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The Highwood

4.5
4.5
1616 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
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An award-winning restaurant and live classroom for the next generation of culinary and hospitality leaders — The Highwood will give you a unique and delicious dining experience.

For an exceptional value, our students provide world-class cuisine and service under the expert guidance of renowned chefs and hospitality instructors. Whether you are looking for an outstanding lunch or an elevated dinner prepared to be wowed.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 284-8615 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Lesage, Chef Groves, Chef Dekker

  • Private party facilities

    Private events have been put on hold until further notice. We will update our private event information as we welcome you back into our spaces.

  • Private party contact

    Katherine Miles: (888) 573-3224

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Cross street

    Dr. Carpenter Circle NW

  • Parking details

    Please see our website www.sait.ca/highwood for specific maps and Lunch and Dinner parking details.

  • Public transit

    The Sait/Acad/Jubilee C-Train station stops at SAIT. Walk through the Campus center and make your way to the John Ware building. Follow Highwood signs along the way. The Highwood is close to 16th Ave NW and there are several buses that stop at 16th Ave and 10th St. NW.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,616 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. CP

    CarolynP

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. Such attention to detail in service and food preparation/presentation. And the most amazing and reasonably-priced wine list. I recommend anyone who lives or visits Calgary spend an evening at The Highwood. It will be an experience you won’t ever forget.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, polite staff and nice atmosphere
  3. ND

    NeilD

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the experience was great. Our server was very attentive and polite. The food was very good and the other staff were great as well. Kudos!
  4. JC

    JasmineC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We all enjoyed our meal and it was our collective first visit. The food was enjoyable.
  5. JS

    JacquelineS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Second time here in the last month. Run by students so there is an element of expectation that goes with that. On the food side, fantastic. Good presentation, portions about right, and tastes great. Constructive feedback for the servers: Don't be in a rush. Felt like they were over every 2-3min trying to top-up our water. Food came out fast but one time we were stacked with soup, salad, and main on the table as they were back to back. Can improve on the timing. Chat with the table a little if they are willing (why are they there, etc.). Allow for some time to understand the menu. And know the daily specials. Found it hard to understand what they were. Clarity and knowledge important. Other than that, go there and experience it. Oh... Get the elevator fixed!!! Those with mobility issues (like my wife) struggled to get up the stairs.
  6. N

    None

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful meal and great service. We will definitely go again.
  7. AW

    AidanW

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our student servers were so attentive and sweet! The meal was fantastic, great value!
  8. n

    nancy174

    Calgary

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was good and presentation outstanding. The rice and the risotto were undercook and the salmon cooked too much. We were a party of 6 so had a chance to taste different things. We declined desert and they still brought us desert to share, that was a nice touch.
  9. KY

    KarenY

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for your money! It may be a live classroom, but the service was top notch and a teacher was around at all times observing and coaching. It was a great evening out with our friends. We will be back!
  10. JW

    JudyW

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  11. BF

    BarbaraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and great service. Would certainly recommend the Highwood!!
  12. PL

    PaulL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really love visiting Highwood. All the staffs are students from SAIT and they do their best to serve client as much as they can. I have seen some reviews from other people complaining but I strongly believe that they won't be receiving the great food and service from any other restaurants with the bill that they are paying. Anyway I highly recommend Highwood and definitely will visit again!
  13. ME

    MeganEau

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great late-spring menu with so many options. Loved my cocktail—first time for a French 75. The plating was amazing! I ate a pear sculpture for dessert. Hidden gem!
  14. MA

    MASH

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food and ambiance were excellent. Server needed more practice
  15. S

    Siham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious…Gabriel paid attention to our dietary restrictions and provided recommendations. I highly recommend this place.
  16. MO

    MaxO

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was excellent - generous portions & expertly prepared. Top marks to back of house. Front of house needs to learn to take the order for appraisers & main together, how to open a bottle of wine, where to put the wine glasses, and much more. It was almost like they had never eaten out before. Understanding that this is a learning environment, this is why I am giving feedback here, as nobody asked while we were there. Yes I would go back again.
  17. KW

    KellyW

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I took my Mom, for her 75 th birthday as well as we wanted her to be where her youngest grandson will be when he attends Culinary School this fall. She loved the food, the atmosphere and the experience being served by and fed by up and coming hospitality and chefs! My son is eager to start this fall in Culinary. We planned to come again soon.
  18. v

    venus

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to Highwood with a group of 4 people. It was a great ambience for dinner. Service was polite and lots of smiles. The food was delicious. We thought it was all great. We had a nice evening
  19. CC

    CowtownChowhound

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The culinary program, the service, attention to detail and the dedication of your culinary team is fantastic! A hide gem in Cakgary!!!!
  20. S

    Sunra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Many congratulations to the School of Hospitality, the faculty and the students for running a great show at the Highwood! Would love to go again and should recommend it to my friends as well 😊
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from beginning to end was outstanding in every way. Our server was very attentive and answered all our questions and even treated us to some sample desserts at the end of the meal. There is nothing that could have been improved. Thanks to everyone involved for such a nice evening!
  22. M

    Marie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall it’s really good! But the bathroom seems a bit dirty.
  23. L

    Lawrence

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great experience if you don’t mind the students learning their skills. Food has great presentation and cooked to perfection.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service
  25. MJ

    MichelleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth of visit, unique experience! A must go place.
  26. KC

    KenC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    One of the toast was overcooked so much which is surprise that no one noticed before served it to us.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time and a great meal. Servers were friendly and efficient.
  28. P

