Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar

4.8
120 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mediterranean
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  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
Mediterranean influenced cuisine paired with great wine and exceptional service. We are excited to re-open after a 14 month hiatus to share our passion once again with our vintage'd patrons and hopefully some new patrons as well. Located in the Calgary downtown core we are well accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the corporate lunch crowd and delight in the opportunity to serve our clientele both efficiently and consistently with our good old fashioned familiar Escoba ways. Our evenings are a bit more quiet and perfect for catching up with an old friend, getting a bite to eat before or after a movie, or even just an impromptu drink and bite with family... did we mention we also host private events for a variety of sizes? We hope to serve you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 11 am to 2 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 am to 8 pm
Friday: 11 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 5 pm to 10 pm
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Phone number
(403) 474-4828
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Brad O'Leary
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Private Party Facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private Party Contact
Laurel O'Leary: (403) 474-4828
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Equal distance from 8th AVE and 5th ST SW or 8th AVE and 6th ST SW
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Parking Details
Parking on the street is free after 6 pm but very limited, please feel free to call us for details regarding parking options. There are public parkades at the corner of 5th ST and 9th AVE SW, 6th ST and 9th AVE SW, and also in the new Manulife building 707 5th ST SW with access in the alley which runs between 8th and 7th Avenue SW having entrances at both 6th and 5th ST.
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Public Transit
C-Train stop 6th ST or 4th ST
What 120 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food and ambiance were exceptional, and it was a treat to be seated near the window. It had an open-air feeling. I dined at Escoba frequently from 2007-2012 and was keen to be back.

Unfortunately our server that evening was indifferent and not suited to fine dining. Perhaps service is better on weekends.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Too much garlic in mushroom soup

But it was just fine!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

An unknown place if you're not a regular since it is away from the 8th Ave pub areas. Take the extra walk for 2 blocks and enjoy a great wine selection with a fantastic menu all reasonably priced

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The food selection is amazing. The staff is knowledgeable and caters to preferences. The location is just a walk away from all the congested traffic and crowds. I really enjoyed my time here with my friends. We tried practically all the appetizers and I had the steak which was the best thing on their menu. Will be going back whenever we can!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Entrees were delicious and reasonable portions! The appetizers were average and a bit overpriced. Would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great spot with great food. Service was very good. Enjoyed having lunch and some beers here.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Absolutely exceptional food, did not expect such good steak compared to other restaurants but would have been happy getting a piece of meat like this from Hy's or Ruth Chris.

Absolutely fantastic, if you like savoury and a ton of flavor, this is the spot... mind you, since the re-open, there really is nothing they have done that hasn't been exceptional!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Wonderful food, great menu, terrific staff

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food was great, nice presentation and tasty. Excellent service

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Always an amazing meal every time I book this restaurant. Looking forward to my next visit

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

There were 5 of us for a business meal. We were able to discuss business without yelling at each other so that was great.
The food was good as always. I had the Ahi Tuna which was delicious but a bit salty.
2 others had salads and the others had chicken and scallops.
We also had the dessert sampling which was awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Escoba is an awesome restaurant, with great food and a wonderful selection of wines. Great for Birthdays or just a casual night out. Love that they can cater to my Gluten Free Diet. Salmon on Shrimp Risotto is awesome! Staff is awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We really enjoyed our supper at Escoba. The menu is not large and that is a good thing! Broad selection of wine choices to go with your meal. Service was excellent and food was great...

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

They have a tasting menu for appies and for Desserts which was great! We had the steak, Salmon and Paello and they were all fantastic, full of flavor. The steak does come with a sauce on it so if you don't like sauces then order on side.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Amazing staff with fantastic food and wonderful wine !!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Server was very knowledgable when ordering a great wine for an amazing pasta dish!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Wonderful food. Our service was great! They surprised us with chocolate truffles for our anniversary without us saying a thing!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Good food, good wine - glad they're back in business.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great lunch as always. Very happy to see Escoba back on the downtown dining scene.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food was great and came quickly considering the size of our group (7). They were also quick to accommodate us by making extra space since we had late additions to the group.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

So happy to discover that Escoba is back with a new menu and old favourites. The mushroom soup is still the best anywhere!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Rediscovered an old favourite! Great food, great wine list and experienced top notch servers. Really fun night! The Champagne bar is very close and a nice apres dinner venue. 5 stars🥂

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Thought we would give this another try. Was our absolute fav back in the Penny Lane days for food and ambience. Won’t be back. It’s not even close to what it used to be

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great lunch with a few guys from work. Went right at noon and the place was packed. I was worried because I had a 1:00 meeting but even with no seats left in the house my food was out, I ate, and left by 12:45. I didn’t even ask them to rush it. Now that was impressive! Food was great and service great too. It was awesome to see everyone in their jerseys to show respect and support for the Humbolt Broncos tragedy. I’d recommend this place to anyone!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Love my Escoba!
Great ambience and service
Excellent vino

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing as always!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

What an amazing food experience, service experience and all around dining experience. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food and wine was fantastic last night!

I was disappointed with the atmosphere of the place though. The place definitely needs to be refreshed. I thought that since it had been “re-opened” it would have looked different and been updated...nope. I think they use 100 watt lightbulbs throughout the restaurant. No difficulty seeing our food...which tasted great.

This is a good place to go for a great meal, but just be forewarned...not much “atmosphere” there though.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

This was fairly standard fare in a fairly standard restaurant. Limited lunch choices. Not outstanding but adequate for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The three-appetizer combo option is a good idea. For my main I had the beet salad with prawns and it was good. My friend had the tenderloin which was beautifully done. Next time I'll try the lamb and steak duo.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great meal quick food

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had 3 courses and were not disappointed! The meatballs were our absolute favorite, but every course was amazing. Also they were great with out little guy and gave spectacular service. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food and service was excellent. Our server was friendly and quick. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great service. Lots of food and drink options for the whole group.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great food and wine, exceptional and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I always enjoyed the food and environment here, and was so very pleased to learn it has reopened.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

A very great lunch. So nice to see the return of this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Great place in downtown away from the core. Always delicious and consistent. Glad they are open again!!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

As always a treat, will be back soon. Always enjoy the wine specials that are offered as a tasting for consideration, very nice touch. As well the recommendations by server for wine / food pairing.

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