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The Banquet - University District, Calgary, AB

The Banquet - University District

4.2
4.2
42 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Our custom built food menu is going to keep you coming back for more! With food specials every day of the week you'll have to try everything on we have to offer! We have a variety of signature cocktails and drinks available! With over 30 beers on tap, you'll be sure to find exactly what you're looking for! 4 lanes for duck pin bowling ! Come strike up a conversation and enjoy Calgary's best bowling alley.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Canadian, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–1:00 am Fri–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (587) 943-4726

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Duck Pin Bowling

    CA$10.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Book an hour of duck pin bowling for up to 4 guests per lane! If guests are more than 15 minutes late from your reserved time, The Banquet has the right to give away the lane.

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. E

    Emer

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    McKenna was fantastic server and attended to all our needs. Thank you
  2. DW

    DanW

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hip little spot for a drink or meal in the Univeristy district. Great food amd service with a decent beer selection
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    A bit disappointing is all.
  4. CQ

    ChrisQ

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Our waitress was sweet and nice but takes forever to come back to our table. We waited 30mins for a box and to get our bill.
  5. TA

    TomA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Mens washroom needed soap and paper towel. Large ceaser salad seemed small. Steak was tough, manager had replaced. Server was excellent. Fun place for family
  6. JO

    JamesO

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great new venue both for family fun and beers on the weekend. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful.
  7. DC

    DarrisC

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ha dmy wifes Bday and did some bowling and had some food and drinks. Solid service, decent food, lots of fun.
  8. JK

    JillianK

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very friendly. The drinks were really good. The bowling was fun.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Drinks and food basically arrived at the same time...had to find our own cutlery...fish and chips were huge and tasty yet the fries were cold and soggy...burger was so-so, a couple of thin (frozen) patties that needed some serious seasoning...fries were also soggy. Service was okay but may have have been servers first day.. We will be back at some point for NFL.
  10. AK

    AngelaK

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Had to ask for cutlery 3 times. Never checked in on. No side plates served. Just a mess. Food was amazing though.
  11. TK

    TheKiss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bowling was a great experience and the mesquite pork belly bites were delicious. I will definitely be returning whether it be for the bowling or just for food and drink. Service was great and we were frequently checked on
  12. LH

    LiaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Location is fantastic, appreciate the free parking. Service was awesome. Bowling was great fun. The kids and I are looking forward to going again.
  13. L

    Lucy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    First of all, this is a Very fun place. Lots of games and DJ playing music. We went their to try the duck bowling, a group of 6. Our bowling reservations were screwed up. We had two lanes reserved and they gave a way one. The manager was on it though and did what he could to make it right. However, the service was terrible. Really bad. Waitress screwed up our drinks twice and we had to hunt her down to fix it again the third time. Bowling needed service and she didn’t come over at all to fix it until after our time ran out. She was mostly concerned about if we would be ordering food?? Too bad as we would have loved to stay after and spend some more time but instead left and went to another establishment across the street to continue our evening to get better service. We had great company and the place had a great vibe but the service ruined the experience. Worst yet, the “tipping options “ are now 18, 20, and 22%. Our experience did not deserve more than 10.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Came here for the first time with our 13 year old to bowl. Booked an hour. At the end of the hour we wanted to play dime additional time. Despite all 4 lanes being empty we were not allowed to purchase extra time. Very strange business model ha! Was fun up to then…… the only other thing I’d say that was disappointing was the music. If kids are allowed in till 8 not sure why they would be playing music with the profanity in it. Should of been the radio version. Staff were friendly. Paper towel dispenser did not work in bathroom.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food
  16. e

    eert17

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Cool concept. Food was decent with lots of choices. Service was really bad-slow (ex 20 min to bring a Pepsi) and the waitress was rude.
  17. DG

    DanielaG

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Had a reservation, there was no one by the door to greet us we had to wait around 5 mins or longer for someone to take us to a table, she had an attitude. It took another 5-10 minutes for our server to come and take our order; we were about to walk out. During the service we received attitude from the server, service was very slow . We were never asked if we wanted a new drink, it was a slow night and it looked like they had enough staff. We were very disappointed as we had been looking forward to try this place but we’re probably not going back.
  18. NC

    NeishaC

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the environment, just all the kids there were super loud but. I’d still go any day.
  19. DT

    DiannaT

    Calgary

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was slow, broken chairs in common areas, food was mediocre. Bowling was fun but had an issue with the lane and after 15minutes had to find someone to come and fix it. Ended up moving but time wasn’t credited. It was holiday Monday but they weren’t busy and they seemed to have lots of staff. 🤷‍♀️
  20. V

