Just a few weeks after Avenue revealed its lists of the 2020 best overall restaurants and best new restaurants, Calgary restaurants had to close down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With phase one of the province’s relaunch well underway now, some are in the midst of reopening for dine-in service while others are sticking with takeout and/or delivery services only for now. Others are still closed, but we anxiously await their return.
Here’s a look at where Calgary’s best new and overall restaurants are at and how you can experience their food either in their space or from the comfort of your own home.
Please note that the information on this list may change as Calgary’s COVID-19 situation evolves. For the latest information on whether a restaurant is now open or offering takeout/delivery, please contact the restaurant directly.
If you’ve been waiting to eat at this vegetarian restaurant in-person again, you’ll be happy to hear that The Allium will reopen for three days (June 11, 12 and 13) by reservation before opening for regular dine-in service on June 16. The Allium has been open for takeout since March and will still be offering it once dine-in service begins.
211A 12 Ave. S.W., 403-264-5416, theallium.ca
Head to the Aspen Landing Shopping Centre to dine at Allora, which has officially reopened its restaurant dining room and patio. You can also order food for pickup or order delivery through DoorDash.
326 Aspen Glen Landing S.W., 403-686-6731, allorarestaurant.com
A staple of Calgary’s dining scene for more than a decade, Alloy’s dining room and patio reopens for Wednesday to Saturday dinner service on June 10. Takeout will also be available.
220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com
While Alumni’s dining room is currently closed, you can still order its sandwiches and other menu items for curbside pickup by ordering online or over the phone.
725 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-7255, alumnisandwiches.com
Annabelle’s Kitchen has a new menu that you can enjoy in its dining room or on its patio now. You can also order for pickup. And if you love Annabelle’s Kitchen, you’ll be happy to hear that it will soon have a second location in the downtown spot that used to house its sister restaurant, Blink.
3574 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-454-0268, annabelleskitchen.ca
While Anju has been closed since before the pandemic hit Calgary, you can still enjoy chef Roy Oh’s Korean fare by ordering family meals, a la carte dishes, sauces and more for pickup through Roy’s Korean Kitchen, which has been operating since April 1.
Order Bar Von Der Fels for dinner with a takeout order between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. You can arrange to pick up your order or get it delivered for $10 if you live within five kilometres of the restaurant. The family-style takeout menu changes weekly, so check for the latest menu on the restaurant’s Instagram account.
1005A 1 St. S.W., 587-349-2656, barvonderfels.com
As of June 4, Calgarians can now dine-in at Bridgette Bar again. The Beltline restaurant is also still offering dinner (with a rotating menu) for curbside pickup from Wednesday to Sunday.
739 10 Ave. S.W., 403-700-0191 (text message only), bridgettebar.com
Calcutta Cricket Club is still serving its tasty kati rolls, crushable gin and tonics and more for daily pickup or delivery through DoorDash over supper.
340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com
While its dining room is currently closed, Cassis is still offering an a la carte dinner menu for Thursday to Sunday pickup, as well as a family-style menu that can be delivered or picked up.
105, 2505 17 Ave. S.W., 403-262-0036, thecassisbistro.ca
Chairman’s reopened its dining room on May 28, which means you can treat yourself to a steak dinner there now. You can also still order takeout for curbside pickup Wednesday through Sunday on the restaurant’s website.
2251 Mahogany Blvd. S.E., 587-291-9898, chairmans.ca
This downtown favourite is set to reopen for dine-in service on June 11. In the meantime, you can still order curbside pickup online.
101, 899 Centre St. S.W., 403-984-2180, charcut.com
Comery Block’s dining room and streetside patio are now open for dine-in service every day of the week. Pickup and delivery are also available through the barbecue restaurant’s website.
638 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-7636, comeryblock.com
Calgarians can once again enjoy an Italian dinner at this Kensington restaurant, which is open for dine-in service. Pickup for takeout orders is still available, as is nearby delivery for people at risk with a day’s notice.
314D 10 St. N.W., 587-356-4088, cottoyyc.com
While Flores & Pine’s dining room is currently closed, you can book a reservation to dine on its lovely patio. If you want to support the restaurant from home, you can also take advantage of Flores & Pine’s curbside pickup menu (available Wednesday to Sunday) or purchase one of its dinner to-go kits.
254028 Bearspaw Rd., 403-241-7611, floresandpine.com
Starting on June 12, Foreign Concept will be offering dine-in dinner service by reservation. Guests can continue to order takeout for pickup and have it delivered through the restaurant itself, Door Dash or Skip the Dishes.
1011 1 St. S.W., 403-719-7288, foreignconcept.ca
Lulu Bar’s dining room and patio are currently open for dine-in service. You can also still get your hands on its Pacific-inspired fare with its three-course menu that is available for curbside pickup.
510 17 Ave. S.W., 403-930-5707 (text message only), lulubar.ca
Swing by Mercato’s Mission restaurant for a memorable Italian meal, which can be enjoyed by dining in the restaurant, for takeout and delivery.
2224 4 St. S.W., 403-263-5535, mercatogourmet.com
Model Milk offers a different supper menu for curbside pickup every week from Wednesday to Saturday. And starting on June 11, you can also opt to dine-in at this 17 Avenue S.W. restaurant.
308 17 Ave. S.W., 403-265-7343, modelmilk.ca
18, 132 3 Ave. S.E., 403-452-1846, instagram.com
Native Tongues Taqueria’s dining room is currently closed, but you can still order takeout for lunch or dinner any day of the week. There are even special happy hour deals offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Delivery is also available through Door Dash.
235 12 Ave. S.W., 403-263-9444, nativetongues.ca
Pigeonhole is temporarily closed.
306 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-4694, pigeonholeyyc.ca
This Oakridge restaurant has been offering a Hawaiian-inspired menu for curbside pickup for a few weeks now. You can order it from 4 p.m. to close Thursday to Saturday.
3109 Palliser Dr. S.W., 403-280-7474, purlieucalgary.ca
For a scenic getaway without leaving the city, head to the newly reopened River Café on Prince’s Island Park. Both the restaurant dining room and patio are open for seating.
25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.com
Shiki Menya was delivering chili goma ramen kits while its dining room was closed but is currently on a break. Highball kits are still available on its website though.
827 1 Ave. N.E., 403-454-2722, shikimenya.ca
Shokunin recently reopened its dining room and patio in Mission, which means you can once again enjoy its yakitori, beef takai, daily fish offcut and other dishes in-person again.
2016 4 St. S.W., 403-229-3444, shokuninyyc.ca
In May, we were sad to learn that Tavernetta is now permanently closed.
1002 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-250-8894, facebook.com
Teatro reopened its dining room on May 25, so you can head there to enjoy a meal in-person now. If you’d prefer to eat at home, you can also order one of the restaurant’s “Teatro at Home” meals for takeaway online.
200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca
This Victoria Park restaurant is currently closed but has plans to launch takeout options soon.
1209 1 St. S.W., 403-475-5537, tenfoothenry.com
Una’s dining room is currently closed, but you can still satisfy your pizza cravings with a takeout order. Arrange for curbside pickup or order delivery through Door Dash or the restaurant itself.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, unapizzeria.com