Elbow Room

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CAN$30 and under
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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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really good food, great service and very nice vibe. I've been to Elbow Room a few times and I love it here. Service is always exceptional. The brunch and dinner menu are really good. I will definitely come back!

P
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food is excellent and the service is friendly. One of my top choices in Calgary

C
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Brunch at Elbow Room was very good (hollandaise is wonderful!). However the service was abrupt to the point of being rude. The bartender clearly resented having to service the upstairs dining area. We will likely return, but only to sit downstairs.

DP
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the presentation was fantastic. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and added to the overall experience of the night. This was a girl's dinner to celebrate a birthday, and cake pops were brought out after, along with the other desserts we ordered. They were soooo tasty!! I recommend the arancini, tiger prawns, carpaccio, and lobster pasta. We will all be back!!

DR
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service were great, we ordered cappuccinos and they were not hot when delivered to the table. The only thing that could be improved.

HS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and a good all round vibe. Would def... go again.

PB
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great Mussels

A
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding. We all ordered from the tasting Menu. Every bite - delicious. Service was attentive and professional, but not at all obtrusive. Would definitely return.

GB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

This was the second time at Elbow Room; I had dinner there a few months ago and wanted to check-out the "hype", but I wasn't terribly impressed.
This time a group of friends wanted to meet for lunch and someone suggested Elbow Room. I made the reservation and was fairly curtly greeted by a server who turned out to be ours, and who was rather curt throughout the meal.
Elbow Room cleverly offers a choice of three small dishes for lunch, and we mostly made choices from the generous list. However, two of the selections were way over-salty (chicken soup and otherwise delicious shrimp). One of our party told the server who said (again curtly) that he'd mention it to the chef.
After two not-great experiences I don't need to go again. Unfortunately this is not a "downtown" restaurant and the prices aren't much less.

BB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great choices and delicious food, I’ll be back again!

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

Recently went for a late dinner here with my partner. We both ordered the tasting menu which offered a fun selection of proteins and sides, the lobster crusted steak and potato salad being my personal favourites. We found a couple elements lacked salt, but overall it was a really enjoyable experience, and the peanut butter cheesecake lollipops were incredible!

Our server, Lori, was fantastic. She made great recommendations and was engaging and funny without being over attentive.

We'll definitely be back!

SB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a birthday dinner, very nice.

BP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat upstairs and enjoyed a great dinner with friends. Brussel sprouts, tomato salad and halibut were all excellent.

CM
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Sadly, repeat visit to the lovely restaurant wasn't quite as nice as the first time. Over-intrusive service staff, who tried to make it sound like she was worth a 20% tip simply by refilling a water glass - very annoying and not what we expect here.
Added to which, how can you have a restaurant between two great coffee places, and yet have a button-operated espresso machine? Really?? The latte was appalling, and not up to what you'd expect here where the brunch menu is really great. A simple thing to fix surely - or buy the coffees next door!!

CC
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was great as always. While we waited for or server (15 mins while they finished with a table of 6) we watched staff light candles at empty tables but no one approached us or offered us water ... Our dinner was very good and our server was friendly. When we got home we saw an email saying the restaurant had canceled this reservation ...?!?

RW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat at the counter for lunch where we could chat with the chefs and watch the food being prepared. The staff both preparing and serving the food are friendly and helpful. We had meals prepared over the wood burning grill which were both excellent. The suggested wine pairing was perfect too. We are regulars at the ER and recommend it to everyone

SR
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. Patio was amazing. Lots of pillows and blankets if you get cold.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went for dinner before a show, and we both had the flat iron steak cooked medium rare. Mine was more medium, and my mom’s was more rare, but both good. The portions were great! That applewood cheddar potato croquette is delicious!! We ate early, so the noise level wasn’t too bad, though I’ve been before where the downstairs has gotten quite echoey with all the chatter.

E
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely patio

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic execution on the birthday surprise! And wonderfully attentive non-intrusive service. Lovely evening.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, impressive wine list and amazing service !!

FA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friends birthday

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meal and wine

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

I am torn writing this review. Would I recommend the Elbow Room to a friend - yes but only for drinks and maybe appetizers.

My husband and I took my parents and sister out for dinner hoping to have a wonderful meal and have to say I was disappointed. My sister and dad ordered the flat iron steak and while the potatoes were hot and wonderful the steak and broccolini was cold. I had the duck and while the meat was flavourable and the sauce was wonderful, everything was cold and the gnocchi was burnt and cold, French beans well overcooked and also cold. My mother and husband's dishes were hot and very good and no issues (woodroasted chicken and lobster radiator).

The desserts were also a mixed bag. The chocolate mousse was more like a chuck of chocolate ganache, my carrot cake slice was 1/3 the size as the slice my father got and the pistachios were super soft a sign it was an older cake. But the Lemon Meringue Parfait was to die for. Unfortunately the real shocker came when we asked what type of coffee they serve we were told Mother Parker's - a real surprise given the price point and the higher end of casual dinning the Elbow Room is presenting. Also Starbucks and Monogram coffee shops are right around them. The Service was really really slow but we would not blame the server as it appeared she was the only one on the floor and it was full. My sister and I had a cocktail each and they were outstanding.

Overall I was underwhelmed/ disappointed with the visit. I would not take my parents again but maybe if I am looking for a spot for a drink with a friend and maybe some nibbles I might go back.

ME
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and friendly, professional service. Really enjoyed our experience and will be back.

RB
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had the 8 oz. steak, expertly cooked med rare and great jus. Halibut also great as well.

PH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great restaurant. Got my order wrong but it didn't matter as the food was good.

MO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We enjoyed our meal but by 8.45 pm we were the last customers in the restaurant and the staff were clearing and tidying up for closing. The staff were quite noisy whilst they did this and we felt uncomfortable.
This is the first time we have experienced this at this restaurant, perhaps we should go earlier on a Sunday evening.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and great food. The restaurant was recommended to us by a friend.

S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The Elbow Room, has a lovely layout. The seating was comfortable and the staff very courteous. Our meal was delicious and the Summerfeast menu gave the perfect introduction to what the chef has t offer. I would definitely revisit this restaurant again.

KP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went there for brunch and we're very happy with the food. Lobster Benny's were awesome Service was good too. Overall good experience. We'll be back!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Sadly we tried this with the summer feast festival in calgary and we’re rushed through the meal

F
Calgary
61 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall a great dining experience at Elbow Room. Our server was excellent and provided us with the time to visit without rushing us to order. The food was great as well. Most of our party ordered the Summer Feast menu.
We look forward to coming back and having the Elbow Room Experience.
The only short coming was that the wine menu is somewhat limited.

g
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
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!

j
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
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.

CR
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 !

TH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
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.

L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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