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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- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Ultra Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak
Alberta Beef Tenderloin Steak
Double Stacked Gaucho Burger
aged cheddar curds, crushed avocado
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.
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.
First time here and it did not disappoint. Amazing food and service. Would highly recommend!!!
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
Server David was amazing !
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!
We enjoyed sharing the seafood platter Napa cabbage salad and very happy with the wine suggestion.
Food & service excellent!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and atmosphere - cannot beat the stellar views of the Bow River while dining on the rooftop! Truly special experience overall.
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.
Exceptional service & great food. Happy to be back!
Delicious food, beautiful patio. Food took a while coming out but otherwise everything was great.
Delicious food. Porterhouse is a must! Tons of seating. Fun cocktails. Friendly service.
So great to have my management team together for a team building dinner
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!
Great food and drinks
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
Super great food, outstanding cocktails and lovely staff in a great venue
Service was amazing! Food was amazing! Location was perfect!
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.
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.
Was a great experience! I will always go back and refer friends.
We ate outside on the patio. Excellent service. Excellent food! We will be back once everything opens up again
Service was excellent, food was good.
Amazing! Great food and great service in a lovely location
always a good place to hang around with my friends and family!
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.
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.
I’ve eaten at Charbar several times and always an excellent dining experience. The food is awesome.
Incredible food and ambiance
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
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).
Fantastic meal and delicious cocktails. Will definitely be back for more.
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.
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.
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!
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.