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Dakota Bar & Grill

3.0
3
33 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
American

Dakota Bar & Grill is a family owned and operated full service restaurant in the heart of downtown Calgary. We feature the highest quality Alberta beef as well as many traditional chicken, veal, fish, and pasta entrees. Our atmosphere, while looking formal, is quite relaxed with a full service patio to take in the scenery of Stephen Avenue Walk. Dakota Bar & Grill caters to the business crowd in downtown Calgary. The restaurant has private rooms where meetings and power point presentations are held. Dakota Bar & Grill is most fun during The Calgary Stampede when two bands are featured with no cover charge. The greatest showing of western hospitality occurs during this week. We are able to accommodate large parties all year round and especially your Stampede breakfast or get together. Dakota Bar & Grill is a tasteful and traditional restaurant catering to the business crowd and especially welcomes tourists to the city of Calgary.

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3.0
3.0 based on all time ratings
  • 3.1Food
  • 2.9Service
  • 3.0Ambience

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  1. RC

    RiaC

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Our server was nice, but seemed pretty nervous. Not sure if she was new??? It had been raining the evening we went and it was quite cool outside. The windows were open - which was OK - but then the air conditioning kicked in and it got really cold. We weren't near the windows; closer to middle section. The food was really good though and will definitely go back again.

  2. T

    Tamara

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2012

    overall2food5service1ambience4

    The service was terrible - food was great but they either need experienced servers or just more of them - beyond being slow (they are almost invisible)they are borderline rude.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2012

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    The food is very good at this restaurant, but the service is so slow, it isn't convenient for a lunchtime during a business day. For the second time I tried this restaurant, we had to seek out a server to attend us, and then to ask if when our meal would be ready. Then look for the server to pay our bill. It is disappointing because it is a very nice restaurant in every other way. The food is very good, the meals are priced well, there is a nice variety of food choices on the menu. But when you are working and have a limited time to spend on lunch, it may not be the perfect choice.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2012

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    It was the worst dining experience I have EVER encountered. I have been in the service industry for years, and this is one place I would never recommend. The food was alright, but the service was terrible, it took us well over an hour to get our food, the waitress never even came back to the table and would always ignore us when she was checking up on the tables around us, NOTHING. I had to get my food boxed up as soon as it came because it took incredibly long, for a sandwich! I would never go back to this restaurant even if my meal was given to me. Worst service.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2012

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    I checked out the other reviews and saw that the theme was poor service. I thought that maybe dinner time might be better than lunch time, but was sadly mistaken. We got there, were greeted by a girl in a hoodie; & when I said I had made a reservation she said "oh, you did too" & took us to a table & said "you can sit here". Sit there we did ... no menu, no drink order taken, nothing. We had plans to attend a concert so were on a tight time frame. Finally another girl came along & took our drink order & said she would bring menus. The 4 or 5 servers visited together at the computer for several minutes so I finally got up and got our own menus. Then yet another girl brought our drinks & took our order. Food just ok,service very poor.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2012

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nothing notable but nothing too bad either. A decent place for lunch that usually has walk in seats available. Speaking of seats, they are really uncomfortable.......

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2011

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Our server was useless. Will not return.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    meal and service were very good. I will be back again.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2011

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Food is alway good but the service is poor. Noise level is good so you can have a conversation without shouting over the music.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2011

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Food was very unremarkable, service was slow.

  11. MB

    MatBinYYC

    Calgary

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2011

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    To Be fair I have eaten here many times and previously have had a good expereinces. I have noticed that the quality has steadily declined with the food and service everytime I visit though. This used to be my favourite place for a client lunch because it was good food and a quiter atmosphere. I don't think I will be back though after my last 3 visits where it took either 45 minutes to get food or the last time where it took me almost half an hour to find my server so I could pay my bill and leave. Hopefully they can turn it around so I can go back one day.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2011

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Busy place with above average food for above average prices. Many fine wines which may appeal to some. It is a little noisy and the tables are a little close but okay for a non-confidential lunch.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2010

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    A girlfriend and I went here for our annual Christmas lunch. We had never been here before but since we both work downtown and only had an hour for lunch we thought we would try this place out. *Note-I have never had a restaurant not be able to serve me within an hour.* This restaurant was not busy and was only half full. Our order was taken within 15 mins of being there, and by 12:30pm I asked the waitress when we should expect our food, she apologized for the delay, came back at 12:50pm to apologize for the delay again, and with everyone around us eating lunch and still not having food at 12:55pm, my friend and I decided it was time to leave. We told the waitress we were leaving and she said sorry again but did not offer any solution.

