About Ayden Kitchen & Bar
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M3
Top Chef Canada Winner Dale Mackay and Co-Chef Nathan Guggenheimer welcomes you to Ayden Kitchen and Bar. Ayden Kitchen and Bar offers Canadian Comfort Cuisine and crafted cocktails by mixologist Christopher Cho.
Contemporary French, Canadian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ayden Kitchen & Bar offers a variety of custom catering options - we'll work with you within your budget and size to ensure you get a fantastic dining experience for your group, event, or party.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ayden Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
New Year's Eve 2016. The restaurant is v ...
New Year's Eve 2016. The restaurant is very nice and the server was very good. Professional and friendly. The tuna poke was very good. The Risotto was el dente (Italian for lazy?), the sauce reminded me of cheese whiz. The beef dish was meh as well. The grilled portion was cold, freezing cold, and above that tasted quite bland. The crispy deep fried portion was ok however. Except for the large chunk of gristle. The potato and Brussel sprout accompaniments were both decent tasting. The chocolate desert was bad. Dark chocolate brownie with runny whipped cream and some sort of very unappealing lime sauce. Honestly Boston Pizza has more delicious dessert options. It's important to add that 4 courses with wine accompaniment and tip came to $450! Ridiculous amount of money for underwhelming food.
Always excellent flavors and presentatio ...
Always excellent flavors and presentation. It's also fun to watch the chefs in action if near the kitchen. We had a lovely set menu on New Year's Eve and the quality of the ingredients was evident
Tremendous evening. Our food was excelle ...
Tremendous evening. Our food was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly; not overbearing nor gratuitous. Service was nicel paced. We felt comfortable and really enjoyed our evening. Thanks. We will be back.
Front room (bar area) is nice and open. ...
Front room (bar area) is nice and open. Back area, especially the very back, I find a bit dark. We have been a few times and the food is consistently well prepared, well presented and great flavour. Wine service is good and easy (not intimidating) and wine selection is good. There is some local beer available and some nice cocktails.
We enjoyed a family lunch at Ayden over ...
We enjoyed a family lunch at Ayden over the holidays with our extended family - great food and something for everyone in our group of teenagers, foodies and gluten-free dieters. Fun to watch the open kitchen but don't wear your best coat as the smell of the kitchen lingered on our clothes for hours after the lunch. We will definitely go back for dinner next time we are in Saskatoon.
I got to the restaurant to find that my ...
I got to the restaurant to find that my "OpenTable" reservation for 4 people, made three days prior, did not show up on their list. Had it been busy, I would have been really upset about a missing reservation. I showed the hostess my confirmation email and she brushed it off and said she could get us in, which was clearly not my point. If you're going to use a system, ensure it works so people aren't disappointed when they arrive.
The food was excellent, my steak was done correctly, but was lukewarm at best! I was with two friends who were new to Saskatoon and it was the only issue I had with the meal itself. It took the waiter a bit to come take our order and the couple that came into the restaurant after us had their order taken and served before us. Not really impressed with that!
Overall, it was an ok visit.
Ayden serves excellent food and drink. ...
Ayden serves excellent food and drink. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The décor is pleasing and the different table setups work well for anything from business meals, dates and/or family dinners. As well, the bar is a comfortable place for a cocktail.
I highly recommend Ayden.
Our daughter had just moved home from tw ...
Our daughter had just moved home from two years in California in May so we promised her that once she found a permanent job we would celebrate as a family at any restaurant of her choice. She landed an amazing job and we were excited to try out her number one choice! I implemented two rules for the evening: dress up nice and no phones allowed at the table (except for food photos). Ayden did not disappoint and neither did our kids! It was a wonderful family evening with great food, great conversation and lasting memories!
WHile the restaurant was very good, thou ...
WHile the restaurant was very good, though a touch expensive we were dissatisfied with the experience of having booked on line. We booked on line only to arrive at the restaurant, having walked there from our hotel on a very cold night, to find out that there was not a table for us. The employee stated that not infrequently the "open table" site confirmed reservations when no actual places existed. We offered a table that had been booked by others, but were politely told that we would have to be done eating by a certain time in order to vacate it for the group who were booked in properly. So instead of having a nice, leisurely, romantic, but expensive meal we felt somewhat rushed through an expensive meal. End result, restaurant was good but we could not enjoy it or our evening to the fullest, whereas the "Open Table" experience was poor such that I doubt we would use it again or recommend it.
Our meals were top drawer, as always. Th ...
