Cucina Market Bistro

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406 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Cucina joined the Teatro Group in October 2012. Cucina is one part Italian bistro that serves guests looking for a casual yet intimate dining experience and one part grab & go café for clientele on the move. We proudly showcase local produce and purveyors of artisanal goods, from world class wines to freshly baked bread from our sister bakery Alforno.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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LM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Cucina is always a pleasure, good food and atmosphere! Hard to get a table for lunch but worthy.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hey there! It's our pleasure to have you! Lunch is a busy time for us so we'd recommend making reservations to secure a table for you! We hope we get the pleasure to see you again soon!

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RP
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Very dear for lunch, however, we did have salmon and Arctic Char. Charging for water???? Waiter was wonderful and we were in a rush and service very fast.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on December 5, 2019

Hey, Rita! Thank you for coming by for lunch. We do charger for water as it's our in house filtered water. We hope we can see you again soon!

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P
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good, nothing super fancy but in alignment with the type of establishment that it is. The service was good but a little slower than I would have preferred. They were in no rush to chase us out of the building so a great place to enjoy with family and friends. The portions are decent, the food tastes good, the wine selection is in my opinion good for variety, and you can actually have a conversation.

The reality is that there is nothing that I could really knock Cucina on as it really is a great place to get a really good meal without feeling like you are living in a dungeon or part of some big sporting event. If there were a 1/2 star option I likely would have ticked up to 4.5, 5 needs to be spectacular.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 28, 2019

Hey, Peter! Thank you for sending along your detailed feedback. We're glad that you have enjoyed your visits with us and will look to improve the efficiency of our service next time you join us! We hope we are able to host you again sometime soon!

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O
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the wide range of things our group of 4 ordered ~ every taste brought smiles and happy sounds! Paired with some recommendations from the wine list by our wonderful server, it was fantastic! Next time we are in Calgary we are going back!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thank you for coming by on your visit to Calgary! We're pleased you enjoyed your time with us! We hope we can see you again soon!

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KG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The restaurant was empty, yet by the end of our time there, the only other tables that were seated were the ones surrounding us in the immediate section and the tables are close together. It took away from the ambience and forced us to leave and choose another location for dessert. Something to consider for future?

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hey, Kerry! Thank you for providing us your feedback. We regret if you didn't feel comfortable during your meal with the surrounding guests. We will try next time to ensure you are made to feel welcome! We sincerely hope there will be another occasion to see you again soon!

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BC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always terrific food, great wine, service and ambiance!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you, Brenda! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed the food every time I go there.
I did ask to skip an item in my dish but when it came back, it was there.
I did not wait long for it to be rectified and I liked that.
The server was very good and very serviceable.
I would go again.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello, Jacqueline! Thank you for coming by again. We're glad we could fix your dish for you in a jiffy. We look forward to next time!

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SC
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time here and I was really pleased with the quality of the food, as well as uniqueness of ingredients (its not often I find a restaurant serving pickerel)! I can't wait to go back and try some of their pasta dishes. Service was excellent.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you for joining us for the first time! We're glad you enjoyed everything, including the Pickerel! We look forward to our next visit.

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HC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We showed up late with an extra person and the staff accommodated us immediately, found us an extra chair with no fuss. The cook also adjusted the salt content for one of our party that is on a salt-reduced diet. Good job, great food!!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for coming in! It's our pleasure to accommodate our guests. We hope we can see you again soon!

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S
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy Cucina as a breakfast spot to connect with colleagues in the downtown core

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for coming by! As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing. The food is over the top delicious!!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on October 28, 2019

Awe, shucks! Thanks so much. Let's do it again sometime!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Mushroom toast poached egg! Damn good!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on October 15, 2019

One of our favs too! Thanks for coming by!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service.

CL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A fun place to go for dinner. The food was very good although my wife's main was not hot. I would go back to Cucina.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hi there! We regret to hear your wife's dish wasn't hot enough. We hope it was brought to our attention so that could fix that for you!

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CN
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Threre are better places around and less crowded in my view

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on September 30, 2019

We regret to hear that, friend!

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NF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. My only comment would be that we had to wait for a table about 15 mins. But I would definitely recommend the food and the place! Love it :)

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hey, NewbieFoodie! We sure are a busy, bustling bistro! We're so pleased you enjoyed everything and hope we can see you again soon!

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M
Calgary
42 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cucina is my favourite place to lunch downtown. I ALWAYS get the Kale Salad and then something naughty to start. The octopus was delicious, perfectly cooked, not rubbery at all. The team at Cucina is always professional and welcoming. For a business lunch, the service is fast but not rushed.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on September 25, 2019

We always enjoy spending our lunch hour together, Merebear! Thank you for visiting us often and we hope we can see you for a Kale Salad again soon!

