Elbow Room

4.4
715 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
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We believe delicious doesn't have to be complicated. So we created Elbow Room, a place where guests can discover bold flavours infused into deliciously uncomplicated food. It's more than a restaurant; it's a whole new kind of dining out.
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4.2
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Calgary
14 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for lunch with a group of friends. My first time here. It’s a bit loud but the food was soooo good, I’ll definitely be back. I had the Lunch Sampler with: Brussel sprouts, Caesar salad and mushroom flatbread. All amazing! Friends said the tiger prawns are to die for - they looked really good. Friend had the tomato salad which was also beautifully presented and looked really fresh. Beignets to finish...my mouth was in heaven!

CR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat on the patio and enjoyed the lovely summer
Feast.

I love that you can order a half bottle of wine, as a glass is not enough and a bottle too much!

We had the Summer Feast, the starter Cobb salad was tasty, then one of the Boar and one of the Risotto. The food was served hot and pretty!

Rounded out with a coffee and the creme brûlée and it was a nice evening out!

Servers were pleasant, polite but not intrusive! Thank you for a great dining experience !

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

Overall experience good
Food was ok. Halibut was tasty but dry.
Duck was good but ends dry also. Too bad we hoped for better.

TH
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely meal on the patio! Perfect summertime activity...

J
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We had a 7:45 reservation but weren't seated until 8:40. We tried to make the best of it and ordered some drinks while we waited on the outside patio. They had some heaters so a couple of us weren't freezing, but most of us were. Once we were finally seated it was a fine experience. Not sure we would go back if they can't keep a reservation times.

c
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Chose Elbow Room because the patio is one of the best in Calgary but wasn’t expecting the food to be so very, very good. The seafood is from sustainable sources so I had lobster for the first time in years and, it, was, awesome. Seriously, I haven’t enjoyed a meal so much in I don’t know how long. Everyone at the table seemed to agree.

The service was friendly and knowledgeable but could have checked in more often. Or at all. To be honest, though, it wasn’t an issue since we were so busy talking and eating.

KD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us had the 3 course dinner with wine pairings. All the food was very good, but the seafood risotto was wonderful. The 3 wines were matched perfectly.

J
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EXCEPTIONAL! We will definitely be back, and have already told a few friends!

T
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful evening. The halibut was the best I’ve ever had. Service was great and the atmosphere is lovely! First class experience!

AM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, lovely interior, deck etc. Food was soooo good and our waiter excellent. Can't wait to go back!

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best brunch in town! Breakfast bowl was amazing. Large portions for a hungry husband. Amazing.

P
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening. Kitchen was a backed up we were told so we had a long wait for our meal but it was excellent when it did arrive.

r
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well done, Ryan and Stephanie and all the crew!

GS
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went in for brunch and had a fabulous experience!! Our server was great, the food was INCREDIBLE, and the location was perfect for meeting friends. Can’t wait to go back!! (PS I highly recommend the fried chicken and waffle Bennie!!!)

RW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We were most disappointed with the Elbow Room as a choice to celebrate our anniversary. My wife and I have never left a restaurant feeling so under-valued as customers. From our table placement, the cold, clinical server to the over-cooked fish and a decor that created no ambience, nothing was going right for us at this restaurant. We could hardly wait to leave a place with was so devoid of a dynamic, positive energy.

FK
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Service was very disappointing! Have been to this restaurant on many occasions will not rush back this time.

F
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had very nice service. The staff were very welcoming upon our arrival. We ordered the chef’s table which we thought was good value at $48 per person and a nice sampler of their flat iron steak which I would order medium next time instead of we’ll done, two prawns and two pieces of salmon with delicious house potatoes salad. The menu can be gluten sensitive.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The menu in the restaurant was not the same as online. Also we didn’t get the table we wanted... people who got the patio tables called and did not use open table. We got the table next to the washrooms instead. We left without eating.

