamic and interactive.
Order This Eight does not have an à la carte menu, just a tasting menu that changes daily.
Know This Reservations are in the form of non-refundable tickets and are released in two-month blocks that sell out quickly. No photos are permitted.

If you are lucky enough to secure a reservation at Eight you will be one of only eight guests seated at an intimate, theatre-style chef’s table overlooking the kitchen as chef/owner Darren MacLean and chef de cuisine Mitsuru Hara craft your multi-course meal. The restaurant is run as a three-times-weekly ticketed experience hosted by MacLean, and many ingredients are sourced from a farm he runs on land south of Calgary. Throughout the evening, MacLean weaves a story describing the courses drawn from the Canadian cultural and culinary mosaic, detailing the source and history of ingredients and techniques, and making Eight the delicious pinnacle of interactive farm-to-table dining in Canada, even the world.

631 Confluence Way. S.E. (within Alt Hotel), 403-457-2153, eightcdn.ca, @eight_cdn

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This article appears in the March 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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