Permanently Closed - Ox Bar de Tapas

4.4
1858 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Spanish
This restaurant is permanently closed. At Ox Bar de Tapas we take our food seriously. Focused on tapas made to share we find our inspiration from the waters of San Sebastian to the bustling streets of Madrid. Experience what Ox has to offer and find yourself a little bit of Spain in Calgary. ​We take pride in using the best local ingredients, simply prepared to be enjoyed with good friends and conversations. At Ox bar de Tapas we are dedicated to the food and dining habits of Spain. We are influenced by the flavours and traditional dishes of the many regions in Spain. What we most enjoy about this culturally diverse country is the WAY they eat, focused on community, friendship and taking the time for each other at the table. Ox Bar de Tapas puts the experience of dinning as its priority through quality of service and product.
**Please note that the high top and counter tables are communal**
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CraigJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. Love this place.

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CourtneyM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance. James was a fantastic server. All the food was amazing!! We went celebrating our anniversary and were greeted with a round of complimentary champagne. James had great food suggestions - get the deviled eggs and the pork belly!! It’s a cute, unique place in a great walking area. Highly recommend.

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JessicaN
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great variety of sharing plates, all things we tried were excellent. It's a room predominantly full of women, it was quite loud and got louder as the evening went on - that was the only 'spoiler' for the evening. Otherwise, the service was top notch, we had a really attentive server, were greeted promptly by a welcoming and smiley hostess. Would absolutely come here again to try more of the menu. The tuna crudo and roasted cauliflower were the hilights so far!

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Megan
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely Fantastic and Sheldon was an amazing server!

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MaryBethW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience and would go back again. The food and service was amazing.

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vipTheReader
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cant wait to go back. Had the Spanish table

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ThomasP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was good and my mother loved it for her birthday! Will definitely be coming back!!

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SueRow
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I had a wonderful time sharing tapas. Our server was amazing! The food was delicious. Great ambiance. Found out they have a happy hour that I will definitely be checking out!

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NickyF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I love coming here for the food and amazing cocktails. We are always impressed with Sheldon and we have been so lucky to have him serve us both times. Thank you Sheldon for your amazing service and recommendations. See you again soon!

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cherylc
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second time to Ox and Angela. Sheldon was our server and was top notch! Excellent service , friendly and great food.

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KateH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wr enjoyed the excellent food: choice, presentation, quality and quantity. It’s so authentic. Wine pairing is a nice option. Unique and definitely recommend.

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HeatherB
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our 12yo daughter chose this restaurant off the internet for her birthday dinner (we just moved here).
We were blown away with the wonderful service. The food was delicious and we enjoyed every dish we tried.

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Apogee58
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Was a great nights at one of my fav restaurants. Excellent gin cocktails to start. So many gin choices. Try a Dr.’s Orders or a Gin Mare.
The only reason they got docked two stars was there was no paella available on Thursday night. What kind of a Spanish restaurant has no paella? Right???
Somehow we soldiered on with 10 tapas plates. All delicious. The salt cod croquettes & the scallops in particular

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vipIzabela
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The waiter serving us was super nice and Red Sangaria drink was very tasty. The food however was not the best. Both pork belly and the steak were not tender which made it hard to enjoy. The bruschetta type of appetizer was also average in taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good selection of food, wine and cocktails. The service was very good as well.

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Oliver
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Ox still has amazing food but I haven't had such lack luster service in a restaurant in a long time in Calgary. Inside it's so freezing cold, dark and loud that it literally scares away customers. Only the patio is bearable-- but the staff were not friendly, declined to give us a food menu while we waited for our table, forgot an order and when it was requested again never apologized for it, and would come by with a dour look on their faces every time they brought food. Seems like there's some really unhappy vibes going on back there. Hope it gets better because the food is phenomenal and this used to be my favourite place.

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KatieH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Overall we enjoyed our experience but we did find that most food items were not cooked correctly. They were either over cooked slightly or under cooked slightly.

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NicoleD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service & food was phenomenal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ox is the go to Spanish restaurant in Calgary. The space is beautiful, lighting is perfect and the music is always on point. The food was delicious as usual. We had the chef’s dinner which was amazing. The portion sizes are generous but not so much as to require rolling out of there. Wine pairing was thoughtful and brought out all the beautiful flavours in the dishes. This is a real gem on 17th.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Left before ordering a drink, terrible service.

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jomusic93
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was just “okay”. Nothing wow’d me. Unfortunately, I pulled a hair out of one of the croquettes. A little bit unappetizing!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dining experience in Calgary, without having to sell off any of my kidneys before eating there.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome tapas !! Best I’ve had in Canada .

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Fid555
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love the food here (I think I’ve tried just about everything one the menu) and the wait staff are always excellent. Can’t wait til our next visit!

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seaschell
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular.
We did the Chef's Table, where essentially they make all your decisions for you. The fried chicken with harissa crema is an absolute must. I also really liked the Spanish bruschetta and the chorizo rice, while my husband preferred the pork belly and deviled eggs.
Service was AMAZING. We were quite early for our reservations (and they were packed), but they still made sure we could be seated immediately. Our waitress was incredibly personable, attentive, and hilarious. Note that their by-the-glass wine list is smaller but still great considering the emphasis on Spanish wines.
The only downside is the noise level was shockingly loud when we arrived (845pm) but that's not the restaurant's fault (probably moreso due to the two larger tables behind us). Interestingly, the communal tables actually allowed ALOT of space between parties, which was impressive.
All in all, we were really happy with our evening at Ox - we didn't feel it was overpriced as I've noticed other people commenting.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great restaurant. Been many times and always had a positive experience. Brought some business partners from Toronto this last time and they loved it. Will be back.

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DanielleW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great happy hour options! Not often you can snag a great deal on food around the dinner hour.

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victoriaD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

my absolute favorite restaurant in town! we have the same server every time we go and he is amazing. it’s truly not just a meal but a food experience and I can’t recommend enough

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SassySharon
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Where is Angela?

Had a great time bantering with the staff. The food was okay, nothing stood out. Didn't feel like I was having an authentic experience food wise.

The Sangria’s where so good, especially the white.

Don't know that I need to done here again.

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vipCaboKaren
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fried chicken and salt coquettes were amazing. Our server was efficient and friendly! Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing and tasty.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly prompt service in a welcoming environment. The food is delicious. I have been to tapas bars in Spain and the food is just as good in OX.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great night great service!!

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dwjames
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We used to love this place and would visit at least once a month. The food has gone steadily down hill since they took the Paella and Grilled Octopus off the menu. Lack of flavour in just about everything, we only ate half of each dish and did not take anything home. Nobody bothered to ask if there was a problem. Too bad, it is a great space and in a terrific location. The service is normally very good, we seemed to get caught in no man's land this time. Two people were trying to look after us but neither really took charge and we felt a little neglected.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always

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NewtonT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience2

Table was not ready until 40 minutes after reservation. Once we were seated the service was very slow. The staff was aware that we'd been waiting a while for food. After 2 hours I asked for the bill before we received our main course. I don't think this is everyone's experience here, the food is fantastic, but we were extremely disappointed.

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vipJillT
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

MIND BLOWN. I cannot WAIT to go back. One of the best meals I've ever had.

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AnneF
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Sorry to say that the experience was way to expensive for actual food costs and portions. Drink prices also feel like gouging. Overhead including rent and or profit margin must be forcing them to be so expensive for what they are providing.

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CristinaM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was amazing! Relaxed and refreshing. Will be back for sure.

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vipmoimix
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, fun atmosphere good server

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Permanently Closed - Ox Bar de Tapas is rated 4.4 stars by 1858 OpenTable diners.