Donna Mac

4.6
195 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in the bustling neighbourhood of the Beltline, Donna Mac focuses on thoughtful, simple and seasonal cuisine meant to be shared among the table. We take inspiration from comfort classics and bring a modern take to our dishes
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Canadian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 719-3622
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Longpre
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
10th Ave SW
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Parking details
Street parking available, as well as, a pay lot across the street
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 195 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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s
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, dining at Donna Mac was fabulous! Service, food and drink was wonderful and even my mother-in-law enjoyed herself immensely.

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C
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed. Not sure why all of the hype given the food. The service was good & it’s a cool place.

Food was not great. Calamari was not fresh, very chewy & lacked flavour. The quarter chicken was bland & the veggies were cold. Well below expectations. The paparadelle was cooked well. The meat was good, but the sauce was very sweet (way too sweet, dessert like) & had way too much cinnamon.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great work - great meal - what a pleasure:-)

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FF
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always outstanding. Locally sourced, creative menu, healthy as possible.

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CM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing venue, great service and food. Nice and quiet when we arrived at 5:15 (first in for dinner that day) but quickly enough energy to provide a great atmosphere while still being able to have a conversation. Loved everything we had from the menu, and although everything we wanted was already gluten free they did say the kitchen could modify other items if we were interested.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very approachable. Service for everyone we encountered was pleasant and informative. Great food. Very cool space. Definitely a do over

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The night started off great with a smiley host who was quick to greet us. This place is beautiful - tall ceilings, dramatic lighting and a trendy neutral colour pallet with simple finishings; Somehow I already knew it was going to be a fine night out.

Our server was equally kind and quick to greet us. She answered our menu questions easily and without a bunch of pretentiousness. We were even offered a little treat which we gobbled down.

Food was excellent - everything tasted better than I was expecting it too. Not that the menu didn't sound good - it had a great variety of easy to share food - but I wasn't expecting to love spicy cauliflower with pimento and bread with plums and cheese so much. We shared the Donna's Mac and Cheese, which was tasty AF but maybe a little too pricey and a little too skimpy on the bacon. I say that, but at the same time, it was one of the best mac and cheeses I've ever had. So... take that with a grain of salt.

Overall, I had a wonderful night out and made a good memory with someone special to me. And that's what a night out is all about, right?

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S
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with a friend Friday evening, September 7, 2018. First time to the restaurant and couldn't be happier. Our waiter, (Colwyn?) was lovely - just the right amount of attentive and charming. The food was innovative and fun - interesting flavours all-round. Our waiter indicated that 3 share plates should be enough, but we ordered 2 small share plates and 2 large. He was right - 3 would have been enough. The Heirloom Tomato Salad and Fried Cauliflower were AMAZING. What made them unique and delicious were the cashew mousse and pimento cheese whip, respectively, upon which the veggies were plated. We also had the Dungeness crab tagliatelle - fabulous- and the pork salad with cabbage, pear and chilli, (an Asian take that was great as well). There were many affordable wine offerings and the two cocktails we tried were refreshing and flavourful! We were hard-pressed to select a few items from a menu that honestly all looked appealing.

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a
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, but fairly pricy. Their happy hour is an outrageous deal and the crullers are out of this world!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lived up to big expectations while remaining entirely un-fussy. Definitely worth the hype.

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C
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bright open atmosphere, excellent service, small menu but covered all the bases. Loved the fried cauliflower with spicy cheese dip. The cardamom peach upside down cake was delicious.

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SM
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the decor. Bright and cheerful. Our server was very efficient & cheerful.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

We were left a little disappointed. The place itself had a good feel and the food was excellent but the portion sizes were a little small. Add in that the price (we ended up being $55/head inc tip for one course and two drinks), it was just too much for too little. $26 for a small portion of mac&cheese (even though it was one of the best I’ve had) is not competitive. If they lower the prices or increase the portion size I’d go back. Their whiskey sour was one of the best I’ve had in town to give them their due for that.

