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 Monday January 29 we will commence bookings for March and April. Our gourmet buffet will be offered on the following dates: March 1, 22, 29 and April 12, 19, 26.
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

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
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Good for Birthdays (36)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for a Date (30)
Great for Lunch (27)
Good for Groups (25)
Business Meals (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Healthy (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Romantic (14)
Casual (12)
Seasonal (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Cozy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent value for this creative and satisfying lunch menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was delicious but they ran out of the lamb which we hoped to order. Our server was confused and did not know details of the meals. Fortunately we remembered to ask to about soup and specials or we would not have been told. Server tried her best to check things with chef and did get our order correct but we had to wait quite a while to order and then to get our food. There is construction around the restaurant at present which makes the entrance way unpleasant. Sometimes t is very obvious that the servers are chefs not servers...this was one of those times. Not the end of the world but just a new experience. Love this restaurant but one can never expect everything to be perfect. ..especially service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Everyone was pleased with their food selections. Great assortment of breads to try. However, the menus and bread were a bit slow at arriving as we sat around waiting for that and our drinks to arrive. It wasn't that busy so not sure if it was these students' first night.

Also, they need a sign at the top of the stairs to indicate where to get your free parking pass so you don't wander all the way in.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

Overall the night was fabulous, great food, wonderful service. Cannot wait until construction is done then the ambiance will make it perfect!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Went for a a birthday Lunch with 2 friends.
We tried two of the soups but both were way too salty.
Two of us had the Poke bowl which could have been more flavourful.
Service was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome as usual. The students were wonderful. Service wad excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I love the ambiance and have never had a bad meal. Really enjoy trying the different dishes especially the buffet. Most of the time the service is awesome but on occasion you can tell the server is a bit nervous but we try to give them positive feedback. Great job.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Exceptional food and service. Price is creeping up and not often do I want to spend $30/person for lunch, but great for a special occasion.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Went to school here in the professional cooking program and it's nice to finally be a customer there! Food is high quality, friendly staff, and atmosphere was amazing. Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The Highwood is a training ground for our future culinary stars. I have always enjoyed my experience there as I appreciate that the restaurant business is demanding and the students have chosen to learn the proper way. Our server Tom was very helpful and met my expectations. We were a table of 5 at a table of 8, and the SAIT team was able to find a alternate arrangement fort a more intimate setting. The 5 course was great, with lots of good flavours and excellent presentation. Well done!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We celebrated our daughters birthday dinner at SAIT and were all very happy with the service and food. Our daughter in law is severely dairy allergic and our waitress Tingting was fabulous in making sure that everything she ordered was ok! We’ve always had great experiences and plan on coming back!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The meal and presentation were awesome. The culinary students in SAIT's programs did a wonderful job all around. A five course meal with upscale ingredients and presentation - was a wonderful experience.

Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great experience!
A little trouble finding the building once we were on campus especially with the construction outside.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was excellent, especially crème brulle. I wanted to take one on the road. everything tasted delicious. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The quality of the food, the flavours and selection was outstanding!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were impressed and got great value for our entertainment dollar. Food presentation was very impressive and I only wish that some of the chefs in training would consider Red Deer as a place to be.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was delicious, presentation perfect. The service is a little slow because the students are learning so you have to be patient. It took us 2.5 hours to eat our 5 course meal which was fine. Don't go there if you are in a hurry!
The appetizers where delicious, lamb was amazing and the butternut squash soup was very tasty.
I will definitely go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 25, 2018

An excellent repeat visit to the Highwood. Their supervised student prepared food is the best gourmet dining available in Calgary. We look forward to our next visit.
The only disappointment was the student servers whose English was not fluent enough for them to understand our questions. In the past we have enjoyed learning about the educational pursuits of the servers.

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Organic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our latest visit to the Highwood was outstanding. The service was top-notch and the food was superb. Lots of flavour and delightful presentation. The lamb was amazing. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went to the Highwood for my Dad’s birthday dinner. I wasn’t expecting much, but it was phenomenal! Food was delicious and creatively unique. My only critique would be, although our server was great, the students need to be confident in their abilities! And more smiles!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Organic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great meal and visit with friends and family.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Our first time dining in your restaurant, we felt warmly welcomed by students. They have a very professional appearance and hold themselves to a high standard both in the kitchen l, behind the bar, and the entire service line.
Wonderful presentation and a delicious blending of flavours. Each dish was a delightful experience.
My family and I thank you for allowing us to join you on your journey.
Shane C

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 22, 2018

12 of us at the table. We were there for the food and conversation with friends, both of which were fantastic. 5 courses of the most delicious and adventurous food combinations were enjoyed by everyone. No one had exactly the same meal. It made for some interesting partner bartering and sharing. Also we could hear each other with out shouting which made the event even more enjoyable. The Highwood is so fantastic, I do not know a restaurant in Calgary I could get as good a meal and service at.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was awesome as always

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 11, 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 10, 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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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 10, 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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 (Calgary)·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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 (Calgary)·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 13, 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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 (Calgary)·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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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 11, 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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 (Calgary)·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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