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The Highwood Dining Room
The Highwood Dining Room

The Highwood Dining Room Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sait.ca/highwood
  • Email: highwood.reservations@sait.ca
  • Phone: (403) 284-8615 x2
  • 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 Highwood live classroom dining room is accepting reservations up to April 24..
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Jason Boyd & Scott Pohorelic
  • 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 & Promotions: 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: 12 St. 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: Highwood guests may park in our new Sait Cohos Parking Garage P6 Proceed to level 1 or 3 Lunch guests will buy a $7.00 cash only exit ticket from the Highwood front desk. Dinner guests will pay $7.00 in the new parkade LEVEL 1 or 3. If you have any difficulty buzz in and identify yourself as Highwood guest.Guests can also park in P5 the lot beside the Highwood. Please pay at one of the machines in the lot. For more specific details please vivit 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, 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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! "
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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". "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our server, Marvin, was very and helpful. I liked the quiet, friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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!!)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Highwood is always fantastic. You just have to remember that it is a classroom with amazing Chefs teaching in the kitchen."
    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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our experience. We were a group of eight and everything came together. Service was very good considering they were students and and in the learning stage. One guest thought that their entree should have been hotter, but no other concerns. I think your wine selection is terrible, I work in the trade and felt that for a fine dining experience the list fit a Roadhouse at best. I was also disappointed that your prices were high considering that the drinks served by the students were very reasonable. Corkage may be an option. The group will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Relaxing atmosphere great place to have lunch with friends or family. The students were attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The Duck comfit was great a pleasing combination. Would definitely recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our server Shawn was attentive and informative. The food was displayed with beauty and elegance. A wonderful lunch for our group. The dessert buffet was absolutely to die for!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "You'll never be disappointed when you dine here. The food is absolutely delicious and upscale, not to mention five courses for $45. The presentation is beautiful, the service is fun because it's students, and I would rate my latest dessert as one of the top five I've ever had (by the fourth-year pastry chefs). And I do a lot of fine-dining and luxury cruising."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "A great place to eat, and try different foods, without the extremely high prices. The staff and students are extremely friendly (although some are somewhat nervous) but all in all I love going to the Highwood Dining and have for years!!! Chantal is always willing to try and accommodate guests!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We were warmly welcomed by staff and offered assistnce in finding our table. The service was friendly and unhurried, Our waiters were patient and informed and made our total experience most delightful. Many thanks"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "excellent choices for a variety of palates great accommodations for people with food intolerances good communication between staff and customers"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "There were 11 of us for lunch and all here very impressed! As we got a late start not everyone was able to order their starter of choice (a very popular quinoa salad) but very understandable in a teaching environment. Service was just the right degree of attentitive and the sparkler in dessert for our birthday girl was much appreciated. Many thanks also to Chantal for her assistance and flexibility in booking a large group with last minute changes in numbers. We will be back in the fall!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had the dinning experience a few years back and the food was great. We were a bit disappointed this time. The presentation were great but one of the dish was a bit on thee salty side. The desserts looked great but the taste could score just pass."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Parking was a problem. Nearby stalls in the lot were full by SAIT students. Paid for parking and parked along a curb, got a ticket."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Very tasty and well presented. I dined with a best pal and she and I enjoyed catching up over a great meal. The serving staff were light and fun and very proficient with questions we had about the meal selections. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The Highwood is a fantastic place to bring someone for a 5 star 5 course meal on a special occasion - especially if finances wouldn't allow for such a treat otherwise. We brought a friend there for her birthday on Monday. The food presentation was incredible. We all enjoyed our appetizers and main courses immensely. At our table, we enjoyed sablefish, sirloin and lamb, with high scores for each. The desserts were incredible. Many FB photos of the individual courses were posted by the birthday girl. The entire 5 course meal was $46. The student servers were very conscientious about fulfilling their tasks to a T, sometimes with some nervousness, but the flip side is that we were very well tended to."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The students are superb - professional and know their stuff. Food is awesome - every bite a delight and presentation outstanding - almost too perfect to eat. Desserts are wonderful - to look at and to eat! Our group LOVES The Highwood!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My husband and I were at the Highwood for dinner last year and really enjoyed the excellent, fresh food and enthusiastic (if not perhaps a little nervous!) service. Our dinner on Thursday night was once again excellent with a wonderful selection of starters, 2 salads, 2 soups and a number of mains - it was hard to choose what to have. No matter, all was beautifully presented and tasted great. The only sad thing was that normally Thurs nights have a dessert buffet but this time we had to order dessert from the menu - to make up for no buffet there were 3 additional desserts to choose from. Great deal for a 5 course fixed price menu. Just do it!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We have wanted to try the SAIT Highwood Room for quite some time and were not disappointed. The service was great and very attentive to us. Everyone in our party were very pleased with their meals. The parsnip/apple soup was sooo good and the desserts were done with such flare. True 'dining' experience...not rushed!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The whole experience was sensational .The colors, the presentations, and the flavors of the meal made a special occasion even more so."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Attentive, but not intrusive; savoury, but not overpowering, sweet, but not cloying -- these were the highlights of the dining experience. The soup was friendly: a taste that invited you to stay longer for more. The salads were refreshing and cleansed our palates for the delight that was come. The beef brisket, inventively served, almost lavished one's taste buds with the cavalcade of flavours. The coffees that accompanied our meal were appreciated punctuations during the poetry that was our meal with you. If this is a luncheon, one cannot begin to imagine the wonder that a dinner must be. Bravo! The experience was the stuff of legends."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The PCK students did a fantastic job, food was very well put together, presentation was very nice. Service was slightly slow but that's to be expected. I had the turkey sausage abs would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "the students are A1+ really try hard....my bouallabase (wrong spelling) was excallant.....the breads at the table are the best i've ever eaten...dessert mine the apple cranberry tart was a tad too sweet for me!!!.some need to brush up on their english as its very very difficult to understand what they are saying.....will be going back!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent; service was superb; everything was spotlessly clean. My entree could have been hotter--it's not safe to serve lukewarm food. My husband's entree was piping hot, though. I've recommended the Highwood to several people since our visit."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We were served extraordinarily well by students full of hope and professionalism. The wine list and daily cocktails added interest and overtones of mixed fruit (sangria and a tasty Australian red). Fine food was plated artistically and deliciously. All 5 sensuous courses provoked our taste buds. The chefs' wild card specials of the day were surprising in their top notch creativity. Crepes Suzettes finished the triumphant service with some performance art table side.. We were treated like royalty! You can't beat the value of this facility in my NW neighbourhood$$$ ;)"
    Dined on 2/5/2014