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National on 8th, Calgary, AB

National on 8th

4.0
4
41 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
THE TRADITIONAL NEIGHBOURHOOD EATERY HAS GROWN UP
National on 8th is perfectly located in the heart of downtown. Situated on the 3rd floor of Stephen Avenue Place, National on 8th boasts one of Western Canada’s largest rooftop patios!
Serving an extensive list of North American small lot beers and a full menu, National on 8th is the perfect hideaway for your lunch break, or happy hour. Come soak up the sun!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (403) 237-5556

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    BOOK YOUR EVENT NOW! National on 8th is perfectly located in the heart of downtown. Situated in Stephen Avenue Place, National on 8th boasts one of Western Canada’s largest rooftop patios! The interior space features smaller seating arrangements, and a private room, to accommodate business lunches and intimate gatherings. Please email events@ntnl.ca to book your event now!

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    225 8 Ave SW #360

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Late Night Find

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Live Sports

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Sunday Lunch

  • Calgary

    Late Night Find

  • Calgary

    Live Sports

  • Calgary

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service
  2. S

    Scott

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Went for happy hour on a Monday, didn’t have food so couldn’t rate it. But $5 dollar drinks and the roof top view was amazing.
  3. t

    tannerl

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Why allow me to book a table at 730 when the restuarant closes at 8
  4. NS

    NikitaS

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space for larger groups. The food is always great and service is fast
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked for a 29th anniversary dinner at 6:30pm. On the day of, we get a call at 4pm to inform me the nightclub at 9 and there is a cover charge. Uh. Ok? The picture did not represent the roof top patio with divvy tables chairs etc. the waiter comes over to serve water that is as warm as the air!! We asked for ice water please, he comes back with a jug of ice and proceeds to try to pour into the glasses of warm water. Well this is a complete fail. He ends up dumping ice everywhere, including my brothers lap. Realizing quickly this ‘restaurant’ is likely a ruse for a night club permit, and the lousy service thus far, we left. The downstairs is beautiful but we got told they don’t serve down there. It’s empty. 100%
  6. SJ

    SoniaJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The food at National has gone way down hill in quality and options in the past year. There are hardly any vegetarian options and the salads are so basic. Very disappointing. The rooftop patio is also not as nice as before. What happened to this place?! Not going to be a place on my go-to list anymore.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good overall experience Great food and service
  8. S

    Samm

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 1.5 hrs for food to come. The waitress kept telling us it’s almost done. Just prior to leaving she tried to drop off some food that was completely wrong. That sealed the deal. Manager was ok and tried to cover for her but the lack of accountability was too much. I won’t be going back there.
  9. GK

    GeorgieK

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service started well but we had to cash out with our first server and we had to really flag down the replacement server to get drinks. Music was too loud but the food was nice and the selection of drinks was good.
  10. TM

    TracyM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lots of fun. Server was great. Random rain slipped through the canvas in the main patio area but didn’t dampen my experience. Very busy and energetic vibe.
  11. d

    disappointedx3

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was average but ok. Could do so much more with the patio. Don’t like the picnic tables - was better before with comfortable tables and chairs, cushions etc. need flowers and greenery. Ambiance was very poor. Will not go back.
  12. GM

    GuinevereM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service! Thank you! We will be back too bad the flames lost…
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lot of fun! The music was great. Good drinks good vibes
  14. RH

    RandH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, great music, and the drinks are sure to get you silly
  15. K

    Kerrie

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ambience is always great on the rooftop patio and the service was excellent!
  16. RM

    RahulM

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The overall experience was good. I had house fries and dynamite taco. The fries were really good, but the taco was disappointing. The drinks were well served.
  17. J

    Jill

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We had a great time and the food was amazing. The service was also fantastic, but the music was way too loud. It was 5pm on a Sunday eve and we just wanted to visit, not dance at a rave. Maybe in the future they could turn to volume up and start the party after supper time?
  18. L

    Lindsey

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great music and environment and food was great. Feel like youre at a party.
  19. SI

    SIUYA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    First off, this place is impossible to find. The only signage on 8th avenue is a 3X2' sandwich board on the sidewalk. It is all black with the words NATIONAL on it. not even an arrow. After walking up and down 8th avenue 4 times getting wrong directions from 4 surrounding pubs and the homeless guy with a tent showed us where the door was. Once inside the building, you can snake your way through 2 floors of an empty space with very inadequate directional signage. When we finally got into the establishment we had to ask the hostess how to get to the patio - another long journey. Albeit the patio, when you finally got there, was massive. But the flowers were all stacked on a table (not planted) and not a shrub or greenery to be had - very empty space with little ambiance. The waiter was very friendly and eager however didn't know the cocktails available (there is only 5) and our table didn't have a QR code for digital men) so we were told we could go ask another table. We ordered Japanese inspired tater tots - that had sauce on maybe 1/5 so really i just ate $12 tater tots on my date night. We had lost about 30 min of dining time between when we had to be at our concert from trying to just find this place, but our waiter totally hustled to get our food quickly so we could leave and be on time. He was not trained very well in the menu or the even what drink were served in what glasses. He said they were all served in jars or normal glasses. All in all it was my first date night our in a long time thanks to covid and it sure left me disappointed.
  20. T

