Cucina Market Bistro

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416 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
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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JM
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks, Jennie! We always enjoy spending Happy Hour with you. Let's pop a bottle together soon!

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K
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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FN
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, always so lovely. The service and decor are always on point.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you very much! It's always our pleasure to see you. We hope we can again soon!

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LD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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).

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on January 16, 2020

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!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love everything about it. A regular go to and always amazing.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you so much!

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k
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

They recommend sharing dishes which we like as you can try a bit more.

Starters:
* Bread with chive and parsley butter and carrot hummus: This was delicious. The bread was nice and thick, and crispy.
* Arancini: Quite tasty

Main:
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.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

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!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

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

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on January 3, 2020

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!

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A
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

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.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on December 24, 2019

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!

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SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, as usual!

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thanks, Susan! We always enjoy our visits!

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RP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food.

Cucina Market Bistro
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you, Roberto! We hope we can see you for another meal soon!

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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
12 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
11 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
8 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
16 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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A
Calgary
3 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
43 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
12 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
6 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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