Shift

4.2
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410 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
Located at the new Remai Modern museum of modern and contemporary art, Shift is a Canadian-inspired restaurant that tells the stories of our country’s past, present and future through imaginative food. The menu celebrates regional Canadian cuisine with dishes like Pig & Duck Tourtière with Heinz ketchup and Chicken Pot Pie with peas, celery, mashed potatoes and gravy; while also highlighting familiar dishes of the Prairies such as Paul’s Pierogies with butter, bonito, bacon and sour cream and Blackened Saskatoon Diefenbaker Trout with slow-cooked roots and sumac aioli. Strongly influenced by the changing of the seasons, Shift’s ever-evolving menus highlight seasonal, homegrown ingredients wherever possible. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Shift strives to create a connection between food and place through genuine, contemporary cooking rooted in Canada’s ever-evolving culture and flavours.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
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Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Pace of dining felt a bit rushed & tables were close together so ambience lacking (it was Valentines Day so there were seating numbers & times to accommodate). The food was good & very nicely presented & the service friendly so overall it was a nice experience.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was great. Starter and dessert was different. The main meal was great. It was a cool experience but do to price not sure I’d go back but still up in the air with that one. Wine prices were highly inflated as well. Honestly I know many restaurants in Saskatoon that’s just as good and better comfort food for a much smaller price tag.

m
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thus is an excellent restaurant to visit. Location, views, staff, food & service!!

OT
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The fish in the fish and chips was excessively salty. The fries were good, though. The background music was great!

SG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good food (whitefish appetizer, steelhead trout main), excellent service, and a beautiful setting overlooking the river. A perfect spot for a fine dinner out.

g
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Very disappointing experience. It literally took over 2 hours just to have brunch for the two of us, and it wasn't even that busy. Then it took another 15 minutes just to flag down a server to finally bring our bill. The food was okay; not great. I would not recommend Shift - very poor overall. We couldn't even get our waters refilled.

HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

We waited an hour for our food. Thirty minutes after we were seated our order was taken. The service was terrible - no explanation for the delay, and no apology. The food was questionable: the corned beef hash was NOT corned beef hash, but a red wine-based stew; the frittata was shrimp, but no one informed us. Servers were rude, unprofessional, slow, inefficient, and incompetent. Terrible brunch experience. We will not return.

RK
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great having lunch at the Shift. Our waitress was very personable and friendly. The view of the river bank and river was wonderful and our meals were great. I will definitely return for another great dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. Sauces and flavours delightful. Service was a bit slow. Will definitely visit again!

K
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Our food was very disappointing. We arrived for brunch and there were only 2-3 tables and the restaurant remained relatively quiet throughout our whole meal. The burger we ordered was extremely dry and the eggs Benedict, one of the eggs was pretty much raw with the egg whites very runny too. It was hard to justify the cost with the quality and taste of the meal.

MH
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad we got to have a few of our favorite dishes before the menu change. Amazing service by Savannah- she took the time to explain all the food and drink options and even created a 9th Anniversary shot for us! Beautiful river views as well. We look forward to the new menu for 2020.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We enjoy shift but feels they need to lift their attention to detail and expand menu with a few more plant based options to hit the mark

LK
Saskatoon
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous location with a wall of windows looking out to the river.

JL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The food was okay but over priced. The service was fairly slow and I had booked a reservation and ended up with one of the worst tables in the dining area. Too much money for too little quality in my opinion.

SK
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I consider the place average. Average food, service, wine, atmosphere. Not bad, not great..just average

MS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Quality of food was good, but the execution was poor. In my opinion... if you're going to charge at a premium, there should be a quality control system.

JO
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The menu was very limited by choice. The food that was ordered was very good. Service was excellent and delivery of our orders was quick. Parking was pricey and had to be in underground lot as street parking is impossible

D
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. The perfect place for a date night! Looking to make it a regular visit

GG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were there mid week so we took advantage of the half off bottle of wine. Enjoyed a great Rioja. My wife enjoyed a favorite of hers, the fantastically creamy decadent mac and cheese. My burger was very good but not up to what I have come to expect from Shift. Can't wait to come back.

MH
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner date. It is my favorite squid in the city and we tried the chili ribs which were also delicious. Our mains were a delight of lamb and cornish hen! Great sunset view too!

SA
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Portion sizes were very good- filling but not too much.

PE
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Positives: a diverse food and drink selection (lots to choose from); good portion sizes for the appies (ribs & bread plate) and mains (flank steak & lamb).

Negatives / "Meh's": flank steak was tough (yes, it's a flank, but it was grisly and very chewy), the gravy used was too salty and covered the steak (could lay the steak on top of the gravy and let the diner dip it vs. slathering it on); service was more on par with a mid-range chain vs. a higher end independent (slow to greet and get drinks; appies came out before drinks / didn't do anything to add value or reinforce our selections either upon ordering or presentation); ambiance is lacking as we were seated right along the glass wall that separates the restaurant from the really bright art gallery lobby.

All in all, it wasn't bad; just not worth the $160. Nothing really stood out unfortunately.

MF
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were friendly and the foods was amazing. The prices were a bit hi for lunch but I sure would go back again.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had an excellent time celebrating her birthday with brunch at Shift. They were gracious and accommodating to our requests which included the need for a celiac-friendly menu and beverage pre-orders. The food was excellent, prepared flawlessly and in good time. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

WR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Out for an anniversary meal and it was tremendous. Great location, super food...and fantastic service!!!! Can't wait to go again.

S
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Everything about it was a solid “good”, 4/5. The bottom line is that we got two scones, a burger, a grilled cheese sandwich, fries, a “salad” (lettuce with oil and vinegar) and two coffees, for $70.

I would recommend to anyone with extra $ to burn or wants to feel fancy.

K
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and views. Price was in line and service was good but not over the top great.
The table and chairs are nice but they tend to cheapen the experience. They make it feel more like a cafeteria than a mid to high end restaurant. This will not keep me from coming back just an observation. Best Regards.

LB
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! We all enjoyed our meal and the very professional service.

OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good but not great especially for the price.

OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The reception staff was disappointing. Another customer and I stood to be greeted for 5 minutes before anyone acknowledged our presence. Bar staff were looking at us as they walked by, but no one bothered to call the host/hostess for us. The other patron left after being frustrated at the poor reception, but I had to stay since I made a reservation beforehand.

Our server JT was exceptional. He had excellent recommendations and was very attentive. The food and JT’s service were the redeeming qualities of this particular visit to Shift.

PB
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great evening for a special occasion. Every item was delicious and the cocktails were stellar.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location, interesting menu, fresh food, awesome service! Savannah was our waitress and she definitely made our evening a great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views and great food

J
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very open cheery place with a great view of the South Saskatchewan River valley. Menu is rather limited, but still made up of wonderful contemporary tastes of Saskatchewan and Canada.
Our server was knowledgeable, efficient, friendly and not overbearing- just the way we like it.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is awesome here- informed and informative without being overbearing
The food was also excellent - especially the mussels bowl!

OT
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the food is made fresh in house, wonderful menu and excellent service

Z
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

While the servers are polite and friendly, the menu is extremely limited and doesn’t have much choices for those with dietary restriction or with special dietary preference.

GH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The setting is second to none! The menu selection is a bit limited but what the four of us had was aesthetic and tasty.

XO
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We like the place very much. The Ambiance was good. One thing we would suggest, as ovo-lacto vegetarians, is to add more meatless options and substitutions. Although the server was happy to adapt by simply omiting the meat in the dish, the food became less substantial.

EO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Overpriced for what it is. Mac and cheese was passable, the beef tartare and fries was underwhelming. Smoked fish on toast highlight of the meal. We could have eaten better at Milestones for $50 less