Elbow Room

4.4
386 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday: Closed;
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm;
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm;
Thursday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm;
Friday: 11:30 am -11:00 pm;
Saturday: 10:30 am - 11:00 pm;
Sunday: 10:30 am -11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(403) 460-8128
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Ryan Blckwell
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Elbow Dr.
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Parking Details
Find free 2-hour parking along 49th Avenue in front of the restaurant. There is additional parking along 8th Street.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 386 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

We always have a great time here. 😁 Sunday night we brought some newbies to the restaurant and they thought it was amazing! Keep up the great work.

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K
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

Waitress was very good , food was good as well, however, 2 people in our party of 3 had to wait to long for the sides that were part of their meals. This shouldn’t happen at this price point.

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ID
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

WE shared a lovely anniversary evening with old friends. The evening was a bit chilly but the heaters added enough warmth that it was very pleasant. We shared food and it was good. We were not in a hurry but the service was very slow that evening.

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T
Calgary
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food, good service and beautiful 2nd Floor patio.

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BM
Calgary
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

I had a wonderful dinner at the Elbow Room, I choose the Chicken which was a generous serving of stuffed Chicken Breast accompanied by rice and vegetables. Every portion of this meal was delicious and so filling that I did not have enough room for dessert.

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GB
Calgary
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

The Elbow Room is my new "favorite". The food is great and they have a beautiful top floor patio. I love their "lunch experience" menu and highly recommend the Brussels Sprouts!!! They are delicious. I have probably been there 10 times in the last 10 months (brunch, lunch and dinner) and everything has been great. My only complaint......the tables are a tad close and it can get pretty noisy on the main level.

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M
Calgary
2.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

What happened? The service was awful, food came very late, had to ask for things many times. Loved the patio but very disorganized service up there. Used to recommend based on many great experiences. Very disappointed and hope this was a one time only.

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OT
Chicago
3.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Had reserved to sit at the counter but when I arrived there was nobody downstairs and we were told to head upstairs.

Guy sitting at the bar had his shoes off which I felt was inappropriate for a restaurant.

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LM
Saskatoon
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Sit at the bar and watch the chefs do their magic.

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HV
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

We enjoyed the food but the noise level is a bit annoying when you are trying to carry on a private conversation without shouting when the tables are so close together.

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L
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Lovely restaurant for casual dining or special occasion. Lots of food choices for every palate.
Service was lovely. Although they do have a time limit on your reservation it was a quieter evening and we were not rushed.
Appetizers can make a lovely meal ..all great choices.

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JC
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Loved the salmon and brussel sprouts. Really enjoyed the balcony on the 2nd floor.

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OT
3.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Food is good, well put together and tasty but it’s not as good as the price point would suggest (there are several other places in the area that provide much better food for the same price).

Service on the other hand is friendly, but also not that helpful. I know they are trying but waiting 15 min for the wine you just ordered or getting served food and then waiting 10min for cutlery is a sign of poor organization. Servers are trying but seem to be poorly trained.

We’ve been here 4-5 times since it opened (we live just blocks away) and since opening the food has slipped some and the service quality has dropped significantly. Again, everyone is nice and is obviously trying to help but the place still manages to miss the mark.

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

We were outside on the patio. It was gorgeous!

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Wonderful. Would like to see wine in 5 or 9 oz glass, not 5 and 12. 12 was very pricey

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A
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We had a very pleasant Sunday lunch on the outdoor balcony at Elbow Room. The balcony has been designed to limit traffic noise from Elbow Drive. Nice flowers and plant arrangements give it a lovely, summery feel. Food wasn’t stellar, but was more than OK. Overall, we would go back and perhaps try something other than a salad next time.

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B
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Great Food and Great Patio, A Top Brunch Spot in the City!

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T
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Wonderful service, wonderful food, and willing to make accommodations over and above.

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c
Atlantic Canada
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

I have gone for happy hour on Wine Crush Wednesday and had a fantastic time (appies were great, try the brussle sprouts!! And make sure you order your 1/2 price wine off the 1/2 price menu...) so we decided to try brunch. We had Saturday brunch at ~12:30 and it was busy enough to have a buzz but quiet enough we enjoyed our space and conversation. The food was excellent and satisfying. I had the breakfast bowl and my partner had the bacon benny. Coffee was hot and delicious and the service was attentive. It was great! We will be back! The waffles are on my list to try next.

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w
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Brunch menu was delicious, the bacon Benedict was so good.
The only wish is that the Brussels sprouts would be on the brunch menu. Recommend the elbow room !

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MT
Calgary
3.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Went for brunch and the restaurant did not live up to our expectations, the beet salad had very few beets in it. The squid was bland ... the avocado toast and the burger were good . I expected more maybe just a bad day for them ?

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LM
Vancouver
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Only complaint is there were lots of black flys out in the patio.

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JE
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Girls lunch, birthday

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d
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

The food was very good, with the exception of the salmon which was overcooked and bland. Our server was very nice but slow. This was the fifth time at this restaurant and the service seems to always be slow here. Fun night out overall and we will definitely go back.

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c
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Our group really enjoyed the restaurant. Will definitely go back and recommend it to others.

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EH
2.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

The hostess function needs additional by management. Was there twice last week and both times received offensive treatment The first time we had a late arrival joining our group and she was held at the door with rude and demanding enquirys regarding lack of a reservation. The second time was an early dinner reservation. We were shown to a very undesirable table in a very empty restaurant. When re requested something else we were told that the rest of the tables were reserved and that there would be a group of 14 sitting beside us 😖. We chose to sit st the bar where the waitress was aggressively pushing half price bottles of wine after we had ordered one glass to share between two of us After ordering our food the same aggressive behaviour continued with regard to ordering more food despite being quite clear that we were not interested. There was a complete lack of sensitivity on the part of our server regarding what we wished in our dining experience. And the bill was excessive $60 for 2 appetizer and a 12 oz glass of wine. Won’t be back in a hurry !!

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DM
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Food was exceptional -not large portions for entrees so would not recommend to split. I had
the salmon cooked to perfection. Wednesday has wine special 50% off certain wines. Others at our table had chicken. Two other friends got 3 small plates to share & was pleased. Some had lolipop deserts but I shared the bread pudding and thou not my fav. normally I was converted. Serving 9 older women can,t be fun but Ginny was bang on with our group. Expensive.

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n
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

It was lovely. The atmosphere was great, I loved the smell when we walked in (smoky smelling), the wine was great, the food was amazing and our server was so sweet. Overall, a lovely experience. Would definitely go back.

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KM
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Another great meal here! Food and service were both excellent.

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C
Calgary
3.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Server with attitude. I could sense she was not impressed with my 10 and 8 year old children joining me for my bday dinner. I appreciate it’s not family dining typically but they are well behaved and we were in and out in an hour. Food was overpriced and salmon dish was drowning in olive oil. Mostly bothered by the snooty server.

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G
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 14, 2018

A bit slow and not inexpensive but the food was good and the wait staff were very pleasant.

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AJ
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 14, 2018

Nice atmosphere and goid

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

Good was great and our server was amazing!

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k
4.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

Gluten-free/aware chicken was delish...my husband is a burger snob and said this one was the best he has ever had!!!

Server friendly and efficient...we live close by and walking home after a few drinks is really handy!,

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food, good service. Convenient spot for south end Calgarians to go without making the longer trip downtown. Next time would love to sit on the patio, looks gorgeous!

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BA
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

We had been for drinks, but not for a meal. This was a our first dinner. We like the room, and the delicious smell of roasting meats and a nice variety of tasting/sharing plates.
Service was good, and the desserts were memorable-- absolutely yummy 'pops' and chocolate mousse tarte.

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RE
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing we had a lovely time, were on the patio and it got a little windy at one point but it cleared up!

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c
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Washroom didn’t have soap. Asked for it but was not refilled. That was disappointing. Otherwise food was great.

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Yum. Great brunch!

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RB
Calgary
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Wery nice concept, good food, and ambiance and service.
A little disappointed from the girls at the entrance. I try to make reservations on the phone and they told me that they are fully booked. 5 min later I park my car and I did my reservation thru the Open table, was plenty of spots available. Maybe they need better training.

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