Love this place, consistently good every time, desert is the best in the city. I crave the beef tenderloin on a daily basis. Amazing atmosphere, amazing servers. My #1 favorite restaurant.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my downtown favourites
This is a great downtown restaurant. I usually go for lunch and it's excellent. This time, my husband and I went for a Friday night dinner. Street parking is free after 6pm; it was easy to get a reservation and it's centrally located. I loved the romantic atmosphere. The wine list offers great variety without being pretentious. I absolutely love the service here - the servers are well trained, have been there a long time, know the menu well, are willing to offer suggestions about food and wine and best of all are well dressed. (I intensely dislike having to view cleavage, midriff, too-short skirts and waitresses hobbling around on stiletto heels) My favorite dish is the spring rolls - perfection!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Experience
The service was excellent. We had a waitress who was very knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
Had supper here on a Saturday night at 7pm, we had booked a reservation online earlier but the place wasn't overly busy at that time anyhow. Had a nice little spot at the open window with view of the street. Food was fantastic and the service was great too. There is a parkade less than a block away with cheap evening parking. I would for sure recommend this place for a couples dinner out and I hope to return sometime again
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I chose this restaurant for our anniversary dinner based on the menu and good reviews. My husband and I often have different tastes in restaurants but we both agreed that we would definitely be back, based on the quality of the food and the experience overall. The prices are very reasonable. The ambiance was very relaxed but energetic and even though the front windows were open on a rainy evening the temperature was very comfortable. The best part was the dessert sampler.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Charming Surprise!
I booked this restaurant to Celebrate my Mother In-Laws birthday. There were 4 in our party. We were greeted at the door by a pleasant young lady and taken directly to our table. It has a great vibe windows that open patio style. Comfortable seating. Warm and inviting decor with an old world charm. The space is broken up so the large group at the back was not intruding on the quieter side of the dining area.
Everyone loved their meals! I had the ALBERTA PRIME BEEF TENDERLOIN... to die for! The waitress was great at recommending entrees and wine. She was fun and in tune to our dining style, customer rapport is so important. You need to play to the style of each table an she was definitely able to do that.
Can't wait to dine here again.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was outstanding.....and of course the wine was amazing.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
For those who love wine, their selection is terrific. Plus, you get to sample the daily wine feature when you are seated. The food was superb and very quick, as my friend and I both ordered a pasta dish. Which is great when going out during the lunch hour. Overall, I'd go to Escoba again!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really like the wine taster where you can get three 2.5oz glasses to try as a combination for a reasonable price. Then you can order the one you like. Very nice. The appetizers were interesting and very good. The dinner menu was varied and interesting with many choices for beef.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back!
As soon as you walked in, the smells & the atmosphere was warm and inviting. The service was top notch. Since that was our first time there, our server had the chef prepare a tasting board of appetizers for us. Everything was delicious! Great experience! Will definitely go back...and have already been recommending to others!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice dinner in Calgary
A casual dining experience with good food. Started with the crab cakes, light and flavourful; then the spinach salad, large serving with some different flavours; finished with BBQ chicken and Sausage flat bread (pizza), this was one of the best we have ever had. Good wine list, ordered a wine they were out of and they offered a more expensive wine at the same price. Very attentive service and we would definitely come back here again.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good To The Last Drop
We were there to celebrate our anniversary. Wine, appetizers, meal and dessert were all fantastic - beautiful presentation, full of flavor, perfect quantities.
The ambience was great - we had a seat by the window along the street which made for great people watching. The service was attentive without being bothersome - and refreshingly adult (no girls with little left to the imagination). Food came out with everything piping hot - hard to find nowadays.
Then the bill came. While it was no fast food sized bill, it was certainly less than expected.
