Cucina Market Bistro

4.6
293 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Cucina opened in October 2012 as the newest addition to the Teatro Restaurant Group. Cucina is one half 50 seat Italian bistro & one half grab & go market café, proudly serving Fratello Coffee & sourcing ingredients from local organic producers where possible.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian
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Hours of operation
Cucina

Monday-Wednesday 6:00am-late
Thursday-Friday 6:00am- late
Saturday 5:00pm-late

Detailed Hours:

Cucina Bistro

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - late
Saturday: 5:00pm - late
Sunday: Closed

Cucina Grab & Go Market Café

Monday-Friday: 6:00am - 4:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays closed
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Phone number
(587) 353-6565
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Matthew Batey, Chef de Cuisine Shaun Halstead
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Catering
Full service catering available. Please contact Cucina directly for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4th and 5th Streets SW
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Parking details
Cucina will validate parking after 6pm for parking in the building. Parkade access off of 9th Ave SW between 4th & 5th St SW

Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

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Mon - Tue 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 6:15PM - 8:00PM
Wed - Thu 1:30PM - 2:00PM 7:30PM - 8:00PM
Fri 1:30PM - 2:00PM 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Sat 8:00PM - 8:30PM

What 293 People Are Saying
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KD
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delight! Randomly ended up here, everything was delicious, appiez drinks and mains. Octopus was awesome. Sable fish was perfectly done. Cheers to whoever was cheifing thy night. Waiter showed pure class. A bit pricey but worth it, and believe me I don’t say it often. My gf blogs and she couldn’t stop praising this spot

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OT
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go here it's a great experience. This quality is why I keep coming back!

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SJ
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cucina is a gem. It warmly evokes an authentic Italian bistro kitchen. A place you'd easily see a pair of friends enjoying charcuterie and a super Tuscan at one table; and a family of eight with kids at another. Of their many gifts to the patron, perhaps their most generous and brilliantly tactical is their Happy Hour [on Friday] that allows you to order any wine at a considerable discount, which, paired with their culinary devotion, vaults Cucina to the top of me and my friends' list for Friday post-work gatherings. Their decision to make their wine list accessible for those few hours is so appreciated—and one that shames most ever other dining room they easily compete against within the core. So, the maths are simple: Sensationally prepared food with an unmatched and compelling incentive to order a fine wine bottle… or a few.

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P
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cucina offers consistently high quality food with seasonal specials. Nice ambience for a business breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Half sizes available on numerous dishes.

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was amazing slow for 11:45. We didn’t get our food till 12:45pm. Really disappointed when previous visits have been great.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Stopped in here before a friends event downtown with some friends. Was a perfect spot for some good food and drinks prior. Would certainly come again!

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N
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wine, I loved my dish (the sablefish) wish we would have had time to stay for dessert! next time :)

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D
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ordered the fish special - Pickerel - for lunch yesterday. However, noticed that my fish fillet was about half the size as my guest's. (I had a thin tail cut, while my guest had a nice central piece, fully double the volume). It was a shame because, for the price, I felt I only had a 'teaser' taste of what was delicious fish. Also, our server was busy and after repeated attempts to get his attention, the bartender stepped up to take our repeat drink order as well as the dessert order, for which we were grateful.

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C
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was great but our server practically ghosted us. It took over 10 minutes to get each drink, and he just kept disappearing for 10-15 minutes at a time, which we found odd as the restaurant is not very big.

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TB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came here for a friendly business lunch and it was lovely. Great food - I had the Ahi Tuna and my guest had the Salmon. Great decor. Recommended for sure.

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SJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great fun ambiance, food is very good and nice menu choices. Service is professional, hard to go wrong!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and tasty food, great service... what else do you need?!

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FD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business meeting

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b
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and atmosphere here may well have been the best part of the dining experience but unfortunately the food (this included 2 gnocchi dishes, a chicken dish and a pasta dish) was just okay... perhaps our expectations were too high. The cost could be considered at par with other restaurants of this type but when spending approximately $150 per couple it did seem rather small of the restaurant to charge a $1.00 per glass of tap water.

