AVEC Bistro

4.2
248 reviews
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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.
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N
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday. Dinner was very nice.

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j
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Avec was a nice restaurant that was surprisingly very quiet on a Saturday night. Our server let us have our pick of where to sit which was excellent. Good wine menu and some other specialty cocktails. We ordered the cheese board, had a great selection with an assortment of bread and sauces that we thought was excellent. For the entrees we settled on the duck and steak. Duck was seasoned very well, but was a bit dry for my liking. The duck came on a bed of salad with a vinaigrette dressing, while to be honest vinaigrette dressings aren't my favorite I found this one to be a bit overpowering. The steak (done medium rare) was excellent cooked perfectly although the seasoning was a bit bland the perfect cook made up for it. Now for the best part of the evening the dessert.. An amazing piece of toffee pudding topped with salted caramel ice cream, one of the best desserts I've had in a long time. Just a great way to top the meal off.

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C
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always - the food, the service and the wine list are always great. Highly recommend the bison tartare and the duck confit!

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JC
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service at lunch was outstanding, thanks to the "morning" server. Food was tasty and fresh, and we have no problem adjusting the sandwich items. Will definitely be back.

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DF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great selection of food with quality taste. Service was also great to go along with the atmosphere for a date night. Not a drinker but the champagne was good as well

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JR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Our party had a reservation for 12:00. There wasn't many people in the restaurant yet the server only came to see us fifteen long minutes after we arrived and that was after my husband asked the hostess if someone was going to come and take our order. At some point we asked the hostess if they were short-staffed. She said No, why? We told her we had been there for 45 minutes and were still waiting for our food. She argued that it hadn't been 45 minutes which right there was rude and unprofessional. When we said yes, our reservation was for 12:00 and it was now 12:45, she said she didn't think so but was going to check their reservation book. She may have by-passed the class where they teach about the client always being right which in this case was true. We ordered simple meals (soup and sandwich, a burger and a quiche) but it took 35 minutes before we could start eating. Our server was quite nice but she just couldn't salvage our poor experience at Avec. The food was all right although the quiche not very tasty. On a positive note, the choice of music was very good. Unfortunately, we will not go there again and we will not recommend it either.

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was great and the atmosphere was lovely. Unfortunately the food was underwhelming, the short ribs were overcooked, the duck confit was just ok, and the chocolate mousse was sour. For the cost and reputation, I was expecting more quality from this restaurant. I assume lunch is perhaps a more appropriate meal for this venue.

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N
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

my pork was just ok - descriptor of spinach etc does not match dish - slightest touch of green - this dish is really just pork

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent wine suggestion. Excellent way to spend a lovely Saturday night.
Will come back for sure

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TS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great personable service. Appetizers and desserts were very good. Heavy use of horseradish overpowered 3 of the 4 main courses. The frites... SO good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Would recommend for anyone looking for French cuisine. The duck is amazing!

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S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service and food were well done and a great example of French fare. Nice staff and not too loud for lunch.

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D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Seems that we hit the transition to a new menu so they were out of many items. I understand the desire to renew, especially for seasonal fare, but it should be done without compromising selection. Many of the items not available were not seasonal. Also, my lamb shank was only warm. Overall, was disapppointed. While I’d like to believe they are usually better, I won’t be motivated to go back to find out.

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L
Key West
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, good food,great wine list and excellent service. Not in Calgary too often these days but always a pleasure to dine at Avec when in town. Kirk has a good formula that works.

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d
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My dish of salmon was quite good, with extra crispy skin and my friend's dinner of duck, was fatty as expected, but still very flavourful.

Top it off with a seasonal pumpkin tart that was sprinkled in the middle with rock salt for a spin on your taste buds at the end of our meal!

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We had originally gone there for lunch and after reading over the menu the only thing that sounded appealing was the French onion soup. We both ordered soup and a glass of wine. It might have been the worst French onion we had ever had. The cheese was practically nonexistent and the puff pastry was thin and dry. The soup itself was significantly lacking flavor and tasted bland. Ambiance was weird, super quiet but not very cozy. Wait staff was very kind and timely.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Avec once before. Glad we came back. Quality food and great service. We certainly appreciated the personal touches for my wife’s birthday. Megan was awesome too. Will be back.

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PJ
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avec never ceases to impress; friendly and unobtrusive service, superb food with attention to detail and great presentation. Highly professional.

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SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good, and such great service. It's a favourite! Have never had something I didn't find delicious.

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The lettuce in the salad was rusty. The steak of the steak frites was bland and soggy.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not perfect. I wouldn’t go there again. Ambientce is nice and beautiful, the service is awesome. But at the restaurant I’m all about food.

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JS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing burger!! Steak tartar beats anything I have ever eaten in Europe. Just love these guys.

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BG
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were informed at the end of our dinner - an anniversary, that the waitress was ill and that’s why the service was so poor. The bartender had to do it all. But, my wife’s food was sent back twice due to undercook. Overall it was a poor experience. Look elsewhere for French food in Calgary

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D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak frites is excellent - cooked to perfection. Other entrees looked equally tasty. Service was excellent and there's a good wine list.

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

Very poor services!

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DT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 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
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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P
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 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
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday Lunch

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c
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 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
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Professional attentive service and a great meal

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

Fantastic experience

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A
1 review
Dined 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
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, first-rate service.

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RB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BM
1 review
Dined 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
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten friendly options, overall great ambience and service.

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r
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined 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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