We will definitely be back; and we will definitely recommend to friends.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good food and exceptional
Always good food and exceptional service. Thanks guys!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was beautiful inside and the food was top notch. I had the fettuccine and I could tell that even the pasta was fresh. I would recommend that if you go there that you make a reservation. It filled up very quickly around noon. The service was excellent as well and their knowledge of the different wines was impressive.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service quality
The service and food was excellent - staff accommodating.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was attentive
The service was attentive and prompt and the food hot and delicious.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed the wine samplers. I think this is a very neat idea and more restaurants should try this
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just a great gourmet dinner, Atlantic salmon over shrimp risotto was exquisite, the ribeye grilled to perfection served with onion and mushrooms in wine sauce, a must with your top quality meat. . Tasty spring rolls as an appetizer was also delicious.
Very good offer is the smaller 3 wines selection.
Service was excellent. We'll certainly return.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server, Savannah,was outstanding! She was helpful and very happy! She made our experience that much better! Thank you!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the first time to Escoba and we all really enjoyed it. The food was great and they had a great wine list. We really liked that they had a separate menu stating the items that could be eaten if you have food in tolerances such as dairy, gluten, and provided Vegan and vegetarian choices. This doesn't happen at a lot of restaurants. We will go back for sure to try other items on the menu.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
superior service and the food
superior service and the food was excellent. I wish I could have stayed and sampled more wine, but sadly this was a lunch on a work day so couldn't linger
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although this restaurant was not in the heart of the Stephen Ave buzz, it wasn't far away, only a couple of blocks West. The atmosphere was warm, inviting, relaxing and romantic. The noise level was kept at a low hum, making it easy for us to converse. My husband and I were there for our anniversary, and the staff was very accomodating at locating us near the open windows overlooking the street. I found the menu to be all encompassing as it offered a variety of options. Service was impecible right from the moment we walked in. The waitress knew the menu inside and out, was very knowledgeable and was able to make great suggestions. The food was excellent, and great quality at a decent price point. Quaint downtown gem.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food and wine!
Escoba's is a staple when entertaining clients or looking for an upscale group lunch. The food and wine is always outstanding!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly professional service, delicious mushroom soup, nice wine, okay salads.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, Great Service!
Good food, Great Service! New selection on the menu is excellent. Wine list is always superb! Exceptionally friendly and informative staff. Thank you for an excellent lunch! Kudos to the entire Escoba family.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great spot
I love Escoba when I am in town for business and usually get there for lunch or dinner at least once.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good spot for a business lunch
It is a nice spot because it is bright and welcoming so not to "intimate" for a 2 person business lunch.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have all enjoyed the food
Have all enjoyed the food and service at Escoba. Be sure to make reservation as it's generally always full during the lunch hour. Have never had a bad meal yet.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Halibut feature was absolutely Devine, honestly I have been thinking about it since I experienced it. I brought my guests to Escoba as it satisfies ever palate, and is always a consistent go to I am proud to host guests at. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and very proffessional. The Management team are involved, accountable and surpass all expectations. The Duck two ways had rave reviews. And of course I can't end this review without mentioning sonething about The Halibut again....it was out if this world!!!!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our lunch. The server was very friendly, the service was very good and the food excellent. We also liked the decor. I definitely would go back.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Looking forward to going back
The dinner a couple of nights ago still has a smile on my face. They put together a great appetizer sample tray and I’m going to have to figure out how to get my filet mignon that tender. When prompted for desert, we responded “surprise us” - again a great sample tray with the description for one of the deserts being “you’ll be sad when it’s gone”. We were. Dinner service was exceptional
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A place you don't want to miss!
I've only been to Escoba three times now, once I was taken and twice I've taken people, the food has been amazing every time! They always offer a sample of wine before you order, which is a great way to try different types and tastes.
It's a small place so it does get a bit noisy at lunch, but that should not put people off since everything else is so fantastic!
I'm not a food expert, but I have been called a picky eater, yet I've had something different each time I've been and enjoyed every one!