  14. DS

    DanielS

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2010

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Good food and nice atmosphere. Great place for lunch or after work drinks.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2010

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    We were there for lunch & the service was very slow taking 40 min to get our food. When we asked about the delay the waitress said it was busy since it was lunch time. I guess they should plan better for lunch time. Won't be in a hurry to go back.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2010

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I found it to be a little pricey for lunch.

  17. HM

    HMfromCanmore

    Calgary

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great lunch spot; centrally located, good food, good service. Busy enough, but not too loud. A good experience; will definitely return.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2010

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food was excellent and service was outstanding! Absolutely loved the Tilapia.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2010

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Our food at noon time was very slow in coming to our table, we had to have our lunch packed in take away boxes to eat back at the office

  20. SS

    SherryS

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2010

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Good basic menu - perfect for lunch.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2009

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    The food, as expected, was exceptional. The service was somewhat slow - almost half hearted. Had we wanted a second round of drinks we would have been unable to order them as the server did not return to our table until it was time to clear the dishes, and we had to wave her down and ask twice for our bill. I understand the Grill not accepting debit, although I was not aware of it before our last visit, as we usually pay cash. Kowever, if you are not going to accept debit you should ensure your cash machine works!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2009

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Although my meal was good (as usual), my companion's was luke warm despite the fact that it arrived 10 minutes before mine did. Our waitress was more interested in providing drinks for other tables, it seemed like once she took our orders we were no longer of any concern to her.

  23. VP

    VinPrincess

    Calgary

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2009

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Other than finding space on a patio on busy Stephan Ave – is there a reason to visit Dakota’s? The food is mediocre, the décor needs an update, and the wine list is rather pedestrian. In short, it’s fine for a quick lunch – a consistent choice even, but not a reason to come downtown.

  24. G

    Glenn

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2009

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    This place needs a makeover. Has a very roadhouse feel to it. Wasn't sure if it was more a bar or restaurant. Although there were few people dining, I found that the service, although fast, as not very personalized.

  25. RB

    RBFOODY

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2009

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The lunch food fare was typical,not exceptional and not bad, just average. I think the restaurant could benefit from an upscale menu for lunch given the high coporate downtown presence. Have never dined in the evening so can not comment on the dinner menu.

  26. M

    Maggie

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2009

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    This restaurant is nothing exceptional, but the food is acceptable, it is in the heart of Stephens Ave, and the meal timing is reasonable for the lunch rush.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2008

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Food was fairly bland. I had the meat lasagna and my co-worker had the turkey Swiss sandwich.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2008

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was really quick for a lunch hour. The food was fresh and delicious. We were in and out within the allotted time. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to my friends.

  29. s

    sloughshark

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2008

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Food and service were quite good. Place was not too busy and I was a little disappointed at location we were placed at. There were lots of empty, much better tables throughout the lunch hour. Other than that, the food was good and fresh.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2008

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We won't go back. When we arrived we told the hostess we had reservations and she tried to seat us at the bar. I said, no we want a table (every one in the restaurant was empty). She hesitated, I said what should I do on an on line reservation to make sure you know we want a table and not seated at the bar. She said I needed to state it in the comments section. The food was very mediocre.

  31. JK

    JasenK

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2008

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Mediocre food & service....might as well pay the little bit extra and eat at Earl's or Fuel instead...

  32. BL

    BizLuncher

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2008

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The waitress was obviously new and either still in training or just out of it. She was the type of employee one might find in a fast food restaurant.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2008

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nothing spectacular but an enjoyable place for lunch. Decent food, decent atmosphere, decent service.

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Dakota Bar & Grill is rated 3 stars by 33 OpenTable diners

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