On the hunt for the best AYCE sushi in Calgary

17 Apr

There are times when my sushi craving gets the better of my wallet – or when I’m out with a group of people and it’s much easier to have everyone eat ‘all you can eat’ (AYCE) rather than have to divide up a huge and diverse bill at the end of the meal.  (I don’t envy the restaurant staff who try to keep separate bills for us!)  When these situations arise, All You Can Eat is the way to go.  But, AYCE is often plagued by small portion size, second-rate quality, disinterested staff, forgotten orders, and unappealing atmosphere.

So, what are your options when you want AYCE sushi in Calgary?

Sushi from Sushi Tokyo

Sushi Tokyo

I previously reviewed Sushi Tokyo and their AYCE offerings, and I think it comes out with a rating in the middle-ground.  While the service is good (for AYCE, which normally has less attentive service…) the portions seem to be hit-or-miss.  Sometimes they’re the same as ordering off the menu, and sometimes they’re smaller versions.  The decor is what really lowers their score for me – out of date and in need of repair.  On the other hand they have a nice central location which is easy to access by bus or train, and there is a decent amount of parking either in the Dragon City mall parkade, the parking lot across the street, or the parkade kiddy-corner from the mall.

Sushi Ichiban (Macleod)

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

All you can eat from Sushi Ichiban

Sushi Ichiban on MacLeod Trail has limited parking, so  head around the corner for more. It is easily accessible from the C-Train though, which makes it ideal for a wide range of groups getting together. While I found their tempura oily, the sushi is pretty good at Ichiban, and the decor is nice. They have a lot of different sizes of booths as well, which is good for groups. I find the service there a little hit-and-miss though; there have been times when the service has been great, and other times when we weren’t sure if our order was going to come or not… Click the link for my full review.

One note – their Westbrook location (which I have visited a few times, since it’s close to where I live does NOT have AYCE – only their Macleod Trail location. Boo.

Sushi BBQ Inn

I have only had one previous experience dining here (on an ill-fated first date!) which turned me off returning again. Perhaps if I’m feeling brave, I’ll head over at some point when my belly is as empty as my expectations.

Gunkan Sushi House

Katherine filled me in on this sushi place – very out of my regular area, so I hadn’t heard of it before.  The reviews on UrbanSpoon were mixed – newer reviews were generally positive, while older reviews were almost entirely horrible. However, all was for naught, as apparently they’re now closed…

Banff – Miki

Our first plate of sushi from Miki

Sushi from Miki

Ok, this is supposed to be a list about Calgary AYCE sushi, but I’d feel bad if I didn’t include Miki.  We’ve had several good experiences there (minus some pains with their hours and parking!) and I love that they include a lot of types of sushi and other food on their AYCE menu.

Update! (Feb 2014)

I have a few more additions to add to this list for you – though they won’t make the “best of” list!

Grey Eagle Casino

Sushi selection from the Grey Eagle Casino

Sushi selection from the Grey Eagle Casino

Grey Eagle Casino’s Asian theme night offers sushi, and since it’s a buffet, it’s technically All You Can Eat. However… I don’t recommend it. The sushi didn’t seem fresh, wasn’t made well, and there’s something about picking bones out of my sashimi that really turns me off.  You can read more by clicking the link, or head on over and make your own decision.  Thanks to a Happy Sushi Belly reader for reminding me of this one so I could add it to the round-up!

MacLeod Sushi & BBQ

Another All You Can Eat Sushi & Korean BBQ place is MacLeod Sushi & BBQ.. on.. you guessed it, MacLeod Trail.  This restaurant has decent parking, and I thought that the service was good too – but that’s the best parts about this AYCE sushi place for me. The atmosphere and smell are both off-putting to me, and the hot food could have been hotter, the defrosted food should have been defrosted, and the rice was overly sticky. Overall, the food ranged between mediocre and bad, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for an AYCE sushi night out. (However, the place was busy both times I went in, so perhaps I’m more picky than their average customer!)

Asian Buffet

Additionally, another AYCE place that offers sushi is the Asian Buffet. Like the Grey Eagle, I really don’t recommend this for your sushi cravings. Even the Asian food itself wouldn’t get any rave reviews from me.  Thanks to a Happy Sushi Belly reader for reminding me to include this one in my list too!

Update (August 2014)

Sushi order at The One Sushi - with the iPad menu in the background

Sushi order at The One Sushi – with the iPad menu in the background

The One Sushi

In July, The One Sushi opened on Macleod Trail, with an iPad gimmick for ordering, and a wide menu of sushi, along with Thai, Japanese, Korean and Chinese cooked dishes as well. It’s not the best AYCE sushi in the Calgary area, but it’s alright, and a good option for groups who might not all love sushi.

Update (February 26, 2015)


One of our readers suggested we check out Kushi-Ya, but with not very keen reviews on their UrbanSpoon profile, I’m pretty skeptical. If you’ve been to Kushi-Ya add your thoughts in the comments – maybe if there are enough readers who really want us to check it out, we’ll make the trek sometime soon 🙂

Feedback needed!

So, I need to get out to some AYCE at some point to really flesh out this list – but in the meantime, do you know of any other AYCE sushi places in Calgary?  Add them to the comments along with your review!



14 responses to “On the hunt for the best AYCE sushi in Calgary

  1. lrojek

    November 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    @happysushibelly I am glad to hear of your search. Long ago Calgary was a hot bed of AYCE sushi (thinking 10 years ago). There were several great ones. Yamato (NW) was the last one I enjoyed regularly. But this seems to have gone out of fashion (and I eat less than I used to, LOL).

    It would be good to have a reliable AYCE, so keep up the search and let us know!

  2. Dawn

    November 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I agree – I’m still on the lookout – since the best so far is in Banff and that’s a bit too far to go for a quick bite! I really like AYCE mostly for groups of people – it makes it SO easy to split a bill, plus it makes people much more agreeable to share dishes and try new things.

  3. Anonymous

    January 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Do a review of Fusion Sushi on McKnight and Hokkaido in Chinatown!

    • Dawn

      March 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      It will be a while before I’ll be able to – but I’ll add them both to my to-visit list 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    January 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Please do Kushi-Ya!

    • Dawn

      February 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Probably not… the reviews on their UrbanSpoon profile aren’t very convincing I’m afraid – but thanks for helping me add another to the list!

  5. chewy

    February 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Thks for complying this list! Love ur blog☺☺

    • Dawn

      February 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks! we’ve been really neglectful lately – the rest of our lives have kind of taken over, and while I still take my camera out when I go out for dinner, most of it has been pretty uninspiring. 😦

  6. Anonymous

    February 27, 2015 at 12:07 am

    How about Fusion Sushi on McKnight?

    • Dawn

      March 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Fusion Sushi is new to me – Thanks for letting me know that it’s another option for AYCE in Calgary. I’ll check it out when I get the chance!

  7. chewy

    March 8, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Hey there love your blog… i recently spotted a sign stating Blue fin or Blue fish AYCE coming… into the old TAi Pan spot on macleod and 99

    • Dawn

      March 28, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      cool! I haven’t seen that, but I also haven’t been in that area to look – if you hear about an opening, let us know!

  8. Tracy

    May 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Blue Fin Sushi and Thai All you can eat.
    On McLeod Trail at Southland Crossing. Open about a month now. Nice inviting atmosphere, great service and staff. Also use the IPad method for ordering. Food was very tasty and lots of variety. Some interesting rolls offered. We found the quality of food better than Sushi One. I would feel very comfortable recommending this establishment to family and friends!!

    • Dawn

      August 21, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      That’s great to know! I’ll have to check it out sometime soon!


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