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The Highwood, Calgary, AB

The Highwood

4.7
4.7
1763 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
An award-winning restaurant and live classroom for the next generation of culinary and hospitality leaders — The Highwood Kitchen + Bar will give you a unique and delicious dining experience.

For an exceptional value, our students provide world-class cuisine and service under the expert guidance of renowned chefs and hospitality instructors. Whether you are looking for an outstanding lunch or an elevated dinner prepared to be wowed.

Please be mindful that our operation is a classroom and that hours of operations are based on the academic year.


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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:15 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (403) 284-8615 ext. 2
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Manuel Panfili & Bruno Lesage
  • Private party facilities
    Our event portfolio has now launched with limited spacing and guidelines - Please contact the restaurant for event inquiries.
  • Private party contact
    Jennifer Nguyen: (403) 774-5186
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Cross Street
    Across from the East Hall Residence - Dr. Carpenter Circle NW
  • Parking Details
    Please see our website www.sait.ca/highwood for specific maps and Lunch and Dinner parking details.
  • Public Transit
    PARKING INSTRUCTIONS/CAMPUS MAP: https://www.sait.ca/the-highwood/plan-your-visit<br /><br />The Sait/Acad/Jubilee C-Train station stops at SAIT. Walk through the Campus center and make your way to the John Ware building. Follow Highwood signs along the way. The Highwood is close to 16th Ave NW and there are several buses that stop at 16th Ave and 10th St. NW. <br />
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Highwood Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Our live classroom offers Happy Hour from Tuesday - Friday from 4:30-6:00pm. Happy Hour is Walk-in ONLY. Our Happy Hour food menu showcases some light snacks by our award winning instructors and students with special pricing on wine, beer, and cocktails are available for our Happy Hour! Please note: a reservation is required to join us for dinner at 6:00 PM and is based on availability of our classroom. We look forward to having you dine with us!

    Highwood Happy Hour photo

What 1,763 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Best Value

  • Calgary

    Best Value

  • Calgary

    Innovative

1,763 Reviews
  1. Spoon

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    very friendly, from start to end. booking and service included. food was quite good, and had a very pleasant experience, would go back.

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  2. Patricia

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak was undercooked, we were promised medium but it was rare. The rest of the food was amazing. Service and experience was awesome!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We used to go to the Highwood every Valentine’s Day before Covid. It was nice to be able to return! They had a special menu and we thoroughly enjoyed the choices. We love that you can actually converse with tablemates without intrusive music interfering. The student staff are eager and accommodating.

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  4. PATRICIAH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive staff. The soup was delicious! And the artisans bread was also great. Lovely quiet restaurant. And thank you for the rose

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  5. Catharinab

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good good. Interesting selections. Friendly service.

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  6. Canada7Rocks

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highwood restaurant always a pleasant experience. Dennis, our server, was polite and attentive. Engaged in conversation when asked a question. Food cooked and presented to perfection, as always. We hadn’t been to Highwood since pre-Covid. Thank you for the lovely Valentine’s Day lunch. Valentine wishes by students, a lovely gesture, along with a rose for the ladies.

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  7. GaryM

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent meal and experience. Only thing missing was the traditional Cadeau du Chef. We will be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for all the staff in Highwood. Excellent services from the Tobby and all the students working in the Kitchen and on floor. Highly recommend Surf & Turf and Duck 2 ways to everyone!

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  9. DonD

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for lunch with wife for Valentine Day. Quiet place with excellent food, service and decor. the BEST french fries with truffle oil and lightly fried. Our server was from Chile and was friendly and very hospitable.

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  10. Happycustomer

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow!! It was one of the best dinners I have ever had. Me and my girlfriend were running pretty late and the staff was so accommodating and helpful. I had the duck 2 ways: what a perfect dish, the confit duck was my favorite but when they present the dish I think I would have been underwhelmed if it was just the duck confit, and the duck breast was perfect with the demyglaze. The only criticism of the dish is more of a preference was there was a bit to much nutmeg in the potatoes, which makes sense normal I would have it with gravy but demyglaze is way to concentrated to cover the starch, so they need to stand on there own. My girlfriend had the salmon dish, really great dish. She really enjoyed the fruit with the salmon. I did think sauce was alittle under seasoned, it felt a bit heavy, and I feel like a bit more sait would have made the buttery notes littler ( bit I do chronically over salt my food) Dessert where the best part of the night. The presentation was absolutely beautiful. Get the tropical one trust me! The service was good, but because it's a class room I'll be alittle more critical. I had a glass of wine, it is customary to let the guest try before pouring the glass. And I feel like she was at the table alittle too much, now I'm a server and the only thing harder then serving a full section is serving 1 or 2 tables because it just hard to get the right flow. But she did a great job describing the food, and setting the atmosphere. We will be coming back for sure and I'm bringing my family too!!!

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  11. RobertR

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Ambience is a little more institutional than a regular restaurant but it is a teaching facility after all. Had a great time.

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  12. Kudining

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Artichoke dip, salad and charcuterie board were excellent. Salmon was a little overcooked and the surf and turf was moderate at best Outstanding service!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I understand that this is a student practicing learning environment. Firstly, the presentation of the food was excellent! The people who seated and served us were very polite and friendly. My 3 star rating for service is for the timing of the food. We ordered salads and big plates and everything arrived at the same time rather than staggered so we could enjoy the salad before the main. However, being lunch, perhaps each item on the menu may have been a main and I was unaware of this. For the big plate, we ordered the strip loin steak with the truffle Parmesan fries. The fries were yummy! The steak was alright, a little tough and low on flavour. Overall, our experience was alright. Pricey lunch experience!

