Raw Bar

4.5
353 reviews
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Asian
A modern craft cocktail lounge serving Asian-inspired fare, Raw Bar is an intimate yet lively space in the heart of downtown Calgary. Located at Hotel Arts, Raw Bar exudes sophistication, modernity and great taste from the menu to the finely curated art and décor.

Happy Hour – Tuesday – Saturday 4-6pm, $5 feature wine, beer and classic cocktails + 50% off small plates
Half Price Wine Friday – 50% off bottles of wine
Fridays at Raw Bar - Enjoy $1 oysters from 4-7pm
FREE PARKING – Our guests receive complimentary self-parking at Hotel Arts in both our above ground surface lot, and our heated underground parkade.
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FY
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food exceeded expectations. Waiter’s wine recommendation was excellent.

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GH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are amazing, and the staff are enthusiastic and engaging.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the most kind and sincere server. Definitely going back!

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aya was a great server and all of the rest of the staff always go above and beyond to make our night out fantastic!

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JM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and innovative food and drinks for Happy Hour. Great service and staff. Always a pleasure to visit such a great Canadian establishment! we’ll be back soon!!

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VD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with girlfriends after work - a great place to relax, order a bunch of delicious appetizers and catch up!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food.

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael at the Raw Bar was amazing. He is a top notch professional. We had an amazing time and looking forward to go back.

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

Food was delicious!!! Everything was fantastic, and we will definite be back. The staff were so attentive to our needs and went above and beyond

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

Went on a Saturday and the Food and service was great! We tried a lot of the small plates to share and everything was really tasty. Since there was a flames game that night, they also had a special game menu. I think I may have left my IPod there but I’ll have to wait till Tuesday to phone them since they don’t open Sunday or Monday.

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m
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING SERVICE! I have always had great service and last night was no different. Food is fantastic. Drinks are cold & delicious. Happy hour is great! I love this place - highly recommend to anyone!

Raw Bar
Responded on February 26, 2019

Maria, Thank you for the outstanding review, Excited to see you soon! Regards, Dilan Conway Raw Bar GM

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C
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was a new playlist. Rap music and we asked our server to change it a few times as it was very aggressive and irritating for a lounge atmosphere! Kindly he finally did. Thank goodness. Much better. We are regulars and never had the music been a bother.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious as always. Service is consistently great.

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

My gf & I had a great Valentine's dinner at Raw Bar. Food & service was amazing. A great hot spot for any occasion.

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

We celebrated Valentine’s Day, everything went beyond planned!

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

Great as always!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Overall, the food at Raw Bar was amazing. However, our team had one of the worst servers in the world. When we were seated we mentioned we might have one extra person joining us, the server got in a huff like pulling an extra chair to our table was the biggest inconvenience in the world. It got to the point where we grabbed a chair ourselves. Through the rest of the night, he was generally rude, dropped water, swore, took our appetizer orders and never came back to suggest dinner or anything else. I wouldn't suggest going here for a large group.

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P
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved this restaurant. We went for small plates and they all tasted amazing. The Peking duck roll was excellent and the cocktails were all high quality. For me personally the loudish hip-hop music was one of the best parts but that's because I grew up listening to Tribe and Big Daddy Kane - others may not appreciate it as much. Service was fantastic, they all remembered us when we went back for cocktails later in the evening.

Nice.

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KB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came here for Happy hour. Food is and drinks are amazing and at an awesome value! would definitely go again. Its a little hidden gem for sure!

Raw Bar
Responded on March 3, 2019

Hi Kayla, Thank you for the review! Excited to see you soon. Dilan Conway Raw Bar GM

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SP
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

What a great night at Raw Bar. Took in the Happy Hour and got amazing, quality made drinks for $5. The small shared plates were also excellent. Gorgeous presentation and taste. The only 'off' item was the music. They were playing hits of the 80's. Fine if you're at a bar and so on, but just didn't fit the mood or vibe of the room. 5* if they change the music during Happy Hour.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love music as it provides a good vibe! The music often doesn’t work and it negatively changes the ambience! And it bothers us every time.

Other than that everything else is consistently excellent hence why we are regulars!