C
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Recently had brunch with a friend. Service was slow and food was ordinary . Bacon and eggs were overdone, potatoes needed more flavour less salt, toast barely “toasted” with a slight swipe of butter with no jam offered and no garnishment except a little ketchup on the side. Tried to get some kind of fruit but they only carry berries for their waffle etc orders? Have never been to a restaurant where you couldn’t get fruit????? Won’t be back. This was my second time there for brunch.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks for your review Christiane and we're sorry to hear your experience wasn't enjoyable. We always have a manager on shift to assist and make sure all is right. I wish we were able to help & fix while you were dining with us. Let me know please if you wish to come back and I would like to take care of you.

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4
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I visited the Elbow Room to celebrate my niece's 20 birthday on a sunny sat afternoon. She loved the ambiance of the upstairs patio and we both enjoyed the dappled shade of the greenery. I have food allergies and noted them on my open table reservation. Unfortunately, my server was blissfully unaware of them. She struggled to find a recommendation that would be suitable for my inability to eat shellfish or gluten. I wish the elbow room had mentioned their lack of gluten free choices when I made the reservation. I can cook simple meals at home like bacon and eggs, a salad or a steak. I appreciate restaurants who offer me choices of a more complex offering such as eggs Benedict. The elbow room is not a restaurant which is able to offer more complex meals which are also gluten free. So you are looking for gluten free options, don't chose the elbow room. My simple bacon and eggs were delicious, just simple.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you for visiting Elbow Room and your review 4bigdogs! While we further look into our gluten free options, we will continue making sure our online menus are updated accordingly to provide correct information and our guests are aware of their options prior to dining with us. Please note we are able to execute "Eggs Benedict" gluten free, however they do require the English muffin to be switched with potato hash brown. I am happy to hear you still enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

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P
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I love the Elbow room and I go there often. The last time I had a couple of guests. The room was predictably good but the service has suffered with the change of personnel. There is not the same level of attention, promptness and care. It is a pity because the foods and drinks are excellent. Let’s get that great service back to where it was!!

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks for you visit and review Phpf! It is disappointing to hear our service level wasn't up to our standards during your last visit. I have already had the chance to follow-up with your server and will be offering more training. We will continue hiring and training the right staff that always offers friendly and professional service and make sure the staff that's been here since opening are holding high standards. Hope to see you again soon and score much better in service!

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M
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful patio, food and cocktails delicious

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you for your visit and review! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

This was my second time here. The food was fabulous, as usual. This time, we were there for happy hour. Our server was also tending the bar, and truly couldn’t have seemed more uninterested if he tried. A disappointing interaction during what would have otherwise been a great meal.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

I am really sorry to hear about this disappointing turn on otherwise enjoyable experience. I have spoken with the server involved and would love to invite you back to offer great service and food. Please let me know when you wish to join us next time!

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JH
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location with comfortable seating. Service was quick and attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent - halibut and duck highly recommended - and have to admit we shared some [excellent] carrot cake to finish off. Thanks to Gina and Caillie!

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks for coming and reviewing us! We are glad to hear everything was enjoyable and wish to see you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks for your review and visit!

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E
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Meal was expensive but the food was very bland. The service was fantastic and the ambiance was great but have a hard time paying high prices for food that has no flavour

Elbow Room
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you for visiting and reviewing Elbow Room! I am very happy to hear the service and ambiance was great, however I am disappointed to hear food wasn't enjoyable. As a chef owned and operated restaurant we take very much pride in our dishes. I would love to invite you back to show that! Please let me know if you wish to give another chance to Elbow Room.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place after work. Lovely patio unfortunately wasn't warm enough for it today. Only enjoyed appies but the fries and the pitas with dip was phenomenal. Happy hour wine was delish. Will be back!

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Decent food but service was poor. Our server was not very attentive and quite dismissive/rude. We also waited a long time to pay (he never did come to our table).