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MR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience! Our server was very helpful and attentive, and our food was fantastic! We were just traveling through the area, but if we are ever back we will definitely eat at Cucina again!

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A
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Tasty food, the trout special was incredible, sad I ordered something else!

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H
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service.
I've never been disappointed and have gone for both business lunches as well as for personal.

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M
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious , the place is very cute setting and the attention was great

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F
Manitoba
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only our 2nd time here as we don’t live in Calgary. AMAZING FOOD - from the salad to pasta to dessert. Also amazing service 👍🏼 highly recommend!!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and dining experience. I would highly recommend Cucina for anyone needing a date night. Staff is very friendly and they all said bye and thank you on the way out. Prices were decent compared to other places. I would definitely go back.

Cheers and thank you.

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SC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, the server was super sweet. I ordered the rigatoni with chorizo and pulled chicken. Excellent choice so delicious. However, while eating I pulled a small chicken bone from my mouth. Showed the server, and it was laughed off. I don't think I should have to point out how serious and dangerous it could have been. I let it go because I was fine. Future note if that happens again don't laugh it off, point it out to the manager. Have the manager speak to the customer. You are an excellent restaurant but don't rest on your laurels.

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AF
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good and the service friendly. The restaurant is fairly small so it has a nice atmosphere of not being a big crowded place. It's not too noisy so it's easy to have a conversation at normal speaking volume.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always

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OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was excellent. We were there early, but the front of the restaurant was sold out so there was limited seating and it was ok, but not the vibe that we were looking for. The sold out crowd took precedence and we were second class citizens. Because it's so small, there were only a few places to sit and they turned away a number of patrons. Doesn't seem like a good business model. Good food for sure, but the rest of the experience was not great. Good thing I had good company.

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NS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I decided for a date night on Saturday evening. We choose Cucina Market as neither of us had been there before. The atmosphere was splendid. Our servers were excellent as they explained specials and all menu items with ease. They accommodated our special orders with no questions. The special cocktails were amazing and the Bella Rosa is worth having another. We would recommend this place anytime. The changed daily risotto was excellent.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sitting on patio was great as pretty noisy inside

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GW
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. A bit noisy for a business lunch, but I would definitely come back here with a group for a casual get-together.

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N
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very knowledgeable on wines and made some great recommendations. Food was superb.

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DD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very quick and nice. Slightly more expensive then other pasta dishes in Calgary

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S
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy breakfast meetings at Cucina

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d
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, clean restaurant, central location and very good service

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food. Friendly service. Affordable. The concept is quite modern and the atmosphere was enjoyable.

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Y
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Shared dishes with two other friends: the beets, gnocchi and sablefish were all really delicious. We also had the Arctic Char which was one of the specials but it was our least favorite. Wine and cocktail drink list was great and so was the service. Overall would recommend!

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LB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very well prepared tasty food with excellent service, a few unusual offerings, great seafood pasta.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. Our server kept our sparkling water glasses filled and was attentive to any of our needs. The food was plated nicely and was very tasty. Would recommend to others.

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JC
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't come here without having the beef tartare. I have never had a better one! We were very well-looked after by the staff and had a lovely lunch.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Will definitely be going again!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food here is great but the service is horrible. We waited 45 mins to get a drink. It took 20 mins to get service after being seated (other than water) and then another 20 mins to get our drinks. It makes happy hour impossible to enjoy. The server is super sweet but no clue what he’s doing. We were going to stay for dinner but left after our drinks and a quick appie.

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CJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food here is very, very salty. I ordered pasta and chicken. I notified the waitress and she did give a small discount to the meal. Octopus appetizer was good.

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BP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have had excellent food quality and service at Cucina. A favorite place to have business breakfast meetings. The Open Table reservation system is outstanding.

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