The Block Kitchen and Lounge
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.
Great Service, comfy atmosphere, really good Pizza's. Wine is a bit pricey.
Great set up and space for our year end group dinner out!
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.
Server was great, food was delicious. My sister got a special complimentary dessert for her graduation. Would definitely recommend and will be back again
We ate in the lounge. Very comfortable and enjoyable. Good was good, nice pizza.
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.
Very good value and excellent food as always. Good wine list and pleasant service
Good place to visit and chat. Great server and quick service.
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
Amazing quality of food, I love this place;) very very pleasant
The pork chops are unbelievable! Wine selection is very value-oriented and still delicious.
Always a pleasure.
Super slow food delivery
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.
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.
Great time! Great food and great staff!
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.
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
The food was delicious and the service was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and prompt. Excellent value all around
Great service dealing with my toddler, a bit pricey.
I like The Block. I think the menu could use a little more variety, but overall not bad.
The food and service are consistently great in this restaurant. It has a very inviting relaxed environment, great wine list and diverse menu.
Meal was terrific, great ambiance. Will definitely be back.
The Block has an inviting and cozy atmosphere. The food was really yummy and was good value. At the time that we went, we happened to be the only ones in the restaurant yet the service still seemed slightly rushed and the server did not talk a lot. Otherwise great experience!
Went there on a Sunday date. There were only 2 other tables occupied which was nice for a quiet evening. Server was friendly, but service wait time for food was very slow. We had apps and filled up on the mussels and salad. Would be nice if they included bread with, but we had to order seperately. Gluten free options available which was good. Needs better managing to establish a clientele. Food was fresh and delicious.
meal and service were excellent. Caesar was excellent
The food and service are fantastic. This is a hidden gem in the NW and we return monthly. Our new favorite!
I appreciate that a reservation can be made at this restaurant. The parking is ample. It is a nice place and the service was great. Everyone enjoyed their breakfast.
I have gone with different groups for breakfast and the experience has always been really good, large or small group.
Food was good Service was great Not many patrons Good time was had
Quality food prepared to perfection from appetizers to dessert.
Reasonably priced breakfast and great coffee!
Amazing breakfast and phenomenal service!!
The wine was yummy. The pork chop was delicious. The decor was great.
Waitress seemed annoyed from the get-go. Chip on her shoulder left us not wanting to address the issues we ran into with our meals.
Food was ill-prepared. Well done steak came out red. Medium well steak also came out red like the “well done” one. Fail.
“Seasonal” vegetables were not noted, so one of the people in our party ended up being allergic to the corn they served (never known corn to be a winter vegetable). Fail.
Instead of re-plating with all the usual finesse and fixings the original plate had (minus the corn), the waitress emphasized how long it would take to redo the steak, and pressured us to place it on a side plate so she could bring a new plate without the corn. She came back with a large plate and a single scoop of mashed potatos and a cup of gravy. No squash purée, no bokchoy, no nothing. No finesse. Just a piece of meat on a side plate and a single scoop of potato on a large plate. Fail.
Thanks for the excellent Valentine's Dinner.
The food is excellent, and well presented. The restaurant was full but the service was still very good. Nice interior with a good ambiance. Wine selection was quite good. We had a sangiovese. No bread or buns available ,
Good food for a fair price. Nice restaurant that gets higher end without bankrupting clientele. Also, the staff is super friendly.
Great Valentines date place
Service was sub par. Not enough staff to offer good service Bar staff had to come in to help out in dining room.Food was fine but not up to par. Veggies were over cooked and served cold
The entire experience was very good. We sat in the dining room which has a nice atmosphere. The food was delicious at a good price and the portions were just right. We will definitely recommend The Block to our friends and neighbours!
One of my go to places when meeting my friends halfway from the South to North.
Staff are great and friendly. I have never had a bad meal at The Block.
Try it...it will become your go to place, trust me!