Have you ever heard the expression “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?” That’s how we feel about the old standby date. While we love to mix it up, sometimes the classic dinner and a movie date just feels so right. We can’t tell you what movie to see, but we can help take the guesswork out of getting some grub. Here are some picks for great restaurants close to Calgary’s movie theatres, so you can enjoy your time together and still make it there by the opening credits!

Near: Eau Claire Market Theatres

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub

If you’re more in the mood for some pub fare and beer, check out Fionn MacCool’s. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, or even chicken pot pie! They have it all. As a bonus this pub won the “Franchise of the Year” award from Prime restaurants for 2005 and 2006. 

Prego Cucina Italiana 

You can never go wrong with Italian food! Try the gorgonzola and pear ravioli or relax with a bottle of red before your movie starts. 

Sumo Lounge

In the mood for asian cuisine? Try the sumo lounge! Not a seafood fan? The Alberta Roll made with sukiyaki beef is a definite crowd pleaser. Or try the sticky chicken salad served over yam tempura for a different take on sushi night! 

Near: Scotiabank Theatres Chinook

Chop Steakhouse and Bar

A fresh take on everything steak and seafood! Chop has a modern menu and atmosphere perfect for date night. If you happen to go in the warmer months, make sure to snag a spot on their upstairs outdoor patio!

Open Sesame

Delicious asian cuisine that lets you be in the drivers seat! Open sesame has a “create your own stir fry” option. Choose your own rice, noodles, veggies, protein, and sauce and they’ll cook it up right before your eyes. Time for dessert? Finish your meal off right with some Bernard Callebaut Chocolate Spring Rolls.

Sho Sushi Bar and Kitchen

Because we really love sushi and we think you should too… Sho is known for having the freshest sushi in the city! Want to add some spice to this classic date? Try the fire dragon roll drizzled with volcano sauce! Or if you want something a little more mild, try the ocean mountain roll with cucumber mayo topped salmon.

Tango Bistro

Small plate sharing at its finest! Tango offers delicious tapas and appetizers perfect for you and your date to enjoy together.

Near: Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas

Earl’s Westhills

No matter where you are, you can never go wrong with earls. Try the chilli chicken over a bed of coconut rice! In the mood for something heartier? The bronx burger with beer battered onion rings is sure to fill you up!

Moxie’s Grill and Bar

Within walking distance to the theatre, Moxie’s is a perfect pre-cinema meal. Who needs popcorn when you can fill up on their sirloin steak served with red wine braised onion jam? Or their mustard & dill salmon is equally as tasty. Couldn’t score a babysitter for the evening? Not to worry Moxie’s is kid friendly with a special menu designed with the young ones in mind.

National Westhills

Our favourite beer hall is also sitting pretty in the ‘burbs.  Perfect casual fare pre- flick or post beers to recap on the show. 

Phoenix Grill

A newer addition to the Westhills scene, phoenix grill is best described as a modern grill with pacific rim influences. Warning: their truffle parmesan shoestring french fries are slightly addicting. Try saying that 10 times fast.