Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar

4.6
224 reviews
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Mediterranean
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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!
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JT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really amazing appetizers and the desserts were to die for! A cool vibe without being pretentious...totally enjoyed it!

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H
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great service - nice atmosphere- a little noisy - food was good but not great -

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S
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We all had a pasta dish and it was so good! Only downside was the restaurant was really cold so bring a sweater.

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, knowledgeable staff. Gluten and dairy free options.

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C
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Une très belle découverte. Tout était savoureux. Le menu diète particulière est très varié. Mon amie a très bien été servie avec un repas sans produit laitier. Je recommande!

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L
Calgary
79 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We originally had booked for Saturday night. But there was a snow storm and we questioned making the trip downtown. I had phoned earlier in the day to request quieter seating. At that time I expressed my concern re the weather.
As is was on the phone with our dinner guests I received a call from the restaurant manager telling us the weather had turned very stormy and we shouldn’t venture out.
We rebooked for the following week at that point.
Our dinner was delicious ..soup and Escoba salad for two of us was a very tasty combination. Pasta for the two other guests was filling and very flavourful.
A shared dessert of lemon curd Coconut crust and very good.
We will definitely be back

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on May 2, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review! A return customer is our best compliment! See you on your next visit!

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BN
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The service was very friendly and professional. The food was good and came quickly. There was a group of six people for lunch and everyone was satisfied.

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend this restaurant whether for business or pleasure. The food is of the highest quality and is served professionally and efficiently. Escobar has an extensive wine selection with recommended pairings or you may select yourself. The staff are friendly and courteous and the ambiance here is very nice.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A fantastic lunch!

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DB
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, but would have liked more food options

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F
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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G
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good, but the cappuccino was pretty sad. Black coffee with milk foam on top fell short.

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LP
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved the wine tasting option. Great menu, lots of interesting options, and the food was lovely.

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f
Edmonton
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful server who knew her stuff and her recommendations were spot on!

Loved it and see you next time I am in town!

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f
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

The food and service were excellent however ambience and decor in the restaurant needs to be updated for the level of food and expense the restaurant wants to charge.

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KM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had for some time. The carpaccio was amazing!!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was perfect , service was fast and attentive. Salmon was delicious, great ambiance couldn’t have asked for a better date night.

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h
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Best salmon I've ever had!! Service was impeccable.

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JG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and wonderful ambiance of the place. Looking forward to my next visit.

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B
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with very thoughtful service. Wine list was impressive as well. Highly recommend for date night.

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GN
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was fantastic. Love that you guys joined the YYC food and eats expo it gave us the opportunity to come by and experience your beautiful establishment. I will definitely come again.
Thank you
Giselle

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C
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I came with my family and we selected from the YYC food and drink experience menu. The food was better than average but the service was not great. Food was very slow coming out (even though when we arrived there weren't a lot of people) and the server was not particularly attentive nor did she seem experienced in serving/clearing.
As for the food, my husband ordered the seared salmon. He said the searing was excellent but the fish was a little overcooked. My son enjoyed the buttered chicken. My daughter and I had the chickpea stew...I rated it about a 3 out of 5. It was good, but not the best value for the price of the set menu. We all very much enjoyed the cheesecake dessert.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service

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YT
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We decided to try Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar because of the YYC Taste and Drink Experience and it was good. The selection of items was more than most of the restaurants that were participating in the event. We My husband and I shared the choice of two appetizers and both were very good. We chose the salmon and beef over the chicken and vegetarian option and were very pleased. The entrees were beautifully plated and were excellent flavourful meals. The portion sizes for a tasting menu was on the generous side. Dessert again we shared the two choices available and again were not disappointed with either selection.

Our waitress was an excellent server. Knowledgeable, efficient all while being friendly, warm and welcoming. We were a little dissatisfied with where we were seated since we had made reservations and the restaurant was virtually empty however we made the best of the cramped little table. The restaurant quickly filled and before long we did feel even more cramped and the noise level from the table next and the restaurant in general took away from the overall positive experience. Not certain really what a restaurant could do in this situation but it did take away from our enjoyment.

I would recommend going to Escoba Bistro and would go again.

Thanks

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can’t say enough about Escoba, it’s without a doubt my favourite restaurant downtown.

The paella is outstanding and my friend had the chicken and scallops, it’s his “go to” entree; he said it’s amazing.

Vickie, our server, is awesome, unobtrusive and efficient. Very friendly and always remembers me.

The place has a very Spanish feel, it’s lovely!

Blair and Laurel, you do a heck of a job.

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C
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The sampler appetizers were fantastic! Presentation was great and the entrees were delicious! Definitely recommend!

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GC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I took a customer to lunch on a Wednesday. It was a treat to have such great staff and excellent food.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service. They are extremely knowledgeable about their wine liat

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j
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Escoba is a go to destination for me. The food is excellent, the service attentive and never annoying, and best of all you can converse with your party! Ambience is perfect for a business lunch or romantic dinner. Their Tiger Rose pasta dish is to die for!

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e
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice food and great ambiance

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SG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent service, what else can you want......Never been disappointed with Escoba.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always spectacular!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and we truly appreciate your patronage. See you again soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Chicken and Chorizo!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing your rating - the Chicken & Chorizo and one of our favourites too!

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant I've ever eaten at. Everything on the menu is excellent from the appetizers to the desserts. Definitely worth every penny. You won't be disappointed in anything on the menu!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 19, 2019

Wow! Thank you very much for your continued patronage and taking the time to share your praise! We look forward to your next visit :)

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SG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Escobar is a very nice restaurant for both personal and professional events. One of my favourites in Calgary

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CA
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was good and the server was very pleasant. However, we did a set menu paired with wine for Valentines and the appetizer took quite a long time to come which was odd. After that everything was great. Not sure if they got a little behind or if something went wrong in the kitchen. We will go back though!!

Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi Colin, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We apologize that we started off with a small hiccup and greatly appreciate your understanding. Hope to see you soon!

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KM
Cancun
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Valentines Day

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

It was fantastic. We had the Valentine chefs menu. Those short rib spring rolls were amazing. Incredible. The waitress seemed very unsure of herself and must have been brand new. She was ok. The steak was a bit over salted (and I like salt) and the cod was the only thing on the menu that we really didn’t like. We additionally ordered the tiger rose pasta and it was amazing as well and so was the desert. Thank you so much. We will definitely be back

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food service and atmosphere. Definitely will be back

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very good. Seating by the window was pretty darn cold. Cold feet for much of the time I was seated. Luckily my date had snow boots on...just not me.

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