Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar

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Steakhouse
For almost thirty years, Buchanan’s Chop House and Whisky Bar has served contemporary food in a classic Calgary room. Michael and Carol Buchanan opened this neighbourhood icon in 1988, and the result is a family run, West Coast style restaurant that is true to the Chop house tradition. Buchanan’s proudly serves Alberta beef, pastas, soups and sauces – all made from scratch. In the grand tradition of the chop house, they are proud to offer fresh fish, chowder, a world-class wine list, and one of Canada’s most extensive whisky lists to round out your experience.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
Ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I expected fine and interesting food, the service was very good, i invited a fish and "kus-kus"- it was very greasy and it wasn't "kus-kus"

E
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food. Lamb shank was very tender. Beef choice by my partner also succulent. May be consider adding bison cuts and bison burger to your menu options.
We find here often and quality of good and service always good. Great whisky selections!!!!

BG
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality service and great food. It's been a while since I've visited the restaurant but was a great experience again.

S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I have been a client of Buchanan’s for over 20 years. Really enjoy the bar and fine dining.

TB
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first trip back to the restaurant after being away for several years. Same great food, service, staff, and ambiance. Well done!

M
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening out with friends. The food was great and the waiter was very attentive and on his game. Thanks again for a wonderful evening. We will be back.

MB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent venue for a great dinner and conversation. You can actually hear your dinner mates which is a big plus.

OT
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Looking forward to returning here for another visit. Really enjoyed lunch.

D
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal and service

DK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Took my parents here for their anniversary. The food was excellent and the service went above and beyond. Will definitely be coming back!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to see Carol again. Thank you for the experience.

FF
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Over priced and under value steak. Pricing similar to Hys and Ruth’s Chris, however the end product is far from what one would expect. The Filet Mignon was ordinary and nothing I couldn’t make at home. The restaurant had 3 tables yet our service was slow.

MT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great, upscale menu in the downtown area. Busy but not bustling, great place for business meals and conversation. Quality/presentation of food very consistent. Food prices are a good value at lunch... adding drinks from their extensive bar (big on scotch and bourbon) will push the total up a bit. Still, great value and ambiance for downtown (or any part of the city for that matter).

SK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing burgers!! Loved sitting in the sun on the patio!

TG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was very accommodating. The food was awesome and the ambiance was perfect.

C
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was friendly and food was delicious. I love that you could make it a fancier night out in the dining room if you wanted or a fairly casual meal in the lounge with great burgers and late night snacks! The burgers are outstanding!

AA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Noise level was a bit high for people that would like to have conversation during lunch - otherwise, excellent.

N
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Overall as expected.

T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very good. Service was prompt and friendly. Always a safe choice.

PT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food ambiance and staff , which is the norm for this excellent restaurant. Best salmon in town!!

P
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Sunny Afternoon on the Patio, Great Food, wish I could have stayed longer. Server needs to smile more!

s
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Use to be better. Feels like it's on its way out.

DS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent all around, sat outside on the west facing patio into the evening hour.

RS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

Burger was dry with bacon too salty. Its good for scotch bar but food needs to be better. But maybe it was one off only. Need to fix the patio.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I was very happy with the service and food! Will go again...

l
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

It was loud. We were discussing how hard it was to hear each other with the noise

OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always a great experience. I chose Buchanan’s to celebrate my birthday and wasn’t disappointed.

C
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time dining and it was fantastic! Came in for an anniversary and was very well greeted. Wasapi Ceasar was really tasty. Can't wait to return and try more great food. Will definitely return!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Old school steak house food was the same good but nothing over the top

J
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The desert, apple crumble with ice cream on top, was cold. It would have been nice if the apple crumble part was warm. It was a bit noisy too.

SO
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

We went as past regular customers. The food was not hot when it arrived, we sent it back. The plates must have been sitting as everything was the same temperature. The kitchen reheated the meat, new vegetables etc. No new demi glaze, guess you only get this the first time. The owners son stopped by quickly, not much in a way of acknowledgement the meal was not to expectation. The service was not attentive, nor really apologetic. With the many choices we have for chop houses, I recommend another establishment at this time. It was not the experience I was used to, was disappointed.

J
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always great to walk in the door of any establishment and them know your name. I’ve been a customer for 25 years. Love it there!

TB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great place to dine, excellent food and service. Our clients were very happy with the choice of Buchanan's.

k
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Crab cake was good. Steak has been getting worst and worst over the year. Wagyu does not taste like Wagyu. Steak is getting so thin that order medium rare becomes medium well. Lobster bisque was too salty. I might try one last time to see if the quality will turn around

PN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A real find, very reasonably priced, charming staff, good atmosphere to the whole place.

GE
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Buchanan's for Valentines Day. We had the chef's Valentines Day special. Good value for two people and the meal was very tasty (and filling). Our table was in the Whisky Bar area and was a nice place for date night. Would like to go back and try some other items off the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

CL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was very good, music great. Parking very difficult.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best burger in town! Great service and the scotch selection is incredible. Staff knows their stuff and is always ready to give a great recommendation.

MS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food across the entire menu, with the salmon lunch specials consistently perfect! Greeting upon arrival is always welcoming and sincere. Service excellent every time. Thank you and Cheers

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