Thx guys, Woo

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The atmosphere and the food were top notch. We really enjoy the ambient surroundings. Lots of good varieties under small plates. They do have happy hours 1/2 prices small plates. Very decent price. The flavor was top-notch and on point. Our top small plates to try is the chicken wings and the tofu dish very delicious and also try the Mika rolls. Where it fell short for us is the service were mix and match. Some of our dishes came out different times and we waited for long time for certain dishes almost 45 mins and 20 mins for our dessert. I believe the kitchen were falling behind , But our server did not do to satisfy our disappointment for waiting for our dishes. For a upper end restaurant I expected better service. I had much better service at Earls than at raw bar. I may come back again to give it another shot but it was very disappointing service wise what the food is excellenth

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AF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! We did happy hour and it was great deal. They also offer a decent amount of vegan options!! Tofu dish was amazing! Killer Brussels sprouts too!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Michael, excellent server

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MF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ! I was so impressed with the quality of everything and the great selection. I love going to raw bar and will return again and again for the unique food and killer service

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JG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant in Hotel Arts, the only drawback is portions are quite small so you need to order a lot. And if there are four people sharing many of the dishes come with three portions. I've always wondered why restaurant's do that, even if theres 2 people it makes it a little awkward.

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

Food was exceptional as always and Nikki treated us extremely well.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Seemed like a good concept, interesting decor, and venue, however, they failed to execute. Our server tried hard but was not a good fit for the upscale pricing. Loud aggressive DJ music even at 7am with maybe 15 people in the place. Overpriced for the quality and presentation of the food.

We left and went to Earls for a better meal and drinks. I was blown away that Earls would be a better option for cocktails.

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove into town for a birthday dinner with my friend. I grew up in Calgary, but haven’t lived here in 20 years — so my restaurant knowledge was a bit out of date. I completely lucked out in choosing Raw Bar though — fantastic food, great service. Everyone left very happy.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Dollar value was not the greatest, actually quite expensive for what you get, but the staff was great, the food was tasty, and the cocktails were impeccable! I would recommend going if you want some tasty drinks, but not if you terribly are hungry.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good and I really enjoyed their Friday happy hour. The hostess couldn’t find our reservation that I’d made through open table. I showed her my email confirmation and she found us a table quickly. I found the restaurant very noisy though and was hard to hear my dining companions. I also asked the waiter for a drink that had been on the restaurants Instagram account the day before and I was told it wasn’t something they made... overall it was nice and I’d consider going back for drinks and appetizers again.

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RT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Last time I went with a large group we had lots to share around the table. Great DJ! but it was a bit hard to hear each other talk at the table. Food was amazing!!!

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MJ
Calgary
68 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to check out the happy hour and couldn’t be “happier” about doing so. We were impressed by the selection of small plates and the fresh quality. Such creative dishes and amazing flavors. The service was attentive and recommendations were fantastic! Definitely returning!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time at Raw Bar! Michael was our waiter and he made the night even better than it was to begin with.....not to mention the food was delicious! We will definitely be returning...but only if Michael is our server again ;)

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LL
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and quick without feeling rushed. I was there for a happy hour drink and buck a shuck oysters and was VERY impressed with the quality of the oysters. The oysters were very fresh tasting and I don't think a single one of them had a shard of shell in them (impressive feat even when it isn't buck a shuck!) Well worth the after-work stop in :)

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d
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rawbar never disappoints when it comes to service. The service was impeccable as usual! I enjoyed the tofu, steak, crab fried rice, and the scallops. I'll definitely be back!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, the food, the atmosphere, the ambiance, server was friendly inquired about questions we had when she didn't have an answer or knowledge instead of snowballing my wife and I. Really like how there was two severs brining the food to our table and explained the dish they were serving. Totally recommend the family dinner they have for 35$ a person. I guarantee you will leave with a full stomach and yet you won't be hurting ha ha ! Will return for sure.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food and service. atmosphere was very unique. had a great energy. got a tiny bit loud towards the end of the night for casual table conversation but what else can you expect for Sat night 10 Pm. definitely looking forward to going back

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b
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

staff was very knowledgeable, professional and polite. food flavour was amazing although portions were dissappointing . live music was great. nothing plain and simple about this place.

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Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group of four had a wonderful dining experience at RawBar the other night. It was Monday, so the place was relatively empty, although the lively music and the cool vibe kept it quite "energetic"! We sampled scallop, tuna&salmon tartar, baby octopus salad, and grilled squid appetizers, which were all amazing. The tartar and the octopus were particularly stunning creations. Only too late did I read that I should have tried the beef carpaccio - supposedly a show stopper! Next time. The flatiron steak was reported to be excellent, as was the boneless chicken, but the black cod sounded like the stand out main. Desserts, are excellent here too, so keep room. The chocolate torte looked almost over the top good, but it was the homemade hand-painted chocolate bars that stole the dessert show!
All in all, a wonderful place.

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