The city’s northeast has numerous high-end restaurants located near the Calgary Airport. Here are our top picks for the best places to dine before takeoff or after landing.
6. Cactus Club
The popular British Columbia chain has two locations in this city, including this fun restaurant near the Calgary Airport. The restaurant is spacious and upscale, but the dining experience is casual. With a menu designed by Canada’s Iron Chef legend, Rob Feenie, there are several appealing dishes to choose from. If you just want to tipple, Cactus Club provides a sophisticated atmosphere for a post-flight cocktail.
Cactus Club, 2612 39 Avenue NE, 403-250-1120, website, map and reviews
5. The Compass
Open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., this casual restaurant in the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel features a contemporary North American menu using locally sourced ingredients where possible. A gourmet breakfast buffet is available daily from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The Compass, 2001 Airport Road NE, 403-291-2600, website, map and reviews
4. Toad ‘n’ Turtle Pubhouse & Grill
The perfect place for a pre-or-post-flight drink, the Toad ‘n’ Turtle English pub has a massive patio that overlooks the city’s northeast. Located across from the Royal Inn, this cozy watering hole has 24 beers on tap, 25 in bottles and 50 different scotches. The food menu features classic pub fare with a contemporary Canadian twist.
Toad ‘n’ Turtle Pubhouse & Grill, 2475 27 Avenue NE, 403-717-0670, toadnturtle.ca, map and reviews
3. North 51 Steakhouse
Located in the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel, this restaurant utilizes Ocean Wise seafood, locally sourced produce and classic Alberta beef for a sumptuous (but sustainable!) menu of gourmet Canadian fare by executive chef Craig D’Cruze. A gluten-free menu is also available.
North 51 Steakhouse, 2001 Airport Road NE, 403-291-2600, website, map and reviews
2. Airside Bistro
This cozy lunch-time bistro truly earns its label as a Calgary Airport restaurant: it’s located on the side of a private runway with floor-to-ceiling windows providing a picturesque view of the airfield. For food, Airside serves a homemade menu of North American fare made entirely from scratch.
Airside Bistro, 1441 Aviation Park NE, 403-295-4140, map and reviews
1. Carver’s Steakhouse
Located in the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel across from the airport, this upscale restaurant cooks up North American and Canadian cuisine and offers a premium wine list. A new three-course table d’hôte menu of Alberta culinary creations is available each day.
Carver’s Steakhouse, 2620 32 Avenue NE, 403-291-0107, website, map and reviews