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Oct 20, 2010 04:12 PM

Newcomer to Calgary

Silly question really - which is the best Calgary steakhouse?

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  1. Not silly at all! There are actually not that many dedicated steakhouses in Calgary.

    My friends swear by Bears Den. Caesars is the old school place.

    Bears Den
    254028 Bearspaw Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3L 2P7, CA

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Been there twice. For ambiance it's wonderful but the steaks weren't anything special. It's trying too hard to be a little of everything (River Cafe/Steak House).

    2. l think Carver's is the best. they serve their steaks on a sizzling pan with peppercorn sauce in a little boat, it seems expensive but a very nice salad is included. I would NOT recommend Caesar's, steaks were OK but I won't go back because of the snooty geriatric waiter that couldn't smell a corked wine and panned off another glass from the same bottle last time I went, I didn't complain but didn't drink it and have never been back.

      Carver's Steakhouse - Sheraton Cavalier
      2620 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6B8, CA

      512 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0J6, CA

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      1. re: hsk

        The old school waiters and dated ambiance are part of what makes Ceasar's the experience it is. Have had some of the best steaks in town forever. My favorite for now, unless Hys ever reopens.

        Carvers has better ambiance, and is always amazing as well, a very close second

        I also have had very good steaks at Reef and Beef on 36 st North East for the last 30 years or so

        1. re: MartinT

          I'd say the Reef and Beef is the best value steakhouse in town :) It's also like stepping into a time machine. love that place.

          1. re: marcopolo

            This sounds like The Hungry Heifer in Boston:

            Norm Peterson: Yeah, Cliffy had himself the tunnel T-bone. For less than four bucks, you get 24 ounces of USDA choice US bef.
            Cliff Clavin: Bef? You mean beef.
            Norm Peterson: Beef? Don't be ridiculous Cliffy, that stuff is bef. You see, it's a Hungry Heifer trademark for a processed, synthetic, what... , meat-like substance.
            Cliff Clavin: Ohh, Norm.
            Norm Peterson: What do expect for four bucks? Do you hear me complain about the loobster?

            1. re: marcopolo

              reef n' beef is great... while the decor AND the food can be a bit tacky at times, it's a fun experience nonetheless. (the iceberg lettuce salad and ironic table setting get me everytime.)

        2. Two other very good Steakhouses, both located downtown are Vintage Chophouse and The Trib.

          To be honest there's many exceptional steak places here! You should try them all and let us know which is your favorite! ;)

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          1. Calgary has a lot of good restaurants for beef, and its amazing the type of cows that we actually have here, whether they are are farmed on a massive scale, or raised on a tiny farm, its just amazing the size and bulk of the cows. When I was in Maui, the cows were so skinny with rocky thin bones and it was just amazing seeing the people there staring at the cows with saliva dripping down on their pants. We are blessed to live in such a province. I for one LOVE Vintage Chophouse. Still my favorite place to go.

          2. I've also heard great things about Wellington's, on Bonaventure Drive in the south. Haven't been there, though.

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            1. re: nonlinear

              They are one of my favourites for just a really good steak. They are consistent, and very good. For an "old school" place, I prefer it over places like Ceasars.

            2. Not a comment on any particular steakhouse, rather a comment on the steak. The most important thing to look for in a steakhouse serving Alberta beef, if quality beef is what you seek, is that the steakhouse serves Canada Prime beef, not AAA. Whilst AAA is very good, Canada Prime is best, and much of Canada Prime comes from Alberta.
              If other factors are equally or more importand, well at least ensure that AAA is served.