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Pigeonhole

4.7
4.7
1366 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Dining Bar
All day drinking and dining from 11:00am-11:00pm. One menu for lunch, dinner and late night.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Dining Bar, European, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (403) 452-4694

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Blair Clemis and Rebecca MacLeod

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    2nd St

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,366 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NM

    NolanM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch is fantastic. The souffle pancakes are delicious, and you absolutely must have them with the duck confit!
  2. JL

    JenniferL

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for the first time for my husbands birthday. Our server Gabe, recommended a few dishes. Based on his recommendation we ordered the mushroom croquettes and the cabbage. They were amazing. We also had the house pickles and crab melt. Everything was outstanding and we can’t wait to return.
  3. Y

    Yuminmytum

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Loved our waiter, Jeremy? He was great, knowledgeable about the menu and attentive but not pushy. The Bibb salad was bland, like really bland but it’s salad so I’ll give it a pass. I had the schnitzel the portion was huge and it had the promise of being excellent, I would have loved to see a teeny bit thicker gravy so it clung to the chicken better because the sauce was delicious! Also loved the crispy skin! The guys had the steak frites, steak was a bit tough, fries were outstanding. Dessert was the lemon meringue which everyone agreed was the best we’d ever tasted and the Mille feuille was good but not traditional but tasty. At the risk of sounding old, the restaurant was so damn loud. The music, the noise from the open kitchen, the table of girls sitting next to us, it was just too loud. I’m hard of hearing and it was really tough to hear anything so we mostly sat in silence. I’d definitely go back because the vibe was great and the staff were great, I think I’d have the crab roll! One last thing, I really appreciate the non alcoholic fun drinks! I’m not a big drinker and I really loved the Ribena Jolie as a fun drink!
  4. l

    lbeats

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cocktails were delicious, service was amazing. Will come back!
  5. CP

    ChrisP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for an evening out. Friendly staff, great and interesting food good music.
  6. T

    Thomas

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Have been here before and always come back. Very special ambiente. The service has always been good, but really outstanding this time.
  7. Q

    Quinn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing. Sat at the bar and Zach was incredibly helpful and attentive! Great recommendations for what to eat and drink and an overall awesome time.
  8. MW

    MontyW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, bartender (Trevor?) was even better! Sat at the rail, paid for dinner and got a show!
  9. CW

    CWCalgary

    Calgary

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Saturday night early dinner. Great service, same nice room, beltline buzz and people watching. Music was a little loud, maybe to drown out traffic noise. Good scallop crudo, good but forgettable tartare. Grilled cabbage was more about cheese than cabbage. But the chicken… the chicken was perfectly cooked, crispy skinned and juicy on a mushroom sauce base. Yum. Worth the price of admission!
  10. CB

    ChristineB

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Justin our server was amazing. The food selection was good. The trout was spot on. Busy however, the noise level still allowed a conversation. Definately a return visit in the future.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    Terrible service -total attitude
  12. N

    Natalia

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We went for brunch, and the charred cabbage was divine. However, the full breakfast was under salted and not my favourite. Maybe just personal preference but I didn’t care for it, especially for the price. The service was very slow even though it didn’t seem busy enough to warrant it. Overall, it was just ok for brunch but I’d love to return for dinner sometime.
  13. DC

    DiegoC

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  14. NP

    NancyP

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters so fresh and delicious!
  15. A

    Atbjam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great service and food, ambience also great. The loose level wasn’t bad at all and it made the night enjoyable.
  16. M

    Michelle17

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing dinner and service! Justin made our evening so memorable! Thank you
  17. c

    chichiqia

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, the charred cabbage was so unique, chicken schnitzel was super tender and tasty, will definitely go back to try other dishes.
  18. VV

    ValV

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were awesome. Very nice restaurant.
  19. SJ

    SusanJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Ambiance was cool, cocktails were as good as most places along 17th, food was disappointing at best.
  20. N

    Nightout

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing service. We had a great evening!
  21. B

    Bhob

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I’m not going to say dinner wasn’t good… it was very good. Service was excellent and we all had a very swell time. I suppose my only ‘issue’ is that I thought the price point for our meal was a bit on the high side for what we ordered. 5 folks sharing several starters and a steak firites main and one glass of wine = $300+ hmmmm…it was all very good but I don’t see the value on price. Although I understand that inflation has become a buzz word in the industry, I think they need to do a better job. Will I go back… yes, once I’m able to afford it and justify it.
  22. D

    Dinetour

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place. Excellent service and the food was fantastic.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch a our first Pigeonhole experience and were quite delighted by the menu options and the cocktails! We over indulged a bit w the menu but couldn’t help ourselves as the food was so well constructed! We will definitely be back and bringing some friends w us!
  24. JL

