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charbar

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1506 people are saying
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KevinG
Montreal
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
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 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty brunch in a cool environment

charbar
Responded on September 21, 2020

Hi Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the tasty food and cool vibe! Hope to see you again sometime.

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AlexanderW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went to Charbar to try something new. We did not opt for anything of the steaks. We had the seafood platter which was a little small in size. For the two of us as a main meal. The Ceviche was different from the way I usually like it but overall very good. I would have preferred salted crackers over bread with the Ceviche. The Argentinian style shrimp was full of flavour as well as the octopus. I would not call it exceptional as I was expecting a bit more especially for the price. But everything tasted good. We had the eggplant chips as a started which were also very good. The hot-mayo sauce was a little strong on the pepper taste. This would be a great place for a quick bite to eat. Or if you are craving oysters (we had 18). I would love to try what is on the over the fire menu next time we come around.

charbar
Responded on October 5, 2020

Hi AlexanderW It's wonderful you gave CharBar a try! Thank you for taking the time to provide us such thoughtful feedback.

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Monica
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we drive through Calgary we plan to spend a night there just so we can go to this restaurant. Really good argentine food that makes us feel like we’re at home.

charbar
Responded on September 19, 2020

Hi Monica, We are thrilled you regularly choose to dine with us! Thank you for sharing your kind words, it means the world to our entire team! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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L2theC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We showed up for our reso and the previous group were still at our table so we had to wait to be seated. The menu hasn't changed or been updated in a very long time so the selections were fairly limited. Our burgers were delicious and reasonably priced, the 6 oz steaks were tasty but small and expensive. Drinks are also over priced and we were seated near the patio doors so there was a cold breeze and disruptive door opening constantly. We probably won't be back.

charbar
Responded on September 19, 2020

Hi L2theC Thank you for joining us on September 12th and providing us with this valuable feedback. We would like to sincerely apologize for the slower than normal service, we always strive to provide genuine and efficient service. I’m glad to hear the burger was enjoyable. Sorry to hear the steak did not meet your expectations. We are currently reviewing the menu’s and updating items and recipes, I hope you will give us a chance to make this experience up to you Nadine Thomas

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BrittanyS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty brunch! You can tell they use very good ingredients. It’s a plus that they’re next to Phil & Seb as well.

charbar
Responded on September 19, 2020

Hello BrittanyS Thank you for the 5 star review! We are proud of all of our top quality ingredients, you can really taste the difference! Phil & Seb are amazing neighbours! Hope to see you again soon.

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SherryL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Went for a friends birthday and waited 45 minutes for my reservation. Since I went a year ago, the portions have decreased a lot. Also waited an hour for my food to arrive

charbar
Responded on September 21, 2020

Hi SherryL, I am sorry the team was not able to get you seated on time, having to wait for your table on a special occasion is disappointing. It is important to us that we exceed our guests’ expectations, it is clear the timing of your meal and the portion sizes did not mirror your previous visits. I am working with the team to improve service and develop new menu items. We hope you will give us another try, Thank you Nadine Thomas

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Aurelien
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and setting on the patio by the river is beautiful but while the food was ok, it wasn’t worth the price, we expected more from this place.

charbar
Responded on September 19, 2020

Hi Aurelien, Thank you for joining us on Sept 10th. We are glad you enjoyed the patio experience with the amazing view. We are sorry your meal did not meet expectations. Our chef’s are currently finalizing a new menu launching soon. We are adding some fresh new dishes along side some all time favourites, we can't wait to show it off. We hope you will join us again soon. Nadine Director of Operations

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James
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was very enjoyable, would have been nice to be outside, but the weather was not conducive.

charbar
Responded on September 19, 2020

Hello James, Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Thanks for stopping by

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RoseC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Dave. Tasty food and cocktails. Beautiful space. We had empanadas that were delicious, along with a steak cooked perfectly with the best chimichurri I’ve ever had. The ceased salad was huge and also different in taste w the added dill in the dressing. Best meal of the weekend.

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hi RoseC Thank you for leaving a review, and mentioning Dave. You’re right, Dave is always going above and beyond. We’ll be sure to share your feedback with him! We are glad you enjoyed your entire meal. Hope to see you again soon.

