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The 6 Best BBQ Restaurants in Calgary

The 6 Best BBQ Restaurants in Calgary

Find yourself craving some barbecued goodness? Lucky for you, Calgary has many BBQ restaurants!

Over a week of absolutely delicious testing, we went over Calgary’s best BBQ places. At the end of it all, we mulled over everything we learned (and tasted!) and selected the top ones.

The Best BBQ Restaurants in Calgary

Before anything else, here are the criteria we used to assess the entries:

Menu  – We picked restaurants that offer a wide range of barbeque dishes, plus side dishes and drinks.
Place – We picked restaurants that provide relaxing and easy-to-access locations with ample seating options. Cleanliness of the place was a big factor too.
Customer service – We picked restaurants that are known to have friendly, professional, and well-trained staff.
Quality pricing – We picked restaurants that offer good value for money – should be affordable but still maintain quality

1. Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey

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• Pork Spare Ribs: $16

• Smoked wings: $17

ADDRESS1136 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P3, Canada

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OPERATING HOURSSunday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Customer service3/5
Quality pricing4/5

We can’t have this list of the best BBQ restaurants without including the famous Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey in Kensington. If you love drinks with your barbecue meats, this place is an ideal one to have your lunch and dinner.

From the restaurant’s name, they’re popular for their whiskey cocktails and tender barbecue. Among their extensive menu, they’re pretty well known for their Texas-style brisket and ribs, which are their best sellers.

Our evaluation reflected that they provide excellent customer satisfaction by paying close attention to detail in the cooking. In fact, they smoke their meat for 10 to 14 hours to achieve that top-notch meat tenderness and taste.

Additionally, we like their barbecue menu as much as we like their place. Hayden has a friendly and lively atmosphere – thanks to live music every weekend and daily sports action on the big screens, making it ideal for those looking to unwind.

Unfortunately, a few customers felt the opposite way. Some of them complained about being served by rude staff and having to wait an unreasonable amount of time for their meals to be served.

However, it’s comforting to know that they take negative feedback very seriously, as evidenced by their improving customer service rate. Needless to say, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey should not be overlooked when looking for Calgary’s best BBQ restaurant.


  • Specializes in Texas-style brisket and ribs
  • Ideal place to enjoy whiskey cocktails alongside smoked meats
  • Friendly and lively atmosphere
  • High attention to detail in cooking
  • Offers a lot of daily specials
  • Half-price meats every day after 10:00 PM
  • Live music every weekend
  • Daily sports action 


  • Minor complaints with customer service

Great atmosphere and selection of meats

My go to place for late night eats/drinks or just when I’m craving meat big time! I love the atmosphere here, they set a good mood with low lighting and the music isn’t too loud. They have a great selection of meats and side dishes and happy hour after 10pm is great. – Christopher Zsofcsin

Excellent whiskeys  

Excellent selection of whiskeys, highly recommend going there between 4 – 6 for their half price whiskeys to try some of the more pricier ones! Great bbq and selection of home made sauces as well. Our fave was the smoked hot wings! – Brayden S

2. Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse

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THEIR MUST-TRY DISHES• The Big T's Platter: $99

• Meatloaf dinner: $20.95

• Smoked Brisket: $8-$30

ADDRESS2138 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary AB, T2M 4N5


OPERATING HOURSMonday – Thursday: 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Customer service4.5/5
Quality pricing3/5

Calgarians’ list of favorite BBQ restaurants in town isn’t complete without Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse on it. They have quite the local reputation, as they have three locations in the city and have served families for over 20 years.

We can say they’re one of the best because their menu is packed with various types of traditional barbeque meats. Their specialties include everything from mouth-watering platters to full racks of ‘fall off the bone ribs’ and pulled pork sandwiches.

They understand that families enjoy eating out, that’s why they offer a comprehensive children’s menu, which we greatly appreciated. Another thing we love about them is their dog-friendly patio (quite a rare feature in barbeque places, actually).

We also considered their customers’ experiences and they’ve earned our trust with all of them being mostly positive. They made a point of expressing their admiration for the taste and flavor of their barbeque, so we’re taking their word as a positive sign.

From what we’ve heard, the restaurant made it possible by cooking the meat as slowly as possible to absolute perfection. It will take a lot of time of course, but even after that, customers continue to praise their promptness in serving dishes.

Finally, we like that they have gluten-free options on the menu, which gives their customers a different take on southern-style barbeque dishes. With all of that and Big T’s focus on the art of BBQ, it’s no surprise that they’re one of the most popular barbecue spots in town.