    Priya

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Food was so good, food quality and presentation was amazing. The students working there doing a great job. There was an instructor who was a constant support to the students. Beautiful ambience. Dessert was yummm. Will definitely return.
  29. TH

    TerryH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at the Highwood and not disappointed with the service or food. I would highly recommend for gourmet food at a more than reasonable cost. My clam chowder soup, salmon dinner with a side of beets was beautifully presented. The pear desserts was very creative and presentation excellent. I already booked for next week with another couple. Can’t wait
  30. NL

    NixonL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Amazing experience. The Manager even gave us a tour of the kitchen! Ross was such an amazing host!! If people don't know, many staff members are students, and this is a part of their practicum, and their food and passion in cooking and serving is just super. I would definitely recommend Highwood. Great to support the school and students. I will be going back for sure.
  31. KD

    KirstieD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Waiter was very nervous and hard to understand . Food really delicious extremely tasty 😋. Unorganized was not sure how or when to take drink / starter / main course order’s . Value for quality of food ,disappointed with service .
  32. SO

    SteveO

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and service. So cool to watch the culinary students and servers in a classroom setting. You WILL NOT find a dining experience as good as this one for such a reasonable price.
  33. n

    nora

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    I order the butternut ginger soup to start . Though it was pretty to look at, had really no flavor. Being a vegetarian I ordered the mushroom/asparagus salad & the roasted Brussels sprouts to come together as my main , so that I would have a meal to eat with my daughters main course. Both my dishes came out together , the house manager brought them out and she seemed to think that I couldn’t make up my mind so the chef included it with my salad? I said no , I had ordered both for my main . That didn’t seem to dawn on her that my daughters meal should have come at the same time. I finally had to wave down our waiter to re explain that we are waiting for my daughters meal . He proceeded to tell my they could not serve my salads and her entree at the same time????? I asked for the manger , explained the problem and she said she would get my daughters meal out right away. When it came 10 minutes later , she cut into it and it started mowing it was so rare….no one was coming near our table by this time so I had to wave another waiter down to get the magager. She took the plate back and another 10 go by. By this time I’m finished my meal . The manager did comp my daughters meal but really the night was ruined. Won’t be back
  34. JA

    JACKS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    All was great until dessert. we ordered a lemon soufflé but for some reason they could not make it. The maître d did offer an very interesting alternative which we ate and enjoyed. When we got home we discovered there we no charge for dessert. That made it all better. \\\\\\\\\\paula and Jack
  35. m

    missuswine

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out for dinner with friends as this was their first experience with the Highwood. Did not disappoint!! Sean was an excellent server for us.
  36. B

    Booklady

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch and lovely service. We were a group of eight and all felt well looked after. One of our party is celiac and the server was discreet in communicating choices and the chef very accommodating. Made for a great leisurely lunch after being isolated from one another for so long!
  37. JO

    JeffOfCalgary

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Okay honestly the Highwood is just not what it used to be pre-pandemic. Yes the whole environment is about culinary students learning their craft. But in the past there was such a high degree of supervision that even though the students were learning on the fly the service was still exquisite. Having been here now once for each of lunch and dinner since Highwood reopened in 2022 I have to say that the service is pathetic and I'm not sure that the students are actually learning good practices as opposed to coping on the job given that there seems to be minimal supervision and no guidance provided. The change to a commonplace à la carte individually priced menu is also not particularly welcome as there's now even less to distinguish the Highwood experience from that of any other restaurant. Hopefully as it spins back up the Highwood will reclaim the greatness it once had but set your expectations accordingly should you choose to visit in the next little while
  38. PP

    PeterP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great presentation and outstanding taste on everything we ordered. The meal was as good as it gets in my opinion. Highly recommend
  39. W

    Will

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Some of the nicest plated food in the city....you won't be disappointed.
  40. H

    Howel

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    I made a reservation, for Friday, April 23rd, 2022, table of six to celebrate the end of the semester and experience fine dining. Students, I understand go to school to learn and experience encounters within the industry. What is clear to me, is that they didn't expect people of their age to have experience in the restaurant service themselves. We did not dress casually, nor did we speak or act rudely, and yet it seems that our service today from the host to the server was awful. It's my understanding that fine dining is about quality, but I'm unimpressed if not annoyed by the service that I received today. I am talking about my server today, who I remember is John. I want to let you know personally that you have ruined a man's experience of a dream of fine dining. If you have to ask 5-6 times back and forth to get my order right and ask about allergies on the 3rd and constantly misordering still? I hate you. I owe it to myself and the friends that I invited to make this review. Made out of the need to speak about how poorly I was treated, and how insulted I feel. I feel humiliated for telling my peers that this was fine dining, and taking time out of their schedules just so I could have a clown play parlor tricks around me. The Highwood has had its reputation smeared by this disservice, and I write this to let people know that my experience was terrible.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Highwood is rated 4.5 stars by 1616 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 5 times today
Google Map for The Highwood

1301 16th Ave NW Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dr. Carpenter Circle NW

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Please see our website www.sait.ca/highwood for specific maps and Lunch and Dinner parking details.

  • Public transit

    The Sait/Acad/Jubilee C-Train station stops at SAIT. Walk through the Campus center and make your way to the John Ware building. Follow Highwood signs along the way. The Highwood is close to 16th Ave NW and there are several buses that stop at 16th Ave and 10th St. NW.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Lesage, Chef Groves, Chef Dekker

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 284-8615 ext. 2

  • Private party facilities

    Private events have been put on hold until further notice. We will update our private event information as we welcome you back into our spaces.

  • Private party contact

    Katherine Miles: (888) 573-3224

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