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vipReetaWine
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Seevice was excellent but food was salty and overpriced. The bruschetta was burnt and so hard it cut the roof of the mouth from 2 of our diners within the first bite.

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hello ReetaWine, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m so sorry that your visit fell short of expectations, we understand your disappointment. It’s important to us that we exceed our guests’ expectations. We have used your feedback to review product recipes and complete additional training with the team. Thank you Nadine Thomas

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AnnaW
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was slow which is understandable with extra COVID precautions etc. Nice location. Food is consistently underwhelming and overpriced.

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hi AnnaW, Thank you for joining us on August 8th and providing us with this valuable feedback. We would like to sincerely apologize for the slower than normal service, we always strive to provide genuine and efficient service. We're sorry you found the food underwhelming, we clearly failed to meet your expectations this visit. We are currently reviewing the menu’s and updating items and recipes. We hope see you again, Nadine Thomas Director of Operations

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BrittanyR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have loved charbar ever since it opened! It's one of my most highly recommended Calgary restaurants. Unfortunately this time dining it was a miss for me. The menu is missing a lot of their great items that I come back for time and time again and while I appreciate the menu is smaller right now, it's lacking inspiration. I will be back because it's one of my favourites, and hope the menu sees some colour!

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hello BrittanyR Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable feedback. Our sincere apologies for not living up to your expectations this visit. Our chef’s are currently working on the fall menu and we will be bringing back some of our favourite dishes soon. We truly value your continued support and recommendations. Hope to see you again soon, Nadine Thomas Director of Operations

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RAYB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, cocktails and appetizers. Good service. Overpriced main dishes for the quality of food served.

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hello RAYB Thank you for joining us and taking time to provide this valuable feedback. We are happy you enjoyed the cocktails and appetizer, we are sorry about the quality of your main dishes. We are currently reviewing our menu's and recipes and will be launching a fall menu soon. We hope you will give us another try, nadine thomas

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Thepickydiner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We are a family of foodies and we came here to celebrate an important milestone. We all agreed that this restaurant has significantly deteriorated, in terms of food quality since we last visited! We had hoped that for $56, we would get a half decent steak. A few scant pieces of meat with lukewarm, soggy fries is what it got us. The 1/2 chicken main tasted like it was purchased from a grocery store rotisserie, again served with the same fries. Luckily, the ceviche was still delicious. Overall, we decided that we should have had appetizers and called it a night. All in all, we are very disappointed and heartbroken that we can no longer depend on Charbar for the great food we once knew it for. Until that menue gets a facelift, save your money folks, or go elsewhere.

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hello Thepickydiner, We’re sorry to hear of your less than satisfactory experience and hope you will accept our sincerest apologies. We are committed to providing great customer service and outstanding food quality and value. We appreciate you taking the time to bring these concerns to our attention. The team is currently working on our fall menu, we hope you will give us another chance, Nadine Thomas Director of Operations

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NatalieD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was right on point. New to the city and this is my new go to! Well done all, well done!

charbar
Responded on September 7, 2020

Hi NatalieD, Welcome to Calgary! Thank you for the 5-stars! Hope to see you again soon

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Ames
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night!! We had amazing service from Jonathan! He was very knowledgeable and had some great recommendations. The atmosphere was wonderful, pretty trendy place. All the staff are working hard to provide an enjoyable evening for their guests! Thanks fo having us, we’ll be back.

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Topher
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

You can get a better experience for cheaper. Try Craft Beer Market patio!

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viplen8here
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the oysters

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JALLY
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our meal was fantastic and our server was fantastic - we had the porterhouse steak and it was worth it, and everything else we ordered was delicious (except we didn't love the asparagus for $18). We will be back for sure!!!!

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Joss
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ceviche was super salty.
Patio was nice & great location.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spacing of tables does make it quieter which we always appreciate. Service and good very good as always. Asked to be seated near the door for more natural light bi find the inside tables are too dimly lit even in the day time. Ambience aside I like to see the dishes served and what I am enjoying.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Browned butter holandaise was the best I have ever had,seriously delicious

charbar
Responded on September 19, 2020

Hi, Thanks for stopping by! We love the brown butter hollandaise as well, it's a keeper. See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was just ok. Nothing so much to write home about. The service was good but the food was just there in my opinion

FAQs

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

charbar is rated 4.5 stars by 1506 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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