Candela
Candela

Candela

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.candelalounge.com/
  • Phone: 4037190049x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2pm
    Dinner: Every Night: 5pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Rogelio Herrera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private Dining Room seats up to 14 guests. Please email info@candelalounge to reserve the private room.
  • Private Party Contact: Uri Heilik 4037190049x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Candela has a private parking lot in the front of the building. Street parking also available.
A word from Candela
The Owners of Alloy Restaurant bring you their new vision on 4th Street. World small plates/share plates served in a casual elegant environment. Please join us in our main dining room/lounge or book our Private Dining Room for your next event. Free parking in front and back.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Candela reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)good for groups (50)special occasion (44)neighborhood gem (35)romantic (34)notable wine list (28)hot spot (26)late-night find (13)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been to Candela a few times and this time it wasn't the best experience. Host was a bit rude and the food seems like it has gone down a bit in quality. Didn't have the wine on the menu and tapas were mediocre. A bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    RobbyA
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great overall restaurant, excellent calamari. Every dish we trier was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tapas plates yet
    HonestgalVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    loved the size and portion of the tapas plates offered. All were adeptly made such that the food's flavour and presentation was the best I have ever enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had such a great experience at Candela this past weekend. Our server was so pleasant and very knowledgable. She made several recommendations throughout the meal, all of which we loved! We love the idea of sharing several plates; it allowed us to try more than one or two dishes. Thank you so much, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We sat at the bar and the food was great. Our bartender was not very knowledgeable about the food or wine. She gave poor feedback on the chicken tacos, saying that we should go to another establishment for tacos. Also we ordered a bottle of rioja and she asked if that was was a white. Overall our server was very rough around the edges and unprofessional. I expect a higher level of professionalism at a nice establishment. The chef executed a great menu but I'm not sure if I will dine at candela again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, service was ok
    LiketotrynewthingsVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our server was busy and took her awhile to take our order. Once the order was submitted, the food came out fairly quickly. Selection of wine wasn't extensive but the food was delicious (although over-priced for the portions provided). Their menu selection changes frequently too so don't expect to order the same dishes each time you visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious tapa style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Highly recommend the seared tuna and tuna tartare. Not cheap, but delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    SirSnooze
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I went here for my birthday, very amazing atmosphere and delicious food! 11/10 times would visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We return for the calimari and it is a family favourite every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Tapas
    Kazadum
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A great selection of tasty tapas, beautifully presented in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    been meaning to try it, finally did. I'll be back to this spot. It was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spanky
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We brought relatives from Ontario to Candela as it is one of our preferred dining spots for cool food, and great service. As always, they didn't disappoint on either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious noise
    jewels
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to candela for date night. Lovely place, bit was instantly reminded of ladies night as there were a lot of ladies groups. Food was awesome and came out a bit at a time, not all at once.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    foodiegoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Was only 3 tables dining at the same time. Our server oversold the food "everything was amazing". We ordered several tapas and the portions were small for the price. The crispy pork belly was not crispy and it was cold. The gaucho beef skewer was tough and chewy. Butter chicken lacked any real taste. The server said that it was hot when it left the kitchen. We heard so many good things about the menu and was completely disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Perfect to celebrate our anniversary, nice ambiance, food and service. Loved the salmon, beets and carrots and dessert was wonderful Seating is close and can feel intrusive, especially if few diners.When we arrived there were only two other couples and we were seated right next to one, when there were other options. Ask to move. Better once space filled. Would return to try out other items on menu as it provides the opportunity to eat a little or as much as you want. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Evening
    Shadow
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our server and all of her recommendations were wonderful. We went because we were recipients of a gift card. We will unquestionably return. The cuisine is perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My eyes are up here
    Kevin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I am a man with longer hair. Despite not having shaved for a while, the girl dropping off one of our dishes said, "Enjoy, ladies". If you do not even have the presence of mind to treat a customer with enough respect to glance up, you should find something else to do. The rest of the service was fine, albeit a little intrusive. Food was just ok, which was disappointing because the menu sounded lovely.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinningadventurer
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Candela never misses - have dined here several times now and always pleased with the attention to service and unique food offerings. This has become one of my all time favourite restaurants!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So
    Alexis
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I can't really say there was anything bad about the experience, but there wasn't anything remarkable either. And with the selections available for an amazing date night, I would bother with this again. The food wasn't bad (except the very pedestrian tuna 'tartar' - aka tuna spread). In fact some of it was tasty, however there was nothing tying one flavor to the next on this menu, it was all over the place. And I found the atmosphere lacking for a romantic dinner for 2, however it seemed to be comfortable for groups. All in all, there's just too many other exciting options out there to bother.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Evening!
    Grasshopper
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Candela met all my expectations! The decor is funky and tasteful. Our server was extremely knowledgeable, welcoming and attentive. The tapas were timed perfectly and there wasn't a miss in the bunch - such variety in the menu. Everything put together amounted to a really wonderful evening for us and our guests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food!
