CLEAVER

4.5
979 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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European
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
50 Seats & a Cow. Servers plates of food & bold cocktails from 4pm to late.
$3.5 sliders, $7 All cocktails, beer and wine by the glass Sun-Thu before 7pm & after 9pm.
cleavercalgary.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Irish, British
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Hours of Operation
All Week 4:00 PM - Late
Weekend Brunch 10:00 - 13:45
Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday before 7:00 pm and after 9:00 pm
$7 all drinks menu and $3.5 sliders
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Phone number
(403) 452-1211
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Barbara Spain
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Private Party Facilities
Simple Plates and Unapologetically Bold Cocktails
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Private Party Contact
Alex Rivera: (844) 690-0774
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Special Events & Promotions
Brunch every weekend and bank holidays
Sunday to Thursday happy hour $5 entire drinks menu and $ sliders
What 979 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and drink is really good. We enjoyed our time there.

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Been to Cleaver many times but every time I make a reservation they seem to be in a rush to get me out of there so they can seat someone else. I think I rather seat at the bar, those seats don’t seem to be a problem in terms of pressuring people to leave.
I get it’s a business but I don’t like rushing when I’m having a nice meal.

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A
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday night date night. Small place so I would definitely recommend reservations at the weekend.
We had the Beetroot, avocado and chickpea salad and vegan pizzette to share with some olives on the side. Perfect amount for 2 and tasted great!
I had the Protestant cocktail, really fun and delicious.
Server was fantastic, I don't remember his name, and the hostess was nice and personable.
The tables are a bit tight so it can be a struggle getting in and out. But in a small busy space like this, I can see why they want to take advantage of every square inch.
Definitely would go again. The cocktail list is extensive so I imagine happy hour would be great time to go too.
10/10

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LB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very hard to read dark menu in lighting, dark paper black font.

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j
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great. Service was great. The only issue we had was the menu was difficult to read due to the low lighting. A dark paper with black text. But if you use your cell phone flashlight...all good!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very good result after I requested a sauce with the 1/2 cock dinner for the chicken. The chicken was ok but itself imo a $25 plate needs more than 1/2 chicken, fries and a scoop of aioli. Server discussed with the kitchen/chef and after about 5 minutes a boat of absolutely outstanding chicken drippings came out. Delicious and should be on the dish always.

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b
Calgary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great cocktails and the happy hour is very good value. The Sliders are freaking delicious

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SG
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

The food was good, the happy hour value was good, the service was good, but it was very cold, and there was resistance to closing the front door from the hostess, who argued that she felt hot, and I pointed out that she was wearing a thick knitted turtle neck sweater, and right next to me was a CUSTOMER, wearing a parka and a touque, while eating her dinner.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Fun atmosphere. Nice variety including awesome appetizers, sliders, pizza and the bread is over-the-top delicious. Say at the bar. Great action behind the bar watching the bartenders mix up fancy cocktails. Lots of fire and interesting ingredients.

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Y
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My only desapointment was.
We seated to the bar (my favorite) and we both ordered a cocktail. She had the immigrant and I had a old fashion. When I ordered my old fashion I got a regular one not the one with the smocked wood. I think the bartender could have asked if I wanted that one. I did not say anything because it is not my style to be an a.....le and create a scene. My old fashion was good anyway. When we ordered the food we got the tartare and fries and the half the cock. Both were awesome and very good. My only problem is that we could have been told that the cock was also coming with fries so we did not had to ordered the fries twice and perhaps try to upsale another side instead. Dont worry you did not loose a customer. I will recommend this place a 1000 times to my friends and family.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely love coming to Cleaver!!! The food is outstanding and the service is great, by far our favourite spot for brunch and dinner!!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I totally walked past the restaurant since it doesn’t say “Cleaver” but is an image of a cleaver. The food was amazing; we had the bomb fries, Mac and cheese, and the lamb chops. Would definitely come back!

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VH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Great cocktail program that borders on Gimmicky, but that's part of the fun and charm. Interesting menu- I want to try everything and plan on returning. A little too salty, in execution, for my tastes. A great time was had by all.

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NS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This review is for the non-hipster older crowd that still likes to go to the “cool” places. Did the word cool give me away? The food was very good. Our server was very attentive. We had the full cock and shared it 4 ways. Added a couple sides to that and it was plenty. I had a cocktail which was beautifully presented but was a little small. The room was loud and dark. We had to pull out our phones to read them. Overall would recommend but not for a intimate dinner

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ML
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We sat at the bar, it was fun watching the bartenders make their fancy drinks. The food was excellent. The service was very casual and friendly, not pretentious like some 17th ave restaurants try to be. I would definitely go back.

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent place.
I'm never disappointed the menu is great!

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TA
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience. Attentive and caring team who took great care of us.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great servers, good food, amazing drinks!

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We went on a Saturday night and they were really busy, so service was really slow.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the decor sitting next to the kitchen. BUT, the tables were bad. We sat at the table in the back with the sliding table tops. We were so close to the people beside us, our elbows kept hitting other guests. BAD! also you felt creepy because you overheard the conversations of others that you don't even know. AND you don't feel you can have a conversation with your spouse because strangers are listening to your conversation. Awkward!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Celebrated a birthday with friends :) Food was excellent. Service wasn’t up to parr. Very difficult to hear with noise/music and we were all dying of heat as our table was opposite the kitchen. Perhaps more fans near those tables would be helpful! We were all sweating by the time we left. Otherwise was great :) Thank you

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MS
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there for Happy Hour, great prices, delicious sliders and amazing service. Can’t wait to go back and try the menu as well.

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EG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Like others, I felt that the space was too dark and too loud. With that being said, everything else was amazing! Great food, lovely service.

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CC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as usual, love brunch love dinner, fab service

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SR
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe, food comfort based with a twist, service staff very pleasant

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j
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite places in Calgary right now. Seems they’ve ironed out any service issues - the past two times I’ve been the service has been excellent. Very friendly and laid back - checking in enough without being overbearing. Food and cocktail always excellent. Sticky wicket, moby dick and moby chick are always good and food wise the bone marrow is awesome (luge the whiskey shot), sliders, beef tartare, bucatini, calamari. Great place to go on a date, with friends, or late night cocktail.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always! Our go-to spot for great food, cocktails and atmosphere!

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LA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

It was so loud in Cleaver that I felt like we had to yell to each other to be heard. Service was mediocre, was difficult to find our server and pay at the end. Dessert was extremely slow to come out. However, the food itself was very good, if small portions.

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VM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and awesome drinks. I wouldn’t mind if they could turn the lights up a bit, was really dimly lit.

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L
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love Clever I always go there , the only thing I don’t like they charge for tap/water .
Like seriously

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KR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We loved the drinks but the music was way too loud. We couldn’t hear across the table and had to yell to speak to each other which really ruined the experience.

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NF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The light is too low, we had trouble reading the menu, the music was pretty loud had to pretty much yell to be heard. The food was okay. But the worst thinh is charging for water without saying. The server just asked still or sparkling, we had still and on the bill we saw 2$ charge for the water... She never asked if we wanted filtered or tap or mentionned they were charging for it... We barely had any... Water is free why make money out of it?

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EG
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening out with friends! Staff were fun, helpful and really knowledgeable about the menu. Cocktails were innovative and BEAUTIFUL, and the late night deals were awesome!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and the drinks were awesome. Truffle fries were delicious. Could have gone without the tempura kale.

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t
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It's just too overpriced without the happy hour pricing. I love the food and drinks but they're not worth the regular price, sadly. Happy hour is where it's at!!!

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NJ
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks guys for stepping up your game with a great table, amazing service. Much love.

-N.

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PT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant had a great atmosphere, the staff were very friendly, the food was delicious and they have awesome drinks!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cleaver is amazing! Every time I come here I am so impressed. The food and creative drinks are SO GOOD!! The happy hour is an amazing deal. I will for sure be back many more times.

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Love the happy hour specials and cocktails! Ambiance and décor are also great! Too bad you need to pay for water! I asked the waitress for tap water and she said they couldn’t serve tap water so I had to pay for still or sparkling water....

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