Permanently Closed - AVEC Bistro

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268 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

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
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
service
4.3
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LG
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I hadn't been here in 4 years and I had good memories unfortunately it didn't live up to my memories

RJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was great and the food very tasty. I would recommend having dinner at Avec Bistro

NN
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!! The food was spectacular. We had baked Brie, Buffalo Carpaccio and Truffle Eggs to start. All of the starters were so good.
Duck Confit and Braised Short rubs for main, both were outstanding.
The wine list is fun with great wines to chose from.
Soft music in the background.
The owners were lovely, service spectacular and it was a wonderful evening!

MM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Best burger in Calgary and all the food is always excellent. French Bistro done right, with a great cocktail and wine list.

FP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy AVEC. The food is consistently very good. The wine list is reasonably priced and offers a god selection of both wines by the glass and bottles. I really appreciate the ambience at AVEC as the tables are well spaced and, even if crowded, it is always quiet.

K
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was awesome, although the mushroom tart wasn’t that good.

MC
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

AVEC is always good and steady. The food is amazing and the service is great! Went with a girlfriend to catch up on life and we had a great time. The staff was friendly and not pushy when we ended up being the last 2 patrons in the restaurant. It's great for date night, family dinner or catching up with friends. Prices are reasonable.

CA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

$5 gluten free bread (actually a single bun)?
Everything was OK, but I was expecting more.

MG
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was so good. Our waiter was very attentive. French 75 is the best. We were there for the yyc food and drinks. Everything was good, except the risotto was bit under cook and taste very fishy. We will be back again.

SL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Servers were pretentious and unfriendly, food was awful given the premium charged. Would not recommend to anyone unless they are looking to waste their hard earned money.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was not very good. Very overpriced for the quality. Good service, nice restaurant, but wouldn’t go back.

MP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Avec continues to be our "go to" for business lunch or dinner as well as date night. Understated elegance. Good value. Friendly (but not excessive) service.

M
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall this restaurant was ok at best. I had higher expectations than what was delivered. Steak was good, frites ok, bernais was delish, but the ketchup and as aoli were meh. The menu talked up Port, but there was none on hand. Server did comp me an alternative Sauternes, but it didn't pair we will with the dessert. Server was very nice, but expected more overall.

J
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The bison tartar was one on the best I have had, as well as the sticky toffee pudding! YUM!

HH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I appreciate it was a busy night however the service was abysmal. Wgen we entered I said "good evening" the response was that were irritated that I had not given my name 1st. It was as if we were inconveniencing the staff. Never again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant and the owners!! Always a solid dinner

EC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, bar none, the best place to have a business lunch. The food is outstanding, the service excellent, and somehow there is enough background noise to ensure others don't hear your conversation but not so much that you have to raise your voice.

PM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience as always! Had the superb Bison Tartare and Mushroom Tar to start paired with excellent Sidecars. Warmed us right up.
We both went with the tasty Beef Short Ribs. Our server paired our mains with some perfect French Reds.

Lovely, cozy yet urban room. Great service.

SM
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Our ladies lunch was welcome relief from the cold outside. We all enjoyed our meals. My French Onion soup could have been warmer but it was definitely tasty. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

S
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, eclectic, superb wine list. Lovely people (owners). If you are a lover of wine and good French food-highly recommended.

N
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday. Dinner was very nice.

j
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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.

C
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 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!

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.

DF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 15, 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

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.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 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.

N
1 review
Dined on December 7, 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

H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 28, 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!

S
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 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.

L
Key West
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 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.

d
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 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!

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.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 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.

PJ
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 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.

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.

D
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 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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