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JC
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They always look after us well at Cucina. It is our after work staple- not just the proximity to the office, but the service and half price bottles of wine.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on September 19, 2019

Awe, shucks! Thank you for making us a part of your week. We look forward to popping bottles with you soon!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Service is on a slower side but the food is amazing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Julia! We will look into this further!

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FL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my mom for her Bday and my folks had never eaten there before AND they're hard to please. They loved it and my dad couldn't stop raving about his steak dinner! Great time all around:) Still remains my fav in YYC!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on September 9, 2019

This overjoys us to read, thank you for sending this in! It is always our pleasure to host you and we thank you for sharing us with your loved ones! Happy belated birthday to your mom and we hope to see you all again soon!

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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great. My go to place in Calgary for breakfast.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you so much, Adam! We always enjoy seeing you over breakfast & a coffee!

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MW
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food and fun atmosphere!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you so much, Michelle!

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CB
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice Italian cuisine in a casual yet upscale atmosphere

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you Craig! We're pleased you enjoyed our little Italian bistro :)

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DT
Manitoba
61 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good wild mushrooms and eggs on toast

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you very much, Deborah!

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AF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you, Arlene!

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SC
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Popped in for lunch. The service was attentive and friendly. We had the daily special pasta and the orcchiette (broccoli, italian sausage, artichoke, herb feta). Both were fantastic. Perfectly cooked pasta, delicious sauces....Should have ordered the full order but it's great they offer smaller portions as an option. I like the vibe there with the white and black colour scheme. Is definitely a repeat.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for popping in! We're so glad you enjoyed your lunch with us and we very much look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great little find. Staff was incredibly friendly and the food was delicious. 1/2 price bottles of wine at happy hour.
We’ll be back.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on July 29, 2019

We so look forward to the next visit, Timothy!

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GF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance is great, the people are friendly and efficient and the food is consistently good. Value is excellent

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you, Greg! We so appreciate your time and sending in your review! We look forward to seeing you again!

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CP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Love this spot! Shared the beef tartar which was delicious! Soup of the day was great and entrees were really on point. Tried a couple of desserts which were both awesome. Nice selection of wines. Loved the ambience, smallish but chic. Great value for the $. Will definitely be back.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks, Christine! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and we so look forward to seeing you again!

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JK
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Out of one of the white wines by the glass, with an already short list, didn’t leave a good option.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hey, Jannel. We're sorry to hear we were out of one of our glass pours during your visit. We hope you were able to find something delicious with our 5 other options!

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PB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Early Saturday evening Calgary Stampede weekend so v quiet. Lovely waitress. Friendly and efficient. My duck was disappointing. Couldn’t taste anything of the sour cherry sauce which looked like dark brown congealed gravy. Croquettes were flavoured with cheese mushrooms something which overpowered duck. My opinion only. Husband enjoyed his chicken so balanced out I guess.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hey there! Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback regarding your dinner with us. We sincerely regret to hear you didn't thoroughly enjoy your dinner with us and we hope that we were able to do something for you in the moment. We've passed along your feedback to our culinary team to review and we hope there is an opportunity to see you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I highly recommend Cucina. It has amazing food and service!!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you so much!

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AM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Came with a girlfriend of mine for a catch up before a show.

Host wasn’t the most warm person I’ve ever encountered. I was a bit annoyed at first as there were three tables available by the front with the windows. I was taken to the back (darker corner), until I asked to be seated at the front. Didn’t seem too pleased about the request. Service was slow to start, no one really cared to assist. After, our server kind of warmed up and she was very approachable and gave great reviews/suggestions for the menu.

Overall, I would return again, the food was delicious. Ambiance and atmosphere great.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 21, 2019

Hey, Ashleigh! Thank you for joining us, we regret to hear the service you received did not meet our standards and have passed along your feedback. We hope there is an opportunity to see you again soon!

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CF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, excellent food! We were there for an early supper before a movie at The Globe, the service was well paced but not rushed. We’ll be back!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 21, 2019

We look forward to it!

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OT
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden gem! Usually go for breakfast but the lunch is just as fabulous!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you! We look forward to your next visit!

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KH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Catie as always was great. Amazing server

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you! We're a big fan of Katie too.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience!! Breakfast lunch or dinner, food and service is exceptional!!!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you so much! You're making us blush ;)

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at the restaurant met a friend for lunch...service was great very impressed with the menu choices.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 17, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Dawn! We look forward to seeing you again!

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M
Calgary
42 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I love Cucina for lunch. I even naughtily took a Biscotti back to work for me and it was divine!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you for joining us on your lunch break! It's always our pleasure to see you. We hope to see you for another biscotti again soon!

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LA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cucina is in an excellent location, the overall ambiance and decor is beautiful and the food is AMAZING!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you so much, Lauren! We're so pleased you enjoyed everything!

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