    JaneL

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was really good. Little too loud, but it was a Friday night. Server was fantastic and super cute. Food is always amazing here no matter what you order.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food where both on point! Staff was amazing, first time there but will definitely be back.
  26. RH

    RayH

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    We have been to Pigeonhole a few times and had an enjoyable experience before. This time - not so much. Food and service were very good, but the ambience was closer to a rave than a restaurant. We like that this venue has a turntable and vinyl, but the volume levels were stupid loud. We literally had to shout at each other to carry on a conversation. Despite the fact that our waiter had to shout at us and we at him and even though we told him the volume was too high, our concerns fell on deaf ears - likely because the staff are suffering severe hearing loss. We found the same problem at Cleaver a few months back, which is down 17th from Pigeonhole. We haven't been back to Cleaver and doubtful we'll return to Pigeonhole, until we are old and deaf (God willing). I suspect this is what happens when the owners are absent from the coop and the pigeons are left to run the place.

    PigeonholeResponded on August 25, 2022Hi Ray, Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m happy to hear that you did enjoy the food and service. Admittedly, our excitement regarding the music can get the best of us at times. Our intentions are to have music compliment our service and style but should never take away from your experience. I would love to have the opportunity to host you again. Show that we haven’t flown the coop and take your feedback seriously. Warm Regards,

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m town for Brewery & The Beast..found Pigeonhole through some research and made it my first dinner of the weekend. Tried several dishes: pickles, tartare, cabbage, tomato cucumber salad, and trout which were all outstanding. Cocktails complimented food well and were exciting all on their own. I heated our server tell a table he hadn’t been there long but you wouldn’t know because he was smooth warm and well trained. Whoever was DJ for the vinyl last night was super on point. Great ambiance .
  28. DR

    DebbiR

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    After a couple of restaurant experience at a different local establishments that left much to be desired, our dining experience at Pigeonhole was a wonderful reminder that it’s possible to go out and have a positive experience. Our server was efficient and warm, and the food was outstanding. Th room was on the noisy side, but our table was beside the open kitchen. Would not hesitate to go back.
  29. MC

    MaricarC

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service fast and friendly, ambiance vibrant! Perfect place to end my week!
  30. JK

    JackK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. They clearly value the whole package and do not compromise quality.
  31. MB

    MelanieB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wow It’s been a while since I’ve had such a great experience in a restaurant. Our waiter was EXCELLENT, the food was very good, we spent a very good moment! Thank you for the passion and the hard work. Every member of your team seems very happy to work here. Merci beaucoup!
  32. HB

    HamishB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Gabriel was awesome and made my night, that guy killed it!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food- but seated directly under an air vent and froze the entire time.
  34. T

    Thomas

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and exquisite food from start to finish. Highly recommend
  35. PS

    PatS

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mostly small plates. I had the special which was a duck breast. The outside was cooked perfectly. The inside was overdone for my liking, almost no pink
  36. N

    Nathan

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food and service. Will be returning very soon!
  37. R

    Ricardo

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had a great time at Pigeonhole for my wife’s birthday. The food was fantastic and the service excellent. We found the HardRock playing was a bit on the loud side and a really interesting choice of music for dinner service. Other than a quick happy birthday from our server, no mention was made about my wife’s birthday, not that it’s expected but always nice. I wouldn’t plan another family supper here but my wife and I will definitely be back for date night.
  38. J

    Jackie

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The scallop was definitely amazing. The pomme puree was salty for our taste but might good for other ppl. The last thing was main course steak, a bit surprised because of way too much French fries. It looks I ordered the whole plate of French fries instead of steak.
  39. AC

    AliceC

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Good food as per usual. Pretty cramped seating even tho half of the restaurant was empty. Better planning post covid might be to spread people out a bit. We shouldn’t be jammed into a section just because a designated server is on at that time. No AC was on initially and we were sweating and very uncomfortable. Asked the server about this along with other tables and she just said the system is old and didn’t even check as it wasn’t even on and another server took the initiative to check. Poor feedback was given with inquiring about the oysters on the menu. I don’t like to criticize but there shouldn’t be the expectation of accepting poor service just because there is a labour shortage. Things are also more expensive to the customer so we should have the value in the money we spend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First pigeonhole experience!! Was blown away with the quality of the food, the service the cute decor inside and the location was perfect right on 17th Ave downtown. My sister and I dined here this evening and got the scallop crudo, mushroom croquettes, and ricotta dumplings (don’t ask me to pick a favourite) they were all so delicious! We finished it off with a deconstructed lemon meringue pie for dessert. Our server was so friendly and we tried all of her recommendations! 11/10. Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Pigeonhole is rated 4.7 stars by 1366 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Pigeonhole

306 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    2nd St

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Dining Bar, European, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Blair Clemis and Rebecca MacLeod

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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