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Black Betty Burger & Winebar
Black Betty Burger & Winebar

Black Betty Burger & Winebar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackbettybwb.com/
  • Phone: (403) 265-4230
  • Hours of Operation: Open Mon-Fri 11am till late.
    Saturday 6pm till late .
    Sunday Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Derek Wilkins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Coming soon! Please visit our website for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Kittleson (403) 265-4230
  • Entertainment: Featuring live music every Wednesday for Wine Wednesday.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Inquire within or email eat@blackbettybwb.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Ave 1st Street
  • Public Transit: C-Train and most major bus routes within one block.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Daytime public parkades in surrounding area such as James Short Parkade located on 5th Avenue and 1st Street SW.

    Street parking is also available by meter during business hours.
A word from Black Betty Burger & Winebar
Black Betty Burger & Winebar is pleased to offer Calgary a new twist on the traditional burger joint, providing a casual yet upscale dining and entertainment experience showcasing a unique contemporary menu with a substantial beer, wine and cocktail list. We will be featuring live music and exceptional happy hours within our French inspired decor meets Hollywood walls. Think classic rock haven and wine cellar all in one.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This place turns into a nightclub after hours and I think they are more focused on that business than than the restaurant. The food was pretty good, we all had a variation of a burger and everyone left happy. The service was ok but not great, food took a bit longer than you would expect for lunchtime and the plates came out about 5-10 minutes apart leaving half of our party watching the other half eat. All in all a decent place for the money."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went for lunch with a colleague during the day, restaurant was super busy and service received was subpar. Other service staff had to follow up after our server as even they noticed we waited for such lengths for drinks and meals. Portion sizes were ok but not in line with menu prices. I won't be making an effort to get back here again in the near future as other restos like Charcut have better lunch prices and express service for those on a schedule. 5 dollar glasses of wine made the experience tolerable."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Black Betty calls itself a wine bar. It has a very modest wine list, and only a couple bottles over $100, both mass produced brands. We ordered one of the more expensive bottles and asked that it be decanted. We were told they don't have any decanters. The food was otherwise what you'd expect in a burger joint."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I held a marketing luncheon at Black Betty. The basement was quiet enough for discussions, the service was excellent, and the food was quite satisfying."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Burgers were overwhelmed by the large buns. Onion rings were cold and included more honey than onions."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great burgers, friendly polite service, food delivery needs speeding up a little and I struggled to read the menu with the very low (dim) lighting in the basement area of this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We showed up for lunch just after noon, usual restaurants downtown get you in and out within an hour since they know we have to be back at work. we sat down and a waitress brought us our drinks. we asked to order but she said she wasnt our waitress and would grab her. 10 minutes later we asked her again if we could order, same story, another 10 minutes goes by and nobody takes our order or comes by to check. anyone we asked said they werent our waitress so we had to wait. after 25 minutes we left. I have no idea how good the food is, but the service was awful. Either they hire imcompetent people, or have idiot management that cant figure out that all tables need to be assigned. whatever the case, I wont be back over lunch."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I brought my American customers for pre-rodeo burgers and beers. They were over-the-moon happy with Black Betty! Couldn't find a better place to introduce out of towners to true Calgarian style great food and friendly staff."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Despite the reviews about poor service we went here for dinner. We ended up being seated upstairs and had a great time. They had a fabulous little band playing and the atmosphere was excellent. Try the bacon wrapped figs for an appie - they were unbelievable!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • " Service was very slow and confused with different people serving and taking orders."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I have always wanted to try Black Betty's, as it seemed like a fun place, however, I will probably never return..... Pros - good wine selection and decent sized glasses, Wonton nachos were delicious. Burgers were decent, but expensive Cons - service left a lot to be desired, server was too busy talking to other servers and customers; forgot to bring water to one guest who asked for it twice and a glass of wine was ordered and never received. Food - here were the problems, lobster ravioli was served FROZEN, replacement was not served until the rest of the table was finished their entrees, pasta was not cooked in another dish, and the beef tartar was served without the egg, when asked why were told that they "ran out of eggs""
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food is great, but our server tried to up-sell us on everything, without mentioning the additional price. And they charge you for everything ... even water to start your meal (not bottled - apparently "filtered" - but I didn't ask for "filtered") or mustard for your burger because it didn't come with it! Cocktails were a lil' over priced ... $10-$12 per. It becomes a little pricey to go for lunch when burgers are $17, cocktails $12, they up-sell and charge for EVERYTHING that is usually complimentary! I understand what they are trying to provide, I understand the up-sell, and even the pricing being downtown; but instead of the taste of their great food in my mouth when I left - it was the sour taste of feeling nickel & dimed!."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I've been here for dinner before and wasn't really happy with the service but I thought I would try it again but this time for lunch. I brought the girls from the office hoping that we could find a new spot for group lunches. Lately the downtown food scene has been bad for poor food, terrible service (especially for groups of women) and long wait times over the noon hour. I am pleased to say, the food was delicious, our server was friendly and attentive (despite how busy it was) and we were in and out within the hour! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our party of four had a pretty good experience. Two of us ordered burgers (Return of the Mack); one had a salmon burger; and one had the soup of the day (mushroom) and the chickpea salad. All meals were served quickly and were delicious! We had a very outgoing server who was attentive and efficient, however tried to upcharge us on everything. Only drawback was the price - lunch for 4 came in around $88 without drinks. Ensure that you don't pay for regular water."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Cool atmosphere and great food. It was a quiet night so we had great service"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was good, but I wouldn't rate it any higher than like... Joey's or Earls. The ambiance though was lovely. Our server was friendly and attentive, but let us eat in peace. She gave good recommendations for our meals and I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The special, waffles with fried chicken was really tasty and a large portion. I didn't like how dark it was in the basement or that we had to sit in high style chairs. Also, noticed that they seemed to stick all the women clientele in the basement, while putting the men upstairs."