WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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"Improv Cuisine" in the Historic Grand Theatre Building in Downtown Calgary. Featuring a daily changing 5 course tasting menu, daily express 3 course lunch, exceptional event spaces and a laid-back but professional approach to service.

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WORKSHOP kitchen+culture has a number of flexible options to suit your Private and Corporate dining needs. Our team of dedicated professionals are here to help you customize your event and create a truly memorable and unique downtown dining experience.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Experience was amazing from start to finish! Had a secluded table in “Bobby’s Living Room”! Bobby was phenomenal, great recommendations and next level service. We had the burrata, cauliflower, dill pickerel and brussel sprouts, all were incredible and should have all again! Started with some cocktails and had a bottle of wine with dinner, again with great suggestions from Bobby! Hidden gem, would definitely come again!

WM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every visit we do for work to Calgary must be complimented with the dining experience at Workshop

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow!! Everything was great. Did the five course tasting menu... we had a vegan in our group. So many options! Great choice!!!!

CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Consistently great tasting innovative food in a relaxed space. Great wine list and knowledgeable staff. My overall favourite spot in Calgary.

KS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food! Great atmosphere! And definitely a different take on dining. Highly recommend!

GS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food, looking Nice, very taste and a great deal.

S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the 3 course meal for $55 with wine pairing. Amazing food, knowledgeable serving staff and excellent wine pairings.

AI
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The dinner was great, choosing the surprise 3 course and wine pairing. No complaints, other than in my reservation I said it was for a 65th birthday. There was no recognition so I'm not sure why they would ask to put it in the reservation.

c
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place! We did the chefs choice 5 course and it was awesome!

KG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A little loud at peak time but as my reservation was for a late lunch it quieted down and we were able to hear each other at about 12:50pm.

C
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love eating here. We've introduced our friends to this incredible place. We always opt for the Improve menu with pairing and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend it.

H
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Service was so slow and waitress forgot drinks. We set aside three hours for dinner we finally received dinner with 1/2 to go had to scarf it down as we had a show at 9

DF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent luncheon, as per usual.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing thank you all so much!!!
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be dreaming about those dumplings for the rest of my life 😋

G
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience. Highly recommend the 5 course experience.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great birthday celebration! Jennifer was fabulous!

CL
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very much enjoyed our evening and meal. We did the 4 course tasting option and every dish we received was delicious. Our server was great and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Will definitely be back and will be recommending it to others.

OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my third glowing review for Workshop. My husband & I love everything about this restaurant. From the ambience in the historic Grand Theatre to the welcoming staff, it continues to be our favorite restaurant in Calgary. The wine choices pair perfectly with the food, which is always inventive, beautifully presented & absolutely delicious. Without getting too esoteric about our experience, the chefs at Workshop definitely incorporate the “power of five”. Every sense, taste & preparation method are taken into consideration, making each plate of food a little bit of heaven. Their wonderful waiter, Bobby truly elevates our experience every time. Not only is he personable, he has extensive knowledge of the restaurant’s seasonal & daily improv menus plus their wine selections. Bobby always greets us like old friends & somehow remembers what we like, even what we’ve ordered on past occasions. My husband & I always leave Workshop happy, thoroughly impressed & satiated. If you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, do it now! You’ll enjoy everything about Workshop.

IA
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal!

G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Workshop never fails to deliver a delicious meal. I have introduced it to numerous people and they love it as much as me. The chef made an amazing braised beef that melted in your mouth.

TR
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not as good as usual. Will give another chance sometime because we have been several times and it has always been great.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The $25 lunch special was great! Excellent contemporary food, I will be back soon

RS
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing dinner. The regular menu looked amazing but I love the concept of blind tasting as the tasting menu. So fabulous and such a great idea. Everything from the service cocktails wine and especially the food was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back and try anew tasting menu!

DD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food on the 3 course surprise menu. Our table of 6 all loved it.

D
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Was very loud. We had requested standard seating but were seated at the bar overlooking the kitchen. Was a great view and very entertaining but the restaurant was so loud we had to move our chairs closer because we couldn’t hear each other speak. Loved watching the kitchen work but probably not the best seating for our 32nd anniversary. We will be back but will request a quieter table.

MP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, unique atmosphere. We will definitely return.

w
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience5

I always liked going to the Workshop and have had much better dining experiences in the past. The menu seems to be getting smaller and had limited appetizer and entree options. Would like to see the menu expanded and the price of the entrees reduced for me to come back or recommend it to friends.

l
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great Experience, creative food well executed, loved the lunch special mini menu. Loved the noise level, you can really talk to the people at your table. Big plus for me. Staff very friendly

DC
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The lunch was excellent. I always choose the fish option of the Lougheed lunch and this time it was pickerel - melt in your mouth wonderful with all the usual unique accompaniments. Everything was prepared to perfection - no overcooked veggies here!

K
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We were very disappointed that the Braise feature for lunch was sold out when we arrived at 12:30, the restaurant is open until 2:00 for lunch.

L
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A unique dining experience... I tried the 3 course option and was delighted with what was offered. The catered to my "nothing raw" request. The appies included a "scallop" benedict-so unexpected. The desert was fresh and not too heavy after a very generous main course portion.

The server was spot on with his level of attention-never intrusive.

KR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was unbelievable and the service was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a lot of fun doing the tasting courses because the food is outstanding but most of all for the surprise compared to picking your usual foods.

GM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious food, creative options. Not noisy so you can discuss business as needed.

FR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place if you're attending an event at the Grand. The menu has good variety but it's on the pricier side for what you get.

CB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great inventive food with good service in an interesting setting.

OT
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We are a party of 3 for lunch, ordered 2 of the 3 course specials and one ordered a sliced sous vide chicken breast on ciabatta bread. Food/vegetables was plentiful for the 3 courses and prepared with care/attention to detail...good value for $25.
I have to mention our server Dave who offered ALL diners exceptional service---unobtrusive yet professional. He walks around to refill our water glasses and wipe tables/straighten chairs constantly unlike some fine dining restaurants that the waiters keep asking if u need more water or anything( so to remind u for more TIPS) Dave is like a "breath of fresh air' definitely an asset to the establishment.

MD
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place for dinner. Quality of the food was very high. Had their "surprise" 3 course, every plate was very tasty and perfectly cooked.

First time there, definitely going back.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had the Coriander BBQ chicken sandwich with fries as side and shared the fried cauliflower and Salad. Great taste and I would love to go back and try some other items on their menu.

M
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food (GF Polenta Lasagna) and great service! Will be back for sure.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The food is decent but not very special for the price of the improv menu.

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