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Model Milk, Calgary, AB

Model Milk

4.7
4.7
1877 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Model Milk is set in Calgary's historic dairy building in the heart of uptown 17th avenue.

A unique restaurant featuring a fresh, local, and innovative menu from chef Becca MacLeod.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Regional American (Low Country)
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (403) 265-7343
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Blair Clemis
  • Private party facilities
    Model Milk is set in Calgary's historic dairy building in the heart of uptown. A unique restaurant featuring a fresh, local, and innovative menu from chef Justin Leboe. Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, we have the perfect space for you and your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (403) 265-7343
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Cross Street
    2nd St
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,877 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary

    Best Service

  • Calgary

    Good for special occasions

1,877 Reviews
  1. AnnP

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I've never had such a bad service experience at model milk! I always look forward to coming here with friends. We wait almost 45 minutes to get our drinks, and clearly it was way to busy for us to even order food. When I asked for the bill the server seemed relieved he didn't have to wait another table. Oh well! Hopefully this isn't a reflection of the regular service, and just a one off. Pretty disappointed

    Model MilkResponded 2 days ago

    Good afternoon, I want to express my sincerest apologies for your evening with us. We very clearly dropped the ball and it is evident that there wasn't an attempt to pick it up. No one should wait 45 minutes for their drinks, and for that I am sorry. We will talk with our bar team as to why this occurred in the first place, but also ways in which we can prevent future long waits. I am also saddened to hear that you were not made to feel welcome - we actively try to reinforce with our staff how important making people feel at home is, but we should have done better. I would like to personally invite you back for dinner for 2 on us. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca if you'd like to reach out for a reservation. Thank you for writing in - feedback is the only way we can grow. Reshma

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  2. FABEFO

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Not the first visit, and yet Model Milk’s ambience and menu has been nothing but impressive!

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  3. LED61

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Modern Milk. We loved the food and the service was amazing. We were so impressed by the team work of all the staff serving the tables. It was definitely a team effort and everyone was so friendly. It is not only a great place to eat, but must be a great place to work. Thank you for a great evening out.

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  4. JoanT

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food at this restaurant is truly stellar! Every single dish is so abundantly scrumptious. The service was very good. Obviously a well run ship!

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  5. Menons

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a return visit with friends who have not been here! They approved of our choice and also loved the food/service/ambience etc! Probably could have more vegetarian options! Also, if the exterior lighting were a little more brighter, would help with locating the restaurant after dark. Would readily come back at the next opportunity!! Thanks

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a very enjoyable evening. The food was really good but the service was even better.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jamelle was our server whilst we sat at the bar, her attention to detail along with her incredible knowledge of the menu was the perfect compliment to what the bar & kitchen have to offer. A casual meet for drinks and apps was elevated to an unbelievable experience by Jamelle and each of the bartenders, I am excited to visit again!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s great. Go there for work or pleasure. You won’t regret it.

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  9. sarah

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and professional, friendly service. It was quite warm in there but it didn’t take away from the experience.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Sadly I think model milk is overrated. The food was good, the ambient was good. Nothing was great sadly & I expected it to be much better

    Model MilkResponded 2 days ago

    Good afternoon, Thank you for writing in and providing some feedback about your evening. I'm sorry to hear that your time with us wasn't up to your expectations, but I would love to hear more about your time with us particularly about our food offering. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca The only way we can improve as a restaurant is through guest feedback, so thanks again for providing some. Looking forward to hearing from you! Reshma

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  11. PeterM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My best friend Kathy and I had an amazing meal. Ms. Jamelle was amazing - we simply asked her to feed us. She did an amazing job. It’s the best dinner and experience I’ve had in Calgary in at least 5 years.

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  12. SeanP

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was lacking , server didn't top up our wine at all and rarely engaged with us. Support staff was great

    Model MilkResponded on November 15, 2023

    Hi Sean, Thank you for writing in. I appreciate you letting us know that the service engagement was lacking, though I wish that you had a better time with us overall. Our service staff are coached to go above and beyond, but we clearly missed the mark here, so I'd love to know more about your experience. I would also like to offer to personally handle your next reservation with us. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca. We can only improve from guest feedback, so thank you again for taking the time to write a review. Reshma

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was not as great as it normally is. The service was very nice though!

