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About CLEAVER

50 Seats & a Cow. Servers plates of food & bold cocktails from 4pm to late.
$3 sliders, $5 All cocktails, beer and wine by the glass Sun-Thu before 7pm & after 9pm.
cleavercalgary.com

524 17th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2S 0A9
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European, Irish, British

Hours of Operation:
All Week 4:00 PM - Late
Weekend Brunch 10:00 - 13:45
Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday before 7:00 pm and after 9:00 pm
$5 all drinks menu and $3 sliders

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(403) 452-1211

Website:
http://www.cleavercalgary.com/

Executive Chef:
Barbara Spain

Private Party Facilities:
Simple Plates and Unapologetically Bold Cocktails

Private Party Contact:
Alex Rivera: (844) 690-0774

Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch every weekend and bank holidays
Sunday to Thursday happy hour $5 entire drinks menu and $ sliders

CLEAVER Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (72)
Handcrafted Cocktails (68)
Good for a Date (65)
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Creative Cuisine (55)
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Bar Seating (44)
Special Occasion (43)
Late-night Find (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Cozy (34)
Great for Brunch (33)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for Groups (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Authentic (23)
Tapas (22)
People Watching (21)
Romantic (19)
Great for Lunch (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
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Quick Bite (14)
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Great Beer (7)
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Gluten Free Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
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Paleo Friendly (3)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Best restaurant we have tried in a long time
The service is amazing
Friendly and genuine staff from hello the capture your attention
Amazing food, we tried everything
Amazing drinks ( I think we tried them all 🤷‍♀️)
Love this place

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

I met up with a couple girlfriends here for dinner/drinks and loved the food and atmosphere but our waitress was so so. I found the server very forward and pushy for us to order our main meal. We find out that they have a 2hr max seating. Not impressed by this at all!! We were enjoying ourselves, appies and cocktails and in no rush but the server put a real damper on the evening once she conveyed this to us. They let us stay because they had a couple empty tables but because of this I don't think I'd go back. I hate being rushed! If this hadn't happened, I'd definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Sliders were okay. Other foods were way too salty!!! We couldn't finish them....

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Monday night, great food and great service. Just a little noisy and hard to visit with friends. Will definetly return.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Cleaver has a great vibe to it, and the beverages offered are to die for. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and give great suggestions off of their menu. Very happy with my overall experience. The Cleaver Stack was not only such a great Instagram post, bust tasted hella scrumptious. Also highly recommend the "Slap Yo Momma" cocktail. And GO for their happy hour, $5 doubles you cannot go wrong.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and great ambiance! Looks like it's a great place for both dinner and brunch!

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food5
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Yet again Cleaver didn’t disappoint! Delicious pasta, amazing sliders!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Board special was fantastic, cocktails were great and service was pretty prompt. Very fun to watch the cocktails being made at the bar as well. Would highly recommend for happy hour specials or general hours.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was really excited to go to cleaver to enjoy their brunch, the food was good. Experience was lacking, service was poor. They charge for tap water

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had Julia as our server. She walked us through the menu and made some really great recommendations. Will be going back to try more of the items! Recommend sitting at the bar where you can see the cocktail craftsmanship and see all the drinks. 11/10

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome food. Was recommended by our Irish friends for an authentic Irish brunch. Did not disappoint. We will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Fun, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic brunch!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

All good ,, however we sat next to the front door station and the ringing of the phone did get disruptive ,, need to get rid of the old fashion phone and ring !

