John Gilchrist's top 10 new restaurants in Calgary

It's John Gilchrist's most anticipated column of the year — his list of the best new restaurants in Calgary.
Calgary Eyeopener restaurant reviewer John Gilchrist says Avec and Candela are currently tied for first place in his book for the best new restaurant in Calgary. (Google images)

It's John Gilchrist's most anticipated column of the year — his list of the best new restaurants in Calgary. Competition was so tight for the best restaurant, Gilchrist declared it a tie.

  • Listen to Gilchrist's interview on CBC's Calgary Eyeopener as he goes through his year-end list of Calgary's best new restaurants. Click on the "Listen" button.

1) Candela

Candela — which means flame in Spanish —  is a tapas-style restaurant featuring a lively atmosphere with a food concept of what the owners call global small plates.

1919 Fourth St. S.W. 

1) Avec

Run by industry professionals, this place is a lovely, classy French bistro.

#105-550 11th Ave. S.W. 

3) Carino

This Japanese-Italian bistro combines some interesting flavours, and features a great teriyaki Kobe beef burger.

709 Edmonton Tr. N.E.

4) Thai On Zon (Cochrane)

Run by two Thai sisters, Thai On Zon — meaning awesome Thai —  has opened a vegetarian restaurant in Cochrane with bright, lively food and rich flavours.  

115 Fifth Ave. West

5) Downtownfood

This restaurant features a young chef from Innisfail, Alta., who is really into local, seasonal fare and doing a great job. 

628 Eighth Ave. S.W.

6) Cibo

It's lively, it's big, it's loud and it's brassy, and has a big pizza oven in this restaurant that features casual Californian-Italian style cuisine.

1012 17th Ave. S.W.

7) Cucina Market Bistro

It's a rustic eatery that looks like an "odd little Italian farmhouse," and John Michael Macneil — one of the top chefs in the city right now — is doing some really interesting things.

515 Eighth Ave. S.W.

8) Bar C

With a bit of new style, this restaurant features big screens and a bar with some great southwest, contemporary cooking like grilled salmon with a red quinoa salad.

340 17th Ave. S.W.

9) Fine Diner

One restaurant taking a different spin on diner cuisine is out in Inglewood. This eatery cooks up eggs benedict six different ways — including a seared duck breast egg benedict. 

1420 Ninth Ave. S.E.

10) National Beer Hall

This new beer hall features more than 100 craft beers, and "really good food" — everything from pickled eggs to oysters.

550 17th Ave. S.W.