Over 45 new places to eat and drink opened in Calgary last year – it was an amazing year for foodies, lovers of wine, beer, cocktails, tea and coffee – you could have almost tried somewhere new every week. And there’s more to come; we know of at least another ten new openings in the next few months.

Sadly we lost a few good ones in 2015, and there may be more considering their options as belts and expense accounts tighten – Restaurants Canada survey results show that nearly three-quarters of the restaurants in our city reported a slow down in Q3, and we know that we’re not over the hump yet.

More research from Restaurants Canada shows that restaurants provide more first jobs than any other industry – 22 per cent of Canadians got their career start in a restaurant or foodservice business, and they employ 512,200 young people under the age of 25 – that’s one in five youth jobs.


Going out to a restaurant was still the #1 preferred activity in 2015 for spending time with family and friends, but with so many choices of new foods and new locations to try, let’s not forget the establishments that have been with us for 10 years, 20 years and more. The reason these restaurants are still with us is because they offer consistently good food and service, earning many loyal customers.


These restaurants have been with us for 20 years or more this year:

Buchanans (opened 1988)
Buzzards (opened 1980)
China Rose (opened 1987)
Cilantro (opened 1988)
The Embarcadero (opened 1995)             
Escoba (opened 1996)
La Chaumiere (opened 1978)                  
Pegasus (opened 1983)
River Café (opened 1991)                      
Teatro (opened 1993)
Thai Sa-On (opened 1982)                      
Wellington’s (opened 1979)

Safari Grill

And there’s many more celebrating 10-20 years too:

Bears Den (2004)
Big Fish (2005)
Bonterra (2000)                                   
Bookers (1999)
Catch (2002)                                       
Centini (2002)                               
Divino (opened 2001)
Laurier Lounge (2005)
LeVilla (2005)                                       
Living Room (2000)
Mercato (2004)                                    
Murrietas (2001)
Palomino (2005)                                   
Rouge (2003)
Safari Grill (2005)                                 
Shikiji  (2002)
Sugo (2001)                                        
The Trib (2005)
Vintage Chophouse (2003)


Let’s support our local Calgary businesses that in turn support our communities.

Dates are as accurate as possible. These lists of restaurants is not exclusive, we apologise for any we have missed out. Photographs courtesy the restaurants named.

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