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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Candela reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)good for groups (56)special occasion (49)neighborhood gem (41)romantic (37)hot spot (29)notable wine list (28)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
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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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    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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  • 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
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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
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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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kaitlin05
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food! Love the small plates especially the calamari!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Candela used to be wonderful when they focussed on Mexican fusion cuisine and small plates. Their small plates are still good. However their entrees were extremely disappointing. Lacked flavour and finesse. I hope they go back to the small plate/ tapas format.
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  • Excellent food, service adequate
    Happygoodiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food at Candela is excellent however the service didn't equal the food. We ordered everything from the "sides" menu, as we had a non-carnivore with us. It was all delicious, even a simple dish of naan, hummus and olives was extraordinary. We were seated next to the private room and I think our server may have been responsible for the large party in the private room. Several times we had to flag down our server to get service, once was to get fork to eat with. Also, we experienced some negative attitude from our sever when we request a dairy component of a dish to be put on the side. However, the food was so good that I would probably go back again but ask for a different table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was average, at best, and very over priced Noise level was unacceptable. A conversation with the four people at our table was practically impossible
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Let down
    Tina
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I have been to candela before which is why I rushed back. Sad to say all my first time favourites were all gone. Waitress told me they change their menu ever 3-4 months. Seems quite a lot to me. They got rid of alot of really great dishes but didn't seem to replace them with other great dishes. Won't be going back anytime soon as it just didn't stand out to me this time vs how expensive it is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time!
    Nicco
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great drinks, food and decor. Good energy in this restaurant but not so loud that you can't have a conversation. Unique drink and food menu. Would definitely recommend for a date or dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff!
    Htownfoodie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Nice atmosphere and great food! Retro combined with modern look - very nice. Server was very gracious and concerned when one of us mentioned having a food allergy, and took extra care to point out certain things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls' Dinner
    CalgMun
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great place for a group of girls to grab a fun dinner. Recommended 2-3 tapas (small plates) per person and it is just enough. Highly recommend the hummus/olive plate and the calamari! Cocktails are fun too. Dishes come out at random so if you like a predictable meal probably not the best choice but a great place to gather for a leisurely girls' night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butter chicken too salty
    Susie35
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Butter chicken way too salty. The quality of the chicken itself is good, but maybe marinated with too much salt? I only ate half and discarded the rest. Sauce too little, not creamy. Service a bit slow. Dessert wasn't great either, no surprise. Disappointed. Won't return.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Candela was great! The food was delicious and the service was great. We couldn't decide what to order....everything was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good!
    Matt
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The decor, service and food / wine selection were great unfortunately the execution of the food was not very good at all. The scallop’s tagine was cold and didn’t taste good, the oysters were very plain and the bison sausage was subpar also. All of this was bad enough that we did not even order diner. Matt
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  • Wonderful Dinner at Candela
    garandlee
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was fantastic. We asked our server for recommendations and it did not disappoint. It was our first time to Candela but it will definitely not be our last. Already can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for a night out!
    Girlsniteout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Candela was a great food experience, tried most of their dishes and found them fun. The food was full of flavour and variety. I will definitely be dining there again. The service was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Passion4Food
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was good and the service was acceptable. It's not worth the drive from other parts of the city. I would recommend it if you'd live in the neighborhood. We likely will not be back, there are so many better restaurants closer on 17th Avenue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate