31 New Restaurants That Opened in N.W. Calgary This Year

The next time you’re in northwest Calgary, check out one of these new spots for Korean barbecue, brunch, sushi, Halifax street food, pasta and more.

The Artist Lounge. Photograph by Chris Landry.

Calgary’s dining scene grew at an impressive pace this year, with more and more spots opening every month. Here’s a look at some of the new restaurants and cafés that opened in northwest Calgary over the course of 2022.

 

A Kitchen

 

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This new Tuxedo Park restaurant offers a wide range of dishes for guests to enjoy, including noodle dishes, pasta, burgers and snacks like sweet and spicy fries or stir-fry rice cakes. A Kitchen also has eight different kinds of fried chicken, which range from honey mustard to the restaurant’s signature garlic soy sauce.

2223 Centre St. N.W., 403-764-9688, @akitchen.yyc

 

The Alley

 

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The Alley celebrated the grand opening of its third Calgary location in June. From Deerioca Fever to Lemon Winter Melon Punch, you’ll find all your favourite drinks at this new spot in the University District.

3941 University Ave. N.W., the-alley.ca

 

Analog

 

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This local coffee shop opened two new Calgary locations this year, bringing it to a total of seven locations across the city. Grab a coffee at the newest spots in Jamieson Place or in Greenwich beside the new Calgary Farmers’ Market West.

Jamieson Place, 215, 308 4 Ave. S.W. and 130, 55 Greenbriar Dr. N.W., analogcoffee.ca

 

And Some Cafe

At this flower café in Sunnyside, the menu features dishes that work for breakfast, brunch or a fun snack, with options ranging from seven kinds of dutch baby pancakes to honey bread. While you’re there, be sure to check out the café’s selection of flowers for sale.

540 7 Ave. N.W., theandsome.com

 

The Artist Lounge

The next time you visit Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, be sure to check out The Artist Lounge, a new restaurant with cocktails and tapas that opened inside the art gallery this year. The surrounding art provides a beautiful environment to enjoy a cocktail and dishes like kimchi pork wontons and chicken flautas.

Inside the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2108 18 St. N.W., theartistlounge.ca

 

Baekjeong

This Korean barbecue restaurant already has a location in Edmonton, and now, you can also visit it in Calgary. At Baekjeong, guests can use the grill at their table to cook beef short ribs, beef brisket, pork belly, ribeye steak and more. There are also appetizers like pan fried tofu, dumplings, ddukbbokie and cheese buldak that you can order for the table to share, as well as individual dishes.

11660 Sarcee Tr. N.W., 403-452-4796, baekjeong.ca

 

The Banquet

 

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A new addition to the University District, The Banquet is a new Calgary bar with tons of activities and games to add to your dining experience. Dig into elevated pub fare like smoked brisket sliders, buffalo mushroom caps or the salmon poke bowl, then try your hand at bowling, ping pong or putterball.

3957 University Ave. N.W., thebanquetbar.com

 

Bliss & Co.

 

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You may know this bakery from visits to Crossroads Market, but now, you can also get its tasty treats in Brentwood. Bliss & Co. offers a wide range of cupcake flavours, as well as items like lemon cake, brownies, cheesecake, fruit pies and more.

120, 30 Brentwood Common N.W., blisscupcakes.com

 

Blowers & Grafton

 

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If you love the Halifax street food at Blowers & Grafton’s Mission locale, you’re in luck: The restaurant has expanded with a second location in northwest Calgary. Pop in with friends to share some fried pepperoni, garlic fingers and a donair pizza. And don’t miss the restaurant’s Happy “Hali” Hour, which runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close.

12650 Symons Valley Rd. N.W., 825-540-7722, blowersgrafton.com

 

Brouhaha

 

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Look for this new breakfast and lunch hot spot in Hillhurst. The menu is full of creative dishes like chicken in a waffle bowl, a fried crab meat scramble, a croissant smoked salmon eggs Benedict and more. If you can’t decide, share the $55 brunch tray for two with a friend to try several dishes at once.

609 14 St. N.W., 403-453-0577, thebrouhaha.ca

 

Eleven26 Brasserie

 

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Whether you’re craving a fresh breakfast or a filling dinner, this new Kensington restaurant has you covered. Enjoy dishes like buttermilk pancakes or smoked salmon eggs Benedict for breakfast or opt for a chicken cordon bleu burger or some fish and chips for dinner.

1126 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-460-1126, eleven26.ca

 

Flirty Bird

 

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This local Nashville hot chicken chain continues to expand across the province, and you can now visit its newest Calgary location in Kensington. The small yet mighty menu features fried chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders that are available in six heat levels.

314 10 St. N.W., flirtybirdchicken.com

 

Fringe Coffee

 

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Looking to start your day off with a cappuccino and a bagel? Consider checking out Fringe Coffee, a new coffee shop that celebrated its grand opening in the Montgomery neighbourhood on March 27.

4628 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-288-6923, fringecoffee.ca

 

Fuwa Fuwa

Alberta’s first Fuwa Fuwa location opened in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood on May 7. And in December, a second location opened in the University District. The restaurant chain specializes in fluffy soufflé pancakes that come in flavours ranging from tiramisu to raspberry and caramelized banana.

1111 Kensington Rd. N.W. and 3945 University Ave. N.W., fuwafuwapancakes.com

 

Golden Jade Palace Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant

There’s a new spot for Chinese food in Calgary. Golden Jade Palace recently opened in Panorama Hills with plenty of options for dim sum and dinner. Try dishes like rice crepe with barbecue pork, steamed shrimp dumplings, steamed salted egg yolk custard buns and more.

610, 1110 Panatella Blvd. N.W., 403-730-1888

 

Happy Cup

Happy Cup, which has another location in Woodbine, now has a second location in the Country Hills Village Shopping Centre as well. Treats yourself to a refreshing bubble tea or a smoothie in flavours like watermelon, mango strawberry and papaya.

232, 5149 Country Hills Blvd. N.W., @happycupyyc

 

Jaffa Grill House

 

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This Mediterranean restaurant offers a selection of salads, wraps and platters featuring chicken or beef shawarma, shish tawouk, beef kabab, falafel, beef ribeye, potato and more. If you’re ordering dinner for the whole family, consider one of the family platters that serve three to six people.

2012, 2060 Symons Valley Pkwy N.W., 403-764-6909, @jaffagrillhouse

 

Jun Katsu

 

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Jun Katsu is a new restaurant in Arbour Lake that specializes in — you guessed it — katsu. There are katsu options with pork, chicken, cheese or ebi,  or if you want try a few different types, there’s the Jun Katsu dish that comes with pork, cheese and ebi katsu. The menu also includes katsu curry bowls, katsu don and appetizers like takoyaki and corn cheese.

420, 20 Crowfoot Cres. N.W., junkatsuyyc.com

 

Kinjo Sushi & Grill

 

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This past June, Kinjo’s seventh Calgary location opened in North Hill Centre in the Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill area. Make plans with friends to check out the newest location and try the wide range of sushi, sashimi, oshizushi, tempura and more on the menu.

North Hill Centre, 1668, 1632 14 Ave. N.W., 587-358-2988, kinjosushiandgrill.com

 

Lil Empire

 

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If you can’t get enough of Lil Empire’s burgers and hot dogs, you’ll be happy to hear the local restaurant has opened a new location in Capitol Hill. This new location serves all the menu staples like the Empire with Cheese burger, the Classic Crunch chicken sandwich and the Seoul dog. But that’s not all — at the Capitol Hill location, you can also add a cocktail or Annex Ale Project beer to your meal, then finish it all off with some Made by Marcus soft serve or a milkshake.

