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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
7:00 PM

Bar Von der Fels

4.7
65 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating
  • Notable Wine List
Bar Von der Fels is a wine bar in the historic Western Block located in downtown Calgary. Well curated wine list with extensive selections by the glass. Small plate focused menu by Chef Eric Hendry.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1am
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Phone number
(587) 349-2656
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Eric Hendry
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
1st Street SW
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food and wine, but we came very hungry, had many dishes off the menu, and left hungry. Don’t get me wrong, the food was excellent, but it’s kind of more of a wine and appetizer spot. Don’t expect a full meal.

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vipMF44 (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food is really good. A couple of misses on this visit. Carrots were underwhelming and they put shallots on the soft serve ice cream which is all you could taste at the end of your meal. Also, still trying to figure out if these guys are enjoying what they are doing, smiling wouldn't kill them.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Delicious food and the staff is all top notch. I am a huge fan of this place!

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TLvan (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for the Memoirs of a Gweilo dinner. A touch one-note, but some surprises nonetheless. Well-executed wine pairings. Service was at times inattentive but good overall.

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Mittena (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful! Fresh and unique ingredients

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

There is an Asian inspired set menu until Feb. 10, which is fabulous. It's 8 small course and every bite is a surprise. The total of $ 50 is not much more than one would spend with the ever-changing normal menus. This is no doubt one of the best and most original chefs in Calgary. We're taking some friends before 10th and don't mind at all having this again.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Food, presentation and service were outstanding

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service, food and wine. The place is full of energy - great for a date or to catch up with friends.

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YYCRS (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Eric is an exceptional young chef and Will has a fantastic, professional, enthusiastic & knowledgable staff to compliment a relaxed ambiance with a superb revolving wine list that compliments innovative comfort tapas.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic food- friendly staff. Fun night out. The vegetable dishes were delicious and different and the chicken wings were amazing. I enjoyed the wine that was recommended.

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YYCdiner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Cool atmosphere and knowlegable bartenders make this a great find!

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catouanne (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Absolutely amazing. From the food, service, wine list, and space, everything was immaculate. We were visiting Calgary for a few days from Edmonton, and Bar Von See Fels has been on my list (almost) since they opened.
Not surprised they were awarded one of the best new restaurants in Canada.
A must try. Especially the celery root doughnuts, and the maitake mushrooms!!
Eric’s food was phenomenal, and it was great seeing a familiar face.
Definitely among my top favourites in yyc!
Cannot wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

I have one complaint only. I reserved a table one month ahead and we were pushed back to a table right in front of the washroom. There was a continuous traffic of people wanting to use the facility who didn't even have the courtesy to shut the door behind them. I even requested a table in front because I did see an empty table near the window. As much as I loved the food, the service and the ambience I will not go back and be seated in full view of the washroom again.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

It was great!! Great server!!

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Lisan (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Great wine choices! Food was exceptional. The servers are very knowledgeable. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

It was my first time visiting Calgary and I found this little gem.
The menu was nicely balanced with something for everybody’s taste.
Started with the ham and fired egg aioli, then went for the bison and hand rolled pasta ( Amazing and a very generous portion ) I ended with the Wagu beef ‘ crying tiger ‘ this one for me had my taste buds dancing !
The wine that was recommended was the G Descombes, Morgan 2014 a Gamay varietal which was new to me but WOW was it special :) it paired extremely well with all my courses.
All in all a fantastic place with a solid talented group of individuals that I will re visit at every opportunity:)
Thanks guys !!
Marv Ashton

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

Always amazing! Such great wine, and awesome menu items.

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Aspiegel (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Absolutely loved everything about our meal here. The food, service, and wine were all impeccable. Would come back again anytime.

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OpenTable Diner (Saskatoon)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Recommended by a friend to try. My friend was correct. An amazing gem of a tapas style restaurant.

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CMoose (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

It looked like almost every table, location, setup for guests was unique. Very small setting, great staff, the chef even came over.... not out, just over as the kitchen is right up front. House made ice cream is amazing

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was amazing. Service was good but made us feel rushed whenever we asked a question. Server seemed annoyed when we asked to taste a second wine when the first one was good not great. Music was annoying.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

This is my FAVORITE place in Calgary.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

The casual but oh so elegant vibe of this restaurant is amazing. The wine bottles are in water basins on the bar - very shabby chic. The owners are passionate about what they are doing and really want you to relax and enjoy some interesting wines. The food is perfect for sharing and slow eating. It was fun to eat at the bar and watch the cocktails being created (for those who were looking for something in addition to the wine.) Step through the doors and forget about the world outside for a few hours.

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FoodNom (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Absolute gem - little space with maximum ambiance.
Sitting at the bar is just as fun as getting a table, so don't be thrown off if the bar is all that there's left for seating when making a reservation. The wine list is stellar: you can either get it by the bottle from a list, or by the glass only from a number of bottles they have open that day.
The food is exquisite - try the bison tartar, and the delicious cauliflower!
Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

I think I was expecting more for some reason.
Food was good but nothing I found to stand out where I was like "this is amazing"
Biggest problem I found was that the menu that they had on their website was totally different then the one they had in the restaurant and 90% of the menu had some sort of seafood in it, so when you have seafood allergies you really don't have many options.
I am happy that we tried it but we were left feeling under whelmed and don't think we will be returning!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Great ambient, the bartender definitely knows what he is doing, he helped us Pairing the wine with some of the food. The food is definitely some finest food you can have in Calgary. Mind blowing delicious. Had an amazing time dinning there last night.

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vipLadyJ (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

The menu selectiions were original and delicious. The wine selection is diverse, but cocktails are limited. Our table was in a high traffic area and my seat was frequently bumped. Other than that, the dining experience was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

We went for the food, having read about it. It did not disappoint, no surprise really, since the chef/owner has a good record in Calgary. Managing in a kitchen the size of a submarine galley is an art in itself. Small portions menu is ideal for sharing and trying out several dishes. Will be back soon.

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vipCarlos (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent experience service was outstanding only draw back was a 30 minute wait despite a reservation. The food and service were superb

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JEFF (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Wine by the glass is not displayed on the menu, but do not let that scare you away. Great by the glass options selected by the brilliant individuals running Bar Von Der Fels.

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