Elbow Room

4.4
685 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

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GB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
2 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 5 days ago

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

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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 5 days ago

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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LL
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went in for a date over lunch with my fiancée, we had the tasting menu which included some fabulous dishes from chef Ryan Blackwell. We had pizza, gochujang shrimp, carpaccio, caprese salad. And every dish was more delicious than the last!

We loved the restaurant so much that we decided to have our engagement party there!

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CD
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Although the restaurant wasn’t busy, the food took a really long time, and the quality was poor.

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c
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

There was only 1 waitress working all night. It was difficult to get her attention.

Elbow Room
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review! I'm sorry to hear service wasn't up to our standards. Now we are making sure we have more support staff and / or management to assist our servers as well!

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Service was extremely slow. One server for the entire patio on Fathers day. We will not be back. The experience definitely put a strain on our celebration.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We asked to sit on the patio and were told it was all reserved. We had an hour and a half lunch and the patio sat half full the entire lunch hour.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely patio!

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S
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The food was great, but the service was very poor.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chorizo Corbonera. Amazing.

Duck breast was mouth watering.

Brussels Sprouts were amazing

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d
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A great place ... just a bit too pricey for the value of the food. We had higher expectations of the food. The burger was small, and pizzas were mostly bread. Portion sizes were not great for the price paid. Wine is pricey with no price options that encouraged feeling good about choices made.

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LL
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

10/10 experience at elbow room! We sat on their beautiful patio outdoors, and had fantastic service. We shared three lunch specials which was a small tasting of the whole menu.

I will definitely be returning to the elbow room!

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d
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service was fantastic! The food was ok, nothing special. I have no problem paying top dollar for a meal but the food better be spectacular. The patio is a great place to sit and have a drink.

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M
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere! Loved the cheese brussel sprouts and mushroom pizza. Will definitely be back.

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LM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely outdoor patio. Food was delicious.

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LI
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I took my friend to Elbow Room for her 73rd birthday. Every thing was delicious except the bread on her sandwich was burnt but she ate most of it anyway and left the end piece. My lunch was delicious.

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NL
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Cool spot & good food. Probably need more servers or food runners working due to the staff needing to run up & down the stairs if you’re sitting in the second floor.

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EM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic food and venue. Will definitely be visiting again soon!

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CB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about Elbow Room! Parking was easy too. Food, service & atmosphere was awesome. I would highly recommend Elbow Room.

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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I was disappointed with my recent brunch experience. We have been to the elbow room several times before for dinner, and had great experiences. Therefore, we were excited to try the patio for brunch with some out of town guests. The brunch was nothing special, quite perfunctory and bland. It’s unclear if they have an expresso machine- as they were unable to make a flat-white. They could not execute a medium poached egg. But worse that the food was the insincere service. It’s far too early for this little Britannia gem to let its standards drop. Hope they wake up and step back to the plate with a little more zing next time... real expresso might help.

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YY
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Used to be our fav place for brunch n happy hour. Went back recently n found out happy hour food portions have reduced drastically. It'll be nicer if they could simply change/ revamp menu instead. Will not return any time soon - would rather try other places.

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V
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with a group of 8. We tried many appetizers and all were made very well. The mains were a good size for the price and executed great. Service was top notch.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was outstanding!

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RK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Our server, Lisa, was perfect. Would go back for that alone. Thank you.

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The food and drink was good, but very expensive for the quality. The bathroom was dirty, not what you’d expect based on the price level.

Overall just left with the feeling that the experience was not worth the price. Our server was great though and very attentive.

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S
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the lunch feature that allows you to choose 3 dishes from a comprehensive list of proteins, vegetables and pizzas for $22. Four of us enjoyed all of our dishes, (pizza, tomato salad, caesar salad, roasted brussel sprouts, salmon and prawns). Perfect portions for lunch! The warm beignets included in the lunch special were a nice touch - beautiful accompaniment for our lattés!

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P
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I'd crawl a mile over hot, broken glass for those Brussels sprouts! Our server was attentive and efficient. The noise level is high but we could still hear each other talking. Wine was great! A wonderful night, as I knew from experience it would be.

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L
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We have been to Elbow Room twice. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent as well. The ambiance downstairs is better - though with the patio open in the summer - I would think that would be superb. The Open Table reservation did not show up on their system - and even though it was a busy evening they managed to find a table for us. Thank you so much!

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S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good but tables were a bit close together...easier to hear your neighbour's conversations than your own.

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a
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We skipped appies as the menu was pricier than we expected. Wine by the bottle, and a decent selection of by the glass as well. The burger was decent, according to the eater. The duck breast was great, though I always hope for a bit o crisp skin which was lacking here. My wife LOVED the pasta; earthy, savoury, just brilliant. If I return I intend to eat at the bar, or anywhete I can see into the kitchen, which is somewhat open to a section of the space...

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ML
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was outstanding! Really enjoyed our evening.

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PW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food we ordered consisted of two happy hour snacks, 3 wine and a beer. We then ordered 2 regular meals. Pizza and lamb meatball.
Food was above what we expected especially the lamb and couscous. Waited for beer as keg was empty and was charged regular price of $10.00. Although it was well before end happy hour. Would have said something but did not notice until we departed.
Service was quite good.
Ambiance...nothing you could do about it but table next to ours by corner window appeared to have one drink, 2 hour regulars. Very loud. Their conversations took over half the dinning area. Again not your fault.

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