The Highwood

4.7
1704 reviews
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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 elegant four-course dinner, prepare to be delighted.
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E
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience as usual. Great selection and quality of food. Great student service environment.

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JW
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the students shone while preparing and serving dinner!

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a
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Love to support the students as they are learning their trade. Food was exceptional and unique.

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RB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the steak sandwich and was expecting a traditional steak sandwich, although the steak was tasty I was disappointed with the potato cake rather than some sort of bread. The endive salad starter was superb and my end of meal cappuccino excellent.
Other members of my group tried the steamed buns, the roast special and the pork for their main courses.
They each said that their meals were okay but would try something else next time.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. Delicious and well priced. Good effort with the presentation. Arrive early to find parking for lunch hour

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sour cucumber mock tail was refreshing. The plating of the tempura was elegant and the teriyaki chicken was delicious. Everything was excellent. Our server Fjordi was very pleasant and accommodating. It was our first visit but it will not be our last.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing; beautifully presented and delicious! Our wait staff was very friendly and did a fabulous job making sure any and all needs were met. Definitely a place we would love to come to again. Thank you to everyone from the chefs to all of the other staff members on duty that night! Well done!

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ER
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Terrific effort from everyone. Excellent experience overall;service, food, and drinks. Great value too.

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S
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! Just a bit expensive.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place for a beautiful well prepared lunch at an incredibly low price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. The price is fantastic. The timing of drinks and confidence in service is obviously still being learnt, but that is to be expected. All around a great experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Good selection on the menu. Food was delicious and beautifully presented.
Service was prompt, courteous and attentive. Would highly recommend this venue for both quality and price.

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TS
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice selections for buffet. Fresh cod. Even pheasant breast & rabbit. Nice prime rib. Best smoked & beet salmon in city as usual. Less salty than others. Lots of dessert & cold items. Server was apparently nervous according to teacher but very attentive & good work attitude.

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ES
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An evening our to the Highwood Dining is an unbleiable experience. Every aspect is outstanding and a very enjoyable evening. It is probably my favourite night out. The staff is wonderful and it is great how try they all try.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The chefs were able o accomodate persons who were lactose intolerant and needed to eat a gluten free diet. Dessert was a highlight.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very well done once again. We enjoy the ability to support the the SAIT students and instructors.
Our meals were attractively and deliciously prepared. The new menu selection was also noted with pleasure. Thank you all!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos took great care of us and the meal was wonderful... what a treat!

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WW
Calgary
50 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed their 4 courses! We appreciated the extra toppings for the salads. Our large table was disappointed there were only 2 chocolate desserts left. However, the bonus treats were very tasty. Service was friendly & helpful. We were surprised it wasn't busier for Valentine's Day.

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GB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A well lit, quiet setting which a lot of us like to enjoy a meal in. Beautifully presented tasty courses. We enjoy the training students and wish them a happy and fulfilling career in the food industry.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy our evening immensely!! We had not been to the Highwood for many years and we were not disappointed. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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JR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food prepared by the student-chefs. Best beef tenderloin I've ever had, and the brussel sprouts were amazing! Thursday buffets are on the expensive side for lunch, but justifiable for all they serve.

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LW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. We had a wonderful lunch. Thank you!

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JW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Hot food is poor in quality, meat is over cooked and dry.

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BG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my first time at the The Highwood. I will definitely be back to try some new creations by the SAIT students.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a great place to enjoy a classy formal dinner without all the formality of being professional addressed. I will definitely go there again, it is my defacto restaurant to visit for great food, and supportive of the hospitality management education.

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CK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best kept secret. The young chefs from service to food are top notch. Their mentors chef are so talented and guide these young chefs to perfection

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JW
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food and service were great. With the cold it seemed like you had some cancellations. Better for those in attendance.

Also appreciate the phone call indicating one of us left a pair of glasses. These will be picked up sometime next week. Thanks again.

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CH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my hubby for his 50th! Thanks for making it so enjoyable! My only complaint is its so hard to get in-always so booked! 🤣 Thanks again!
PS do you sell the green goddess salad dressing??

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L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open Table: There’s a glitch in your rating system. The Highwood deserves 5 Stars in all categories. The noise level was low. Your system would not permit 5 stars in all categories. When I tried to indicate a low noise level - a star would be deleted in one of the categories.
On Feb 7, 2019, our family celebrated 3 birthdays. It is our tradition to celebrate birthdays at the Highwood. So far, we are at the 10 year milestone. Not once has the Highwood disappointed! Consistently delicious food, beautiful presentation, personable service, and great value. The Menu changes are frequent; never boring! Highly recommend a dinner at the Highwood located on the SAIT campus. Bon Appetit everyone!

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We appreciate this collective treasure of food, real time student learning, and SAIT!

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A
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed the 3 course lunch on Thursday, offered instead of the planned buffet due to water issues. The staff and students were most obliging and worked efficiently and creatively under very trying circumstances. Thanks to all for providing an enjoyable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went On Feb.7th, I had booked the buffet back in November (?) but due to broken pipes it was cancelled. We were given the option to have a salad, main and desert buffet for $18 instead. It was a very good deal and the food was very good. I had the vegetarian poke bowl which I enjoyed. I enjoyed most of the deserts except for a petit four(?) the icing/fondant was too thick and sweet and slightly grainy, the cake inside was a little dry. The students all did a good job. While it was a bit of a disappointment not to be able to go to the buffet SAIT more than made up for it. Thank-you

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BG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The department enjoyed the experience and would go again. It was a great place to welcome staff and have a celebration. The students are great to work with and it is a nice environment for teaching.
They would recommend going again for a function within the department. The food was excellent and the wait staff were very knowledgeable.

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MW
Calgary
37 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good value. Dinner was very tasty with the carpaccio starter a favourite. Only comment is, I always find the restaurant cold and in minus 20 temps it was even colder - take a sweater and wear warm footwear! We'll be back, thanks.

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SK
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at SAIT’s culinary arts restaurant. Very impressed as these students have just started the semester and are already well on their way to being professional fine dining service staff. On top of that, the food was as good as any of the high end downtown restaurants. Every bite of every one of our four course meal was delicious but the highlights for me was the sirloin topped with a bone marrow crust and for my hubby, the duck that was cooked to perfection.

This was a great experience and I highly recommend. It was made all the more fun as we were able to give the students tips on serving and see them accomplish tasks that they hadn't performed before (Our "sommelier" had never decanted wine). If you remember that these are students just trying to learn a craft, you will love this restaurant.

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday dinner for my Mom's 65th. Amazing food, staff and atmosphere.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. Service was excellent and the students were dedicated to learning and enjoyed what they were doing. Everyone was very friendly and I asked them a lot of questions about their training and they were more than willing my questions. SAIT continues to develop world class chefs and hospitality professionals! Keep up the good work!!

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KB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Tastefully presented and tasty flavours.
We all enjoyed the night very much.
Already thinking of when we can return.

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CK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was the best Those kids are to attentive to deal. So helpful with suggestions and recommendations. Always checking to help in anyway

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AQ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy seeing the students learning their craft under the very watchful eye of their instructors. Great value in a very pleasant environment.

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