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Saltlik Steakhouse

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101 8 Ave SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 1B4

(403) 537-1160

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July 21, 2013

Specialties

Saltlik specializes in creating an atmosphere where the best casual fine dining experience is possible. This is accomplished through premium service and approachable menu items.

History

Established in 2001

Saltlik is attached to the Glanville/Ward (Lougheed) Block on historic Stephan Avenue. This block was constructed in 1898 and the building that is now Saltlik used to be a... more

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4 star rating
Francy Canada October 09, 2010
Another great midtown restaurant

Fits right in with all the upscale dining in midtown Calgary near the Tower. Great stuff here, and at only a moderately expensive price rather than super expensive. You'll get what you pay for and leave satisfied and happy. Kind of a fun place too.

4 star rating
Maddy Calgary October 04, 2010
A great place!

I like Saltlik because it's fancy at a moderate price range. You get a really cool atmosphere inside with neat decorations, some good recipes though nothing stunning, but it's all a good price so it makes you want to come back.

4 star rating
Crispe Calgary September 10, 2010
average steak, nice atmosphere

this is a great place to go out for dinner with the girls, get some drinks and martinis and enjoy some good food. i don't eat much steak, but it was alright.

4 star rating
scrambly45 Calgary, AB September 09, 2010
mmmm, skirt steak salad

My favourite dish here, and something I just can't find at other restaurants is the skirt steak salad. But overall, the food quality is really good and it's not too expensive. The interior is really interesting, lots of cool decorations, and service was pretty good as well. Not incredible, but good. Tasty drinks top it off.

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Ffwd
September 16, 2013

Great appetizers such as Baja shrimp, the surprising El Diablo caesar salad and some of the city's best calamari are... more

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4 star rating
lobster mash
August 11, 2014

Tender steaks and great wine. Right on 8th close to all the other restaurants and easy walking. Staff was attentive and pleasant. Lots of food selections.

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4 star rating
Not as good as expected
August 11, 2014

We really looked forward to a great steak on our last night in Calgary, however, it was disappointing. It was not the flavorful top grade beef that we expected. We were immediately put off by the fact that the hostess tried to seat us in the middle of a very busy area despite the fact that we had reservations and... more

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4 star rating
Fantastic steak
August 10, 2014

Booked a lunch reservation through their website with no issues.
We ordered calamari and popcorn shrimp for appetizers and had the sirloin and shrimp combo for our main meal. Everything was cooked to perfection!
The atmosphere and service makes this restaurant an excellent choice.

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4 star rating
wow
August 02, 2014

Stopped for a quick lunch on a holiday weekend, and impressed by the attentive service, the quick turn-around time but most of all by the food. We ordered the calamari off the appetizer list,and the Cobb salad with hangar steak - medium rare. The calamari was delicious and more than enough to share, as was the Cobb salad. Steak was... more

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4 star rating
the best steak ever eaten
July 24, 2014

After a full day at the Stampede, we were hungry and wanted to eat some Alberta steak- we were also a bit tired and wanted somewhere within walking distance of our hotel.
Concierge at the Marriott recommended Saltlik, which was literally just across the road.
We got a great table outside straight away - service was brilliant and our waitress... more

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4 star rating
You can find a better steak at Safeway
July 22, 2014

It was a huge disappointment. I got the “premium” steak, “best money can buy”. First, the service was not memorable, and when the waitress said, “The chef recommends to eat this steak MEDIUM” I almost had a heart attack. We eat our steak medium rare around here, especially good quality steak. In any rate, it was really, I mean REALLY... more

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4 star rating
Great night out in downtown Calgary
July 19, 2014

The Saltlik was a great choice for our date night. It has great atmosphere, a full bar, and great food (dinner, dessert, appetizers- you name it!). If you want to come to Cow Town and get a great steak, this is the place to go. My husband and I split our plant, as well as a soup, salad, appetizer, and... more

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4 star rating
Nice Place Good Food
July 15, 2014

Had a very good experience at Saltlik. Had a reservation for three - but our group grew to five and they handled it very easily. The service was pleasant, attentive and professional. The menu is great - and the food is very good. Our party all had steaks and everyone came as ordered and were very tasty. Side dishes were... more

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4 star rating
Food taste great...service was horrible
July 13, 2014

My wife and I went there for dinner during the stampede. It was a slow evening. The inside is very nice and the food is a bit on the pricey side. Our waitress was slow, didn't bring out all of our food, she said the rest would be out in a minute but it took 5 minutes. By that time... more

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4 star rating
Not Great Steak
July 13, 2014

