About The Highwood

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 five-course dinner, prepare to be delighted.

1301 16th Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International

Hours of Operation:

Lunch
Monday to Friday - Prices Vary
Seating's at 11:30 am or 12 pm | Walk -ins welcome

Thursday lunch buffet - $30.00 + GST
Seating's at 11 am, 11:30 am or 12 pm


Dinner - $48.00 + GST (Includes Five Course Meal)
Monday to Thursday
Seating's at 6, 6:30 and 7 pm │Walk-ins welcome

The Highwood will be closed February 19 to 26. Reservations are available up to February 28. On January 26 we will commence bookings for March and April.
Open During Renovations! Our building is undergoing renovations, but our students are still serving up great meals. We look forward to having you dine with us during this exciting transformation, visit www.sait.ca/highwood for more details. Elevator access is available apon request. Your continued support is essential to student success.

Cross Street:
Dr. Carpenter Circle NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 284-8615 ext. 2

Website:
http://www.sait.ca/highwood

Parking Details:
For information on parking or to view a campus map, please visit sait.ca/highwood.

Public Transit:
The Highwood is conveniently located close to the SAIT /ACAD /Jubilee c-train station.

Executive Chef:
Michael Allemeier, Michael Dekker & Steve Lepine

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer custom social events for all occasions at our downtown Culinary Campus. Visit the culinarycampus.ca for more information.

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Details
Mon - Wed 6:30PM - 6:30PM 7:00PM - 7:00PM

The Highwood Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (53)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Good for Birthdays (36)
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Good for Anniversaries (36)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for a Date (31)
Great for Lunch (29)
Good for Groups (25)
Business Meals (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Seasonal (16)
Healthy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Authentic (11)
Casual (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Romantic (11)
Fun (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and the service was outstanding. I would rate The Highwood as one of the top fine dining restaurants in the city. We highly recommend the Highwood to our friends to dine there.

You would never know that it was students opposed to professional chefs creating these Amazing dishes

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Menu was diversified and food we chose was delicious. Already referred to family & friends, and we're planning a return visit in the near future.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent value at $48 for a 5 course menu. Service is always interesting but they are learning and happy to take helpful suggestions on board. I loved the thinly sliced octopus that came with the scallop starter. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was our first visit to the your restaurant. We had an interesting experience.
The atmosphere was comfortable and fine.
We were aware that this is a learning experience for all. The male hostess and female server were a little nervous but did well.
The food was tasty over all and interesting, although we found the portions very small.
The endive and fennel salad did not have any fennel. I mentioned this to the waitress who only came back to tell me that she had mentioned it to the kitchen.
The romaine salad/ deconstructed Cesar salad came with fish which was not written on the menu.
The steak was ordered as" on the rarer side of medium rare" but was served blue.

Only wanting this review to be of help to you.
All the best.
Will probably return sometime but not sure about recommending it to others. They would have to come with an open mind.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious and service fantastic. Octapus was especially and surprisingly very tasty. The presentation amazing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Every course was delicious and the presentation was superb. I can't say enough how pleased we all were with our wonderful meals - Thank you

Gordon Macdonald

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This was a wonderful experience for our family. We all enjoyed our drinks, food, and the hospitality ladies that were there for us. The one thing that I really was impressed with was that the staff took it very serious when I explained about my anaphylaxis to shell fish. Also, that my daughter-in-law had allergies to gluten, milk, and soy, and that they would have to check even the oils that the food was cooked in. Even Ross came over to assure us that all would be taken care of. Now, that’s the way all restaurants should deal with this type of situation. Thank you so much for making our time at the Highwood so awesome.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fun, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had an amazing time as usual at the Highwood. The food was great. The service was enthusiastic and we felt like very special guests. This is one of my favourite places for a special meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

This was a very special occasion as we have a Granddaughter in the program and it was wonderful to see what she created for us and see her in her chef outfit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food & presentation were excellent. Nice environment to enjoy conversation with everyone at the table. Friendly staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I have been going to the Highwood Dining room for many years, and especially friend's brithdays. This time I was disappointed in the main dishes. I appreciate the effort the students have placed in providing this Christmas luncheon. The majority of the dishes were cold. The soups were hot, and the special cranberry-apple pudding was delightful. I will return again, but if the main dishes are cold, I have other options. In summary, we have always enjoyed the quality of food served over 15 years and we especially enjoy talking to the students. I do hope they review the surveys. Happy Holidays to all and enjoy the break to be with friends and family

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I book the Thursday Brunch almost monthly! I usually take people that have never been there before or for special occasions. It is very impressive to take someone to - truly amazing. The food is absolutely delicious! Very creative and appealing. I recommend The Highwood Restaurant to everyone - you will definitely want to go again!

The one disadvantage is the stairs going up to the dining room. Due to renovations the regular elevator is not available. I suggest that there is a buzzer to get someone to come down and take the elevator in the back way. Temporarily until renos are done. This method could be used for those in a walker or wheelchair too. If you have to go out to put your parking ticket ($7 a great deal) in your car, then that is 2 trips to go up again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The meal was so tasty!!! Im gluten free and I knew I was safe with every bite!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Food was excellent and our server Taylor was very pleasant. I would highly recommend. Compliments to the Chef's

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

We enjoyed an exceptional evening of fabulous food prepared by very talented young professional cooks, my daughter among them. The wine list was really good, and the service very friendly and engaging. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fantastic food! I loved the unique, tasty menu - so many great choices. Lovely Christmas lunch with attentive service and lots of time for visiting. Food was elegantly presented.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 6, 2017

3 of us enjoyed lunch at the Highwood complete with a delicious bottle of red wine at a reasonable price. 2 of us ordered the special which was tenderloin with lovely vegetables, potato puree, gravy. We couldn't eat all ours - portion was generous. The other ordered steak sandwich with roasted potato wedges and she cleaned her plate. We shared and enjoyed the brownie dessert and each had a coffee. Our server was attentive and eager to please. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a meal anytime, always a treat!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food presentation was great and the taste was amazing as well, combination of flavours was good and the students were enthusiastic in their service the drinks were fantastic and I think everything over all was an excellent experience I would love going back and the prices are good

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent evening. We enjoyed everything including each of our servers. Thank you. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

It's a teaching venue for SAIT students who are keen and energetic. Allowance for inexperience of waitstaff is necessary. There was an opportunity for comment directly to teaching staff when one instructor stopped by to ask how we enjoyed the meal. The 5 course dinner was well presented and tasty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent choice for a business meeting or getting together with family and friends! We had the lunch buffet with so many choices it was difficult to choose. We all enjoyed our meal choices! The students did a great job informing us of all the ingredients in each dish and which sauces would go best with the selections we picked! I would recommend the Highwood for any occasion!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I was a little disappointed as I thought that there would be more of a traditional Christmas theme selection of main courses. Specifically, honey ham, turkey, sccallop potatoes, cranberry/orange fusion compote,etc.

Also feel that there is a slight urgency to bring the luncheon buffett to a quick end as items tend to be slowly pulled from the tables. Makes for a rushed instead of relaxing outing.

I'm all for trying different combinations of traditional foods but there seems to be a greater slant to fusion and/or vegan dishes which really don't appeal to my palette. Please think about bringing back some of the "comfort foods" of the past that still can be updated to today's low calorie diets.

Thanks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Temporary entrance was well marked but no one there to check us in so we wandered thru restaurant with our coats/ hats and mittens. Confusion with lack of menus when we had reserved a table for four.

Butternut soup was unusually bland. Ham hock appy excellent.

Good food presentations and usually a good resto. This is a teaching facility so spotty service is to be expected from time to time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have a small company, and the Highwood is perfect for our annual Christmas dinner. The food is outstanding, and gets better every year. Every dish was a work of art, and absolutely delicious. We love the dessert buffet; there were lots of options for everyone, despite any allergies and food intolerances. The service could use some improvement. We had to ask several times to have water glasses refilled. When the food arrived, it was apparently placed in front of the wrong person, and dishes were moved several times. The wine was not very equitably distributed. However, overall it was a lovely experience that everyone enjoyed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Salad bar and desserts great. Hot buffet very MEH. Value has deteriorated. Significantly overpriced.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thursday lunch buffet is so crazy good you'll see why it's hard to get in but once you do you'll be planning your next visit.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was spectacular as was the service!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was an Anniversary dinner for my wife and I and we were not to be disappointed.
We were so impressed with the students, the service and the food was amazingly good - Five Star standard! Beautiful and meticulously prepared and presented, each course was a delight.
From start to finish, it was faultless and we had a lovely evening.
Do not miss the opportunity of Fine Dining at such a reasonable price.
A huge "Thank You" to all the SAIT students and staff ... Job well done!
We shall return.
Patrick & Rose

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 17, 2017

What a venue! Nothing but praise for the dining experience. Such a treat to take my kids out for a fine lunch!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I didn't like my meal. Steak sandwich was underseasoned, ice cold and so chewy. Had steak sandwich at Cash Casino was much better steak sandwich for simular price. My friend had same and didn't like it either. Out of 5 people only 1 liked her meal. I will not pay 8.00 for parking to eat there.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding as to always is. Great to see the creative work of students.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everyone is still raving about the dinner days later! Table loved the tomato salad & appetizers of cheese fritters. Had to ask for another basket of assorted bread as everyone sampled all the different types. One used the bread to soak up the rest of their duck consume. Main entrees of sirloin, pork, fish, & gnocchi were all appreciatively devoured. There was a delicious buffet of desserts to choose from. Service was professional & friendly.

Note: Building is being renovated so there is a temporary entrance with no elevator.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Server was very considerate. We were so full that we cannot eat the desert. The server was kind enough to let us pack it home

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was the first time we dined at the Highwood and wonder why we waited so long. The food was delicious from start to finish; the presentation exceptional. Our waiter, Andrew, was attentive, engaging, professional and friendly. The entire staff made us feel very welcome. It was an amazing experience! Kudos!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is a cooking school. It was the server’s first day but he did very well. Cod was again fresh. Poke bowl was great as usual. Blackened shrimp was great value. Great value. The good price helps. Nice to see good food from a cooking school. Better than certain real restaurants. They must have great chefs as teachers.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing! The appetizer and dessert sections are excellent! Well worth the price.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful food and great service! The staff was very accommodating with my food restrictions and everything was delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 31, 2017

For the price it’s completely worth for. Food is 5stars cuisine standard. Service is just okay as you know this is a student training restaurant. If they can explain what’s in each dish serving then it will be perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food server was great, drink server has some more to work on, a bit socially awkward and slow and forgetful about our wine, by the time she brought it we were almost done our main course

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was fantastic, very tasty. It tasted like more. One of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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