Romantic first-date restaurants in Calgary

Calgary’s best first-date dining spots feature a little extra something special. Maybe it’s an engaging activity that sparks conversation, or maybe it’s a romantic view that will inspire, well, romance. These Calgary eateries have just that extra ingredient critical in making first-date magic.

Sky 360

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101 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1J9

Featuring a particularly amour-inspiring panoramic view of the city and the Rockies beyond at sunset, Sky 360 rotates a full turn about once an hour. The restaurant at the top of the Calgary tower also serves suitably special contemporary Canadian cuisine.

Sushi Ginza Japanese Restaurant Willowpark

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276-10816 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 5N8

Start your first date visit to this pleasant Japanese restaurant at its floating sushi bar. Take turns picking from the easily sharable and delicious boatloads of nigiri sushi, and, if all goes well, retreat to an intimate tatami room for sake and sweet nothings.

Cafe Koi

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100-1011 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J2

Relaxing conversation-level live jazz and DJs create a date-appropriate atmosphere at this comfortably hip downtown dinner-and-drinks spot. Its Asian-fusion menu features a number of delicious vegetarian dishes and its drink menu features cocktails both fun and adventuresome.

National on 10th

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341 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

It’s first-come, first-served in the way-cool basement 10-pin bowling alley at National on 10th. Should you and your date have to wait, run upstairs for cut-above pub grub and craft beer or retreat to the très-chic Bourbon Room for a cushy round of brown-liquor taste testing.

The quintessential Mexican meal, tacos are also a relatively scarce commodity in Calgary. However, we’ve done some digging and unearthed the select few restaurants that make truly marvelous versions of these hand-held snacks.
The city’s summer season features a delicious dance card of culinary festivals and events. Many, such as Stampede-time pancake breakfasts, are easy to access the day of, but the various tasting and tippling shindigs listed here can fill up quickly, so purchasing tickets sooner than later for these foodie festivities is recommended. Image credit: iStock.com/kasto80.
The city’s pathway system is one of the longest in North America. Given its lengthy stretches, the occasional rest and snack stop, though few and far between, are a welcome sight when walking, biking and inline skating. Here are a few restaurants, cafés and snack shacks located on or near our scenic cycling system. Image credit: iStock.com/mihailomilovanovic.
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