Cucina Market Bistro

4.6
385 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Cozy
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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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

CB
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice Italian cuisine in a casual yet upscale atmosphere

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded 3 days ago

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

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DT
Manitoba
55 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you, Arlene!

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SC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
38 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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SJ
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for a drink and catchup. Food is amazing as well.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you so much, Sonu!

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C
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great place for business breakfast meals. A little small but food is very good.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hey there! Thank you for joining us for your breakfast meeting. We are a bistro so we are small in nature but mighty in flavour!

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love the atmosphere here!
It’s cozy and beautifully presented.
The appies are all great. The tagliatelle, fettuccine and gnocchi are amazing.
The deserts are just the right size for a treat.
We found the staff warm and professional.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 21, 2019

This makes us so happy to hear, Janice! Thank you for continuing to join us - we look forward to our next visit!

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BC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the very best food and service here!!! 🌷

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you so much, Brenda 💓💓

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VP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic restaurant. Wide variety of food selection and able to accommodate almost any request.
This is the place to go if you have food sensitivities, so accommodating!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you, Vanessa! We take great care in the preparation of our menu & dishes. We're so pleased you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having previously dined at Cucina years prior, I was excited to return while in town. While the ambience and restaurant itself remained classic and comforting, the service and food just got even better. Started with the beef tartare which was delicate but incredibly flavourful. Finished with the carbonara which was rich and delicious. Our waiter was so patient and incredibly polished, never interrupting our conversation or making us feel like we were rushed (we had a three hour lunch...) the wine list was excellent as well, try the Etude Pinot Noir, you won’t be disappointed. Well done Cucina.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 7, 2019

This made us smile ear to ear while reading! Thank you for joining us again and we're pleased you enjoyed everything. We hope we will be able to see you again soon!

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SC
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I keep writing review and I keep going back. I don't know anything new to say except it's great quality food and great atmosphere. It's a downtown fav!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on May 13, 2019

Awe, shucks! Thank you so much for your patronage. We always love our visits!

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M
Calgary
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Met a friend for lunch! Love the menu changes.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us for our new menu! We hope you were able to pick out your new favourites!

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S
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service and food were very good

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 22, 2019

This makes us so happy to hear- thank you, Super Dave ;)

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Good food, but have had better quality Gnocchi elsewhere. Found the special of the day seafood pasta a little fishy and bland.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi there, thank you for your feedback! We regret to hear you didn't fully enjoy your meal with us. We hope we were able to remedy this in the moment for you!

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G
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and service was very good. Food choices were excellent .

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 16, 2019

Thank you, Gunner!

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JO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I liked the music and the ambience, the food was tasty too.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you, Jorge!

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p
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I made a reservation a week before. When I arrived they first seated me at a table but then moved me back to the waiting area and told me I had to “wait for another table”. I heard the manager/ another staff member tell the lady that seated us say “.... is coming and he gets that table” I was highly upset because I was hosting new business clients and I had to wait 10 minutes for a reserved table. It was embarrassing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello, there. Thank you for your time and sending in your feedback in regards to your recent visit with us. We sincerely apologize for the confusion around your reservation and have spoke to our staff to ensure that an incidence like this doesn't happen again. Please let me know when you plan on joining us next so that I can inform the staff of your arrival. I can be reached at Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca. Thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner with long time friends

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 12, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed everything! Thank you for joining us :)

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a
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you so much!

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JR
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We had a reservation for 11:30 and arrived early but still waited almost 2 hours waiter showed up an hour into it and said there was a big table so everything was backed up. Proceeded to finally bring us our lunch (small risotto) and we asked for the bill
Right away as we were 1:45 into a lunch service. He decided to comp the girls next to us that arrived a half hour after us but offered nothing to us. If there is a large table booked at lunch waiters should say that things will be late or they should have a set menu. Very disappointing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 5, 2019

Hi there. My name is Terralynn and I am the Marketing and Communications Manager for Teatro Group. We regret to hear your experience with us did not live up to our standards and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if I may. Would you so kindly send an email to Terralynn@TeatroGroup.Ca? Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

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BC
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just love this place ❤️

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 5, 2019

Awe, shucks. We love you back!

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RP
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Fish special pricey but excellent. The pasta lamb macroni was less expensive but disappointing. Waitress great and the room perfect. We are seniors so appreciated being set in back at quiet table.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hello, Rita! Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit with us. We've passed it along to our culinary team so that they may look into this further. We hope there will be another opportunity to see you again!

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RJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and service.

C
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The tables are fairly close together because it’s a small space but we didn’t have a problem with it. Food and service were amazing, our only concern was our bill didn’t seem to match prices on the menu. We should have said something but we were a little rushed when paying.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi there! Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inaccuracy and wish there could have been something we could have done in the moment! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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