Cucina Market Bistro

4.6
312 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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 312 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent, our server was excellent! Only a couple of glitches. Appetizer was delivered to the table and sort of dropped noisily with one word, “Octopus!”. We were both taken aback. The octopus was tender and delicious. The market fish was deep water sea bass. I inquired if it was Mediterranean or Chilean sea bass. Our server said she would ask the chef. She is new to the restaurant and the chef sent her back to our table with a response that the fish was from Calgary!!! Rude and dismissive! We joked that it was probably from the Bow river. Neither of us ordered it. This was no reflection on our server but was just a curt and rude response from the kitchen. Over all dinner was great. Will come back. Our server and one other woman,possibly the manager, were key in our dining experience, much appreciated.”

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. Even to the point one person was our table had a little rock to it and came over and made an adjustment. I was amazed how attentive they were. The food was fantastic. Definitely going back and recommending 👍

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YY
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We used to enjoy this spot, clearly things have changed. Food quality and service are nowhere near where they once were. I'm now looking for a replacement spot for breakfast.

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KO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

good for quiet business breakfast meetings, IF you can be finished by 7:30
recommend opening the food service at 6:30 am rather than 7

great service from Katie and the staff in the morning

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BA
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good downtown location with a contemporary menu. Short but decent wine list, offered at a reasonable price.
Tables are not jammed too tight, we were able to chat along with our friends comfortably. Good service.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a great little place for a romantic dinner. The service was amazing and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious I highly recommend the cauliflower anti-pasti.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Treat after voting on whether to host the 2026 Olympics

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The cauliflower soup was very tasty and rich in flavour. Caesar salad wasn’t the best - lettuce itself wasn’t very fresh (with brown spots sometimes), anchovies were quite chewy. It took away from the whole dish.
The service though was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great time there.
Good food, good service.

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GS
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I was really excited to try this place. It was never on my radar- despite having been open for ?6 years . The online menu was what convinced us to give it a try. I wanted to like it but the appetizers we ordered (the bread and the cauliflower) were the best part of the meal. The spaghetti carbonara (which is always my favourite thing to order)was under-seasoned with soggy pieces of ?pancetta? It was actually bordering on gross- no one wants chewy-gristley pork fat mixed in with their pasta.
I could go on- but I think you get it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went there with my boyfriend for the first time to celebrate our two year anniversary. We looked at reviews and the menu online, and it looked amazing so we went. When we got there, we were greeted immediately and our server took our coats and sat us down. He immediately asked us if we wanted water, and allowed us to look over the menu for a while. My boyfriend and I were chatting when he came by the second time, and he allowed us to finish our thoughts before he asked us what we wanted to eat. The food was amazing, and an awesome price! You can see the kitchen from the tables, it’s so intimate. Overall, it’s an amazing little Italian restaurant that I will definitely go to again! Oh, and they use paper straws! So cool.

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MM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is really good but I find there is not much room between tables.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the best food I've had in a long time. Waiter was very attentive. Food arrived very quickly
Highly recommend Cucina for all kinds of events

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P
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent as always!
Wish there were a few more gluten friendly options or sauces

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A
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Enjoyed the pasta dishes both times I have been here and tried my friends as well which were good. I wouldn’t re-order the tiramisu. I went for lunch recently and was very late being seated but they covered our drinks which was nice. Good service both times.

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f
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A great place for a casual dinner before theatre. The service was outstanding and the food excellent. Our server, Braydon, was welcoming and assured that we were not rushed and left on time. His advice and information re the menu were spot on. We will definitely return again.

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SC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cucina never disappoints! Whether it's for coffee, lunch or dinner it's always been outstanding.

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Elegant yet traditional Italian food. Delicious and generous portions. We tried Cucina for the first time and will definitely come back to try more unique dishes on the menu. Regrettably, the tiramisu and espresso were not up to standards. The mascarpone had a yogurt flavor and the espresso was sour. Other than that, it was a delightful evening.

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OT
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Come here quite often with clients for breakfast. Love the breakfast sandwich.

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KD
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A delight! Randomly ended up here, everything was delicious, appiez drinks and mains. Octopus was awesome. Sable fish was perfectly done. Cheers to whoever was cheifing thy night. Waiter showed pure class. A bit pricey but worth it, and believe me I don’t say it often. My gf blogs and she couldn’t stop praising this spot

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Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time I go here it's a great experience. This quality is why I keep coming back!

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SJ
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Cucina is a gem. It warmly evokes an authentic Italian bistro kitchen. A place you'd easily see a pair of friends enjoying charcuterie and a super Tuscan at one table; and a family of eight with kids at another. Of their many gifts to the patron, perhaps their most generous and brilliantly tactical is their Happy Hour [on Friday] that allows you to order any wine at a considerable discount, which, paired with their culinary devotion, vaults Cucina to the top of me and my friends' list for Friday post-work gatherings. Their decision to make their wine list accessible for those few hours is so appreciated—and one that shames most ever other dining room they easily compete against within the core. So, the maths are simple: Sensationally prepared food with an unmatched and compelling incentive to order a fine wine bottle… or a few.

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P
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cucina offers consistently high quality food with seasonal specials. Nice ambience for a business breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Half sizes available on numerous dishes.

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The food was amazing slow for 11:45. We didn’t get our food till 12:45pm. Really disappointed when previous visits have been great.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Stopped in here before a friends event downtown with some friends. Was a perfect spot for some good food and drinks prior. Would certainly come again!

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N
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great wine, I loved my dish (the sablefish) wish we would have had time to stay for dessert! next time :)

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D
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Ordered the fish special - Pickerel - for lunch yesterday. However, noticed that my fish fillet was about half the size as my guest's. (I had a thin tail cut, while my guest had a nice central piece, fully double the volume). It was a shame because, for the price, I felt I only had a 'teaser' taste of what was delicious fish. Also, our server was busy and after repeated attempts to get his attention, the bartender stepped up to take our repeat drink order as well as the dessert order, for which we were grateful.

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C
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was great but our server practically ghosted us. It took over 10 minutes to get each drink, and he just kept disappearing for 10-15 minutes at a time, which we found odd as the restaurant is not very big.

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TB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Came here for a friendly business lunch and it was lovely. Great food - I had the Ahi Tuna and my guest had the Salmon. Great decor. Recommended for sure.

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SJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great fun ambiance, food is very good and nice menu choices. Service is professional, hard to go wrong!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fresh and tasty food, great service... what else do you need?!

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FD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Business meeting

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b
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The service and atmosphere here may well have been the best part of the dining experience but unfortunately the food (this included 2 gnocchi dishes, a chicken dish and a pasta dish) was just okay... perhaps our expectations were too high. The cost could be considered at par with other restaurants of this type but when spending approximately $150 per couple it did seem rather small of the restaurant to charge a $1.00 per glass of tap water.

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MR
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience! Our server was very helpful and attentive, and our food was fantastic! We were just traveling through the area, but if we are ever back we will definitely eat at Cucina again!

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A
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Tasty food, the trout special was incredible, sad I ordered something else!

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H
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food & service.
I've never been disappointed and have gone for both business lunches as well as for personal.

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M
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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F
Manitoba
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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SC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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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