charbar

4.5
1598 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
We have reopened for dinner service from 4 to 11 PM **note alcohol service must stop at 10 PM per Alberta Government.

Located in 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 Top Chef chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson. One of Canadas best restaurants partners with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters to create a collaborative and communal destination. Charbar restaurant features cuts of ultra-dry aged Alberta beef and an ocean wise seafood raw bar, that spills out onto the open air riverfront patios with views of the bow river. At its heart is a custom-made Argentine wood-fired grill honouring the art of asado and the culinary inspirations of Spain and Italy.
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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1598 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our food was amazing, as it has been every time we have eaten there. Services was also excellent, but they didn’t accept cash and that would of been our preferred method of payment and nothing was said about that prior to our arrival.

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ErichK
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

We went there for a nice dinner after not going to a restaurant for 16 months and we were excited about doing that again. Been to Charbar on many occasions in the past and knew what to expect and we were really looking forward to it.
However, they had booked a wedding to occupy the top floor. Inside the restaurant the main dining area is open to the second floor. As a result everyone in the restaurant was exposed to the hooting and hollaring and whistling of the wedding party. Not a pleasant experience for someone that was expecting a pleasant dining experience . Won’t be going back there any time soon.

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JasonR
Saskatoon
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here and it did not disappoint. Amazing food and service. Would highly recommend!!!

MC
vipMCanada
Calgary
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The menu was boring and lacking in options. Ordered the burger and it was dry and made of think patties that resemble comercial food. It’s gonna be a while before I try to go back

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Jettabug
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server David was amazing !

MD
MikeD
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a great evening at Charbar. Friendly staff and amazing food. The pistachio bruschetta, goddess wedge salad and porterhouse steak is second to none!

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vipStuartJ
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed sharing the seafood platter Napa cabbage salad and very happy with the wine suggestion.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food & service excellent!

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MeriyaD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants. The patio is great as is the food. I think service staff are still getting adjusted but I’m sure it will be back to exceptional soon.

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JulieR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

We have enjoyed food at Char Bar in the past. However, last night’s experience was not a pleasant one.
Server was grouchy. We tried to make conversation but we got one word answers. Food was DREADFUL. Manager came and apologized and took off one side dish off the bill (value $9). Told us he’d give us a discount on the rest of the bill. Took off a whopping 10% which was a slap in the face and an insult. In hindsight sight we should have told him to keep his 10%. His excuse was that most of their staff was new. Even if the staff was new, a few pleasantries would have gone a long way. Staff needs to be taught to LISTEN to the customer. Overall Service was sorely lacking.
Sadly, despite having liked this restaurant in the past, we will not be dining there again.

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AlexanderF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food: we tried the ceviche, the godess salad, the 32-oz porterhouse and the dulce de leche crepes. The steak was our favorite overall; very tender, cooked perfectly, very flavorful, just the right amount of fat.

One minor point - they initially seated us outside under the blazing sun (!) without an umbrella so I asked to be moved, and they were happy to give us a seat in the shade.

I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience2

The reso was for 8:30, the restaurant didn’t let us know that last call would be made when we arrived so we had 15 minutes to order all of our food and drinks for the night. The server didn’t come around very often. It was for a bday dinner I had asked if I can have 8 people and the restaurant said they couldn’t accommodate and the most they can do is 7 people so I told one of my guests they couldn’t come. Upon arriving they had 8 seats set up.

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LahiaG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere - cannot beat the stellar views of the Bow River while dining on the rooftop! Truly special experience overall.

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PriscillaK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I ordered the New York steak, and then we split the carrots (highly recommend) and the fries (also yummy). The drinks, food and service was all excellent and we loved being able to people watch on the patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service & great food. Happy to be back!

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CandaceL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful patio. Food took a while coming out but otherwise everything was great.

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SapnaD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Porterhouse is a must! Tons of seating. Fun cocktails. Friendly service.

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beantown
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to have my management team together for a team building dinner

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vipLisa
Calgary
108 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I want to love this place, but it is has always been just average for me. This time, there were no umbrellas on a very sunny patio. Service was very slow and the expensive steaks were all overdone. We were entertaining out of town guests, and it was an uncomfortable experience. The setting is very nice, there is so much potential!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks

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Lcho
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Be willing to spend a few hours here! not ideal for hungry kids. Be aware that not all ingredients are listed on the menu so ask your server! super slow service wasn't busy in there and we still were completely neglected by the wait staff. upon receiving our food we had to track down the manager to correct the food order as the server didn't maintain our table. there are so many better restaurants around that give you a wonderful meals at a better value. not our first visit but it was our last

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SheenaN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super great food, outstanding cocktails and lovely staff in a great venue

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing! Food was amazing! Location was perfect!

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Robert
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Highly recommended. Amazing food with great flavour. Would recommend sharing the porterhouse if going as a party of 2 as this is the signature steak. Amazing seafood as well.