    Victoria

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were kind, knowledgeable and helpful. We stayed for the whole evening and felt welcomed the whole time! Can't wait to go back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun location! Tasty food!
  22. H

    Heatherbaylis

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Great place for a team lunch, great variety and games
  23. g

    girlwithbag

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was our second try at Banquet and it was very much like the first. Friendly yet chaotic service as our mains arrived before apps and servers were apologetic yet not very efficient. Food was lacklustre at best and cold. No service checking in on us after meal service at all. No craft beers, if you want to go for a coors and don’t care about service this is your place.
  24. L

    Louis622

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went for a breakfast brunch and had the eggs Bennie, they were very good, we did ask for medium but I think they were closer to well done but still very good. The crispy potato cakes were very crispy and tasty. The only problem we had was they are new and we did tell them we had a reservation through open table they just said to pick as table as they were not busy at all. That was the case, we did have fast service and all was very nice. We will most likely be back at some time.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Terrible liquor options. All bottom shelf. Nachos were inedible.
  26. TT

    TTAA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and have a drink! Bowling alley is fun as well. Great for university students at night and families during the day :)
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Cool place! Food was ok, not great but decent. Service was pleasant
  28. JN

    JenniferN

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were very attentive, food was great and the bowling was a lot of fun!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two girlfriends and I had a fabulous lunch with duckpin bowling!!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time for us. Was absolutely fantastic. Will definitely come back and on a regular basis!
  31. L

    La91

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made a reservation almost 2 weeks in advance and they called the day of to cancel for a “prearranged event” ??? Why were we able to make a reservation and keep for two weeks if there was a prearranged event? Also canceling on the day of was not cool, pretty bad experience overall.
  32. SC

    StephanieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with great food! Server was super patient with us and handled splitting the bill between 9 people very well. The bowling alley is very small but surprisingly very challenging so still very fun. The bowling alley did have a few minor technical issues but the servers were fast to fix and resolve the problem. Definitely recommend!
  33. C

    Claire

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bowling was a blast and the food was great! The cocktail tower was fun to try as well
  34. T

    Twyla

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The drinks were decent, the service was okay, the food was just okay. Fun concept though.
  35. AH

    AdamH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    This is a really fun brand new venue in the University District. I have been there now twice and I would say that while the beer is good the food varies. The Cesar salad there is really good! I would say the food staff probably needs some time to hit their stride. There was enough salt in our food to refill the Dead Sea 😆 Still love it there and will return if anything for the atmosphere.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at banquet but not the last. Kass made the experience so fun and she deserves a raise because she went above and beyond. #1 server in Calgary, she deserves to be appreciated. Worked hard and showed that she cared for the patrons. If you get her as the server you're in for a night 👌🏼 best server at banquet no cap
  37. TL

    TimL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice spot, still smelled new. Service was fast and often. Food was fantastic. One of the supervisors seemed to have a hard time controlling the audio in the place as we were trying to listen to the hockey game when suddenly music would start playing or the audio cut out altogether. They finally did end up getting it sorted.
  38. L

    La91

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table was read right when we got there everyone was super nice and welcoming overall a really enjoyable experience
  39. s

    smcyyc

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service. Food was good - although really sad they didn't have their Crispy Potato Strolls. Please bring them back!!! All the food could have been just a bit hotter. Everything came closer to warm, than hot. That said, it was all tasty. Good flavours. The lemongrass chicken steamed bao buns were delish. The buns would have been perfect warmer - they would have been just the right amount of softness, but were light and fluffy. The Gochujang mayo is excellent. And the Saskatoon mustard that came with the perogies was also excellent. The Shrimp Gratin was good - again hotter needed, but it did taste a bit fishy. (I've found that with the Argentinian shrimp in other places too.) And the beer battered cheese curds also tasty. Good meal. The free appie for Mother's Day was an added bonus, and the service was on the ball. Definitely good for a casual night out!
  40. G

    Gionni

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Nice atmosphere and has potential, however service and management is abysmal. We waited over 20 mins for someone to greet us after we were seated. We had get up form the table and ask two different people to get us a server. The first said they would help, then no one came. We then grabbed one of the many servers who were walking by who tried to help us but couldn't. Then drinks took a long time, and the food order wasn't correct. I also don't appreciate having to opt out of a min 18% tip to give an appropriate tip. I understand that this is a new establishment, however there are many bugs to be worked out.

FAQs

The Banquet - University District is rated 4.2 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Banquet - University District

3957 University Ave NW, Calgary, AB T3B 2V7

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–1:00 am Fri–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Canadian, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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