CLEAVER

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CAN$30 and under
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European
50 Seats & a Cow. Serves plates of food & bold cocktails from 4pm to late.
$4 sliders, $8 All cocktails, beer and wine by the glass Sun-Thu before 7pm & after 9pm.
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NJ
Manitoba
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cleaver and Gringo Street at the best restaurants in Calgary. Special shout out to Lottie who is leaving for the UK. 😭😭😭

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service & drink menu. A favourite place to go.

Unfortunately the company was upsetting but that's okay. I'll be back with better company next time!

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SC
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cleaver is a great place for good drinks and to share some food. The food options are great. The last few times I’ve been the food has seemed over salted. The sliders were the exception, the meat itself was pretty bland. Overall the food was alright but still some room for improvement. Happy hour was nice with drink and food options.

I would recommend this as an after work hangout spot and a place for good sharing options.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Came with a friend, good food! I would love to try the patio sometime

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LB
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cleaver was an enjoyable dining experience. It is loud and crowded but that is part of the experience. Good variety on the menu and fun selection of cocktails and craft beer.

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DD
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Wonderful food, great service. The bar has lots going on to keep your eyes busy.
We will go back again for sure.

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N
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been to cleaver before and love it. Yesterday, I found the noise excruciating as I was developing a migraine. Noise has never previously been an issue for me.

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CH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were incredible and the food was delicious. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the bill to see that it was significantly less than I had assumed it would be due to happy hour. Overall an excellent experience.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was great but the portions were tiny. Not worth the pricetag and wasnt somewhere for a family dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour is awesome and a great deal.

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AY
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing staff, amazing service. This place is by far one of the best restaurants in Calgary!!!

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TM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good but unfortunately the loud sound took away from the whole experience. The music was so loud that everyone had to keep shouting. We were unable to have a conversation due to the loud noise.

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CT
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Cleaver many time always great cocktails and amazing food.

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HT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch on a recommendation from a friend, and had a wonderful time. We sat outside on the patio, the weather was great and our food was absolutely excellent. It's rare that a meal tastes so good that I can't stop eating it after I'm full, but that's how I felt about the baked eggs. We tried both their orange and grapefruit mimosas, both delicious.
The only downside was that the area by the bathroom was so dark, my mom had a tough time seeing if they were vacant, or even reading the bathroom signs. Inside the bathroom the piped-in music was intrusively loud. Overall we had a great experience and I would definitely go back when I'm in Calgary again.

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LF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no other place where I have gone such as Cleaver were its the best overall experience in terms of having best food and drinks !

The service is top notch. The bartenders make the most incredible and amazing cocktails.

The food is the best in calgary. There aren’t many bars you can get both these days.

Try and book advance to for tables more 4 or more.. the best place is the bar, as you get to see delicious cocktails being made.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friends hanging out

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Our drinks were cleared before we finished drinking them though! Waitress’ should ask before grabbing the glasses.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome food and service. Only comment for improvement would be that the tables are way too cramped together.

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SB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, food and drinks were to die for ! Always consistently great!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Was not bad! My entree wasn’t great - I found it tough to find a lot of things that appeared customizable to remove the meat. The dish I did order had way too much pepper to truly enjoy but had good potential. The cheese cake desert was delicious!

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L
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I had a reservation that I made two weeks prior arriving.
Hostess gave me a seat at the bar and I told her I did not want to sit at the bar I wanted table.
She told me if I sat at the table I have to be out by certain time that she has a big group of 18 people coming.
There wasn’t 18 people all the tables were just reserved. I don’t like when people are unprofessional and lying and tell you before you even sit down when you should be leaving.

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NJ
Manitoba
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loveee this place!

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A
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I went with meat eating friends so this place was great for them, but as a vegetarian who is lactose intolerant there was next to no options. Good drinks though.

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HG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was AMAZING. Probably one of the best I have had in the city. Great food and cocktails too. Amazing night overall.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service will definitely come back!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary dinner and everyone was so nice. I was sitting in a booth close to a speaker so I had a hard time hearing things. But I’m also half deaf so I guess it balances out. Service was amazing! Food was outstanding, and I love the ambiance!

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KS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service but music was very loud - perhaps I’d expect this in an evening but not for a Sunday morning

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere great food

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Menu online is completely different from what was actually there. Very loud, couldn’t even hear the person I was sitting across from. Was seated at bar seating despite not having reserved a spot at bar seating.

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

A group of 5 girls... so many things went wrong.
Our reservations were at 630. At 815 the waitress said we had to leave as another reservation was at 830. We were rushed out. No one told us this ahead of time.
We were watched for a picture of regular water.
We were NOT allowed to make substitutions unless we had allergies.
I ordered a dish I never tried before. I did not like it. The chef refused to refund me as “if the food is made to perfection, and the customer just does not like it, we will not take it off the bill”.
The music was blaring, we had to shout at each other.
We will not be going back!!

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ST
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Very trendy & vibrant atmosphere! Eclectic menu of both food & drink choices! We loved it & will definitely go back!!

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DW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

At Cleaver you cannot modify your food, you can be asked to leave if you’re taking too long to eat, if you’re a two top they reserve the right to make you sit at the bar (even if you made a reservation) but the worst of it all is how horrible their customer service was when there was an issue.
I had an OpenTable cheque, which says you can use it at any OpenTable restaurant, and they refused to take it. The said that it’s too difficult for them to get their money back. Why is that my problem? Also, no where on the site does it say the don’t take them.
Then when I contacted management, they blew me off in a few sentences. Don’t support a restaurant that treats their guests like crap.
(This used to be one of my favourite restaurants, no longer)

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DK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we have ladies night this is our go to place! Alex and Barb are amazing and always provide the best service, food and drinks!!

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OT
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Timing of food was all messed up. Ordered 6 plates, first three came 20 minutes apart, last three came 2 minutes apart. Ordered three desserts, 1 came 5 minutes before the other 2. Food was good, kitchen has an issue with timing. Place was loud and cramped, could barely have a conversation. Food was good though.

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G
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was absolutely amazing. Our server was fantastic.

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CD
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was absolutely amazing!! Our server, Adam(?) was so kind and he was so incredibly busy. He made sure I had a mimosa in front of me right away. The food was amazing. We shared a few brunch items as a family of four and we were stuffed. We will definitely be back!

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L
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food and service was good but thought the restaurant was dark and very loud with the music. Would have liked more light especially sitting at the back and music was super loud.

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TL
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food, drinks and service!!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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EH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We’ve been to cleaver quite a few times but Saturday breakfast was a bit disappointing. They weren’t able to do any modifications to the menu which is not very reasonable considering my friend is pregnant and they refused to remove the hollandaise sauce... not sure why they ‘needed’ to pour hollandaise in it. Waitress was a bit condescending and unhelpful. Rest of the food was ok.
Will be back for dinner but maybe not weekend brunch.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent happy hour. Was seated for two at the bar- our server was great. Busy place, nice vibe and will return.

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