Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
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Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.escoba.ca/
  • Phone: 4035438911x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11am - 10pm; Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
    Closed Sunday and most Statutory Holidays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Brad O'Leary
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Escoba seats 175 diners with the capacity to host up to 280 for specialized cocktail and appetizer functions.

    We have three beautiful rooms that each can accommodate up to 50, 60, or 70 diners. Combinations of room may also be used.

    Our wine bar & lounge is the perfect place for your specialized cocktail and appetizer functions. Easily accommodating up to 120 for a stand-up event.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurel O'Leary 4035438909x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th and 6th Street on 8th Ave SW
  • Public Transit: We are located 1/2 block south of the 5th ave C-Train stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in front of the restaurant and is free after 6pm.

    Several pay lots are located within 1 block, including the City TV lot, TD/Holt Renfrew underground lot, and City of Calgary Centennial lot.
A word from Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar

Mediterranean comfort food including lamb, prime grade beef, ahi tuna, pastas, and homemade flatbreads. Every dish has a suggested wine pairing from our extensive cellar.

Enjoy the warmth of our charmingly rustic wood, stucco, stone and wrought iron décor.

Escoba seats up to175 for dinner with the capacity to host up to 280 for specialized cocktail and appetizer functions.
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Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • great food and service
    todesco
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    From the complimentary wine tasting when you sit down to the friendly staff and fantastic spring rolls, the place is great for lunch. Fast, friendly and good, what more do you want.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    Craig
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Escoba is a fantastic place and we were glad we went for our anniversary. The food is excellent and the wine list is even better.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique Menu Options
    SleepyBee
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Brought a client with me to Escoba for lunch - it was a first visit for both of us. My client has noted that he travels a fair bit and while not necessarily a "foodie" he does have a good understanding of cuisine, as do I. We both settled on the Duck 2 Ways, and were offered an excellent Malbec to awaken our pallet. Not only was the duck prepared in quite impressive fashion, both my client and I had an excellent dining experience from very attentive and professional staff, and were pleased with the unique menu options. Both of us will be back. Our only minor "complaint" would be the tightly packed dining area, a little too close packed in and noisy at times, however overall a great experience leaving us wanting more.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch Experience at Escoba
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I went to Escoba for lunch with a friend and from the second I walked in the door, my experience was very pleasant. Staff were helpful and quick to get me seated and seemed highly organized. The staff that attended to us were very pleasant and helpful. We were able to get in and out in one hour! Great spot!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Fast service
    taylorlu
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our lunch experience was great. The food was fantastic and the service very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit 4.4.14
    Steve
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Visited with my wife and our friends couple. Very good food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely come back. Awesome relaxing arm chairs and Booth benches you will enjoy with one of the great cocktails in your hand. It was our first time visit, I saw some negative feedbacks On other websites, but as many people as many Opinions. We had great time at Escoba.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no mofe open table?
    DarnellVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Escoba will no longer be taling reservations from open table - sorry escoba I want be dining there again. Opentable makes dining out so easy!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strange lunch menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Had a very good duck two ways. But the entree selection are all best placed on a dinner menu - and nothing really on their menu has a lunch feel to it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick Lunch
    AmyMarie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Over all it was really good, the food was done well and my friend and i both enjoyed our meals. We waited at the end for awhile for our bill, which is understandable with a lunch rush.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Escoba
    Businessluncher
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Very friendly greeting when you walk in the door. Seated immediately upon arrival. Server was very attentive but not over-bearing. He was aware of what was required at the table and did not interrupt our table conversation unless it was to ask if we needed drink refills when he noticed low fluid levels. Meals came in a very good time after ordering and everyone expressed the opinion that the food they had was very good and tasty. Noise level was very good despite a very full restaurant. Definitely recommend reserving as the place was full shortly after noon. Had a great experience and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings. Wouldn't recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We started off with the bacon wrapped scallops which were very disappointing. They were the smallest scallops I've ever seen. Almost as though it was one scallop cut into 6 pieces. It was over cooked and the bacon was not fresh. It was almost as though it was made up ahead of time and then microwaved. However our entrees were good. Shared a flatbread pizza and the beef tenderloin which was cooked perfectly. When we arrived there was no music playing and only 1/4 of the restaurant was full. The ambience and vibe was just weird. I wouldn't recommend this place especially for a date night. I'm a big foodie and can say there are way better places to eat at for the same price point.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    clou66
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Although I work just a couple doors down I sometimes forget I always find something good to eat here. Our appetizer of bacon wrapped scallops was a little on the cool side, the glaze over top was delicious and different. The spring rolls and dumplings were hot and very tasty. The duck was perfectly cooked and very enjoyable. The staff is friendly and knowledgable about the wine and the food menu. Must not forget to eat there more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was okay. We tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was okay. We tried the tasting menu and ordered the scallops to start. They were too salty. Service was okay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Taste
    CeebsVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went to Escoba during Big Taste & it sure was tasty. They were able to accommodate a food allergy with the special menu, which was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Promotional menu...only the price
    Foodislife
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Many places downgrade their portion sizes or their quality or complexity of their dishes when participating on promotional menus like the big taste. Well... The only promotional part of the Menu was the price, the food itself was what you would. Have expected from a full out full priced menu. The service was great, attentive, fun, and never tiring. I mean, sometimes the server is on you like a vulture on a half dead animal and you can't even chat. Nope, not here, he was there magically when needed and not there when not. Very nice guy was our server. I am so sorry I forgot his name. The food was done exactly as asked, they do know how to do a medium rare, and their three wine samplers are a good option for the undecided.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back
