WEST restaurant & bar
WEST restaurant & bar
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  • Address:
    #245-225 8th Ave SW - Scotia Center
    Calgary, AB T2P 2W3
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: CAN$30 and under

WEST restaurant & bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://westrestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: 4032375556
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Brent Blake
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Coming soon!
  • Private Party Contact: JD Pilz 4038041119
  • Entertainment: Friday & Saturday night we have dancing and a DJ playing from 10:00pm until 2:00am. He plays retro, top 40, and house.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th ave and 2nd St SW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from WEST restaurant & bar
WEST restaurant & bar is a 3 level dining restaurant. We have a 125 seat wine bar dining room on the main floor, a 240 seat lounge on the second floor and a 480 seated roof top patio facing SW overlooking 8th Ave. Our cuisine is Global-Mediterranean.
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WEST restaurant & bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great Valentine dinner!
    Eater
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a great meal with my wife on Valentines Day. Both our dishes were excellent. Very sorry to hear they are closing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised!!!
    JKLWK
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Booked dinner for Valentine's Day. I then began to read some reviews from other's since I'd never even heard of this place. I was rather concerned because much of what I had read was not flattering at all. We decided to make the best of it and give it a shot & try something new. My concerns increased upon arrival at 7 pm to find a very dead place. Less than 20 guests in both the restaurant and bar. I was thinking that this place is in trouble and mgmt better make some drastic changes soon or won't be open much longer. My GF and I both had the Valentine special for $35 pp. Choice of soup or salad & Chicken, Steak or Salmon. We were both very satisfied with our meals however not blown away and must go back. Service was good although strange.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but too noisy
    George
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I met here for lunch with two colleagues. The food was very good, however the noise level is so high that I had great difficulty understanding the person across the table from me. Felt worn out at the end of an hour.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed with service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We made a booking to go for a friend's birthday supper. They're website says they're open until 9 so imagine our suprise when we got told at 610 that the kitchen was closed so we couldn't order dessert. There were only a few people in the restaurant at the bar while we were there & the waitress gave us next to no service. I won't be going back there again & I won't reccomend it to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sub-par
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    My meal was less than satisfactory. I had the short ribs for lunch and all I got was fat and bones. The coconut rice didn't have any taste. Not really sure what I was paying for. Could have got a better meal at the food court for a third of the price. I will never go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Service is slow
    TimewarpVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The lunch hour service is quite slow, takes 30 to 45 mins to serve meals once ordered. Need to plan lunch for 1.5 to 2 hrs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be back
    Samanthayyc
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary. The ambiance of the restaurant is top notch however we were really disappointed with the tiny portions of food and terrible service. Our waitress was TERRIBLE. There was 3 servers for the whole 8 tables yet it was basically a long wait for everything. The food was out very quickly but I was really disappointed at the portion sizes!! They were sooo tiny, like child size portion kind of tiny. If we knew this prior to ordering we would have ordered an appetizer and my hubby would have ordered two dishes for the main. This place seems to be a better place to go out for some evening drinks. I do not recommend this place at all and we will not be returning
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Express lunch
    HMMcVean
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I especially enjoyed the commitment to get people in and out in an hour and we were. The express lunch menu is an excellent idea. I'll be back for that. This time we had salads and they were really good. They were big with lots and lots of lettuce and I love that. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been there before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We have been there before and enjoy the food and atmosphere. It is much quieter than Earl's which we prefer. However, this time my salmon was quite raw. I sent it back to the kitchen but it was returned to me raw again. So I was not pleased. The 2 other parties enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch!
    FoodiesxTwoVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    We were seated as soon as we arrived and our server was just great! Everything went well; our food was served promptly and it was very good. We had the butternut squash soup and salad. Best soup I have had in a while. We were in and out in less than an hour which is great when you are between meetings. Good job, West!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed a quick lunch
    Ryan
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Went here with my coworkers for a quick lunch. Service was great and the food came out very fast. Everything was made exactly how we requested and tasted pretty good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This visit only mediocre.
