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About charbar

Located in the revitalized 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 chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson. This locally-relevant and globally-inspired restaurant partners with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters to create a collaborative and communal destination. The restaurant features an ultra-dry aged Alberta beef display, a meandering ceviche raw bar, and riverfront and rooftop patios. At its heart is a custom-made Argentine wood-fired grill honouring the art of asado and the culinary inspirations of Spain and Italy.

618 Confluence Way SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0G1
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Canadian, Argentinean, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Wednesday • 11:30am to 10:00pm
Thursday & Friday • 11:30am to 12:00am
Saturday • 10:00am to 12:00am (Brunch served until 4:00pm)
Sunday • 10:00am to 10:00pm (Brunch served until 4:00pm)

*Please note that the Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is a separate restaurant with a casual snack and cocktail menu. Reservations made for charbar cannot be transferred to the rooftop. The Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is first come, first served, and operates on a walk-in and waitlist system. Go to www.rtbsimmons.com for more information and follow @rtbsimmons on Twitter for wait time updates.

Cross Street:
Riverfront Ave SE

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 452-3115

Website:
http://www.charbar.ca/

Catering:
Chefs John Jackson, Connie DeSousa and Jessica Pelland are ready to bring their shared culinary vision to a venue of your choice. Let us help create a truly memorable event that will have your guests talking for days. Our culinary team is devoted to creating a memorable dining experience and our professional service team is at your disposal. Our team will work with you every step of the way to create a personalized and stress-free event that your guests will never forget.

Parking Details:
There is plenty of street parking that requires payment during hours allocated by City of Calgary Parking Authority. Street parking is FREE after 6:00pm. There are also 2 paid lots, one located on the West side of the building, as well as one East of the Simmons building.

Executive Chef:
Jessica Pelland

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Looking for details to host a Special Event? Email our Director of Sales and Catering, Chrissy Ranelli, events@charbar.ca

charbar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Casual (27)
Special Occasion (25)
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Neighborhood Gem (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Business Meals (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Fun (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Romantic (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Scenic View (13)
Authentic (12)
Tapas (12)
People Watching (11)
Waterfront (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Great Beer (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

It was average.. It was odd that they didn't have steak knives when they serve steak.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Excellent service, drinks and food. A wonderful experience. Thank you.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was ok, the sirloin I ordered was just warm when served. My friend's pizza seems ok, my other friend's Gaucho Burger looks good and she says it tasted good.

Service is very good though. Water refilled all the time, even the hot water I requested was refilled automatically. I will definitely go back but wish the food is served hot instead of warm.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were blown away by the genuine staff, peaceful ambience and of course the crazy delicious food. Definitely coming again and telling all our friends. Thanks so much for making our dinner a delight!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Thank you for a lovely dining experience. We will be returning.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was delicious and cool building!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great, didn’t love that we couldn’t order a meal to ourselves given everything comes in shared fashion. Waiter was helpful but was far too detailed and spoke for 5-10 minutes which just felt long and overwhelming.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was delicious

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The staff attention, food and overall atmosphere was great for a night out with friends. Highly recommend!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food is always great. Service is great. The look and feel is great. All around one of the best restaurants in Calgary!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our family came to celebrate a special birthday at Charbar. We had a wonderful server - very knowledgeable, very friendly. Stephanie made the evening a great time - she helped us choose the right amount of food for all of us! It was a lovely place to celebrate a 21st Birthday! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and service. Portion size for my steak was small and veggies are ala carte. Overall, pretty darn good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was a great place and food was amazing. Would visit there soon again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was fine, definitely not worth the money we paid for it. The service was mediocre. I won’t be going back.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This is my go to place, always great service (thanks Kevin and David) and a cocktail or two is always delightful! Eggplant sandwich is nice treat too :) Thanks for always being FABULOUS! Cheers!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Enjoyed it. Will go again next chance we get! Great food and service

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 25, 2017

You know those mini donuts they have over stampede? Do you enjoy them? Do you miss them?

