8 of the oldest restaurants in Calgary you can still visit

Feb 23 2021, 11:38 pm

The food and drink industry can be a fickle one, so when a restaurant is able to operate for two or even three decades, you know they’re doing something very right.

Defined by tradition and excellent service, there are a handful of spots in YYC that have stood the test of time and been able to keep their loyal guests coming back year after year.

Many of these spots are considered institutions in the city, so if you haven’t tried them yet, you definitely need to.

Here are eight of the oldest restaurants in Calgary we still love to visit.

Hy’s Steakhouse


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Established in 1955 by entrepreneur Hy Aisenstat, Hy’s Steakhouse has been providing YYC with quality steaks for 62 years. With locations in Winnipeg, Whistler, Toronto, and Vancouver, this spot has clearly mastered the recipe for a long-lasting steakhouse — perfectly cooked meat and chilled martinis.

Address: The Core — 8th Avenue and 3rd Street, Calgary
Phone: 403-663-3363

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Peter’s Drive-In


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Peter’s Drive-In has been “The Drive-In You Can’t Drive By” since it opened in 1964. With one of the city’s best burgers (including a top-secret special sauce), buckets of onion rings and fries, milkshakes, and a delightfully nostalgic look and feel, we’re not surprised Peter’s is still a Calgary favourite.

Address: 219 16th Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-277-2747

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Silver Dragon Restaurant


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Silver Dragon opened back in 1966 to serve elegant Chinese food, and it has continued to do so ever since. Dine-in or order out — just make sure you try the Dragon’s famous ginger beef, Peking duck, fresh lobster, and crab.

Address: 106 3rd Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-264-5326


Caesar’s Steakhouse

Caesar’s Steakhouse has been around since 1972 — that’s 45 years’ worth of steak, wine, and top-notch service. With their quality Alberta Beef, classic over-the-top red and gold decor, and the option for the Emperor’s size cocktail (a full three ounces), Caesar’s remains one of the best places to head for a special occasion dinner when living big is the first thing on the menu.

Address: 512 4th Avenue SW, Calgary

Address: 110 10816 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-264-1222

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Silver Inn Restaurant

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The Silver Inn has been offering original Peking-style cuisine since 1975. The Inn has everything from ginger beef and hot and sour soup to grilled pork dumplings. The selection is wide and the cuisine is delicious, which is why the restaurant is still busy in 2021.

Address: 2702 Centre Street N, Calgary
Phone: 403-276-6711


Osteria Chef’s Table

Formally Osteria de Medici, Osteria Chef’s Table has been offering an authentic Italian fine dining experience for patrons in the heart of Kensington since 1976. Guests have been enjoying classic Italian dishes and unique daily specials too.

Address: 201 10th Street NW, Calgary
Phone: 403-283-5553

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Nick’s Steakhouse

The Petros family opened Nick’s Steakhouse & Pizza back in 1979, and they’ve been serving classics like steak, pizza, and burgers ever since. For generations Nick’s has been a go-to for home-cooked hearty meals served the way your mom used to do it. This spot still looks straight out of the ’70s, but the food here hits the spot in every decade.

Address: 2430 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Phone: 403-282-9278

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The Rose and Crown

One of the “newer” bars on our list, opening 35 years ago in 1986, but the building itself was built in the 1920’s and believed by many to be haunted — that seems plenty old enough. This iconic bar features one of the best British-inspired pub menus in Calgary.

Address: 1503 4th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-244-7757

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