Ox Bar de Tapas

4.6
1796 reviews
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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**
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KD
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience from start to finish. Will definitely go back next time I'm in Calgary

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ox Bar de Tapas provided a welcome respite from the playoff chaos on 17th Ave. The food was excellent, and the service alternated between three people which meant our needs were well covered and our glasses never empty. The food was excellent; the marinated olives and Tuna Crudo were the most notable dishes from our selection. We will definitely return, and encourage others to visit.

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BK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

great atmosphere and food, service was okay though very friendly

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V
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spanish table special on Thursday was a great deal. Tons of dishes/food of all types. Some good some great.

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

Excellent service. The suggestions from our server were delicious

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

Fantastic casual experience to have with friends! Loved the ambiance. One of the people in our group has a severe gluten intolerance, and she had no problems eating here. Will be back soon!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service. Couldn’t fault the taste of the food, was in there early for first sitting so fairly empty but up there with some of the best food I’ve eaten in Europe

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R
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Went for dinner with my husband and two other couples on a Sunday night. The server was extremely rude in the beginning, but somehow turned around and was more polite and friendly about half-way through our dinner (bad day?).

When we asked what was included in happy hour our server said that happy hour isn't for reservations, just for people at the bar (this is ludicrous - we could have easily got up and moved to the bar if we wanted to).

The food was just average, and the paella was unbearably salty and had to be re-made (nice that they offered to do this). It also had chorizo in it, which is a big no-no (my husband and I have had paella in Valencia, which is where it originates from). The rainbow carrot dish tasted like "burnt sesame bagels" according to the friend that got those. None of the dishes "wowed" any of us.

Overall: The prices were very high for what you get, and you could get exponentially better service at McDonalds. Will not recommend and will not return.

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

Haven’t been to Ox in awhile and I love places where you can share everything. The Patatas Bravas are the best ever. Really enjoyed the salt cod croquettes. The boys in the group said the fried chicken and beef were unreal. Wasn’t 100% keen on the seafood fried rice and the carrots, but I think just personal preference. Drinks are tasty! Overall food, service and ambiance are top notch. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Servings are way too small for the price

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

I love the Ox Tapas bar! The staff is always friendly and welcoming and the tapas are delicious and flavourable ! My favourite place in Calgary !

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

Would definitely do it again!!

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TJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Not the greatest. I hope there is a better tapas place in Calgary

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

Food was great, service by Sheldon was fantastic, neighbours were too loud, we will be back!

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AC
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always like Ox, nice ambiance, excellent food, great cocktails. Great times!

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KE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent in terms of his advice on wine. He was just the right amount of friendly and professional. We had an excellent meal and I find that certain items are plenty for 3 people to share which you wouldn't think so based on the price. The salad was large and we could add 1 more item so we could easily split between 3 people. Everything was delicious and this is my new favorite spot on 17th ave.

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

Great food ! Servers were friendly and attentive. Portions are good, shared 4 tapas between two of us, probably only needed 3 !

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ST
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Calgary for a quick getaway weekend, and chose to visit Ox (we had been before). What a great dinner! Had the perfect amount and variety of tapas. And delicious wine. The best part was the service. Prompt and very friendly.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have already talked about Ox Bar de Tapas to a number of friends. The food was awesome and we likely had some of the best service ever. I didn't love how dark it was, but that would be about my only complaint.

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FG
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a unique food experience. It was tasty and fresh. It was a bit noisy but other then that good. I would like to see them expand their cocktail menu.

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C
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for a semi casual get together with a friend, the service (Savannah) was amazing, I didn't have to think or plan anything at all, she paired the wine with the food excellently, the food was well timed and appropriately portioned - my one MILD dissatisfaction (and this is with almost every restaurant I go to) is that two top tables are so ridiculously small - had we wanted to decant our wine it would have had to sit on a shelf, not on the table. I understand that it's better for the restaurant, but small two tops make the dining experience a bit cramped.

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JA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the cocktails! The paella was amazing, I highly suggest going on a Sunday night. I will definitely be coming back here many times over!

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e
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Food was delicious, the atmosphere was great and the service was just right.

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

Great food and drinks. Great service and nice atmosphere :)

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

Make a reservation early! Amazing food and wine.

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TF
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a special anniversary dinner we enjoyed the 3 course Spanish table tasting with wine pairings. Everything was absolutely delicious - and the service was amazing. Will definitely go back for this again!!

