Bar Von der Fels

4.7
116 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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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SR
1 review
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

I booked dinner for my wife and I. I had read good reviews about the food. When we arrived there was a large table of ‘stampede goers’ imbibing and having a good time. The acoustics were quite active and many times the volume reached uncomfortable levels. We enjoyed the food and the wine was quite good. We will likely give it another try but not again during the stampede.

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F
Edmonton
7 reviews
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Had supper at 6:30 yesterday. Very small venue that seats about 22 total (6 at the bar). Filled up around 7:30. Attentive staff. Enjoyed a glass of wine, a bottle of beer and 2 cocktails along with 4 plates for $165 including tip. Food was excellent (we needed an explanation of almost all plates, lol). Sourdough bread a better (yum!), baked oyster (just hubby had this, said it was very good), zuchinni flowers stuffed with creamy goodness and lightly battered (yum!yum!), pan fried rainbow trout with French beans (yum!yum!yum!). We shared all plates and left perfectly full.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Creative food, approachable spirits, great vibe. Would recommend.

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LD
Calgary
60 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal with friends. We sat just outside the kitchen and were able to talk to the chef when ever he had a free minute. Very friendly knowledgable staff. Creative sharing menu. The Wagyu striploin was excellent as well as the tomato leaf pasta.

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Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Constantly changing menu for foodies of all categories! Wine selection by the glass is 2nd to no one! Listen to servers wine recommendations for pairings!

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was really good and I can’t wait to go back and try more food and wine. I enjoyed the menu, it’s small but done well. Servers were kind and created a relaxed atmosphere.

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r
Calgary
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thank you bar von der fel for finally bringing a great dining experience to Calgary. We had friends visiting from nyc and they were impressed by the food creativity,quality, service and wine options. We enjoyed every minute of our three hour meal.
I hope they stay in this intimate location and don’t make the mistake of other Calgary restaurants by moving to big banal locations. It feels like a place you would find in a back lane in Amsterdam or Barcelona. There are too many restaurants in Calgary who have spent millions trying to achieve what this place has.

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MP
Portland
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wine pairings with the food was outstanding. The food choices blanketed the palate with a variety of textures and flavors. Cozy setting and attentive service made it a perfect night out.

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BT
Calgary
6 reviews
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

You have to look for the entrance but once inside, it's a cozy little place. High ceilings but the noise factor isn't an issue if you are wanting to chat with your wife :). Food was great, not big portions but we both left feeling pleasantly full. Loved the asparagus dish! Raviolo was cooked al dente, great too. Would give the corn a miss next time though but that's my taste buds coming play. Wine by the glass was interesting, tried a couple that i wouldn't normally so good to experiment and it was tasty.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening at Von Der Fels as always - excellent service and expert suggestions on the wine offerings.

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R
Calgary
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been to BVDF several times and the service and wine selection is the best we’ve experienced anywhere. The food this evening was fantastic. Looking forward to our next 5Star evening. Thanks again!!

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G
San Francisco
31 reviews
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friend in from Montreal! Immediately thought of Von Der Fels. Enjoyed everything. Food was great, wine excellent and service plus! Always have a great time here!

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GR
Calgary
19 reviews
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Staff were very good and did a great job of helping us pair wines with food.

Presentation of dishes was very good.

Taste and uniqueness of food was interesting and good.

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GM
Calgary
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great by the glass pours and food was outstanding.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great costumer service

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G
San Francisco
30 reviews
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great here! Menu was almost completely changed but still delicious and inventive. Always great bottles open, you cannot go wrong! 5 Stars!

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A
1 review
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Thanks to the owner who took care of us all night. We had a great time and tasted most of the menu. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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A
Calgary
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Eat everything.

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KI
Toronto
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite go to for business, friends, and solo dining. A great spot!

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CP
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine selection was fantastic and great recommendations from the server. Food had amazing flavour and seasoning. Great attentive service from the staff. Definitely will return again.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In my opinion, the best dining experience in Calgary today.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection, that made ordering fun. The food was very creatively prepared, fresh and delicious. We tried the ham, veal, squid, and broccoli, the menu changes often so I hope to go again soon :) I’d definitely suggest making a reservation since the restaurant is very small. I highly recommend, a terrific option for dining downtown.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mind was blown by the food that the precision by which the kitchen sent out the steady line of plates we had ordered. Try the Death by Coconut beer if it's in stock!

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it!! Can’t wait to come back to try the rest of the menu!

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MN
1 review
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely incredible, Will and his team have done this right.

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D
Calgary
9 reviews
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great bar and awesome food. It’s really noisy though so this is not the place for our conversation of any intimacy.

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OT
Calgary
31 reviews
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and wine ! A must go to for any oenophile .

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JT
Calgary
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Oh. My. Gosh.

Hands down one of the most exceptional meals I've ever had. The spanish ham was incredible. Try the lamb tartare and sunchokes. Mindblowing! Wine list is great and staff are super knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu.

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great wine, great service.

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B
Calgary
4 reviews
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a treat to eat here. The menu/wines are always changing so it is always interesting to see what Chef Eric has created and put on the menu.

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LD
Calgary
64 reviews
4.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were so impressed with our first visit we wanted to see if it held up to our exceptions when there with friends and it did. Always a treat to see whats new on the menu. Great bread and butter. Pasta was great too. Friendly professional chef and staff with a good knowledge of wine.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great dinner spot in Calgary. Limited menu but all dishes were thoughtfully prepared and delicious. Excellent wine selection with the opportunity to taste open bottles. Great ambiance with a small bar and few tables this place feels very intimate and exclusive. I will be returning.

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E
Calgary
6 reviews
5.0Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Small menu but everything was incredible

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Houston
21 reviews
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The small plates were interesting and tasty. We had the lamb tartare, squid, broccoli and hand rolled pasta. Service was slow to begin, then picked up. Thought that the dishes were over-priced, especially the pasta, $22, was a bit steep.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and great service

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GR
Vancouver
21 reviews
4.0Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very unique spot, food was very good, ambience is the key to the experience.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, wine, service.... Consistently fabulous, we had the oysters, lamb tartar & hand rolled pasta, everything was fresh, delicious and the care and time our server took finding wines that he thought would not only compliment our taste but food as well was exquisite. Hands down still my favourite restaurant in Calgary.

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Philadelphia
20 reviews
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great night with friends and tasty food here. Broccoli and lamb tartar were fabulous. Definitely coming back. Also great service.

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OT
Calgary
31 reviews
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily my favorite Canadian restaurant! Excellent wine selection, service and food pairing. Each time is a great adventure. Looking forward to our next visit.

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PR
1 review
5.0Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, meals were excellent and service was very good. Very good selection of wine and good advices from the barman-server. I would recommend to my friends and family.

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