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About AVEC Bistro

2015 Best French & Top Ten Restaurants in Calgary, 2014 Best Service via Avenue Magazine and 2012 Best New Restaurant John Gilchrist. Avec is an intimate space with seating for up to 66 diners, focused on modern bistro cuisine, with a dynamic, frequently changing wine list. We are open for lunch Monday - Friday and dinner six nights a week. A zinc bar (seating up to 6) is a popular spot for diners to enjoy casual conversation, great food and craft cocktails. Private functions and parties of up to 72 can be accommodated.

550 11 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1M7
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Continental

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -- 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
5th Street SW and 11th Ave SW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(587) 352-0964

Website:
http://www.avecbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Ample street parking controlled by city which is free after 6 as well as a private lot on the west side of the building. We recommend 10th Avenue Place Lot at the corner of 10th ave and 4th street, which is secure and heated in winter.

Public Transit:
Four Blocks from C Train Line.

Executive Chef:
Daniel Pizzaro

Private Party Facilities:
As room is divided by our entrance we have 2 rooms ; one seating up to 22 on the North Side and the South side can accommodate up to 48.

Private Party Contact:
Kirk Shaw: (587) 352-0964

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

AVEC Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.7

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4.5

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4.2

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great service.

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·Dined 5 days ago

For a day-after Valentine's date, Avec was fantastic! Trying new, delicious food, we were very pleased!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

Great wine list. Excellent server. Good French food. Everything you could want in a neighbourhood restaurant. I can see why it’s won awards. Restaurants in calgary please take note. Servers make or break the dining experience. Great food is not enough to bring guests back if your servers let you down. There are lots of restaurants with good food. It’s the service sets this place above the rest.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s is a busy day in the food business. Jackie and Kurt and their team worked feverishly to make sure their guests had a memorable evening. We will be back again on other nights during the year, to enjoy the same food and ambience that make this restaurant a Beltline go-to.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

An amazing place with absolutely amazing food. A must go. Intimate and the staff are extremely pleasant

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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

Avec was as expected! Delivering fine French fare in a quaint atmosphere, service was great, food served hot and delicious. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food.
Excellent atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delightful and delicious. Great place for an excellent meal

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I am a big fan of French food and can never get enough foie gras. On this ocasion, in addition to the foie gras, we ordered the daily special (lamb sandwich and corn paprika soup). The lamb sandwich was really good but the corn paprika soup was absolutely amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Avec Bistro is a good restauant, with some authentic french food. all the meats are perfectly cooked but unfortunately a little too salty.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Went to Avec Bistro with my family for a Birthday dinner. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was all delicious. Avec Bistro has an impressive absinthe and wine menu. Very nice décor. Will likely return for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Brought the team here for lunch, and they were blown away by the food. The service was great, though the server was a bit busy and I think we were a bit hungry. But the appetizer was roll-your-eyes amazing, and everyone was very pleased with their entrees, too. Lovely ambiance, not too loud, very posh. Food is authentic French, and has never disappointed me.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Thought I would try it but won’t need to go back again .

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always liked AVEC, it's small, quaint, service is great, love the food! :-)

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Another Amazing dejeuner!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 18, 2017

As usual the food was great. Tasty and just the right portion size. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Without wine we were $72.00 with tip. I thought that was a bit pricy.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It was amazing! Food was so good, great selection and service was great! We will definitely be going back.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Meaghan is awesome!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Another outstanding experience at Avec.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Becoming one of my favorie places

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service was fantastic! The pork loin is amazing and the feature was prawns and scallops and it was very good also. We enjoyed our wine that was recommended by the waiter. I would have like to have some cheese on the chacutterie board, but the meats and pate were good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always excellent food and excellent service! You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent experience. Great attention to details both with food and service. It’s good to go to a place where they clearly “get” food and service. Highly recommend it. And Hannah, you were awesome.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food here never disappoints, and the service is always outstanding. The chef/husband agrees that it is the best bang for your buck here. They take no shortcuts with your meal.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fabulous meal and wonderful service. Only 1 block out of the downtown core. I don’t know why this place is not more well known.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and Alec Bistro was recommended to us. We were very impressed. The food and service were exceptional. Ambiance is a little more business oriented than quiet romantic. It was a busy night but they handled a full house very well. We sat side by side and had no trouble talking to each other. We would recommend and will go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a great Friday lunch date here with my husband. Very good service and the food was perfect. We shared the beef tartare to start avast it was one of the best versions I've ever had. It was perfect and the chips that they arrived it with with amazing too. Salad Nicoise as a main was a nice size and very funny too. Highly recommend this bright and well run bistro!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Simple delicious uncluttered food served by friendly and sincere staff. Absolutely nails it.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always Avec was delicious. The duck was expertly prepared, the wine paring was perfect and, the setting is excellent. We often overlook AVEC as an old favorite in search of the next big thing, but every time we return, remember why we keep coming back.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The entire meal was FANTASTIC! From appetizers to dessert - truly a stellar food experience. You know you've come to the right place when you don't want the meal to end! Highly recommend it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent wine pairing and great personal attention.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 4, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the city. Service is fabulous and food is delicious.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 22, 2017

All items we ordered where fantastic. Enough options on the menu to please everyone. Nice place to celebrate a special occasion and good for a data as well. Very friendly and knowledgeable crew. Dishes were delicious and the presentation was impeccable. The wine list is of a good size.
Everything was well priced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 15, 2017

First time to eat here and it was a real treat. Served by a lovely waiter and the choice of food was excellent. The quality was great and some of the best food I have had of late. Would highly recommend Avec to friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 15, 2017

All in all an amazing experience - we got lucky as they were not busy due to the stampede so it was intimate - exceptional service only outdone by the food, the lamb saddle and steak were both great and the absinthe dessert was a very fun idea.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 24, 2017

No real complaints, food and service were just ok but I expected more for the price and have experienced much better meals at half the price.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Another outstanding meal at Avec. By far our favourite place in Calgary. Amazing food...great small personal atmosphere...and even better service. 10/10

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I have been to Avec several times and it never fails to impress. Great food and consistently Outstanding service. Very professional, attentive, and knowledgeable. I also find that the dining room is well laid out so that there is a good amount of space between tables, allowing for good conversation. Will be back.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great spot for a quiet lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Everything about the experience was excellent. The service was superb. Food was exceptional. Even the cocktails and wine selection were creative and provided a wide choice.

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