    derek
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We came for the Big Taste menu but will definitely return for a special occasion. Our server, Savannah, was very friendly and made a great wine recommendation. The food was wonderful and we can't wait to come back and explore the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great salmon!
    reenykat
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went for the Big Taste menu, and the salmon entree was great, very well presented. Service was good and we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    CA328
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Decent food and ambience, but not spectacular. Prices on the high side relative to the food quality. We were there for Big Taste (although two out of three of us ordered from regular menu) - server mistook my wife's order but this was fixed promptly and a complimentary mushroom soup was also delivered which was a nice touch. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and relatively quiet. Decent restaurant however at this price point there are lots of other choices with equal or better food on offer.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    HaylinVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We liked the dinner very much but we loved the wine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    JLFT
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Excellent food. Attentive wait staff. Busy place. Obviously the right recipe for success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great after all these years.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I started to go to Escoba back when it was in its little basement location. I still love it. The food is great and the staff very professional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual!
    Hzinnyjean
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Had an awesome time at Escoba for my Birthday! We waited a little bit for our table as it was Big Taste of Calgary, however once we were seated, everything was amazing! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and extremely personable. The food was delicious, and there was no trouble accommodating special requests. Thanks so much for an amazing meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Scottsch79
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great find for a good date night with my girlfriend. Food was great the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    Leeber
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The restaurant was recommended to me by a friend of my to take my girlfriend there for a nice romantic dinner. We both were very pleased with what we saw. We loved the atmosphere and the food was excellent. We both agree that we will be returning to Escoba Bistro and recommend it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place to eat, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Excellent place to eat, as usual. Food was fabulous, service was amazing! Love coming here!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Escoba
    Bonding
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food at Escoba is always consistant and up to standard. The service that we had for that day could be a little bit better. Noise level is always energetic and in another word is a little bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Quality Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I usually never get the time to write reviews or take surveys but I would be happy to provide you with my feedback. Our lunch meeting was strictly for business and we were expecting a more quite atmosphere but it was a nosiy place an music was loud (no big deal). We loved the quality of food expecially the steak. I ordered a "medium-rare" steak and let me tell you, it was one of the best steaks I had in downtown Calgary. It was perfectly cooked medium rare. Other guests in the group liked their food as well (salmon and duck). Your overall food quality is amazing. Server was okay. We understand it was busy so he couldn't pay full attention to our table but overall experience ws very good. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner is spectacular
    LadySMAVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    My consulting company had their holiday party there and ventured back again afterwards for a pleasant surprise; their dinner menu is fantastic. The Chef does a great job of ensuring that all meals are well plated and served with the right amount of spices and aromas to tickle your fancy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Gluten Free Option downtown
    Suzannemmh
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I've been here quite a few times and it's consistently awesome. They cater to my gluten and dairy allergy, and the food is absolutely amazing!! I'll tell my friends/co-workers/anyone who will listen and continue to give them business :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Raf82
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Second time i go, very please with food. It is more expensive that other restaurants around, but again, the food was great and the waitress very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, Cozy Dinner
    Valentine
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Great meal, great service, beautiful presentation. Huge wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've frequented this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I've frequented this restaurant for over a decade now. They have a large menu so even the fussiest eaters are able to find something they like and I've never had anyone complain about a meal. Great place to take clients!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Rhonda
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Went to celebrate with two of my girlfriends for her birthday and enjoyed the service and the food very much. Perhaps a door on the kitchen could be added to detract from some of the colorful language floating into the dining room. Thank you Kurt for the great wine recommendation and all the special attention you gave our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great meal before our plans
    ANDI
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We really enjoyed our appies and meal while at Escoba, as well the service was spot on. We went prior to CPO and really liked it and they were curteous about getting us out when we needed to. We will for sure be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating
    kylecowboy
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Pleasantly and efficiently changed a 2 person reservation to 3 person on very short notice. Wine samples were a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahi Tuna
    nickras
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The grilled Ahi Tuna was cooked perfectly. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We came in for a light dinner
    Vivi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We came in for a light dinner and ordered appetizers instead of main course. The ravioli appetizer was excellent. I can order two of them of main course instead. The crab cake appetizer was very disappointing. Dry and tasteless and filled with starch. My sisters aha tun and it was very good. I'll definitely come back for the reviling.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I loved it. It was fantastic. The only thing that was an issue was the lack of space and the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chiana
    Chiara
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    On a very busy and buzzing Valentine's Day evening, the service was very efficient indeed. I ordered the salmon with shrimp risotto which was simply delicious. My partner ordered the tenderloin and veggies which he found equally delicious. Although the wine list is rather limited, we found a good wine to pair our respective fish and meat dishes. We ended our meal with a super delicious crême brûlée. We will definitely return to this trendy bistro for either lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Laudrop
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The overall experience wasn't great. We ordered apps and our main dish came out before we were even finished. The service was poor and the food was over priced and under cooked. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone and we will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic