The Bank and Baron Pub
The Bank and Baron Pub

The Bank and Baron Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bankandbaronpub.com/
  • Phone: 5872939688x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Cooper
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st St SW
  • Parking: No
A word from The Bank and Baron Pub
We welcome you to The Bank & Baron, reclaimed within The Bank of Nova Scotia building, which is recognized among one of Alberta's most historical. This grand space has been unlocked and a new downtown landmark awaits you.

The Bank of Nova Scotia is located in the heart of Calgary's infamous Stephen Avenue, the pulse of downtown. This avenue was named after George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen. He was the financial genius behind the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the President of the Bank of Montreal and is remembered as one of the greatest philanthropists of his time. In honor of the significant history Baron Mount Stephen imparted into the fostering of Calgary's culture (1930 - present), we have brewed The Bank & Baron P.U.B.

The Bank & Baron is a place where a Traditional Public Urban Bar taps into a historical avenue destination. Crafting any event from a momentous occasion to an exquisite celebration can be effortlessly drafted.
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The Bank and Baron Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (46)good for groups (35)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (15)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (7)late-night find (6)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Far to noisy for a business meeting but great overall service was a bit slow but ok otherwise
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    MMcG
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Such a visually amazing place to go, and rich with Calgary history. The servers have always been helpful and friendly, and keeping the menu simple is the way to go. Couple of times the music has been a little loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sodapop
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Nice character building, server very friendly, interesting menu, unfortunately the soup was only luke warm. Will give it another try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Service
    Daddyb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We visited the bank and baron on a wimb. It was my fiance's birthday and she looked up new restaurant calgary online and we wound up there. The table we were seated at initially was too small for 2 people to dine at but we were moved easily when we asked. Our server was perfect. She did everything fast and right she was there when we needed her and gone when we didn't and our glasses never sat empty. I did feel that the music was loud and inappropriate for a dining atmosphere though i do understand it's a pub. It's been my experience that pubs that are looking to feature there kitchen will wait until the club hours say 9-10pm before turning up the volume over a conversational volume. The building was beautiful and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Training
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service was friendly and pretty but not well trained or good with the menu. Food was cold.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls Lunch size not man size
    GreatGirlsEat2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Recommended for the nice atmosphere, great ambiance.This was my 3 time at Bank & Baron (in a old bank) truly Think of 'Great Gasby' overall inside upstairs on the balcony a great place to sit for a view, a table near the fireplace is cozy better for conversation. As for the patio tables are limited its is ok Most of the staff are young mature professionals, nice. Happy to meet your requests Thank you THE BURGERS are great tasting serving size is good the wedge fries tasty too. ok $$. King size scallops nice tasting. The steak sandwich ok for me,yet my husband was still wanting more for the $$ the side Kale salad different to try once. Lunch is good or after work appetizers.Hope to see, over time more menu choices for dinner too. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Hansen2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food and service was very good. We had our lunch on the patio and if you are a people watcher it only adds to the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went for a business lunch. The music is way too loud for the lunch hour and the food was fair at best. Very disappointing; won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Notgreat foodandevenworseservice
    NotImpressedVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My salad was wilted and we had 4 different servers. The last server that took away our plates dropped everything on my colleague league and she got ketchup all over her and the manager was right there and made no offer to comp any part of our meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    CynSal
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The menu has changed slightly from when they originally opened, but I had the Panini with a summer salad and it was fantastic! Food was fresh and perfect temp, delivered timely and very tasty! Would recommend it to anyone for the lunch crowd. Got in around 11:30 and we were walking out the door by 12:25! Great for the noon work crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but slow service.
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I went for lunch and the food was awesome but took a bit for them to get it out!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Not Great Service
    LunchE
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I visited the Bank & Baron for lunch with some female colleagues. The food was very good. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the service. It took several minutes for someone to come and get us drinks after we were seated. We then waited long periods of time in between getting our drinks and having someone come to the table so we could place our food order. After we finished eating, and our plates were cleared, no one stopped by our table at all. We had to flag down a waitress to get our bill. I will likely go back and give it another try because the service during previous experiences was much better. However, if the service is poor again it will likely be the last time I have lunch there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the Point?
    Diner123
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Used the reservation system and requested a patio table. Arrived to check in to hear the hostess tell a walk in customer that she was getting the last patio table. Didn't think much as I assumed that there was still the reserved table for my party. NOPE. had to sit near the bar on the main aisle. No sense using Open table for this establishment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great scene
    Touristintown
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    More loud than serene, but no expense has been spared on the decore. Food was good and service friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slla
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Nice spot on the mall for patio, service was great, happy hour prices always welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Third time I have been here, the food hsa been decent everytime but the service has been horrible. Made the reservation for the patio and still waited for 20 minutes for a table because there was no hostess.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The music was way too loud to have a conversation during dinner hours, we had to move outside. Turn the music up after 9 or 10 otherwise you detract people looking to have dinner and a conversation before going out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food itself
    403C
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food itself is hit or miss... They all come in quite small portion which is no problem but really read the description of the food before you order it. My friend had a simple chicken sandwich but he had to send it back as it tasted old and awful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok experience at B&B
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Came with a larger group reservation one day after work and it was a nice day out so we asked to be seated on the patio. Although she explained larger parties like that couldn't be accommodated on the patio, she could have been more professional. We were told we could try but "would have to deal with the consequences" which I found rather unpleasant. Our group basically went outside ourselves to see if we could shift some tables but were unsuccessful. We ended up sitting inside because of the particular hostess' behaviour regarding the situation which left things on a slightly sour note. On a more positive note, our waitress was really pleasant and friendly and everyone enjoyed the food that was ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the chicken quinoa salad
