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15 Top Calgary Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

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by OpenTable
Updated July 15, 2021

As a city with notoriously unpredictable spring and fall weather, Calgary has a tragically short patio season, which is why Calgarians tend to make the most out of any day that’s warm enough to go out for a long and leisurely outdoor meal. The COVID-19 pandemic has given local businesses even more motivation to improve their patios and expand outdoor seating areas while adding in more features for comfort such as heat lamps, overhead coverage, and wind protection. From elegant rooftop dining areas with birds-eye views of the downtown core to quaint lines of tables on sidewalk patios at casual spots, more than ever both restaurants and diners are embracing opportunities for fresh air dining. There’s a fun and interesting place to eat outside around almost every corner in Calgary during the summer months, but these 15 restaurants go the extra mile when it comes to combining good food and the great outdoors.

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4.7
4.7 (2104)
CAN$30 and under
Pacific Rim
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Hawaii is a long way from Calgary, but this Pacific Rim-themed bar and restaurant offers a taste of the tropics, especially when it’s warm enough to roll open the big garage-style doors at the front of the building that lead out to the sidewalk patio. Fresh and flavourful food dominates the menu, with playful bites such as hot dog bao buns, house-made spam skewers, and loco moco rice, all of which pair nicely with the bar’s over-the-top tiki-style cocktails and a little bit of sunshine.
Top review
NathanB
Dined 4 days ago
Nestled in the heart of the city, Lulubar is a hidden gem that promises a culinary journey like no other. From the moment you step inside, the warm and inviting ambience sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. The interior exudes a cozy charm, with dimmed lights casting a soft glow across the stylish decor. The combination of rustic wooden accents and contemporary design elements creates an atmosphere that strikes the perfect balance between modernity and comfort. The restaurant's layout offers an intimate setting, making it an ideal spot for a romantic evening or a gathering of close friends. Now, let's talk about the star of the show – the food. The menu boasts an array of enticing options, but the BBQ Duck Wraps truly stole the spotlight. These delectable bites were a fusion of flavors, showcasing a delightful Vietnamese flare. The tender duck, perfectly seasoned and grilled to perfection, was wrapped in thin, delicate rice paper. The accompanying dipping sauce added an extra layer of complexity, blending sweet and savory notes in harmony. Each bite was a symphony of textures and tastes, with the crisp freshness of the vegetables complementing the rich and succulent duck. The dish was a perfect representation of the chef's skill in combining diverse ingredients to create a harmonious and memorable dining experience. The service at Lulubar was impeccable, with attentive and knowledgeable staff members adding to the overall positive experience. From recommendations on wine pairings to ensuring our water glasses were never empty, the staff demonstrated a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction. Whether you're a food enthusiast or someone simply looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a delicious meal, Lulubar is a must-visit. The marriage of good taste, inviting ambience, and a touch of Vietnamese flair make this establishment a standout in the culinary landscape. Be sure to indulge in the BBQ Duck Wraps
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4.3
4.3 (362)
CAN$30 and under
Latin American
Calgary

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About the restaurant
Calavera Cantina’s patio may be located in the parking lot of a large suburban retail development, but the patio is designed to make diners feel like they’ve been whisked away to a beachside taqueria in Mexico, with high walls to block out the fast food joints and big box stores nearby. The food is bright and fresh, with dishes such as tuna crudo tostadas and a melon salad as well as the requisite (but very tasty) tacos and burritos.
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VoyteckK
Dined 6 days ago
Great place with a great food . Very polite staff and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend it.
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4.7
4.7 (1095)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary

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Downtown’s Stephen Avenue is Calgary’s premium place for sitting and watching the world go by. Closed to cars during the daytime and bubbling with energy in the evening, the strip is always full of interesting pedestrian traffic and plenty of action. Klein/Harris’s street-level patio is a lovely place to drink in the Stephen Avenue vibe while eating chef James Waters’s uniquely Canadiana dishes and sipping on one of co-owner Christina Mah’s much-celebrated cocktails.
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LindsayD
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great meal with great service! Will definitely look to go back as they had lots more on their menu we’d like to try!
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4.6
4.6 (890)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
The Living Room has been a fixture on 17th Avenue for 20 years and is well-known for its breathtaking patio, which has a secluded backyard feel despite being right on one of Calgary’s busiest commercial streets. The wood-walled space is fit with plenty of lights, gorgeous plant life, and a fireplace to make the restaurant’s contemporary shareable cuisine and much-loved fondue dinners feel even more special.
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BasOwel
Dined 1 day ago
Although the menu seemed somewhat limited we were able to find something that met both of our palates. Food overall was very good. Mussels were a little bland for my liking. However, broccoli salad, Lasagna, Pork Chop were all very tasty. Desserts were both over the top good (we have banana cheesecake and Shaft Creme Brelle
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4.6
4.6 (1113)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Calgary

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About the restaurant
This chic wine bar has two patios, one on the street level and another on the rooftop, and while the upper deck offers great views of the vibrant Mission neighbourhood, the lower area is popular with dog lovers looking to enjoy a nice international meal and a glass or two of premium wine with their pets at their feet. Owner Phoebe Fung is a true dog lover (her dog Dom is practically a local celebrity) and not only allows dogs on the patio but also hosts dog-related events and provides treats and “pawsecco” for canine friends.
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DougW
Dined 6 days ago
We had a great meal at the Vin room. Really enjoyed the Spicy Duck, stuffed mushrooms, Merguez Meatballs, Salmon Roulade, Tiger Prawn Pocket and the Sticky Soy Steak & Mushroom Bites. We were underwhelmed by the Crab Cakes and the Melon and Prosciutto was a tiny portion. Overall it was an excellent meal but not recommended for the budget conscious. The meal was $105 for two without wine. Fabulous food if you can afford it and a nice treat now and again.
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4.6
4.6 (3583)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Calgary