Tried this great steakhouse for a birthday. The service was good but a bit slow. The appetizers were wings and popcorn shrimp both very good. I had the halibut which also was good, but the birthday boys wanted a great steak. His steak came looking like it was cooked in a microwave, all grey with a few grill marks also... more

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4 star rating
Great steaks
July 13, 2014

Dinner here during Calgary stampede week, the steaks are all certified Aberdeen Angus beef and were very good. Nice to eat in a restaurant that is not part of a chain, steaks come in various sizes and different cuts so there is something to suit everyone as well as pasta dishes etc. Good desserts too and service was excellent.Went there... more

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4 star rating
Pretty Dang Good, Eh
July 13, 2014

We popped in off the street during the opening weekend of Stampede and headed straight for the (dark and somewhat smallish) bar area for dinner. We had an excellent meal (salad/steak combo) and shared it with 2 incredibly gregarious and warm bartenders whom, at the end of the day, made our visit worthwhile. Our take is Saltlik provides a consistent... more

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4 star rating
Great Alberta Beef
June 28, 2014

During my business trips I always try to visit the Saltlik at least once during my time in Calgary. As an Albertan living in Texas I love my steak and the Saltlik does them very well. They have a large selection of meat types and sizes and will cook them to your liking. The sides are plentiful and are always... more

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4 star rating
Perfect for a business event
June 26, 2014

I hosted a business reception at Saltlik and was totally satisfied. There were a few hiccups around which room we had booked but all was sorted out. The staff went out of their way to make it simple, and the food was fabulous. Making arrangements remotely went just fine, and the on site experience was superb. If you are looking... more

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4 star rating
Great steak; nice venue; good service
June 21, 2014

We enjoyed a walk round Calgary taking in the sights but we were also scanning the restaurants for where to have our dinner. Saltlik seemed popular with locals & ?business types so we gave it a try. We formed the view that the locals eat early as the restaurant was ticking over nicely and it hadn't even turned 7pm yet.... more

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4 star rating
Very good
June 18, 2014

Excellent Service, good food.
A short delay at the beginning of the meal, compensated by an excellent service (apology + off the bill)! The Tuna tartare was excellent, the CAB prime sirloin very good as well as the chocolate cake
Would definitely go back

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4 star rating
Not impressed for the price
June 16, 2014

Pricey and sparse. I did or like anything about his restaurant. Skip it. I had better steak at the Keg.

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4 star rating
What's at stake? Great steak
June 12, 2014

You can always count on consistency here. Authentically personable service, complemented by great good food. Love the blue cheese sirloin with the fully dressed potato. Sticky toffee pudding tops things off.

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4 star rating
Great Steaks, but Uncertain Service
June 06, 2014

Very nice ambience and fine steaks but the service was a little chaotic. Steaks at our table came (mostly) cooked as ordered but mine was rather cold and one had to be returned. Probably just an off night and I would certainly give it another shot.

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4 star rating
Really good
June 04, 2014

The food (I ordered Roasted Chicken with sour cream potato mashed)... really big wow! So delicious.. the service is ok but when I asked for dessert and ordered what I want (Chocolate cake with ice cream with berry sauce). I waited for almost 20 mins to get my dessert. Butnits worthy. .. I'll come back anyway.
Cchomersham

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4 star rating
Wow! The 2nd worst steak I've ever had
June 02, 2014

I have been to Saltlik in Calgary a few times over the years and, despite many people I know raving about how great it is, I have never been impressed. Tonight was no exception. First, my reservation for a table for six was not honored as they made a mistake and had only a booth for 5. Adding a chair... more

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4 star rating
Pretty Good
May 23, 2014

Recently ate at Saltlik for the first time. Service was pretty good, maybe a little over the top (if you want to spend that much time with the customer grab a seat). Food was good, steak was pretty good and cooked as requested, ironically a little too much seasoning which I found too salty. Baked potato was excellent as was... more

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4 star rating
Awesome Steak, Great for Parties
May 20, 2014

I was here for an anniversary and the folks I was with booked out the basement for the night. We had a server to ourselves (group of fifteen of us) and started from appetizers and ended at desserts. First the food - absolutely amazing, the french onion soup is a must try, and the steak is mouthwatering and cooked to... more

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4 star rating
Saltlik, indeed a Rare Steakhouse
May 14, 2014

When you don't work in the core a trek downtown is too often not worth the hassle of fighting the traffic and then having to fork out the price of a good meal just to park your car but I must say that Saltlik is worth it. A business presentation had me heading down to Downtown Calgary and I have... more

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4 star rating
great meal, great location
May 03, 2014

I'm not a big steak eater, but I truly enjoyed my dinner at the Saltlik. All the appetizers I tried were great - would highly recommend the tuna tartare and cheese bread. Great cocktail and wine list. We had a large group for a business dinner and the noise level was minimal, but it was still a fun environment and... more

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4 star rating
Wow! Awesome Steak
April 12, 2014

Very nice place to have dinner, little noisy at the busy times. Service was spectacular, Jackie was our server and she was awesome. Must visit if you would like a great meal!!!

