The Highwood Dining Room
The Highwood Dining Room

The Highwood Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sait.ca/highwood
  • Phone: 4032848615x2
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: Seating times at 11:30 am thru 12:15 pm; Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Seating times at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm & 7:00 pm; Buffet: Thursday only seating times at 11:00 am thru 12:15 pm. The Reservations are now available up to December 11.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Jason Boyd & Hayato Okamitsu
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Our School of Hospitality and Tourism offers a variety of Continuing Education Lifestyle Classes.
  • Special Events: Whether taking a culinary class on your own or bringing a whole group in for a team building event, the new downtown Culinary Campus hosts a variety of hands-on cooking classes and team building events. Visit the Culinary Campus website for more details www.culinary.campus@sait.ca

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dr. Carpenter Circle NW
  • Public Transit: The SAIT campus is surrounded by bus stops on all sides and is on the LRT route. The LRT stop is called SAIT/ACAD Station. You can find bus stops, on 10ST.NW, at 16AVE and 12ST.NW and at 14AVE and 14ST.NW If you have any concerns we can answer your questions at the reservation number 403-284-8615.ext 2
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: For specific parking details and campus map please visit our website www.sait.ca/highwood.
A word from The Highwood Dining Room
The School of Hospitality and Tourism at SAIT Polytechnic proudly presents the Highwood Dining Room, a tastefully appointed restaurant that allows our students to provide world class cuisine and service in a live classroom environment. Under the expert guidance of our innovative Chefs and Hospitality Management instructors, your experience will be one to remember.
Our menus feature fresh and local products. Our Chefs are now designing Celiac friendly menus! Whether it's an a`la carte lunch of daily features or our five course dinner ($46.00 + tax), the Highwood provides a unique experience for both guests and students. We would be delighted to be your host. Thank you for supporting our live classroom the Highwood Dining Room. Our dining room is closed on weekends and holidays.
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The Highwood Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)special occasion (23)good for groups (14)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (7)romantic (6)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our server was excellent, attentive but not over-bearing. Food was absolutely delicious - Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pattie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A group of us, going to the Highwood for a few years now, have always had outstanding service and food. This is truly the best deal in the city! Our meal last week, was superb - from start to finish - we all LOVED what we had chosen - the Lamb was outstanding and the Halibut tender and not over cooked - all just lovely. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Robby
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Took two relatives who had never been before. They were very impressed even though it was the first night for our student server. The food has an asian influence this term. We can't wait to come back in the spring to see what the menu will be like then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, wonderful service
    chubbybuddies
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We have been to the Highwood on a couple of occasions and am looking forward to our next visit. Our server for the evening, Jordan did an outstanding job - please be sure to have his cherries jubilee :) They were quite tasty. The Highwood is one of my favorite dining spots and we always look forward to our next dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/service, one hiccup...
    HighwoodFan
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My wife and I dined at the Highwood on Wednesday, Sept. 17 (our anniversary). We did it last year for the first time, and had such a great meal that we decided to do it again. We were served by Vishna, who was absolutely charming and delightful. She recommended stuff to us, joked around, and was honestly one of the best servers we've ever had. The only downside to the night was the table of younger people (SAIT students, I'm guessing) who obviously had too much to drink. One of them was speaking very loudly, disturbing not only our table but many around us as well. When I heard him use an obscenity, I finally spoke to one of the instructors, who went and spoke with him. Little disappointed that it took so long for them to be dealt with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    As usual we appreicate the our experiences at the Highwood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feeling like home
    CherryBounce
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was a delightful mix of traditional and new twists. The menu is specific and is made well and the presentation is unbelievable. The cost was very reasonable. Will go back again and again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highwood dinner experience
    virgineater
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our first time at Highwood. We liked the ambience, the service and the food. It was a LONG evening (about 3.5 hours!), with big gaps between some courses, especially the wait for the appetizer. We luckily were in no hurry. Another time (and we definitely will go back) we may walk or take a cab, so that we can have leisurely drinks between and with courses. Some delicious food - we loved just about everything, and the student servers and staff supervisors were attentive and empathetic. We will certainly recommend it to others, with the timing proviso!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu
    Beans
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The new menu has many interesting choices. Everything I tried was fantastic. Some of the less adventurous people at my table had a hard time finding food that appealed to them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    nouveaudb
