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Indulge in local cuisine on Eat What You Want Day

Dining options for every pallet and wallet

May 11, 2018 by Centaine Hlushak on Blush Lane Organic Market, Deane House, Eau Claire Distillery, Fine Diner Bistro, Grate & Barrel, Hotel Arts, Hotel Arts Kensington, Mealshare, Mitchell Bros Beef, Red Tartan, Righteous Gelato, River Cafe, Sunnyside Natural Market, Top Grass Cattle Company, Top of the Mountain Meats, True Büch Kombucha, Village Brewery, Wild Tea Kombucha

Today is Eat What You Want Day, a national invitation to release your inhibitions and chow down.

Whatever you’re craving, we have compiled suggestions from our network of Calgary businesses below.

Feeling Fancy:

  • Deane House is a historic house-turned-restaurant a few steps away from Fort Calgary. Serving up regional Canadian cuisine, the menu changes with every season. Deane House is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Reservations can be made here.
  • Oxbow is the in-house restaurant at Kensington Riverside Inn (formerly Chef’s Table), where they’re trying to make upscale dining accessible to more people. Ever wanted a duck confit grilled cheese? Oxbow is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and brunch on the weekend. Reservations can be made here, or order delivery through Skip the Dishes.
  • Raw Bar is one of two restaurants at Hotel Arts in downtown Calgary, serving “Vietmodern” cuisine, fusing Asian and contemporary influences. Raw Bar is open for dinner and drinks. Reservations can be made here, or delivery ordered through Skip the Dishes.
  • River Café is an award-winning restaurant nestled in Prince’s Island Park, where Head Chef Matthias Fong has made it his mission to use only the most local ingredients -- right down to fermenting his own vinegar. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Reservations can be made here.
  • Yellow Door Bistro is the second of two restaurants at Hotel Arts, where inventiveness is on the menu. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast and brunch. Reservations can be made hereor order delivery through Skip the Dishes.

Comfort Food:

  • Fiasco Gelato is one of Calgary’s favourite spots for gelato. Classic and seasonal pints can be found in select grocery stores across Canada, but the café in Mayland Heights is where one can find unique flavours that change every day.
  • Grate & Barrel is a bright pink beacon of cheesiness in Bridgeland, serving handmade grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, and pie shakes. Vegan options are also available. The ketchup they serve alongside each sandwich is made in-house from ‘ugly’ produce that grocery stores can’t sell. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Fine Diner Bistro is a brunch spot in Inglewood that recently reopened, serving up breakfast classics with a creative twist like house-made candied bacon and garlic hollandaise sauce. The restaurant works closely with the community by donating all gratuities to local charities. Open for breakfast and lunch, reservations can be made through Yelp’s NoWait mobile app.
  • Red Tartan is a shortbread company helmed by a proud Scottish woman, using her grandmother’s recipe. Red Tartan also makes cookies that are vegan, and free of sugar, dairy, or gluten. Cookies can be purchased online or by visiting Shared Spaces in Okotoks.

Make it Yourself:

Dig in!


  1. Many of these eateries partner with Mealshare to provide meals to children in need. Find them and other restaurants in Calgary on this map, and be sure to order the menu item with an orange fork.
  2. Show us your meal on social media by tagging @reapcalgary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and using the hashtag #BeLocalYYC.