Savour outstanding steak at these Calgary restaurants

Calgary is steak-central and there’s no sign the city’s hunger for great grilled beef is ever going to diminish. In fact, this beefy obsession always seems to take on new dimensions as top restaurants attempt to outdo each other with bigger, better and more beautiful cuts of meat.

Trib Steakhouse

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118 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3

A sumptuous two-level steakhouse located in a beautifully appointed historical building on Stephen Avenue Walk, this is an ideal place to get your steak fix. Key to the restaurant’s meaty reputation is its butter-brushed Angus Reserve beef. House cuts include sirloin, New York and rib eye. Absolutely try a tableside-carved “house roast” including the bone-in rib eye and the Chateaubriand tenderloin.

Vintage Chophouse and Tavern

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320 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0C5

With its sociable and relaxed vibe and plenty of business-dinner appropriate polish, Vintage regularly stacks up wine-and-dine awards. Try the Canada Prime New York strip, rib eye or the rib chop for two. Or — and you will not regret this — defer to the chef, and sign up for the butcher’s block cut of the night.

Open Range

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1114 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4

The carnivorous heart of Edmonton Trail’s restaurant row, Open Range serves locally produced Southwest-style beef and game cuts by renowned chef Dwayne Ennest. Mouthwatering cuts include New York strip and bison flank. Dubbed The Porterhouse Project,” the restaurant’s beefy pride and joy is a true custom-butchered 24-ounce cut of this premium steak.

Caesar's Steak House

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110-10816 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 5N8

Legendary among Calgary steakhouses, Caesar’s has been a favourite haunt of the city’s business movers and shakers since the 1970s. The burgundy velvet and dark-wood interior of its flagship downtown location create an atmosphere that seemingly enhances the flavour of its premium, aged Alberta beef. Cut to order, steak dinners include filet mignon, T-bone and New York Strip.

Wellingtons of Calgary

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10325 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 5R8

One of the city’s oldest and best-loved steak spots, Wellington’s Steak House remains a hit with patrons, local celebrities and food critics alike. With warm, subdued lighting and country club decor, its dining room features a glass-enclosed grilling area in which chef Nick Georgoulis sears fine cuts of beef. And, yes, the beef Wellington is highly recommended.

Modern Steak Inc

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107 10A St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4M7

A stylish update on the steakhouse of old, Modern Steak is a bright and inviting multi-level spot located in Kensington just off the south side of the main boutique and restaurant strip. The featured meat is locally produced, well-aged cuts of wagyu and Angus beef. Accompanying appetizers include updates on French onion soup, shrimp cocktail, wedge salads and fondue.

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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