AVEC Bistro

4.2
237 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
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 237 People Are Saying
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S
Los Angeles
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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k
Calgary
2 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
1 review
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
3 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
5 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
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
2 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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O
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
55 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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
75 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service.

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K
1 review
Dined 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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