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CHEFBAR at the Gerry Thomas Art Gallery

4.1
46 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Chefbar Local Eatery is a cozy 35 seat lounge with a 40 seat flower adorned, south-facing patio nestled above the Gerry Thomas Art Gallery on 11 ave SW. Our Space features rotating original paintings from the Gerry Thomas Art Gallery.

Executive chef Shamir Bechara Sources the highest quality ingredients from as many local and Canadian producers as possible to create a rotating seasonal menu which is showcased in a share plate format. The care taken in sourcing those ingredients is continued on our bar program which features an extensive cocktail list of both ChefBar Creations and Classics. As well as a comprehensive well curated wine & spirits selection and all Canadian made beer list.

We invite you to dine and imbibe with us.
cheers!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation

Monday closed.

Tuesday 11:00am - 10:00pm

Wednesday 11:00am - 10:00pm

Thursday 11:00am - Close

Friday 11:00am - Close

Saturday 4pm - Close

Sunday closed.
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Phone number
(587) 353-1299
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shamir Bechara
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoveMyFood (Calgary)
1.0  Dined on January 4, 2017

Restaurant appears closed for renovations. Should not be in reservation system.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Worst experience ever!!!! Booked on Open table for New Year's Eve dinner for me and my partner. We showed up at the restaurant on time and the restaurant was closed. No sign on the door indicating close for holiday. Also OpenTable took the reservation as it was open. Literally the worst experience ever on the worst timing also.

My partner and I had to call 11 other places to try to get a table. I was planning to propose on the New Year's Eve also but it definitely killed the mood a big time !

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vipRide23 (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

We had an amazing supper at Chefbar. The four of us were celebrating the end of a major project and went out for a treat and couldn't have chosen a better place. The service was spectacular, the drinks were playful and tasty (probably too tasty!) and the food was delicious. We asked to be served the chef's choice of dishes and we weren't disappointed. And above all, it was great to be served by staff who are genuinely enthusiastic about the food and drinks they're serving. We were treated like royalty. One of the best overall experiences I've had in Calgary.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was amazing - definitely a hidden gem. Surprised not busier but glad we got in as its a small intimate venue.

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vipChristieL (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

I loved this little gem. Great food - pork belly was delicious - both full of flavor and crispy as it should be. The lamb was equally as good, cooked to perfection, not under nor over cooked, I was disappointed when I was finished! Unfortunately the service was below par but it may have been a one off situation since there was an event on the lower level going on.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

The best. Hidden gem in the Beltline. Amazing food and wine

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DaveB (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

The food is spectacular, presentation is incredible and is well worth checking out

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Always a great experience. The patio is a lovely spot during the summer and the dining room has a cozy atmosphere during colder months. The share plate concept works well and the seasonal rotation of ingredients keeps things fresh. Brice mixes up cocktails ranging from classics to original recipes. The Bouretto Sour and the brussels sprouts shouldn't be missed!

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

There was a lot to like about this restaurant, if it was just about the food and drink and ambiance I would have rated higher. There were two servers helping us, which perhaps sounds like a good thing, but in fact it created a lot of confusion for both. One was clearly more experienced than the other and was trying her best but she seemed to be needing to take care of all the tables and picking up all the slack where the other, more junior server was lacking. They were also both doing the job of bartender as well. We had to ask multiple times for things. After sitting there for close to an hour we had to track someone down to put in our dinner order as we were all very hungry by this point. One of the tables was very uneven and wobbly which made eating dinner challenging. There was a dietary restriction that the one server kept having issues with, she clearly was not familiar with the menu, ingredients, and didn't bother checking with the kitchen until the food came out wrong. We were there for a special occasion so I will admit I was disappointed overall, we were out to celebrate and treat our friend for her birthday and I was hoping for an much more polished experience. I would give it another try in a few months for a casual lunch or something to see if the service has improved.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

