charbar

4.5
1573 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
We have reopened for dinner service from 4 to 11 PM **note alcohol service must stop at 10 PM per Alberta Government.

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 1573 people are saying
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MelissaB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio. Excellent service. Excellent food! We will be back once everything opens up again

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was good.

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SandraM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and great service in a lovely location

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AmarjeetG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good place to hang around with my friends and family!

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jackief
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service was exceptional but due to enhanced COVID restrictions we were forced to dine outside and it was just too cold to enjoy the experience. The staff did everything they could to make it as enjoyable as possible but it is hard to compete with Mother Nature and unreasonable pandemic restrictions. Too bad because the food and folks are amazing. I’ll go back when we can dine inside or when the weather warms. The patio has a great view of the Bow River.

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yarekb
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We were 6 in our party and this was our food experience. We enjoyed the seafood platter but sadly it ended there. 4 of us ordered the skirt steak which was a feature entree. The skirt steak was very chewy, to the point you had to spit out some pieces. My wife ordered the hamburger and loved it, our other guest liked the chicken. The wine was excellent.

Oddly even though they like to feature their beef and high end aged, this is the second time we have experienced very tough beef.

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HBMac
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten at Charbar several times and always an excellent dining experience. The food is awesome.

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vipJKingdon89
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and ambiance

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vipMark
Edmonton
37 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had the 8oz tenderloin, it was a typical tenderloin nothing to write home about, on the other hand the char roasted carrots was out of this world, the flavors just exploded. Actually made the meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The building and atmosphere are beautiful. Service was also really good. The food however was nothing special.

My fiancé and I both ordered a steak, the meat on both our cuts were pretty tough and the flavour was just okay. Given the price of our dishes (around $45 a plate) I expected more. It seemed to be more in line with the $25-$30 steak at other restaurants, so not worth the price jump. I am willing to pay more if the quality is there, but we have had much better steaks at other restaurants downtown Calgary.

I would go back for the atmosphere and to try something different on the menu (not steak).

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JenniferS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and delicious cocktails. Will definitely be back for more.

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JordanG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi there!

I had dinner at this restaurant Friday March 26, and I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. I know I can do this on Google reviews, but I prefer the direct method approach.

Firstly, we had a delightful time with our server, David. He was so knowledgeable about basically everything. He gave great recommendations for meal options and had a fluency in mixed drinks and wine selections - he knows a lot about scotch too! He was prompt but we never felt rushed. We stayed about 2 hours and it just kind of flew by.

The food was wonderful. We started with the avocado bruschetta which is incredible. I had the tri-tip cut, cooked rare with the Brussels sprouts which I was able to split with my girlfriend who is vegetarian. She had the Napa salad and we finished the meal with the panqueques for desert. All while having delicious Manhattans, well paired wine and a 15 year scotch hand picked by our server. It was fantastic.

Oh right, I forgot to mention that when our server was refilling a drink order for us, we mentioned we were celebrating my partner landing a new job. David returned with two glasses of bubbly to toast the occasion. Simply put, he was just on point the whole night. I used to work in hospitality at a luxury hotel and our experience last night reminded me how hard people work to send you off floating. It was worth every penny and in retrospect I feel bad we only tipped 20%.

Okay, so one other thing, we had a couple drinks and when we left we realized after we walked out we forgot to wear our masks exiting from our table. I think we had such a good time we managed to raise some eyebrows with that maneuver. Normally we are very prudent with safety and it just escaped our minds. Sorry if we made anyone feel uncomfortable.

Thanks again for a lovely meal. David is top notch and a model for all servers at your establishment. We will certainly be back.

Cheers,
Jordan

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Service was great, our server Shannon was very attentive, atmosphere is fine, but the place was cold. Menu is unimaginative and the food was NOT worth the price. I had the strip loin steak and it came cut for me, and was gristly. There were no potato options with the steak except fries. I had the beans, which were salty. There was no flavour in anything I ate.

My husband, however, loved his Hamburger; but we didn’t go for a $100 meal to eat a hamburger!

The general manager offered me a free dessert as consolation. No thanks.

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TreslieF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the Seafood Platter appy was AMAZING!!!!
My only suggestion to improve the experience would temp control in the restaurant, it was so chilly I had to wear my coat the whole time... minor, but more coziness that would've made it 5 star all around! LOVE CHARBAR!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Our go to spot in YYC!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Staff is so welcoming and enjoyable! Sat at the bar and had a amazing experience and food

charbar
Responded on March 23, 2021

Hi there thank you so much for the nice review! Glad you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again soon

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henry
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

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CarlosR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This is out 4th time at Charbar. The food was great as always, yet the burger my wife ordered was poorly prepared. Lots of chunky pieces of lettuce, everything came out after the first bite! When the waiter came and asked us how the food was... we politely mentioned this and received as an answer “oh, yes...it’s a messy burger” (that was it, and then she carried on).We will definitely come back as we love the place, but that is not how you should answer a customer!
Thanks.

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi CarlosR Thank you for being a Charbar regular, we appreciate your support. We are sorry to hear about the lettuce on your burger was too large and made the burger difficult to eat. We are reviewing the feedback with the chefs and truly appreciate you taking the time to let us know. We hope to see you again soon, The Charbar team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Chicken was very good. My daughter order a $56 tenderloin steak in Medium rare and when it arrived at table it was very rare. She asked if she could get it cooked more and the waitress said due to Covid she didn’t think she could send it back. So she ate off of everyone’s plate. My husband tried to eat it and he likes his steak more rare and he had a hard time. For the price they should have took it back or offered to redo it. Won’t be going back.

