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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

4.8

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (21)
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Fun (12)
Late-Night Find (11)
Neighbourhood Gem (10)
Tapas (9)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romance (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Pre/post-theatre (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten-Free Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful! Fresh and unique ingredients

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food, presentation and service were outstanding

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Palm Springs)·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.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Palm Springs)·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.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Cool atmosphere and knowlegable bartenders make this a great find!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Edmonton)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
Food5
Ambience1
Service4
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 14, 2017

It was great!! Great server!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 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 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

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

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 27, 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 24, 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 24, 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 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

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 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.

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

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This is my FAVORITE place in Calgary.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·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.

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

 
 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Food2
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (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 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.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Calgary)·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.

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

 
 (Vancouver)·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.

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

vip
 (Toronto)·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

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·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.

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

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 14, 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 7, 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 September 30, 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 September 30, 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 19, 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 16, 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 7, 2017

Great food! Excellent service and great wine choices!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 1, 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 17, 2017

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

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 17, 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

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