OXBOW

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Oxbow is excited to welcome you back to sip & savour at one of the top restaurants in Calgary. Our patio, lounge and dining room are open with social distancing measures in place for your safe enjoyment.

At Oxbow, we want you to indulge in the art of good food. We choose to play with our menu, bending traditional cuisine, letting you appreciate dining as it was meant to be... honestly uncomplicated. So stay for a little, stay for a while. Our in-hotel setting inside Hotel Arts Kensington inspires delightfully unexpected experiences, shared in both new and familiar company.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience. Outstanding service and some of the best food I’ve ever had in a long time. Oxbow has a diverse menu with plenty of choices. I ordered the Beef duo and a side of duck wings which were on special. The beef was so tender and cooked to perfection, and the duck wings were incredibly flavourful. To finish it off, we enjoyed a nice dessert. Special thanks to Ivan and the whole team at Oxbow for making our experience an amazing one.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing and loved sitting by the fireplace. Very intimate atmosphere.

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vipfoodie2
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the ambiance ... and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Friday’s. Another amazing meal with the ones I love ... the most!

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Jullian
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the ambiance is lovely. The service was also great! I had the lobster and the scallops and prawns - was very delicious. Will come back!

MW
vipMWCalgary
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely would give a full 5 stars, but this place deserves it. During COVID, it presented a safe environment. Service was excellent. Melissa took great care of us. She had great suggestions. It’s great to get someone dares to recommend and listens. Food was great. All of it. Our party tasted the onion soup, Cesar salads and duck wings. The last one especially good. Steak was delicious and perfectly cooked. Same for the chicken and salmon. Good wine. We’ll return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the brunch set that has the English breakfast style starter tower also comes with an entrée - egg benedit today. everything is wonderful and service is excellent. definitely going back. Make sure you going a little ealier because these are limited everyday.

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good, drinks were great! Very friendly staff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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StephenC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious. Ratatouille Ravioli was one of the most flavourful dishes I’ve had in recent memory.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary...we were offered prosecco to start the celebration

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vipEdMalcolm
Calgary
45 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance on the outdoor patio overlooking the river and downtown Calgary. Our server was very nice and the food was very good.

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WarrenB
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening in lounge.

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KeniaC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

They had no bartender for Brunch, and their online menu had other items that their actual menu did not include. And this was why we were going.

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Francine
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always! We've been there before and will be back again!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and a beautiful patio with a view. One of our favorite spots in the city

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badenr
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great and memorable evening was had, this is why it's my go-to. You're treated like royalty and accommodated to the fullest extent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t really busy server was pretty friendly great experience! Highly recommend!

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ShannonP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Molly was a great server very accommodating. Maybe would just ask less to order our main. Great dinner we will def come back on fridays!

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LouP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time and it did not disappoint. The ceviche scallops were amazing. One of us had the steak and the other had the Thai chicken, and both were amazing. This is possibly the most underrated restaurant in Calgary. Nice setting. Service was excellent. Limited menu, but great choices. Love it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Super disappointing. Very little options on the overpriced menu. The dining room was bare and plain. The chefs were not wearing masks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great food!

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C0112
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We sat on the patio for Fathers Day brunch. It was smoking hot but the staff offered to open the canopy to create more shade which was greatly appreciated.

The brunch menu is very limited but the food is exceptional. We waited quite a while for our food but the staff did acknowledge and apologize for the wait. We were enjoying our visit so it didn't much bother us.

Would go back for a date night or family dinner as I'd love to try their dinner menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We really enjoyed the food and service.

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RayB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

You come here for the food.
It is exceptionally good. And well priced.

The service is...Calgary normal.
Young, transient, not really into this for a career, not very knowledgeable about the menu. I miss dearly a higher culinary standard than that tolerated by Calgarians (dreams of Montreal, San Fransisco, etc).

The ambience is pretty lousy. The dining room is just this barren darm wood panelled box of a place. Playing ridiculous energetic pop music during dinner...who lacks the sensibility to do stuff like that.

Despite all this, I'll go back regularly at the lounge or the patio.

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KayEss
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, rich, beautifully presented food. And warm but Covid-respectful service. We will definitely be back to enjoy the patio space next time!

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JerryM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with friends and the food was fantastic!!

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SinjinSmith
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with Oxbow, cheerful staff, exceptional food...hats off to Chef Myles, his food and presentation were top notch. I had the lamb shank shepherds pie and it surpassed expectations... my wife enjoying the seared salmon on green pea risotto and again, excellent. Covid precautions were in place, seating was well spaced and we felt entirely comfortable. We're coming back to enjoy the nicest patio in Calgary, right across the Bow River on Memorial.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had the French onion soups and beef short rib. I could not taste any foie gras in the French onion soup. The beef short rib was overcooked. It was also lacking flavour and it was really dry.

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CarleneJ
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was only one server and she was amazing. At first I thought service was slow, but once I realized I was in a full dining room and she was by herself, it was actually very impressive. Food was great. Good portion sizes and not crazy expensive.

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Manda
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was pretty good. Food was extremely slow, and the dining room was quite noisy

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Disappointed1
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was great, very noisy hard to have a conversation unless you talk over people around you. We did the yyc menu the French onion soup was very good, the beef short ribs were very tough, desert was very good. We would consider going back but it’ll be a while.

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vipGourmetGourmand
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oxbow is a gem.

Excellent, knowledgeable, attentive but not overbearing front of house staff who provide a warm and welcoming service that doesn’t step over the line of familiarity. It is no nice to find serving staff who understand the difference between a patron and a friend!

The kitchen staff is talented and inspired. The food is GOOD! I seldom come out of a calgary restaurant feeling like the food has met my expectation. I am more often underwhelmed then satisfied. Not so with oxbow. What comes out of this kitchen is the best of a cosmopolitan vision.

From the Asian inspired Duck Wings to the Greek influenced Lamb Shepard pie, the offering is solid and worth every penny. For the gluten intolerant, there are a number of possibilities. While being creative, the menu does not fall into the trap of easy trends.

If this isn’t enough to get you there, Friday night is 1/2 price on wine under 125$! Cheap and cheery Friday night!

The brunch buffet is also a great value!

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MichelleS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good restaurant. Fantastic food. Even better server. Thanks Jenna!!

CK
vipCalgaryKitten
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for dinner. We really enjoyed the food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service. Would definitely recommend! Also worth noting they accommodated a toddler and had high chairs available.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We’ve been to and enjoyed this restaurant before, but this time it was disappointing. The service was slow, and our server wasn’t very attentive. My main course (lamb shepherds pie) was way overcooked, almost like it had been forgotten at the back of the oven.
It will be a while before we revisit, if at all.

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RyanS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious, but we had to stop and pickup fast food afterwards as the meal portions are very small.

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TraceyM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Oxbow after seeing a show at the Jubilee, and were offered the theatre menu, which three of us chose. The food was fantastic! We started with the bread bowl/dip, and when you can eat the entire bowl without it getting tough and chewy, that's a good bread bowl! I had the burger, which was perfect. The three of them had the beet risotto as a side to their salmon/chicken, which was amazing. And the dessert! We had the cheesecake and the creme brulee, both of which were perfect (and I'm a creme brulee snob). It was our first time, but certainly not our last. May was our server, and she was lovely. Thank you for a great dinner!

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Evarg
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice, quiet intimate setting. Food was outstanding and not overly priced.

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Michael
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as usual as was the service from Jenna!

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OXBOW is rated 4.4 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.