charbar

4.4
1677 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
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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Safety precautions

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 1677 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Victory88
Edmonton
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Front desk and Manager were not overly friendly and acted dismissive. Server was very friendly and nice. Food was good, met requirements. drinks were delicious.
Saturday night was noisy. Nice looking place, front staff as well manager on duty that night was not friendly.

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GlennB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were very happy with the food and our waitress.

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luckym
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent overall

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great drinks.

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vipChris
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The steak (three different cuts) was disappointing. Fries were crazy good and the best thing we had. Brussels sprouts and carrots were really good. Service was pretty average. Wouldn’t rush back, and wouldn’t recommend for the price range.

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RussellC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The avocado pistachio bruschetta is a great way to start your meal, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. We will be back for sure!

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GrjW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, quiet atmosphere, industrial looking setting but cool. Attentive staff. A great evening out.

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SheenaN
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Charbar is a gem. When friends come from out of town and are looking for great dinner, Charbar is one of my go-to places. Staff are great, food is outstanding and vibe is refreshing. Enjoy!

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. We were actually phoned ahead of our dinner to let us know that there would be potentially higher noise levels due to a wedding reception, which I really appreciated! Noise was not a factor in our dining experience but it wasn't extra noisy for our visit. (It may have been noisier later on). Either way, 5 stars overall. 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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AngieV
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious. And our waitress was great. The steak was cooked perfect

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JillG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, service and attentive staff. Just wish the menu was a bit more affordable with a few more items.

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LesL
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner!! Server had excellent recommendations!!

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

There was a wedding upstairs that’s the only reason why it was loud. Great place. Good food. Atmosphere was nice.

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PeterI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service from Matt L was especially awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our evening was great. The building that Charbar is located within looks great and inside is no different.

Our server (Neisha) was great at helping us choose what wine and food to order and even arranged for me to try an oyster for the first time!

As we were celebrating our anniversary this was the perfect place to do it and one of the best steak meals I’ve had, and not just in Canada.

It’s definitely one of the highlights of our trip from the UK so far

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linnic
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charbar is incredible! Such a unique atmosphere and the staff are so friendly! Not to mention the food is incredible! Highly reccomend the avocado pistachio bruschetta!

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Megan
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating my spouse completing a University Certificate.

Beautiful ambiance, the building is gorgeous. The Le Creuset dishes were a beautiful accent.

The Benjamin Darnault Le Repasse 2017 is one of our new favourite wines. I need to find a case of this stuff.

Pistachio Bruschetta is a must have, We each had the NY Strip and paired it with Brussel Sprouts and Carrots, the green and red chimichurri was recommended and was lovely on the steak.

Finish it all off with the Spiced Apple cake.

What an amazing evening!!! well done!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We sat in the upper deck the setting felt spatan, cold for even being a wood finish you would think it would have a warm ambiance. The salad we had was good. The meat we had did not taste like anything special. Very salty and the chicken, I’ve had better off the warming rack at Safeway. It also took a very long time to arrive we sat about 30 minutes waiting in this cold environment only to be dissatisfied. Finally it took also a while before the server came back for us to ask for the cheque. I very nearly peed my pants waiting as I didn’t feel like getting up and searching for a bathroom in fear I’d miss her and have to wait even longer.

My suggestions would be make the place warmer, put some screens or something up to look so we don’t get as board while waiting forever, get rid of those cheap fast food chairs and tables, unless you want to only charge fast food prices we shouldn’t have to see that when we walk in thinking we’ll be seated in them. Consider using a little less salt and being a bit more expeditious with your service. A medium rare steak shouldn’t take 30 mins to serve, the steaks ate aged enough, we don’t need to part of that aging process thankyou.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Guest meal was over done , and was over salted

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our third visit to char bar grilled octopus and the 32 ounce rib eye again. Awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good, service was lacking.
In general the menu is slightly overpriced.

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Lisa
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great. Wonderful service and ambiance. Not as many food items as I would have liked. It's a smaller menu than I remember.

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JohnS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Considering all the protocols that are in place. The evening, dining experience and environment was completely enjoyable.

A little bit of normal back in our lives.

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Lovetoeat
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wedge salad is incredible!

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I should the water was served with bottled water because we could smell chloride from the tap

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ArashArshi
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1Food5Service5Ambience2

Super quite ambience along with aged waiters otherwise our foods and staters were amazing👌👌

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GuntherK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, funky old warehouse premises, overall a great experience. Our server was great.

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CorinneT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and chefs adapting to good allergies

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an AMAZING server and the whole experience was fantastic! Thank you so much!

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vipBirthdaygirl
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

This was the worst meal I have ever eaten. Took 2 hours to get our mains and when they arrived the chicken was so over cooked it was like shoe leather. Very expensive mistake.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Ambience and location really cool. Service was average, but the food was disappointing. Empanadas were not filled with beef and one of the steaks had to be sent back for being undercooked. The steak was then seasoned again to the point it became inedible because of the saltiness. The steak was removed from the bill so the restaurant did accommodate our concern well.

Unfortunately there was also an event upstairs where people were line dancing and due to the openness of the building + hardwood floors the sound was very very loud.

Really cool place but missed the mark on the quality of food for the price.

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Anson
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing waiter and management, even better food. 👌🏼

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Cashmanfromthe6
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Place..Great Vibe..Our server Brett was awesome. The food was awesome as well..

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have the usual good experience. The food expedite way too quickly especially when this includes sizeable plates and a porterhouse that takes usually time to be prepped.

We understand that the current environment is tough and will give it another chance to enjoy this great venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, nice people and atmosphere, menu is rather sophisticated, so definitely a place for dates and special occasions to celebrate.
Food quality is fantastic!

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CameronH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wish steakhouse would be part of rooftop as well

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MonetteB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went for the porterhouse steak - it did not disappoint! At medium well, it was soft and the meat smells really good, esp with a bit of burnt edges. The wedge salad and the fried brussel sprouts were so good too, and of course the avocado bruschetta is as always amazing! Though the food took a little longer, service is good - just a full house probably why. And our table was ready when we arrived, so all in all a very good experience.

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JenniferM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

great meal and ambiance but a wedding reception took place at the same time as our meal and the speeches were broadcast throughout the restaurant

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Melissa
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

I hate to rate such a restaurant low. But OUCH. We arrived at 815pm. We were met with a warm welcome and our drinks and appetizers made it to our table FAST. But that’s where it went down hill… I chose an outdoor seat given the pandemic and my comfort levels… was not Informed or given an option of another seat… strike one…. But I’ll forgive it. At 845pm. We were told the Wedding upstairs was having some Irish dancers who would start promptly at 9 PM. We were told it would last 10 minutes… no more. This seemed quite the aggressive inconvenience for paying customers in such a public space. But I thought I could forgive it.

And then I went to the washroom. I needed a code as a paying customer and upon arriving to the washroom using the code I needed I was met with eight young Irish dancers from the wedding two stories above who are not wearing masks and who were using every single sink. I was put in a position of not being able to wash my hands because every sink was covered in make up and someone not wearing a mask and I was left feeling uncomfortable.

Beyond all of this our food took forever and ultimately… none of it was worth it.

Incredible disappointment considering the circumstances.

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FunkyTee75
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent recommendations for our outstanding meal. Top notch food, ambiance at a fun location in town.

FAQs

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

charbar is rated 4.4 stars by 1677 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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