Our meals were top drawer, as always. Thai wings, steak, pork buns, veggie burger and beef burger were on the slab this day. All very much enjoyed. Our meals took a very long time to come up, which is a first in roughly 15X times I have dined there in the past year. This was due to a large party being ahead of us. Without prompting, our waiter informed us that our entire meal would be comped in apology for this. Very gracious!
I ordered the veggie burger (with option ...
I ordered the veggie burger (with optional egg included) and chips, it was delicious. I never order anything veggie based, meatatarian here, but was curious about the veggie burger when I seen the menu earlier in the day. My intuition was spot on, and the burger was pretty spectacular. Its true, if done well enough, a veggie patty can make you look past the fact that its not a meat burger. Would definitely eat it again :)
I was late because I couldn't find parki ...
I was late because I couldn't find parking, staff remained friendly even though I was late. Staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Food was very good and there was a large selection of drinks.
It is quite expensive, especially drinks but overall it was a very good experience
The food was phenomenal and very unique. ...
The food was phenomenal and very unique. Everything was cooked to perfection and left the palate completely tantalized. The wine was delicious and perfectly complimented our meals. The waitress was very helpful ensuring I would have gluten free options carefully tended to. Due to our 45-60 minute long wait for the meal (which I expected to be normal considering it was 7:30pm on a Friday night), the waitress graciously provided us with a complimentary dessert that was amazingly delicious and also gluten free. We left very satisfied with both the food and the service and will definitely return again soon.
Unfortunately there was a chef/cook who ...
Unfortunately there was a chef/cook who was yelling out the orders so loudly it was disturbing. Also the desserts were terrible. We ordered two for the three of us. The carrot cake had booze in it -- which was not clearly indicated in the menu -- I am a recovering alcoholic -- so thankfully I took a small bite and realized I could not eat it!!! The tart was so tough we couldn't even get through it with a spoon.
On the plus side ... I have had the duck there a couple of times and it is incredible.
I thought it was great! We went for a me ...
I thought it was great! We went for a meal and drinks during the evening between a two day work conference. The steamed buns were to die for.
Our server was polite but painfully un-charismatic and had no personality. It made us feel a bit uncomfortable maybe even borderline unwelcome. The 18% on groups of 6+ left a bit of a poor taste, particularly when having it pointed out that it does not all go to the server. Ah well. I'll go again without a doubt. I find Saskatoon suffers in general as far as customer service goes...maybe it's just me - I found, when working in service in Saskatoon, that the customers are very nice but the other service people are inconsistent.
The prices are high at Ayden but the quality far supersedes the cost. The location is great and walkable if you are staying from out of town and staying in the hotel area (i.e. Spadina area by Radisson, Bess, Saskatoon Inn, etc.). Definitely check this restaurant out. It's some of the best food I've had and all six of us present agreed.
We were very excited to go to Aydens. We ...
We were very excited to go to Aydens. We had all heard great things. In the end it was just ok. Mixed drinks were great. Charcuterie board was impressive but needed more variety to the many meats offered. Maybe a bit of cheese or variety of crackers.
One of our guests only got through a few bites of gnocchi saying it was way to rich and not loving the flavour. Pork belly and perogy dish was fatty and flavoured all the same - completely brown looking dish. One of our guests loved his burger.
Aydens is a carnivore restaurant for sure. They know their meat. Very savoury menu. Too heavy for our tastes.
The bar staff could be a little friendli ...
The bar staff could be a little friendlier, but overall this place is outstanding. I hosted a business colleague from Toronto who felt the food taste and quality was as good as he's had anywhere in North America. So, well done Ayden!
Some items were overly done, with either ...
Some items were overly done, with either too much butter with the veggies, or too much salt or seasoning in the entrees. We are not fussy eaters at all, but I found myself drinking lots of water to combat the saltiness, and my wife thought the seasoning in her dish was too strong. On the plus side, most of the food was still quite tasty and nicely presented. Plus, the server recognized that my wife was not enjoying her meal, and she sent the manager over to make it right--- which he did. So, kudos for the service and commitment to customer satisfaction. The pumpkin dessert was fabulous too.
I felt bad for asking to be moved to ano ...
I felt bad for asking to be moved to another table. I could not converse with my date as It was too loud and he felt crowded. We did get moved to another table very quickly and that table was so much better. The lights were dimmed during the meal which I loved. The food, well it speaks for itself; was amazing!! Compliments to the Chef!!!
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