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Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar, Calgary, AB

Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar

4.6
4.6
234 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
For almost thirty years, Buchanan’s Chop House and Whisky Bar has served contemporary food in a classic Calgary room. Michael and Carol Buchanan opened this neighbourhood icon in 1988, and the result is a family run, West Coast style restaurant that is true to the Chop house tradition. Buchanan’s proudly serves Alberta beef, pastas, soups and sauces – all made from scratch. In the grand tradition of the chop house, they are proud to offer fresh fish, chowder, a world-class wine list, and one of Canada’s most extensive whisky lists to round out your experience.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 261-4646

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Philip Ng

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What 234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Lunch

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Steakhouse

  • Calgary

    Business Meals

  • Calgary

    Lunch

  • Calgary

    Steakhouse

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  1. GB

    GrahamB

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. Server was fantastic..fun, efficient and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
  2. DT

    DannyT

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is great place to eat, one of the best the city has to offer. I have been going for over 15 years. Amazing ambience
  3. t

    theleer

    Calgary

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent great service, good quality food and good value. Happy hour burger deal is a great deal - so delicious. The house wine is very reasonably priced and yummy.
  4. t

    tmveezy

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a fantastic dinner with friends. Our server was knowledgable with the menu and wine list, picking out a delicious bottle of wine for our table. So good, we had to get two! The food was perfect and absolutely delicious. Would recommend Buchanans over and over again!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was amazing, appies, main course and desserts. Unfortunately I can’t say the same thing about the waiter or how long it took to get our supper. Appies were brought quickly and also our dessert. It’s definitely a casual restaurant with an exceptional chef!!! The food and presentation was that of a five star restaurant. Filet mignon and salmon were absolutely delicious and the mashed potatoes were out of this world. Unfortunately no one asked if we were celebrating anything special and waiter was too busy talking about himself that he could have cared less to ask. We will definitely come again for the food but I will dress much more casual and won’t have high expectations for the service.
  6. JW

    JohnW

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Calgary landmark that remains a hidden gem. Every time we visit we wonder why we don't come more often! Great steaks, appetizers, and service. An intelligent and reasonable wine list, nice location and good people
  7. RT

    RThomas

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The menu is quite limited. But the food was good. The service was a little slow and the restaurant was empty.
  8. RH

    RattleandHum

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what a great spot, excellent food and service staff fantastic selection of scotch and bourbon thanks again for the dessert
  9. VD

    VinnyD

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    Food was amazing, the place could use a renovation or even newer looking tables
  10. O

    Oskar

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic burger!
  11. T

    Tony

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service very knowledgeable. Nice ambience on outside sitting. A bit pricey but the quality it's definitely there.
  12. DN

    DucN

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Staff, Service and food. Will recommend anyone to go there.
  13. C

    Critic

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Too expensive for lunch and for tge value of the food
  14. B

    Brian01

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How can you go wrong with over 300 whiskeys in stock and a knowledgeable server to help you explore them!
  15. PR

    PeterR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always appreciate the service at Buchanan's and the food is delicious!
  16. TD

    TanyaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably amazing ! Our first time there and we brought our dogs. The service was impeccable and so was the food
  17. DG

    DianeG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband had the Lamb and I had the seafood bowl. They were both delicious ! Good service and nice atmosphere.
  18. DM

    DonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    One of the best whiskey selections in town and a knowledgeable staff who make excellent recommendations to match your mood or your plate.
  19. BB

    BernardB

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Buchanan's has been a consistent and reliable good quality restaurant in Calgary for years. On our most recent visit we found the service to be adequate - not outstanding. One of our party was unable to eat and was only drinking fountain pop - we were charged handsomely for each glass of pop; this seemed a little cheap to us. Other than that, a great experience as always.
  20. b

    britgirl

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is superb! Waiter was very friendly. The location is old fashioned. Has a patio.
  21. K

    Kayla

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food! Wow! It was amazing!!! Highly recommended this place! Will be back for sure!!
  22. EM

    ElginM

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated promptly and advised of the specials immediately. The waiter was very attentive, the food was wonderful.
  23. JO

    JodyO

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Service ex wonky. Thanks
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reminds me of a restaurant found typically in San Francisco or Boston. Gorgeous bar, Great food and great service! I feel like this is Calgarys hidden gem, there’s something for everyone, from casual comfort food to great steaks, lobster you name it. Sit up at the wood, read a book, visit with others and enjoy!
  25. l

    lizm

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Too many loud tables left over from happy hour. Hard to enjoy dinner with people laughing and screaming. Too loud to even talk.
  26. w

    williamh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    all good except we found it noisy also a little on the expensive side
  27. G

    Gcjc

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality food and truly expert service
  28. MB

    MikeB

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I read somewhere that the burger at Buchanan's is "spheroid" in shape, which made me giggle. The thing is, it is indeed quite spheroid. How unusual in the age of thin-patty mania. This burger is a definite two-hander: ovoid-large, meaty with sirloin goodness, packed with flavour and sufficiently juicey to require constant chin wiping. The bacon (applewood?) is thick and tasty, perfectly complementing the gooey blanket of melted cheddar. I loved every bite of this burger. The fries were dang tasty, too. But the best thing? If you go for happy hour, this beauty is only $15. An incredible bargain! Buchanan's is now my go-to for a high-quality burger fix.
  29. B

    Brittany

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Awesome service! And a big selection of whiskey obviously:)
  30. BA

    BestAJ

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    This is a pricier restaurant, compared to places like Joey's and Earls, (where the food is always tasty), so we were expecting well cooked and quality food. We were wrong. The burger and chicken tenders were just ok. The rest of the food was bad. The chicken sandwich was rubbery and fatty. You took a bite and a big chunk would come out that you weren't able to chew. We couldn't cut much of it either. Our wasabi Caesar salads consisted of leafy greens. No bacon, onions or even croutons and it cost us extra to substitute. Our mom's halibut was so very very over cooked, thus dry, dry, dry. We would not recommend this restaurant.
  31. E

    Evcole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, meals cooked to perfection
  32. S

    Scockx

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food, service was perfection, the ambiance left a little to be desired. Not exactly comfortable and the place seems a little run down but that may be on purpose. It’s legendary, it’s a fixture in the area. It is worth a visit, give it a try. Ok
  33. KA

    KARENK

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Disappointed with the burger, for a steakhouse they should do better. I ordered it medium and it was tough and fully cooked not worth the price we paid.
  34. T

    Tarance

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The steak was excellent and the scotch knowledge is very good. The short rib could have been a bit more tender. A sauce with the short rib would have been nice. Did I mention the steak was excellent. It was perfect.
  35. B

    Buzz

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Dinner at Buchanan’s was okay. We were crammed in the bar for some reason. The service was good and the food was decent. We had the bruschetta. It was tomatoes with raisins (what??) with syrupy balsamic reduction. Honestly this dish is bad. Sweet on sweet on sweet. The chef needs to learn about balance. Other than that it was fine.
  36. CN

    CNSx

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and prompt service Great food and atmosphere
  37. R

    Roman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for a birthday scotch with the boys. Great selection of whisky.
  38. k

    kaje

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing staff!! Combine that with high quality food, it's one of the top 5 places to go for a great time.
  39. W

    Willski

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I was expecting that the restaurant to have a nicer up market experience and interior. They do not have table cloths and the decor is very out dated. The food and service were good but not over the top.
  40. MD

    MichaelD

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with fast and prompt service

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Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Buchanan's Chop House and Whisky Bar

738 3 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0G7

Additional information

  • Area

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Philip Ng

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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