WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

4.7
751 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Canadian
"Improv Cuisine" in the Historic Grand Theatre Building in Downtown Calgary. Featuring a daily changing 5 course tasting menu, daily express 3 course lunch, exceptional event spaces and a laid-back but professional approach to service.
What 751 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
PK
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, as was the service, price slightly on the high side, but overall a very good experience

Report
Helpful
AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 5 course improv menu was absolutely amazing. I was blown away. It was a great night!

Report
Helpful
SV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and enjoyable Birthday celebration venue. Appetizer and main course was the highlight. Desert, there was room for improvement. Also, wine pairings were quite modest

Report
Helpful
L
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Workshop consistently has exciting menu offerings. It's the rare place that I feel like I'd need several visits to try everything that interests me. The specials are always creative and great value. On this particular visit I had the lunch salmon and it was so well prepared and delicious, with well chosen sides, I'd put it in the top three fish meals I've ever had, that includes visits to the west and east coast! Excellent service as well.

Report
Helpful
DH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, interesting food choices at lunch, great for taking clients.

Report
Helpful
W
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very accommodating and would check what was in dishes, he would fill our water glasses even if we weren't drinking wine. he answered all our questions about the dishes we had as we were really interested in what the chef had prepared.

Report
Helpful
OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

Report
Helpful
AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer was our server and she was amazing. She’s welcoming and made the experience here amazing. The food was great. We did the tasting menu and the surprise made it really fun

Report
Helpful
OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the 3 course menu with pairings. Will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
GD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Found my first experience a little bit better than my second. The first time, the menu was more adaptable to my sensitivity to cream and the service a little bit more mellow and relaxing.

That being said, the wine pairings along with the food was wonderful and the food was delicious.

Felt a bit rushed this time. Would still recommend and go again.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I was looking for that night! Everything tasted delicious and the ambiance was great, which is always a big deal for me and my husband. Loved it! We will definitely go back soon!

Report
Helpful
P
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We looked quickly at Workshop on OpenTable & a few other review sites for a NYE dinner, and we liked the reviews & photos we saw.

We were intrigued when we showed up that it was a set menu for dinner with a 3 or 5 course option. The choices of each course looked interesting and we decided to go all in and chose the wine pairings as well.

Each course was excellent and the wine paired perfectly.

For a set menu, with wine pairings for $250, including a generous tip, for 2 people was well worth it for the ambiance, excellent food, excellent service.

We will be back again.

Report
Helpful
K
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last night's dinner at Workshop Kitchen and Culture was perfection. We chose the 5-course Improv for $85 per person and every dish was fabulous. There was even a teaser before the appetizers and a palette cleanser just before the main entrée. The quality of the food was wonderful and Bobby, our server, took excellent care of us all evening. We would definitely go back!

Report
Helpful
A
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. The cocktails were terrific and the food was tasty with good portions. Don’t miss the brussel sprouts!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!!

Report
Helpful
L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and attentive service. Amazing food. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu. Delicious! We were celebrating my husbands birthday and they gave him a birthday card signed by all the staff. Loved the thoughtful gesture!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service ... outstanding! Definitely one of my fav places to go in Calgary.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud
Food was great

Report
Helpful
TP
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hit! Literally all seven of our group absolutely loved our lunch time experience! We all have already recommended WORKSHOP to soo many people, and some have already made plans to return to enjoy a date night with a screening in the theatre and dinner. I hope they are around for a long time, so that I can keep enjoying and bring new people to this great find!! Perfect

Report
Helpful
MM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our last restaurant after a long week of meetings and was also by far the best place we ate at, hands down. We actually ordered every appetizer and side on the menu with 5 types of meat (all between 5 people).
There was some leftovers but we would do it all over again. Fantastic food. Very well prepared.

Report
Helpful
OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool space, was not busy mid week. Tasting menu was interesting, you can ask what courses are. Or leave it a surprise and they did accommodate food intolerances. Overall good experience I do think was a bit over priced for portions.

Report
Helpful
H
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobby was an amazing host and was very friendly and explained the improv meals to us and accommodated a gluten free course meal. Food was very good and we stayed well past the closing time which we weren’t aware of because we were not rushed to leave and let us enjoy our time. Would definitely some back again

Report
Helpful
SB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

meal was excellent, was expensive that's why I say for special occasion.

