The Block Kitchen and Lounge

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Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Happy Hour Late Night | Special Occasions | Private Functions Family Friendly | Community Focused The Block Kitchen and Lounge offers a 68 seat restaurant (minors allowed) as well as 68 seat lounge, located in the NW community of Mt. Pleasant. Park with ease is our complimentary lot, we are a quick commute North of downtown.
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BT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to meet, eat, and talk. Food was extremely tasty. Portion could’ve been just a bit bigger, but we had room for dessert. The service was impeccable. Our waitress was so personable. I’d highly recommend it😊

H
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food! Love the gluten free options.

Music was a bit loud for our senior age Aunt for brunch.

TM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place to be, the whole group enjoyed the outing and we will all be back. There is not enough to be said about how great this place it. Being someone who has food allergies, I was so pleased to see a huge menu that allowed me to make modifications that allowed me to eat basically everything!
Can not wait too go back!

H
Calgary
74 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great neighborhood gem

DD
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful tri-birthday gathering for 3 people celebrating; great food with a welcoming atmosphere

IC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service at the Block is unparalleled. Utterly friendly and charming. The food is excellent, the ambiance is graceful, clean, and comfortable. The prices are competitive so the value is high. We took friends from the States, and the only mistake was one steak ordered medium came almost rare. Luckily it was so delicious that our guest ate it anyway.

JJ
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great. Food was super tasty, server was prompt and friendly and overall experience was 10/10.

A
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sunday prime rib is great, and the mushroom ravioli is surprisingly good. Will come again to try out their weekend brunch.

R
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent meal again from The Block. Showed up with a couple friends for a brunch, one of whom i learned is Vegan with a sesame allergy. The server and kitchen didn’t stop for more than a moment to come up with alternatives from their menu to accommodate her needs!
That flexibility and knowledge and honest effort from their team says much about why I continue to make the Block one of my go to locations for dining.
Thanks for another great meal, and for making my recommendation look good!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere with good quality and tasty dishes!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my twin girls and they devoured everything! Service was impeccable. Will become a regular

OT
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. The sirloin is cooked to perfection, great prices on the half priced wine, and the service was top notch.

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

Friendly service and tasty food, a neighbourhood gem!

IC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, fabulous service (the waitress was extraordinarily patient with out party, half of whom were an hour late, and when we asked for different seating). Good price, clean and modern decor. The music was a bit up for us but none of the rest of our party mentioned it at all. Great time. Thanks!

j
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and fast, friendly service. Tiny place, but great energy right in the heart of Banff. Be careful not to book reservations for the one in Calgary. Block in Banff doesn't take reservations. You will love the menu (we shared the vegetarian ramen bowl, oysters, truffle fries) everything was perfect!!!

H
Calgary
74 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good spot for a relaxed Saturday evening meal

b
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I have been to the Block a couple of times before. My previous dining experiences were better than this one. The restaurant is located in an easily accessible area, by car, in Calgary with lots of parking available. Nice decor, modern and bright. There was quite a bit of noise carrying over from the attached lounge. We were seated by a door to the patio. The weather was cool and rainy and the door to the patio propped open. We had to ask to have the door to be closed as we were quite cold. Despite only one other couple in the restaurant when we arrived service was slow. We were told there would be a wait for our cocktails to be prepared. I ordered a Mojito, I was advised there would be an additional wait as they had no mint to add to the drink, someone had to go and get some. The meals were just “okay”. I did mention to a server that it was my companion’s birthday and her dessert was served with one birthday candle and complimentary.

TL
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fabulous gem! We love their menu selection and the food is over the top! Excellent service: personable, knowledgeable and professional. What would I recommend on the menu...EVERYTHING! Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner - work your way through each menu. The wine selection is impressive, too! One could easily have a standing reservation at the Block Kitchen. Check it out!

L
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I have been to the Block twice and I am confident in saying their food is excellent. The meals are very tasty and generous in size for those who are looking for value for their dollars.