  • Three locations in Calgary
  • Over 20 years in the business
  • Offers various types of traditional barbeque meats
  • Has gluten free options
  • Prompt in serving dishes


  • Slow in food delivery
  • Limited selection of drinks
  • Quite pricey

Family place

Great place for a family, group or even a single person. We had the barbecue ribs and it was great, perfectly sauced and falling off the bones. It was delicious and we had a good time. The waiter was cool too. I definitely recommend. – Glory Haruna

Comfortable restaurant

Absolutely amazing experience here. The service was friendly and quick and the restaurant was very comfortable. The food was the store of course! We got the $60 platter and everything on it was great. The Brisket and the ribs were our favourite. We also got mac n cheese on the side, which was amazing! All of that fed 3 people which I think is pretty amazing for such a popular and high quality food serving restaurant. Thank you, and we are so excited to come back! – Johnny Choi

3. Jane Bond BBQ South

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• Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs: $32

• Bond Platter: $155

ADDRESS723 46 Ave SE #321, Calgary, AB T2G 2A4, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS(+1) 403-277-7064

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OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Customer service5/5
Quality pricing3/5

Jane Bond BBQ serves mouthwatering smoked meats and classic dishes created especially for locals. Not only that but every dish is made from scratch, which is one of the many things we loved about them.

We like that their menu isn’t overly complicated  – there are bbq platters, bbq buns, specials, and drinks. If you look at it on their website, you’ll notice that it’s quite convenient, especially for online customers as it includes the price and a picture.

If you’re tired of traditional barbecue dishes, you might want to drop by. Look through their specials on the menu to find some exceptional dishes (their names are also quite unique) that are often half the price.

Despite their specials, we can’t help but think they’re a little pricey – in fact, that’s what most of the poor comments they have is all about. There were some complaints about overpriced meals and a small extra charge for a side that was already on the menu.

Prices aside, Jane Bond BBQ meets our criteria in other areas. Customer service is promising, from order processing to serving, as is their delivery service, which never fails to arrive on time.

When it comes to their location, although it’s a bit small, everything else is very functional. The atmosphere is truly welcoming, and they occasionally offer live music, games, and exciting parties.


  • Accessible menu
  • Dishes are made from scratch
  • Known for their special menu
  • Promising customer and delivery service
  • Functional space
  • Occasional live music, games, and parties 


  • Relatively small place
  • Complaints of being pricey
  • Issues with extra charges

A lot to choose from

It was my first time here and I was not disappointed! There’s lots to choose from but we chose a platter so we could try a few things out. Everything was delicious and just as good leftover the next day! Was quite surprised at the selection of take home items as well! Can’t wait to come back and try some different items. – faye h

4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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THEIR MUST-TRY DISHES• Prime kalbi short rib: $N/A

• Harami skirt steak: $13.45

ADDRESS638 6 Ave SW #100, Calgary, AB T2P 0S4, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS(587) 538-6601
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Thursday: 11:30 AM–10:30 PM

Friday - Saturday: 11:30 AM–11:30 PM

Sunday: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM

Customer service4/5
Quality pricing4/5

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is the place to go if you’re looking for a unique dining experience while enjoying your favorite barbecue meat. Their downtown Calgary location is an ideal place for bbq lovers of all kinds.

As mentioned, they provide a unique family dining experience because they don’t typically serve cooked food. They allow customers to create their own meal on the grill that is installed at every table – it’s known as “yakiniku.”

We understand that this may appear to be a daunting task, but the good news is that their friendly staff will assist you with every step, including recommending meats to cook. So, it’s reassuring to know that they’re still making sure customers are served.

Still on the topic of their uniqueness, their menu may look pretty unfamiliar to some since they’re a Japanese bbq restaurant. There are things like Japanese sake and shochu, Harami Miso Steak with a side of Chicken Cheese Fondue, or warm Goma Negi Shio Ramen.

However, locals can still find their favorite premium meats at this restaurant alongside the cold beers they offer. So, there could really be a lot of cooking options if you’re looking for an adventure.

The only problem we stumbled upon was their poor reservation service, which was attested to by a few of their previous customers. That’s why, even though you made a reservation for a specific time, we recommend that you arrive at their location early.


  • Good family dining experience
  • Japanese dishes available
  • Offers premium meats
  • A lot of options to cook
  • Great customer assistance 


  • Issues with reservation

Accommodating and friendly

We had a wonderful dinner at Gyu-kaku, it’s our first time dinning out here at Calgary and we made a great choice eating here. The host Mr.dean was very nice and as well as our server. She was very accommodating and friendly. The food quality was good and we highly recommend the harami beef and their salad. Also try their Tiramisu dessert it’s so yummy. Definitely will come back when we are here at calgary. – carol de guzman

Food is above par

This was my second time here and am still very pleased with everything. I am soooooo full. Maybe too full for a Friday afternoon. Everything is just way to delicious. The staff is fantastic and friendly. Food is always above par. I can’t recommend this place enough. – Vanessa Wilson

5. Palomino Smokehouse

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• Macaroni & Cheese: $N/A

• Beef Brisket: $N/A

ADDRESS109 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3E6, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday: 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Saturday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Customer service4/5
Quality pricing3/5

Palomino Smokehouse, with its rustic-style setting and full bar and patio, is an excellent choice for a bbq night out. Their showroom is Calgary’s premier event space and independent live music venue, so it’s a must-see at night.

They’re well-known for their smoked chicken, New Orleans-style catfish po’boy, chili, and rib-sticking Macaroni & Cheese. Not to mention the extensive selection of beer, whiskey, bourbon, and spirits on offer.

