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Nov 28, 2007 06:58 AM

Steak in Calgary

My husband and I are looking to go for a "beefy" dinner this Saturday. I was wondering if anyone had any different suggestions for great steak in the City? I will preface this request with some background - my favourite steak in the City is currently the ribeye at Mercato (so simply prepared with grilled lemon, sea salt, olive oil, and arugula - I could eat one for breakfast right now ...), but my husband doesn't want to go there. I am not a big fan of the old school places like Caesar's (is that even around anymore?) or that place on Macleod Trail next to Open Sesame (the name elludes me). And I've had a horrible experience at the Chophouse (not the Chicago one - the Vicker's one). It doesn't have to be a restaurant that specializes in steak/beef - even some place that has a stellar beef dish on the menu would be cool. Thanks!

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  1. A friend was recently raving about the steak she had at Il Gallo Nero (Italian) on 17th saying it was one of the better ones recently.

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    1. re: cmanten

      That's good to hear - I've also heard good things about their non-steak offerings. Sounds like it's definitely worth a try.

      1. re: Jigga

        I had their seafood lasagna and thought it was fabulous!

    2. I had a very nice steak at Buchanan's last weekend (

      1. My recommendation would have been for the non-Vickers Vintage Chophouse, but am sorry to hear you had a bad experience there. I have also had a good steak at the Highwood on the SAIT campus but I'm not sure if there is steak on their menu at the moment.

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        1. re: aktivistin

          Oh no - the bad experience was at the Vicker's Chophouse - the one on 8th Ave. I've been to the Vintage Chophouse several times to have a drink and listen to the live music in the lounge, but I've never eaten in the restaurant. What are your thoughts of the restaurant - both food and service?

          1. re: Jigga

            I must admit I haven't been the the Vintage Chophouse in the last year. However, when I last went, the service was knowledgeable and attentive. The food is good but the only real stand-out was the beef.

            I'll defer to yen's experience on this one, though--he's been there more recently!

        2. In Calgary, places that i know of that serve Canada or USDA Prime Beef (all very expensive):

          Chicago Chophouse (the Vickers one)
          Vintage Chophouse (the non-Vickers one)
          Ruth's Chris
          Bear's Den

          Places that charge Prime prices but serve AAA:


          Places that serve AAA at Calgary standard AAA prices:
          Reef and Beef
          Cattle Baron
          Cactus Club

          And i assume the place you can't quite remember is Smugglers, or Bolero, both of which share the building with open sesame.

          1. "The Chicago one" IS "the Vickers one." What are you referring to?

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            1. re: John Manzo

              Chicago Chophouse = bad experience; Vintage Chophouse = no experience to report. My mistake.