Cucina Market Bistro
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.
market inspired garnishes, butter, parmesan, herbs
wild mushrooms, gorgonzola, peas, walnuts
buttermilk, rice flour, preserved lemon aioli
Wonderful eatery, food was so yummy! Wanted to share a salad to start and server kindly offered to have the kitchen send it out on 2 plates. Love when they offer that option! My husband had the pappardelle and contemplated licking his plate, the sauce was so tasty!! Thanks, we will be back!
Hey, there! Thank you for coming in to join us! We are so pleased you enjoyed it (p.s- we wouldn't have judged you if licked your plate). We sincerely hope we get the opportunity to see you again soon!
Our experience was wonderful! Diana was the perfect hostess and made us feel so welcome and comfortable. Loved the Salmon and the house salad and great Poggio Ai Grilli Reserva Chianti to share. We will return soon!!!
Thank you for coming in to join us, Bonnie! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with Diana- we think she's pretty great too. We look forward to seeing you again!
Loved the restaurant ambiance and friendly employees! The best risotto balls we've ever tasted! The lower score is due to the poor presentation and chewy texture of the calamari, which was very disappointing, in fact more what one would expect at a pub. Hope this dish will be removed from the menu.
Hey there! Thank you for your joining us, we're glad you enjoyed the arancini! We appreciate you passing along your feedback regarding the calamari. We have passed this along to our culinary team for review!
This was our first meal in a restaurant since before the pandemic lock downs started and we really enjoyed the good food and service. Cucina was being very careful in seating dine-in patrons an appropriate distance apart, and I could see our server frequently using hand sanitizer. We felt safe and the food was delicious!
Hey, Janet! Thank you for joining us for your first dinner out! We're pleased you felt safe while dining with us, and that you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Very quiet just opened again. Service and food were excellent. Weekly visit.
Thank you for joining us! We look forward to the next weekly visit!
Excellent food - really authentic taste to the italian dishes. Service was excellent and not intrusive, as the meeting was business related, that was very much appreciated. Noise level was noticeable, but easily able to have a good conversation at our table with normal volume, certainly not shouting at each other to be heard.
Thank you for joining us for your business meal! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself. Come by again soon!
Love Cucina. Small Bistro feel, in a perfect location, food is always delightful and the staff wonderfull.
This makes us smile ear to ear! Thanks, Daniel. We look forward to sharing a drink and snack with you soon!
I’ve always had a good experience at Cucina and all of Teatro’s restaurants. They take food allergies very seriously and are very attentive to guests. Food is always amazing and it keeps me coming back for more time after time.
Hello there! Thank you for your kind words! We are always happy to accommodate our guests in any ways we can. We sincerely hope we get to see you again soon!
Food was fantastic! Shared the meatballs and I’m not sure when these became so awesome... but they were! Highly recommend. Great meal overall. Never disappointed at Cucina.
Hey, Jason! We're so glad you enjoyed our awesome meatballs! We always enjoy having you join us, and we look forward to our next visit!
Great food in a cozy atmosphere. Food is consistently good and their specials are always unique and interesting.
Thank you, Brian! We always enjoy our visits. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
It’s a small place and great for business lunches. Food is awesome. However when I was there trying to have a business meeting/lunch, someone in the open kitchen sounded like they were literally throwing pans. While the open kitchen is charming, the folks back there should understand we are there to enjoy food and conversation, not to be drowned out by the sounds of pots and pans being hurled around.
Hey, there! Thank you for joining us for your business lunches! We greatly appreciate you bringing forward your concern regarding the pans. We have passed this on to our culinary team to bring an end to this. We sincerely hope we are able to see you again soon!
A great little breakfast place. A little pricey, but very good quality food. The coffee could be upgraded a bit though. It's kind of 'bland'.
Hey, Len! Thank you for your feedback! We proudly brew Fratello Coffee- a locally roasted Calgary company. We would be happy to make you a coffee you'd enjoy next time you're in!
Server was bad but manager made up for it and took care of our food. The food was amazing and would definitely go back.
Hello there! We regret that the service you received did not meet our standards but are pleased our manager was able to rectify it for you in the moment. We look forward to being able to see you again soon!
Amazing food and great portion sizes for what you pay. Love that you can see right to the kitchen as well.
Hey there! So glad you enjoyed the vibe here! We hope you left full and satisfied! See you soon ;)
I have been here for lunch a few times. Excellent. Went for dinner but the Gnocchi was over salted to the point it was inedible (they removed it from the bill). The head chef was tossing dirty pans so loudly it killed the vibe every 5 or 10 minutes - it was so loud it was comical.
Hello there! Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent experience with us. We regret to hear that you didn't enjoy the gnocchi and are pleased we were able to take care of it for you. We sincerely apologize for the disrupting sound and will be sure to pass this feedback to our culinary team to ensure it doesn't happen again. We hope we are able to see you again soon!