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I enjoyed the whole experience. Six days in the students did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New menu for Fall 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our family visits The Highwood twice-a-year. The normal rating range is Very Good to Outstanding and this visit was within our overall expectations. What attracts us to the Highwood is the menu - a combination of a something-for-everyone and interesting daily special choices. A notable disappointment this visit was the Japanese Style Minestrone that did not go over well with the 3 of us who chose it. We loved the presentation - a bowl of finely shaved vegetables and tiny mushrooms, topped right at the table with a hot Japanese broth. The observation from all was that the "smell" of the soup was just not pleasant. Maybe next time, and there will absolutely be a next time, we'll go with the Soup of the Day. The margarita was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We always enjoy. The food is so special and make with care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highwood Dining Room
    calgaryFoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Dinner was great. There was an excellent selection of dishes with my wife loving the salmon appetizer and my favorite being the lamb. Service was great until the end when it took a very long time for our server to come by so we could get our check. Other than that, it was a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 858 reviews are from the The Highwood Dining Room reviews archive.
  • foodlover
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    main course is too salty but the dessert is very good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Semester
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I am an avid fan of the Highwood but the menu for both lunch and dinner left something to be desired this semester. While the food was always good, some of the combinations were.....odd. And the menu did not do a good job of describing the meal received. But, as always, I look forward to the fall when I can enjoy the new menu experience. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Pattie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our group was throughly impressed - the food, the service, the attention to detail - all done expertly. We LOVE the Highwood.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    foodyum
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This style of dining is a great way to experience fine dining at a great price. Five course meal that is literally presented to you as art. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    RhondaVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We truly look forward to our evenings at the Highwood Dining Room. It is a chance to try new foods and they are always presented in with culinary surprise and excellence. Fun to also visit with the students and help them through this training. Delightful evening. Great bottle of wine also.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a lovely Tuesday lunch!
    TheatreBuff
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The Highwood food is always wonderful, how they manage it in a teaching environment is beyond me. Our service was very pleasant and efficient, exactly what you need at lunch time. The daily mocktail drink is always an adventure created by the students; Tuesday's Apple Pie was surprisingly good, not too sweet as the name might imply, very refreshing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Dining classroom
    MandM
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We enjoyed a quiet evening with good food. We were a little disappointed with the dessert bar, but overall it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Highwood meal ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Our family of four have been semi-annual 'regulars' at The Highwood Dining Room for many years. We love the food and the quietly elegant ambience. But remember, this is a live classroom and the students are not (yet) professional servers or bartenders. That aside, they try harder to please their patrons than at any other Calgary restaurant -- maybe any restaurant I've ever been to anywhere. You will find more 'professional' service elsewhere but you will not find friendlier servers (and teachers), better food, or better value for your dining dollar. The only hitch for newbies is that it's only open during the school year, it's only open for dinner from Mon-Thu, and you have to book weeks (perhaps months) in advance. But it's worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodeats
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Thought that the smoked duck appetizer was wonderful. Had very nice flavors that meshed with the cheese perfectly. The cornish chicken breast on top of the bed of cranberry dressing was over the top. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Felt that the parsnip could have been a little more cooked for my taste; but overall the experience with all the dishes were spot on. The dessert choices were amazing and we savored every bite of chocolate souffle and icecream. Very decadent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food with lots of variety
    laneyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Do you mean Great for Brunch, listed above you have Great for Bunch but I am thinking it should be Brunch which is why I selected it. Glad we could help out a student with their career and advancement with their life. Food is always delicious and such a great price, always feel like Royalty when we do their.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Calgary's best kept secret!
    sadrob
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    An outstanding dining experience at the heart of the SAIT campus. A true gourmet food experience at an unbelievably low price. The finest classroom you could imagine. You gotta eat here!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sodium anyone?
