Weekend late lunch in Calgary

Sometimes Saturdays and Sundays get off to a slow start. As a result, the usual lunchtime may pass you by, leaving you out and about on the weekend with a mid-afternoon hankering for food. While options can be somewhat limited, these restaurants keep afternoon hours on weekends and lend themselves to lackadaisical lounging and late lunches.

Cibo Urbano Cucina

1
1012 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5

Wine and Italian food is a classic late-lunch combination. A casual, two-level Italian spot on 17th Avenue Southwest, Cibo serves delicious handcrafted pizzas, pastas and an inventive list of drink-friendly appetizers. Eat a little, eat a lot, but feel free to take your sweet time.

Midtown Kitchen & Bar

2
302 10th St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V8

This Kensington bar and grill serves a contemporary pub grub menu that features pastas, flatbreads and burgers as well as small-plate snacks and charcuterie plates. The Midtown Kitchen & Bar also serves East Coast and West Coast oysters by the half dozen. Pair your repast with a selection from its lengthy craft beer and wine menu.

Selkirk Grille

3
1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X3

Family-friendly and lightly upscale, this restaurant outside the Heritage Park Historical Village main gate is decked out like a vintage Canuck resort hotel. Serving updates on classic Canadian dishes, its chefs incorporate the best Western Canadian ingredients. Try wild British Columbia mushrooms on toast, Alberta Angus beef tenderloin or a scallop and prawn risotto.

Big T's BBQ & Smoke House Co

4
2138 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3Y7

Succulent, messy barbecue with multiple sauces and sides are the order of the day at Big T’s. Sharing is a natural impulse whatever dishes arrive at the table, though the restaurant’s two sampler platters are stacked high with a finger-lickin’ selection of everything from pulled pork and chicken to Andouille sausage and cornbread. Arrive hungry.

Korean Village Restaurant

5
1324 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2

Korean food is largely about wholesome ingredients such as rice, vegetables and delicious red-pepper paste (gochujang). At critically acclaimed Korean Village in downtown Calgary, try the signature barbecue beef (bulgogi) or dolsot bibimbap, a savoury dish consisting of rice and veggies served in a smokin’ stone pot.

Nick's Steakhouse & Pizza

6
2430 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4N5

Open all afternoon Saturdays and Sundays, Nick’s is an old-school steak house. Its slabs of fab are served with veg and potato (including baked) options. Choose from several beef entrees including the 10-ounce New York strip loin, 12-ounce rib eye, steak Neptune and the monstrous “Calgary-cut” 24-ounce top sirloin. Also choose from a lovely list of pizzas prepared with house-made sauce and Nick’s secret blend of cheeses.

Brasserie Kensington

7
100-1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

While overlooking the hustle and bustle of the Kensington shopping district, sip a glass of red or a pint of local craft brew and take your time enjoying bistro comfort fare from gourmet poutine to cassoulet and bouillabaisse.

Trawler's Seafood Kitchen

8
1515C 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1E1

Something of a seafood institution, Trawlers on 14th Street Southwest serves all manner of beautifully battered fish and other dishes. Pollock, cod and halibut are served one, two and three pieces to a platter, with the shop’s signature Alaskan halibut being the premium option (one- and two-piece servings only).

Bocce

9
110-2207 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X1

Casual and contemporary, Bocce serves unbeatable Italian pizza, pleasing pastas and a wholesome array of great greens in a sunny setting with a view of the Fourth Street Southwest shopping-and-dining strip. Standout pies include the calabrese topped with spicy fennel sausage, olives, peppers and mozzarella and the funghi dressed with mushrooms, arugula pesto and pine nuts.

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