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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Enjoy your friends, and family while you dine, and we will take care of the everything else: The cooking, the service AND the dishes! Happy Holidays

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS, but come join us on Boxing Day for Brunch!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with us, as we reminisce all the incredible memories of 2017 and toast friends, family and patrons a happy, healthy 2018.
No set menu, just our favourite menu that we all love, bubbles and midnight celebration. Reservation recommended.

charbar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Casual (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Special Occasion (26)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Scenic View (19)
Waterfront (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Romantic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
People Watching (15)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Great Beer (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Tapas (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Music (2)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food, great staff, funky setting in historic building, restaurant within in restaurant concept all make this a great place to eat.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The menu was very limited and what they had was very expensive, my empanadas were over cooked and my daughter's burger was way too chewy, will not come back

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Beautiful building, amazing flavours, quick and friendly service, our server went above and beyond!

Seating is a little tight but you get over it once you realize what a beautiful setting you are in!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Cozy, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We ate at Char Bar last Saturday after our wedding. There were 5 of us and the service was fantastic. We always had full water glasses, our next drinks were on the way as our current drinks finished. The food was amazing. We all ordered different things and there were zero complaints. My husband and friend shared the 32 ounce, 70 day aged Porterhouse and they can’t stop talking about it. The best steak my husband has ever had he says. I got the Fior de Lait pizza, deep fried sourdough balls and chocolate flan. It was all delicious but that flan was incredible. I’ve never had anything like it. Our two other friends got the 7 ounce steak and fries with asparagus. They got chorizo and fried egg to start and loved it all. Incredible day followed by an amazing dinner. The restaurant gave us all drinks on them to celebrate our wedding, which was greatly appreciated.

There was a wedding celebrating upstairs and they were Dutch and had their wooden shoes on. It was loud and at times I thought they might land in our laps, but our server offered us a different table several times. We declined as it just added to our experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Here for weekend brunch with 3 friends. We all had eggs benedict. Coffee from Phil and Sebastiens was excellent, though pricey. Food itself was very tasty, well presented and quickly prepared. Service also good. The building itself is beautiful. There is an excellent bakery in the same building. Really enjoyed myself here, will definitely return!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our experience was good overall, but we weren't blown away by the food. We had empanadas and oysters to start and both were tasty. We had the pork short ribs for our main, along with the spicy kale salad. The ribs were okay but quite hard to eat as they had many small bones. Our server was really wonderful though, and the space itself is beautiful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

It was my fiance's birthday. We had lots of fun trying stuff on the menu. Staff were friendly and very helpful, you can see the kitchen as it's open concept, the aged steak and eggplant chips were delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Had another excellent lunch. The grilled tuna was done perfectly. The staff was friendly and attentive when required. Service was as fast or as slow as you wanted it.

Will definitely be back again

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Overall a great experience. Very cool building/location and excellent food!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I recommend the avocado and pistachio bruschetta it’s a great starter! The $96 porterhouse steak was amazing as well and with a couple starters can easily feed 4!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food was great!
Did take a long time to be greated by a server who neglected to note the specials for the day. We asked for the server to return as we hadn't looked the menu. They took a very long time to return. Food took a very long time. It was longer than necessary lunch meeting

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Best place I've ever had the pleasure of celebrating a birthday. I felt very special. I couldn't believe the excellent quality of all the ingredients and they cooked to perfection, I enjoyed every flavor and bite. Made for a wonderful night. Thanks chef Pelland!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Healthy, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Phenomenal food, service and ambiance! Highly recommend it!

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