Essence - The Westin Calgary

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94 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Whether sitting down for a business meeting or a special occasion, you’ll enjoy the menu with a focus on local foods showcasing Alberta's many flavors.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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3.5
Ambience
3.7
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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great restaurant - great service and chef!
The coffee, however, is ‘greatly’ overpriced at $5.00/cup!!!

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vipGayleneK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Ordered the two egg breakfast. Everything tasted phenomenal. Butter not margarine. Eggs tasted amazing and the bacon was wonderfully crisp. Our Server was also excellent. Very attentive.

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DeborahG
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Portion sizes are enormous! I always end up with enough for another meal. Terrific place for conversation. Again, the food is delicious and the service is impeccable.

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CarolJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

Yes, but I would be selective based on ambiance. The food was marvellous.

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Nicky
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This restaurant is the perfect location to have a conversation the noise level is low, the food is always good for the price point and you can be in and out in an hour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Avoid the breakfast buffet, you will be better off ordering from the menu. Unfortunate combination of high prices, a poor selection and mediocre food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

For the price, very disappointing.

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vipDGeneral
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice quiet location for business lunch. Ample portions of excellent food at very reasonable prices. Cobb Salad was huuuge.

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GregH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Interesting menu. Simple but good.
The place is nice and quiet, not a mad house like the Keg next door.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent Mother’s Day brunch!

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DCalgary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

I ordered a steak for medium cooked. However, I was given a well done one being over cooked. The waiter left the table after giving me the credit card machine, so I had to cut the customer copy myself. The place is quite, which could be the best thing of this restaurant.

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Liveinthehood
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food are excellent, and the dining room is quiet, even when it’s busy. Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Calgary and have a nice meal.

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TheDoc
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food and service was very good. Always a good place for lunch if you want to visit as noise level is low.

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NatalieS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Breakfast options are great and it's a nice venue. However, the price point is still fairly high.

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Simmi
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

I took my friend here for lunch on her birthday. They do not have much vegetarian options;however, they were able to make their seasonal pasta vegetarian and it was very good. My friend had ordered pasta as well but with chicken; however, the server mixed up our order and brought her vegetarian pasta as well. She ended up ordering chicken on the side. Anyways, we both enjoyed our lunch. I had requested them to arrange a dessert tray for my friend with a birthday message on it and I was very impressed with the arrangement they had. TOTALLY LOVED IT!! Overall, I would definitely recommend essence for any special occasion :-).

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vipstetanto
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Don't get me wrong - nothing was bad by any means - but in my opinion Charcut has better "in and out lunch". This is simply based on the relatively long wait to take our order, the server not knowing what the in and out lunch options were, the awkwardness of eating the sandwich, and the fact that the cookies were over-baked (hard). On the other hand, the server was very friendly, the food was tasty, the setting was comfortable, and it still felt like solid value for the money.

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yerfdog
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Essence is a hidden gem in downtown Calgary. The food is terrific, really great quality! I'm always surprised that the Keg is completely full, yet Essence (right next door) is 1/2 empty! I prefer Essence as you can hear the conversation. Service, food, it's all excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

Line up at entrance and no one came to see us for 5 min. Must have been a busy morning.

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vippickydiner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Essence in The Westin Calgary is a gem. Our lunch was very good food at reasonable prices without the noise level of many downtown restaurants. We were a table of friends enjoying good food, a beer and lively conversation.

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SueL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was my first time visiting Essence for lunch. I was meeting a counterpart in business and we both enjoyed our lunches. Food was delicious - portions were large. Server was fantastic - very helpful and personable and gave us some great recommendations for our food choices. Will definitely be back.

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SandraZ
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff was super friendly and always happy to help with items that had run out at the buffet. Decent brunch. The kids loved the orange juice machine that squeezes real oranges right in front of you.

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LMac
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went for Mother’s day and the staff was professional and the food tasted fresh even though it was buffet. The prime rib was amazing and they even cooked a piece alittle more for me. I will defiantly be back

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TwoPutt
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

Everything was fine, but our sever was less than adequate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience1

Good quality, good service but avoid sandwiches and the bread which is strange and tough, and is charged for as an appetizer. Impossible to eat as part of a sandwich .

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RAEL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice quiet atmosphere and close to the office works well for business lunches

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BusinessDiner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Despite the over-priced menu, the food is of good quality, and the location is very convenient for downtown meetings.

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vipBrian
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great place to habe a conversation during a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

like eating in a noisy high school cafeteria except worse food, had buffet breakfast,soggy French toast, cold scrambled eggs. Absolutely abysmal. Westin Hotel should be ashamed of themselves. also $102 for buffet breakfast for three, worst food value in downtown Calgary.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

My friend and I had the Cobb salad and it was huge. My other friend had the steak sandwich and found the bread to be very hard. We had a great waiter but I found the ambience to be lacking .

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vipBrian
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Lunch meeting for business. Not too noisy so easy to have a conversation. Really good food for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We went for the Mother's Day brunch and overall the food was very good. The prime rib was excellent and cooked perfectly. They have a good variety of food to satisfy everyone and the service was awesome. The only complaint would be that there was no general dessert table with small cakes/desserts, only the Moms and kids were treated to dessert which was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Reasonable variety of food in good condition for a buffet brunch. The price seemed a bit high but understandable since it was Mother's Day.

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TMMM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was good, but way over priced for the brunch buffet

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was straight forward and nice selection of good, quality ingredients (kennebec potatoes, Alberta bison, etc). A bit limited menu but each of our plates were well done. It's a institutional in decorating style with the metal and fabric chairs. Very "hotel" but nicely old school with cloth napkins and plenty of glassware and cutlery. They do great food... decor could get a refresh to draw a bigger audience.
Server was very attentive and helpful with handling allergen information.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is fresh. Easy to book a table.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent Food, just don't like curd cheese mixed with plain potato but the steak was delicious! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. Will definitely return. food portions were good as was the quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good breakfast

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Mikemac
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience1

I felt like I just flew three hours in business class, services was great, some interesting food but not well executed (was it was in a warmer for hours), yes I know they are busy on Mother's Day but no reason to have the permanent buffet line Zig real close to a pillar this was compounded by really tight quarters Lighting was like you would expect all of the long-haul business class flight no shadows and a unusual colour . Brunch was 45 here versus 75 at the Palliser - should have booked at the Palliser.

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Anonymous
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Restaurant was dead, I believe there were two other tables, yet we waited forever to be served and even longer until we received our water prior to our order being taken. The food was good, but a little overpriced for how basic the menu is. On the plus side, food came out pretty quick (we just ordered soup and sandwiches) and it was tasty (though a little salty).

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Essence - The Westin Calgary offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 508-5165.

Essence - The Westin Calgary is rated 4.2 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

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