CLEAVER

4.4
911 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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European
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour
  • Creative Cuisine
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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Neighbourhood
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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 911 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

The stacked ceasar was amazing. Also the pork and chizoro rolls were to die for.
I wasnt impressed with how ridiculously hot it was inside the restuarant and the $2.00 charge for water without mention by the waitress.
I reccomend the food but I really hope the prices can be adjusted to something more reasonable.

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N
Calgary
6 reviews
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

This is one of my favourite places to eat and Calgary and while the food was still good the service was very very slow and to be honest not what I have done to expect from Cleaver it seemed like they may have been short staffed but I did not see the owner floating around like you normally do. For some reason our drink seemed to take forever even though the restaurant was not full also they didn’t seem to have enough servers and ours was overwhelmed . I do hope this is just a one off as this place has been a gem for a while hate to see it go down hill.

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B
1 review
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Bar service was a touch slow but overall everything was awesome. One of the best happy hours!

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MG
Calgary
1 review
3.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food was great but small portions. Service was terrible. The table was sticky when seated, took over 10 minutes to be greeted, asked twice for a water glass for our fourth guest and never got it, and was served by several different waitresses, all which were not attentive or timely.

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Disappointing atmosphere. Super loud and was hotter than a hot yoga class - apparently this has been a problem for years with no attempt to fix it or offer a decent solution for patrons hoping not to pass out. I would strongly suggest wearing as little clothing as possible. Silver lining? Happy hour drinks are wonderfully priced so you can drink as many as possible to cool off without breaking the bank.

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JP
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really great for a date night or special occasion. Would 100% recommend!!

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LL
Calgary
1 review
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Service was awful. Promises made and never followed through. Music super loud. Food was sub-par. The only redeemable quality was their cocktail menu.

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AS
1 review
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Overall, I really enjoyed CLEAVER. But I was confused at the fact my friends and I each ordered about two things off of the menu and every item came out at a certain time , I would say over a 20 minute time span. Also, being charged 50cents for water seemed a little odd as I have never been charged anywhere before. Maybe a little more clarification from the server would have been nice. But overall, good time and good food.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food and drinks were wonderful - I would recommend the beef cheek gnocchi poutine! The bartenders were great but found our host and server a little green. We would definitely return 👍🏽

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AG
Calgary
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had the Monday plank special. It was roast chicken with bean salad, fries and sloppy joe wraps. $30 for all that food with a chance to roll the dice if you get doubles it’s free! The food tasted great as per usual and our service was perfect.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

When we arrived for our reservations n on Saturday June 30th, they originally were going to sit is at the bar even though I specifically asked for a table. The tables are quite crowded but it was fine. It took a while for the waiter to come to our table to take our drink order. The cocktail creations are fantastic and the show behind the bar was great. We ordered the tempura Kale and it is amazing. The sliders are original and very tasty. We will be back but maybe try it on a less busy evening.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The brunch was fantastic. The $5 mimosa special tasted lovely. They allowed my future mother-in-law to bring in a bottle of champagne to celebrate my wedding dress fitting. It was a very special time and we were happy to spend it at Cleaver. Only thing is that it was quite loud for noon, so we could barely hear each other speak. Other than the excessive noise levels, it was a great experience.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, quick and friendly service!

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K
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, great customer service and really neat drinks! One of my favourite places to dine :)

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MP
Calgary
1 review
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

It’s an interesting place with interesting menu although food was too salty and the restaurant was way too noisy. I also found annoying that you can’t decide where you want to sit.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as always!

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Reserved a table for 2. Was seated at the bar, left after a drink.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing dining experience

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CB
1 review
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing Mac and cheese!!! We love the happy hour menu as well. We have been a few times and Cleavers has never disappointed!!!

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JK
Calgary
1 review
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great value during happy hour and delicious sliders. Cocktails were impressive and service was attentive. Would definitely come back.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place...incredibly warm....uncomfortable

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OT
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It's a fun place to go for a first day because of the high energy atmosphere, bit ideal for a special date because it is quite laid back. I always love this place regardless

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SS
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great 21st birthday celebration. The cocktails are original and AMAZING! Food is great especially because we like to try a lot of different things and they offer sliders by the piece and small or shareable plates. We tried several of the sliders, grilled cheese, Parmesan fries, sticky toffee pudding and the Oreo cheesecake. All were delicious, there was not one disappointment. Service was terrific as well (thanks to Erin).

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WB
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Favourite spot that my 3 daughters really like, it was decided to have Father’s Day brunch at Cleaver. Food and drinks were very good but our waitress was not very friendly and not on top of things. It’s too bad such great food gets dampened with poor service.
Good thing a couple of other waitresses stepped in which helped when we needed more coffee and some HOT water. First pot was only luke warm!

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SE
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came to Cleaver for Father's Day brunch. The food was incredible, and the service was fantastic. We will definitely be back! My only complaint is there was no change table in the washrooms. That being said, I understand it's not exactly an establishment frequented by babies or small children. And the hostess (or manager? The British girl with red hair) was incredibly helpful and brought me to another space where I could change my little one. All in all a great experience and we can't wait to come back (maybe baby free next time!)

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CC
Calgary
16 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and creative drinks and food.

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service was slow and we had to ask what the specials were. Brought us the wrong appetizer, and missed part of the slider order. Food was good and the cocktails were fun, not sure I'd go back though.

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J
Calgary
1 review
2.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Food was delicious but very poor service :(

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L
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cleaver is awesome! Their cocktails are hands down the best in the city. The only downside is that their vegetarian options are extremely limited. I can only eat one thing on the entree menu. Lots of vegetarian appetizers though! If you were vegan they would have nothing for you. I know its called "cleaver", it's a meat place so that is to be expected! One of the managers, Tori, is very nice and helpful and made our dinner extra special.

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JB
1 review
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant. Awesome food. The different sliders were tasty. The slabs were huge and they came worth an actual half chicken (complete with feet attached!). Highly recommend for a fun time with friends in a casual atmosphere.

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WG
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Great food very reasonably priced. Drinks are okay and pricey. You go for the food because you cannot visit with your dinner companion - too noisy, too close together. Go when you just want a great meal and don’t need to visit!

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GD
Calgary
3 reviews
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great fun, interesting food concept and good cocktails. Chipotle cheeseburger slider is a MUST.

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G
Calgary
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing brunch! Everything was spectacular!

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I
Calgary
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food for brunch. But their patio seating is odd. The hostess said that it was shared table seating, which is pretty expected on 17th Ave patios, but the weird thing is here that if the patio is empty, they still sit you at a table with someone else. Instead of spreading out guests while they can and then only making people share as they run out of open space.its just awkward.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, very yummy.

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S
1 review
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

The food was amazing as always- but way too hot in there, how can they not have AC! Sweating while eating takes away from the overall experience.

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M
Montreal
3 reviews
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Restaurant temperature is uncomfortably hot
Service was extremely slow and food was average

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S
Calgary
1 review
4.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great find on a busy 17th Ave strip. Sliders were amazing and such great variety. Must try the donuts! Salted caramel sauce was divine!! Good value.

A bit noisy for a date. Woukd sit outside next time.

Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

First time at cleaver and we will certainly be back

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MI
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal brunch. Friendly and attentive service, chicken and waffles/brisket benny was to die for, and two dollar coffee that good?! Can’t wait to come back and demolish the rest of the menu.

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