7 Calgary Restaurants That Offer Express Lunches

It’s not always possible to take a leisurely lunch. At these restaurants, you’ll be in and out in under one hour with a full stomach.

Teatro. Photograph by Jared Sych.


Blanco Cantina

This Mexican cantina’s speedy lunch deal is well-worth checking out for a tasty meal. Available at both Calgary locations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., your order comes with a burrito or two tacos, chips, guac and a soft drink. The best part? This meal deal is available for $17.

1140 Kensington Ave. N.W., 403-454-9602; 8545 Broadcast Ave., 403-455-3796, blancocantina.ca


Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant offers a $35 three-course lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. The deal includes a soup or salad, an entree of braised beef short rib, butternut squash risotto or trout, and finishes with panna cotta for dessert. Talk about a delicious break in your weekday.

15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com


Calcutta Cricket Club

Calcutta Cricket Club offers an express lunch thali platter daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The platter includes rice, dal tadka, paratha, chutneys and raitas, kachumber salad and your choice of curry like butter chicken or paneer, methi paneer, chole and more. All this for $25, and it’s a great excuse to check out the restaurant’s brand new location in Victoria Park.

1213 1 St. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com



Charcut’s “lunch-all-at-once” deal is a great concept for diners on a tight schedule. Guests can choose between options like the daily sandwich or butcher shop rotisserie with sides ranging from parmesan fries to soup, or try the daily, hand-made pasta. Especially nice is the bag of warm cookies to go after a hearty lunch.

101, 899 Centre St. S.W., 403-984-2180, charcut.com



This restaurant’s quick and filling One Punch Lunch includes a daily feature, a side, mini butter tarts and either a coffee or mocktail. It’s a great midday pick-me-up. Klein/Harris offers this lunch special on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for only $18.

113 8 Ave. S.W., 403-262-8100, kleinharris.com



This three-course lunch comes with a soup or salad, a main dish or plate of pasta, and a dessert. The choices change weekly, so there’s always something fresh to try during your lunch break. Check Teatro’s Instagram to see what the three courses are each week.

200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca


Yellow Door Bistro

If you only have 45 minutes for lunch, swing by Yellow Door Bistro at the Hotel Arts. Not only can restaurant guests save themselves some hassle with the restaurant’s complimentary parking at the hotel, but Yellow Door also offers a three-course express lunch that changes weekly for $30.

119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9585, yellowdoorbistro.ca

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