Cucina Market Bistro

4.6
365 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Cucina joined the Teatro Group in October 2012. Cucina is one part Italian bistro that serves guests looking for a casual yet intimate dining experience and one part grab & go café for clientele on the move. We proudly showcase local produce and purveyors of artisanal goods, from world class wines to freshly baked bread from our sister bakery Alforno.
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SJ
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a drink and catchup. Food is amazing as well.

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C
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place for business breakfast meals. A little small but food is very good.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded 3 days ago

Hey there! Thank you for joining us for your breakfast meeting. We are a bistro so we are small in nature but mighty in flavour!

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere here!
It’s cozy and beautifully presented.
The appies are all great. The tagliatelle, fettuccine and gnocchi are amazing.
The deserts are just the right size for a treat.
We found the staff warm and professional.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded 5 days ago

This makes us so happy to hear, Janice! Thank you for continuing to join us - we look forward to our next visit!

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BC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the very best food and service here!!! 🌷

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you so much, Brenda 💓💓

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VP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic restaurant. Wide variety of food selection and able to accommodate almost any request.
This is the place to go if you have food sensitivities, so accommodating!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you, Vanessa! We take great care in the preparation of our menu & dishes. We're so pleased you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having previously dined at Cucina years prior, I was excited to return while in town. While the ambience and restaurant itself remained classic and comforting, the service and food just got even better. Started with the beef tartare which was delicate but incredibly flavourful. Finished with the carbonara which was rich and delicious. Our waiter was so patient and incredibly polished, never interrupting our conversation or making us feel like we were rushed (we had a three hour lunch...) the wine list was excellent as well, try the Etude Pinot Noir, you won’t be disappointed. Well done Cucina.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 7, 2019

This made us smile ear to ear while reading! Thank you for joining us again and we're pleased you enjoyed everything. We hope we will be able to see you again soon!

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SC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep writing review and I keep going back. I don't know anything new to say except it's great quality food and great atmosphere. It's a downtown fav!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 13, 2019

Awe, shucks! Thank you so much for your patronage. We always love our visits!

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M
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend for lunch! Love the menu changes.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us for our new menu! We hope you were able to pick out your new favourites!

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S
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service and food were very good

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 22, 2019

This makes us so happy to hear- thank you, Super Dave ;)

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Good food, but have had better quality Gnocchi elsewhere. Found the special of the day seafood pasta a little fishy and bland.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi there, thank you for your feedback! We regret to hear you didn't fully enjoy your meal with us. We hope we were able to remedy this in the moment for you!

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G
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and service was very good. Food choices were excellent .

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you, Gunner!

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JO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I liked the music and the ambience, the food was tasty too.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you, Jorge!

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p
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation a week before. When I arrived they first seated me at a table but then moved me back to the waiting area and told me I had to “wait for another table”. I heard the manager/ another staff member tell the lady that seated us say “.... is coming and he gets that table” I was highly upset because I was hosting new business clients and I had to wait 10 minutes for a reserved table. It was embarrassing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello, there. Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback in regards to your recent visit with us. We sincerely apologize for the confusion around your reservation and have spoke to our staff to ensure that an incidence like this doesn't happen again. Please let me know when you plan on joining us next so that I can inform the staff of your arrival. I can be reached at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca. Thank you!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with long time friends

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 12, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed everything! Thank you for joining us :)

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a
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you so much!

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JR
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation for 11:30 and arrived early but still waited almost 2 hours waiter showed up an hour into it and said there was a big table so everything was backed up. Proceeded to finally bring us our lunch (small risotto) and we asked for the bill
Right away as we were 1:45 into a lunch service. He decided to comp the girls next to us that arrived a half hour after us but offered nothing to us. If there is a large table booked at lunch waiters should say that things will be late or they should have a set menu. Very disappointing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 5, 2019

Hi there. My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing and Communications Manager for Teatro Group. We regret to hear your experience with us did not live up to our standards and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Would you so kindly send an email to Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca? Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

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

Just love this place ❤️

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 5, 2019

Awe, shucks. We love you back!

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RP
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fish special pricey but excellent. The pasta lamb macroni was less expensive but disappointing. Waitress great and the room perfect. We are seniors so appreciated being set in back at quiet table.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hello, Rita! Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit with us. We've passed it along to our culinary team so that they may look into this further. We hope there will be another opportunity to see you again!

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RJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service.

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C
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tables are fairly close together because it’s a small space but we didn’t have a problem with it. Food and service were amazing, our only concern was our bill didn’t seem to match prices on the menu. We should have said something but we were a little rushed when paying.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi there! Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inaccuracy and wish there could have been something we could have done in the moment! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dads birthday

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, the service was adequate but not great. The din in the restaurant made it very hard to hear. I often order the octopus starts. this time it was the smallest portion I have ever received and disappointing. I will go back because I have had very good experiences in the past.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 22, 2019

Hey, James! My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing and Communications Manager for Teatro Group. Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback. Next time you join us, will you allow me to make a reservation for you? You can contact me at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca. Thank you!

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C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience but the food was just amazing. Top 3 for best risotto dishes I’ve ever had.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thank you so much, Craig! We hope we have you back for another bowl of risotto soon!

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LH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. We did feel rushed slightly to order and eat but the food and ambience definitely made up for it.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 29, 2019

Hello, Liska! Thank you for your time and sending in your review. We regret to hear you felt rushed while dining with us, as that would never be our intention. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and hope to have an opportunity to see you again soon!

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KS
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always phenomenal here, so flavorful and I love the half size pasta dishes so I can have a side caesar salad which is also delicious. The special risotto with carrot puree, kale and bison was outstanding.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thank you, Kirsty! We're glad you enjoy our menu! We hope we see you again soon.

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CO
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Atmosphere, great food, but a little noisy for a business meeting

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi, there! We sure are a busy bistro! We'd recommend joining us between 2-4pm if you'd like something a little quieter for a business meeting!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is extra ordinary, attentive without being intrusive. The food quality is extraordinaire. I had the daily risotto - done to perfection, and my friend also finished every last morsel. Yum. I can see why Cucina suggests you make reservations, I would wait in line for this food, but didn't have to.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thank you, MaryJo! This makes us so happy to read. We're glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to having you back again soon!

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BP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Katie provided excellent service as usual. Thanks

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 21, 2019

It's our pleasure! We agree, Katie's great!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I tried food and drink experience menu. Unfortunately the pasta and tiramisu were not good. The pasta was a bit dry and the sauce was bland. Tiramisu wasn’t creamy smooth. Too much powder on top. It was my first visit and disappointing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi, there. My name is Terralynn and I'm the Marketing and Communications Manager for Teatro Group. I regret to hear you didn't enjoy your meal with us. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Would you kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca at your earliest convenience? Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

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H
Calgary
274 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Started with beef tartare and shared pasta dishes. Great food. Great value. Will be back.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 28, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The table was crammed in a corner, the half portions were beyond extremely small, my “special” pasta was very greasy and in my view poorly prepared. Our server was a lovely French Canadian and was the only bright spot in a very overpriced lunch. I won’t be back soon.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 4, 2019

Hi there! My name is Terralynn and I'm the Marketing and Communications Manager for Teatro Group. I regret to read you did not fully enjoy your visit with us. I would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Could you please kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca? Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

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L
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall good, but my boyfriend’s Carbonara spaghetti was drowning in oil, and my beef conchiglie was good but too much salt, and I eat salty in general. You don’t want to drink all night long because your supper was too salty.
The restaurant is very beautiful, and the service is good.
Like I said, overall good but a bit pricy for what it is: 90$ for 2 pasta plates + 2 glasses of wine

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you for your honest feedback, Lily! It's through channels such as these we are able to improve our guest's experiences. We have taken your comments about the carbonara and the beef conchiglie seriously and passed it along to our culinary team. If you wish to discuss this further, I can be reached at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca. Thank you!

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Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh comfort food!

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JG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved the entire meal, from charcuterie plate to dessert. The staff were friendly and enthusiastic, the dining area was clean and classy, with the kitchen visible to the diners. The food was 10/10 delicious! I highly recommend the albacore tuna, it is simply delightful.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you so much, John! It pleases us to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope there may be an opportunity to have you join us again soon!

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is seriously the best restaurant in Calgary. Not only is the food amazing but the restaurant vibe is always spectacular and the servers are so friendly and knowledgable.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 19, 2019

Awe, shucks! Thank you so much, Logan! It's been our pleasure having you and we look forward to having you again soon!

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CC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in downtown Calgary, great food!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 11, 2019

Thank you, Cliff! We're so pleased to hear this and thank you for joining us!

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EG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was wonderful. Because of cold weather there were many cancellations so the noise level was low. It was certainly worth braving the cold for the excellent food.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 7, 2019

Thank you for joining us and braving the cold, Elaine! We hope we can see you again soon!

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

My fav breakfast spot!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 5, 2019

Thanks a brunch ;)

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JB
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was really good as always. However we were seated at a table right beside a door that the employees used to get their jackets. When they opened the door all you could smell was bathroom freshener. It was really terrible. We tried to get our server to our table to move us and could not track him down so we just finally got up and moved to another table by the window so we didn't have to smell that awful smell. This door should be blocked off to staff when it is the lunch hour.
Next our server did not know much about the drinks we requested so he had to send over the bartender.
In the end the overall experience was okay.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 5, 2019

Hi, Judy. Thank you for sending in your feedback about your recent visit with us. My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Teatro Group. I would like to follow up with you directly, if I may. Would you please kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca? Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

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VL
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I have been here multiple times and always enjoyed my meal. This is the first time I was very disappointed. I ordered the market fish special of the day. The fish skin was slimy and undercooked. Not crispy at all like it should be. It was gross actually. My meal came with baby potatoes and cauliflower mash. I literally had 3 halves of baby potatoes on my plate. What grown adult only eats 3 halves of a baby potato. Then the $52 bill came for a glass of wine and my very very disappointing meal.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on February 5, 2019

Hi, Vicki. My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing and Communications Manager for Teatro Group. I regret to read that your recent visit with us did not meet our standards. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly about your experience. Would you kindly send me an email at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca? Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you.

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