Ox Bar de Tapas

4.5
1726 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Spanish
At Ox Bar de Tapas we take our food seriously. Focused on tapas made to share we find our inspiration from the waters of San Sebastian to the bustling streets of Madrid. Experience what Ox has to offer and find yourself a little bit of Spain in Calgary. ​We take pride in using the best local ingredients, simply prepared to be enjoyed with good friends and conversations. At Ox bar de Tapas we are dedicated to the food and dining habits of Spain. We are influenced by the flavours and traditional dishes of the many regions in Spain. What we most enjoy about this culturally diverse country is the WAY they eat, focused on community, friendship and taking the time for each other at the table. Ox Bar de Tapas puts the experience of dinning as its priority through quality of service and product.
**Please note that the high top and counter tables are communal**
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 457-1432
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Ruegg
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Private party facilities
WE LOVE A GOOD FIESTA! An extraordinary event—large or small, decadent or relaxed—can be custom-crafted and tailored to suit you and your guests needs.
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Private party contact
Maia@oxandangela.com: (855) 984-8996
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4th Street & 5th Street SW
What 1726 People Are Saying
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KV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My major complaint was that it was very difficult for the 3 of us to have conversation. The music was very loud and choice was not subtle. Otherwise everything else was quite good.

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J
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing wine, lovely staff!! We’ll be back!

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CC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience, everything about it! Our waiter James was excellent and Jason was great as well! The food was amazing! Thank you!

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S
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and great service! Our waiter was really attentive and knew how much to order as we wanted to try everything! Lol

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food. We would recommend the Spanish Table option, as we got to taste many delicious dishes, some not on the menu, and it had the added excitement of not knowing what dish would be coming next!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Not the best setting... i wish it was a more intimate restaurant.. but we love the food and worth it for that alone!

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CP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Go between the hours of 5-9, at the bar top everything is 50% off. For tapas this an absolute must. Great beer. Great atmosphere.

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Worth the drive for good good and ambiance. Service was good atmosphere good.

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AK
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed that the menu changed. Some of our old favourites were gone and what we did order was so so. Happy hour prices are a good deal but I still wouldn’t go back.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Went for high top happy hour. Was so pleasantly surprised at the quality of food. We ordered 5 tapas for two of us, and that was a bit too much. 3-4 would have been plenty. The early grey sour was also phenomenal! Everything we ordered was unbelievably tasty. Rarely do we go out to eat without having one complaint, either about the food or service. Both were great! You know it’s a good place when you talk about how amazing it was days later.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

food was good. overall experience was bad, we were a group of 6 and they didn’t have the best service to accommodate us. For the bill we had to do the split ourselves on the table and it was very akward. the extra bread is charged without even letting you know. for a small group would say it’s good but for a bigger group stay away unless you have one person paying for all.

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OT
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Menu is excellent but quite limited.

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L
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just back from a vacation in Spain and thought we would check out the tapas restaurants in YYC. Ox Bar de Tapas is the first we have tried here at home, and we strongly suspect that it will be the first place winner for us! The food was excellent and the servers work together so seamlessly that this restaurant should be a model for any restaurant interested in benchmarking superb customer service. It’s a happy, lively place on a Saturday night so if you’re wanting a romantic date, better try a weeknight. 😉

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ST
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for our 20th Anniversary and had a lovely romantic table. The food was incredible and we will definitely go back again to try everything on the menu we haven’t tried yet

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ME
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. The potatoes, mushrooms and prawns were my favourite dishes. Drinks are pricy but good. Avoid the meat hook cocktail, it has a terrible taste. Our waiter was great! I’ll definitely be going back!

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S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, wine selection and atmosphere. Would love to see more vegetarian options.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing drinks! Highly recommend and will most definitely be going back!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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D
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us celebrated a birthday here and I'm glad we did. The service is excellent and the food delicious.

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AP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ox Bar de Tapas since the change over. The food is always on point, the ambience is great and we love the vibe. To top it off exceptional service.

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CP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavors and presentation. Excellent service.

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JW
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was great, and very accommodating ! The Spanish Croquettes appetizer was very tasty, and the paellas was wonderful !

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night. Food was so flavorful. Our waitress was very knowledgeable. Did not stir is wrong. Can't wait to go back!

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L
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the Tapas and this is coming from a person who has had pintxos in the best restaurants in Northern Spain.

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J
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived for our reservation totally unaware that there was a happy hour special. The host at the door gave us the option of sitting at the table we booked, or taking one of the bar seats in the lounge area so that we could take advantage of their 5-7pm "high top happy hour" where everything on the menu - food AND drink - was 50% off (exceptions being the "Spanish Table" menu, the steak and house wines). We jumped at the deal and had the most incredible meal. At 50% off, we ordered more things than we would have otherwise (all so so delicious) and still spent way less than we'd expected to. Service was prompt, portion sizes were huge, and the cocktails were amazing. We left extremely full and happy.

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n
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night out at the Ox! Food is consistently great. This particular evening we opted for the chef's table, which was an excellent mix of some of our favorite dishes and, some others we hadn't tried before. Overall it was a great night

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual it was delicious

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

Amazing venue and food!! Highly recommend the “tables”

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

Amazing food, quality service and a great date all around !

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K
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Worst restaurant been to in a while. Shame cause the food was decent but there was no one in the whole place at 9pm on a Thursday. Staff, especially the super rude manager,
made us feel very unwelcome and pretty much told us he had better things to do than to wait for us to finish our dinner. Take your business right next door to Clever, where you won’t be treated like a burden.

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E
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was yummy but pretty over priced for the serving size. For a place known for sharables I don’t think the serving size is meant for anything more than a single person. Really loud but a cool atmosphere. Our server was super nice.

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AT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Hostess was rude and unwelcoming. Visited on 9/13 around 6:30pm. Ice chips made it difficult to enjoy cocktails, no straws provided to be able to consume whole drink without getting ice everywhere.

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DI
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed that the menu was much shorter than the one presented online. Otherwise food was very tasty

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DV
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favourite restaurant in the city and has been since it first opened. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes unique, delicious food and sharing plates. We were a group of 8 and we ordered almost all of the plates on the menu by the time the night was done. The servers are all friendly and fun to chat with as well. You must have the Patatas Bravas and the Gimme that Rosemary cocktail!

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with some friends was pleasantly surprised with the Tapas and some Spanish servers made it even better :) will be back for sure.

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CA
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a very nice meal with Tapas and a wine pairing (Spanish Table). The service was very good and the food was excellent with wine pairings that were interesting. The place was very loud but that is more the clients at the time than the restaurant itself.

We will return with a little more planning so we get a quiet table rather than the high top!

Thanks!

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YH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

their foods are so good,and the servants are all very patient and gave us good recommends. I will go there again and again.

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

Decided to go here based on the food pictures - it did not disappoint. The food was deliciously flavourful and the servers were fun! The Creme Brûlée was one of the best I have ever had. Would definitely come here again!

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

Casual friday night family dinner. Had been when it was Ox and Angela. Really enjoyed the new current incarnation. All was very good... save maybe the host who was a little stand-offish... not what you expect as a first point of entry. Nonetheless, overall a really nice evening... a bit more $$ than what we'd planned but knew when we chose this restaurant that it would be a somewhat spendy evening.

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AA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tapas ever!
Great service!
Happy hour = 50% off on everything on the menu!!
Wow!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will definitely be back!!! The food was very reminiscent of my time in Spain. The bartender was incredible - knew when to socialize and when to stand back. Overall - an amazing night. Thank you! Can’t wait to come back for date night with the husband.

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