Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar

4.6
124 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The bartender was great, knowledgeable, and made the experience great. The shrimp started was a low point of the meal and I would skip it in the future. The steak was delicious, well prepared, tender and juicy but the side potatoes were dry and tasteless. The deserts were out of this world! I would go back just for desert. Giving this restaurant a rating was difficult because the steak and desert was a five star.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fabulous dinner with my girlfriend. It was our first time here, and it’s safe to say that we will be back. The service was fantastic (thank you, Matt!), and the food was to die for. We had such a wonderful evening!

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Emvp
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wow the Wagyu Tataki..is the best one period. Very good service too

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent!!
Need to make sure their out door heaters are working as well as them having enough propane.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak Sandy was amazing, great service.

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MattY
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place, -- Get out and support Buchanan's!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Was alright. The steak had no flavour but the server was nice.

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vipbigfish
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Downtown sports bar. Comfortable, not visited for a while. Quiet part of downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

18 birthday dinner

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DaveL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic atmosphere, and the food is even better!! Never been disappointed walking out the door!!

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TimM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was very good . We enjoyed a nice quiet dinner at a very good restaurant 👍

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Webs
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was incredible. Gave great recommendations for both food and whisky. Food was also amazing.

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Taryn
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just all around a great atmosphere, we went in for ladies and had a blast!

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KyleP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had dinner on Valentine's Day; the staff did a great job of what I would call applying common sense to their table layout and spacing. Our waiter was very attentive and efficient, while not being a disruption. This was our first time at Buchanan's and we had their Valentine's Menu, which simply put, was outstanding. We had the House Mixed Salad, Chop House Tataki which were both great, very flavorful. Our Main Couse was Rack of Lamb, again this was great - I could of crushed another serving!!

Overall, we really liked the energy and pace of Buchanan's and we had no problem associating the value we received vs what we paid. We will most definitely will be going back...probably next month!

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vipKiraS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious and the server was very friendly. I think they could've used another server as our guy was running around like crazy and doing the best he could. We had the beef tataki, popcorn wasabi shrimp, seafood chowder, and the short rib. Everything was cooked perfectly and I would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

Okay food and subpar service- for the price you pay, it’s definitely not worth it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience - good food & service. Definitely coming back.

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Smitty
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was good, service was great, they appreciated being back to work again after Covid restrictions were relaxed.

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LanaW
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely location in Eau Claire. Excellent wine and extensive Scotch selections. Menu is a bit limited however the food is excellent. I noticed the restaurant may need a bit of a refresh in some areas but overall this is a consistently great place to dine or have a wind down cocktail

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Curly
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Great value, excellent food, great service Buchanan's speaks for them selves as the dining was totally full

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good food. Excellent service. Ambiance lacking.

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KimF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time to this restaurant. Our server was very knowledgeable and told us the history of the building and the family that owns the restaurant. We really enjoyed our evening and it was nice to get out again and enjoy eating in a restaurant. We will definitely be back! Maybe even tonight!!

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vipRyanT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best burger in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It was great service and food. Perhaps the ambience is not the best for a date.

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FerdinandoM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and the best hamburgers in town.
Great selection of whiskey and beers.
It's worth the visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food. I would gladly eat here again.

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Mikemac
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food in a wonderful place now it in’s second generation of family ownership.

Highly recommended.

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vipTonyB
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great working lunch. Maybe our last for a while. Thx guys!

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SaraM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Went here for some whiskey tasting for my boyfriend! Service and whiskey knowledge was amazing :) great experience

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KevinB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

A Calgary institution. Great whisky, even better steak.

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DebbieW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Burger ever! The sticky pudding was also amazingly delicious.

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RacingEdge
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a lovely night out at Buchanan's. Service was great and the food was exceptional. I wish we lived closer to go more often.

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GeoffL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A classic, family-run chop house that has remained consistently great over the 30-plus years they have been there. Best burger in the city I think, and they grind the sirloin fresh every morning so you can have your burger medium-rare, a bonus as far as I am concerned.

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Jess
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in town!!! Although you need to stick up on your Macallan! We will be back!

Pete and Jess

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vipTazMan
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place

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Dodie
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Buchanan's continues to be our favorite "best dinner" place to go. We started going here when they first opened and the quality of food is simply remarkable, consistently above average, prepared with care and finesse.

First time ever ordering the Popcorn Shrimp appetizer .... generous serving for easy sharing, huge fresh shrimp and the batter was so light it has created a new benchmark for the dish. The seafood bowl was rich with a variety of wonderful shellfish, served on a bed of perfectly cooked rice. Thank goodness Chef brought back the Chocolate Tower! So recommend this place!

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Nicky
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place! Great service, great food, been going here for years and they never disappoint.

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ScottR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great and very safe during these Covid days

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The maple crusted salmon was spectacular...Service was certainly above average!!!

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vipFussieFoodie
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely restaurant. It’s convenient in location and the staff are always friendly and professional and knowledgeable.
Not just because of the economy, but booting the dated interior and comparing to other restaurants... I find the pricing a bit higher, maybe more than a bit higher, than comparable restaurants. It’s really good food but not ‘out of this world amazing’. Especially if you compare locally sourced ingredients and grass fed and more organic options available at places like Modern Steak, River Cafe and Rouge.. I don’t think location and history justify this; but again - because of convenience and the food is consistently good, I would go back.

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Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.