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "4 of us went out to Black Betty’s to try it for lunch. Overall the experience was pretty good but BEWARE we all ordered regular water (not sparkling) with a twist of lemon and they charged us $2 per person!!! For plain water! I completely understand paying for sparking water but plain water?? We did complain and the waitress did take it off our bill. My advice to you is to check your bill before you throw your credit card down to make sure you are being charged appropriately. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "New menu since my last visit so got to try the Sate Beef sandwich. It was good but would have liked more Sate flavour and more cilantro. Served quickly and in and out in an hour. Impressive. Po Betty shrimp sandwich looked great will try that next time."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The Chicken & waffles special was great (without the sausage gravy). "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We needed more napkins the burgers were so juicy; who ever thought of honey on onion rings???? Pure genius!!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great Burgers. Needs more attention. When we were there is was pretty quite. Definitely worth considering. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I love the decor of the restaurant. It reminds me of places I've been to in Vegas. So that is fun! The menu is good for foodies. The burgers are delicious and cocktails are refreshing. I would recommend this place if you're looking for good food and a hot spot to be (great for the after work crowd) but beware that service could definitely be improved! Our server was not very attentive and the restaurant was not that busy so that was disappointing. Other than that, I would say it's worth a visit. I'd definitely give it another try because the food was so good."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I've only had the burgers but they're really good, the beer's nice and cold and it has a fun atmosphere. Great for a different lunch option in Calgary."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food is just ok but lacked attention to detail and flavour. Many restaurants put little effort into making a great salad. the noise is excessive and the basement room lacks character and charm. For the price I expected more. Probably won't go back."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I had dinner here both on a Wednesday and a Friday. Wednesday was great. So good that we decided to come back on Saturday to see how the nightclub was. We booked a table and ordered dinner and drinks. Our server advised that because the place was "transitioning" to a nightclub we had to settle up. Of course. No complaints. Then not 10 minutes later we were advised that if we wanted to keep our seats we had to buy bottle service. I'm sorry.....WHAT?! This is not Vegas. We had planned to stay and likely spend another 200-300 dollars on drinks between the 6 of us. But we promptly left. That is ridiculous. I will never go back for a weeknight evening. Lunch or midweek dinner only. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We expected to have great burgers at this place. They were tasty, but a little dry. The servers outfits are black with something animal print. One girl has on stay-up stockings with animal print at the thigh. Looked like it should have been worn at a strip joint. NOT an appropriate place to conduct a business lunch!!!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I go to Betty's often -- a couple times a month, for lunch AND dinner, and the food is always impeccable. Best part? It's not JUST burgers...and I LOVE burgers. There are options for vegans as well -- definitely a great spot to go. Ask for Miaka -- she's a very attentive and speedy server!!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Service was very slow. At one point we wondered if our food would ever come out. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Perfect meal with a client for lunch. Good food and quick service. Glad we decided to go here."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I've only been here twice (so far!), had a a different burger each time, and was equally impressed with the taste and quality of the both! The honey-chipotle onion rings are amazing!!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Burgers were very tasty but the rest of food tasted average. Paying $2 for glasses of still (tap) water was not well received and my group will not return because of that."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Our server had to make 2 trips to the table and had to ask 4 times to repeat that we wanted project to start. We ordered a bottle of wine and was brought 2 glasses, then was told that they keep the bottle at the bar. When I asked for the rest of the bottle, it was half empty (clearly more that 2 glasses were out of it) and the manager argues with us about it. One of our meals wasn't even ordered and the server had to ask my friend what they ordered so she could place the order after the rest of us already had our meals. Worst dining experience in a long time!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Decent menu and quick service made lunch in under an hour. Burgers are good, prices ok. Top floor is very noisy as is most of the lower. Can be tough to have a conversation."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "every time I eat here either their sandwiches have too much bread or the bread is cold/hard... The veggie burger itself was amazing, but ruined because of poor bread quality. I was not the only person who thought this either... both times I've gone here my dinner-mates have had the same problem. "
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The beef tataki was like thick cut bacon. Gross. Service was horrible. The waitress was MIA (even though it wasn't overly busy), rude, walked away before hearing the answers to her questions (she would ask: " How is everything?" And be gone before I could reply), she didn't bring the change and I had to walk around to find her."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I went with the of my friend for a late dinner to avoid paying cover at the door and was quite pleased with the food. The big betty saladwas delicious as well as the onion rings. I don't remember much about the burger I split with my friend. We were able to enjoy our dinner and then go dance the night away once they opened up the dance floor. More of a electronic vibe then I expected but still really enjoyed the night!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The ambiance of this restaurant was awesome! Very sexy and fun! Hostess was excellent and very accommodating, I ordered the shrimp po boy sandwich and it was really lacking any seasoning whatsoever. My date's burger was better than my sandwich but nothing to write home about. The sticky toffee pudding (called the hot mess) and brownie were very delicious. I would go back for wine and dessert anytime but probably wouldn't order a main."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The location downtown is convenient. Food was good, i think the burger was good however the fish burger was drowned in the mayonnaise sauce. We were downstairs, which is ok but no window. Service was great and very friendly. Reservations with open table well."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great ambience, with live bands on weekends, and fantastic service is just the beginning. Delicious burgers with unique toppings and twists await at this fantastic downtown venue. Paired with a wide selection of beer, wine, or cocktails, and with tasty appetizers to whet your appetite, Black Betty is a fun place to get together with friends and/or spouses for a supremely satisfying supper and entertainment."
    Dined on 3/21/2014