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this valuable feedback. We have it with the team. We will always redo any dish that is not prepared as requested. I apologize it was not caught and correct the evening you were in. I hope you will consider giving us another chance, Nadine Thomas

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ClaudiaL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The menu is advertised as Argentine, and it is really far from being so, in addition they offer very little variety and it is expensive. The atmosphere is pleasant although it lacks a bit of cleaning, the waitress was friendly and helpful

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi ClaudiaL Thank you for joining us at Charbar, we appreciate the support. We will have some new dishes added to the menu soon, we have reopened with a smaller menu. We plan to open our riverwalk patio soon and will be expanding the menu then as well. Cleanliness is extremely important I appreciate you taking the time to point out the restaurant looked a little less than clean. Our cleaning team is making an extra effort deep cleaning the restaurant to ensure everything is clean and sanitized. We hope you will consider joining us again Nadine Thomas

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GlenysR
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal with great service. Never had a meal we didn’t rave about. Highly recommend this restaurant!

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you for being a regular guest at Charbar we appreciate the support and the lovely review.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was amazing, and super tasty.

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you! we appreciate the support

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vipJasonF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great relaxing meal. Service was top notch and prompt. Cocktails were great! Dinner was perfect. Nicely done Charbar!

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi JasonF Thank you for joining and sending this lovely review. We appreciate the support The Charbar team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife thoroughly enjoyed her Birthday supper

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you! Hope to see you back before your next birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It’s my second time here, the food was delicious as always, and the waiter was really nice. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our time.

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner at Charbar. The support means a lot to the team. Hope to see you again soon the Charbar team

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, great service. I would go back just for the carrots. We had a steak for 2 it was incredible and worth every penny!
We will be back.

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kaylink
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They brought up complimentary bubbly for our bday celebration! The food was great and the service was too. Her recommendations were awesome. Thanks!

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi kaylink thanks so much for choosing Charbar for your celebration! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service Hope to see you again soon The Charbar team

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TammaraF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service!! Food is always good here! Great spot for a date!

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi There Thank you for the amazing review. Glad you enjoyed your date night The Charbar Team

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BlakeS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Pricey for what you get but if you are willing to shell out some $ its a great spot

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vipWick1979
Calgary
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in the city.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Anonymous Thanks for the amazing review and comments! We are thrilled to be back in action, please come back soon!

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RodK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat at the kitchen bar - highly recommended!

Food was fresh, hot and tasty - that's a feat for Valentines Day Dinner out...

Burger was so delicious; but needed a toothpick to hold it from sliding apart; not a bad thing.

I had the Strip Loin, done perfectly Medium Rare.

We will be back; if nothing else but for the burger.

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TLynn
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always food was very tasty and service was great. Thank you for a great evenibg out!

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi TLynn Thank you for the support and great review! Hope to see you again soon.

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TimC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Their ceviche was a joke, $19 for literally 3 bites, would’ve expected some better food at that price.
Google pic showed their empanada comes with 4, but guess pandemic hit them hard, it now comes with 2 only, in a two bite size each.
Their porthouse steak was the only one reasonable, but since it’s measure by oz, can’t shrink it.
Overall, paid same price dinner the following weekend and got a much better dinner, both quality and quantity + bought 2 rounds of shots (x3 each round), just incomparable.

charbar
Responded on March 16, 2021

Hi TimC Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. It is very valuable. Since this review we have updated the ceviche and added additional seafood and updated the presentation. We are glad you enjoyed your Ultra aged porterhouse steak. We hope you will consider giving us another try thank you

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ShawnaR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service! We will be back!

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi ShawnaR thanks for stopping by, we appreciate the great review!

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calgarydiner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was very disappointing. The menu was very small, likely due to covid. The selections were somehwat lacking. We had the beef shirt rib and it was not good. Dry and tough. The 1/2 lobster was tasty. We shared a red velvet cake for dessert and it was dry and not good. Overall, the value was lacking. I don't mind spending goos money for good food and experience. This was not good food!

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vipamusicalchap
Edmonton
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Fantastic service.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi amusicalchap Thanks so much for stopping by, we thrilled you enjoyed everything

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurants have just opened after a pandemic restriction period therefore tables were spaced out and the menu was significantly limited. People should expect that ambiance and menu will be impacted as the restaurants are easing back in. But the food was still delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine selections and they told us they wouldn’t serve a particular wine because it was open too long, putting quality first. Overall we enjoyed our meal and will go back!

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Anonymous We appreciate the support! Thank you for acknowledging your servers efforts we will be sure to pass it along.

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TroyR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The interior is amazing. Staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. This is a great place for a special occasion. Food was delicious. Overall wonderful experience but a bit pricy.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi TroyR Thanks so much for the kind words and nice review. We appreciate the support!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Charbar is my husband and I’s favourite date night spot. We always ask for David, best server we have ever had!

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vipStuartJ
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We had a wonderful evening. Food was awesome.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

HI StuartJ We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Please come back soon.

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FAQs

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

charbar is rated 4.5 stars by 1573 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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