charbar

4.5
1550 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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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 1550 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJasonF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great relaxing meal. Service was top notch and prompt. Cocktails were great! Dinner was perfect. Nicely done Charbar!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife thoroughly enjoyed her Birthday supper

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It’s my second time here, the food was delicious as always, and the waiter was really nice. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our time.

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kaylink
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

They brought up complimentary bubbly for our bday celebration! The food was great and the service was too. Her recommendations were awesome. Thanks!

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TammaraF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal service!! Food is always good here! Great spot for a date!

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BlakeS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Pricey for what you get but if you are willing to shell out some $ its a great spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best steakhouse in the city.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Anonymous Thanks for the amazing review and comments! We are thrilled to be back in action, please come back soon!

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RodK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We sat at the kitchen bar - highly recommended!

Food was fresh, hot and tasty - that's a feat for Valentines Day Dinner out...

Burger was so delicious; but needed a toothpick to hold it from sliding apart; not a bad thing.

I had the Strip Loin, done perfectly Medium Rare.

We will be back; if nothing else but for the burger.

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TLynn
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always food was very tasty and service was great. Thank you for a great evenibg out!

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi TLynn Thank you for the support and great review! Hope to see you again soon.

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TimC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Their ceviche was a joke, $19 for literally 3 bites, would’ve expected some better food at that price.
Google pic showed their empanada comes with 4, but guess pandemic hit them hard, it now comes with 2 only, in a two bite size each.
Their porthouse steak was the only one reasonable, but since it’s measure by oz, can’t shrink it.
Overall, paid same price dinner the following weekend and got a much better dinner, both quality and quantity + bought 2 rounds of shots (x3 each round), just incomparable.

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ShawnaR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service! We will be back!

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi ShawnaR thanks for stopping by, we appreciate the great review!

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calgarydiner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was very disappointing. The menu was very small, likely due to covid. The selections were somehwat lacking. We had the beef shirt rib and it was not good. Dry and tough. The 1/2 lobster was tasty. We shared a red velvet cake for dessert and it was dry and not good. Overall, the value was lacking. I don't mind spending goos money for good food and experience. This was not good food!

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vipamusicalchap
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening! Fantastic service.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi amusicalchap Thanks so much for stopping by, we thrilled you enjoyed everything

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The restaurants have just opened after a pandemic restriction period therefore tables were spaced out and the menu was significantly limited. People should expect that ambiance and menu will be impacted as the restaurants are easing back in. But the food was still delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine selections and they told us they wouldn’t serve a particular wine because it was open too long, putting quality first. Overall we enjoyed our meal and will go back!

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi Anonymous We appreciate the support! Thank you for acknowledging your servers efforts we will be sure to pass it along.

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TroyR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The interior is amazing. Staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. This is a great place for a special occasion. Food was delicious. Overall wonderful experience but a bit pricy.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

Hi TroyR Thanks so much for the kind words and nice review. We appreciate the support!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Charbar is my husband and I’s favourite date night spot. We always ask for David, best server we have ever had!

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vipStuartJ
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! We had a wonderful evening. Food was awesome.

charbar
Responded on February 17, 2021

HI StuartJ We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Please come back soon.

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stephen
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A great place to eat. We went for our 1st anniversary and the waitress was amazing for her knowledge about the different sauces and meat plate.
I definitely recommend to go there and experience for the quality and NOT for the quantity!! (you might be disappointed).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice, and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food & service was great! Staff very appreciative of customers!

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dry aged steak! Miss the corn cream they used to have

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DianeD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!! Great food, great service, great ambience. The dolce leche dessert is a must!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I made a late reservation for her birthday and was surprised at how even it was a last-minute plan; we had an amazing time. Our server was funny and professional while also adding to the experience. We wanted to say thank you again for an amazing time.

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vipBrigidaB
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love the food choices here - inventive , delicious and healthy ! I so appreciate the extra care you all are taking as well ! Wonderful service and lovely dinner .

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amys
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing drink menu that was unique to anywhere I had been before. Love the food and atmosphere as well. Knowledgeable server as well

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EvanB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. I had eggs Benedict and they put a delicious twist on a classic. Friendly staff too!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Overpriced

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MeghanB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing. We had a quiet table in the corner as one of my guests was hard of hearing. The service was great and attentive during the duration of the meal. We had ordered the empanadas to share between the three of us, and they were great. We didn't realize until after we had paid the bill that on the cheque, our server had charged us for an extra empanada. Never having been to this restaurant before we didn't know the empanada appetizer came with only two. Although I appreciate the attentiveness of our server of adding a third empanada, it would have been much more appreciated if the server could have let us know about the extra charge before making the decision for us as it felt a little deceitful. Overall a great experience but after seeing the cheque, it left a bad taste in my mouth on the final impression.

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BrettG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well spaced table in a large open dining area made me feel comfortable with their pandemic procedures. The food was delicious. Service was excellent. Good beer selection.

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SusanT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good distancing between tables and good health practices. We feel entirely safe and comfortable during our meal. Food was very tasty with very generous portions.

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MichaelM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Went for lunch with a client, really nice spot, but extremely overpriced

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CalgaryGeorge
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

This is a very interesting restaurant located in the East Village Redevelopment area of Calgary. Charbar is located in a former mattress manufacturing plant and the building has lots of character.

It is a big space, lots of places to sit and opportunity to even step outside onto their patio if you want to or in summer to dine on the roof. The location by the river is very nice.

The service is good. Not overwhelming but certainly good and the food is excellent. Steaks are their specialty but anything you order will be of high quality and well prepared. I think the restaurant is a bit pricey, but they are always busy so perhaps that is just my perception. Anyway, if you want an interesting location and a good dining experience, this is certainly one to have on your list.

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BRETTM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Limited menu otherwise a nice place to enjoy a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Small brunch menu which I love. And seems to follow covid rules with distancing tables. Highly recommend this place.

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Shmoopy8
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

It was okay. Food was good , service was good . We were sat upstairs which was not great

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vipfoodie2
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic and the restaurant ambience was great. I realize it’s a place to go for steak but I wished there was a few more options for a main (I was looking for chicken breast). So many great sides to choose from. The brussel sprouts were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful night out

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vipLilyW
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for brunch on a Saturday. It wasn't too busy and noise level was perfect. Ordered the chimichurri chicken sandwich and the dish with the Argentine-style empanadas. Both were delicious. We would definitely come back.

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ForestFoodie
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

This iconic Calgary location is incredible to visit and a true delight to the eyes. We were very excited for our reservation for Brunch here and our server was outstanding. Her presence was warm, helpful and just the right amount of table visits. It felt like a friend was serving us.
The appetizer was outstanding we had the French Toast Bites and they were LIFE CHANGING. Our lattes and mimosas were also very well made. Our brunch dishes all left us a bit disappointed however especially after the drinks and appetizer set the bar so high. We felt as the main dishes were not the best value and collectively all thought the sourdough we all ate was a bit too hard to eat.
We would all definitely go back again to try some of the other brunch dishes and enjoy those amazing French toast bites again.
Overall its a great spot. Pluses for being able to reserve on a Saturday late morning as well.

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WSET123
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food. We were greeted at the door by the manager and taken to our table on the 2nd floor. He sent out some champagne for the table since it was a birthday party and everything was amazing. We had a great time. Get the porterhouse!

FAQs

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

charbar is rated 4.5 stars by 1550 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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