I'd highly recommend Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar, but if you're going for lunch, make sure you have a reservation!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Busy for good reason
The food was great. The restaurant was entirely booked up and quite understandably loud. More dimly lit than I thought but the food was great. The time between ordering and entrees was average. They greet you warmly at the door and are equally warm on the phone when confirming your reservation. We had the platter which was delicious. I had the duck which was way more filling than I thought it would be. My boss had the bacon covered scallops and our client had this huge vegetable pasta bake dish. They don't serve itty bitty portions and the waitress was very attentive.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
With a family at home who dislike the 'fruits de mer', I selected the Ahi Tuna and held my breath. It had been a long time between seafood meals and I didn't want to make a mistake. After the delicious steak and potato soup, the main course arrived. I was thrilled by the presentation. Stacked with peppers and polenta (I think) it looked like a castle. The first bite revealed a beautifully seasoned exterior and the soft texture of sushi in the middle. In a word 'WOW'. Next time I might have a little Pinot Grigio with that...
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet for a catchup
Met a friend for a glass of wine on an early Tuesday evening. Quiet, good service, would go again to the try the food.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just as great...as it used to be
To be honest, I haven't been to Escoba since it was in the basement of Penny Lane (yup - I'm thhaaat old). It is just as good (or better) than it ever was. Service was awesome, and so was the food. I was there with a couple colleagues one of whom is incredibly picky and even he said he'd go back for the Ribeye.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good selection of entres,
Good selection of entres, all 4 people enjoyed their choices, though the restaurant was full service was quick and the waitress didn't bother us with the constant questioning of how is everything tasting etc etc. so far!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here several time
I've been here several time and I'm never disapointed
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
New to us restaurant. Really
New to us restaurant. Really enjoyed our meals ... Two pizza and one of the seafood all delicious. Waitress very helpful with wine choices. Loved the taster desserts to share. Thanks for a great evening
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible, as always
My two friends and I tried the appitizer platter, which was delicious and disappeared in no time. I had the Duck 2 Ways and it was melt in your mouth divine. We shared the dessert sampler and it was absolute heaven on a plate. Escoba staff are always welcoming, knowledgable, and professional. The food is consistently amazing and the atmosphere is always warm yet lively.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Escoba. The staff are always professional, friendly and efficient. I love it for a business lunch because I never have to worry about the food. It is always top-notch. Thanks guys!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Escoba is my go-to place for lunch with clients. Extremely well-organized and classy service, great food, energetic atmosphere during weekday lunches.
Been 5 times, each time a great experience.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chose this restaurant from reviews and was not disappointed. We shared the dumplings and crab cakes to start which were both very good. Our table had the filet which was very tender with exceptional flavour, the seafood paella was very tasty with lots of seafood, and the duck was cooked to perfection with wonderful flavour. For dessert we enjoyed the cookies and cream and creme brûlée which were delicious. We were also on a time restriction and the waitress was great to ensure we enjoyed our meals but kept us on time. Would definitely return.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great evening
We came here for dinner for a birthday party before going to the symphony. All the appetizers (mussels, ahi tuni carpaccio) were excellent, as were the meals (paella and duck 2 ways). Oh, and of course desserts! (cookies and cream, fresh fruit with grand marnier). There was an excellent selection of wine, and we enjoyed our Spanish selection. The service was attentive, and informative, but not pushy. They were also accommodating to special dietary requests (gluten-free). The ambience was lovely. All in all a great time, and we wil keep it in mind for future special occasions!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Service and Food
Honestly great experience. The server was knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive. The food was super fast and really delicious and fresh. I can't think of a thing to complain about. I will definitely return. Thank you.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to Escoba as a family member has been recommending it for years. I finally took her up on it and couldn't be more pleased. The food, wine and service was impeccable. I will return.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The server was excellent and offered some wine for tasting. She recommended the "mixed" appy plate which was fantastic. I can hardly wait to eat there again!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, attentive staff
This was our third visit to Escoba and we will be coming back for more. While a bit on the expensive side, the food is excellent and there are enough options for the vegetarians. Our party of four had four different main courses, and each of them was excellent. The wine list is not long, but very easy to choose from with the help from the staff. The overall dining experience was unhurried and relaxed.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently quality meals
Met friends for lunch, we has pasta, steak, salad. All good meals, the server could have been more attentive.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great lunch at Escoba today with a special lady. Great wine list, attentive servers and tasty food. Nice spot for casual conversation with moderate noise levels.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM