The Highwood

4.6
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1875 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Global, International
The Highwood is now closed. As a precaution for SAIT students and employees who learn and teach here, SAIT has made the decision to close The Highwood until further notice.

An award-winning restaurant and live classroom for the next generation of culinary and hospitality leaders — The Highwood 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 elegant four-course dinner, prepare to be delighted.


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Morali2017
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a dinner with our friend to celebrate her birthday, and Highwood was the perfect place. We were welcome with an Aperitif of Quinoa Salad that taste delicious. My friend and husband had the Duck and I ordered the lamb. The presentation was very colorful and inviting, the savor fulfill our expectations, I particularity enjoy the tenderness of the lamb and the sauce that came along it was an outstanding experience, the server (1st year student) was very professional and show in the table when we needed. I had the special dessert made with coconut and my friend an apple dessert, we both love it and enjoyed it so much. The ambient was quiet, right illumination, and we were able to have a nice conversation. Our friend was impressing with the quality of the food, the variety and the service. It is our second visit, I we will return for sure, the experience with our 4-course meal was outstanding and the value we received is higher that price we paid. Thanks, Janine, for making our experience so delightful.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well worth the 17yr wait! Check-in was quick. Servers were not bothersome but came by as required. What a menu! The kitchen staff did an excellent job. In the end, the meal's cost was reasonable; would have been much more expensive downtown. The complete staff are to be commended for providing a very enjoyable "dinner date". Why 17yrs? Just time commitments and reservation availability over the years.

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MarianneS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When making the reservation we had mentioned that it was a birthday celebration. There was no special attention given to that fact. Otherwise we enjoyed the experience.

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vipPinkGirlyNurse
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my best friend’s birthday and had a wonderful time!! Janina took great care of us. The food was fantastic- we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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PeterM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were attending a show at the Jubiliee and wanted to have a nice meal close by without having to worry about our timing. The staff were aware of our situation and the time. Served a delicious three course meal that was at a suitable price point. Would do it again for sure.

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helenh
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super nice spot for a great dining experience in the middle of a “live” classroom: superb table services, great food selection. Great for the value!

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LuMsparkle
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was really good except for the duck I had which was quite tough and very difficult to cut. But my daughter-in-law had duck as well and hers was fine . Service was excellent as were the cocktails. It was a nice quiet atmosphere.

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JimR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent with a good variety and the staff was extremely attentive.

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WendyP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The young fellow taking care of our table was wonderful. Very interested in helping is out and making our luncheon memorable. Kept the water glasses full, and always spoke tonus, which I really enjoyed. He was very well.versed in the food that was being served and when asked about how the system worked, he explained when and where he would be in the next few weeks. Very personable fellow. Actually all the students were!

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LindsayH
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and amazing service. Able to work with dietary restriction. Would recommend to anyone

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valleygirl
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent venue for a visit with cousins, food was superb! Highly recommend!

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LoraS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The students and staff do a wonderful job. We appreciate sharing in their education. Thank you all.

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Quine
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with my friend and the food was delicious. Our waiter was very pleasant and attended to us perfectly. There was a lovely ambience and a varied mix of ages there. I’m going back for dinner with my husband.

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SANDIh
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This is a fantastic place to go if you want ‘10pm’ star food! These students work very hard to make, present, and serve the deliciousness they create!

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Shannon
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and bang for your buck. Will definitely be back.

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MelodyD
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. Our server was fabulous. Had a small glitch with two drinks we ordered and they were fixed promptly. The food was outstanding. We will definitely be dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son and I went to Highwood for his birthday dinner. Food and service were excellent. Would definitely go back.

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vipfoodie88
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really good food for really good value. The shrimp cocktail was delicious. I really like the sauce, tangy and spicy and not the typical tomato based cocktail sauce. The gravlax and Vietnamese flank steak salad was really good too. The service was friendly and quick.

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Canada7Rocks
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day lunch was delicious. Great prices and good choice.

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Margery
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most enjoyable lunch February 14tth. When we walked in the tables sent the ambience with red heart shaped napkins and soft romantic music was playing in the background. The food was outstanding. Our server was responsive and knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely be going back.

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WendyW
Calgary
57 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Like every time we have gone, the food is delicious. Unfortunately, they ran out of 2 of their desserts but we still enjoyed the replacements. The service however needs a bit more work. That is, if additional butter for the bread is requested, it needs to be softened up before being served (as it was still frozen). Plus the server should have gone back to ask for a detailed description of the daily specials (including the drinks) versus just guessing the ingredients. Also, reception was slow to record car license plates for parking. Maybe allow patrons to do it themselves? Also, the student seated people who arrived after me, as I waited for coat check to happen.

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BoydS
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dinner at the Highwood was a delightful experience. We invited 5 couples and had a wonderful time thoroughly enjoying an evening of fine dining. The element I enjoyed the most was that each bite taken was bursting with flavor. We were taking pictures of each dish served as well. The presentations of each dish were something I wanted to remember and share. This was as tasty a meal as I have eaten in my lifetime. I have been to the Highwood once before and was so impressed that I wondered how a second visit would measure up (because of my high expectations). I was not disappointed.

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vipSylviaF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mediocre. Expected more. Service and ambiance is good.

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HollyH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

4 course meal for $50- can't complain. And the cocktails were reasonably priced as well. PLUS you dont have to pay for parking. Hands-Down would recommend!!

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Mosquito
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Would love to be back again.

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WiWo
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing buffet lunch! The food was great! And very fancy

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Second visit since December. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal

Best value fine dining in the city. Attentive staff.

Go with an open mind, be patient and you'll have a great time.

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CelebratingBirthdays
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our recent visit to the Highwood Restaurant. The food was superior!! It’s very cool that these are SAIT culinary/hospitality students learning with “hands on” experience with real customers. They are very enthusiastic. I will be returning!

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SariS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a lovely reasonably priced dinner. My adult son said it would be a good place to take a date. Lunch is pretty nice too and the. You can go to their store around the corner. Will go again

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They went over the top to meet our dietary requests.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We had a planned birthday lunch at the Highwood. Not one meal was great or even good! The service supervisor agreed to buy the entire table dessert! The creams brûlée’s had salt crusted on top not sugar, for 5 of the ladies! By far the worst meal ever at the Highwood. Roast lamb was tasteless, Ruben sandwich was marginal at best, chicken was completely over cooked! So very disappointing, I have never been disappointed like that at the Highwood and I am a lifer! I went there as a kid for every birthday! Just sad!

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JuneL
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I brought my husband there for lunch and he was so excited to be there and couldn't stop thanking me. We both enjoyed the food. I didn't understand french so a lot of things I just took a chance. It was his birthday so I wanted to treat him. Our waiter Carlz was so anxious to please, and what a smile. It was his 2nd day so he hadn't relaxed yet. He will do very well I think. Thank you for the experience and we will try your other location Tasty Market, sincerely June Lowery

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Nate
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Soup and salad were excellent, the main course wasn’t anything great... food was cold and under seasoned... very bland.

But for the experience the price was reasonable

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CarlP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable evening celebrating my wife's birthday. A sparkler on the desert was a nice touch. The Service was excellent our waiter Caleb was very attentive and served us well.
Our Granddaughter Annika Hadford is in the Hospitality Mgmt Program and it gave us an opportunity to talk with Darwin Ens and Ross Robinson about the program. We are are glad that Annika is a part of this group. We hope to visit the establishment again with some of our friends in the near future .
Cheers,
Carl & Betty Powell
403 288 7452

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LoraS
Calgary
3 reviews