Restaurants for a Sunday social gathering in Calgary

Sunday evening ought to be about friends, family and plenty of food. A fun, sociable atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and superbly shareable dishes make dining out at these restaurants a festive way to wrap up your weekend.

Model Milk

307 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Sunday dinners at Model Milk are a true communal celebration. Each week, the chefs at this eclectic, contemporary Canadian restaurant pick a geographical destination as a theme, preparing dishes inspired by nations such as Vietnam, Italy, France and Canada. From appetizers to dessert, all dishes are served on sharable platters.

Bookers BBQ Grill & Crabshack

316 3rd St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2S4

Nothing makes for a heartier Sunday meal than Cajun cooking. Reservations are recommended at Bookers BBQ Grill + Crab Shack for all-you-can-eat Sundays. Unlimited crab, ribs and sides including coleslaw and mashed potatoes. If you’re looking to pick your own southern feast, the menu includes à la carte items such as spicy fried chicken and classic mac and cheese.

Mercato West

5000-873 85 St SW, Calgary, AB T3H 0J5

In true Italian style, the Mercato dinner menu is created with shared plates in mind. For example, dig into some bruschetta or a caprese salad made with buffalo mozzarella, then tear into the tiger prawn risotto. The restaurant’s two locations (Fourth Street Southwest as well as 85th Street Southwest) each feature a market stcoked with fine Italian foods.

Cibo Urbano Cucina

1012 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5

Cibo’s shared plates impart a home-style, Italian dining experience with lots of flavour. Cibo’s fresh-made pizzas are an indulgence, especially recommended is the mushroom pizza topped with fried rosemary and white truffle oil. For dessert, try the warm Italian doughnuts or dark chocolate torta.

Lake House

747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0N2

Featuring suitably large windows with a great view, The Lake House overlooks Lake Bonavista. Like an elegant mountain chalet, this rustic-chic spot serves a game-focused Canadian cuisine menu and features a well-stocked wine cellar. Its fresh-shucked East Coast oysters and Rocky Mountain charcuterie board are great for sharing. The restaurant also features an extensive cheese and dessert menu.

Spice 7

739 2 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0E4

Be prepared for a royal indulgence at Spice 7, a Pakistani restaurant a short walk south of the Peace Bridge. The restaurant’s succulent kebabs, creamy butter chicken and soft Afghani naan bread are what mogul feasts were made of. The menu is ideal for shared meals and the traditional decor lends a suitably royal ambiance.

Pampa Brazilian Steak House

521 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A8

Skip lunch before visiting this Brazilian steak house for a Sunday feast. Barbecued meat is cut from skewers and served tableside, fresh and succulently seasoned. Enjoy a variety of sirloin selections such as, pork sausage, marinated chicken and leg of lamb. The Rodizio dining experience includes buffet-style salads, artisan bread and cheeses. End the meal with a Brazilian coffee or the whipped Callebaut chocolate mousse.

500 Cucina

1003 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S6

500 Cucina serves Italian fare with a contemporary twist in the Inglewood neighbourhood. Calamari, fried risotto balls, penne and gnocchi are just some of the hits at the eatery. The pizzas are topped with fresh, locally made mozzarella, and can be ordered with a gluten-free crust. Add in a glass of Chianti and a daily dessert feature for a blissful Sunday meal.

Kam Golden Inn

107A 2nd Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0B2

Golden Inn in Calgary’s Chinatown is spacious enough to easily accommodate large groups of family or friends looking for a Sunday meal with a spicy kick. Share a giant serving of hot-and-sour soup, a variety of hot pots, seafood plates and much more. The restaurant is always open late, and a Sunday meal can be enjoyed until 2 am.

Nick's Steakhouse & Pizza

2430 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4N5

Visiting Nick’s Steakhouse and Pizza is a family tradition for many. Prime rib dinner with Yorkshire pudding is the featured menu item on Sundays. In true family style, all entrees include a side salad, vegetables and fries, rice or potatoes. The cozy restaurant features two outdoor patios for summer dining.

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