Bar Von der Fels

4.7
133 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Bar Von der Fels is a wine bar in the historic Western Block located in downtown Calgary. Well curated wine list with extensive selections by the glass. Small plate focused menu by Chef Douglas King.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1am
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Phone number
(587) 349-2656
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Douglas King
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Street SW
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

excellent! Wow the food is so good here and a amazing wine selection and a staff with so much knowledge. I would go back in a flash. The food is a bit expensive for the plate size and trying to share. But the taste was over the top

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent wine selection. 2 dishes were amazing and 2 were ok/good

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Had a fantastic bottle of wine, but did not eat here. Would definitely go back to try the food.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Owner was amazing - had great wine suggestions. Food was incredible too - each bite was out of this world! So worth it! It’s easy to see why this place made Canada’s top 40 restaurants

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Amazing food and service. Take any reservation you can get. Your expectations for this restaurant will be exceeded

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We chose Bar Von Der Fels for my 30th birthday dinner based on a stron recommendation from a friend.
This place is NOT overrated.
Amazing service, perfect wine pairing from their daily changing variety of open bottles, and well thought out, delicious and carefully sourced cuisine.
We stayed for 2 hours and left very happy.
Thank you for creating such a special place!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was excellent, service attentive and wine list varied and interesting. Will be back for sure

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our latest dining experience was amazing! The food was incredible and the service is always professional and accessible. This spot never disappoints and seems to only get better and better. A must visit if in Calgary.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Amazing as always, always doing the unexpected with ingredients. Don't see steak done so well and yet so simply very often.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

I’ve eaten twice at BbdF now - with rather different experiences. The first time I was quite blown away with the complex and rich flavours that permeated each dish from the tiny kitchen - quite an achievement!! The second time, not so much. The food was still very good, but the flavours didn’t fly and sing as they had the first time. It was a different menu, for the most past, and different choices, but I had hoped for more. The service is still great and the ambiance of this small space still hipster cool!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Went to the young guns event hosted by this venue. Wow!! Amazing food and service. We asked for a wine pairing and were not disappointed. Great way to provide some exposure to the up and coming chef's in Calgary. Would definitely attend another event. The food was presented, flavour of all.the dishes were perfect and did a great job of showcasing some of the culinary talent Calgary has to offer.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Amazing food. Incredible service. 10/10 will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Don’t even think about going anywhere else. This is the spot.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Owners and staff are excellent! Right seating (max occupancy is 28) but lovely food, great wines and engaging people! Not cheap...but worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

First time here and we will definitely be back. Great food and wine and service was very good.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Outstanding wine list with best selection of wines by glass in Calgary. Creative memorable food. Thomas behind the bar is knowledgable and helpful. Highest recommendations!!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Awsome wine and food pairing, outstanding wine selection. Great food, awsome people

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I booked dinner for my wife and I. I had read good reviews about the food. When we arrived there was a large table of ‘stampede goers’ imbibing and having a good time. The acoustics were quite active and many times the volume reached uncomfortable levels. We enjoyed the food and the wine was quite good. We will likely give it another try but not again during the stampede.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Had supper at 6:30 yesterday. Very small venue that seats about 22 total (6 at the bar). Filled up around 7:30. Attentive staff. Enjoyed a glass of wine, a bottle of beer and 2 cocktails along with 4 plates for $165 including tip. Food was excellent (we needed an explanation of almost all plates, lol). Sourdough bread a better (yum!), baked oyster (just hubby had this, said it was very good), zuchinni flowers stuffed with creamy goodness and lightly battered (yum!yum!), pan fried rainbow trout with French beans (yum!yum!yum!). We shared all plates and left perfectly full.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Creative food, approachable spirits, great vibe. Would recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great meal with friends. We sat just outside the kitchen and were able to talk to the chef when ever he had a free minute. Very friendly knowledgable staff. Creative sharing menu. The Wagyu striploin was excellent as well as the tomato leaf pasta.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Outstanding experience! Constantly changing menu for foodies of all categories! Wine selection by the glass is 2nd to no one! Listen to servers wine recommendations for pairings!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The food was really good and I can’t wait to go back and try more food and wine. I enjoyed the menu, it’s small but done well. Servers were kind and created a relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Thank you bar von der fel for finally bringing a great dining experience to Calgary. We had friends visiting from nyc and they were impressed by the food creativity,quality, service and wine options. We enjoyed every minute of our three hour meal.
I hope they stay in this intimate location and don’t make the mistake of other Calgary restaurants by moving to big banal locations. It feels like a place you would find in a back lane in Amsterdam or Barcelona. There are too many restaurants in Calgary who have spent millions trying to achieve what this place has.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The wine pairings with the food was outstanding. The food choices blanketed the palate with a variety of textures and flavors. Cozy setting and attentive service made it a perfect night out.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

You have to look for the entrance but once inside, it's a cozy little place. High ceilings but the noise factor isn't an issue if you are wanting to chat with your wife :). Food was great, not big portions but we both left feeling pleasantly full. Loved the asparagus dish! Raviolo was cooked al dente, great too. Would give the corn a miss next time though but that's my taste buds coming play. Wine by the glass was interesting, tried a couple that i wouldn't normally so good to experiment and it was tasty.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great evening at Von Der Fels as always - excellent service and expert suggestions on the wine offerings.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We’ve been to BVDF several times and the service and wine selection is the best we’ve experienced anywhere. The food this evening was fantastic. Looking forward to our next 5Star evening. Thanks again!!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Friend in from Montreal! Immediately thought of Von Der Fels. Enjoyed everything. Food was great, wine excellent and service plus! Always have a great time here!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Staff were very good and did a great job of helping us pair wines with food.

Presentation of dishes was very good.

Taste and uniqueness of food was interesting and good.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great by the glass pours and food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great food and great costumer service

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Always great here! Menu was almost completely changed but still delicious and inventive. Always great bottles open, you cannot go wrong! 5 Stars!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was great. Thanks to the owner who took care of us all night. We had a great time and tasted most of the menu. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fantastic. Eat everything.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

My favourite go to for business, friends, and solo dining. A great spot!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wine selection was fantastic and great recommendations from the server. Food had amazing flavour and seasoning. Great attentive service from the staff. Definitely will return again.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

In my opinion, the best dining experience in Calgary today.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection, that made ordering fun. The food was very creatively prepared, fresh and delicious. We tried the ham, veal, squid, and broccoli, the menu changes often so I hope to go again soon :) I’d definitely suggest making a reservation since the restaurant is very small. I highly recommend, a terrific option for dining downtown.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Mind was blown by the food that the precision by which the kitchen sent out the steady line of plates we had ordered. Try the Death by Coconut beer if it's in stock!

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