1837 20 Ave. N.W., lilempireburger.com

 

Macao Imperial Tea

This bubble tea chain opened its second Calgary location in Evanston this year. From mixed fruit tea to red bean pudding matcha, there are plenty of flavours options here.

2028, 2060 Symons Valley Pkwy N.W., instagram.com

 

Một Tô

You can now visit Pho Dau Bo‘s new sister restaurant in Crescent Heights. Once inside, dine on dishes like pho grilled cheese sandwiches, roasted bone marrow and pho at tables made with recycled chopsticks. Don’t miss the restaurant’s happy hour that runs Tuesdays to Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

1609 Centre St. N.W., 825-910-8488, mottovietnamese.com

 

O-My Kimbap

 

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This Crescent Heights eatery specializes in kimbap and bingsoo. The Korean rice rolls come in several flavours, with filling options like vegetables, tuna, crab, spicy pork and more. Finish off your visit with some bingsoo in flavours like milk red bean or Oreo.

919E Centre St. N.W., @omykimbap_02

 

Pocket Coffee

 

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The team behind Blue Star Diner and Dairy Lane Cafe have opened a new coffee shop (which just so happens to be right next door to Dairy Lane in West Hillhurst). Stop by Pocket Coffee between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a pastry and cup of coffee.

317 19 St. N.W., 403-283-2497, pocketcoffee.ca

 

Red Top Pizza

 

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Can’t decide between a traditional round pizza or a square Detroit-style pizza? Lucky for you, Red Top Pizza has both. Visit either Calgary location that opened this year for signature pizzas like Midtown Heat, The Six Mile, The Zeus or Philly Cheese Steak, as well as other snacks like calzones, wings and pasta.

1350 Northmount Dr. N.W. and 207 35 Cranford Way S.E., redtoppizza.ca

 

Rising Tides Taproom

This West Coast-inspired taproom in Montgomery has a bright and beautiful space where you can enjoy local beers and snacks like popcorn, sandwiches and doughnuts with some friends. The taproom also has a giving wall where you can support local charities by ordering the “giving tap” beer.

4545 Bowness Rd. N.W., risingtidestaproom.com

 

Selia Bar

 

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Located at Edgemont Athletic, this new restaurant offers a wide range of dishes in a casual, stylish atmosphere. Treat yourself to some tuna crudo, taco al pastor, a spicy chicken sandwich or even a steak dinner. If you can, try to swing by during the daily happy hour that runs from 3 to 6 p.m.

7222 Edgemont Blvd. N.W., 587-391-9806, seliabar.com

 

Soc Trang Viet Submarine

Located in Crescent Heights, this Vietnamese sub shop celebrated its grand opening in July. Whether you’re craving a sate beef sub, salad rolls, steamed pork buns or a bubble tea, be sure to swing by and give it a try.

2A, 1015 Centre St. N.W., 587-356-1199, @soctrang.yyc

 

Sushi Center

 

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You’ll find this sushi spot along Centre Street in Tuxedo Park. Inside, you can choose from the wide-ranging menu that includes tempura, teriyaki and sushi don, udon soup, sashimi, nigiri, hand cones, sushi rolls and more.

1715 Centre St. N.W., 587-353-8890, @sushicenteryyc

 

Village Ice Cream

 

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Village Ice Cream’s fifth location opened in the University District in January. Pop in for a scoop of one of the shop’s “always” flavours like salted caramel, maple pecan or toasted coconut, or opt for one of the seasonals.

4019 University Ave. N.W., 403-374-5923, villageicream.com

 

YYC Pasta Bar

 

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The next time you’re in the mood for pasta, head to YYC Pasta Bar. The Italian restaurant, which already had a location on 17 Ave. S.W., now has a second location in Kensington where you can treat yourself to bowls of lobster ravioli alla vodka, spaghetti vongole or veal tortellini.

314D 10 St. N.W., 403-474-9111, yycpastabar.ca

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