CLEAVER

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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.
cleavercalgary.com

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Brunch - best part is you can make a reservation, no waiting in line. plus $5 Mimosa and Caesars

Happy hour starts at 2pm - 7 and after 9pm. $7 cocktails, beer and wine. $4 sliders (kitchen opens at 4pm)

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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KS
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere great food

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
2 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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R
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only my second time here (my first time was three years ago) and the food was amazing. We had sliders, tempura kale, Brussels sprouts, sausage rolls, and cocktails. Everything was delicious and I can’t wait to come back!

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

Our server was great, as was the food!

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NJ
Manitoba
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is this the greatest restaurant in Calgary? Yes. Do I spend too much time here? Also yes.

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

They truly do rush you out. Totally ridiculous - every 5 minutes the waitress is pushing you to move along. You actually do get only 2 hours. We brought friends from out of town and will never go back.

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HM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! The tables are close and the room is high energy (fairly loud). The staff was fantastic - very knowledgeable & friendly. Loved our meals with lots of interesting flavours and nice presentation. Will definitely return!

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NJ
Manitoba
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! Eat sliders.

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sliders were delicious! The duck fat fries was amazing, very big portion but definitely worththe price you pay, I would say 1 portion of fries is good for 2 ppl to share. Food was amazing, I reccomend the lamb slider and duck fat fries!!

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D
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING FOOD! Go hungry so you can eat more. The flavours are great and layered excellently. The calamari is crisp and delicious, the sliders, great, the Po boy slider in particular, excellent flavour. The chipotle slider was rather spicy, but still delicious. Our whole party had nothing but positive things to say about the food. It was very energetic inside.

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MH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was disappointing. Have been here a few times before and food is normally incredible. Everything at the table seemed very under seasoned. Both the parsnips and kale were very greasy and over-fried (I’ve had both these dishes before and normally they are fantastic - tonight they seemed like something I’d get at a fast food chain.) drinks were really good. Service was ok - food was brought to our table inconsistently and one of our party had to wait five minutes for their dish after the rest of the table had been served and no explanation was offered.
Drinks were fantastic

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

From the moment we sat down until when we left we felt pressured and rushed like we were just a number and needed to eat fast and get out for the next guest. Very disappointing after we brought our friends to show them one of our favorite restaurants.

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M
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cleaver does not disappoint! Food, atmosphere and service were great, and we will be back!

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j
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour specials Monday - Thursday 3-7 amazing!

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L
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

There is no name or address on the building, just a cleaver mounted on the outer wall. 2 friends and I came for 4 pm dinner on Easter Sunday, so it was rather quiet, people-wise. Music overhead was loud so the waitress did turn down the volume for us. A first clue to unique presentation was the tin can of cutlery and a chipped enamel cup full of quite spicy popcorn. The sausage rolls suggested by the server were tasty; although somewhat greasy. With no plates, the grease just dripped onto the paper menus. One friend was served the delicious salmon/tortellini in a chipped enamel shallow plate. My very good and flavourful seared tuna was served in--a tuna can! with lettuce on the side, all on a cutting board and the other friend had 2 sliders--buttermilk chicken and a huge meatball in between the small bun, secured with a wooden skewer and served on an old cutting board. He said they were very good. Service was attentive; although the main dishes were a bit slow in arriving. The waitress did say that the kitchen just opened at 4 pm.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch! Delicious food was fast the environment was lovely and great service

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BM
Calgary
33 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Eggs Benny was great

The menus look like they were drug down the ally. I get that might be part of the atmosphere but there is something to say about cleanliness. Otherwise I liked the place

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AC
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server tonight make this experience truly. She recommended the beef cheek ravioli with 55 min egg and it was to die for! So good. Cocktails were amazing as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great energy but still intimate enough to enjoy conversation

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience. Our waiter was amazing and accommodating. Will go back :)

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A
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and they were very accommodating with my pregnant wife. Also, they prepared really tasty mocktails!

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G
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was average, the waitress kept trying to take away our still uneaten food to get us out as we were told that we were past our 2 hour "window" for the reservation & they had another reso coming in half an hour. No line up that we could see.
Four adult women, with money to spend, a bill of over $250 plus two had just ordered another glass of wine and we were contemplating dessert etc. I guess they must be really busy and not need our business.

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SS
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was FANTASTIC! I highly recommend getting the brussel sprouts!
It was very very loud, and the smoke from one of the cocktails was not my favourite, but the food and the drinks were great.
It's also quite dark inside, so you might want to have the menu loaded up on your phone ;)

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R
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great ambience and decor. Service was great to start then server stopped coming by. Food took too long to arrive (felt like an hour).

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n
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our table was by the opened terrasse doors, we were freezing! The food was good! We took 2 desserts, a person had time to eat it all and the second one was not arrived yet. When we asked, we were told twice it was gonna take 1-2 minutes. Finally got it and the donuts were too much fried. They charged for that dessert. The music was so loud we couldn’t hear well what the server told us at several occasions. We would go back just for the food.

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

Service was slow at the beginning but it definitely sped up

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I brought family there to meet my boyfriend. we disappointed with how we were treated. From waiting forever for coffee, to being told we can't make any adjustments to any of the food which makes no sense if you have people with allergies, the gravy with the waffles was cold and thick as jelly, I didn't have any syrup at all to use instead but I didn't dare ask in case that offended the chef. Then to top it all off as soon as we settled the bill because we were pushed into it, we were asked to LEAVE before we were even done our drinks? What a wildly disappointing brunch and what atrocious service. It was like thanks we got your money, now get out. All five of us were blown away, the visit made your owner's look really really greedy and egotistical and rude

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TO
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and great for sharing - ordered a couple rounds of Breads & Sliders to fill us up

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