Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar

4.4
170 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
For almost thirty years, Buchanan’s Chop House and Whisky Bar has served contemporary food in a classic Calgary room. Michael and Carol Buchanan opened this neighbourhood icon in 1988, and the result is a family run, West Coast style restaurant that is true to the Chop house tradition. Buchanan’s proudly serves Alberta beef, pastas, soups and sauces – all made from scratch. In the grand tradition of the chop house, they are proud to offer fresh fish, chowder, a world-class wine list, and one of Canada’s most extensive whisky lists to round out your experience.
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good experience celebrating a family birthday. Not inexpensive by any means but a nice treat for us in that we have rarely been in restaurants over the last 20 months.

Food quality was top notch although a few more vegetables on the plates would have been appreciated.

Service very good as well. I’ve been to Buchanan’s dozens of times since it opened-mainly lunches when I worked downtown - but also a lot of dinners. Consistently a very good restaurant and experience.

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RobertW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out standing service, ambiance, food and the very best scotch bar selection in Calgary

JB
vipJeffB
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food, the Service and the ambience all are amazing.

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Rick
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a Friday nite dinner with friends. Since things have reopened & Buchanans is checking vaccination status it feels just fine in the restaurant. Staff are all masked & everything is cleaned after a table vacated. Food is always good & service outstanding!! One of our favs!!

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RoyB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I've been going to Buchanan's since they opened in 1988, although it has been a few years since I've been there. Mike and Carol (the original owners) were there all the time and were on top of the food quality and service. I believe their children took it over a number of years ago upon their retirement. The place is a bit "tired" and in need of upgrading. The waiter we had has been there for 20 years and was very good at service and knowledgeable about the menu items. The food quality was only fair; my seafood pasta was warm, the pasta quite bland, the clams small and tough, the scallops were overlooked and small. I got the feeling the owners weren't " minding the store" and it shows. And the prices were what I would call very expensive for lunch, about $26 for a burger, $56 for rack of lamb and I think the least expensive steak was about $45. It was a nostalgic lunch for me and my colleagues but I won't be going back anytime soon.

TJ
TimJ
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Recently dined at Buchanan's for a combination business/social lunch. I had not been back to Buchanan's since pre Covid but I am happy to report, Buchanan's is still providing some of Calgary's best and most consistent higher end food. Both food and service were excellent. Give it a try!

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vipFoodluva
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We came for a date night and ordered the tenderloin and the ribeye. The ribeye was ordered medium and it came out rare/blue rare. We never complain, but it was REALLY rare, so we said something to our server, and he didn’t apologize and just asked us if we wanted them to cook it more. We did, but in the end we ended up eating separate meals while the other dinner was being heated up further. Nothing was taken care of on our bill, no apology, no acknowledgement…for an almost $300 bill, it felt very unappreciated.

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Expected much better quality for steak on the steak sandwich given the price.

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cindyr
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Too bad the city destroyed the parking spots right out front but lots of angle parking down 7 street.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Salads were very expensive for very small portions

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night out before restrictions kick in again, had a good time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent burger and beef sandwich! Great service.

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vipTazMan
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was totally awesome

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vipLee1
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very nice place with outside patio for enjoying sun and business lunch. The food was very well presented and full of flavor. The burger looked delicious as was the new york steak and seafood bowls we had.

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MichaelC
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food as usual. Great Service today!

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CoraH
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great service, great food- we’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not impressed with food and property needs upgrading

MC
MichaelC
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Everything was great today as usual for this restaurant. Service was a little slow, but the food is worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

25th Wedding Anniversary

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vipMichelleM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weather didn't cooperate, taking our dinner inside! Team quickly adjusted and set us up to dine inside despite being incredibly busy! Food was amazing, as always, as was the service! Consistently great service, food and experience!

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vipCaldsy
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food and service are always good but very pricey. They didn't even offer bread with the meal. $25-$30 for a burger or a bowl is quite more than other spots.
You'll have to step it up to get me in there again.

MC
vipMarkC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Excellent food. Limited wine list, perhaps due to Covid and reduced operating dates during lockdowns. Excellent Whisky assortment.

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JOLES2
Calgary
41 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful surprise all around. Great food, extensive whiskey choices, fabulous dessert. Service by Em was thoughtful, caring and efficient. We'll be back for sure!

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vipTime4DinDins
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Buchanan's used to be my go to place to take family visiting out of town. The food was always fine and the atmosphere was inviting and relaxing for a visit. The food however was absolutely terrible. Two of us had the seafood pasta and the dish contained types of seafood that wasnt listed on the menu and was so chewy and tasted freezer burnt. The seafood bowl was incredibly sweet for some reason and again the seafood was very overcooked and tough. Nothing tasted fresh at all, and we were left feeling unwell the rest of the evening. For the price point there are far better options in Calgary.

Service was friendly, however we had to wait for cutlery and S&P for almost 10 minutes after our food was delivered and no one came to ask us how things were. Had to wave down any server we could to get drinks and even water refills. This place used to be my go-to, but I can't say that I will ever return.

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theleer
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious wine and food, lovely patio. The happy hour burger was delicious and substantial, came with fries and condiments, and the chardonnay was so refreshing. Quiet patio (not a lot of noisy traffic driving past) was a bonus!

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Lisa
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great good and drinks at Buchanan’s!

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robertb
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Waiter was friendly, patient & conversational.

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Mikeg
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was the best!!!!!!!

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vipHeatherK
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still getting adjusted to the new “ no restrictions” dining experience. We sat on the patio, which was nice & open. Food was amazing…as usual! Will definitely be coming back!

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Pk55
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Porterhouse was cooked correctly and of good quality. Bruschetta had raisins do not recommend.

JA
JeffA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service. Excellent food choices. Flexible to avoid using certain ingredients to respect my guest's dietary requirements.

JP
JohnP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was AWESOME. The Bartender TOPS. This is now our official go to celebration spot. Thank you Buchanans.

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vipFastslowfood
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and attention to the challenging circumstances we are all experiencing.

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AlexC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

the size and volume seems smaller, it is unexpected..

MR
MarkR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Buchanan's always exceed expectations with excellent food, reasonable pricing, variety and superb daily specials.

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Doug
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well looked after by the staff, always a joy to go to for luch.

JC
JerrC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I had seafood pasta, while the pasta was done very well each piece of seafood was well overdone and rubbery. However I guess it is true you shouldn't order seafood at a steak house.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!

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vipsmathieson
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Steak sandwich was a bit tough. Especially for a $30+ steak that came with a couple of veggies and fries. Salmon was good. Unfortunately they ran out of popcorn shrimp by 6:00. Deserts and coffee were good.

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KimF
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! Food is fantastic and so is the service!

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Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.