    Brutus
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was delicious. The woman who looked after our table was not very friendly or helpful; making the service less than inspiring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • early week dining
    trendyfoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    this restaurant has amazing décor, very chic. Our food was also amazing...simple ingredients with tons of flavour. The service however was nothing special...very run of the mill- I felt our server lacked care, maybe because it was slower than usual? I asked for a flavor sparkling water ( I was thinking of the blood orange pallegrino) they didn't carry it, only there house brand...I asked for some sort of flavor and I was offered a lemon or lime. (I was hoping for a fresh juice puree maybe on the side?) we also made a special request for our celebration, and there was nothing noted about it. It would have been nice if the server would have mentioned it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best butter chicken ever!
    TravelJanetVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    That comment came from my husband which was seconded by my son. My short rib pad Thai was very tender but a bit bland. My daughter had the scallops and pronounced them 'excellent'. The tomato and avocado salad was very fresh and delicious. Try the '5 Alive' cocktail and 'The Maltese Falcon' - both extremely tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Some nice changes from the regular run-of-the-mill items, and well executed. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's not a restaurant, it's a bar.
    GastrobarVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Decided to celebrate our anniversary at Alloy's sister restaurant, Candela. Big mistake. The restaurant is basically a concrete box, with some token decorations that looked a collection of sale items from Urban Barn. The hostess sat us at the nearest possible table to her station in a row tiny tables for two which are flanked by bistro tables along a wall and the bar. The immense bar is situated in the middle of the restaurant, and there's your first clue that this is a bar with food on the side, rather than a restaurant with a bar on the side. The result is tables of drunk women who deliver screeching laughter at a volume that will knock your fillings out, and the usual suspects of guys "dining" in baseball caps and jeans. Lovely.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great experience!
    Sandi
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Another excellent dining choice on 4th Street SW. Great decor and ambience - loved the Moroccan touches (floor tiles and lighting) Service was excellent - attentive but not overbearing. Food choices were great and quality was very good. Especially appreciated the on-site parking too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely delicious
    Carmina
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went as a group of 7, and ordered almost all of the small plates, and almost all of the entrees to share. There was not a dish that we didn't like, or that we found mediocre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Datenight
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Candela was recommended by a foodie friend. My wife and I went with another couple to celebrate my birthday. We had an 8 pm reservation for a Saturday night and had to wait at the bar until 8:30 for our table to be ready. While at the bar, my wife ordered a $12 cocktail. While bringing the drink over the bartender spilled about 25% out then simply wiped the glass and passed it 3/4 full to my wife, with not even an apology! When seated we ordered calamari, which was over cooked and chewy. The pork belly tacos lacked flavour. The tuna was good, and the gnocchi tasted great. Our server was average, friendly but not overly interested in our table. Ambiance is below average for this price range in calgary.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    TravellingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was great, the service was pleasant, the atmosphere was relaxed, but elegant. One caveat for those who want something plain....it was hard to find a dish that wasn't spicy and even those that didn't indicate a spiciness on the menu had some heat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    BGHSCHEF
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, great service, an awesome night out. My sister in law from London , England was visiting and she loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stick to the small, share plates
    OldiesInYYC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Candela has such a great reputation, built on its excellent array of tapas style share plates, and a comprehensive wine list, so it was doubly disappointing when we decided to try a main dish. Our starters were amazing, as were the desserts, but our mains were overdone. Don't get me wrong; the presentation, tastes and portion size were all good. They were just slightly overdone. Next visit we'll stick to the tapas.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all the way around!
    LunchReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was our first trip to Candela and we were thrilled with everything. The service was EXCELLENT. The servers were very attentive, but gave us privacy to talk - we didn't feel rushed, but if we looked up for something, they were there. They were great to recommend options that we would enjoy and offered great suggestions for our table. The wine list was very good, and their specialty cocktails excellent! We will be back there very soon! Oh, and loved the chic atmosphere, and interesting art work that showed off a fun and playful side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience at Candela!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dined with some friends and had a fantastic evening. Staff that greeted us were friendly and seated us promptly. Our waitress was really friendly and chatty which I really appreciated! The food was exceptional. An overall great experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing everytime!
    NJwoohoo
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The meal was spectacular, the servers were great. We especially loved the skewers, the calamari, the beef tenderloin, and the dessert balls!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time treat
    Fantastico
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My husband and I treated ourselves to a Monday dinner at Candela. We ordered the olives and hummus, tempura broccolini, seared tuna, bison sausage, beef tenderloin with jalepeno mac and cheese and bunuelos for dessert. Amazing! You must have the dessert, trust me, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shocked
    rammerVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Place was all but empty at 9 - hoping this is not the sign of impending failure. Has been one of my favourites for tapas. Food and service still very good'
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  • Candela
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food and great service :). Our waitress was fantastic. One of the best I've ever seen. The wine we had was delicious and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy Spot
    Marcwithac
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Awesome appetizers and entrées. Staff is knowledgable on wines and always on top of their job. I can recommend Candela and will come back. The interior is modern yet comfortable. The bar as the centre piece of the restaurant is working well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    evergreen
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Good food, pricey because of small servings. Very quick, good service. thanks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 77 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 378 reviews are from the Candela reviews archive.
  • KabSP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Outstanding food, superb service. The restaurant decor is beautiful and the ambience in romantic. We did our date night there and was not disappointed. The wine selection is also excellent and the cocktail list is interesting and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.