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k
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 8 pm. The male host sat us down and explained the $25 paella Sunday special and said that our waitress (Cassidy) would be over to take our drinks order.

Our drinks order was taken. We asked if the small plates come out first and our waitress said they just come out as the kitchen has them ready.

For the small plates, we had the croquettes, broccoli, scallops and the steak. I thought that all of the dishes were over-salted but my husband enjoyed them. These small dishes were all taken out to us within 5-10 minutes of the other being finished.

When we had finished our small plates, our waitress came over and took them away and asked if we wanted anything else. We mentioned we had another dish coming (the paella)... it seemed she had forgotten.

30 minutes since our plates were taken away and still no paella. I should add, that the restaurant wasn’t busy when we ordered our food. We flagged down our waitress and she said that she didn’t put the paella order through until we had finished our last small plate.

We decided we just wanted the bill. We tried to get the waitresses attention while she was walking by and she ignored us twice. The male host came over and we told him we wanted to cancel the paella. He went and spoke to the waitress and she finally took the paella over. We tell her that we no longer want it, after waiting 40 minutes without anything and no prior warning.

She said “if I punched the order in, it would have been ready in the middle of your small dishes.” This contradicted what she said earlier, where she said the dishes come out in whatever order they are ready. If a dish takes 40 minutes, it does not make ANY sense to put that order in, when you are taking away the customer’s last small dish away. Cassidy seemed to disagree and was rude.

We have been to other restaurants, where some dishes take longer to be made and we have always been told prior. If we had been told, it would not have been a big deal. I have also bee

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S
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was overly greasy and staff did mot seem like there were enjoying the evening. Ver short and slow demeanour. Strange vibe. Cocktails were awesome though!!!

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

Food was amazing! Server knew lots about the menu.
I would go back for sure.

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

Came to Ox before a show-our first time here. The manager Jason(?) overheard us talking about our first time here and it was our anniversary. He sent us a chicken liver mouse dish that was to die for! Such a special touch from the manager and staff there! Food was amazing and waiter advised us on how much food to order. Waiter was top notch, manager was awesome!! Highly recommend this place!

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C
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food & pleasant service. Not an ideal meeting location (noise). Overall a good meal.

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MH
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambiance were great.
The one main problem is when we were finding a parking spot....
I knew that they had parking out back. But, when we got there, found it was PAY
parking... $6 for the first hour, $10 for 2 hours, I think. That is a lot for above ground parking.
That is expensive, given that parking downtown for the whole evening in
underground heated parking is only $2.
We managed to find a spot out front (after 6) for free... which worked out great.

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DS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply incredible experience from the first step into the restaurant until the last spoon of dessert!!!
Our server James was very professional, attentive, relaxed and fun. The chef's special 7 course menu with a wine pairing was a fantastic experience. Literally every bite wows your palette again and again, and again...
Thanks sooooo much James and Jason for an unforgettable dinner!

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GB
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It is as good food although I prefer their older menu items and atmosphere. Still a great room though.

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C
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at the Ox on a Thursday evening to take advantage of their special deal on their "Spanish Table" offering with wine pairing. This is an exceptional deal for the amount and quality of the food and drink served. We had recently been to Spain and felt that the tapas offerings at the Ox were on par with the best that we had in Spain. Highlights were the cod croquettes - bursting with bacalao goodness, and the pork belly, but all of the selections were amazing. And the service was as good as the meal; Sheldon was the perfect server - knowledgeable and friendly.

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s
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Wednesday evening dinner for two: We were gladly surprised to see a nice variety of wines and the full bottles are half price on Wednesday! The service was outstanding. The tapas portions were generous but somewhat lacking innovation in presentation and flavour. Bring a sweater or keep your coat on if you are going on a cold day. Plastic chairs were begging for cushions. I'd go back for lunch.

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GB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go on Sundays for their Paella - it'll change your life. And every one of the other tapas was amazing. Not my first time, definitely not my last!

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RF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Everything on the menu is incredible

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TC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Tried the Spanish Table and it was just alright. You always know that the chef’s picks may not be all to your taste but I can honestly say the chef did not include a single item on the menu that I actually wanted to try. There was definitely plenty of food provided but I would chose my own selections next time. Service and restaurant were both lovely.

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

Good food, good service, good date night. Will likely return.

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