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4 star rating
Delicious Steaks
March 26, 2014

My second time in the past 4 weeks! Good fast service. Excellent food. A bit pricey, but a good steak is worth it. We were there on a saturday night before the theatre. Assuming it was mostly tourists, and they were all dressed very casual. Its has an upscale feel, and the service is friendly, yet not snotty! Great younger... more

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4 star rating
Great dinner
March 18, 2014

It's always fun to eat at Saltlik in Calgary. Food is really good and the ambiance is awesome. If you go there you have to go in the basement where is, according to me, to nicest place in the restaurant.
The steak is really good but sometime it could be bad. One time my steak's cut was not good and... more

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I loved it!
March 17, 2014

I had a few hours to kill before I had to start studying hard for a midterm, so I decided to treat myself before I bury myself in my books.

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Peaches' food trail
March 16, 2014

Big Taste 2014 - $25 Lunch Pictures + Review

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4 star rating
Great night out
March 14, 2014

Went here for dinner could not falt it in anyway, great service and the food was really really good, tuna tatar was fun and exciting served with tortillas. Steaks were also really good with a nice flavour, tasted like it was cooked on a wood burning grill, lobster mash was ridiculously good. Highly recommend, big thank you to our server... more

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4 star rating
upscale Earls style restaurant
March 10, 2014

The food is good but probably not worth the extra money over the food at Earls.The glass chandelier is however worth looking at.
In a city brim full of steak places , it does try to stand out but I feel there are better choices.

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4 star rating
Nice meal but the steaks were not the stars
March 08, 2014

We wanted a first rate meal before the Calgary Philharmonic concert and thought we would try Saltlik. The steaks were disappointing-my sirloin was flavorful but on the chewy side. I was hoping for more from a steakhouse featuring Alberta beef. The baked potatoes were moist and delightful. The roasted broccoli was outstanding and one of the best vegetables I have... more

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4 star rating
Wonderful until the main course
March 06, 2014

We were in Calgary for the weekend and decided to go to Saltlk because of its high rating and my husband's craving for an amazing steak. Plus it was our anniversary!
The pre-dinner drinks, appetizer (meat and cheese), and caesar salad were all wonderful. And then we waited, and waited, and waited. Finally our steaks came out and they were... more

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4 star rating
Saltlik
March 05, 2014

I live in Calgary and work in the downtown. I've always have had a great experience at this upscale "steak house". I 've usually dined over an extended lunch with staff and clients and found the service both friendly, and appropriate for the time slot! The steak is awesome and the price is on par with enjoying the delicious Alberta... more

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4 star rating
Dinner date
March 03, 2014

Food and excellent atmosphete. Great location too...Located Downtown core, near shopping Winners, The Bay and TD Square...,

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4 star rating
you'll comeback for the food
March 03, 2014

Everything about this place has been honed to perfection and Calgarians know it. Considering this restaurant is in the heart of downtown Calgary on Stephen Avenue (8th Ave SW) there is plenty of room for everyone. Whether you are putting together a business dinner, birthday gatherings or just going out on a date with your wife, this restaurant always seems... more

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4 star rating
Always a great meal and wonderful service
March 03, 2014

great food friendly staff, wine selection that is extensive and reasonably priced.
Kobe meatballs that are to die for and calamari it out of this world.

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Great Food
March 03, 2014

Had a great meal here; Lobster potatoes were awesome. Steak was prepared perfect. Had a great Valentines dinner!

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Family Valentines
February 11, 2014

Loved it! My family and I went out for a pre-valentines dinner and left stuffed and happy. Great service, nice touch that they ask your name and address you by name. The lobster mashed potatoes were to die for and the steaks were smashing. I had the shrimp and scallop pasta which was great, the pasta was cooked perfectly. I only wish there were more scallops, only two in the dish. They also... more

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Mobile review
February 08, 2014

I had the ribs and enjoyed them. Meal was tasty and prompt

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4 star rating
Dinner before Philharmonic
February 07, 2014

Le Germain concierge made us a reservation. Walking distance from hotel and orchestra. Quiet space to enjoy dinner. Food was fantastic. Chicken was perfectly done. Icing on the cake of a perfect weekend.