    Tatiana

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Causal vibe, really awesome food! DJ was a nice touch but thank goodness it wasn’t too loud.
  21. GP

    GaryP

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always great at the National, especially when the sun shines.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My reservation was not honoured. Showed up on time and was told I would just need to wait. I understand things are busy with everything reopening but it was disappointing.
  23. N

    Nicola

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reso on Open Table, great seating on patio with awesome server. Nice to see everyone out enjoying their newfound freedom on this newly renovated patio!
  24. KS

    KarenS

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice friendly. Comfortable patio. Open. Was an adventure to get up there through the mall though. But worth it.
  25. C

    Cowboy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall1food4service3ambience1
    Great place to go if you’d like your ears to bleed. Music was so loud we left after 30 minutes as they were unable to heed requests to turn it down. Clocked at a consistent 95 dB, enough to cause hearing damage in 30 minutes.
  26. TK

    TadenK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good vibes, lovely and caring staff. Good food, good drinks
  27. IO

    IzabellaO

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The only downside is the menu options are limited for gluten free. I really enjoyed the old menu with the queso & other options that were more gluten friendly. I hope you can incorporate that more in the future. First time back on a patio and it was awesome otherwise!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night. Safe and amazing food with casual drinks.
  29. NC

    NataliaC

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Heaters needed to be on a higher temperature when it's cold and music needed to be toned ot down as you there only to talk and not dance ..service is always great 👍 food is ok not fantastic but for bar standards can't expect much .
  30. K

    Kayla

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Our server was great, the food however, was not as great. We had the salt and pepper wings which were a little greasy and the shrimp tempura tacos. The tacos came out with tails on and was breaded in some sort of green tempura batter served with an avocado slice. I would not recommend this dish to any taco connaisseurs. Will definitely be back for drinks as the atmosphere and service is always phenomenal. Great place to have a couple of drinks! Large patio with good tunes. Would advise booking a reservation a couple days in advance to secure a table!
  31. MC

    MathieuC

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best rooftop patio in the city, great food and cold beer, can’t ask for much more.
  32. J

    Jonathan

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2021

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Hard to reach out if u have any questions! Staff in the front desk was unfriendly and hopeless! Some server prioritized there friends first rather than a stranger customers like Us! That will willing to pay full price! But thanks for Zack who's one of your shift help me out a bit who I can reach out if I have any issues! Our server was ok too can’t complained about her at least she’s friendly and check us a lot if we’re doing ok! Overall I won’t recommend this place!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    It was way too loud (music).
  34. S

    Sammy

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good. Update your website though and don’t write that it’s happy hour DAILY if it’s not DAILY.
  35. d

    danielc

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great pub. I love the roof top patio. The daily specials are a favorite as well. Nice place to catch up with friends and try the great selection of beers.
  36. JM

    JessM

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We made a reservation from Ottawa, Ont. When we arrived around 5pm, we only had a few moments before being told last call for food was at 6pm. Our whole Party wasn’t even there yet. Last call for alcohol also came before we were ready to leave. The food was decent, but we felt rushed the entire time, on top of it being a very difficult venue to access and a closed patio. Would not go again.
  37. R

    Rose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I find National to be over priced you can not beat the service and the atmosphere.
  38. J

    Jenn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2019

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Very disappointed that the Tuesday lunch special is appetizer-sized tostadas (only $1 off) instead of tacos. Patio is nice.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    one of the meals was not delivered. Waitress seemed overwhelmed
  40. NS

    NikitaS

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing but the manager was rude. Our amazing server filled up a water bottle for us. When they were taking our table away (because they were changing to the night club) the manager came by he was very rude. He was being very condescending telling us that we weren't allowed to have the water bottle and was not pleasant at all. I understand the reason he was saying it but I have never encountered someone who was so rude about something so small, it was like he wanted to start am argument with us. Through out the night I kept seeing him and the entire time he had an angry look on his face and acted like doing his job was some sort of inconvenience for him. I think he needs to have more training on customer service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

National on 8th offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 237-5556.

National on 8th is rated 4 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

National on 8th does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 4 times today
Google Map for National on 8th

360 225 8th Ave, Calgary, AB T2P2W3

Additional information

  • Cross street

    225 8 Ave SW #360

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 237-5556

  • Private party facilities

    BOOK YOUR EVENT NOW! National on 8th is perfectly located in the heart of downtown. Situated in Stephen Avenue Place, National on 8th boasts one of Western Canada’s largest rooftop patios! The interior space features smaller seating arrangements, and a private room, to accommodate business lunches and intimate gatherings. Please email events@ntnl.ca to book your event now!

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