Fabulous Flavour Combinations
A pleasant surprise. Unique flavours, interesting spicing combinations, with terrific service. I went for lunch for my first visit and was so impressed I brought my family back that same night to dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed both visits.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Upscale Mexican food, quite delightful. Attentive and friendly service Great Tequila selection.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something a little different.
Something a little different. Great presentation and amazing service. Will be back. Usually go for lunch And was equally impressed with the dinner menu.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is nice to see a restaurant
It is nice to see a restaurant that has taken a leap to offer something different and exquisite.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
incredible food, the best
incredible food, the best authentic mexican food I have ever had! I can't wait to try out everything on the menu!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!
You really have to try it! It is a step above anything I have experienced in Latin food anywhere.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pleasantly surprised when
Pleasantly surprised when we stumbled along Xocolat. Great food, ambience, wine, we'll definitely be back regularly!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This meal was in the top five meals I have had in the world, and I have lived and worked on 3 continents. Need I say more......
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere and presentation
My girlfriend and I loved our experience here! The decor is chic, the presentation of the food is fun (I got the black bean soup and lamb, both come with a special presentation) and the food is tasty. We liked how the kitchen is open and the service is also great. I would definitely recommend coming here for a special occassion.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is great. Unexpected. Don't expect to find the ubiquitous bowls of chips and salsa here. I had the arrachera; a grilled skirt steak with a little bowl of unctuous porky beans. This dish was rich and flavourful, but somehow still light. Ver good. I will be returning.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not your average Mexican restaurant. Less sauces much cleaner food
And not a place for kids.
Must have the nitro margarita and the tequila mousse!!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great menu. Just what the Calgary food scene needs to keep it hot!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
above average Mexican
Three of us ate on a Saturday night. The room was comfortable and visually pleasing. The margaritas were tasty and not too artificial. Two of us ordered the Chile Nogado and both really liked it. The third ordered Tortilla Soup and a salad. The soup was not good at all and had a burnt flavour. It's got a tomato soup base rather than the chicken broth, so depends on what you like. There was no chicken in it and consisted mostly of tortillas. It was sent back and removed from the bill. The salad was good.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent all around!
Have to admit that I was suprised at this new restaurant. I know that "posh mexican" is the in thing in Arizona & So Cal. I can see some people being in shock that there are no tacos or borritos. Appatizers were very good - would recommend the seafood trio. The main courses were fantastic and it was toped off with a great desert. They have outstanding margaritas and a good selection of high end tequilas (very important - to me).
The final suprise was the bill (delivered in a small decorative chest) - the suprise wasn't the bill (up there but well worth it) but the chocolates. Excellent chocolate but with the bite of Habinero. I will be back for the food & Tequila.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service, Service, Service
Xocolat has it all happening; delicious food, beautiful and tasteful decor and I can't recall ever having better service. Our group was dining there as part of a birthday celebration. The staff had not been informed of our special night before we got there but they picked up on it and went out of their way to make it a special evening (including complimentary champagne) without being at all intrusive. Thanks to our waiter and the staff, our evening was very enjoyable and memorable. We will be back. One last thing....The deserts are truly amazing!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good, had the
Food was very good, had the beef tenderloin. Deserts are very impressive. Portions a little small, but very goodl
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful & delicious!!
Girls night out at Xocolat was great. We arrived and were told that a large group was coming in within the hour and we were encouraged to get our orders in before they arrived. We were worried we'd be rushed however that was not the case. Appetizer recommendation from 3 of us would be the asparagus (white), beet and arugula salad. The asapargus and greens were grilled and it was topped with a watermelon froth. Lovely. Everyone enjoyed and would highly recommend their entres; short ribs, mahi mahi and lamb. Again, beautifully plated and delicious. Service was excellent. We'll definitey go back to Xocolat.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very interesting spin on Mexican cuisine. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was very pleased. My three dinner mates also enjoyed it. Xocolat definately isn't a taco stand. Menu is interesting and creative. The homemade spicy chocolate truffles at the end of the meal were amazing. Service was very good and not at all rushed. I would go back again.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place highly recommended
Open early this year, Xocolat is my favorite restaurant in Calgary. Food is amazing, posh experience mexican flavors, great ambient and live listening music in week-end nights. I'm sure they will be rated best restaurant in town in the near future. Try it, you won't be disappointed
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was absolutely delicious and the country music was really very pleasant. That might only be for the Stampede, of course. The service was very attentive and they had a great assortment of Mexican beers that we quite enjoyed. Dessert in particular was amazing! The churros were to die for. I would highly recommend this place!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply amazing... this is
Simply amazing... this is not your standard mexican place but more like a fusion restaurant. Either way, the food was amazing, the service impeccable, and the ambience very contemporary. Will definitely go back. One thing to note, it was the last day of the "old" menu which we ordered from and the steak that I ordered was not on the new menu. I hope they bring it back because it was simply amazing!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very enjoyable evening!
I will definitely go back to Xocolat. I had the xocolat margarita with tamarind and a little spice - very tasty and unique flavours. My company loved the guacamole and told the server that it was "the best (she'd) ever had. " The halibut I ordered was cooked perfectly. The country music they were playing for Stampede week wasn't my favourite but once the Spanish live band started, I really enjoyed the music. The complimentary truffles were fantastic!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had lunch this past Monday at Xocolat Posh Mexican Cuisine and was really impressed. The decor is beautiful, the chairs incredibly comfortable, and the service very welcoming and professional. The menu made my mouth water and I had a hard time deciding what to choose. I loved the duck confit flautas that I ordered and the hand rolled spiced chocolates that came with the bill were a lovely treat and surprise. I will definitely be going back to Xocolat - highly recommend!!!
