Cucina Market Bistro

4.5
275 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Cucina opened in October 2012 as the newest addition to the Teatro Restaurant Group. Cucina is one half 50 seat Italian bistro & one half grab & go market café, proudly serving Fratello Coffee & sourcing ingredients from local organic producers where possible.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Cucina

Monday-Wednesday 6:00am-late
Thursday-Friday 6:00am- late
Saturday 5:00pm-late

Detailed Hours:

Cucina Bistro

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - late
Saturday: 5:00pm - late
Sunday: Closed

Cucina Grab & Go Market Café

Monday-Friday: 6:00am - 4:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays closed
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Phone number
(587) 353-6565
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Executive Chef Matthew Batey, Chef de Cuisine Shaun Halstead
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Catering
Full service catering available. Please contact Cucina directly for details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Between 4th and 5th Streets SW
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Parking Details
Cucina will validate parking after 6pm for parking in the building. Parkade access off of 9th Ave SW between 4th & 5th St SW

Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Tue 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 6:15PM - 8:00PM
Wed - Thu 1:30PM - 2:00PM 7:30PM - 8:00PM
Fri 1:30PM - 2:00PM 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Sat 8:00PM - 8:30PM

What 275 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious , the place is very cute setting and the attention was great

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Only our 2nd time here as we don’t live in Calgary. AMAZING FOOD - from the salad to pasta to dessert. Also amazing service 👍🏼 highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent atmosphere and dining experience. I would highly recommend Cucina for anyone needing a date night. Staff is very friendly and they all said bye and thank you on the way out. Prices were decent compared to other places. I would definitely go back.

Cheers and thank you.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Excellent food, the server was super sweet. I ordered the rigatoni with chorizo and pulled chicken. Excellent choice so delicious. However, while eating I pulled a small chicken bone from my mouth. Showed the server, and it was laughed off. I don't think I should have to point out how serious and dangerous it could have been. I let it go because I was fine. Future note if that happens again don't laugh it off, point it out to the manager. Have the manager speak to the customer. You are an excellent restaurant but don't rest on your laurels.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The food is consistently good and the service friendly. The restaurant is fairly small so it has a nice atmosphere of not being a big crowded place. It's not too noisy so it's easy to have a conversation at normal speaking volume.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Great food as always

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The food was excellent. We were there early, but the front of the restaurant was sold out so there was limited seating and it was ok, but not the vibe that we were looking for. The sold out crowd took precedence and we were second class citizens. Because it's so small, there were only a few places to sit and they turned away a number of patrons. Doesn't seem like a good business model. Good food for sure, but the rest of the experience was not great. Good thing I had good company.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My wife and I decided for a date night on Saturday evening. We choose Cucina Market as neither of us had been there before. The atmosphere was splendid. Our servers were excellent as they explained specials and all menu items with ease. They accommodated our special orders with no questions. The special cocktails were amazing and the Bella Rosa is worth having another. We would recommend this place anytime. The changed daily risotto was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Sitting on patio was great as pretty noisy inside

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great food and service. A bit noisy for a business lunch, but I would definitely come back here with a group for a casual get-together.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Server was very knowledgeable on wines and made some great recommendations. Food was superb.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Very quick and nice. Slightly more expensive then other pasta dishes in Calgary

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Always enjoy breakfast meetings at Cucina

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Good food, clean restaurant, central location and very good service

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food. Friendly service. Affordable. The concept is quite modern and the atmosphere was enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Shared dishes with two other friends: the beets, gnocchi and sablefish were all really delicious. We also had the Arctic Char which was one of the specials but it was our least favorite. Wine and cocktail drink list was great and so was the service. Overall would recommend!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Very well prepared tasty food with excellent service, a few unusual offerings, great seafood pasta.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The service was excellent. Our server kept our sparkling water glasses filled and was attentive to any of our needs. The food was plated nicely and was very tasty. Would recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I can't come here without having the beef tartare. I have never had a better one! We were very well-looked after by the staff and had a lovely lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent experience. Will definitely be going again!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food here is great but the service is horrible. We waited 45 mins to get a drink. It took 20 mins to get service after being seated (other than water) and then another 20 mins to get our drinks. It makes happy hour impossible to enjoy. The server is super sweet but no clue what he’s doing. We were going to stay for dinner but left after our drinks and a quick appie.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food here is very, very salty. I ordered pasta and chicken. I notified the waitress and she did give a small discount to the meal. Octopus appetizer was good.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always have had excellent food quality and service at Cucina. A favorite place to have business breakfast meetings. The Open Table reservation system is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Awesome.... we will be back...... LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very cozy restaurant. Great for a date night. Great food. Excellent service.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We had a pasta bolognese special and it was incredible. Meatballs are ok. Half price wine before 6 was great but we drank twice as much. :)

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Food was excellent - it was difficult to choose because everything coming out of the kitchen looked delicious. Service was very attentive and courteous. I will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Ambiance was nice, service was good but the pasta was overcooked, shouldn't happen in an authentic Italian restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Very good overall...

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Nice seating area, but a little loud at lunch. Great food.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food here is amazing along with the atmosphere. A very trendy Italian market bistro great for all occasions. Great location, food, service and generous portions. Tough to find a better all purpose place to dine.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Food was amazing! And the price was very reasonable given the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was terrific, service was excellent, we would definitely go there again.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner was great at Cucina!
The food, wine and service was fantastic. A lovely gesture was the beautiful long stem red rose that I was given at the end of the evening as well. We’ll be back for sure!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Waited 25 minutes to be seated, after our reservation. Seated in a cramped area. Took 10 minutes to order cocktails. Cocktails took 15+ minutes and came right away with our appetizers and dinner wine. Appetizers were good. Ordered a steak and broccoli for dinner - BOTH were cold. To the point that we sent them back and we’re tired of waiting for we settled up and left. Would not go back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was overall very good. Although the seating could be arranged a bit better as I was sitting against a wall right next to the kitchen along with the bathroom area and it was a bit loud for my liking.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and food. However charge for water was not a pleasant surprise...

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent Italian food! The service is great!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Easily the best pasta in the city. Great place great service.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. The staff are wonderful too!

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