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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Highly recommend the 5 course experience.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great birthday celebration! Jennifer was fabulous!

CL
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal!

G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

RS
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

D
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, unique atmosphere. We will definitely return.

w
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

FR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great inventive food with good service in an interesting setting.

OT
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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

MS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Restaurant is outstanding. Food is next level and clearly put together with quality and care. Menu offers lots of selection and the Lougheed lunch is outstanding value for the quality of food you receive.
Love the atmosphere.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolutely unbelievable evening! In the words of my wife, "of course the bread is house made!", "Would Kenny (the owner), settle for anything less than steamed milk with after dinner coffee instead of the regular creamer?", "Everything that we had tonight was totally unexpected!" Unique flavors, incredibly knowledgeable server, great ambience, a 10 minute conversation with the owner! 10 stars out of 5! We will definitely be back!!!

MH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. Beautiful venue with rustic decor

AM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was great, but service and food were a bit slow. For getting a lunch special you wouldn't expect the entire meal to take almost 2 hours.

E
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular experience to celebrate two 80th birthdays. Food and service were exceptional!

DS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my second time there and I have been really satisfied both times. In fact - the only problem is I cannot decide which express to take - both have looked so good.

C
Edmonton
30 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. We dined on Improv Monday and restaurant was very kind to modify their menu items for one of our party's allergies. Will come back here again soon.

T
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service, food, customers service. A must place to visit.

DI
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Workshop Kitchen + Culture was an experience in dining. We decided to be blind to what our dinner would be. So, there was a daily 3 course selection that we did not know what the server would bring. All 3 courses were great! I would change the hazelnut brittle to toasted hazelnuts in the dessert. The brittle was too sticky and unnecessary for my tastes. I never would have selected the elk in the elk tartare but enjoyed it very much. I will try it in the near future as an entrée when available. Service by Bobby was Superior. All in all a great dinner. Also had the blind libation. 3 rums + 3 bitters, hats off to the mixologist. Certainly produced a pucker but who doesn’t enjoy a pucker now and then?

J
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for a very enjoyable lunch with great tasting food, excellent and promp service and an atmosphere and noise level that was great for conversation. Not many places in downtown Calgary where you can hear your table mates and not feel like you are yelling to be heard. But more important, the food tasted amazing, there were very adequate portions and the price was very reasonable. I will be back!!!!

SO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was seated promptly, the waiter was very attentive throughout, and the food was excellent. (Try the Workshop Cubano)

SM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated my birthday at the Workshop on Saturday evening of the August long weekend. You wouldn’t know this restaurant was there unless you knew it was there! I always like to try somewhere new and had done a bit of research beforehand. The food and service were excellent! Our waitress was experienced, knowledgeable and great fun! The food was delicious. I opted for the 3 course tasting menu along with the drinks pairing and I wasn’t disappointed! My family selected from the menu and were thrilled with their choices. It was great to see the chefs at work!
We would all recommend The Workshop and will definitely visit again!

PU
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening very much. The service was great and an element of adventure when choosing the 3 and or 5 course meal with pairings ( presented as improv). The menu was enjoyed by all.

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