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Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Calgary, AB

Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey

4.7
4.7
601 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Barbecue
Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey is a bbq joint in the heart of Kensington, Calgary, Alberta. Smoking our meat from 10-14 hours, people love our brisket but we have a selection of meats, trays and sides to choose from. Join us inside or out if the weather permits, or on our backyard whiskey garden open year round. Drinkwise we’ve got the largest whiskey list in town, and an ever-evolving cocktail list anchored by our smokey old-fashioned. We’ve also got a bunch of beer on tap, with some local favourites and international selects.

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2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (403) 283-3021
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Restaurant: Seats 125Whiskey Garden: Seats 48Hayden Hall (Second Floor): Seats 130Email events@blockhospitality.ca for all event bookings and inquiries.
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Cross Street
    1136 Kensington Road NW
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 601 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Great for live music

  • Calgary

    Great for live music

601 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to have a casual meal— great gluten free options

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  2. GS42

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for live music on the weekends! Amazing food, drinks and atmosphere.

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  3. KarenB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I would not return as the food was not up to par. There was nothing that I ordered that tasted good and this restaurant came highly recommended. That just goes to show everyone’s taste is different, so although it’s not for me I’m sure others really enjoy it.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and we enjoyed the cocktails too. Excellent service and live music was fun!

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  5. CharredCrow

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time at Hayden Block and it will not be my last! From generous portions, to absolutely delicious-mouth-watering flavours, to excellent service - why wouldn’t I go back? Delicious!

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  6. GigiK

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with quality food at very reasonable price. The beef short ribs were AMAZING. Waitress was very friendly.

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  7. CindyL

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Although it’s highly rated, unfortunately our dinner was below average. My brisket was dry and very burnt and very chewy. The ribs were average. The beans were good but slightly spicy. But that’s a personal opinion. Overall, was ok. Service was ok but didn’t acknowledge the lack of food eaten. Usually, they ask if it was suitable but no ask.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great evening with amazing company and good. Seated upstairs which was lovely with the live music.

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  9. Captain

    Manitoba

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place. Great meat. The Brisket was fantastic. Great selection of bourbons!

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  10. Sher

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was our first time going to Hayden Block. Was so welcoming and the food was incredibly delicious, must try the Burnt Ends! We all enjoyed Cocktails and after dinner Japanese Whiskey’s. They definitely have top-shelf selections!

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  11. DarcyH

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great spot for amazing BBQ and whiskey. Highly recommend!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Brisket, cornbread and deep fried pickles were delicious! Broccoli salad was not good. Waitress could have been more attentive to us, once she brought our food she kinda disappeared. I like going to Hayden Block a lot!

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  13. StefanieP

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy night, service was prompt. Order 3 sides and 2 meats. Came within 15 minutes, hot and nicely presented. Love the sauces you can add in. Went home with a food baby! Fun had by all,

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  14. TayaS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Food was at the table less than 20 mins after we walked in the door

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  15. Dean

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All was great however the bathrooms could use some cleaning attention which makes a person wonder how the kitchen is.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love coming here, the food is always delicious and the dip is my favourite.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Great menu, ambiance and great place for a date!

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  18. JenniferR

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time! We had friends from Ontario come into town so took them to Hayden and they also loved it! Thanks for a great night

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  19. H121396

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food tasted great. The price for the brisket was not worth it. 2 small littles pieces for $18 not worth it at all. Definitely a little disappointed with how much you pay and how much you end up getting. Then having to be sandwiched on a bench so they could seat as many people as possible when they walk in. There is no point in booking a reservation.

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  20. AndrewM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great barbecue and amazing service. Just a great spot.

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  21. DanielS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite BBQ joint in Calgary, super delicious, cool atmosphere, great service!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    fun time with the team! I do like this spot as the staff is amazing

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was phenomenal! Attentive friendly service.

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  24. Ceekay

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Would only go here for the drinks. Not food. Ordered one of everything on the menu. Food came out tasting dry, cold and disappointing. Came here for a birthday. No acknowledgement from the staff till we were done, paid and leaving. Our server half breathe mumbled, Oh Happy Birthday to the table.

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  25. Hungry4calgary

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here was good, the place is nice and cheery with lights strung throughout. It isn’t high-end but for nice BBQ foods with fixings like cornbread and beans, the food is hearty and good!

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  26. Foodie

    Calgary

    106 reviews

    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the smoke - great meat and clever cocktails. Thanks!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love it here. Great food great service. 10/10

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  28. Jana

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the food here!! Will definately be back for some good food and music!

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  29. GlendaB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time there and it was also a Flame's home game so it was energetic and lively. Both the food/drinks and the service were great!

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  30. KendraW

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good- the old fashioned were exceptionally overpriced and I was expecting it to be the best I’d ever had and really was very underwhelming. The sausage and the corn were AMAZING! The brisket was dry, the cornbread was super dense and dry and the Mac and cheese looked fantastic but the flavour just wasn’t there. I won’t go back, but I would recommend it to people who don’t smoke their own meat cause it’s neat if you haven’t had the chance to try multiple briskets.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BBQ and whiskey done very well, if not exceptional is what we have experienced at Hayden Block over a few years and a few visits. We are already thinking about our return.

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  32. Conrad

    Calgary

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the food good as usual! I love the bourbon selection, second to none in the city!!!

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  33. TanisM

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lot of fun! Had a group of 10 - hard to talk with everyone. Band upstairs was good.

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  34. JohnM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Never disappointments. Top service and food, and a really nice venue.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here but I’ve been to Comery Block on 17th. The team here took good care of us, were considerate of our preferences, gave good suggestions on the menu, and checked in regularly. Highly recommend! -JJ

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  36. ClemensH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Portions are insane for the money, easy to be full for 22ish bucks. Great service and very helpful, brought our Baby and they had a special seat for her. Good nonalcoholic beer as well and the whiskey menu is beyond nuts. Highly recommend

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  37. KimH

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was mediocre, not even hot. Server was put out by serving us - disappointed in everything as it was a family birthday.

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  38. RyanM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Friendly service. Reasonably priced.

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  39. CeeZee

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Meat came out cold. Would have been nice to get some heat added

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  40. ChrisJR

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to Hayden Block proved to be great. The food was fantastic, some of the best BBQ we’ve ever had. Service was terrific as well, friendly staff, prompt service…all around an excellent experience! We will definitely be back with many friends in tow!

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You can order delivery directly from Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey using the Order Online button.

Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey is rated 4.7 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    1136 Kensington Road NW
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (403) 283-3021
  • Private party facilities
    Restaurant: Seats 125Whiskey Garden: Seats 48Hayden Hall (Second Floor): Seats 130Email events@blockhospitality.ca for all event bookings and inquiries.
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