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Todd
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I’ve generally had very good experiences at Charbar but it is a higher end restaurant that is quite pricey so my expectations of the staff are also quite high. This time I was a little disappointed in the interactions I had with a few of the staff….I was made to feel like I was an inconvenience to them especially the hosts at the front of the restaurant. It didn’t really feel like there was anyone senior monitoring staff activities and ensuring that guests/patrons were being well cared for. Also, when you book here through open table the send you a code for “free parking” however the code didn’t work….and when I asked my server to let someone know it wasn’t working he advised that it is always a problem and he’s told management many times. Again, for a restaurant of this caliber I find it odd that they are ok with the customer’s experience being poor even before they actually set foot in the restaurant. No offer to cover the $10 parking fee I ended up paying and no apology. Disappointing.
I have chosen Charbar for corporate events in the past but this experience has me worried about using them in the future as I know our clients would expect better than what I experienced.

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ChantalS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a great experience! I will always go back and refer friends.

MB
MelissaB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside on the patio. Excellent service. Excellent food! We will be back once everything opens up again

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, food was good.

SM
SandraM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Great food and great service in a lovely location

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AmarjeetG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always a good place to hang around with my friends and family!

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jackief
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food and service was exceptional but due to enhanced COVID restrictions we were forced to dine outside and it was just too cold to enjoy the experience. The staff did everything they could to make it as enjoyable as possible but it is hard to compete with Mother Nature and unreasonable pandemic restrictions. Too bad because the food and folks are amazing. I’ll go back when we can dine inside or when the weather warms. The patio has a great view of the Bow River.

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yarekb
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

We were 6 in our party and this was our food experience. We enjoyed the seafood platter but sadly it ended there. 4 of us ordered the skirt steak which was a feature entree. The skirt steak was very chewy, to the point you had to spit out some pieces. My wife ordered the hamburger and loved it, our other guest liked the chicken. The wine was excellent.

Oddly even though they like to feature their beef and high end aged, this is the second time we have experienced very tough beef.

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HBMac
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve eaten at Charbar several times and always an excellent dining experience. The food is awesome.

JK
vipJKingdon89
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and ambiance

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vipMark
Edmonton
38 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had the 8oz tenderloin, it was a typical tenderloin nothing to write home about, on the other hand the char roasted carrots was out of this world, the flavors just exploded. Actually made the meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

The building and atmosphere are beautiful. Service was also really good. The food however was nothing special.

My fiancé and I both ordered a steak, the meat on both our cuts were pretty tough and the flavour was just okay. Given the price of our dishes (around $45 a plate) I expected more. It seemed to be more in line with the $25-$30 steak at other restaurants, so not worth the price jump. I am willing to pay more if the quality is there, but we have had much better steaks at other restaurants downtown Calgary.

I would go back for the atmosphere and to try something different on the menu (not steak).

JS
JenS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal and delicious cocktails. Will definitely be back for more.

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JordanG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hi there!

I had dinner at this restaurant Friday March 26, and I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. I know I can do this on Google reviews, but I prefer the direct method approach.

Firstly, we had a delightful time with our server, David. He was so knowledgeable about basically everything. He gave great recommendations for meal options and had a fluency in mixed drinks and wine selections - he knows a lot about scotch too! He was prompt but we never felt rushed. We stayed about 2 hours and it just kind of flew by.

The food was wonderful. We started with the avocado bruschetta which is incredible. I had the tri-tip cut, cooked rare with the Brussels sprouts which I was able to split with my girlfriend who is vegetarian. She had the Napa salad and we finished the meal with the panqueques for desert. All while having delicious Manhattans, well paired wine and a 15 year scotch hand picked by our server. It was fantastic.

Oh right, I forgot to mention that when our server was refilling a drink order for us, we mentioned we were celebrating my partner landing a new job. David returned with two glasses of bubbly to toast the occasion. Simply put, he was just on point the whole night. I used to work in hospitality at a luxury hotel and our experience last night reminded me how hard people work to send you off floating. It was worth every penny and in retrospect I feel bad we only tipped 20%.

Okay, so one other thing, we had a couple drinks and when we left we realized after we walked out we forgot to wear our masks exiting from our table. I think we had such a good time we managed to raise some eyebrows with that maneuver. Normally we are very prudent with safety and it just escaped our minds. Sorry if we made anyone feel uncomfortable.

Thanks again for a lovely meal. David is top notch and a model for all servers at your establishment. We will certainly be back.

Cheers,
Jordan

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Service was great, our server Shannon was very attentive, atmosphere is fine, but the place was cold. Menu is unimaginative and the food was NOT worth the price. I had the strip loin steak and it came cut for me, and was gristly. There were no potato options with the steak except fries. I had the beans, which were salty. There was no flavour in anything I ate.

My husband, however, loved his Hamburger; but we didn’t go for a $100 meal to eat a hamburger!

The general manager offered me a free dessert as consolation. No thanks.

TF
TreslieF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

the Seafood Platter appy was AMAZING!!!!
My only suggestion to improve the experience would temp control in the restaurant, it was so chilly I had to wear my coat the whole time... minor, but more coziness that would've made it 5 star all around! LOVE CHARBAR!

FAQs

charbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 452-3115.

charbar is rated 4.5 stars by 1598 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.

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