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Mexican food. Best in Calgary. Restaurant is beautiful with every detail taken care of. From the beautiful chairs to the amazing art work, everything was directly imported from Mexico and custom made for the restaurant. This is not your cheesy Mexican restaurant with sombreros as decorations, but a very sophisticated restaurant that one would find in Mexico City.
Food was out if this world and extremely fresh.
Our new favourite place and a true taste of home!
Well done Sergio and team!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was AMAZING! Drinks were
Food was AMAZING! Drinks were delicious! I will be going back soon, it was a great experience from top to bottom.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A step up.
Xocolat is a step up from the other Mexican restaurants I've eaten at in Calgary. If you just want to eat taco's and drink beer I would suggest Los Chilitos (easier on the wallet). If you want a more innovative finer dinning experience then Xocolat is the place to go. I preferred it over Anejo. Overall I'm not a fan of beans, but the black beans that came with my carnitas were amazing. The tortillas were also very good. In fact everything was very good except for the sangria. Sweet juice with no discernible wine flavour. Something I would anticipate getting at the cheesecake factory. We went mid-week and it was quiet but not dead.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service but too noisy
I was at Xocolat with a friend who is hard of hearing. He found the ambient noise level to be too high for him to easily understand conversations. The fodd and service quality made up for the noise but we didn't linger long after the meal.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was absolutley delicious and the presentation of the food was beautiful. Such a treat! i will definitely go back :)
8/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
The decor in this restaurant is beautiful, elegant and modern. Our waiter was friendly but not intrusive. They have a good wine list but I still prefer cocktails or beer with this type of food - they have a great selection of Mexican beers. The menu is small with food that is thoughtfully prepared. Yes, it is more expensive than the sombrero type places but the quality of food is higher and the experience is better. We really appreciated the lagniappes - homemade chips with bean dip to begin and an amazing white chocolate truffle to end. All three of us ordered the enchiladas verde even though there were a few more exotic selections on the menu. We all had different desserts. The meal was very enjoyable.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a great addition to Calgary's dining experience. There is nothing else quite like it in the City. The food is beautifully crafted, artistically presented and really interesting in terms of ingredients and combinations.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at xocolat
Always looking for a good Mexican cuisine restaurant - not Tex-Mex - but Mexican. Think I have found it. Went for the three course option - tortilla soup, shrimp taco, and duck with mole. All three courses were the perfect portion to allow for individual and overall taste and digestive comfort. Could have had 2 of the tacos based on the flavour - but then meal wouldn't have been balanced. Will go again - only disappointment - no tequila based "special martini" .. Cocktail was fine - felt it was an opportunity missed.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Forget the Mexican
because I really am not a great Mexican food fan . I was totally blown away by the originality and quality of the food . An amazing kitchen and an amazing experience .
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not Taco Bell
This is Mexican Nouvelle cuisine. Dishes are very original, but you can taste the Mexican influence. Great Black codd. Desserts are excellent.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first experience at Xocolat and we were thrilled with the experience. We settled on the five course option and our server paced the evening perfectly. If you enjoy going out for dinner as an event, this is the place to go. We stayed for four hours and never once looked at our watches. Each dish was beautifully plated and the variety in flavours was exquisite. Not only was the food and service great but the live music added to the ambience as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to take there time, enjoy a great meal and never feel rushed out the door. Two thumbs up!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Personable, friendly staff and mgmt
Loved that my parents enjoyed their first experience thorougly at Xocolat. They were super impressed with the selection of dishes and compared the quality to a 5 star cruise experience. My third time here and I will surely be back before Christmas to taste the new winter menu.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place, a bit on the expensive side. Very good food.
Confusing as to how to order. Each dish comes as a separate courses. 3 was too much food and you could not order just one! (3 was the minimum)
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Calgary's best Restaurants
Third time we've been to Xocolat and it keeps getting better. They change up the menu every three months, so each time we've been the menu was different and the last time we were there, they offered 3 to 12 course menus and the food came similar to Tapas. Saturday nights they have live music, which is a delight.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
glad I ignored other reviews
Went with two friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We each had the three item option. The lobster serving was equivalent to an entire tail of lobster meat and cooked to perfection as was the lamb. I also had the duck which was a smaller portion but rich and filling. The presentation of each menu item was superb.
Yes it is pricey - I will definitely go again for a special occasion.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place is great, food is awesome, as well service and location. I think Xocolate is above all Latin American restaurants in Calgary.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Flavorful and tasty. The margarita's were excellent. Each course was delightful no one went away Hungary at all. I would defiantly recommend for a foodies night out.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is great, but very expensive at $75 for 5 courses.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
not sure who it is pitched at
we had the chefs choice of courses. generally was very good. one was a little too salty but otherwise very good.
perhaps if there was a pairing menu of wines it would be better but certainly was better than most if not all of the other mexican restaurants in town. I would say that it is more 'fusion' than authentic,
I would recommend it this restaurant.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a lovely meal
We went for our anniversary and enjoyed their seven course dinner. Almost every course was a delight although we must say we much preferred the more known Mexican offerings best. The tacos for example, we wonderful in an upscale way. Our waitress was genuinely into what she was serving and it made the whole experience fun and the live music was really really good too.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will go again.
Loved this restaurant. Server was excellent; knowledgeable, attentive without being intrusive. Love concept of menu. Initially might seem expensive but you get more than enough food for your $$. Wonderful flavours, subtle spicing. Lamb unbelievably tender. Outstanding tuna. Very accommodating if you want to order 4th dish, or additional dessert. Try this restaurant!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM