Whether it’s brunch, lunch, takeout, afternoon snacks or celebratory dinners—Northwest Calgary is serving up something delicious.
From fine dining to authentic hidden gems, eating your through the Northwest might be the best way to navigate our neighbourhood.
Here are some of the best things to eat in our part of the city
Vegetarian or not, White Rose Kitchen is serving up dishes we can all enjoy.
Located in the Northwest on historic Main Street Bowness, Chef Dwayne Ennest is offering innovative menu options for all diets. Their smaller plates and bigger plates menu format is perfect for sharing items— allowing you to sample a few or design your own feast from the vibrant offerings.
As a bonus, almost the entire menu is gluten free, and the kitchen is willing and able to work with special dietary requirements. This includes all parts of the vegetarian spectrum, offering a variety of dishes honoring all four types of vegetarian diets; vegan, lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, and pescatarian.
Located right outside of the White Rose Kitchen is kitchen and takeout window, The Coal Shed Smokehouse—the ultimate destination for house smoked, braised and grilled meats (including incredible fish and chips). Diners are welcome to order and enjoy meals from the Coal Shed Smokehouse while in White Rose Kitchen, in the Coal Shed Lounge, or outside on a fully licensed seasonal patio.
White Rose Kitchen
Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 9pm and Brunch: 10am – 2pm
Coal Shed Smokehouse
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm.
Northwest Calgary’s NOtaBLE is recognized as one of the city’s finest restaurants, and is known for fresh, friendly approaches to elevated dining.
Voted as Calgary’s Best Chef, Michael Noble, is well known for his approach to unpretentious,vibrant, ingredient focused dining.
A former competitor on Japan’s Iron Chef, Chef Noble’s passion for great food is what drives NOtaBLE. Opening in the Northwest in 2010, the restaurant is focused on locally sourced, seasonally-produced options, and provides friendly, upscale comfort food that has made it a time-honoured Calgary classic.
Friday-Saturday 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 9 pm
Monday – closed
Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 am – 10 pm
You don’t need to leave the Northwest for great Southern BBQ—just step down the street from U/D and head to Big T’s.
A Calgary Stampede food vendor — and winner of several 2017 awards including Best Value and Best BBQ on a bone—Big T’s has been family owned and operated since 2004. A Northwest gem, Big T’s has caught attention of others outside Calgary—the restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here.
Serving up decadent comfort classics off the grill and out of the fryer, Big T’s is a must-visit for those among us who wish it was Stampede all year long.
Looking to bring a little BBQ to your event? Big T’s can help with that; they offer a variety of catering services to suit every taste.
Mon-Thurs 11 am. – 10 pm
Friday 11 am – 11 pm
Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday 10 am – 10 pm
A Calgary mainstay since 1979, Nick’s Steakhouse is a Northwest dining staple.
The restaurant’s history in the area is far-reaching, and the legacy of its offerings and service are incredibly important to its owners—Nick’s has a community of loyal customers built from years of quality service and meals.
Traditional family recipes, a love of the city (local sports enthusiasts can find a place here), and a welcoming space are among the reasons why Nick’s has become a fixture in the neighbourhood. The food (particularly the pizza) is why people keep coming back. Make sure to have a big appetite to enjoy the generous portions and delicious flavours of Canadian classics like Albertan steaks, pizza and comfort food favourites.
Sunday 10 am – 10 pm
Monday-Thurs 11 am -11 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 pm
In the heart of northwest Calgary is hidden gem Edelweiss Village, a European market that sells a selection of German, Dutch, Polish and Scandinavian food favourites. It makes for a complete experience—from the outside of its Bavarian-themed architecture to the decorative odds and ends that line the shelves, next to deeply delicious spreads and confections found in few places around Calgary.
Edelweiss features a full deli and offers a number of homemade German dishes, including schnitzel and bratwurst, and an in-house bakery, to make it a one-stop shop for lunch as well as groceries.
Mon – Fri 9 am -7 pm
Saturday 9 am -6 pm
Sun. & Holidays – Closed
There you have it. Whether it’s contemporary, classic or casual, Northwest Calgary offers some seriously delicious dining options for residents and visitors alike. Do you have a favourite Northwestern spot, a must-eat, that we need to profile? Let us know by joining the conversation and sharing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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