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Organic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Amazing cocktail list! Fun room for people watching. Food was great! I had been wanting to try Cleaver for awhile and I'm so glad I finally got to. Worth the wait.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Best happy hour in Calgary, hands down. Amazing sliders and cocktails and never waited more than what felt like 5-10 minutes for food or drink which was extremely impressive, especially once it had started to pick up a bit. I don't recall our servers name, but he was very friendly and helpful and definitely made our experience that much better.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Graduation

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We love this place! The food, energy, staff is amazing!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have been to Cleaver many times before and always enjoyed the experience until the last visit. We booked for brunch and enjoyed the meal, until our bill appeared on the table before the server had even asked if we needed anything else. We weren't done visiting and said that we would like to order another drink, when we were told that we couldn't because the booking was for only an hour through OpenTable (untrue, and if bookings are only made for a 60 minutes - which is remarkably short - the restaurant can state this on the booking, which no statement was made). When they said we had to go because our table was required, there was the majority of the bar open, the table next to us finished with plates waiting to be cleared and ready to pay, as well as 2 other tables in the restaurant in the same position. We ended up just paying and going elsewhere, but the entire experience left a bad taste with the entire group.

I enjoy Cleaver and I will say that I haven't experienced service on that level before so I hope it is not a continuing event for other people, but it will be some time before I return. There are so many great restaurants around, its really no problem to go somewhere they won't rush you through a meal and then tell you you can't order anything else. Unfortunate.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Super cool place! It was my first time. We sat at the bar and they made the drinks in front of us. From flaming rosemary to torching marshmallows. I wanted to try everything on the menu. If you're a foodie, this place is a must try.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fabulous brunch!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was great. Service was slow, even though the restaurant was not full. Not the first time I’ve experienced slow service at this restaurant. Food doesn’t come out all together, so be prepared to eat alone or eat cold food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our first time at Cleaver and we LOVED it! Our server was so helpful and the food was next level delicious.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Always an excellent time

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Felt rushed but food was great

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We stumbled across this gem over a year ago. Plank Monday + Happy Hour = Incredible! We have been back almost bi-weekly since??

This particular time we returned for planks and happy hour cocktails, and ended up staying straight through high-time until the next happy hour started! As always, the chicken was amazing and juicy and the cocktails were delicious. Our server Christine was very friendly and on-point for getting our next round ordered. Drinks and food arrived very quickly!

Casual, but classy atmosphere... cozy, yet lively... great music...

We love Cleaver!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always a great time!! I recommend to everyone for the fantastic food and amazing service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic food and excellent service, but far too loud

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cleaver was a relatively busy and noisy place. It was really hard to talk to my friend over all the noise, and near the end we just gave up trying to hear each other. The food is very creative, mixing a lot of savory and sweet flavors. However the main courses are not well balanced meals, mine had a disproprtionate amount of cheese compared to other ingredients (I had a pizette). I recommend for a very casual, adventurous eaters who don’t want to talk.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service were great but it was very crowded and loud and we were only able to stay for 2 hours.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great cocktails, and dinner. Service was really good. Only downside from the night is the time limit they place on the tables isn’t nearly long enough. We were moved once and then ended up having to leave. It’s good for a quick bite but not for visiting for a while. Good for small groups of 2-4 only. For all the money we spent there, it would have been nice to take our time there and not be rushed out the door.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, great service and they take reservations, which is great for groups larger than 4

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a reservation for 9pm and the seat was not ready until 9:20pm. The drinks were good, but they charged us for tap water and did not consider the fact that the table was not ready for the reservation in our bill.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best meal in town hands down the food is fresh and. Original! And the drinks are amazing and the service was great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were rushed as soon as we got to our table since we were 5 min late to the reservation. We were told that the next reservation was going to be arriving in under 1.5hrs. Truffle fries were amazing! Cocktails were average. Also, the servers kept asking to take away our plates when we were still eating. Had a reservation for a table not alternative seating to be sat at the bar with all the servers watching us eat and drink. I will not return.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cleaver was a pleasant surprise. Food, atmosphere, beverages and personnel were all top quality. Will go back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Awesome food and drinks! The sliders are a must try!

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 1, 2017

It is always a pleasure to dine at Cleaver. Consistent food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Cleaver is such a great find! Their reverse happy hour deal cannot be beat. I highly recommend the #immigrant cocktail. They have also just released a couple new sliders that are delicious!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Awesome food & service as always! ❤️

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good food!

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