OXBOW

4.5
123 reviews
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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.

Happy Hour – Monday to Friday from 4-6pm, $5 feature wine, beer
Lunchtime Happy Hour – Monday to Friday from 11am-1pm, $5 feature wine and beer
Half Price Wine Friday – 50% off bottles of wine after 4pm


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R
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a quiet, Sunday night at the restaurant, with only a few tables occupied. We sat on the pleasant outdoor patio, wtih a lovely view of the city. The noise of the traffic along Memorial can be distracting (nothing the restaurant can do about this). Food is recommended, service is quite casual/informal.

JK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic and the serving staff was very friendly

OT
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall the menu was very limited.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Very noisy on the patio with Memorial dr traffic- patio looks lovely but noise level with heavy trucks going by was high - may be quieter on a weekend
Good service
Fish cakes were very “fishy” tasting- which generally means not fresh fish.
I would give oxbow a try again for brunch

PJ
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was very good. Service was a bit random and awkward. Felt like the first time out for some of the staff. But pleasant.

DS
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bit of slow start when we arrived for dinner at 6 as the serving staff were off doing something. Once we had our servers attention, service was fine as was the food. We had the kale salad (tasty) the ribeye burger and the halibut. Both mains were very good although there could have been a bit more asparagus with the halibut. We dined in the lounge area as the main dining area seemed a bit dark and loud with piped in music.

P
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were dining at oxbow on Friday night. The service was super slow with only about six couples in the whole restaurant. We waited over 2 hours for our meal. The gnocchi was over cooked and mushy and the halibut was also over cooked. What I was most upset about was that my husband and I had a gift card for 150$. The bill came to 130$ and we asked the waiter to take the rest for a tip. He told us he was unable to use that for a tip. So I asked him to give me change and I would then leave a tip. He then went on to say that he can not return money from a gift card at all. That the restaurant / hotel takes the rest of the money. This is horrible . We got that gift card as a gift and is the same as cash. It is absolutely ridiculous that this restaurant “ takes the remaining money” off the gift card. I won’t be going back and I will not recommend this restaurant.

g
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Oxbow. The food is inventive, the environment friendly, and the wine list is very reasonably priced. The fixed price menu is also a very good choice.

d
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary was very good. Great service by waitress. She was lovely.Menu was limited but what they did have was incredible well made quality ingredients. Front desk clerk needed an adrenaline shot... not someone I would have front of house to greet guests in a boutique setting.

c
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was amazing! Loved the food and portion size was great.

O
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nate was awesome! He liked our childish jokes, but also understood good service. The food was excellent.

RH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I’ve eaten here a number of times and enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance. This time however I was very disappointed. I’d ordered a traditional breakfast with over easy eggs, sausage, kale and multigrain toast. 1 egg was hard and cooked through, the other was broken with no yolk left. The kale was half yellowed and tough and my toast was white. I feel the food quality fell through and the server wasn’t attentive. Incredibly disappointed and will likely not go back any time soon.

NB
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Dishes come out looking a little 'smaller' than expected, but the top-level gourmet flavours make it a full, satisfying dish that does not leaving you feeling 'stuffed'. Quality over quantity. Service was great. We enjoyed the 1/2 price bottle of wine special.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely three-course dinner - the dinner was excellent, and the service was very good. The server provided a good recommendation for a wine pairing with the meal.

R
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. We were in the lobby/bar part and it was quite loud with tv and loud guests but overall a nice brunch.

C
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The food was excellent and we had great service.

DG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good. Service was average. The lunch menu was VERY limited.

MH
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service and ambiance.
Will definitely eat here again!!

MC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we were greeted by the bartender Nathan and from the service by
Ventura we had a great night..
Chef Jose is a gem

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

Great dining experience. Dessert was amazing! Thanks!

M
Montreal
32 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I'd eat here again if I was passing by, but would not go out of my way...
Steak was mediocre, but pasta and meatballs were very tasty

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great. Both young ladies that helped us were lovely.
The our main proteins were cooked absolutely perfect. However we felt like the risotto and gnocchi could have used more seasoning.
Overall we had a very nice experience.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful Friday evening dinner at Oxbow. The Chef's Three Course menu was just delicious and with unique flavours and textures. Great wine selection, as well.

NC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! We have found a new favorite restaurant. Nate’s service is top notch and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our evening. Chefs tasting tonight was awesome! The carrot dish with aioli was so flavorful! Thank you to the whole team.

OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely phenomenal eggs benny. Great service from our kind and knowledgeable server. Will be back!

D
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch. The menu looked great and the restaurant was nice. The food wasn’t ready to go at the time of our reservation and we had to wait quite awhile for the buffet to be finished setting up. The best part of the meal was the bread basket of warm pastries and home made jam. It was delicious and right out of the oven. From there, things deteriorated. The buffet food although JUST put out was ice cold. The flavours and presentation was lovely but the food was wasted on it being so cold. The French toast and eggs Benedict were tough to cut with the table knife provided and we had to ask for one with “teeth”. This likely was also due to being pre-made early and left to sit. I really wanted to love the restaurant and food but just couldn’t. It was disappointing but the “bones” were good. We would try there again but not for a set menu buffet unless the execution improved. Perhaps later seatings rather than first thing in the morning would have been better?

AM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely quaint spot. Great service. Delicious meal.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

d
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food took over 2 hours all together. Not a very big place and set menu. Not sure why the food took so long. Disappointing to say the least.

