Essence - The Westin Calgary

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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.
What 90 People Are Saying
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4.0
Service
3.3
Ambience
3.7
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N
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

GC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

For the price, very disappointing.

DG
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

GH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Mother’s Day brunch!

DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

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.

L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

TD
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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

NS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

S
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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 :-).

s
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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.

y
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

p
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

SL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

SZ
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

LM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

TP
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

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

OT
Calgary
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

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 .

RA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

BD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

B
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great place to habe a conversation during a meal.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 1

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 .

B
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

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

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

TM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is fresh. Easy to book a table.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good breakfast

M
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

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.

A
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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).

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We were shocked at the prices. Felt $14 for a glass of wine at lunch to be pretty pricey

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Essence at Westin is a perfect spot for business meetings. Staff are very friendly and accommodating to our need. I called the day before to inquire if I could pre-order our meals as we only have an hour to spend for lunch. We decided not to pre-order and to just come early. We ordered right away and they prepared our meals in no time.

RG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2016
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

service is fantastic, and the breakfast buffet has excellent variety of fresh food choices and an omelet bar .

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are professional, the restaurant is quiet and the food is good. It's easy to get and most times you don't need a reservation.

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