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4 star rating
Good steakhouse convenient to work
February 01, 2014

I definitely enjoyed dinner at the Saltlik. I had salmon instead of steak, and it was excellent. My colleague had a steak that looked great as well. The location is a short walk from the business district. Definitely go for good food and excellent service.

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4 star rating
Loved it
January 31, 2014

Had a lovely meal with superb service-thank you Katelyn! Chicken penne was full of flavor and steaks were cooked to perfection. We'll be back!

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4 star rating
Great steak, highly recommend
January 19, 2014

Ate here (and in the one in Banff), and both were great. the steak is cooked perfectly and the flavour goes right through. Nice atmosphere as well.

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4 star rating
Great Steak - Great Vibe
January 03, 2014

If it is a good steak you are after then this is your restaurant. We spent 16 days in Canada and this was the best steak. Cooked to perfection & taste was very flavoursome!! Service & staff were terrific - maybe the only fault for a classy establishment was it was a little noisy - not that it mattered!!

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Mobile review
January 03, 2014

Tried this place for the first time last tonight for dinner, I was recommended by the server that the grilled salmon was good so I decided to give it a try. The portion was a bit small, the potatoes were cold and hard, and the salmon itself was overcooked to the point that the whole skin was burnt, it lacked taste and was very dry. Definitely not worth the money. Service was alright and food... more

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Mobile review
December 26, 2013

Great steakhouse in downtown Calgary. I have been a patron of their Banff location for years now, and Saltlik never disappoints! Incredible service and quality steaks done the right way! Definitely in my top 5 Calgary restaurants!

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4 star rating
Huge disappointment
November 27, 2013

Petit filet....so excited at the thought however terrible execution spoiled the experience. Raw in the centre, cold and tough. Truly the worst tasting over priced piece of steak encountered in Alberta.

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4 star rating
Great steak and service
November 12, 2013

Asked my Professional cooking student son to pick any restaurant in Calgary to visit for his birthday. He chose this one. We were not disappointed. The service was very good all the way through. We all ordered different steaks and each one was great. My husband thought there were a few too many fries and said next time he would... more

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4 star rating
Great choice
November 02, 2013

Dropped by for a quick bite. Classy, cosy place.
Lighting is great , service is superb.
I really enjoyed the steak, fillet mignon with lobster tail. The best u can have.

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4 star rating
Scrumptious food and great service
November 01, 2013

A friend and I dropped by Saltlik for a bite recently. I hadn't been to Saltlik for a while, but was happy to see nothing had changed. Classy interior, warm and welcoming service, impeccable cleanliness. These details are why I keep coming back to Saltlik. It's also a great spot to bring out of town guests! Visitors love Alberta beef,... more

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4 star rating
Everything was great except the food
October 27, 2013

Beautiful decor, gorgeous menus.....we went into this expensive restaurant with high hopes for some world famous "Alberta Beef". Our waitress was wonderful, the restaurant was beautiful, bathroom stunning, Menu beautifully covered with buttery soft leather ...... and the food was terrible! Two of us had to send our dinner back because it was cold. The other two ate it, but... more

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4 star rating
Great food, awesome service
October 26, 2013

After finding a parking spot in very busy downtown Calgary we finally made it in to the restaurant.
Service was top notch. Lots of staff. Food was great and just enough/ not too much.
My only concern would be that when we ordered dessert the waitress, despite going to the back and asking, couldn't tell us for certain of the... more

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4 star rating
Mediocre
October 06, 2013

Service was mediocre, we had to wait a long time before we got our first drinks. Starters were ok (carpaccio and dry ribs). Had to wait a long time for our main course because the kitchen was understaffed because they had two large groups (???). The brut we ordered was out of stock as well as the bottle of wine... more

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4 star rating
Saltlik, better than average
October 06, 2013

Overall, decent meal, 25 bucks for a decent steak, Caesar Salad was good. Service was good, few minor issues. I'd probably go back, but not until I checked out a few more places.I would go 3.5/5 rather than 4 or 3 if that makes sense..... more

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4 star rating
Lobster mash to die for
October 03, 2013

Service was attentive, especially after we told them that we had just walked out of Milestones for getting NO service.
We had popcorn shrimp, Caesar salad, lobster mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies and a steak. The lobster mashed potatoes were amazing and I could eat just that any day of the week. The steak was perfectly cooked, albeit a bit bland... more

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Meh!
September 28, 2013

It was okay, but only okay. The steaks were good, but the potatoes were cold (I personally hate cold potatoes) and the one fish dish was undercooked. There was so much I would have sent back had we not been in a time crunch - needing to eat before we went to a concert. Would I drop $500 (yah - $500 for 7 of us) bucks there again? No. Joel, our server, was awesome though - I will follow him to... more

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Disappointing steak
September 20, 2013

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We chose to go to Saltlik as we were wanting a good steak. In fact we changed our reservation from another restaurant to go here. The service was poor from the start and we were not greeted at our table for over 5 min. Our server did not seem interested in our table at all. After our drinks arrived we waited almost 20 min for our steaks, when we had indicated that we had an engagement that we... more

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4 star rating
July 03, 2013

Tasty steaks Alberta beef is the best . Great friendly service.

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Mobile review
June 14, 2013

Had a last minute lunch meeting with some clients from out of town and Saltlik was the only place I could get a reservation. Overall a pretty good experience. Service was prompt, food came out quickly and was pretty good. Double-fisted burger was a little disappointing, as it was just your typical burger with the regular fixings for $16.

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4 star rating
May 24, 2013

Best steak I've had so far.... quality is what you want.. you will get.. visit this place.. glad to visit Calgary with the opportunity for this one.. Good Manhattan's also..

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4 star rating
May 20, 2013

Came here with my fiance, father and older sister for late dinner on Sunday. The server we had was ok, def could have been better. The food redeemed the lack of good service though.
My fiance had the french onion soup $10 which he said was just okay and the peppercorn NY strip $37 which he liked but there was a lot of sauce on it.
My father had a caesar salad to start and the scallop and prawn... more

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Saltlik
May 14, 2013

What happened here? I've been to Saltlik several times and the food has always been good, not so much the latest time. I ordered the chicken main as I usually do and it was just yucky. The presentation was completely overhauled and the actual taste changed for the worst. Chicken was bland poached breast chunks (it used to be a roasted quarter or half piece) with the most unappetizing sauce to... more

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4 star rating
April 16, 2013

I've only been to the Saltlik in Banff several time and my experiences there have been exceptional. Great service, great atmosphere, amazing drinks.

It's only natural that a restaurant to change and evolve every few years or so. The first time I visited was over a decade ago and it was a chic bar that served great cocktails that got me drunk instantly. There I saw some YTV actor obnoxiously... more

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Forgettable
April 03, 2013

The service was good, and the bread pudding we had for dessert was delicious, but otherwise our experience here was entirely underwhelming and forgettable. For some reason it reminded me of food you would get at a wedding or a hotel lobby restaurant - not bad or inedible, but no unique or memorable flavours. There are so many restaurants in this city (and a ton of steak houses!), so we will... more

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4 star rating
March 29, 2013

Great service and good food. We have to wait only 15min for the dishes at lunch time.

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4 star rating
March 29, 2013

Went here with my SO for a holiday dinner together after seeing a play. We really enjoyed the service, the ambiance, and the food.

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Done to pefection!
March 24, 2013

Steak temperatures were made perfectly, the calamari appetizer we had was absolutely addicting. We order it everytime we visit. Our server seemed a little bit uneducated when we had questions about the menu at first, however she did attempt to find out for us. We never got the issue resolved, but the food was still great none the less.

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marginal halibut
March 21, 2013

I had the crusted halibut. Not a lot of flavor but the crust and vegies were really good. Would it have been classy to ask for tartar sauce?

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4 star rating
March 17, 2013

Not as good as it used to be, well at least just the calamari. Went here with a couple girlfriends for a Monday night dinner. Sat down quickly as fit wasn't too busy but busier than I expected for a Monday night.

We started with the calamari. I used to rave about the calamari but that was when they used to grill a whole calamari and served with a grilled lemon and perhaps a sauce? Can't recall... more

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4 star rating
March 04, 2013

I had dinner with a couple of girlfriends here last night. We started off with the calamari. My friend said it could use sauce. I thought it was alright. I had the Parmesan Encrusted Halibut. I liked everything about it, except the plating. I didn't think they really put much thought into making the presentation look as good as it tasted. Kind of disappointing. And yes, I know it's a... more

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4 star rating
February 26, 2013

Very good place for great beef.. The carpaccio was delicious and the main course too. The wine was really good and The service was excellent!!... I definitely recommend this place... more

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Mobile review
February 20, 2013

One of the best steakhouse in alberta! Ive ordered the rib eye (my favorite) with side of mushroom and lobster mash potatoes. Every thing tasted so good. My GF too had the filet mignon and our steak was cook to prefection. The service was top class, server knows his stuff and explan everything very well on the menu. Only thing was the margarita we had was double (we didnt know it come double)... more

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4 star rating
February 16, 2013

Hello Mr. Server. You were awesome. Great service from this gent. Look up Blake reservation, 7pm Friday 2/15 owners. I just want to make sure he is recognized for being so awesome. :P I made my nerd comments. I 'eeeehhhhhhh'ed when he said Canadian lamb was on special. I had ribs. She had a steak. Our starter was the mac and cheese. Holy c@!p. It was freaking delicious. I almost got arrested... more

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4 out of 5 times
February 09, 2013

I have been here 5 times. 4 were great, the 5th was average. I wish they still had the French Onion Soup. Best I've ever had in my life. Good solid bet for a good solid steak. Although, the Ceasars (drinks) are way too Salty, and its not the salt on the glass.