GO
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was tasty. The service too casual and infrequent at lunchtime

LT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great! Our steak was overdone, and we told our waitress and new one was made promptly. The manager came out to apologize and even comped our dessert! Fantastic responses for an issue that often happens to steaks in many restaurants. Elbow Room won us over for sure!

RC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We were very disappointed. We ordered the trio for $22.00
Person 1: salmon, roasted Brussels sprouts and pizza with one beer
Person 2: salmon, roasted Brussels sprouts and Cesar salad with two beers
The bite size piece of salmon was over cook and cold, Brussels sprouts very salty and the pizza and Cesar salad were ok.
The free desert was not worth.
The whole experience was very disappointed and overpriced for the food we had.
The only thing that we enjoyed was the roof top, but unfortunately we will not be coming back

GB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Just took awhile to get drink order and then meal order. Food was very good but a little on expensive side. Ordered coffee and came cold. Sent it back, was offered another cup however I choose not to wait for another cup and of course not charged for the coffee.

ED
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The patio is lovely, service good, and the food was tasty, but it was way too expensive.
The lunch and dinner food for value is excellent at this restaurant, but the brunch is bad value for the dollar, in my opinion.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for your visit and feedback! We will continue to review our menus and make sure to keep prices to match the quality of the food and service we offer!

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GG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Love the brussel sprouts! The green pea puree with the salmon was not very good. In fact it was yucky! I would try something else there. Maybe a fruity salsa? Ceasar salad was soggy and tasteless. Service was really slow for a not so busy lunch hour

Elbow Room
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thanks for your review GailG! I have provided your feedback to our chefs and also spoken with your server.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The wait staff were horrible. It seemed like no one had ever waited tables before. When we arrived there were three people looking at the seating chart - there seemed to be an issue with our table but no one said anything - after waiting 2 minutes I asked "is there a problem?" Then we were finally acknowledged and told to wait at bar. The waitress then thought we were eating there - we had to tell her we were waiing fir our table. She got a bit huffy with that. Tgen they brought the wrong food. To top it off My friend slipped on the floor and broke her finger - the only response she got was "oh yah - the floors are slippery".

Never go back and never recommend it.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for your visit and review Thegirlz. I did already follow-up with your servers as well as the host team. I can assure you that everyone felt bad for your friend falling and I would like to sincerely apologize for this once more. I would like to invite you back to show this experience is far from our service standards. I can be reached at kutay@elbowroom.ca

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l
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reservation started at 5:00p.m. Seated outside on rooftop patio. Our server Colin was attentive and informative on all of the menu items. We sampled 6 different appetizers along with the cocktail special Cherry Smash. What can I say all was amazing. We then continued with our mains halibut - outstanding, roast duck -very tender, flat iron steak- melted in your mouth. We ate, we drank it was a great evening. !!

Elbow Room
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for your visit & review! We're glad to hear your experience was 5 starts all around and hope to see you again soon!

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S
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Anniversary

S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Elbow Room was recommended to us by a friend, however we found it to be way too expensive, too noisy and we felt rushed. The waiter was very attentive, but maybe a little too attentive, if that is possible. The food was very tasty and we enjoyed it. However, even though we had a burger and pasta for our mains, one glass of wine each and a salad and brussel sprouts as our appy, our bill was over $120! Too much for our taste unfortunately. We had a hard time having a conversation because of the noise in the restaurant. Sorry, we won't be back.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for your visit and review Sandy. We try and keep our prices comparable to similar restaurants and only use quality and locally farm grown ingredients as much as possible.

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CM
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A superb lunch here - the flavours of the tuna plate were to die for, so much so, that I ordered two!

My husband had a chorizo breakfast bowl which was also outstanding.

This place has hit its straps and is now top-drawer in terms of food, service and polish.

Bravo!

Elbow Room
Responded on July 4, 2019

Thank you for your review Claire! We are glad to hear you enjoyed everything and hope to see you soon!

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful rooftop patio, delicious food, highly recommend.

Elbow Room
Responded on July 8, 2019

Thanks for recommending Elbow Room! We hope to see you again soon!

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