Of course, classics like beef brisket, pulled pork, and ribs remain on the menu. At Palomino Smokehouse, all their meats are smoked low and slow by the finest smoker they have on hand – the result is, of course, a satisfying barbeque experience. 

Palomino Smokehouse is an option even if you don’t want to go out with your friends and would rather have a late-night dinner with the whole family. The restaurant welcomes children who are accompanied by their parents or guardians. 

On the other hand, they do deliver as well, which is a plus in a convenient situation. Despite reports of delays, we’re glad to hear that the majority of their customers were still pleased with their turnaround time.

Overall, Palomino Smokehouse has remained one of the best remaining BBQ restaurants in Calgary for decades. And, yes, despite the minor issues, their barbecue dishes are still in high demand these days.


  • Spot for a BBQ night out
  • Family-friendly place
  • Wide selection of barbecue dishes and beverages
  • Delivers orders on time
  • Children allowed
  • Good showroom


  • Online menus are difficult to get
  • Minor delivery issues

Clean place and fast service

I came here for brunch on a Sunday morning, it was pretty quite and lots of seats open. Place was pretty clean and service was nice and fast. We had the big burrito and hangover hash with alberta beef brisket. The beef was amazing, it was perfectly cooked and went very well with the eggs, hash brown and tomatoes. I would definitely be back for brunch. – Christopher Zsofcsin

Relaxing vibe

Just finished having a Saturday night dinner here and it was absolutely delicious. Their pulled pork and bacon wrapped corn were to die for. The vibe was very relaxed and the service was fantastic. I will absolutely be stopping here my next trip to Calgary! – Cassandra Mckay

6. Get Smoked Southern BBQ

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THEIR MUST-TRY DISHES• Smoked Beef: $8.95-$14.95

• Pulled Pork: $8.95-$14.95

• Veggie Cheese: $8.55

ADDRESS1702 12 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3M7, Canada
CONTACT DETAILS(403) 910-0288

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMonday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Customer service4/5
Quality pricing5/5

If you crave a barbecue night but for some reason, you can’t get out of your home, it’s time to call Get Smoked. Yes, they do dine-in and pickup (though we’ve heard there’s no place to park), but they’re bigger when it comes to delivery.

They offer food delivery through Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes. But you can surely order directly from them since they can be pretty responsive to online and phone orders – plus it’s typically hassle-free.

Customers find their barbecue meats very tender, which is one of the reasons most of them keep coming back. Plus, their extensive menu of juicy smoked sandwiches is served in generous portions for the price.

Looking at their menu, we personally attested to the fact that their food is fairly priced. Beef dishes start at $8 – as do pork and vegetarian options – and children’s meals are around $6.

On a negative note, we’ve found feedback about their inconsistent smoking of meats, which is a shortcoming on food quality. However, they’ve received a lot of positive feedback too, so it’s fair game to say they’re still good at what they do.

In any case, Get Smoked, while not exceeding our expectations, met all of the criteria we look for in a good BBQ restaurant. And, we believe that their main strength is the reasonable price of their dishes, which reflects how they value their customers’ money.


  • Specializes food delivery
  • Affordable BBQ meals
  • Responsive to phone/online orders
  • Has vegetarian options and kid’s meals
  • Responsive and fast 


  • No place to park when you dine-in
  • Minor complaints with their cooking quality

Great quality meats

Super great quality meats and sandwiches here!! A small sandwich is plenty for lunch if you’re extra hungry you can get a large or a side. The owner is extremely pleasant! Beef dip here is very well done with a beautiful au jus. 10% off for students here at lunch time!!! Check it out  – im_the_nutmeg

Comfort-food good

Surprise hit for me. Got the lg cheese steak and it was a home run for me. Super meaty and cheesy. Meat was tender. So comfort-food good! I can’t wait to go back and try other stuff on your menu  – Rupert Ocampo

A Quick Comparison of Calgary’s Top 6 BBQ Restaurants

Overall RatingSpecialtyPricingHoursDelivery 
Hayden Block Smoke & WhiskeyBBrisket, Pork Spare Ribs, Smoked WingsIndividual serving: $16-$35

Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Big T's BBQ & SmokehouseBPlatters, Meatloaf Dinner, Smoked BrisketPlatters: starts at $65

Individual serving: $8-$40

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Jane Bond BBQ SouthBBuns, Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs, PlattersPlatters: starts at $30

Individual serving: $13-$40

Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQBPrime Kalbi Short Rib, Harami Skirt Steak, Japanese CuisinesCourses: starts at $75

Individual serving: $5-$15

Monday – Thursday: 11:30AM–10:30PM

Friday - Saturday: 11:30AM–11:30PM

Sunday: 11:30AM–10PM

Palomino SmokehouseC+Smoked Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Beef BrisketN/A

Monday - Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday: 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Saturday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Get Smoked Southern BBQC+Smoked Beef, Pulled Pork, Veggie CheeseIndividual serving: $6-$15

Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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