Order the French toast bites in the brunch menu. They'll make the memory alive, and then some.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Delicious food as always - we went for the 96 oz beefapalooza and were not disappointed! Great ambience and lovely atmosphere, even on a weeknight.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had just arrived in Calgary, 2 from Vancouver and 1 from Toronto. We looked at this place online and decided to give it a try. Best decision ever. We shared the 32 ounce porterhouse with fries and asparagus. We started with the bruschetta wth avocado and pistachios and finished with a lovely dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone. Loved the ambiance too. Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Too expensive food was not tasty neither were the tiny cocktails. Place looked awesome but you are lucky if you find the entrance. The only thing we enoyed was grilled bread and avocado pistachio dip. Can’t see us coming back maybe just maybe for this bread, dip and a beer on a way. No offence but I find it sooooo hard to believe this is Calgary’s second ranking restorabr on the top ten list. Super disappointed. This place is hard core overrated. Hope they read reviews and approve.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sunday brunch was excellent - such a different set of choices. The deep fried french toast bites are to die for!!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a family birthday and they did the entrees we ordered on platters and served the meal family style. The food was great and this enabled everyone to enjoy the dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food and service. Loved everything about it!

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Date night ! Awesome atmosphere with the old brick walls of the Simmonds building. Bread from the local bakery, Coffee from Phil
And Sebastian’s ... the bruschetta was amazing with avocado and nuts . The burger may be the best one I have had in a while and the smoked chicken... ridiculous!!!!
Strongly recommend this restaurant to locals and those visiting from out of town !

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Appetizer pistachio brushetta was amazing but unfortunately the steaks were not great at all. Luckily they came with sauce but they were dry and bland tasting. Presentation of food was also a little odd...big plates. Our server was amazing though. Very attentive and prompt.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic food, service and and overall just a fantastic place. My wife and I will be back again.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Horrible experience. Terrible server and to top it up, there was hairs in our meal.
Not impressed at all!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Charbar will forever be one of my go-to's and solid recommendations. The food, the staff are always spot on! Thank you for making each dining experience memorable :)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of my favourite spots in Calgary. Casual, comfortable relaxing with great food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service and ambiance was average.
Nice interior to the building.
Of course paid parking and was difficult to find a spot.
My drink was really good but after that it was down hill. Our vegetable dishes were, in one word, awful. The asparagus was completely limp and the kale was so crusted on top it was like paper that has been burnt and flaked. My friends dessert was so tasteless she turned up her nose and the piece de resistance was we were denied a latte because Phil and Sebastians closes at 9 Our steak was very tasty but for 98$ perhaps not.
We complained and received a refund for our sub par dishes.

Would definitely NOT return.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great meal with good friends and good wine. Can’t miss with the porterhouse!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great Restaurant! The food is absolutely delicious along with the great choice of wines.

We would definitely go back & try the 32 oz Porterhouse steak!!!!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 1, 2017

It was an amazing experience! Food was phenomenal, atmosphere was great, and the staff were top notch. Would definitely eat here again... and again... and again!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Unfortunately, it was an underwhelming food experience in comparison to Charcut in downtown. Parking was challenging as well.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had visitors from our Consulate in Toronto who were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service. All five of us had steak and it was outstanding.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. Service and food are above expectations.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sorry but it was not a good experience. The waitress was very nice and polite but the food experience was terrible. Wet, damp under cooked pizza: how is that possible unless it sat on a steam table? A 10 ounce steak that was lost initially, then the waitress said that the chef over cooked on the second attempt, came a third time and was raw, then after a while was told I was given the wrong steak and it was exchanged again. My guests were almost finished their meal by this time and it was then that I noticed that the pizza had only one piece consumed. The chef did send over one free dessert because of the mix up but our dining experience was terrible.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I booked a table for 5 of us at Charbar for Saturday morning. The service was amazing, the ambiance was stunning..... and the FOOD was to die for!! I can’t get enough of Charbar. I bring everyone I’m meeting up with there. It’s simply a great concept and a well run place. The Top Chef Canada chick really knows how to hit a home run!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A last minute Friday night dinner with close friends, Charbar had a table upstairs for us,
we settled in there was a guitarist playing latin music, not too load but lovely to listen too as we talked and dined ! The food was all amazing we shared a variety of dishes thumbs up across the board! Our waitress, I wish I had asked her name ....was fantastic! very knowledgeable very professional. She was reason enough to come back! She seemed happy to be there a great atmosphere all around! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great cocktails, great food. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable. Overall a really great night.

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