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About Cucina Market Bistro

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

Cuisines:
Contemporary Italian, Italian

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

Cross Street:
Between 4th and 5th Streets SW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(587) 353-6565

Website:
http://www.eatcucina.com/

Catering:
Full service catering available. Please contact Cucina directly for details.

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

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef Matthew Batey, Chef de Cuisine Shaun Halstead

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

Cucina Market Bistro Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Top server in Calgary. Super fast and friendly. Abasksjsjsjdjdjjddjdjjdjdjd

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined 7 days ago

My co-workers and I were there to celebrate a birthday. Three of the four of us are vegetarians and there were enough vegetarian selections that we each had something different and we all enjoyed the dishes we had. The only negative is that it was VERY noisy (and it's not a very big restaurant).

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service slow to start but once we got on the treadmill we were well attended to.
Server was willing and eager to accommodate all special requests. Food was good but seating, and ambiance, was so unaccommodating I was challenged to fully be in the moment and simply enjoy dinner: tables are RIDICULOUSLY close together, might as well be dining with strangers and the server could barely squeeze in to do her work; we were butted right up against the door/window, so - chilly; quite noisy, everyone had to really lean in to hear and be heard.
Food was nice but I might not hurry back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We were seated off to the side on high chairs

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious food and good service. If you decide to have an appetizer consider ordering a half size primi (pasta), since the portions are very generous.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fun
Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 14, 2017

usually a great experience, not good on this meal. The food didn't arrive for 45 minutes and wasn't the best dish I've had here.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance inside the restaurant. Celebrated my sister's birthday in fine style. Service was great. We all found great choices on the menu and left satisfied and happy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 30, 2017

We were there for a friends gathering after 10 years. It was so good, environment, atmosfer and food. The service was nice and very fast. I like it so much and recommend it to every one who like to have a good time with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Lunch was fresh and delicious - as expected. I will be back again, guaranteed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 24, 2017

My meal at Cucina was amazing. I had chosen it at random while in town for business, and I'm so glad I did. The food was delicious, and the portion sizes were perfect. I also loved that for such great food, the prices were incredibly reasonable. Finally, the service was excellent. I can't wait to return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were able to get a table outside and the day was warm and sunny, so the ambience that way was excellent. The food was also outstanding and the service was great. All in all a very nice lunch, catching up with a former colleague.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, People Watching, Healthy
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on July 27, 2017

Delicious food and generous portions. Charming and friendly service. The bruschetta was on beautiful toasted bread with generous toppings. The gnocchi were unexpectedly large but delicious with a pleasant texture. I enjoyed the large side, they were satisfying and delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 26, 2017

My friend and I will be back. Many things on the menu we want to try.

Food4
Ambience5
Service1
Value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 19, 2017

My friends and I had been to Cucina in the past and had an overall wonderful experience. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the food came in a timely manner and tasted wonderful. However, this time, our food took 50 minutes to arrive. We work downtown and have limited time for lunch, so this was a huge inconvenience. When we asked for our bill prior to our food coming out, our server retrieved the payment machine without ever apologizing about the delay and as we paid, she didn't say one word to us. We were quite taken back by how rude and inconsiderate she was, as our last experience was the complete opposite. She didn't refill our waters or ask how our beverages were. She didn't stop by our table once after we ordered our food, until we asked for the bill. Once the food was brought to our table by another server, she didn't stop by to ask how the meal was or say anything to us before we left. It also might be important to note that there were only 3 other tables in the restaurant at the time, we made our reservation after the lunch peak so it wasn't busy. No efforts were made to make up for the awful experience (not even a short apology) and I still feel very confused by the experience. It's so unfortunate that this happened as we had previously been telling people that Cucina was a great spot, but this has drastically changed our views and left a really awful, lasting impression.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Absolutely lovely food. Very tasty.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Have been here a number of times. Always consistently very good food
and value.
Service is really good and friendly.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 12, 2017

We all enjoyed our food and our server was awesome! He was very attentive to our table and seemed to enjoy his job, which makes a huge difference. He was one of those servers that you wished you had the money to leave a large tip :)
The menu was priced well but the drinks were a bit more expensive - the deals at happy hour seemed great though so I'd suggest trying to go for that.
The decor was lovely and the restaurant felt comfy/cozy.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 5, 2017

We had a very pleasant experience. Food, service, and ambiance was great.. we were one of the only two tables filled there. Would return!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Amazing food and outstanding service. We sat outside on the patio, which was lovely.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 16, 2017