    SClub7VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I have been to WEST many times and I usually really enjoy myself - the atmosphere, the food, etc. This particular time, I was very disappointed with the food which was somewhat shocking. I am not going to let this one particular visit impact my overall opinion of this restaurant which is generally quite good. I hope next time I go is more in line with my usual expectations and experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were late...
    Dales
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We were late, so our table was given away. No fault of the restaurant, we were 20 min. late on a Friday, group of 5. They rallied and found us a spot quickly, though, within 10 minutes. Friendly service, after the initial cold announcement about our missing our table. Fairly pedestrian place, off The Core, nothing remarkable about the place. Nice, comfortable, clean. The food was also average. Wait staff attentive to our needs and requests; food was delivered accurately and warm/hot. Just that it tasted, well, average. Nice spot for lunch - BE ON TIME!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was extremely dead and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    It was extremely dead and the service was poor for the place being empty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to Calgary Standards
    Chelley
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Disappointing experience. The restaurant was empty... We had reservations and it took at least 2 minutes to be acknowledged at the door, then about 5-7 minutes before we were seated. Waitress acted like she did not want to be there - she smiled maybe twice during the entire time and instead of walking around the table to serve us she reached over us and or had us pass the drinks and dishes. One dish had to be returned - ribs were all fat and no meat. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OK
    Kanuc
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    My salmon main was "funky" tasting - could not eat it. Service was on and off. This place has been spoiled by the easy foot traffic for lunch. Can't really recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent although
    Banker
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    The food was excellent although a bit pricy ($21 for meatloaf??). Anyways, it was well seasoned, good temperature and a good portion size. The service started out very good but slowed during the peak lunch rush and we had to wait quite a while for the bill and the payment machine afterwards but all in all it was a very good lunch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    butch
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Quick service and a fantastic steak sandwich -- the cut was more like a flilet mignon!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 main lunch item menus were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    3 main lunch item menus were not available - disappointing - as this was a staff Christmas lunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls dinner and drinks
    KristaVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    We have all been here a couple of times before but 6 of us went for dinner and drinks on a Wednesday night and had a great experience. Te server was attentive and pleasant, the ambiance was nice, not very busy in there, and the food was great! We had all had larger lunches so opted for mostly soups and salads and all were very good. I had the pumpkin & buternut squash soup and it was to die for and the house salad which was delish. They also had $5 glasses of 1 white and 1 red wine which was great. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go further West....
    LessThanGoodVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Not going to make it in the competitive lunch market. Over priced wine list, hostess with no personality and no for ability on a cheese burger will make me choose a different place to eat next time. Only positive is the waitress was friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent location, medocre food
    yycmarc
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    decent location, medocre food & service with the bonus of high prices. best bet for after work drinks than anything else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for lunch, was
    Shar
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Went there for lunch, was very noisy, hard to hear people at my table even. Seemed like we were yelling at each other over lunch. Server took our order but someone mixed it up & when the food arrived, it came with fries instead of a salad. Service was good, but slow. Food was good when it arrived.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good lunch, you can enjoy
    Luvlunchs
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Very good lunch, you can enjoy visiting cause it was not loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    Morash
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    My 2nd visit to West, though the first outside of lunch hours. We arrived and requested a low table, only to be told that the server couldn't be expected to run all over the restaurant all night and we would have to sit at a high table. There were 2 other tables of diners so this seemed a bit ridiculous. The waitress virtually ignored the 4 of us ladies until the lone male in our party arrived. Drinks and food were slow to come out, wine glasses were not refilled, and we were basically made to feel like a nuisance to the staff. The caesar salad dressing was clearly from a bottle, and the mussels one of our party ordered tasted sandy and old. I won't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Polite and Professional
    thermalguy
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    I used to think of West as a sports bar. After yesterdays dining experience, I will be more inclined to take clients to this restaurant. The host(s) were pleasant and efficient. The server, Sam, was attentive and did not interrupt the flow of the lunch hour conversation. The menu had a good variety of selections that interested me and the Chicken Pot Pie that I selected was memorable for the phyllo pastry stick that came with it...as well as a tangy lime taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy lunch spot
    Justalillost
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Food took a while to arrive but was delicious. The chicken cutlet and the curry pot pie was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Server was new but she
    RedheadVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Our Server was new but she was very good at trying to find out the answers to our querstions. The food was better than expected....both our dishes were very good. We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WEST always delivers
    SusieQ
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    This is one of my favourite restaurants for lunch and catering events!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Difficult access.
