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AVEC Bistro

4.6
212 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Romantic
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
What 212 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Gluten friendly options, overall great ambience and service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food and great service.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food.
Excellent atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Delightful and delicious. Great place for an excellent meal

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Another Amazing dejeuner!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Meaghan is awesome!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Another outstanding experience at Avec.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Becoming one of my favorie places

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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