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#1,037 of 2,405 Restaurants in Calgary


$30 - $30
Canadian, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 2 December 2019

I do not recommend you spend your hard earned money at this restaurant. Food is not good and service is lacking. There were four of us for breakfast, we ordered off the menu and everyone was very disappointed with their food. The prices are way...too high for the quality of food they serve. For a high end hotel we expected much more. Starbucks would've been a better decision.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 26 July 2019

We only stayed at the Westin overnight so we had just one breakfast at Essence on a Friday morning. Prices of ala carte tend to push you towards the buffet, but after seeing nothing special there and no omelette station, we ordered off the menu....We had enough to feel full and the cost was the same as the buffet, without us overeating. At least we had fresh eggs and quite a lot of bacon. Our server was quite nice and attentive.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 17 July 2019

The breakfast buffet in The Westin Calgary hotel was fine. They had some multigrain bread & also steel-cut oatmeal. From the comments below, it appears that they may have had an omelette station in the past or perhaps on the weekends? They didn't have one...though when we were there.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 2 June 2019

Our tour group spent a night and was treated to the buffet breakfast. The quality and variety was excellent and varied. Fresh omelette station was terrific. I especially enjoyed the fresh fruit and good quality pastries.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 28 February 2019

Had a nice lunch here with reasonably priced soup and salad. One of the better hotel restaurants, and the service was good.

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 12 June 2018

I was expecting a little more for the breakfast buffet but it was just o.k. Since it is a highend Hotel, I expected a little more.

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Lovely breakfast choices. Freshly cooked egg choices were a great option and the fruit was equally fresh and tasty. Part of our room package, so not sure if value for money or not; but couldn't fault the place.

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Some of the food was great and some was undercooked. Service was poor. For the quality of food served the buffet was overpriced.

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

This was a standard breakfast buffet. They did have an omelet station which was nice. The cost was a bit much for what was included. Service was good.

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Serving staff were awesome, prompt, courteous and efficient. I've never been served a bacon and egg breakfast like this before. Six or more slices of deep fried, greasy bacon and salt was added to my sunny side up eggs. This breakfast plus coffee was over...$24 before the tip; most expensive and least satisfying ever!! Sorry. I truly hope this helps with continual improvement objectives.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Essence Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3