charbar

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Located in the revitalized East Village and housed in the historical Simmons Building along the Bow River, charbar is spearheaded by executive chef Jessica Pelland with the support of co-owners and chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson. This locally-relevant and globally-inspired restaurant partners with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters to create a collaborative and communal destination. The restaurant features an ultra-dry aged Alberta beef display, a meandering ceviche raw bar, and riverfront and rooftop patios. At its heart is a custom-made Argentine wood-fired grill honouring the art of asado and the culinary inspirations of Spain and Italy.

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, charbar can accommodate all your special event needs. on-site and off-site custom catering, private washrooms, state of the art a/v, glass divider wall, wheelchair accessible, river views, rooftop patio.

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AG
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Alana our server was amazing and very friendly. Had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. 5/5 experience!

A
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and our servers were extremely attentive.

FL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always great food and a cozy atmosphere.

SO
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was my first experience at the Char Bar and it was a positive one. Family of 5, we enjoyed the variety, the service was consistent. It was refreshing from my past number of locations downtown where the service and quality of food had been disappointing. I would say this is a step up from the Salt Lik/Char Cut etc. Recommend this to anyone whom wants the meal to be memorable.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dinner. :) My compliments to everyone who took care of our table. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Greta food greta eats!

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

slow slow service. Waitress was so slow. Took forever to get our food. She must have put the order in 30 minutes after our appie.

OT
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Prices were too high...5.50 for a coffee! Went home smelling like food, especially bacon. I love bacon, but don’t want to smell like it!

B
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, cocktails and service. Server was well informed and was right on with suggestions based on our questions and likes and dislikes. Initially concerned when they couldn’t locate our reservation in their system but fortunately it was found. Very enjoyable dinner out.

G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

38$ for 1 short rib and 1 cup of green beans is OVERPRICED. Should of been at least 2-3short ribs.

Service was excellent. Beautiful restaurant. Next time I would just go for appetizers....

D
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food is very heavy and overpriced. Service was basic. Underwhelming overall

L
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wife and I shared a salad and hamburger, both very tasty and filling. Enjoyed the fries as well. Staff, waiter were friendly and service was prompt. Setting in re-purposed Simmons Mattress building was nice ambiance. Would re-visit when Calgary and would recommend for causal dining.

PG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Alberta is known for the best beef, and Charbar is one of the best restaurant to taste Alberta Beef

CS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service wish I had visited much earlier!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Too many small bones in the chicken and also the ribs. Plates were too small and they did not give us a plate or bowl for the numerous bones. Had to eat around the small bones on your small plate. Serious potential for breaking teeth and choking throughout the dinner. Told waitress about the problem and she thanked us for telling her. No apology given.

LH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

First impression of Charbar - stuck up! I cannot stand that type of service! We were not greeted as though we were valued patrons at the front. It was more like - you’re taking up my time so let’s get you seated and out of my hair ASAP.

Once service began the vibe stayed the same. The food was definitely overpriced for the quality. We’ve frequented a lot of similar type restaurants and would happily pay the same should the service and food quality match. It’s super busy so I guess they’re doing something right and perhaps I don’t know what I’m talking about. All I know is that I wouldn’t recommend it to friends because there are far better establishments that deserve our business. Over all - ambience 3/5, food 3/5, service 2/5, dessert - 2/5.

PR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

You have to do something about the flies in the restaurant. The pesky things were disturbing during lunch - and disconcerting to think where they might be originating.

b
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Hostess is so incredible and help. Such a happy woman

JS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Our server was very knowledgeable, prompt and spot on all evening.

CK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charbar is the best restaurant to eat at in all of Calgary. An incredible dining experience that places you in the historic Simons Mattress building in East Village. The food, atmosphere, and drinks are always spot on. I recommend this place to everyone for any occasion.

R
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We had heard excellent things about this restaurant and were looking forward to our dinner date. Unfortunately our experience didn’t live up to expectation. Our server was personable, however, he had way to many tables to serve. We saw him infrequently. Often our beverages had run out, and when our food was served (by another staff member), it was cold and underwhelming. By the time our server had a chance to return to see how it was, we had eaten a portion but were ready to leave. Food was underwhelming. Nice server but he was stretched way to thin.

EC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Have been to Charbar a few times and never disappointed. Service is great, food for sharing amazing, great wine list. Will be back

KL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Lack of vegetable, salad and dessert choices to go with the meat. Great building and atmosphere.

V
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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TB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service, was great for the whole family (kids as well!)

DM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only Calgary based- Calgarian owned Audio/Visual company- EVOLUTION AV hosted a business lunch meeting at Charbar and it was an awesome experience. Our servers were friendly and took great care of us! Charbar makes it easy when making business deals especially for Calgary business owners! Call Danielle @ Evolution AV 403.998.4822 to bring your events to a whole different level of audience engagement!

AB
Poconos
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Do not miss this opportunity to feast in this very unique old warehouse renovated to an exceptional Argentinian dining experience. Not only the ambiance but the food is some of the finest grilling I have experienced away from my back yard. The short ribs were grilled to perfection and the beet salad was the best I have tasted. The empanadas were exceptional - the hot pepper sauce was not needed. Our server was exceptional as she made suggestions so as to not overdo our experience. Don't miss this opportunity.

M
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The beer salad was amazing, but the octopus was charred and chewy and the chicken was just ok. I would come back for the beet salad.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an absolutely fabulous time. Food was delicious, service was top notch, and the setting was unique and comfortable. Look forward to going back again and again.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was quite lovely and the brunch menu provided a decent selection. The mixture of mimosas was a nice treat as well.

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing, our server was knowledgeable and very attentive. The food arrived with perfect timing. Great atmosphere to top it all off.

k
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Very good food but waited over an hour for it. Had to keep waving waiter down to top up our drinks, didnt really check in with us while we were waiting. Very loud kids screaming right by our table, I dont mind kids at all, but for a nice dining experience with my wife I'd prefer something a little more quiet next time.

A
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I used to love the burger at Charbar, it was a cheesy, juicy, delicious burger. Now, I think in order to save cost, they hardly have any cheese on it and it was on the dry side.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great patio

MS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in town. The burger, octopus, napa salad, avacado bruschetta are all my favorites. Great sharing plates.

B
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charbar was recommended to us by our hotel staff. It did not disappoint. We sat outside near the Riverwalk, and enjoyed empanadas, beet salad, grilled shrimp, and pork chop. Every dish was exceptional. Our server was outstanding. We recommend Charbar to anyone.

TM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommended. The service was top shelf. Our server was lovely, well informed. It was busy but she stayed attentive, professional but quite personable. Food? Outstanding. Great portions. The flavour on those short ribs. Holy Hannah Montana. Absolute MUST if you are in Calgary.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Will visit again.

SC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food had great flavour, very unique menu. You good taste the wood flavours throughout each dish. Good service very prompt and effective

WC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I think it is overpriced and inferior food quality for the money. We had inattentive service as well. Great location and good ambience.

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