Black Betty Burger & Winebar
Black Betty Burger & Winebar

Black Betty Burger & Winebar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackbettybwb.com/
  • Phone: 4032654230x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Mon-Fri 11am till late.
    Saturday 6pm till late .
    Sunday Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Burgers, Wine Bar
  • 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 4032654230x
  • Entertainment: Featuring live music every Wednesday for Wine Wednesday.
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Black Betty Burger & Winebar reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (57)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (17)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (10)neighborhood gem (8)notable wine list (6)scenic view (2)romantic (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • YUM! Best food ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    if you like Rockabilly/Pin Ups and food with flair than this is definitely the spot for you. Delicious food meets style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shouldn't charge for water
    SilverLeftyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is a great place and I like that reservations can be booked on OpenTable. Only thing you need to watch for is that if you don't specify, they'll charge you for water. And, the tomato salad swims in olive oil. otherwise, haven't ever been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • October 16th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Items on the menu were not available or being discontinued. What we did order was NOT cooked properly (steak and chicken). Had to beg the server for refills and to come to the table. General look of the place is shoddy. Will not be back nor would it be recommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    As a woman, I found the experience uncomfortable. Too many provocative photos of women and at first glance, while I was led to my seat in the basement, I thought it was a strip club because of the photos and the amount of males there - I was the only woman customer at that time in the place. It definitely caters to males. I won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whoa black betty!
    Cleodnine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Definitely a trendy place. Very cute waitress outfits. I had the fried chicken club: It was OK, but unfortunately a little hard to handle and fell apart after the second bite. I prefer meals that aren't an ergonomic challenge and would not recommend the sandwich to the average joe. Stay away from the "Australian Negroni" cocktail, it is the worst drink I have ever experienced..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic Burger Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had the BBQ burger. It was good, but nothing special though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Quality
    CLOSEBY
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Service is too slow, food is sub par for the price. Attempting to please a varied, high end palette - but missing the mark. Quality and flavour of the food just isn't there. This restauant is relying on location and not on quality food or service.
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  • Not Great
    yumyketchup
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They open at 6 my reservation was 6:30pm they were out of a number of items on the menu & wine list. Drinks are over priced & in an attempt to be "kitchy" they're gross combination. The foods nothing to rave about, wish I tried a burger but what I had was super salty, with a stale bun, small & again overpriced!!!! Would have liked to have had dessert but again they were out of the only 1 of 3 I would've liked! Turns into a night club downstairs, gets smoky upstairs & young bouncers are seen spitting chew into Red Bull cans at the door in sight of restaurant guests eating! Yep gross!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    TimewarpVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My second time here, the food was terrible and very very salty, service was lousy, staff is inexperienced. Complained about food and our bill was not adjusted. The manager did not even come to our table. The food is over priced when comparing the size of portions and quality. I will not be going back. Very disappointed.
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  • Everything was excellent
    nope
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Fantastic food (as always) Really enjoy Black betty and the great service
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    CamoVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Burger Patty was huge(maybe a little too big), bun was cold and a little dry. Flavours were good. Music kept being turned up and turned down which was kind of annoying at lunch. Service was excellent and attentive. Must try the onion rings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food barely passable/Great Service
    Spackal
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Although the service was great, the food was barely passable. Our fries were cold and hard, the sub had about 1/4 mayonnaise on it that was oozing out of all sides, very difficult to hold and eat, the sub bun was hard as if it was left out for the past week.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always good
    DaveyA
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This a fun location with great burgers and fun times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Wiezie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great place for lunch - the parm fries were a little strange (flavor), but other than that, we all enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    jtinyyc
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I ordered the bacon & blue cheese burger and a Velvet Devil merlot. Delicious! Thank you for the delicious meal, I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall pretty good but chilly
    WearyEpicurean
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Staff were pleasant and handled losing my open table reservation well. Food was good but smallish portions for those that like to eat big. The booth we were given in the basement may as well have been in the freezer as it was directly in the path of all the air conditioning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OliviaVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Been wanting to come here for some time. I had the special burger for August, which was a pork burger with sweet & sour sauce with pineapple slaw with onion rings as the side. The burger was just okay; I didn't find it had much flavor at all and I didn't see any pineapple in the pineapple slaw. The onion rings were cold and burnt, didn't really have any Cajun seasoning at all on them, but quite a bit of honey. Service was a little slow. We were charged $4 for water even though we specified tap water. Didn't really mind the $4 but would have liked the server to have mentioned it. Many restaurants to try, so probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a quick lunch!
    Anita
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    If you arrive on time and order quickly (I recommend to browse the menu before going to the restaurant) you can get in and out in 1 hour during lunch time. Great burgers and sandwiches. Good music. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reviewer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Unfortunately, we had a bad dining experience at Black Betty. Our Big Betty salad did not have toasted quinoa and when we asked if they could provide it, we received a cup of cold, soggy quinoa. The service was poor as our waitress was hard to find. The final straw was raw chicken in our salads, explained by the manager as the way they cook the chicken makes it look pink but it is actually cooked. In the end, we did not pay for our meal which was great that they did something about the service and food we received, but I am not sure I would give them another try.
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  • Great spot, but not for lunch
    NikiB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I went to this restaurant with a couple friends for lunch. I've been here a few times before and the food is always great, but the kitchen is always slow over the lunch hour. Knowing this, we ordered our food and drinks as soon as the waitress came by about 10 min. after we were seated. We informed her we had less than an hour for lunch , but she assured us it would be enough time. We placed our orders. Our drinks came out right away, however we waited over 30 min, then reminded the waitress we were in a rush and our food had not arrived. She went to check on it 10 minutes later, we told her that with our limited time, we'd have to get it to go. The food was good but the cook mixed our sides up and it was cool when we finally ate at work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good option for a downtown burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok this time around
    BryAG
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
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  • Wine bar?
    DetroitVisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
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  • Good food and fast service.
    HZProjects
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inconsistant
    foodie1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Burgers were overwhelmed by the large buns. Onion rings were cold and included more honey than onions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carnivore
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service, no service at all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
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  • Best beer list and burgers in town
    FussyMare
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonia
    sands
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushiloveVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We came for a work function which was a special occasion. The service was excellent and we all really enjoyed our meals. This was my first time trying the appetizers, which were all really good. I had the chicken and waffles, which I would probably not order again. Nothing wrong with the food at all - just not my thing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Black Betty Burger & Winebar reviews archive.
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Service was very slow and confused with different people serving and taking orders.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great place, quick service. You have to try the Parm fries..... amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in Black Betty's
    SusanKVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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"
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  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I've been to Black Betty's several times, we absolutely LOVE going there...the atmosphere is so neat and the servers are always super fun hosts!! Love the balsamic caesar...yummmmm, all of it :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Feelings
    JustMyOpinion
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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!.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great For Lunch!
    Foodie1976
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch (but pricey)
    GoodFood
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place
    Gare
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Cool atmosphere and great food. It was a quiet night so we had great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Black Betty Review
    Jade
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate