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About Embarcadero Wine and Oyster Bar

Calgary's premiere oyster bar since 1995 - we feature at least six varieties of northern Atlantic and Pacific fresh oysters on the half shell including a $1.25 daily featured oyster. Casual small plates, pastas, beef, duck and lamb complement the fresh seafood specialty and imaginative gourmet daily features. For the wine lover, an extensive wine list and a continually changing selection of wines by the glass and taste are available, preserved with an argon system for just-opened freshness. *PLEASE NOTE* if dining prior to a Saddledome event (NHL hockey game or major concert): Please allow at least two hours prior to the start time of the event, more for larger groups in order to get to the event on time - it can take over an hour to serve food to the last few tables that order.

208 17th Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1H4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Macleod Trail

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 263-0848

Website:
http://www.oysterbar.ca/

Parking Details:
Please refer to parking information on our website http://www.oysterbar.ca/pdf/parking.pdf

Public Transit:
Stampede Victoria Park LRT station is one block East. #10 southbound Macleod bus stop is 30 metres West.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Embarcadero Wine and Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

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Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Good for a Date (3)
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Romantic (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Live Sports (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was great as always, my go to place on game days.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Awesome place with great oysters! Really happy we tried it out

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My first visit to Embarcadero but it won’t be my last. Had dinner before concert at Saddledome. Server asked why we were having dinner and made sure we left in time for the show. Appetizer was bacon wrapped scallops, tasty but cool/warm and not hot off the grill. Mains were both hot and very tasty, stuffed chicken and jambalaya. Specials sounded great and there lots of good choices on menu. Prices were great, dinner and a bottle of wine for $100.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

On a visit from out of town, very pleased to have found this one-of-a-kind privately owned business in a vintage building downtown. We had the Thanksgiving special, which was an excellent deal, generous portions, colourful composition and very tasty. One of our party also had the seafood chowder, which looked and smelled heavenly. We'll be back to try the wine and the oysters too!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was always excellent! Greg is the best waiter ever! And the food is amazing

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Awesome as always!! We had the calamari and the meatball appetizer both were delicious!

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wasn't a typical night - as it was before Garth Brooks concert but they should have been prepared. It was a special date night and we went all out, bottle of prosecco, oysters, surf & turf, $200+ bill but wasn't worth that. Sent back dirty vodka martini that was watery (that should NEVER happen to a martini!!) My husband's steak was chewy, shouldn't be for that price.. Waitress was good, but overwhelmed... Oysters were good.
Sadly our first and last time there.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Garth Brooks concert

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Before concert. Food was good. Our drinks sat empty, our food took a long time. We asked for a desert menu and never got one. Waitress was nice but other tables didn't appear to get this level of service. A few tables who sat later, got their food before us, etc...I'm not sure why we got so "lucky"

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The specials of the day were excellent and the fresh oysters are some of the best in the city.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and service. Pretty tight single table for my hubby who is 6'2", but to be fair, we were given a choice between this and a high top table. Not a lot of privacy for an intimate evening. Great food and friendly atmosphere. Close to Saddledome for a pre- event meal.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We went here based on reviews from Open Table, we were attending a concert at the BMO center and wanted to dine close to the venue. Food was very good, the oysters were delicious and the waiter knew what he was talking about when we asked questions. The steak was done just as we ordered and the carpaccio was delicious. The atmosphere is not a good as the food, TV's behind the bar and very dated seating. But if you are there for the food I don't think you will be disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Last dined here for our wedding anniversary. Embarcadero never disappoints. Oysters are A+, great selection of wine and beers. Still my favourite spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Embarcadero is my go to when you want to enjoy a fantastic meal before any concert, hockey or any event at the saddledome! Or just go to enjoy the food! This place is top notch and the service is even better!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I was very impressed to receive a phone call to let us know about construction on 17 Ave. and where we could park. We were coming into the city for a concert so had no idea
Really enjoyed our meal and the service was good. Unfortunately the noise level was beyond loud and took away from the ambiance

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The service made up for some pretty poor execution by the kitchen.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 21, 2017

If this had been my first time to this restaurant, I simply could not recommend it to anyone. I have, however, gone to this restaurant for the last seven years and in general everything from the service, to the food, has been exceptional.

Unfortunately, on this long weekend the restaurant was short-staffed (two persons - one cook and one server), and they had to turn away patrons as it simply was impossible for the staff to take care of everyone, even though there were available tables. Also food items were missing (their stellar relish for the oysters), which was most unfortunate.

I do believe it was a glitch, and perhaps due to the construction in the area, the expectation was that less people would come to this wonderful restaurant.

I do believe it isn't safe to leave one server alone. There should have least been a bus boy/girl/person to assist with the tables and basic service as well as safety of the worker.

I give this establishment a strong 4.5- 5 out of 5. Every other time. I hope people will not be discouraged by this review. And, if it happens again, I may not be so kind in giving this establishment another chance.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Really good value, good food and reasonably priced wines, the $1.25 daily featured oyster is always fresh and fabulous.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 14, 2017

This place is awesome! I can't believe that it isn't in Avenue Magazine's top places to dine in Calgary. I will always eat here when I visit Calgary. The food and service is incredible.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 22, 2017

The food is always fresh and amazing! They always have an awesome deal on the oyster of the day!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great service, as always. Fresh oysters and great entrees! This place never disappoints!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was fantastic! Service was great. They asked if we were going to the concert at the saddledome at 8:00 which we were. Advised we should order quickly to make it in time which we did. Little cozy where we were sitting. I could have reached out and touched the people sitting around us they we so close. Hope we can go back another time without the time constraints!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great food and service. Definitely will be back

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I love eating at this place. Always great food and great service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 10, 2017

We went for the Big Taste - and were blown away by both the quality of the food and the great service! We sampled one option from each course. The salmon with lobster cream was fantastic, and my husband said it was the best tenderloin (sigh, blue cheese encrusted) he's had in years.
(PS we came here on one of our first dates 18 years ago - there's a reason the Embarcadero has remained a Calgary staple)

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Good food and very helpful friendly staff. Quiet enough to actually have a conversation. Nice old house.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Food was excellent, good value and great tasting for Big Taste 2017.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 4, 2017

A very disappointing meal. The food was terrible - almost tasted like a microwave meal and lacked any real flavour. I imagine this is the quality of food that was considered fine dining 20 years ago. And you get the feeling it was acceptable back then. But culinary tastes have changed since then and this place has failed to evolve. I'm shocked at the amount of positive reviews and even more shocked this place has managed to stay in business.

Sorry to say that I would not return or recommend it.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 2, 2017

A favorite pre Saddledome stop. Great food, fresh oysters and a solid wine list. What more do you need? Oh.....awesome service and value for $ too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Fabulous suppers. Calamari was a little saggy. Great service!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 16, 2017

What a great place! We had raw and sautéed Oysters. Would order both again, and we are from the Gulf Coast. Very friendly waiter who was very helpful. If ever back in Calgary this will be our first stop.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went in for valentine's, hoping for a nice romantic evening with my wife. Took 30 minutes past our reservation time to get a table, with no acknowledgements from staff.
Appies took forever and we weren't served dinner for another 2 hours.
Our waitress was completely frazzled distracted.
Food was good but not worth the time and cost.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The restaurant was understaffed and crowded. Our server was genuinely trying to please us, but was overworked. The food was good, though. I'd recommended the place for a pre-game dinner, but not for a romantic evening.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Lovely valentine's day, great service! Best ribs in the city as usual!

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I have been to Embarcaderos several times before, and other times I was satisfied. Today was Valentines. This is not their first Valentines -- I was there a year ago for example, and they have been around for years. The place was busy. Our waitress was so stressed that her frantic style was anything but relaxing or romantic. The Seafood cocktail appetizer was good, although the mussels would have been better served warm like the scallop on top. The mixed grill -- the main course -- was a disaster. Have you ever had boneless skinless chicken breast that was cooked so much that the dryness of it reminded you of eating a hockey puck? This was it. Better to use frozen chicken breast, quick defrost in a microwave, and then the meat will retain much of its moisture when you cook the living hell out of it. The fillet mignon was rare, and the waitress was too busy to pester to ask her to take it back to bring it to my liking. It was also likely 3 ounces -- it would have stuck to the wall if I had thrown it. The lamb portion was fine. Dessert was a nice treat (mousse with jam and whipped cream).

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 11, 2017

ALWAYS LOVE THIS PLACE.. MY FAVORITE OYSTERS IN THE CITY, FEATURE IS $1.25 EACH DAILY, AMAZING HOUSE MADE HOT SAUCE & RADISH RELISH. GREAT WINES, BEERS AND COCKTAILS. LOVE THE LOUNGE HIGH TOP SEATING TOO.
FRESH FOOD, LOVELY DECOR AND FABULOUS SERVICE.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quick Bite, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great selection of oysters, many good choices on the menu and an extensive reasonably priced wine list

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great place for dinner before a Flames game or event at the Stampede grounds.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Severs were so friendly and experienced.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Yum, yum oysters! Always leery of seafood in Alberta but the oyster platter was awesome and the price was very fair. $23 for 10 oysters, can't go wrong with that. They also had a special on a particular oyster for $1.25 each. Oyster lovers, go get some! Staff was very friendly and accommodating, great place for a romantic dinner, business meal or any occasion where you want to impress.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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