I do have one NOTE OF CAUTION TO ALL CELIACS:
If you are like me and had researched restaurants in Calgary and landed on the Block because of its numerous Gluten Friendly options (most restaurants only have a couple) then please be cautious. I had done research online and heard rave reviews of their GF options and preparation, so I admit I assumed they would be a little more careful than the average restaurant. Unfortunately this was not the case. I had ordered a GF entree and followed all the usual precautions I have come accustomed to:
– Asking if the entree was already gluten free or if the kitchen needed to make alterations/modifications to make it so (I was assured it was naturally GF).
– Asking them to please note/write *allergy on my order, so as to ensure a little more care was taken.
– Confirming again when I received my food that the entree was in fact GF (they assured me it was).
Despite my questions and caution, my meal still came with gluten IN IT. Partway through eating my meal, I noticed a deep fried cauliflower nestled beneath the other vegetables. Immediately skeptical, I stopped eating my meal and waiting for our waitress to come by. When she did come by and I asked her what it was made of, she immediately said she didn't think it was GF and she went to check with the kitchen. Turns out, it was NOT a gluten free batter on the cauliflower and it had been made with a mix of rice and wheat flour. Needless to say I was very unimpressed with their carelessness, especially given the multiple times I asked for confirmation it was GF.

The restaurant did end up paying for my meal as well as a replacement meal, which was a good way to try and make the situation better, however, as a celiac, I am less concerned with my money and more concerned about getting sick.

AS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great Service, comfy atmosphere, really good Pizza's. Wine is a bit pricey.

WR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great set up and space for our year end group dinner out!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was our first time there and everything was great besides the deep fried rice balls. Only got 4 of them and they weren’t worth 13 dollars. Maybe if there were six it would be worth that money but still don’t think I would order them again. Pizza was great and beer was a good price.

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

Server was great, food was delicious. My sister got a special complimentary dessert for her graduation. Would definitely recommend and will be back again

S
Calgary
193 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We ate in the lounge. Very comfortable and enjoyable. Good was good, nice pizza.

G
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great, but the pizza pedestal should have been measured with the trays. The tray fell through the opening, not quite big enough to sit on the tray.

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

Very good value and excellent food as always. Good wine list and pleasant service

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

Good place to visit and chat. Great server and quick service.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice Mothers Day. It was busy on the restaurant side with a large party so our service I felt was a little rushed but that is understandable. Definitely will be back

DI
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing quality of food, I love this place;) very very pleasant

DS
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pork chops are unbelievable! Wine selection is very value-oriented and still delicious.

JI
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a pleasure.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Super slow food delivery

DS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I like this restaurant because you can enjoy your meal in a fairly quiet atmosphere. The service is very good. The menu items are limited compared to some places, but there is something for everyone. I have only experienced lunch and breakfast there so far. (Unfortunately, I can’t comment on the food because I can’t smell or taste.) People I have dined with enjoyed their meal. During most recent lunch with a friend, she was concerned that her chicken wings were not totally cooked. The chef explained that they appeared that way because they were brined.
I especially like that you can make a reservations. Very helpful when planning for a group of people.

JI
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the fish feature, it was outstanding. It was also half price bottled wine, what a treat!
Had an amazing time. The ambiance is just beautiful. Will definitely continue to come here.

PS
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time! Great food and great staff!

NM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

We didn’t even stay to eat as it stunk like smoke when we arrived and all of the doors were open so it was freezing cold. Would have liked to try the menu out but we were too uncomfortable to stay and dine.

The Block Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on May 3, 2019

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. I do apologize for the unfortunate circumstances that day. There was a fire in the neighborhood that spread into the restaurant. We had the patio door open to try to air the space out. We do our best to make the dining experience for each of our guests enjoyable. On this day the smoke was out of our control. We do invite you back to experience true Block style. Roberta Funk-Saitta General Manager

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R
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and prompt. Excellent value all around

OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service dealing with my toddler, a bit pricey.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I like The Block. I think the menu could use a little more variety, but overall not bad.

PH
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service are consistently great in this restaurant. It has a very inviting relaxed environment, great wine list and diverse menu.

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