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  14. denn

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thanks so much, Tobby for the GREAT service. Everyone at our table was commenting on the your great service and attitude. Food was also excellent. The request for the medium rare salmon was cooked to perfection. Trout and pasta entries were also excellent. We had a great time last night. Thank you

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  15. Patsy

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a most enjoyable experience…from being welcomed in the lobby, to having our coats checked, to having our waiter introduce himself, to his attentive service, to the delicious entre of stuffed chicken breast, so beautifully presented, to the creme brule, to the birthday card for my friend…to the lovely atmosphere. A big bonus was being in a quiet dining room, where we could easily carry on a conversation. I will be back, and will, enthusiastically, recommend your dining experience to my friends.

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  16. GinaE

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That was the best food I've ever tasted. The help was so accommodating, plus the price was just right. I would recommend your restaurant to anybody.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, steak was good but the rest were just okay.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent and it’s great to support the students of SAIT.

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  19. MarcA

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The serving Staff is earnest, the food was very tasty. The background music was a mix of genres which did not always match the atmosphere (the light jazz was appropriate).

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  20. TylerJ

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great location to try some new food, we had duck and it was amazing. From food to the service, always a delight to eat a meal at the Highwood

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  21. DeniseH

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic dinner in a cold winter night before attending the theatre. Food was delicious!

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  22. CamM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The young chefs do a fantastic job. The service staff, waiters, would do well to learn how to properly promote the dishes available.

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  23. JoanneW

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating shared birthdays with friends and all the staff made sure we had an awesome experience, including individual birthday cards signed by all the staff and lighted sparklers on our dessert. All the staff were exceptionally friendly, service was great and food was very very good! Can't say enough good about our visit - we will definitely all be back!!

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  24. bobbib

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our experience at the Highwood very much. Our server was very polite, friendly and attentive. The food was clearly prepared with much care and was very tasty. We overindulged ourselves and were not able to finish our meals and so the server was very obliging in providing us with boxes so that we could enjoy our leftovers at home.We will definitely return.

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  25. KellyP

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been to the Highwood many times, but this visit was exceptional. The food and service was amazing.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic venue. Great service. Food was wonderful, our server was excellent. We had a superb evening.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve eaten here before and each time it was a wonderful experience. This time however, I ordered the chefs special (pork tenderloin) and it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.

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  28. stitcher

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two of us ordered the burger for our lunch. One was perfect, while the other burger was not cooked through. This problem was quickly taken care of while that person enjoyed her salad, which was a fabulous selection of greens and other veggies. The third person enjoyed the daily soup and the featured pizza, which she was able to take half of the pizza home. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and visit.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, delicious and plated beautifully.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the experience. Would love if they had a sample menu for fun to taste all their creations

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  31. Chris

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant. The food was great, the staff was super helpful, and the value is astounding for the level of technique on display in each dish. We ended up spending half as much as a typical fancy downtown restaurant and received the same quality if not better. It's an extra bonus to know you are supporting local students developing our culinary scene.

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  32. AndreaV

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We didn't know about this restaurant and I am so glad we found it! It's only 4 minutes away from the Jubilee Auditorium Theater, ideal for when you go to see a musical and want to have a dinner prior. The food is cooked by the students, the prices are very reasonable, the food is TOP quality. We also received a complimentary dessert afterwards that was plate full of samples!! I will attach a photo of this complimentary dessert.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good! You guys are a very good team. The food was fantastic and we will come back very soon!

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  34. Steve

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were well looked after. Some extra complementary treats were much appreciated!

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  35. KariP

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing, Carlos was a fantastic wait staff, answered all questions. Had our beverages filled always, helped with food choices. The food was so good. Oh my gosh we wanted to try so many things on the menu. First the Appies, we tried 3 of them. The main course was so delicious I had the chef special and tried my boyfriend and sisters food too. All delicious. Needless to say we were very full. But the desserts sounded so good too so we shared 3 of them. Left super full but oh so happy. We will be back.

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  36. DavidM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value and an impressive menu. With all that, we tried all the chef specials and some standard fare. Delicious!! Very attentive service as well. We'll definitely go again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great value. A great teaching experience for the students. Our server was a delight!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow. Super experience. We will be back. Chefs features were both incredible.

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  39. Bertabear

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    excellent service and value. we go often. the change to the ala carte menu is not as nice as the previous preset menus . we appreciate the little extras a nd wine selection. thanks for a great evening. Our server Heidrick was outstanding. Very informative, attentive and great personality. We wish him success in his studies!

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  40. happydiner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So enjoyed the great food, excellent service and complimentary appetizers and dessert.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Highwood is rated 4.7 stars by 1763 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Highwood

1301 16th Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Across from the East Hall Residence - Dr. Carpenter Circle NW
  • Neighbourhood
    Calgary
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:15 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Please see our website www.sait.ca/highwood for specific maps and Lunch and Dinner parking details.
  • Public Transit
    PARKING INSTRUCTIONS/CAMPUS MAP: https://www.sait.ca/the-highwood/plan-your-visitThe Sait/Acad/Jubilee C-Train station stops at SAIT. Walk through the Campus center and make your way to the John Ware building. Follow Highwood signs along the way. The Highwood is close to 16th Ave NW and there are several buses that stop at 16th Ave and 10th St. NW.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Manuel Panfili & Bruno Lesage
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (403) 284-8615 ext. 2
  • Private party facilities
    Our event portfolio has now launched with limited spacing and guidelines - Please contact the restaurant for event inquiries.
  • Private party contact
    Jennifer Nguyen: (403) 774-5186
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