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About Bar Von der Fels

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

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1am

Cross Street:
1st Street SW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(587) 349-2656

Website:
http://www.barvonderfels.com/

Executive Chef:
Eric Hendry

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Bar Von der Fels Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for a Date (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
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Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romance (8)
Casual (7)
Fun (7)
Authentic (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post-theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Saskatoon)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 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

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is my FAVORITE place in Calgary.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·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!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 3, 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.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 1, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 1, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 15, 2017

Contender for Canada’s Best New Restaurant. Go soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Tapas, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fun evening with 3 gals. Great food and wine . Terrific server.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Really great wines, we let our server order whatever ( food & drink) and he did not disappoint. So loud you'll find yourself yelling but still awesome. Friendly vibe.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Always a good night! Only seats about 30 so I can see it being a little tough to get in last minute. I always seem to have good luck getting in earlier (6:30ish) even when booking a day or two in advance for a Friday or Saturday night. I feel Chef Eric is the King right now in the Calgary culinary scene creating amazing plates I wouldn't consider attempting at home. Great to see Brian as an addition to the wait team and Thomas keeps the wine list stocked with an exceptional selection, most available by the glass and priced reasonably. I love that it's an all male team and they all seem to have a vested interest in running/ creating a great restaurant.

My favourite restaurant in the city!

Thanks for another very enjoyable evening guys!

Tags: Organic, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 20, 2017

such a lovely place, wonderful staff! a great place to learn about and try new wines.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Small amazing space! Simple and elegant. Great wine selection, several open bottles shared by the glass. When the bottle is done something else is opened! Also an amazing list by the bottle! The food is great. Tapas, each plate enough for 2 easily! The chef has been in the industry for a few years and has a palate that blends interesting flavours from several different continents. Never disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food! Excellent service and great wine choices!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food and wine selection is amazing. It's one of the best places I've been to in Canada. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Outstanding. It's always a great visit here. Good food, wine and service!

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Terrific service and outstanding wine selection with very good food to complement the wines.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Delightful little place wish a fab wine list and some good tapas style eating

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great service, great food! Thanks to Will, Thomas, and Eric!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Had a lovely dinner- thank you!
Wine pairings by the glass were perfect.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Fantastic place ! Hope you win Best new restaurant!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 2, 2017

A great evening for our celebrations of a family birthday and a Bonvonuage to another family member. The food, wine, service was outstanding. Chef Eric is creative and all the dishes we ate were all so delicious and plated beautifully. Gabby (our waitress) was so knowledgeable about the wine selection as are all Staff. Love this resturant. Well done Bar Von Der Fles! PS recommended this to friends and they just raved about the food/service/wines too. 👏🏻🙂👏🏻

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Every visit a new experience - great wines, fantastic food served out of a postage stamp of a kitchen (how do they do it?) and excellent service from some of the best staff in the city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Value is a difficult one - some would say it's pricey but the quality is why I gave a five star. Go!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on July 20, 2017

We sampled four wines on the menu ranging from $10 to $18 a glass. They seem reasonably stocked with Bordeaux, though when I got really specific I struck the limits of their still-developing stock. Excellent charcuterie, cheese and mushroom starters, and the tagliatelle pasta was more than pleasant. The food choices are rich, not diet-friendly. I would highly recommend Von Der Fels for special occasions and occasional binges. It was $200 for Three people, not holding back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The place was nice and cozy. The service was impeccable. The food was great for sharing and went well with all of the wine that was suggested. Everything had a lot of flavour and each plate was uniquely different. Enjoyed watching the chef prepare our meals in the open small kitchen.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our server made the experience. His wine knowledge was incredible and everything he selected for our group was exactly what we were looking for.

Food didn't match the wine or service, that being said we only had the Charcuterie, Bread and Cheese.

We will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Just outstanding service and creative food by very passionate, knowledgeable owners/staff. Very different world wines to try as well. On a 'hot +30C' day the lobster salad was a perfect dish. Thank you guys see you all again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Awesome knowledgeable staff. Sharing plates we're some of the best food I've eaten in calgary in a long time. The only reason I'm not scoring 5/5 is the temperature in restaurant... we wanted to stay longer and eat more but way too hot inside. Will revisit fall/winter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Fantastic !

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great food and great service. Love the intimate setting of the restaurant and appreciated Will's extensive knowledge of the wines. Tapas sized plates but that allows you to try a lot. I liked the casual and easy pace of the restaurant.

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