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4 star rating
January 27, 2013

The salmon was overcooked to death but the cheesecake was damn good so it evens out. I won't bother going back.

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4 star rating
January 26, 2013

We decided to grab a seat at the bar and watch the hockey game on a Sat night.
A few people were in the small lounge, no one was at the bar. Unless you count all the staff.
Beer was good, drinks were good, service at the bar was decent. Prices for drinks average.
This place had weird management. The staff all come out to the bar to eat, next to us, their patrons. They were loud, bordering on... more

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Decent Experience
January 11, 2013

Quite expensive, had very good service, my steak at lunch was pretty good. Would go back

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Awesome!
December 08, 2012

Came here twice in a month - amazing each time!

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4 star rating
November 03, 2012

We managed to get a table late on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy and the atmosphere was good.

Our waitress was very attentive, made good conversation and gave good advice on the food.

I ordered the Sirloin, medium rare, and it was well cooked although I feel the steak was under seasoned. The peppercorn sauce was ok but not as flavourful as I have had before. The steak comes with a... more

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Mobile review
October 29, 2012

Food was good but the night I was there, there was an idiot at the bar (in one of the booths) that was cursing up a storm with his four friends. Had every female customer within ear shot very uncomfortable. The bartender and waitstaff said nothing to this clown. If this is fine dining in Calgary then that is disappointing

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4 star rating
October 23, 2012

Great steaks. Quick, pleasant service and good atmosphere. Was visiting from NYC and was quite pleased

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great experience!
October 19, 2012

Took wife there for our wedding anniversary and we came away very happy! server was excellent and very likeable ( shaheen I think his name was ) the atmosphere was very nice and the steak was cooked to perfection!! Will definitely return.

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September 19, 2012

It was really good and classy here, I loved the ribs.. Fell off the bone and really good. The service was right on good. Would love to come back

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Grey & Sunshine
September 02, 2012

Saltlik Steakhouse on Urbanspoon I’d definitely recommend trying Saltlik out. It probably won’t become your new... more

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4 star rating
September 01, 2012

The wood paneled ambiance aimed for high-end and celestial. Steak was cooked to specification and tasted fine. This place is good enough to have a meeting with a CXX, VP of [blah] . Food may be pricey but the conversations could be educational and worthwhile. If you are looking for the greatest food at a down-to-earth price, may need to keep looking. This is also within easy walking distance of... more

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4 star rating
August 25, 2012

I went there the last time I was in Calgary, and it was a good experience. I'm a big fan of steak house, and I prefer to try local restaurants, before the big chains.

The food was good, but not exceptional. The service also was great, but at the end, it was a bit pricey for the quality we got. Good ambiance, and well situated near convention centers, and hotels, so it's a venue you want to try.

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4 star rating
July 24, 2012

Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Ambiance: 3.5/5
Overall experience: 3.5/5

(1- Terrible; 3- decent; 5- Fantastic)

Saltlik is definitely the place to go for a casual business lunch, but beware it gets packed quickly! The downtown location is spacious (with two floors) and has a very 'earthy' / warm feel it. It also has this gorgeous chandelier of different coloured blown glass as a focal point in its... more

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4 star rating
June 12, 2012

7 of our group here tonite for dinner. Exceptional server assist and care. We all had steaks of some sort, appetizers, very good Ital red wine, and coffee. I had a large filet, rare. Meat was quite good, though grass fed, so not at tender as grain fed beef. Was a bit noisy to my tastes, but is a busy and popular spot. Parking is not easy, so I was in a parking garage several blocks away. Prob... more

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4 star rating
June 05, 2012

We had a family dinner here to celebrate my sister's birthday. We wanted something a little higher end yet not too exorbitantly priced. A few of the guys had been to Ruth Chris' a week prior, and they were slightly sceptical of my mom's choice to go to Saltlik.

