Next Door Wine Bar & Tapas

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CAN$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Next Door Wine Bar & Tapas is a sophisticated and chic Mediterranean restaurant with a contemporary feel. The elaborate tapas selection is accompanied by an equally extensive wine list for all the wine lovers! Located in Heritage Plaza, Next Door Wine Bar & Tapas is close to Calgary's downtown, Heritage Park and Chinook shopping mall. With the view of the mountains peaking through the windows, our restaurant offers a beautiful ambiance for your next private event, date night or casual evening out.

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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.2
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SW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic. He was professional and engaged with us, he had recommendations and all that he suggested we ordered. The Tapas he suggested we great, overall great experience and evening. KUDOS to our server. Will most definitely return and recommend this venue to others.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always been wanting to go check it out... VERY impressed!! I would suggest this place for a quite, intimate dinner, girls night or just a family night. Wouldnt suggest small children though. Toscana us a better setting for that. Overall best date night yet!!

JH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend for a night out, every dish was excellent. The cocktails were also great.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tapas and pizza were outstanding. No complaints on anything. Ask for Russell. Hes amazing!!

MP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went with our son and his girlfriend to celebrate a birthday. It was smooth enjoyable; music loud enough to,enjoy but not too loud to prevent comfortable conversation! Food was excellent ; no complaints from the 4 of us. We shared small plates and timing of delivery was good. Great wine menu and reasonably priced. Service was excellent!

LR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good variety of tapas and great flavour. Was quiet night so had the server all to ourself.

SG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food was OK, but nothing exceptional. The décor says they are trying.

Was surprised to find on Valentine's Day the only option was prix-fixe, and all Italian (i.e. Tapas is Spanish, and this was the reason we went there - The exterior window has 'TAPAS' in 30cm letters).

Service was below average.

We dropped over $200, which included a cocktail, a beer, and 2 8oz. glasses of wine.

It seems like this is La Toscana trying to go more upmarket with the same kitchen (La Toscana is right next door).

NL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

My fiancé and I visited the Next Door Wine Bar & Tapas on valentines today after seeing the restaurant on an article as a hot spot in calgary. Upon arrival we were promptly greeted and seated to a nice table. We were immediately served water, with wine to follow roughly 10-15 minutes later... first course came out good. Second course we both had the caesar salads which we both thought were below average. Mains came out a bit after and again left nothing to be desired. This was the first time we have gone out for dinner on valentines in many years and reminded us as to why we normally stay in. Seems as though restaurants are always understaffed when it comes to special occasions.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went for the Valentines meal.
It was a great value and the choices to choose form were great.
Everything was delicious as always.

AK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the portions were the perfect size. Will definitely be going back another time!

JW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there and it was Valentine Days so they had a reduced menu but it’s was absolutely delicious. Will definitely return to try their main menu.

RW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was our first time and we enjoyed our evening. The food was great and so was the wine though i thought the wine a little pricey for the pour.

M
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Valentine’s menu was good. Loved the bruschetta first course. There was a huge amount of calamari compared to the shrimp starter. Main courses were great but the desserts were disappointing- the cheesecake looked and tasted like it came from the freezer section of a grocery store. It was certainly not freshly made. Otherwise it was a good meal.

LD
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing tapas and wines! Russell is the best server ever. Thank you so much

L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for date night. Wonderful food, nice ambience and attentive staff. Wish it was in our neighbourhood. It’s a bit of a drive for us, but worth it. We will return!

LD
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing wine and absolutely delicious food. Russell is absolutely the best server in the city!! Thanks for the amazing service experience

J
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Unfortunately Next Door Wine Bar was not open for lunch, so we were diverted to the sister Italian place. It had the same menu but not as nice decor. The server was lovely! The host was warm. The food was good -- the flambe cheese was SO good. The fried gnocchi was also delicious. Stay away from the meatballs. They looked asthetically strange -- had a dried up outside that looked sort of fried but just weird, and inside weren't very good either (dry). Decent greek salad as well, but way too many bell peppers. The waitress was lovely and attentive!!!!

Next Door Wine Bar & Tapas
Responded on February 5, 2020

Hi Jill, thank you for visiting us for lunch. Unfortunately, we had to change our hours of operations due to slow traffic during lunch but our sister restaurant, Toscana Italian Grill, is more than happy to serve you with our same menu during the lunch period. We appreciate your honest feedback on the meatballs and Greek salad and will improve. We hope to see you again and will see our improvement :) Regards, Kevin, Community Manager

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They opened this area specifically for us. The owner served us personally. They were able to adjust dishes to meet several people’s dietary requests. Food was excellent. Pacin of the meal was paerfect.

U
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The staff were very attentive during our stay, the food was great and we weren’t rushed. Would definitely go again and recommend it to friends.

CA
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great tapas, relaxed, not rushed, great service, friendly.

JS
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Russel was our server & great again.
We’ll be back!

LC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, excellent food and great location. Would recommend for quiet night out . I will be returning , with more friends. Thank you

JS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great service. Nice place to go to visit with friends.

MM
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. We choose a variety of tapas and there was a real variety of flavors. This made for a rich experience.

c
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service, delicious food

GF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The rating I gave on t sound level might be distorted a bit, given that our table was having a great time. We visited on Wednesday, and to our delight the special was 1/2 price bottles of wine. Our server gave a fantastic recommendation which we all enjoyed. The servers were all attentive, no pressure to eat and get out. Rather we had a relaxed, great time, wonderful value, everyone in our group said they would go back!

M
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Tapas were all good to very good and service was excellent

BG
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Ambiance and service was amazing. Has a loud table beside us but not the restaurants fault. Food was pretty good with the exception of the seafood being a bit cold when it came out. Would good back again for sure.

TG
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Always great food and atmosphere. Will be back again!!

JB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time to Next Door and definitely will be back. They offer great tappas, good wine and the service was very good. Nice place for friends to go, enjoy some good food and wine all the while chatting and catching up. Will be back

GB
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Owner is very friendly and hands on with his business. Food was pretty good and about what one would expect for the price point. Enjoyed the prawns, calamari and fried cheese the best out of the 8-9 dishes we tried.

JS
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our 2nd time here & first since renovations.
Great experience!!

Our server Russel was very good!

MM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Next door was under renovations so we were seated in the restaurant (Toscana) side. Always excellent but prefer the ambiance next door. Love this restaurant

DS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

My confirmed reservation was for Next Door Wine Bar, but when I got there the server said it was closed for renovations, even though the Next Door Wine Bar sign said open. We ate in the sister restaurant which was not what I wanted. Probably won't go back.

JB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

If this review was based on the food alone-it would be outstanding. We were seated outside. The umbrella was broken so attempts were made to get one to block the sun in our eyes while eating-were largely unsuccessful. We could however go inside if uncomfortable-not a big deal. There was music playing inside for the staff as there was no one dining in there. I asked if there was music outside and was told “yes, it just hasn’t been turned on”. It was never turned on so we sat quietly trying not to hear our fellow diners conversations. It was a bit awkward. Uncomfortable atmosphere to say the least. We were happy for the traffic noise.

SW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food. Large portions for a tapas restaurant and service was really good.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was great and food was delicious!

A
Calgary
38 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food, service and best value around. Everything on the menu is good but especially escargot, flaming cheese and rib dish

M
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It's an okay neighborhood restaurant. The food is average. Service was alright. We went there for Mother's Day special and the staff weren't even clear on the promotion and menu.

F
Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

This was my second visit here. One thing they are definately consistant with is bad service.

I sat for 15 min without being asked if I would like a drink. There were 3 servers standing talking but unable to attend guests apparently.

All the tapas came out at the same time which meant out platter was cold by the time we got to it. The food was only average. We had the flaming cheese which is always good and the Italian platter which was nothing special. Nothing was very flavorful and everything had the same tomato sauce.

This is 2 strikes for this place especially on the service

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