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Five Restaurants In Alberta Made Canada’s 100 Best List!

Explore Alberta's top dining experiences highlighting the best local and multicultural Canadian cuisine

Alberta’s diverse landscape and rich array of ingredients make it a natural hub for some of Canada’s most exceptional dining experiences. 

From rustic charm to modern sophistication, these Alberta restaurants are prominently featured among Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants

Join us as we uncover the top restaurants and the talented restaurateurs who contribute to making Alberta a standout in Canada’s dining scene.

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River Café’s outdoor garden | River Café

No. 23 River Café (Calgary)

Located on Prince’s Island Park, overlooking the Bow River, River Café offers a cozy escape from Calgary’s bustling business centre. 

The dining room features rustic décor with exposed wood, stone, and brick, reminiscent of local fishing lodges and mountain resorts. 

Whether enjoying the green surroundings on the patio in summer or the cozy fireplace in winter, River Café is a delightful destination year-round.

What’s on the Menu at River Café?

River Café’s menu highlights Canadian and Albertan ingredients, like Highwood Crossing’s grains and canola oil, and vegetables from Poplar Bluff Organics

In his seasonal menus, Chef Scott MacKenzie blends rural Alberta flavours with urban sophistication. 

Sommelier Bruce Soley’s wine list features unique selections from lesser-known producers, adding a special touch to the dining experience.

Check out River Café on Facebook and Instagram.

How to get to River Café in Calgary.

Chef Darren MacLean hosts customers at EIGHT | EIGHT
Chef Darren MacLean hosts customers at EIGHT | EIGHT

No. 25 EIGHT (Calgary)

EIGHT is a hidden gem tucked behind a discreet doorway inside Nupo, within the Alt Hotel in Calgary’s East Village.

Its black décor and striking Douglas fir bar create an intimate setting that welcomes only eight guests at a time. 

With service available only four nights a week, securing a reservation here is highly coveted. 

You might find yourself waiting until winter for a seat, as their summer slots are already sold out.

What’s on the Menu at EIGHT?

Possibly Chef Darren MacLean’s most personal restaurant among the three he owns, 

EIGHT focuses on Canadian identity through a multicultural lens. 

Indigenous, Korean, Chinese, South Asian, and French influences are evident in dishes like Haida-inspired Chinook tartare, duck vindaloo, and dry-aged sablefish. 

Each dish is meticulously crafted, making the dining experience here truly special.

Check out EIGHT on Facebook and Instagram.

How to get to EIGHT in Calgary.

D.O.P. | Jared Sych | Avenue Magazine
D.O.P. | Jared Sych | Avenue Magazine

No. 46 D.O.P. (Calgary)

In a cozy, narrow space, D.O.P. brings patrons together like a big family, echoing its menu and hospitality ethos. 

Owner Tony Migliarese’s classic dishes, inspired by his mother Rose’s recipes, are given contemporary touches and served with the fond memories of his father and his Italian restaurant.

What’s on the Menu at D.O.P.?

D.O.P.’s menu features seasonal ingredients, staples like the bone-in veal chop and egg-yolk-and-ricotta raviolo. 

Summer brings sweet Okanagan peaches to the panzanella, and local corn appears in D.O.P.’s early fall pasta dishes. Antipasti is a highlight, with offerings like grilled bread, spicy’ nduja, whipped ricotta, and pickled green tomatoes. House wine options and premixed cocktails complement the delicious dishes.

Check out D.O.P. on Instagram.

How to get to D.O.P. in Calgary.

Major Tom's incredible bar | Canadian Interiors
Major Tom’s incredible bar | Canadian Interiors

No. 52 Major Tom (Calgary)

High up, 40 floors above it all, Major Tom offers a luxurious dining experience with stunning views. 

Embodying a late 60s/early 70s gentlemen’s club vibe, this sky-high restaurant has become a Calgary favourite, perfect for a special night out.

What’s on the Menu at Major Tom?

The menu features contemporary dishes and classic steakhouse fare, accompanied by an ambitious wine list and classic-with-a-twist cocktails. 

Highlights include the Caesar salad, potato puree, and the London Fog Verrine. While the mocktail selection is limited, the talented bartenders can craft almost any drink you desire.

Check out Major Tom on Facebook and Instagram.

How to get to Major Tom in Calgary.

ÄNKÔR | Open Table
ÄNKÔR | Open Table

No. 72 ÄNKÔR (Canmore)

This Canmore restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience, with dishes that match the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. 

Since opening its doors in the fall of 2020, during the pandemic, ÄNKÔR has quickly become a standout in Canmore’s dining scene.

What’s on the Menu at ÄNKÔR?

Chef-owner Danny Beaulieu combines refined flavours with local ingredients, such as dry-aged duck, elk, salmon, and seasonal vegetables. 

The menu features unique pairings such as fermented plums and smoky lapsang souchong tea with mackerel. 

ÄNKÔR also boasts a strong selection of beers, spirits, and wines, including European and Canadian beers.

 Reservations are highly recommended for this intimate, cozy spot.

Check out ÄNKÔR on Facebook and Instagram.

How to get to ÄNKÔR in Canmore.

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