Perhaps we got lucky, but everyone's steaks were tender, cooked perfectly and well seasoned. I ordered a petite fillet and it was a... more

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4 star rating
May 28, 2012

A group of 6 popped in here after a long day at the office. And by that I mean a long day at the convention centre. I was in Calgary for work. It was GREAT to find a place downtown that was still serving, as we didn't arrive until after 9pm, and having been to Calgary many times on business, i've been turned away from restaurants more times than I can count. (Downtown kitchens don't seem to... more

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4 star rating
May 23, 2012

I am not a huge steak connoisseur. For some reason, it is just hard for me to be impressed with a grilled slab of meat. However, there were a few times in my life when I was really wowed by the flavour and texture of steak, and it is those fond memories that drive me to visit a steakhouse once in a blue moon. Plus, being in Calgary, I decided it was finally time to try that famed Alberta beef.
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4 star rating
April 09, 2012

A salt lick is where animals used to gather around to lick a bunch of salt before being shot right in the face by a hunter. One minute you're eatin' some delicious salt and the next thing you know you're up in elk heaven, clinking glasses with Bambi.

So it's an odd choice of a name for a restaurant. But let me put you at ease right away. Nobody comes out and shoots you in the face when you're... more

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4 star rating
April 09, 2012

Excellent food and service. what's more can you ask from a restaurant. I got the beef carpaccio for appetizer and the filet mignon for main course. Everything was delicious.

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4 star rating
March 30, 2012

This is one of my regular haunts for supper before a show at the CPO or one of our fine theatres downtown. The food is always great (and reasonably priced -- especially their steaks), the staff is friendly and quick to serve (and very good at wine recommendations when you can't make up your mind), and the venue itself is swanky and comfortable.

Can't decide where to go for supper? You won't go... more

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4 star rating
March 24, 2012

3.5 STARS. Food is good to very good (not exceptional). Three members of out party had streak - all 3 steaks were a combo of unfortunately chewy and then very delicious. I had the linguini and enjoyed every bite. The service is good to very good (not exceptional). Younger, trim hostesses dressed in black - some lacked experience that one would expect of a higher-end restaurant. The ambiance is... more

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4 star rating
February 27, 2012

Good quality meat is expertly cooked at this upscale establishment. Think of this as a once a year kind of place. Pretty pricy, but you get what you pay for. Excellent martini selection and the service is pretty standard. Good ambiance. Overall, a great jumping point for a memorable night out!

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4 star rating
January 31, 2012

Now that I have officially recovered from the weekend I can tell you I ate here twice last week and both times the food was incredible. The first night I had the peppercorn New York Strip lion and it was cooked just right the portions were perfect even the potato was awesome.

For starters both visits we had the potato skins with lobster. My second visit on Saturday night I had the penne which... more

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4 star rating
January 25, 2012

A really good restaurant in the heart of Downtown Calgary. My dinner was quite spicy and no where on the menu did it say it was spicy. Regardless, this is a very classy restaurant and I enjoyed my time at the restaurant. As for upscale restaurants go this one definitely is affordable. It has a really trendy ambiance and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area! Kind of a hidden gem I... more

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4 star rating
January 04, 2012

Dined twice during one week visit. Great service and food was perfect. Can't wait to go back to Calgary.

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December 31, 2011

Walking into Saltlik was easy and unpretentious, even for a place with the good name of Saltlik. We didn’t have... more

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4 star rating
November 21, 2011

wow this place is amazing! come here during stampede week and it's 6 stars because the waitresses are all wearing daisy dukes and cowboy boots! We all know Calgary girls are sexy, especially with shorts on and long legs. ;)

oh wait, this is a food place.

This place is not expensive at all for an upscale steakhouse and the quality of their steak is phenomenal. Definitely worth visiting a few... more

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4 star rating
October 04, 2011

On one of my monthly lunches out with some co-workers, we ventured over to Saltlik. Although it's a steakhouse, none of us had any steak. We all had the chicken and arugula salad. It was fantastic. Nice large portion with grilled chicken, fresh buffalo mozzarella and this lemon olive oil dressing. I love artichokes which aren't a common item on most menus. My friends and I agreed this salad... more

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4 star rating
July 01, 2011

I am an American staying at a nearby hotel, in Canada on business. Many of my colleagues who had been visiting for sometime prior to me had recommended this place. They do, indeed, have great steak. We have tried steaks at many restaurants throughout the city, and they have the best so far. They declare their Chipotle steak to have a "kick-a@s" sauce. As with many spicy dishes I've had in... more

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4 star rating
June 15, 2011

Steaks are good but not the best in terms of proper aging to build flavors. It is a bit business traveler ambiance due to many hotels surrounding it.

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4 star rating
April 07, 2011

Consistent restaurant for good food and good service. Nice wine selection. A great place to take out of town visitors.

