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charbar

4.4
4.4
1914 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Argentinean, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 452-3115

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Pelland

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, charbar can accommodate all your special event needs. on-site and off-site custom catering, private washrooms, state of the art a/v, glass divider wall, wheelchair accessible, river views, rooftop patio.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (855) 978-0225

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Riverfront Ave SE

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,914 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RF

    RobynF

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Business dinner - first time back in a year and food was not up to previous standards. Disappointing evening - service was okay, again not the level we have become accustomed to.
  2. AL

    AaronL

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and great location on the river.
  3. h

    hubk

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great night out. We were sat upstairs which wa dress busy, preference would be to be on lower level. Better atmosphere .
  4. B

    Bhob

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve been a big fan for a long time… never done brunch before but it was excellent. If you can handle the cost it’s a fantastic venue for food.
  5. B

    Bcarno

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great lunch spot with some unique menu items - chargrilled octopus was a stand out. 👍

    charbarResponded 7 days agoWe greatly appreciate your comments, hope to see you again!

  6. JL

    JamesL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We love a medium rare steak but our porterhouse was rare. Still very good but could have been cooked a tad more.

    charbarResponded 7 days agoHi James, Thank you for the feedback I will be sure to share that with the team.

  7. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was great. Nice location to go for a walk on the river and have a great meal.

    charbarResponded on January 19, 2023Hi Peter, we are greatful for our location and for your wonderful review!!

  8. SC

    ShannonC

    Edmonton

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Friendly staff. The food was amazing and the cocktails delicious.

    charbarResponded on January 19, 2023Hi Shannon, Thank you for the amazing feedback!

  9. A

    Anne

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic date night out with great food and excellent service!

    charbarResponded on January 19, 2023Hi Anne, we are so delighted you had a great time, we will be sure to share your comments with the team!

  10. a

    andrewc

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    5 star prices. Service good. Nice space. Seafood was ok. Steak decent.

    charbarResponded on January 19, 2023Hi Andrew, we greaty appreciate your the feedback. We would love to know more about your experience to understand how we can better serve you in the future. Info@charbar.ca

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE dinner after the hockey game. Our server made our evening even better. He was awesome!!
  12. LB

    LBYYC

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We ordered the 32 oz porterhouse, medium rare. The kitchen sent it out, sliced it, plated on a platter and it was rare. We sent it back and the kitchen "cooked it a bit more". By the time it got to us our sides were cold and the steak was dry and tough. The waitress tried to address this by giving us 10% of but I still paid more than $150 for a twice cooked steak and appetizer. On New Year's Eve no less. My suggestion, should this happen to another customer, either make them a new steak or offer them another main course. Twice cooking a steak like that was a really odd choice and not one I would expect at that price point.
  13. JP

    JarodP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! Our server was awesome. The food was incredible, the wine was phenomenal! Will be going back soon!
  14. DO

    DomO

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Latasha was awesome. She made our New Year’s Eve extra special.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing NYE dining experience! I ordered the trout which was easily the best trout I have had in my life! Service was excellent and we enjoyed some live music while we ate. Thanks for an amazing evening Charbar!
  16. m

    marty

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the love music. Porterhouse perfect for two

    charbarResponded on January 19, 2023Happy new yearv Marty, we are so glad you enjoyed Martin our Latin musicain, he is a staple here at charbar. Hope to see you again soon.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Mark was fantastic. Really enjoyed ourselves
  18. KB

    KayB

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere, uncomfortable chairs, good service, mediocre-overpriced food.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was quite good but a bit bland. 2 of us shared the nappa cabbage, crab dip and the NY striploin with cauliflower. We added the chimichurry sauce after tasting the steak because it was under seasoned. The sauce was a great addition to the steak. Nothing was amazing but it was a good meal. Our server was very friendly. Both of us had awful chairs that we sunk into by about a foot (velvet blue chairs). We asked if we could swap chairs but she said they were all like that. For a higher end restaurant, I would suggest repairing/ upgrading your chairs.
  20. r

    richard1

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good food..main course a little small for price
  21. GM

    GaryM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service! Best gluten free options in the city.
  22. LM

    LisaM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My daughters came to Calgary for the holiday and after some debate, we decided to go for dinner here. Due to weather, there were a few glitches in our plans but Charbar handled our delay and my grandchild that ended up joining us with grace and understanding. The food was tasty. The service was excellent. And the bit of mess that a toddler brings was dealt with swiftly and with a smile. We had a lovely evening and it was a great night with my family.
  23. SC

