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Smuggler's Inn

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Wed, 23/01

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Steakhouse, Canadian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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Smuggler’s Inn originally began in 1967 as Bar X Steakhouse, an American company. The current owner, Frank Krowicki, bought out his partners and went to work developing a brand new concept to Calgary. His vision included a mix of casual, late night fine dining and live piano bar. Over the years, the building expanded around Smuggler’s Inn, with the addition of Winelite dining room on the west side, and Backstreet lounge and dining room on the north side. As the dining scene in Calgary began to change, Frank too saw a need to change and adapt. The first endeavour was the conversion of Backstreet lounge to Open Sesame in 2000. Open Sesame has been serving fresh, Pan Asian cuisine to happy customers
US$ 19 - US$ 34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
American, Steakhouse, Canadian, Soups
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
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All reviews brunch prime rib soups steak soup mud pie eggs benedict mashed potatoes scallops seafood brisket bread salad bar tango bistro macleod trail stir fry great place to eat great dinner
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

When you go to a steak house you expect excellent beef. Not so the last time we went to Smugglers Inn. Great salad bar and other food was fine but steak lacked flavour and texture.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank crobinson2014
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We've been there for lunch and dinner, so we decided to take in the brunch and were pleased as usual. An excellent variety of brunch and lunch foods along with numerous desserts. They had a brisket which was 'melt in your mouth good', both in...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Paul F
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Just awesome! Smugglers just does it right! We find that we go when we have an occasion to celebrate or people we want to impress! Salad bar is top notch... my daughter and I ALWAYS go just for the "salad bar" but will almost always...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank zimmfamily2016
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Smugglers is a Calgary staple for fantastic food and service and has been for years. Long term staff who are some of the best in the business always make each visit worthwhile. While other trendy restaurants spend thousands in continual rebranding or makeovers, Smugglers just...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank DonNJane
Reviewed 2 June 2018

The ambiance is good. The waiters (s) are great, always very accommodating and friendly. Love the salad bar especially the fresh rolls. Good food with large portions. If you have a special event to celebrate, try this restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Annette P
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Just enjoyed a great dinner with friends. The atmosphere makes for great conversation. Everything on the menu is sure to please. You could make a meal out of the fabulous soup and salad bar, but then you would be missing out on any number of...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 28 May 2018

The menu here for sure has something for all...no questions. From the slad and soup bar to all of the veggie options...to Chicken and Seafood..lots of it...to Lamb and Veal and to the excellent Steak and all of the options there. Truly a great restaurant...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Mickracer
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

This restaurant has been on McLeod Trail forever it seems. I remember going here years ago but forgot how really good and reasonable it is... BUT...bring a big appetite!! It’s probably one of the only places where you have a well stocked self serve salad...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank CaseyPeterson
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Had a nice dinner with another couple, smuggler’s didn’t disappoint. Three of the party had prime rib, they said the beef was excellent. The one peace looked like a 96 ouncer from the Great Outdoors! Excellent service and a very nice atmosphere, it had been...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Stuart71
Reviewed 1 May 2018

We have eaten at Smuggler's Inn many times and the food is always excellent, the servers are extremely friendly and aim to please and the atmosphere is very nice! The mud pie as a special birthday treat is "icing on the cake!"

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank nmhosan
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19 April 2016|
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Response from GIPMAIL | Reviewed this property |
Wednesday for lunch is probably fine but friday may be another story. Ask for a table closer to the buffet when you are in prehaps too.
3 April 2015|
Response from Kevin C | Property representative |
Hi there and thank you for your inquiry. We do not offer a buffet for dinner. Our menu is a la carte and is available for viewing on our website. All of our entrees come with our famous Soup & Salad Bar. We do offer a... More
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