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For 2
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7:00 PM
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Essence Bistro

3.8
72 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
Whether sitting down for a business meeting or a special occasion, you’ll enjoy the menu with a focus on local foods showcasing Alberta's many flavors.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday, 11am - Last Seating at 1pm

Breakfast
Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 11am (Breakfast Table 6:30am - 9:30am)
Saturday - Sunday, 6:30am - Noon (No lunch)


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Phone number
(403) 508-5165
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Batke
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Third Street
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Parking details
Valet and underground parking available. On Sunday parking on the street is free.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 72 People Are Saying
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3.8  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.0
service
2.9
ambience
3.7
value
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vipTwoPutt (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was fine, but our sever was less than adequate.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Good quality, good service but avoid sandwiches and the bread which is strange and tough, and is charged for as an appetizer. Impossible to eat as part of a sandwich .

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RAEL (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

Nice quiet atmosphere and close to the office works well for business lunches

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BusinessDiner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

Despite the over-priced menu, the food is of good quality, and the location is very convenient for downtown meetings.

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vipBrian (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

Great place to habe a conversation during a meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
1.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

like eating in a noisy high school cafeteria except worse food, had buffet breakfast,soggy French toast, cold scrambled eggs. Absolutely abysmal. Westin Hotel should be ashamed of themselves. also $102 for buffet breakfast for three, worst food value in downtown Calgary.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on July 10, 2017

My friend and I had the Cobb salad and it was huge. My other friend had the steak sandwich and found the bread to be very hard. We had a great waiter but I found the ambience to be lacking .

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vipBrian (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2017

Lunch meeting for business. Not too noisy so easy to have a conversation. Really good food for the price.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We went for the Mother's Day brunch and overall the food was very good. The prime rib was excellent and cooked perfectly. They have a good variety of food to satisfy everyone and the service was awesome. The only complaint would be that there was no general dessert table with small cakes/desserts, only the Moms and kids were treated to dessert which was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Reasonable variety of food in good condition for a buffet brunch. The price seemed a bit high but understandable since it was Mother's Day.

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TMMM (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was good, but way over priced for the brunch buffet

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Food was straight forward and nice selection of good, quality ingredients (kennebec potatoes, Alberta bison, etc). A bit limited menu but each of our plates were well done. It's a institutional in decorating style with the metal and fabric chairs. Very "hotel" but nicely old school with cloth napkins and plenty of glassware and cutlery. They do great food... decor could get a refresh to draw a bigger audience.
Server was very attentive and helpful with handling allergen information.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2017

Food is fresh. Easy to book a table.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent Food, just don't like curd cheese mixed with plain potato but the steak was delicious! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

Very good. Will definitely return. food portions were good as was the quality.

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