The staff at Cucina went above and beyond to ensure a wonderful evening out. Tried an array of items from their menu and each one was a unique pairing of ingredients that were beautifully arranged.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
Food3
Ambience1
Service3
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The service at Cucina was satisfactory but I found the food to be poorly thought out. Poached eggs with mushrooms and sauce were served on a baguette which was really tough to eat with a fork and knife. The dish was flavorful but stingy on mushrooms. The crispy hash was simply potato cubes fried or deep fried. No discernible seasoning. We had a reservation but had to wait at the bar for at least 15 minutes while staring at empty tables and then our table was right against the coffee counter which was quite busy. The tables were so close together that the waiter bumped my arm quite hard as he walked by. I had to apologize to my guest for the wait , the setting, and the food; I had not been there before. I see no reason to go back.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Good breakfast spot and a place to meet colleagues

Tags: Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Simply outstanding. Hostess excellent. Service excellent and Chef happy and engaging. Menu superb.

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We sat outside since they have a nice little patio! Our waiter was great and very prompt service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy
Food5
Ambience4
Service1
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Disappointed with our service. Our waiter was not only absent during much of the meal- we had to flag him down multiple times for utensils, our water glasses to be refilled, etc. Made snide comments about me not ordering an alcoholic beverage (for personal health reasons I am not able to drink) and refused to say thank you or anything to me once I had paid and given a tip that was reflective of our level of service. Disappointing given that I frequent Cucina due to its close proximity to my office and even take clients there. I'll be re-thinking where I take clients, friends, etc. due to this experience. I guess my order wasn't expensive enough, etc to be given a decent and comfortable level of service.

Tags: Business Meals
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great quality food. The tables are a little too close but it is a small area. Service is good

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 26, 2017

I took business associates from out of town to Cucina and was incredibly impressed! The food was incredible, service was professional and yet friendly. Our server was attentive without being a distraction.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to fellow colleagues and family and friends. I look forward to going back in the near future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great food, we will be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the food and ambiance as we just used open table to book, not knowing anything about the restaurant, as we are not residents of Calgary. Good food, chic vintage decor- really bistro like. Nice wait staff, dinners came very quickly. They very easily accommodated my gluten intolerance and it was no problem for my husband and son to share a dish. If we lived there we'd go back!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Went with friends for dinner before theatre. Very positive experience - no negative comments. This was a return visit as we have been a couple of times before. Food and service have been excellent and consistent. It's nice to be able to suggest a restaurant and be confident in your recommendation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 23, 2017

As always good and service was great , this is my usual spot for breakfast meetings

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Totally unexpected and enjoyable. The soup of the day was delicious! The service was unobtrusive but perfect.
Great meal!

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Overall the dinner was amazing! We had the beef tartare and risotto. Those were delicious but not overly amazing. But the steak with bone marrow jus was so good! I wish we didn't eat so much before getting to this because it was just perfect. The tiramisu was the best end to our dinner. And parking can be confusing but they're really helpful with directions.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Always consistent and good.

Food4
Ambience4
Service3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Love cucina's coffee and bacon breakfast sandwich.

Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Food was outstanding. Very crapped seating, maybe 1 or 2 less tables.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We made a reservation about a week ahead , but when we arrived our table was not available . Seated at the bar it was about 45minutes before we we seated at our reserved table .
We ordered a couple of appetizers to share . The charcuterie was very large even though it was a half portion . Too much meat & only 1 cheese ( would have lived a second one , and half the amount of meat ) a few pickles and a delicious compot with honey and toasts . The calamari was ample & deicious . We both had the half rack of lamb and it was served with polenta and grilled zucchini . The sides to this dish were not mentioned in the menu , so we ordered the broccoli to share , which was a generous portion . The lamb was perfectly cooked , tender and tasty . We ordered a caraf of wine which they let us taste a glass before we ordered . The service was friendly . The restaurant was full but not loud , and overall it was a very pleasent evening . Happy to recommend this lovely restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
Food1
Ambience1
Service3
Value1

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was terrible. My steak was the best part but still wasn't very good. The potatoe hash brown patty thing was all grease and tasted like grease. There was huge amounts of grease on our plates from it. The califlower and zucchini were way overcooked. This was a huge disappointment

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Tuna was amazing! Food very creative, flavorful and fresh. Dessert was less satisfying but overall good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
Food3
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Mussel dish with cream sauce was very small and disappointing. The market fish with veggies was delightful. Good size and quality and the tomato based sauce they had with the fish was outstanding! Warning: they charge you a dollar for both still and sparkling water without telling you until the bill comes along.

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