    janemac
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    It would be so nice if you could access this restaurant from the street. Abit wierd to have to walk through the mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Foodfan
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    We enjoyed the West restaurant for lunch. The food was very good, and their menu had some quick lunches - 40 minutes - which were very good. Service was great, and the decor was appealing and comfortable. I'd go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ashleyk
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I made reservations at West for a group of 4 for appies and drinks following a very special occasion. We were all dressed up, so I thought West would be a classy way to end off the evening. It started off fine with a decent server, however when we asked for a drink menu, he said the restaurant didn't have any. We were hoping for special cocktails, but instead we just ordered whatever we could think of, which each costed us $12. My one friend who asked for a mojito has unable to get it, because the restaurant was out of mint...at the end of the night we were still charged for it (servers mistake, he took it off.) There was no dessert menu either, and food was mediocre at best. Very expensive evening for less than average experience!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For all of the hype and buzz
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    For all of the hype and buzz about this restaurant we were underwhelmed by the food. Perhaps better as a bar and dance club than a restaurant. The service was excellent! The appetizers were terrific! we had the avocado frites and pretzel bites (not enough pretzel bites!) The main courses food were satisfactory but overpriced for what they were and the portions were rather small in comparison.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad business lunch
    FoodGoddessVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    I took my team here to welcome a new staff member to the team on a Thursday. We arrived at 12:45pm and the lunch crowd was already dying down so we figured the experience would be better than most downtown restaurants over the noon hour. We were promptly sat and the ambience was very trendy. It took quite a while for anyone to come to our table and take a drink order. The menu selection seemed really good, however, when we received it, it was sub-par for the money we spent. The gnocchi should have been the star but it was smothered in ground lamb. I ate the gnocchi and left a full bowl of mushy lamb. The beef short ribs really aren't short ribs, they are Miami style. They were thin and fatty. Not what was expected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A group of 4-6 friends meet
    RandyD
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    A group of 4-6 friends meet every month or so to catch up with each other over the lunch period. The West has lots of quiet little spaces and lots of room to do that. We like to try new places but I think we'll come back here. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was okay not quite great,
    rascal
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Food was okay not quite great, tried to get a dipping sauce but was advised that they don't carry dipping sauces only the ones they use in the meal they make can be provided
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Server Ryan was AMAZING!!! He
    BirthdayGirl31
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    My Server Ryan was AMAZING!!! He was polite, funny and always had a smile on his face. I can't wait for the next oppurtunity to come back. your Butternut squash soup was to die for. Thank you again for being such a great help
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent rooftop patio. Could
    SAS71
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Excellent rooftop patio. Could use a few extra umbrellas on the sunny hot days but still good. Fast delivery of food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Had lunch with a business associate and sat in the rooftop patio. The service was friendly and well paced and the view was very nice. There was a pleasant ambiance, not too noisy and not too busy (60% full). The food was pretty good but the caesar salad was quite bland. I will definitely return as the menu had a lot of variety to offer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stormy weather
    Diningout
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Unfortunately we got caught in the raging wind & rain storm that passed through around 5:30 p.m. on Thurs. Aug 29, so did not get our food. They weren't set up to provide services inside, so we just left.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.