I've been here on three occasions and enjoyed each time. Not equally, but mostly because the specials change. The scallop dish was my favourite and was only offered the once. An added advantage is the gallery downstairs. Very nice to browse after dinner or lunch, if open, and Wednesday Wine and Art evenings are worth attending. Very nice patio with a fireplace as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

This was our 2nd visit to this restaurant and while still tasty it was not as good as the first time. Mainly because 4 items off the menu were unavailable (only 6:30pm on a Saturday night) and this impacts my review since the menu is smaller to start with. Also, they did not have any "special off menu items" available as the blackboard wall was sadly EMPTY! :( Our first time there we ordered mostly off of this handwritten wall and LOVED this spot. We did not stay for dessert as they only had one option as well that wasn't too interesting sadly. We will try again and give it another chance but hopefully they can bring back the unique features that had this place packed our first visit, only half full our second time. thanks

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

After eating an amazing meal (Brussels sprouts in duck fat! Ribs in duck fat! Poutine with duck confit!) my friend and I were taken by Colin, our server, for a tour of the gallery downstairs. We then danced until Colin got us our coats! What a night. It was great!

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

We were very impressed with the selection and the quality of the menu items. I am vegetarian and even though there were many vegetarian offerings already on the menu, the chef offered to make any substitutions I wanted on any dish. That is amazing. My husband had the beef tartare dish and found it to be quite succulent. I had the mushroom brioche dish with poached eggs and it was simply delicious. Great wine to accompany our choices. We will definitely return, what a gem of a restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Enjoyed great food at Chefbar - the Charcuterie, brussel sprouts and duck breast were AMAZING! Music added great energy as well. It's a tiny establishment (seats around 25-30) that has a great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2016

As always, very good!!

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

Just had one of the best good in Calgary!
Excellent service & excellent cocktail!

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We went for brunch with our 1.5 yr old. Chefbar accommodated our request on our open table reso in getting us a low table so we could set up our booster seat. We ordered the Wagyu beef tartare, the prairie hash and the forest mushroom saute with poached eggs. I've had the tartare for dinner before and I love the way chefbar does it. The hash was 80% potatoes. There was maybe half an ounce of of pork belly, and we couldn't detect any of the other ingredients. I ordered the forest mushroom saute, hoping it was similar to the wild mushroom brioche toast that I've had at dinner. It looks fairly similar, but the saute, was soupy in consistency, and lacking in flavour. We were one of 4 tables when we walked in and 2 already had their food. Somehow It still took 40 mins to get our meal. This was especially frustrating as our daugher was getting restless and we had to inhale our food when it arrived so we could get her out of her seat. I'm really hoping that they were just having an off day and that brunch is normally better. I'd still consider giving them another shot. That being said, I've had 2 delicious dinners there. I highly recommend the tartare, the pork chop, the duck, mushroom toast, and the tuna crudo. Cocktails are inventive and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The food at chefbar is very good. Great location and has a great ambiance. The big negative is the terrible service. They seem to have minimal staff that are slow and don't seem to care. I waited over 45 minutes for a drink when there was only two other tables. Great food, but some of the worst service I have ever received.

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vipCHYL (Calgary)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

CHEFBAR is located at where Canvas used to be, so the space is cozy and has a nice New York feel to it. The service staff is nice and food arrives promptly and we appreciate that greatly. However, the regular menu is not particularly remarkable as the dishes that we ordered feel like something we could have made at home. However, they were well done but nothing too special that we would recommend to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Went to Chefbar for Brunch after a 10km race. Walked in and found the decor very inviting. Small but quaint place. Place was very quiet with only one other table seated. Although the restaurant was not very busy our waiter was not very attentive and missed many of the basics. This sadly affected the overall feel for the place. The food when delivered was okay. We have been to other places that offered much more stellar food for the same if not lower price. Supper service may be different but as for brunch we will not be back. There are many other places in Calgary that serve much better food and provide better service for what I consider above average prices. Save your money and look else where.

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