    Model MilkResponded on November 19, 2023

    Good evening, Thank you for writing in and providing some feedback on your evening with us. I'm sorry to hear that your time with us was not up to our usual standard as it sounds as though you've dined with us before. I'd love to know more about your experience with us and how we missed the mark this time around. My email address is rmir@modemilk.ca. Guest feedback is one of the only ways in which we can grow, so your valued opinion is incredibly important to us. I would also love to offer to host you again and personally handle your reservation. Let me know a time that is convenient for you to join us! Thank you, Reshma

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great birthday dinner with my boyfriend here. All the staff were super friendly, gave good recommendations on our drinks and food. When we got dessert they even put a candle on it for me. A great place to have a nice meal

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  15. KatherineS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Service was great but food was alright. We had dined here before and loved the food so I’m unsure of what changed since then.

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  16. Valerie

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was great. It was easy to share dishes. The Icelandic cod was delicious. The music was good but could’ve been toned down a bit. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable evening. Delicious desserts and sherry afterwards.

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  17. JasonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress made the night, energetic, funny & very positive. Food was excellent. First time, not our last time!!!

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  18. Spike

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    UPDATE: It's says a lot about how much a restaurant cares about it's customer when they invite you back when you are not happy and treat you to a 5 star experience. Model Milk did not disappoint and they lived up to their high standards. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and we really appreciated the effort that Reshma made to reach out. Everyone has a bad day but it's the way you recover that makes all the difference. Great job guys and thanks again. Really too bad. This is a great restaurant, serving really good food. However, we were there for 90 minutes before we got our dinner. They did compensate us for the slow service but with an event we had to get to we had to eat our food in 10min and leave in a hurry making the whole experience unacceptable. Don’t know I would dine here again with all the other options available to us. You can have a bad day but you’re only as good as your last service.

    Model MilkResponded on November 5, 2023

    Good afternoon Spike, Thank you for writing in - we always appreciate when guests take the time to provide some feedback to us. I am saddened to hear that your experience with us was not a good one, and for that I apologize. We are right there with you that the delivery of our food and service was not up to the standard we try to maintain last night, and please trust that we are having many conversations in house to try to rectify the situation for future services. I would love to personally invite you back for dinner for two on us - to show you how great a restaurant we can be. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca. Once again, thank you so much for writing a review. As you say, we are only as good as our last service, but any feedback will always help us improve for the future. Reshma

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  19. CynthiaM

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Fabulous! I brought my sister from out of town, and she loved it.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The food just wasn’t good. The Brisket was okay but not great. We had heard great things but came out disappointed

    Model MilkResponded on November 6, 2023

    Good morning, Thank you for writing in though I am saddened to hear that your evening with us did not live up to your expectations. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and clearly we did not hit our mark. I would love to know more about what you did not like about the Brisket or anything else that you may have had. The only way we can make improvements is through feedback from our guests so any information that you could provide would be helpful. I would also like to invite you back and offer to personally handle your reservation with us. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca Thank you once again for taking the time to write in. Reshma

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  21. Unhappy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Server constantly kept trying to upsell us. Calamari took 45 mins to come out of kitchen. Expensive!

    Model MilkResponded on November 6, 2023

    Good morning, I'm sorry to hear that your evening with us was not up to the standards we try to keep, but thank you for writing in and letting us know. We can only grow as a restaurant with honest feedback from our guests. Based on the feedback from the night I have chatted with our kitchen about the wait times for our food offering and please trust that this is definitely being addressed. I would love to know more about your dining experience so that I can provide a coaching opportunity to our service staff especially as it relates to upselling. I would also like to extend an invite to you back to the restaurant and personally handle your reservation. Please reach out to me at rmir@modelmilk.ca Thank you again for writing in! Reshma

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic. Attentive but not overwhelming, and very knowledgeable about the menu. The food generally was good, with the exception of my burger main (soggy bun) and fries (tiny pieces, like the end of a batch). My friends loved the chicken and the shared small bites were tasty.