    Miche
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I have been to the Highwood at least a dozen times over the past 5 or 6 years. The food is for the most part creative and tasty. My latest visit left me wondering if I would come back. The soup was served tepid and there were a couple of items that people commented on the saltiness of; most noticeable the crab risotto. Quality control coming out of the kitchen needs to be stepped up. The meal was nice, but given the price charged, I am not convinced we got the "bang for our buck".
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    FrancescaCarlaVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I have dined at the Highwood Dining Room three times now and I can say without a doubt that it is fantastic! My boyfriend and I took his family there for a nice dinner out as they had really wanted to try The Highwood. It was everything they thought it would be- excellent food, service and drinks! I highly recommend dining at The Highwood Dining Room!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monday meal
    Monday
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The noise of the blender grinding ice at the bar was disrupting. If it was possible to mask that noise it would improve the experience. The gravlox had no flavour - the dish itself was tasty (potatoes, etc) but the gravlox was very blarnd All our student servers were great - they explained things, cleared the table weill, were polite and knowledgable. I would recommend the Highwood to anyone (and frequently do!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommend
    friendseat
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great food, everyone was helpful, good to support the students and our future foodies. Nice to enjoy a reasonable portion of 4 courses and still have room to check out the dessert buffet. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Highwood is always fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The Highwood is always fantastic. You just have to remember that it is a classroom with amazing Chefs teaching in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual Recognition Luncheon
    teamfour
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    For the 3rd year in a row, my work group has enjoyed having our annual recognition luncheon at Highwood Dining Room. The Highwood provides the perfect atmosphere for our luncheon. Ambience, service, and food were all excellent. Because it is a learning environment, we appreciate being able to enjoy an elegant meal at much lower prices than other restaurants would charge for similar menu items. We had one small service related issue, but the issue was fixed immediately, and both the staff and manager apologized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server, Marvin, was very
    outforlunch
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Our server, Marvin, was very and helpful. I liked the quiet, friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    Cadkid
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Upscale restaurant. Five course meal with choices. Lots of variety. Food was excellent and lovely plated. Had a spectacular birthday celebration with twelve guests. Warm ambiance in an airy open setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Win-win Learning Experience for all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    It is always an enormous pleasure to dine at The Highwood as the SAIT students learn every phase of serving and preparing food and dining. They are trying so hard and put their whole hearts into the experience. What a truly great program!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timers
    Dawnbear
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised at this dining experience as I had no idea what to expect. I absolutely had to take pictures of all the food as the presentation was lovely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food portion too small
    SmallGuy
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    everything is good except the portion of the food from salad, soup to main course, dessert are too small,we have to take 4 rounds of bread to easy the stomach.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating and learning
    hereANDnow
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Experiencing the learning process as you eat is a fantastic way to dine. Excellent efforts and overall good service from students and instructors. Drinks and food are very well priced for this calibre. Be aware that it's a small menu. Parking can be a pain and there is unclear instructions on how to claim your parking/whether this option is available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seniors out to lunch!
    Feltham2
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Six senior ladies had a lovely lunch together.the atmosphere was relaxed . The presentation of the food was very appealing . The taste was soooo good. The service was friendly and very efficient.. We never felt rushed. We could enjoy each other's company and conversation. We will most certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Student's and staff are to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Student's and staff are to be congratulated, we had an excellent dining experience and we also picked up the SAIT Cookbook, which will make for an ideal gift. Very well done! Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    torts
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    the food was great....bouillabaisse was excellant....(where in this city can u find it) and my lunch companions...loved the veal cheek. again...where in this city can u find this.....prices reasonable.....loved the margarita......soup good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion lunch
    janey
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Our family lunch was to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday and she remembered enjoying visiting the Highwood dining room many years ago, so we thought it would be a good choice for a quiet location. It proved to be a perfect choice. There is an elevator to reach the second floor. Our server was superb, it was the first day of the student rotation so there were a couple of small mistakes which were readily corrected. There were lots of menu choices and everyone was able to find something appealing. This is not a place to choose for a quick lunch, we took two hours to enjoy the experience, and had three courses. Presentation of all the dishes was beautiful, adding to the enjoyment, especially the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.