Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar

4.6
215 reviews
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Mediterranean
Mediterranean influenced cuisine paired with great wine and exceptional service. We are excited to re-open after a 14 month hiatus to share our passion once again with our vintage'd patrons and hopefully some new patrons as well. Located in the Calgary downtown core we are well accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the corporate lunch crowd and delight in the opportunity to serve our clientele both efficiently and consistently with our good old fashioned familiar Escoba ways. Our evenings are a bit more quiet and perfect for catching up with an old friend, getting a bite to eat before or after a movie, or even just an impromptu drink and bite with family... did we mention we also host private events for a variety of sizes? We hope to serve you soon!
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DB
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience, but would have liked more food options

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F
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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G
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but the cappuccino was pretty sad. Black coffee with milk foam on top fell short.

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LP
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the wine tasting option. Great menu, lots of interesting options, and the food was lovely.

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f
Edmonton
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful server who knew her stuff and her recommendations were spot on!

Loved it and see you next time I am in town!

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f
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were excellent however ambience and decor in the restaurant needs to be updated for the level of food and expense the restaurant wants to charge.

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KM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had for some time. The carpaccio was amazing!!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner was perfect , service was fast and attentive. Salmon was delicious, great ambiance couldn’t have asked for a better date night.

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h
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best salmon I've ever had!! Service was impeccable.

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JG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wonderful ambiance of the place. Looking forward to my next visit.

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B
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with very thoughtful service. Wine list was impressive as well. Highly recommend for date night.

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GN
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was fantastic. Love that you guys joined the YYC food and eats expo it gave us the opportunity to come by and experience your beautiful establishment. I will definitely come again.
Thank you
Giselle

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service

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C
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I came with my family and we selected from the YYC food and drink experience menu. The food was better than average but the service was not great. Food was very slow coming out (even though when we arrived there weren't a lot of people) and the server was not particularly attentive nor did she seem experienced in serving/clearing.
As for the food, my husband ordered the seared salmon. He said the searing was excellent but the fish was a little overcooked. My son enjoyed the buttered chicken. My daughter and I had the chickpea stew...I rated it about a 3 out of 5. It was good, but not the best value for the price of the set menu. We all very much enjoyed the cheesecake dessert.

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YT
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We decided to try Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar because of the YYC Taste and Drink Experience and it was good. The selection of items was more than most of the restaurants that were participating in the event. We My husband and I shared the choice of two appetizers and both were very good. We chose the salmon and beef over the chicken and vegetarian option and were very pleased. The entrees were beautifully plated and were excellent flavourful meals. The portion sizes for a tasting menu was on the generous side. Dessert again we shared the two choices available and again were not disappointed with either selection.

Our waitress was an excellent server. Knowledgeable, efficient all while being friendly, warm and welcoming. We were a little dissatisfied with where we were seated since we had made reservations and the restaurant was virtually empty however we made the best of the cramped little table. The restaurant quickly filled and before long we did feel even more cramped and the noise level from the table next and the restaurant in general took away from the overall positive experience. Not certain really what a restaurant could do in this situation but it did take away from our enjoyment.

I would recommend going to Escoba Bistro and would go again.

Thanks

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about Escoba, it’s without a doubt my favourite restaurant downtown.

The paella is outstanding and my friend had the chicken and scallops, it’s his “go to” entree; he said it’s amazing.

Vickie, our server, is awesome, unobtrusive and efficient. Very friendly and always remembers me.

The place has a very Spanish feel, it’s lovely!

Blair and Laurel, you do a heck of a job.

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C
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sampler appetizers were fantastic! Presentation was great and the entrees were delicious! Definitely recommend!

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GC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took a customer to lunch on a Wednesday. It was a treat to have such great staff and excellent food.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. They are extremely knowledgeable about their wine liat

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j
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escoba is a go to destination for me. The food is excellent, the service attentive and never annoying, and best of all you can converse with your party! Ambience is perfect for a business lunch or romantic dinner. Their Tiger Rose pasta dish is to die for!

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e
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food and great ambiance

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SG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service, what else can you want......Never been disappointed with Escoba.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spectacular!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and we truly appreciate your patronage. See you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chicken and Chorizo!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing your rating - the Chicken & Chorizo and one of our favourites too!

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I've ever eaten at. Everything on the menu is excellent from the appetizers to the desserts. Definitely worth every penny. You won't be disappointed in anything on the menu!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 19, 2019

Wow! Thank you very much for your continued patronage and taking the time to share your praise! We look forward to your next visit :)

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SG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escobar is a very nice restaurant for both personal and professional events. One of my favourites in Calgary

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CA
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good and the server was very pleasant. However, we did a set menu paired with wine for Valentines and the appetizer took quite a long time to come which was odd. After that everything was great. Not sure if they got a little behind or if something went wrong in the kitchen. We will go back though!!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi Colin, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We apologize that we started off with a small hiccup and greatly appreciate your understanding. Hope to see you soon!

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KM
Cancun
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Valentines Day

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was fantastic. We had the Valentine chefs menu. Those short rib spring rolls were amazing. Incredible. The waitress seemed very unsure of herself and must have been brand new. She was ok. The steak was a bit over salted (and I like salt) and the cod was the only thing on the menu that we really didn’t like. We additionally ordered the tiger rose pasta and it was amazing as well and so was the desert. Thank you so much. We will definitely be back

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

Great food service and atmosphere. Definitely will be back

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

Great food served perfectly will definitely be back!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good. Seating by the window was pretty darn cold. Cold feet for much of the time I was seated. Luckily my date had snow boots on...just not me.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, we had the squid to start which was perfectly spiced and cooked. For our mains We had the duck and ribeye, the ribeye was cooked perfectly and salted to my liking. The duck was very rich with a great mushroom risotto that pulled it all together. For desert we went with the taster and it was a perfect amount of all their best items, almost order a second it was that delicious. We dined in the wine cage which was a very unique and personal place, staff was excellent as well. Will be going back soon.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were amazing, staff is friendly and the Valintine's day menu was fantastic

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak wasn’t cooked good ribeye too rare.

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 8, 2019

We are very sorry that the steak was not cooked to your request. In order to improve on the situation we would like to follow up on some steps of service from your visit. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and would like to correct any errors we can before the guest leaves. If you have a moment could you please contact us at escobabistro@shaw.ca so we can get to the bottom of which step was missed on your visit.

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

Great tenderloin and great service. I have been back twice now and both times my experience was good.

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

It was such an amazing experience! Our server was phenomenal and knowledgeable about the menu, the atmosphere was quiet and intimate. Best outing in awhile 💜

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great quality. Food is never a disappointment. Overall in my view the most consistent restaurant downtown offering a great selection of food and wines.

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on January 31, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to fill in and share your feedback! We look forward to your next visit with us!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service and excellent meals.

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on January 31, 2019

We really appreciate you sharing your experience at Escoba! We look forward to seeing you again!

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