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OT
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, not a mediocre bite in all the things we ordered, from appetizers to mains to dessert. Highly recommended

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D
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Anniversary dinner. Thank you

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DJ
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food!!! Loved everything!!! We had squid, tuna, chicken sandwiches, Mac and cheese, to name a few. We were with good friends who are bigger foodies then us and they loved it too:)

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A
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant was good, food was fine. It was very loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creative and delectable!

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R
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great ladies night out! The drinks were tasty, service was excellent and food was delicious. They easily accommodated for gluten free and vegetarian diners. We had multiple small plates and desserts and felt like we ate very well and the bill was reasonably priced. The food was interesting but still approachable. We were pleasantly surprised and would definitely come back!

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G
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to Donna Mac numerous times and have enjoyed the reataurant each time. The space itself is really lovely and bright and the service was excellent. I really enjoyed the chicken sandwich and the pear and cabbage salad. I would definitely recommend.

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S
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little place, great service and great food! Love the local support and in-house ingredients..

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LB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome porcini and Gouda doughnuts ! The server was great and we picked a lot Of items be suggested . Mac and cheese super creamy with the Burrata with a unique take.

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BA
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like the new menu. Approachable but interesting at the same time. Fairly priced wine and a decent selection of sharing and individual plates.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining at Donna Mac was absolutely flawless. It was my birthday yesterday and the whole experience was delicious, relaxing and held space for pure enjoyment. Jeff and the team have got their service on point! Thanks again for the delicious food and the warm atmosphere.

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CF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the bar snacks and small plates, found the entrees lacking, just ordinary, flavor lacking.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

$26 for Mac and cheese seems like a lot to pay for the portion size. My daughter wanted another order but I just couldn't justify paying for another order!!!

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CC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Very creative and delish! My friend and I just shared a bar snack and two mains. Left very stuff and reasonably priced for the food and portion.
Server was amazing, booking was simple and generally just a great atmosphere for any occasion

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JN
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Salad was excellent as was the mac and cheese. The mac and cheese is like no other, full of flavour. Salad was exceptional as well

My only food complaint was the size of the mac & cheese for the price, was small. I would have preferred to pay more and received more.

The place is quite loud even though there were only about 7 tables occupied. Take this into consideration if you want a quiet dinner

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C
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and especially appreciate the vegetarian options as we don't eat meat or fish. Great restaurant in every way.

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KL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the food on 2 occasions.
Not crazy about the happy hour choice of music; it was so loud in an uncrowded place that it was hard to hear our conversation. Luckily our server was kind enough to change it when I mentioned it.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and we will definitely be back. My wife and I came for lunch and from the moment we walked in I just relaxed. Nice greeting at the door and beautifully decorated. The food was fantastic and reasonably priced.
This was a nice change from the usual chain restaurants.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty good, would go back

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s
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful girl's night dinner at Donna Mac. The food was absolutely amazing and our service was phenomenal!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty setting, attentive service and delicious, savoury food!

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J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Everything was too salty. We were so disappointed.

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KB
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at Donna Mac. I’ll definitely bring others friends there and recommend this restaurant to others. Thank you.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place has great ambience, and looks very casual. The food is great as well!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot. Terrific people

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MC
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great taste, limited choices, a little too rich and heavy for us. Great service, fun vibe and excellent happy hour drinks and dog friendly patio.

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CT
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First time dining, and won't be in a hurry to come back anytime soon.
We found the first 2 course we had, SALTY. Cauliflower dish, cheese crullers made you pucker up.
My friends cod dish came out undercooked, we notified our server and she asked if we liked a new one or just cook it bit more. We choose just cook it up, after 8 minutes went by the cod was re plated and served from what I think was the manager. No apology, no consideration to us that the fish was undercooked considerably, we were under the impression the kitchen was right and the guest was wrong. We ordered desserts to share, and found them like every other dish we ordered just "meh".
We received the bill paid for everything on it, including that fish dish, and got the heck outta there.

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