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About the restaurant
Bonterra has become a local go-to because of its consistently delicious higher-end Italian fare, but the trattoria’s most powerful asset is its luxurious patio, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in all of Calgary. The outdoor dining area is technically part of an inner-city parking lot, but its clever construction, terracotta tiles, rustic styling, and abundant greenery make it feel like a scene straight out of Tuscany.
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CharlotteM
Dined 1 day ago
It was phenomenal! Food was delicious and our server, Tatiana, was amazing! I have a food allergy and she went above and beyond to make sure I was in safe hands! Thank you for such a wonderful evening!
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4.6
4.6 (2777)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Italian
Calgary

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Situated in a historic bank building, dining indoors at Teatro is a quintessential Calgary experience, but the venerable restaurant also has a lesser-known outdoor dining space. Sitting just off of Olympic Plaza and steps away from both Calgary’s Municipal Building and Arts Commons theatre complex, this tucked-away corner offers a serene spot to indulge in some Mediterranean-inspired fine dining and a bottle from Teatro’s legendary wine list.
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AmyGvip
Dined 2 days ago
We had an excellent dining experience…food, drinks, service, ambience…all great! We had oysters, bread, broccolini, steak and panisse. The Spill the Tea cocktail was unique as well. Highly recommended!
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4.8
4.8 (332)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Calgary

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About the restaurant
A Calgary institution since 1988, Buchanan’s boasts a dark, wood-lined interior, representing classic chophouse style. Diners looking for the same great steakhouse fare but in sunnier surroundings can opt for a seat on the restaurant’s expansive sidewalk patio, enclosed by glass panels and adorned with flowers and umbrellas. Close to the Bow River, it’s an ideal place to stop for a steak or a glass from the bar’s extensive whiskey collection after a stroll on the riverside pathway.
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Brianvip
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Continues to be an outstanding restaurant. Great atmosphere and quiet enough you can have a conversation. Food is outstanding.
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4.6
4.6 (501)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Modern Steak’s Downtown location has the same excellent ranch-specific steak menu as the restaurant’s original location in Kensington, with the added bonus of a spectacular rooftop patio that overlooks the heart of Calgary. Diners can take in a full view of the Calgary Tower as they dine on beef that was raised just a few hours away in Alberta cattle country for a truly local experience.
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rlivcvip
Dined on Sep 27, 2023
Warm crab in a jar is A MUST! The service was spectacular and ofc the steak was perfection.
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4.3
4.3 (191)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Comfort Food
Beltline

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About the restaurant
Billed as a “modern diner,” The Beltliner is best known as a laid-back brunch spot, but also has a nice happy hour, with wings, burgers, and various cocktails all on offer at a discounted rate. The patio along the side of the building faces a park for great people-watching opportunities and is also dog-friendly, making it a top choice for brunchers who want to while away the day with their pups in tow.
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immuno
Dined 2 days ago
Great service and great food as per usual! Always appreciate the vegetarian friendly menu.
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4.7
4.7 (4002)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary

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Located way down in the south end of the city in a landmark historical home, it’s hard to beat a special occasion Canadian meal on Bow Valley Ranche’s picturesque outdoor veranda. For a different view of the property, the fine dining restaurant’s parent company, the Great Events Group, also hosts gourmet outdoor private dome dinners in the restaurant’s back garden under its “Foodies in the Park” banner.
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ErinB
Dined 1 day ago
We went here to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and it was fabulous! The food was amazing and our waitress did a great job. She even brought a small piece of a dessert for my Mom. My Mom said it was her best birthday ever.
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4.1
4.1 (239)
CAN$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Part of the Charcut/Charbar family of restaurants, this bar on the top of the historic Simmons Mattress factory offers an absolutely unparalleled view of the Bow River, historic Inglewood, or downtown Calgary, depending on which direction you’re facing. Once up top, diners can relax with a drink and a pie from Connie and John’s Pizza, a New York-style pizza project run by Charbar proprietors John Jackson and Connie DeSousa.
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AnnahSA
Dined on Sep 14, 2023
Went here for my bday dinner with friends. Service was amazing and the pizza from Connie + John's went well woth our delicious cocktails ans mocktails. Manager gave the table a round of prosecco just because it was a bday dinner. The staff turned up the music at the end of the night when we asked. They accommodated serving my bday cake from an external vendor as well. Everything was perfect. The views with the river in the background at sunset were amazing. We will be back when they reopen for the season.
A photo of Last Best Brewing & Distilling restaurant
4.6
4.6 (568)
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
Downtown

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About the restaurant
From the outside, Last Best doesn’t look like it has an outdoor dining area, which makes its courtyard patio feel all the more secretive and magical. Sheltered from the wind and fitted with a firepit to help extend the patio season, it’s a popular fixture in a brewpub that is already much embraced for its excellent line of beers and above-average pub food.
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HopeS
Dined on Feb 11, 2024
Food was fantastic I had the cast iron nachos and they were insanely good! And so was the pizza.. the atmosphere and interior design was really suiting for the food and drink choices!
A photo of FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall restaurant
4.6
4.6 (219)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
Kensington

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About the restaurant
This beer hall just off of the main drag in Kensington has an impressive selection of craft beers from over a dozen local breweries and a fresh and casual menu full of flatbreads, sandwiches, and beer-friendly appetizers. The patio is a unique second-storey rooftop giving revelers an impressive view of the neighbourhood, while still putting them at arm’s length from the busyness of the street below.
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LeeF
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Always excellent food. Hard to beat the value that Free House provides!
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