AVEC Bistro

4.5
224 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Continental
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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
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Phone number
(587) 352-0964
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniel Pizzaro
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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.
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Private party contact
Kirk Shaw: (587) 352-0964
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Street SW and 11th Ave SW
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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.
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Public transit
Four Blocks from C Train Line.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
224 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
63%
Very Good
31%
Good
2%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FS
Calgary
3 reviews
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My pork loin was delicious. My wife said he steak and frites were a more warmer than medium rare. Excellent wine list, but the wines were very pricey.

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MT
Calgary
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were greeted with a friendly smile. Staff was very efficient and helpful. Excellent food and well spaced courses so we were not rushed nor had to wait too long for our next course.
Staff called a cab for us and notified us when it arrived. It was not too busy for a Saturday evening.

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H
Calgary
8 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Very poor services!

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DT
1 review
1.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was a fly in my husband food, we were not even given an apology, after that I lost my appetite and I couldn’t finish my meal, which was average at best.
We still paid for everything but the plate with the big fly in it.
Avoid this place, service is poor, food is not good either even without the fly.

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R
1 review
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, good wine, drink list, good service.

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P
Nashville
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I come to AVEC Bistro with some frequency and have never left disappointed.

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday Lunch

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c
Sydney / NSW
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was blown away by the quality of the food and service of the staff - simply excellent, couldn't ask for anything more. thank you for a memorable meal!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Professional attentive service and a great meal

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G
Calgary
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience

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A
1 review
2.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our food took too long to come out, over 45 minutes.

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f
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, first-rate service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always outstanding service, best food and wine.... av

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BM
1 review
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AVEC Bistro perfectly exemplifies what it means to have a fine modern dining experience. The server was attentive, personable and had clear mastery of both drink and food menus. From the 'Peasant Cheese' appetizer, to the the steak special main course, I was delighted to see each item was carefully crafted with rich complex flavors that exuded elegant originality. AVEC Bistro is a true gem of Calgary and is definitely a restaurant I hope to return to soon.

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OT
Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten friendly options, overall great ambience and service.

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r
Calgary
6 reviews
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Avec is a gem in Calgary’s dining scene. The food quality and execution are perfect. I am regularly disappointed by the new hip restaurants that pop up every week. This place is now one of my favourites and I would highly recommend it.

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O
New York Area
7 reviews
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, excellent wine menu, friendly service. All in all Avec was a great date place on a Friday evening

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SL
1 review
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food... appetizer, main, and dessert was really good, but the portion is little bit small for me. The service was great too.

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L
Calgary
52 reviews
4.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited for Big Taste and it was the best of the week (1st place of 6 big tastes!). I had the beet tartare, salmon with mushroom risotto and sticky toffee pudding while my friend had the mushroom tart the salmon and the chocolate mousse and everything was great. The highlights were the beets and the risotto, both delicious with beautiful presentation. Our server was attentive and the portions were just right...throughout the big taste week I saw both too big and too small. The dishes were flavourful, value was there and it was everything that big taste should be, will come back again soon and highly recommend to others!

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BR
1 review
4.0Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for Big Taste. Food was delicious, especially dessert. Service was friendly, though overworked. Menu has some unique dishes that I would return to try.

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GL
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious as always. Have had lunch here many times and it never disappoints.

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s
Calgary
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended the lunch menue for Big Taste Calgary. The soup I had was wonderful. Creamy, silky, and refreshing, quite nice overalls and something that I want again.
The people I went with had the beat salad and it looks amazing as well.

I had the Burger and my friend had the salmon and risotto. The Burger was juicy without being greasy, the fries were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and was overall a great meal. The salmon was lovely with the risotto being wonderfully prepared.

For the third, the chocolate mousse was light and not overpowering, a great way to set the tone for later in the day.

Overall a great meal for a business lunch, that was not too heavy and was delightfully prepared. Truely a great experience. Thanks!

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D
Calgary
66 reviews
4.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went out with another couple to avail ourselves of the Big Taste event at Avec. Appetizers included a beet tartar with goat cheese and a warm mushroom tart followed by mains of steak and roast potatoes and salmon over a mushroom risotto all of which was very tasty. Dessert was a choice between chocolate mousse or a sticky toffee pudding. All in all is was a good meal with excellent service.

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YY
Las Vegas
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience - 3 couples came for a birthday and the food was amazing, the server was professional and made us most comfortable. We all enjoyed us very much!

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OT
Calgary
13 reviews
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and love the touch of Absinthe at the end of the night.

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e
Calgary
15 reviews
4.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service.

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K
1 review
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Calgary
8 reviews
4.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.
Excellent atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful and delicious. Great place for an excellent meal

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
5.0Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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I
Calgary
10 reviews
4.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
5.0Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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p
Calgary
2 reviews
4.0Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
Calgary
31 reviews
2.0Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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OT
Calgary
1 review
4.0Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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RG
Calgary
20 reviews
5.0Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Amazing dejeuner!

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