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  23. HelenS

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience all around. Great food and service.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. Kate, our server, was very knowledgeable of the menu and drinks and was very attentive and kind. We were in a group of 4 and shared the bread as appetizer and the pork, zucchini schnitzel and fried chicken as main dishes. I’d have been hungry if I had the zucchini just by itself, but all of the dishes were delicious. We then shared 3 desserts: the apple pie, the chocolate one and the lemon one. The apple pie was the best one. The others were good but didn’t do it for me flavour wise. The chocolate was the least favourite of the group

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great flavours, great service and creative as always!

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  26. LeeH

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, we thoroughly enjoyed and will be back.

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  27. JonathanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant and service. Would only be better with more vegetarian selections.

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  28. BrieW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Only complaint was at some points the music was quite loud and discordant.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food was delicious, esp shishito peppers, kale salad and fried chicken

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great ambience here and wonderful staff and service. Food was good …. but a little on the salty side( tomato salad, char and calamari). That’s okay though…. the wine made up for it. Would go back and try other dishes. 😜

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great first experience there! The server came with lots of recommendations and really made a memorable first dinner at Model Milk! Can’t wait to come back and try more items from the menu!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took myself on a date while I was working I. Calgary and it was such an awesome experience. The server was so personable it was like we were hanging out friends haha she gave lots of suggestions. You cannot leave here without ordering the apple cheddar pie! You won’t be disappointed!

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  33. DaveR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Reservation includes possibility of being seated in the bar, rather than dining room.

    Model MilkResponded on October 19, 2023

    Hi Dave, Thank you for reaching out and providing some feedback. It is unfortunate that we did not provide the hospitality we strive for during our seating process and for that I do apologize. Your feedback, however, has provided us with a valuable coaching moment for our staff, so thank you. We endeavor to make all patrons who join us in our space feel invited and at home. I would love to invite you back to show you the hospitality you deserve and personally handle your reservation. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca Thank you again for writing in. Reshma

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and experience! Would highly recommend

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  35. catiea

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20/10. Perfection. Amazing service and incredible food. Can’t wait to come back! Chef kiss.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Despite having grown up in Calgary’s mission area all my life, I have never dined at Model Milk until this eve. And I have to admit, I’m disappointed the experience didn’t live up to the hype. The server was mediocre at best (she compared a dressing to thousands island), the fries were stringy in McDonald’s style, over salted and crispy beyond reasonable. The salad was decent but drenched in oil and the carrots and shishito peppers were swimming in seeds. Everything felt lost, convoluted and forced. It was a confusing plate, to say the least.

    Model MilkResponded on October 12, 2023

    Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to write in - we always appreciate when guests offer us some feedback, good or bad. However, I am saddened to hear that your time with us did not live up to your expectations and ours, and for that I apologize. Thank you for the feedback on the food - I have relayed your words to the kitchen. Your note on service is also appreciated - we make our Russian Dressing in house and we can always do a better job of romancing the hard work that goes into each of our ingredients. I would love to invite you back and offer to personally handle your next reservation with us. My email address is rmir@modelmilk.ca, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time. Thank you, Reshma

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  37. EluvierAcosta

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always super outstanding. We enjoy the overall experience and will come back.

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  38. AlanB

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, another great evening at Model Milk. Wonderful meal, great server.

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  39. TatianaE

    Edmonton

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was tasty and homey food, nothing extraordinarily, but the service was awesome.

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  40. TracyP

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked at Model Milk based on reviews and they did not disappoint! Music was a little loud but it absolutely fit with the atmosphere of the place. Food was amazing and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I was super impressed with how well they all worked together, there was lots of staff and they all worked together to make sure everyone was taken care of. We will definitely be back, and can't wait to try more of their dishes that looked amazing as they were leaving the kitchen. The potato buns with honey butter are a must have! We had the fried chicken meal for 2 and it was fantastic and it was quite a large portion.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Model Milk is rated 4.7 stars by 1877 OpenTable diners.

Model Milk does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Model Milk

308 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    2nd St
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Regional American (Low Country)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Blair Clemis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (403) 265-7343
  • Private party facilities
    Model Milk is set in Calgary's historic dairy building in the heart of uptown. A unique restaurant featuring a fresh, local, and innovative menu from chef Justin Leboe. Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, we have the perfect space for you and your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (403) 265-7343
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