Donna Mac

4.5
315 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Located in the bustling neighbourhood of the Beltline, Donna Mac focuses on thoughtful, simple and seasonal cuisine meant to be shared among the table. We take inspiration from comfort classics and bring a modern take to our dishes
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have already recommended this restaurant to all my family members. The food was amazing!! The wine selection was great (had my favorite wine!!). Had one small plate, two large plates, and dessert!! We would go back anytime!! Thanks!

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OT
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The items ordered were too salty to eat. I should have mentioned it to the server but he was very pleasant and it wasn’t until later after discussion with my guest that I realized we both felt everything was so salty that the food was inedible - that is why nothing was finished. The service and atmosphere are great but on this day salt absolutely ruined the meal.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal food, service, will definitely be back.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Food was ok. Started off with sourdough bread and burrata cheese with figs - disappointed dry figs were used. I get fresh figs would be hard to find at this time of year but perhaps a fig jam would have complemented the dish better. The porcini and gouda fritters were tasty. Beets were good too. Nice to see a beet dish that doesn’t have goat cheese. Mains were ok. The polenta was very runny. A thicker polenta would have been nice with the pork schnitzel. The leek salad that came with schnitzel was barely a serving. Kielbasa was tasty. Dessert, a chocolate mousse, was probably the best part of the meal. Drinks ok. Good service. Loved the decor and ambiance-huge windows that provide tons of light.

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FK
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was spotty. Had to look for our server to order, then again to ask for coffee, and then again for the bill. Probably won’t visit again.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came to Calgary for the ballet and thought we'd have lunch somewhere we haven't dined before. The food was excellent and the server was friendly and very attentive to our needs. We will definitely return next time we're in Calgary!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything. Great place.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Parents came in from out of town and immediately told me the menu looked "weird." By the end of the meal they were full and had cleaned their plates. Thanks for helping me in my quest to open their eyes to a world beyond chain restaurants. Also, amazing service from everyone — from the kitchen to the servers — didn't hurt eother. Quality, friendly, on top of it. A+ experience.

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R
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quick, delicious, healthy lunch for a great price!

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c
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good, a little on the saucy and heavy side. Dessert cake was a bit dry.

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SW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The service was very poor. The food was very basic with little flavour.

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K
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A bit noisy and somewhat difficult to carry on conversations with a larger group, but we will return for the awesome food and excellent service. Kielbasa and Fried Cauliflower was a table favourite. Burgers and Tuna also received top marks from our group.

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y
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The cost of each dish compared to it's portion size, I didn't find it to be great value. The pasta dishes were better but the steak was certainly passable.

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was excellent they sat at the bar and found the cooks to be engaging and answered my queries on ingredients. I came as part YYC food experience for the first time and will definitely be back and will recommend my friends that they should come and have a meal. Cauliflower sandwich was a real treat

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FG
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great time, good happy hour value, awesome food, just a bit noisy as there were a couple of business events. Overall a great place to meet friends.

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KH
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very yummy vegan options, wonderful service, beautiful restaurant.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good but service was pretty slow considering the place was only about half full. Our waitress only came once to check on us during appetizers and then we had to flag her down for more water.

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NC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the food, service was amazing and the restaurant is super cute!

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Humdbolt Squid is a must! Ask for the Reserve Wine List

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d
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very tasty. Great flavours. Our server was also very good. One of the items we ordered was a quarter chicken to share with a kale salad. It was $28. It was the smallest thigh and drumstick I've ever seen. While we loved the flavours, there was not enough to share to really enjoy it. There was A LOT of kale on the plate with baby tomatoes and croutons and lots of balsamic dressing. The rest of the items we ordered was worth the price, but not the quarter chicken. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends, but steer away from the chicken.

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KB
Calgary
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We came here due to a recommendation from a friend.

The fried cauliflower appetizer is AMAZING and we were all very happy with our meals. Our server, while difficult to track down sometimes, was knowledgeable and pleasant.

We found the ambiance to be lacking a bit as we were looking for an adult more fine-dining experience, and (through no fault of the restaurant) there was tables with children and a larger boisterous table of young people (just saying this makes me feel so old). It is very well lit so would be a great place to have a business meal, but less-so for a romantic night out or if you’re looking for an intimate feel.

We would go back to try other dishes though!

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

Loved the ambiance, v romantic lighting. Excellent and affordable wine selection. Incredible food! Hanger steak plate was mind blowing. We have healthy appetites and ordered a small plate, side, and two mains! Oh! And we still managed to have room for dessert! We will be back to try more plates/menus! Highly recommend!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was wonderful! Will definitely return!

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S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great service! Finally a new restaurant that lives up to the hype!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and amazing food, plus we had a table at the back for our special occasion so it was much easier to talk. All in all an awesome dinner and celebration!

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JP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was all amazing !!

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m
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing drinks. 2 vegans & one meat eater - everyone was stuffed and happy. As per usual

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DG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a great experience on a quiet Tuesday evening. Tuesday night is a good night for quiet dinners with excellent food and service. Like most new restaurant designs with open kitchens, it would likely be noisy....

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BH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent date night with my wife , everything was amazing. Only comment is the deep fried cauliflower was on the verge of being too salty

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S
Calgary
72 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First timer! Had a lovely time for the first time in! Excellent choices and yummy selections on the menu! I loved the spirit free beverages, refreshing! I had the Wedge Salad and can hardly wait to go back and have it again. One of my guests had the Mac n'Cheese, she loved it! Perfect portions! Very nice service, very clean restaurant and great location!

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CT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Food was delicious!

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LH
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Donna Mac. The ambience was bright and welcoming, and the food delicious with different, interesting twists. I had the pork lentil bowl with cashew cheese - the dish was fantastic!

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

Excellent. Great option just outside the core of downtown. Food and service were top notch.

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N
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was ok. Not entirely what I was expecting from the menu descriptions. Sourdough was a rye sourdough and not really grilled at all? It was basically just slices of cold bread with the stuff on the side to spread on it. Pretty bare bones. I also ordered the duck and felt it was quite underdone. The choice of accompaniments were not my favourite (shredded marinated cabbage and a couple sesame cracker crisps). I then had the carrot cake for dessert and this was where they made up all the stars for the food. It was outstanding. I’d go back for dessert alone.
The service was incredible. I dine out often and our server was among the best I’ve experienced in Calgary. Thanks, Olivia. The entire atmosphere of the restaurant was very pleasant and considering it’s a very open concept, it was not too noisy at all. I would recommend this place to a friend and I would visit again.

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MH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant with all of the ingredients needed to make a memorable meal - great service, a varied and interesting menu, great prices, good ambience and not too loud, so that patrons can actually talk to each other. Very few restaurants get this right so congratulations Donna Mac - we will be back.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We went there for lunch on Thursday; my friends burger was 1/2 cooked and had to be sent back. There was one waitress for about 15 tables and she did her best but it was not easy for her. Not sure I would go back, as lunch took over an hour and too many great restaurants in Calgary for me to try this one again.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, we had the pork salad and the duck and were not disappointed, tasty and the service was great, friendly and professional, definitely going back.

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T
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good place to try out, tapa portions are small, but can be shared by no more than four people with a smaller appetite. Service was excellent, comfortable atmosphere and notice level is moderate. Reservations are recommended.

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g
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a fantastic place. Was our first time and will def be back! The homemade sourdough bread was to die for, as well as the duck and glazed beets! Everything we ordered was delicious! Our server as well was super nice, friendly and had great suggestions!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The drinks were awesome, and our server was lovely, but most of the food arrived lukewarm.

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