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4 star rating
January 02, 2011

Excellent... Again! Have never been disappointed here and i am pretty hard to please. Waitress suggested med rare rather than rare for rib eye. And was absolutely right, even though i often choose blue.

Not cheap but very very good

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4 star rating
December 31, 2010

I had been walking by Saltlik for ages before I finally ventured inside for a work lunch. The restaurant is beautiful w/ dark wood furniture everywhere. Our hostess greeted us immediately and guided us to the rest of our party (being late for a work lunch - not recommended) where our drink orders were promptly taken. Across the board the service was excellent, drinks were refilled,... more

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4 star rating
December 09, 2010

Had to eat steak in Stampede country.

And it was a pretty good steak. Not a spiritual connection to the bovine god, but pretty good. The sides were solid, the meat was cooked properly and to the exact specification listed on the menu (yes, that's medium rare), and the wine list was solid. A fried calamari appetizer was proper and tasty, as were the salads.

Have to comment on the service,... more

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4 star rating
November 28, 2010

3.5 stars

Went Fri Nov 19th, had a 7:45pm reservation. Not an issue, walked right in. Restaurant about 75% full.

Very helpful waitress. Ordered calamari as appetizer. Decent.

I had rib eye as my main course. A little fatty, but cooked perfectly (ordered it medium) Had a loaded baked potato as my side, was good.

GF had the ribs, decent portion, lots of sauce. Fall off the bone meat, so she... more

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4 star rating
November 20, 2010

Calgary is known for its grade A beef! I decided to try it since it was close to my hotel. I found the restaurant crowed and difficult to move around. Just getting out of my chair proved to be a challenge without banging the chair behind me.

I ordered my blue steak for dinner but I'd better at the other steakhouses such as Kxx. Don't get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with my steak, just... more

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4 star rating
August 22, 2010

My husband loves steak. So for his birthday I decided to take him to the Saltlik. I had made reservations. However when we arrived we still had to wait for our table. The restaurant was busy, but there were still empty tables here and there. It appeared as though the hostesses had to figure out what they were supposed to be doing. It was a bit frustrating!

The restaurant was pretty noisy. We... more

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4 star rating
July 17, 2010

Food was very good. Nothing exceptional but nothing bad either. Very comfortable interior, relaxing. No kids menu but they were accommodating to minor substitutions for my kids. Excellent cappuccino with dessert. Service was very good as well.

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4 star rating
July 17, 2010

Visiting from California. Very loud, hard to hear our tables conversation. Casual but think that was just because of the Stampede. Food & service very good. Only giving three stars because of loudness.

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4 star rating
March 25, 2010

Great place downtown Calgary. Deffinately a great cow place if you like steak. Our server Megan was very attentive and great. Dessert was awesome too. Love the cheese cake.

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4 star rating
November 20, 2009

This restaurant went up in my eyes with this recent meal. I'd been to Saltlik before and it was always heavy on the chain and sodium, low on distinctivness or charm.

In Calgary and needing a dinner that would deliver and be reasonably fast, I chose the Lick. It exceeded expectations. The servers sat me immediately, my waitress went beyond the canned politness and faux-joy found at many chains... more

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4 star rating
October 16, 2009

My girlfriend and I had our usual shopping workout at Winners and wanting to refill the calories we burned shopping by eating! So, we decided on The Saltlik Steakhouse just a block down the street.

The friendly hostess and waitress were a blur as I was distracted by my interior questioning. Why choose the name "Saltlik", I know what it is but it isn't exactly the most appetizing of names, are... more

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4 star rating
September 25, 2009

Saltlik is only alright. Nothing more, nothing less.

Some Calgarians talk about Saltlik like it's the second coming; don't believe the hype.

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4 star rating
September 17, 2009

Maybe nothing and nobody can ever meet my expectations anymore. I wanted so much more with my presentation. It was JUST ok. I have had better steaks from costco made on my bbq.

I am not giving a bad review, I was just hoping for better.
boo.

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4 star rating
July 18, 2009

Upon settling our things we all decided we were famished at 4pm in the afternoon. We all craved for steak and so we asked the concierge for a recommendation. We were advised to walk over to Saltlik for a very good steak - we were not disappointed!

I ordered a juicy and succulent 15 oz. rib eye steak with a side of large broiled asparagus. We enjoyed our steaks along with a nice bottle of red... more

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4 star rating
May 07, 2009

This is my first review...ever, so please bare with me

As soon as I walked in, my expectations were high. It had a cozy atmosphere with an inviting decor of dark wood walls. The staff was very pleasant and seated us right away. Wine list was good. I got the Petit Filet (medium rare) which for me was cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommend it. Next time I am in Calgary, it will be my... more

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