    vswacha
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was my first visit and will definitely not be my last. I work downtown and went for lunch. The patio was great for a hot sunny day, and the chicken quinoa salad is fantastic! I look forward to seeing how the inside is and trying out more items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mixed feelings
    Surveyor
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went there as a last minute choice with guests from out of town. Walked in and was very impressed with the architecture. Restaurant was very nicely restored. Was not impressed with the drink offerings at the pub as they had no corona or any other light beer. Then waitress hadn't heard of a daiquiri.(waitress explained she wasn't a drink connoisseur). Menu was fairly limited but more upscale than we were looking for. Mostly appetizers, which were good. We shared don air nachos and calamari which tasted excellent but was mostly batter crumbs. Overall, more show than go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Nice setting. Too bad server was terrible and the food was avg at best. Would be shame to see a nice investment in the building go to waste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Will be recommending this place to everyone, most enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Lunch Spot
    AngelaK
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Portions are small. Restaurant is freezing cold but the food is decent and they are quick. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inexperienced staff
    Foodie123
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The "sorry I am new" blonde waitress was not very helpful. How could u not know the specials of the day interms of drinks and appies and then show no initiative to find out. Honestly, partaking a little interest in what your company is promoting will say a lot about you and the company. A little brains go a long way. The food was good the first few times I went there. But as a returning customer, my experience this time around was not the least impressive. The wings were under cooked and part of it was still bleeding and the waitress was horrible. I don't think I'll come back again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service is not that great
    Foodie1
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food at this place is really good. The mushroom bisque is amazing, if it is served to you. The food is timed poorly so you are getting your appetizers when the main is coming. Trying to get a waitress to get you anything is hard if you are female as they are all flirting with the male tables. I like the food and I like the building it is in but I really do not like the service and will probably not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service & Average Food
    EM1234
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Our experiencewas mediocre to say the least. The food was average, nothing special. The flat bread, which advertised goat cheese, came loaded with mozza. Our server was difficult to find and was not attentive. We were less than impressed and likely won't be back. Overall for a restaurant on Stephen Ave, facing lots of competition, the Bank and Baron will need to step up their service and quality.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Been twice and enjoyed my meal both times. Love that I can make a reservation...so many restaurants downtown don't take reservations and you have to get there at 11 am to get in. Do they think we don't have jobs?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The only issue is that the bathrooms are so very far away, in the basement!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Terrible service
    Catered2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    You couldn't get drunk here. Even if you wanted to! It takes so long to get drinks order two at a time. Food is good and the setting is wonderful. It's a shame the service was so terrible. This is the second time we have had the same experience. Will be a great place if they had half decent service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Servers
    woodyatethere
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    How bad are the servers? Here's an example: I ordered a margarita. Our server came back to the table and said, "I'm sorry but our bartenders don't make margaritas." She was dead serious. After a moment of silence I showed our server a promo poster on our table (on all the tables & their website) inviting customers to come in for MARGARITA MONDAYS! Our server said, "Oh, I'll check into that" after several minutes she came back to the table with a margarita and said "Sorry, I guess we do." It was a lime margarita. I asked for a strawberry. We left shortly after.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belinda914
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I was very impressed with the amount of Organics on the menu!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Great
    Kb5555
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    First time here, we were there for a work function. Firstly we were told that the restaurant doesn't take reservations but on open table I was able to make a reso, annoying. We called the morning of our reso to add more to our party & were told they couldn't accommodate us! In the end they did. My Spinach/Duck Confit Salad was very nice and a good size. Another co-worker enjoyed the burger. Others at my table did not fare as well. The steak sandwich had ALOT of horseradish on it, which was not mentioned on the menu. While the other salads were bland and overpriced. We all agreed that this was not a place we would be back to.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food; Service marginal
    jake29
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    typical bar type atmosphere, no men at our table so the attention offered was minimal the food was great would go back for this
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be good
    Pieces
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It's too bad nothing has worked in this venue for so long. It could be great. I came in with coworkers for a glass of wine after work. Service was awful and music was too loud (a lot coming from someone in their early 20s) but the specials were good so we may be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Need some Kitchen Staff
    KristaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    we waiting a long time and then had lunch come out in 3 lots more than 10 mins apart for the 6 of us. The special came out the fastest and while we tried to wait, we ended up starting... the end groups food (2 people) came out and the last person had to wait about 20 mins from the first food drop. Food was good however, so that helped. we could see the kitchen staff not looking very busy or concerned so it might not be advantageous to have an open kitchen in this scenario.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorely disappointed
    rmac
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We reserved a table for a nice Friday lunch. It took over ten minutes for a server to even come take a drink order. When we did get to order, the first two beer we selected were out of stock. Shortly after we received our drinks the waitress came by to not take our food orders but to take the beer menu off our table and give it to another group as they did not have enough menus for their tables. Our food was slow to arrive and had made it to three tables before it finally arrived at ours. The food was cold and unappetizing.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Upon sitting down for lunch at 11:45 am, we were told they were out of about 4 things on the lunch menu. Who runs out of lunch menu items at 11:30 in the mroning?
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confused
    Shannon
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is a restaurant, that plays crazy loud music so you can't talk to each other while eating a $30 steak. Not sure what kind of ambience they were going for.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome Decor
    MART
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The renovation completely does justice to this historic location. Great food, awesome staff, and even better decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic