9 must-try Chinese restaurants in Calgary

Jan 23 2017, 11:38 pm

Explore the flavours of China, right here in Calgary. From sizzling spicy Szechuan to the city’s own Ginger Beef, you can treat your tastebuds to a range of Chinese food in YYC.

Here are nine must-try Chinese restaurants in Calgary.

Silver Inn

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Considered the birthplace of Ginger Beef, Silver Inn has been a Calgary destination for Westernized Peking-style dishes since 1975. For over 40 years, folks have loved this family-run restaurant’s Chinese food, from their signature Ginger Beef to things like Sweet and Sour Pork to Lemon Chicken. You’ve gotta try it at least once!

Address: 2702 Centre Street N

South Silk Road Chinese Restaurant

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With an aim to bring more authentic flavours and dishes to the table for Calgarians, South Silk Road offers a menu featuring some more Canadian-style Chinese fare alongside Yunnan specialities. Head in with a big group and reservation so you can tackle multiple dishes from their epic menu, particularly their Yunnan-style dishes–like the pork dishes you’ll need to pre-order.

Address: 823 14 Street NW, Unit 824

Silver Dragon

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A go-to destination for Dim Sum in Calgary, Silver Dragon in Chinatown has been open since 1966. If you’re headed in for dinner, their menu has over 200 dishes in the Cantonese and Szechuan styles, loaded with all sorts of soups, vegetarian options, noodles, seafood, meat, and more.

Address: 106 3 Avenue SE

Szechuan Restaurant

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Get ready to feel the burn! Sezchuan Restaurant is all about those spicy Szechuan eats. If you’re brave enough to face the eat, feast on their whole spicy fish dish, hot sauce fish soup, Kung Pao Chicken, or their spicy green beans.

Address: 320 16 Avenue NW

Great Taste

A relative newcomer to Calgary’s dining scene (they opened in 2011) Great Taste offers Dim Sum along with Sichuan and Cantonese style dishes in Chinatown. Make sure to give their signature soup dumplings a slurp, and take note: Great Taste also prides itself on friendly service.

Address: 123 2 Avenue SE

Golden Inn

You’re going to want to bookmark Golden Inn because this is the spot to hit when you need late night Chinese food; they’re open until 3 am most nights (4 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 am on Sundays).

Address: 107A 2nd Ave SE
Instagram: @golden_inn


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Han’s is another great option if you like your food hot, hot, hot. Specializing in Szechuan-style Chinese food, Han’s is a small operation serving up affordable food. Go for dishes like their fish hot pot, spicy wontons, or the spicy eggplant.

Address: 303 Centre Street SW, Unit 116

Bill’s Peking House

With nearly 30 years of serving up Chinese food to hungry Calgarians, Bill’s Peking is a fave for many locals. While they’ve got some Western-style dishes, they also have more authentic Chinese fare, and are known for their delicious Peking Duck.

Address: 380 Canyon Meadows Drive SE

Calgary Court

This Chinatown noodle shop and Hong Kong-style cafe serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Head to Calgary Court for congee, fried noodles, Hainan-style dishes, or even springboard over to the South Asian side of the menu for some pan-Asian eats.

Address: 119 2 Avenue SE