Bar Von der Fels

4.7
141 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Douglas King.
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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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Douglas King
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Cross Street
1st Street SW
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
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JS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The menu is small but the food incredibly tasty. The wine is unique and interesting. The bar is small and not good for large groups but excellent for three to four people.

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JH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked a reservation intending to stay for a drink only but could not resist the bread, cheese and charcuterie - so delicious and great wine. Highly recommend for a date or one and one friend evening.

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s
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great bar, great food, and exceptionally friendly staff. Make sure to speak to Thomas if you are interested in wine, he is a very well versed gentleman.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an incredible night at Bar Von Der Fels! This is the anniversary that never ends.
Charcuterie, kushi oysters, comté cheese, crab with cantelope, gnocchi and wagyu ribeye with a selection of premium wines expertly paired by the sommeliers Will and Thomas. A night to remember!

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IM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very interesting menu, lots or originality. Not every dish hit the mark but love the attitude. Great wine list, beer list a hidden gem.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I stumbled upon this hidden gem last Thursday and are SO thankful we did. This place is now my new favourite restaurant in Calgary with hands down the best wine list in the city. The food was delicious, creative, and very well priced. Both owners were working and it was amazing being able to chat with them about the concept of their restaurant and the personal touches within the restaurant (check out the photos in the bathroom!). Their menu is constantly changing and I cannot wait to come back and try out more of their food and drink creations. Definitely check out Bar Von Der Fels if you are able to!

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SB
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Check out Von Der Street!! New menu, fantastic chef. Everything excellent.

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M
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent! Wow the food is so good here and a amazing wine selection and a staff with so much knowledge. I would go back in a flash. The food is a bit expensive for the plate size and trying to share. But the taste was over the top

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent wine selection. 2 dishes were amazing and 2 were ok/good

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B
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a fantastic bottle of wine, but did not eat here. Would definitely go back to try the food.

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

Owner was amazing - had great wine suggestions. Food was incredible too - each bite was out of this world! So worth it! It’s easy to see why this place made Canada’s top 40 restaurants

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N
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Take any reservation you can get. Your expectations for this restaurant will be exceeded

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PH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose Bar Von Der Fels for my 30th birthday dinner based on a stron recommendation from a friend.
This place is NOT overrated.
Amazing service, perfect wine pairing from their daily changing variety of open bottles, and well thought out, delicious and carefully sourced cuisine.
We stayed for 2 hours and left very happy.
Thank you for creating such a special place!

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G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent, service attentive and wine list varied and interesting. Will be back for sure

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RP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our latest dining experience was amazing! The food was incredible and the service is always professional and accessible. This spot never disappoints and seems to only get better and better. A must visit if in Calgary.

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TG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always, always doing the unexpected with ingredients. Don't see steak done so well and yet so simply very often.

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OT
Calgary
60 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve eaten twice at BbdF now - with rather different experiences. The first time I was quite blown away with the complex and rich flavours that permeated each dish from the tiny kitchen - quite an achievement!! The second time, not so much. The food was still very good, but the flavours didn’t fly and sing as they had the first time. It was a different menu, for the most past, and different choices, but I had hoped for more. The service is still great and the ambiance of this small space still hipster cool!

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DB
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to the young guns event hosted by this venue. Wow!! Amazing food and service. We asked for a wine pairing and were not disappointed. Great way to provide some exposure to the up and coming chef's in Calgary. Would definitely attend another event. The food was presented, flavour of all.the dishes were perfect and did a great job of showcasing some of the culinary talent Calgary has to offer.

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NP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Incredible service. 10/10 will be back.

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G
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Don’t even think about going anywhere else. This is the spot.

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r
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Owners and staff are excellent! Right seating (max occupancy is 28) but lovely food, great wines and engaging people! Not cheap...but worth every penny!

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MM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here and we will definitely be back. Great food and wine and service was very good.

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TL
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding wine list with best selection of wines by glass in Calgary. Creative memorable food. Thomas behind the bar is knowledgable and helpful. Highest recommendations!!

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RW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awsome wine and food pairing, outstanding wine selection. Great food, awsome people

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
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
Dined on July 11, 2018
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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BT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 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
Dined 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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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect as always. BVDF can’t be beat.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined 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
9 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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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SB
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
21 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great costumer service

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