charbar

4.5
1529 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Located in East Village and housed in the historical Simmons Building along the Bow River, charbar is spearheaded by executive chef Jessica Pelland with the support of co-owners and Top Chef chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson. One of Canadas best restaurants partners with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters to create a collaborative and communal destination. Charbar restaurant features cuts of ultra-dry aged Alberta beef and an ocean wise seafood raw bar, that spills out onto the open air riverfront patios with views of the bow river. At its heart is a custom-made Argentine wood-fired grill honouring the art of asado and the culinary inspirations of Spain and Italy.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1529 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was great! Staff very appreciative of customers!

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dry aged steak! Miss the corn cream they used to have

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DianeD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Great food, great service, great ambience. The dolce leche dessert is a must!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I made a late reservation for her birthday and was surprised at how even it was a last-minute plan; we had an amazing time. Our server was funny and professional while also adding to the experience. We wanted to say thank you again for an amazing time.

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vipBrigidaB
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love the food choices here - inventive , delicious and healthy ! I so appreciate the extra care you all are taking as well ! Wonderful service and lovely dinner .

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EvanB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I had eggs Benedict and they put a delicious twist on a classic. Friendly staff too!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overpriced

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MeghanB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing. We had a quiet table in the corner as one of my guests was hard of hearing. The service was great and attentive during the duration of the meal. We had ordered the empanadas to share between the three of us, and they were great. We didn't realize until after we had paid the bill that on the cheque, our server had charged us for an extra empanada. Never having been to this restaurant before we didn't know the empanada appetizer came with only two. Although I appreciate the attentiveness of our server of adding a third empanada, it would have been much more appreciated if the server could have let us know about the extra charge before making the decision for us as it felt a little deceitful. Overall a great experience but after seeing the cheque, it left a bad taste in my mouth on the final impression.

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BrettG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well spaced table in a large open dining area made me feel comfortable with their pandemic procedures. The food was delicious. Service was excellent. Good beer selection.

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SusanT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good distancing between tables and good health practices. We feel entirely safe and comfortable during our meal. Food was very tasty with very generous portions.

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MichaelM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Went for lunch with a client, really nice spot, but extremely overpriced

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CalgaryGeorge
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This is a very interesting restaurant located in the East Village Redevelopment area of Calgary. Charbar is located in a former mattress manufacturing plant and the building has lots of character.

It is a big space, lots of places to sit and opportunity to even step outside onto their patio if you want to or in summer to dine on the roof. The location by the river is very nice.

The service is good. Not overwhelming but certainly good and the food is excellent. Steaks are their specialty but anything you order will be of high quality and well prepared. I think the restaurant is a bit pricey, but they are always busy so perhaps that is just my perception. Anyway, if you want an interesting location and a good dining experience, this is certainly one to have on your list.

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BRETTM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Limited menu otherwise a nice place to enjoy a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Small brunch menu which I love. And seems to follow covid rules with distancing tables. Highly recommend this place.

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Shmoopy8
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was okay. Food was good , service was good . We were sat upstairs which was not great

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vipfoodie2
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and the restaurant ambience was great. I realize it’s a place to go for steak but I wished there was a few more options for a main (I was looking for chicken breast). So many great sides to choose from. The brussel sprouts were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful night out

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vipLilyW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for brunch on a Saturday. It wasn't too busy and noise level was perfect. Ordered the chimichurri chicken sandwich and the dish with the Argentine-style empanadas. Both were delicious. We would definitely come back.

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ForestFoodie
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This iconic Calgary location is incredible to visit and a true delight to the eyes. We were very excited for our reservation for Brunch here and our server was outstanding. Her presence was warm, helpful and just the right amount of table visits. It felt like a friend was serving us.
The appetizer was outstanding we had the French Toast Bites and they were LIFE CHANGING. Our lattes and mimosas were also very well made. Our brunch dishes all left us a bit disappointed however especially after the drinks and appetizer set the bar so high. We felt as the main dishes were not the best value and collectively all thought the sourdough we all ate was a bit too hard to eat.
We would all definitely go back again to try some of the other brunch dishes and enjoy those amazing French toast bites again.
Overall its a great spot. Pluses for being able to reserve on a Saturday late morning as well.

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WSET123
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. We were greeted at the door by the manager and taken to our table on the 2nd floor. He sent out some champagne for the table since it was a birthday party and everything was amazing. We had a great time. Get the porterhouse!

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Chloe
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

This place is used to be one of my family's favourite. But food quality is so much lower than before pandemic. Not worth it anymore. Noise level was too much. We understand there was a group of party people at the same time while we were dining. But it was just like a sports pub and that wasn't fair considering their price point. Well, very friendly and nice staff as always.

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KellyH
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CharBars Aged Porterhouse never disappoints! Yum!!!