Report
Helpful
MW
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, tasty food. We were there just as the new menu came out. Shared two starters (pork schnitzel, a good sized serving, and duck confit pyrogies, you get three) and two smaller mains - striploin and lamb saddle. All cooked perfectly and very tasty. The mains also had green veggies as garnish (thankfully as I am NOT on the keto diet!) which were also nicely prepared and presented. Our side was the triple cooked potato wedges - lovely light as a cloud potato surrounded by a crisp finish. The dip for the potatoes was good but I preferred the potatoes without the dip. Your option! Shared the carrot cake to finish and I only intended to have one bite but it was amazing so couldnt help but have more. It's rich so a full serving could be too much but I defy anyone to have only one bite! We will be back to try the improv dinner menu soon.

Report
Helpful
TW
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and the food, service and acknowledgement was greatly appreciated. The staff topped our desserts with a candle and signed a card for him. The food was exceptional and the service was on point! Great job and we will be back again soon!

Report
Helpful
JB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so impressed by the incredible service and loved the tasting menu! Our server Bobby was very personable, knowledgeable with wine and went the extra mile to make us comfortable and satisfied. We will be raving until we make it back!

Report
Helpful
CS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only ever had the 3 course improv dinner and it's a great way to dine if you are adventurous. Great food, great service.

Report
Helpful
BH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork belly lunch was amazing..... Had lunch with a few business associates and it was great

Report
Helpful
DC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was flavorful and beautifully prepared. I have only been there for lunch but it has been exceptional every single time. My friend had the Lougheed Lunch - a seafood curry and it was excellent. My dish was the steelhead trout and it was cooked to perfection. This is my favorite restaurant in Calgary.

Report
Helpful
BC
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food came out just a little slower than we would have liked but our server was lovely and the whole experience was amazing, as always!

Report
Helpful
OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Workshop because we had an outstanding experience there before. It was our daughter‘s 18th birthday & everyone made it a special evening. Thank you to Bobby, wine specialist, who is so attentive, knowledgeable & kind.
The food is outstanding, with local ingredients & the menu changes every day. We always get the five course chef’s choice which is the best way to go & very reasonable. We added wine/beverage pairings to each course which were well suited to every plate of food.
The staff make us feel comfortable & the ambience is well suited to conversation.
We’ll keep coming back! Thanks, Workshop :-)

Report
Helpful
OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excelente service and good location :D

Report
Helpful
SW
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent - the Arctic char was cooked perfectly & the service was friendly & attentive.

Report
Helpful
N
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! It was a bit loud during the rush but a great meal made that a non issue!

Report
Helpful
TN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Workshop never fails to impress. The flavours are outstanding and they always manage to transform regular produce into mouthwatering dishes. Our server was attentive without being intrusive, and was VERY generous with water. The staff here know what they are doing and do it with skill and expertise. Perfect for a casual Friday lunch.

Report
Helpful
OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We arrived early and were informed by the hostess that there was no bar to have a drink at the restaurant while we waited for our table to be ready. The restaurant was mostly vacant, and had only two tables that were being served at the time of our arrival.
So we left and went two blocks to grab a drink elsewhere. When we returned we were sat at a booth table, that other parties could join, that was vacant when we had arrived previously. As it was date night, I asked the hostess if we could sit somewhere else that was more intimate, and was informed that the table was reserved for a 10 year anniversary. We were not offered any other private tables that were vacant the entire time we were in the restaurant.
The restaurant was not busy, but both of our hot appetizers arrived at our table cold. My entree was luke warm, and my husband’s fish was over cooked. They took my appetizer off of the bill. As our server was great, we left him a 20% tip, but we left feeling disappointed by our dining experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect for impressing a critical business partner

Report
Helpful
G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service right from the front entrance is superb. Meal was excellent and service was great. Didn't have to wait too long for our meals which is great when you are on a business lunch. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
V
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant experience in Calgary consistently.

Report
Helpful
JL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Upon arrival (11:50am) the hostess asked us to sit and wait until 12:00pm (the time of our reservation) until we could be seated. I’ve never had this happen to me. I usually try to be early as we were meeting 3 clients. Then our clients were early and the 5 of us had to wait even though our table was ready. This did not start our experience off on the right foot. Then we had two different servers coming to our table to tell us the same thing because one had her section wrong. Our drinks took quite a while but after we received them the food was great and our server was attentive after a while.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
19

Tweets by WORKSHOP kitchen + culture