    SarahC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place for a dinner shared between friends. Incredible service, drinks and plates. We enjoyed our experience!
  24. FI

    FIONAF

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We came at about 6pm and there were a few tables already, (one of the group was obnoxiously loud); other than that the whole experience was awesome, food was delicious, we had cabbage salad, ceviche( in my opinion was the highlight of the dinner) and steak, our server Latasha was super lovely! Oh, btw, please change the chairs?! Not the most comfortable experience sitting on sinking chairs!
  25. RG

    RemyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the service was excellent!
  26. RM

    RME1023

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Ordered the trout, wasn’t what the menu said it was. Pretty disappointed, came for my birthday from out of town. Was a favorite place to go to, the service was slow. Not sure I’ll be back.
  27. ND

    NatalieD

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, top-notch service, and a lovely room. We will be back!
  28. O

    Occasionalfoodie

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    First time to Charbar for dinner. We arrived early for our reso and were seating 15 min late from our booking time but we were offered Prosecco as we waited. Nice. We were seated and you really sink into the fabric chairs so as a 5’2” person, I felt like even more of a hobbit at the table. The service was ok, prompt and bare minimum - took our order and brought the bill…did not go over and above to make conversation or recommendations - even when asked he pointed to the different columns of the menu and said - this is where you find the steaks, this is our pizza column, these are appetizers….yeah thanks…we can read….anyways…. Steak was ok. Cooked how I asked. Portions are small. The venue was VERY loud on a Friday night. There was a party upstairs or something with a DJ? And we couldn’t hear each other speaking from across the table so we left early without dessert or after dinner drinks. I won’t be rushing back to Charbar but it wasn’t awful. Would go back if someone asked but wouldn’t be my first choice.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Good food, Expensive food. Was busy, service was overloaded Steak not quite right.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    3 of the 4 people at our table spent the evening after we left in the rest room with upset stomachs. Needless to say I was not impressed. $300 plus dinner to get sick. Very likely will not return
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was perfect
  32. SD

    SperanzaD

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We popped in for brunch on a Sunday and it was my first time. I was so pleasantly surprised by how delicious everything was. Our server was a jewel and the perfect balance between personable, helpful, friendly and respectful of our privacy. The restaurant itself is quite beautiful and I"m looking forward to the ambience in the evening. Definitely worth checking out.
  33. T

    Tealfish52

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and, elegant but cozy ambiance. Service was excellent.
  34. TK

    ToddK

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation for our Christmas event for Tkshotz Photography. We came in for dinner and had a great meal. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu offering great recommendations. The atmosphere is cozy and pleasant. The dishes were delicious as were the wine and cocktail recommendations. While we have worked several weddings there we were excited to join Char Bar for a sit down 3 course dinner!
  35. CK

    CKSD

    Aberdeen

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Ricardo is amazing. He pays such attention to detail in all of his dishes. Everything was amazing. The standouts for me were the smoked beets, the cauliflower, masa fries and of course the porterhouse.
  36. WR

    WarrenR

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Very relaxed but good food. Open spaces so the noise can carry.
  37. s

    shaneh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    It was dissapointing to see servers still wearing masks - When I go to a restaurant, I don't want to feel like I'm visiting the doctor. When my server is wearing a mask, it makes me think that they are potentially sick, and shouldn't be serving me.
  38. SS

    SamirS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great food however we were charged for the most expensive champagne on the menu when my husband requested two glasses for our anniversary to be on the table upon arrival. Once viewing the bill we compared it to the prices on the menu and there were two other champagne options at a much lower price. Would of been nice if you gave him the options instead of assuming of giving the most expensive one. Also we don’t go out to receive something for free but would of been a nice compliment if something was taken care of on our bill considering it was a special occasion.
  39. c

    chrisk

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was terrible and they new we had a big group (I spoke before they seated us (but they still billed 20% gratuity should have been 10% max) food was good like usual. Just the service was terrible and they were missing a Few beers. From there menu
  40. N

    Natasha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The demographic in the building is older adults. Live music was a surprise! Area was warm and there was a lot of people. Servers do not inquire much from you and do the minimum. Food arrived timely and were delicious. Upon arrival we were given a heads up that due to the amount of reservations (besides our own) that evening that we would only be able to dine for up to an hour and a half.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

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

charbar is rated 4.4 stars by 1914 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for charbar

618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0G1

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Riverfront Ave SE

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Argentinean, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Pelland

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 452-3115

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, charbar can accommodate all your special event needs. on-site and off-site custom catering, private washrooms, state of the art a/v, glass divider wall, wheelchair accessible, river views, rooftop patio.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (855) 978-0225

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