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KevinG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service great but the food wasn't out of this world. Still haven't found a restaurant that can cook a steak medium always undercooked.

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Lynne
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I wasn’t excited to go when I read the menu online however, the food was amazing. The cocktails were great as well. My only complaint is when I see my food is up and no one is going to pick it up. I had to ask for the fries as well as my desert to be brought over. Other then that it was a great evening.

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JenL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Charbar a few times, and every time it seems to get better and better! The food and service are amazing! Would definitely recommend

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LesT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charbar is a great place to eat! The food is fantastic and the space is cool. A definite recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living right across the road we often enjoy popping across to Charbar when we want a drink or can’t be bothered to cook dinner! This visit was because we were feeling lazy and it was a good call. We had cocktails (I enjoy the pisco sours), husband is a fan of variations on an Old Fashioned so tried a few. Then we each had the red shrimp and fries which I’ve had before and it was just as delicious this time round. Messy food is always tasty!! Our waiter was very attentive too. Place looses a little bit of the atmosphere with tables being so far apart thanks to Covid but that can’t be helped and certainly isn’t a deal breaker- they’ve done a good job with managing it. Will be back soon I’m sure. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal with a terrific server.

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ChristineB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing service and food.
From the moment we were greeted by the hostess to being served by our server exceptional!

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AGaroundtown
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Just had a little trouble with menu items and staff knowing what was available due to several menu changes- this is what we were told. Also we had a little trouble with getting the right items ordered ect. I think due to masks and level of noise it was hard for server to hear us. Food was delicious and grateful your establishment was open and able to serve us under these conditions.

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PatM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great brunch spot. We were seated outside (spur-of-the-moment) & the ambience was wonderful. Food really tasty—I thought the presentation was a bit haphazard? Wait staff attentive, friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Asked for a nice seated Area for my anniversary. Got put at single table along entrance way shared with multiple people. Service was slow. 57+ for 7oz steak and Fry's ... Won't be returning

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hello, Thank you for joining us on Oct 1st. I'm sorry the seating and steak did not did not meet your expectations. Our chef’s are currently finalizing a new menu launching soon. We hope you will give us another chance. Nadine

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TeeB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment. Wish there was more options for fresh oysters but the ones there that day were awesome!

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hello TeeB Thanks so much for the 5 star review! Glad you enjoyed the oysters and the atmosphere. Hope to see you again soon

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Carolk
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good for sharing plates though should provide enough utensils for each so as not to be passing tongs around

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hi CarolK Thank you for joining us at CharBar, we appreciate the support. We take the current conditions extremely seriously, I’m very sorry we slipped up during your most recent visit. We are reviewing all safety measures with the team and utilizing your feedback to intensify the message and ensure they understand. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. Nadine Thomas Director of Operations

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Saraw
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They don't serve the pizza in the restaurant, only on the rooftop unfortunately. We did family style dining with the porterhouse steak, avocado bruschetta, olives, ceviche and grilled sourdough. The food was spectacular. We drank the black pearl cocktail and old fashioned cocktail - the bartender was on point. Our server was patient and considerate when it came to ordering, he made accurate suggestions on everything and checked in just the right amount. Overall great experience!

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hi Saraw Thanks for the great review! Connie and John's Pizza is currently exclusively pick up and delivery. We are happy you decided to stay and try CharBar, our team takes great pride in providing quality beverage, food and service. Thanks so much for the recognition! Hope to see you again sometime.

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vipfoodie2
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed food and was nice for us to try something new but portions seemed small given the cost, so not the best value. Hard to justify 120 steak given today’s economic climate.

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hi foodie2, Thank you for joining us and providing us with this valuable feedback. Sorry to hear the portions did not meet your expectations. We are currently reviewing the menu’s and updating items and recipes, I hope you will give us another chance. Nadine Thomas Director of Operations

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food took a long time to come but was delicious.

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hello, Happy to see the food was worth the wait! Hope to see you again soon. We are launching a new menu mid-October with some old favourites and greta new dishes

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JoeSmither
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Charbar is a great location with excellent staff and service. I will say that the Porter house was not the greatest, and the octopus was over cooked. Wine, Napa cabbage salad and beef fat fries were the highlight of the meal and their special PEI oysters . Would return for cocktails and appetizers but probably not my go-to for beef in Calgary.

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hi JoeSmithers, Glad to hear you enjoyed the location and service. So sorry the porterhouse and octopus did not meet your expectations. We dry age our steaks a minimum of 50 days, it is rare that it is less than enjoyable. We are so sorry it did not meet your expectations this time. We hope you will give the porterhouse another try. nadine thomas

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

FAQs

charbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 452-3115.

charbar is rated 4.5 stars by 1529 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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