OXBOW
Responded on April 28, 2019

Hello Dustin, Incredible sorry for the wait time for your dinner with us on Friday evening. It is not the standard that we hold ourselves to and is not typical. I would very much like the opportunity to have you back in so we can show the true Oxbow experience. At your earliest convenience if you can reach out to me at mmclaughlin@oxbowyyc.ca I would like to discuss things with you further. Thank you! Mike McLaughlin

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BJ
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We met friends for Breakfast on Good Friday. It was quiet in the Inn. We all enjoyed the food and found the staff to be friendly and helpful. They had no problem letting us sit and chat for as long as we wanted.

OXBOW
Responded on April 27, 2019

Thank you for the great review, we are very happy you and your friends enjoyed everything and got to spend some time relaxing and chatting with each other. Cheers! Mike McLaughlin

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

Very good food, ambience and service

MF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Weekend brunch was so worth the price. Not too much food selection but I take it on the positive side because you don’t get overwhelmed with which you want to try, plus everything was fantastic (except for the fruit medley in which some fruits were from a can I think?) Nonetheless the ambiance was perfect for a quiet and cozy weekend brunch, and the fact that coffee and juice are already included in the price makes it a better value than getting a la carte (well this is my opinion) :)

OXBOW
Responded on April 10, 2019

Hello. Thank you for the great review. Although it is true that we not have as many options as our sister restaurant, Yellow Door Bistro, we make up for it by ensuring the offings vary from week to week. Chef Battad is also happy to prepare 'special' items for our guests; don't like the veggie Eggs Benedict (for instance), Chef will make up a classic Benedict for you. Oxbow is beautiful in the afternoons with the sun pouring into our south facing windows; can't wait for patio season! Thank you!

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

It was a nice, quiet relaxing lunch. Great food and atmosphere.

OXBOW
Responded on April 7, 2019

Hello. Oxbow thanks you for joining us. Our restaurant is cozy and inviting, and the food is delicious! If you enjoyed our lunch offerings, we would love to show you what we have on the menu for supper. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to provide a perfect score, and hope to see you again soon.

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F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was great and our server really tried her best to make it a pleasant experience for us, however we were told OXBOW was one of the best restaurants in Calgary and the food did not live up to our expectations. I ordered the steak medium rare and it came out medium well. The second time a new steak came out it was rare almost blue rare. My boyfriend wanted his meatballs made again so he could eat with me the second time my steak came but the chef just put his first meal under the hot light for 20 minutes. Our server was apologetic however the food experience was lack lustre.

OXBOW
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello. Thank you for providing a detailed review. We are very pleased you had such a great service, and very disappointed that your food did not match. Please know that your experience is completely out of the ordinary. We go to great lengths to ensure our valued guests get beautifully plated, and delicious food. We want to invite you back for a complimentary meal so we can show you the true Oxbow. Please reach out to me at dcleaver@oxbowyyc.ca so we can discuss further. Apologetically, David GM

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L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. They offered a theatre menu which helps get you in and out in time for your show.

OXBOW
Responded on March 24, 2019

Hello. We are so pleased that you were able to enjoy our 'ShowTime' menu prior to the show. We offer a quick and delicious menu, well priced, in order to enable guests to have an amazing meal before going to the theatre. We look forward to having you back at Oxbow!

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RK
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The beef tenderloin and burger were quite delicious. Would definitely go back again.

OXBOW
Responded on March 24, 2019

Hello. We are so happy that you had such a great experience with us. You simply can not go wrong with Alberta beef, especially when you have a Chef like ours preparing it. Combine this with great service and and a beautiful room, and you have a winning formula. We look forward to having you back at Oxbow!

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N
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive. Beautiful food & venue.

OXBOW
Responded on March 24, 2019

A perfect 5 out of 5 score, we greatly appreciate it! We are very proud of the atmosphere here, and even more proud of our offerings. We are constantly evolving here at Oxbow and Chef Battad is currently working on the Spring/ Summer menu launch. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come here at Oxbow!

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P
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such beautiful, carefully prepared food and so graciously served. It was a very special evening and I would highly recommend a visit to Oxbow for folks who love artful, tasty and inspiring food.

OXBOW
Responded on March 18, 2019

Hello. Oxbow is very happy to have provided 'a very special evening', and we appreciate your comments regarding the food and service. We are nearing the spring season and such will be looking to open our river view patio soon (weather permitting). We will continue to provide tasty and inspiring food, and we look forward to your next visit. Many thanks!

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GK
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The cod dish we had was subpar, tough gnocchi, no flavour in the sauce. The porchetta however was very good.

OXBOW
Responded on March 13, 2019

Hello. Oxbow thanks you for your honest feedback. We apologize that you were not happy with the Cod dish that we were offering for the Calgary YYC Food and Drink Experience, but are pleased you enjoyed the Porchetta. We tried to create dishes with that WOW factor for the event. Please come and enjoy some of our delicious regular menu items as I am sure you will not be disappointed. Thank you.

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R
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had dinner here during the YYC food experience. The restaurant willingly adjusted the menu to accommodate one person in our party who had food allergies. Service was excellent, food delicious and value superb for this set menu. Everyone enjoyed the recommended wine. We live in the neighborhood and we will definitely return.

OXBOW
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hello. Oxbow is so pleased that you were able to enjoy the YYC Food and Drink Experience with us! We are always happy to accommodate guests' special requests, and will continue to offer great value. Thank you taking the time to provide feedback. We can't wait to show you some of the other great dishes we have to offer. Much appreciated!

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