The food was amazing. Love it
Thank you for coming in! So glad you enjoyed it!
Diana always makes sure our experience is above and beyond. It’s our favourite place to spend valentines day every year. We love it!
Thank you for always celebrating Valentine's Day with us, it's always our pleasure! We hope we can see you before the next Valentine's Day 💓
Sooooo yummy!!! I felt like I was at the fanciest restaurant and yet our bill was very reasonable!
Thank you, Laura! So glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!
Valentine’s Day Happy Hour. Good duck dish and pasta (with braised beef though a bit dry, sage, and crispy prosciutto). Amazing tiramisu. Server was new but acceptable service level.
Thank you for joining us for Happy Hour on Friday! We regret to hear you didn't thoroughly enjoy your pasta- we hope this was brought to our attention so we could remedy this for you! We hope there will be an opportunity to see you again soon!
Great food and service, much appreciated.
Thank YOU for coming in! We hope we can see you again soon!
Great wine list and the food is always great! It’s a great place to grab after work wine and they have an amazing happy hour. One of my favourite spots on Stephen Ave!
Thanks, Jennie! We always enjoy spending Happy Hour with you. Let's pop a bottle together soon!
We had reservations for 11:00 but the head chef hadn't put out the daily specials. This wasn't a huge problem but I think this should have been completed before seating. The brussel sprouts were amazing! The Cucina lasagna was only just okay; kinda bland actually.
Hello, Jojo! Thank you for your feedback and we apologize that we didn't have the daily features ready for you upon arrival. We're glad you enjoyed your brussels sprouts and have passed along your feedback regarding the lasagna to our culinary team. We hope we are able to see you again soon!
We had a lovely lunch during the week. As expected, the restaurant was full and buzzing. We both had lunch features - I the risotto and my friend, the pasta. Both were delicious! Our only complaint was that our server sloshed water every time she topped our glasses. There was water on the menus, in our lunches, all over the table.
Hello, Kailey! Thank you for joining us! We're pleased you enjoyed your meal with us. We have passed along your feedback regarding service to our team to follow up on. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Love the food, always so lovely. The service and decor are always on point.
Thank you very much! It's always our pleasure to see you. We hope we can again soon!
A great location, but a pretty pricey breakfast - if you get bacon and eggs, you'll pay extra for hash browns (which are nothing special). Great service, and food comes out fairly quickly. Food quality is very good overall, but again, nothing special (they're just bacon and eggs!) I think some of their other breakfast choices might be a bit more "exotic" (eggs benedict with smoked salmon, for example).
Hey, Len! Thanks for joining us. Our Bacon + Eggs are definitely your traditional breakfast item! If you'd like to try something a little more original to Cucina, come in for our BC Mushrooms + Eggs on Toast or our Smoked Salmon Scramble! We hope we can see you again for breakfast soon!
Love everything about it. A regular go to and always amazing.
Thank you so much!
They recommend sharing dishes which we like as you can try a bit more.
* Bread with chive and parsley butter and carrot hummus: This was delicious. The bread was nice and thick, and crispy.
* Arancini: Quite tasty
Carbonara: Really good, the highlight of our meal.
Duck: Not good at all. We always have duck if it is on the menu at a restaurant and this was really disappointing. We think it may have been the cut of meat though. It was very tough and hard to eat.
We would return and try some different dishes.
Hey, Kate! Thank you for your constructive feedback, we're glad you enjoyed most of your meal but regret to hear that you didn't enjoy the duck as it was intended! We have passed along your feedback to our culinary team to look into. We sincerely hope there will be an opportunity to see you around Cucina again soon!
Duck was very tough and not great. Other food was good. Service wasn’t good, our server got us water and didn’t come back for 20 minutes
Hey, Jenn! Thank you for your feedback regarding the duck, we will pass this along to our culinary team for review. We do regret to hear the service you received did not meet our standards. We will take this opportunity to discus with our team to ensure this does not happen again. We sincerely hope there will be an opportunity for us to see you in 2020!
Really good food, tight seating, service is on the slower side, great if you have time to relax and chat, not great if you are looking for a quicker business lunch.
Hey, Aeryn! Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback. We regret that you feel the service you received wasn't quite efficient enough! We hope we can see you for another lunch in the near future!
Fantastic, as usual!
Thanks, Susan! We always enjoy our visits!
Thank you, Roberto! We hope we can see you for another meal soon!
Cucina is always a pleasure, good food and atmosphere! Hard to get a table for lunch but worthy.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
Always terrific food, great wine, service and ambiance!
Thank you, Brenda! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Thank you for coming in! It's our pleasure to accommodate our guests. We hope we can see you again soon!
Cucina Market Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (587) 353-6565.
Cucina Market Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 437 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.