Best new restaurants in Calgary you have to check out soon

Jun 21 2022, 7:19 pm

Summer has officially begun and so have the openings of many new restaurants in Calgary, including patios, bars, and fast food joints.

Going to a favourite and familiar spot is always easy, but trying a new place can also be rewarding.

We’ve figured out the best new restaurants in Calgary to try out to take the guesswork out of your next dining experience. Be sure to stop by and visit any of these fantastic new spots.

The Burger’s Priest

This new Calgary location opened at 4600 130th Avenue SE in Southpointe on June 18, serving up massive burgers, fries, milkshakes, and more.

The menu here offers a wide variety of sides, fries, milkshakes, chicken sandwiches, and plenty of delicious and original burger creations.

The classics are served here with your choice of toppings, but there are also wild burger options like double-stacked patties, deep-fried onion rings, grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun, and tasty vegetarian options.

The chicken bacon ranch sandwich, the bacon cheese dog, cheese fries, and shakes made from soft serve are a few examples of amazing non-burger twists.

Address: 4600 130th Avenue SE, Calgary

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Ryuko

 

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Ryuko is a new Japanese kitchen and bar concept set in a stunning space in YYC.

House-made taro chips, tartare, and bibimbap are just a few food items bound to become favourites.

The playful Wagyu beef served on a hot grilling rock atop a stone is one of the most delightful dishes we’ve seen in a while, served with a ponzu sauce and a spicy sesame sauce.

The tempura served here comes with a truffle aioli on the side, and the chicken katsu with fresh panko, cabbage salad with wafu dressing, and a house katsu sauce might be the best we’ve tried in Calgary.

This is definitely one of the best new restaurants in Calgary, and hopefully, people will make the trip to check it out.

Address: 13200 Macleod Trail, Calgary

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Earl of Sandwich

 

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Earl of Sandwich is a hugely popular sandwich chain based primarily in the United States.

This global spot has it all: breakfast sandwiches, fresh subs, salads, wraps, and the “world’s greatest hot sandwich.”

The menu at Earl of Sandwich consists of breakfast items, handcrafted wraps, fresh green salads, artisan soups, tasty sides, sweet baked goods, and famous hot sandwiches. The Earls Club sandwich is the signature item, made with turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, Roma tomatoes, and the house-made sandwich sauce.

Address: South Trail Crossing – 19 4307 130th Avenue SE, Calgary

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Lanai

Lanai is an exciting new Hawaiian-themed summer rooftop patio in Calgary.

Not only does this spot have tropical vibes, but it’s all ideally located on the iconic 17th Avenue. Tiki-style cocktails, summer snacks, and live rooftop entertainment can be expected at Lanai so take your favourite Hawaiian shirt out of the closet.

Address: 1406-17th Avenue SW

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The Artist Lounge

The Artist Lounge is a hip new tapas and cocktail bar inside a Popular Calgary art gallery.

This spot is inside the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, a vibrant centre for all kinds of artists to showcase their work.

The monthly exhibits mean beautiful walls that are constantly changing and a comfortably stylish place to grab a bite and drink.

There are 15 tapa plates to order at The Artist Lounge, created by Chef Trent Bochek. The Mexican chicken flautas, kimchi pork wontons, and bourbon caramel donuts are all (obviously) must orders.

Address: Ruberto Ostberg Gallery – 2108 – 18th Street NW, Calgary

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Portland Street Pizza

This brand new Portland-style pizza concept, Portland Street Pizza, just opened in the Eighty-Eight Brewery taproom.

To begin with, there will be five pizzas to choose from, as well as snacks and appetizers like the meatballs in Sunday gravy and the always popular garlic cheesy bread.

The style of pizza is much like Detroit-style. These pies are pretty deep and made in square pans instead of wheels. Portland Street Pizza isn’t using Detroit in its description because the menu hopes to stray away from tradition and have the freedom to experiment.

Even though it’s a pop-up shop, we still consider this one of the new restaurants in Calgary.

Address: Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. – 2600 Portland Street SE #1070, Calgary

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Sorella Trattoria

 

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Sorella Trattoria is an authentic pasta restaurant with fun twists on dishes.

The dishes here are seasonal and shareable, with a great wine list and cocktail menu to pair with the food.

The entire food menu is split into small plates, vegetables, pasta, and meat and fish. Each one is authentically made but with modern twists that never feel like it’s trying too hard.

The tartare on the small plates menu is made with cornichons, dijon, egg, and chickpea crisp, while the tomato dish is a whole roasted tomato, served with burrata, basil oil, and house-grilled Pugliese bread.

As for the vegetables, the carrots are made with celeriac cream, the broccolini comes with a romesco sauce, and the cauliflower is prepared in the style of cacio e pepe pasta.

Address: 1036 Centre Street N, Calgary

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