WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

4.7
777 reviews
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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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TG
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Our server mixed up the order and had we not questioned the cutlery presented we would have been served the wrong meals. We also did not get refills or water without asking. I expect those services for this price point.

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CN
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in years. Our server was attentive to our every need. Even helped us decide what would work best for my sister’s pregnancy restrictions. I will recommend this experience to everyone that asks for a restaurant recommendation. I will return as often as I am able

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AT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I ever had in Calgary. Amazing.

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HT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food as always. The quality and creativity of the dishes served here are superb. It's a bit pricey which is why we only go for special occasions but it is well worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great service. Tried foods I never would have and it was all amazing.

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Workshop is one of my favorite restaurants in Calgary. Service and execution of the set menu was great. My only complain would have to be that I felt the dishes were very ‘safe’ and didn’t have the creativity that sets the restaurants apart from others.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff and food were excellent, will definitely go back.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Mother’s birthday

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YY
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food never disappoints at Workshop. The lougheed lunch is great for a business lunch, they always get me back to work within the hour. I do find it rather chilly on the cold winter days though (it’s an old building), but the ambience is generally very good.

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AG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Workshop for lunch - consistently great food, good value, and quiet enough to have a conversation at the table!

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

We loved our off-menu Monday dinner. The three course meal was inventive, delicious, and perfectly portioned. The chef was also very accommodating of my food restrictions. I’m looking forward to another off-menu experience!

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DC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual our meal was outstanding. The Artic Char was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful while the soup and salad were both flavourful and fresh.

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JW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Soooo...apparently the chef is a 23 year old female! She’s INCREDIBLE! So talented! Our 4 course dinner was worth every penny and each course was like a piece of art! I love this place!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible! Had a great dining experience.

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T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible and the service was outstanding. I would recommend the Workshop to anyone!

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not my first time here, but the food is always terrific, you can share sides (get Brussels sprouts AND cauliflower), portions are just right, a few superb choices and one mystery meal, rather than pages of undifferentiated options. It is like eating art. I love the ambiance, too ... you come in through the ornate remains of the Grand Theatre, walk in, and then it’s all Bauhaus. Light, easy, but attentive service, with focus on the food.

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DC
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The quality of the food is consistently excellent. I love coming to this restaurant!

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JC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Appies were terrific (beef tar tar and cauliflower), however the main salmon dish was not (Hard risotto gave poor texture). The service needs work. The person did not explain Lougheed lunch and lunch ran 20 minute too long and two clients had to run out with to go bags.

This is a great restaurant that I will continue to bring clients to, however a little work on the service part is needed.

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BN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I've eaten twice here for business lunches and both times the meals were excellent. The service is friendly and prompt. Good food and reasonably priced.

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SG
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and space was amazing. It’s a bit pricy but really you get what you pay for! One of the best experiences I’ve had in a very long time. We did the 3 course chef pairing and was perfection. Will definitely go again

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K
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for a date night and had the 5 course tasting menu. Everything was delicious and creative. The wine pairing was really good to! The service was amazing, the staff were all friendly and very efficient! Since they change their tasting menu everyday I will definitely go back! It was a perfect evening! Thank you!

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YT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, the food was delicious, our server was super professional and knew every plate, the environment was super good. We went there to celebrate our anniversary and for sure we will come back.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The kitchen was loud today! Always a great place

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VR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Would be nice if they did the Lougheed Lunch for vegetarians. What they offered me for the $25 was not a very good value. Love the polenta lasagna though and wish that half of that could be included for the vegetarian Lougheed lunch.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

We had a team lunch this week. We’ve all been before on several occasions with great experiences, however we were all disappointed by the most recent visit. To start, our lunch took about 2 hours (from about 1230 to 230) which is far from ideal for a workday lunch downtown. We didn’t order anything extravagant so I don’t see why it would take so long. And to top it off, we were double charged for the automatic gratuity (36% instead of 18%). Additionally, and I don’t know if this is standard, but the gst was applied after the gratuity, also increasing the bill. After notifying the staff, the manager credited the mistake (although took a couple attempts after recharging one of the bills). Other than that, there was no real apology or acknowledgement of the issue which wasn’t great. It makes us wonder how many other groups that day had been double billed without knowing.

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PK
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic, as was the service, price slightly on the high side, but overall a very good experience

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AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The 5 course improv menu was absolutely amazing. I was blown away. It was a great night!

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SV
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambiance and enjoyable Birthday celebration venue. Appetizer and main course was the highlight. Desert, there was room for improvement. Also, wine pairings were quite modest

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L
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Workshop consistently has exciting menu offerings. It's the rare place that I feel like I'd need several visits to try everything that interests me. The specials are always creative and great value. On this particular visit I had the lunch salmon and it was so well prepared and delicious, with well chosen sides, I'd put it in the top three fish meals I've ever had, that includes visits to the west and east coast! Excellent service as well.

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DH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, interesting food choices at lunch, great for taking clients.

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W
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter was very accommodating and would check what was in dishes, he would fill our water glasses even if we weren't drinking wine. he answered all our questions about the dishes we had as we were really interested in what the chef had prepared.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding

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AH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jennifer was our server and she was amazing. She’s welcoming and made the experience here amazing. The food was great. We did the tasting menu and the surprise made it really fun

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

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the 3 course menu with pairings. Will definitely be back.

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GD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Found my first experience a little bit better than my second. The first time, the menu was more adaptable to my sensitivity to cream and the service a little bit more mellow and relaxing.

That being said, the wine pairings along with the food was wonderful and the food was delicious.

Felt a bit rushed this time. Would still recommend and go again.

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

Everything I was looking for that night! Everything tasted delicious and the ambiance was great, which is always a big deal for me and my husband. Loved it! We will definitely go back soon!

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P
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We looked quickly at Workshop on OpenTable & a few other review sites for a NYE dinner, and we liked the reviews & photos we saw.

We were intrigued when we showed up that it was a set menu for dinner with a 3 or 5 course option. The choices of each course looked interesting and we decided to go all in and chose the wine pairings as well.

Each course was excellent and the wine paired perfectly.

For a set menu, with wine pairings for $250, including a generous tip, for 2 people was well worth it for the ambiance, excellent food, excellent service.

We will be back again.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Last night's dinner at Workshop Kitchen and Culture was perfection. We chose the 5-course Improv for $85 per person and every dish was fabulous. There was even a teaser before the appetizers and a palette cleanser just before the main entrée. The quality of the food was wonderful and Bobby, our server, took excellent care of us all evening. We would definitely go back!

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A
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. The cocktails were terrific and the food was tasty with good portions. Don’t miss the brussel sprouts!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food!!

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