Raw Bar

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378 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Asian
A modern craft cocktail lounge serving Asian-inspired fare, Raw Bar is an intimate yet lively space in the heart of downtown Calgary. Located at Hotel Arts, Raw Bar exudes sophistication, modernity and great taste from the menu to the finely curated art and décor.

Happy Hour – Tuesday – Saturday 4-6pm, $6 feature wine, beer and classic cocktails + 50% off select small plates
Half Price Wine Friday – 50% off bottles of wine
Fridays at Raw Bar - Enjoy $1 oysters from 4-7pm
FREE PARKING – Our guests receive complimentary self-parking at Hotel Arts in both our above ground surface lot, and our heated underground parkade.
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PR
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great! We’ll be back again soon. Great atmosphere and location.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Food was disappointing-had the fried chicken (dry), breaded broccolini (dry and tasteless), sushi (tasted like store bought sushi).

Beet salad was delicious and pretty, but beets cut into circles like onion rings are tough to eat with chopsticks.

Cocktails were delish.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The cocktails were amazing, the food was spectacular and the staff were super friendly and helpful. Raw bar is awesome. It's Rawesome.

R
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome decor and ambience, delicious food, attentive service, and unbelievable quality for your dollar. Will definitely be back!

DG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants i've been to in Calgary

S
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and service! Highly recommend Raw Bar for small events or parties

DY
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friday was our first visit to Raw Bar and we will definitely be back! We had a great time and it has to be one of the best happy hours in the city. We tried most of the small plates as well as the oysters and everything was fantastic. A hidden gem for sure!

Raw Bar
Responded on October 11, 2019

Hi DonnaY, Thank you for the fantastic review! Looking forward to hosting you again for happy hour and Oysters. Cheers, Dilan Conway Raw Bar GM

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f
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was great. Service was very slow. There was nobody else in entire place, so I wonder what it would be like if busy?

C
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We arrived early enough to order off their happy hour menu. The food was very unique and very good. They were able to easily recommend items that were gluten free, even from their happy hour menu. The service was spectacular even though there was a huge event going on in another part of the hotel. The menu is very different than any other restaurant I have dined at. I would recommend this restaurant. It is also located an easy walk to the Calgary Stampede grounds or a very quick and inexpensive taxi ride.

SG
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We went for happy hour, share plates were good value. Service was slow, overall it was a decent experience

PT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Food was great. The oysters were my favourite.

MJ
Calgary
76 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and fantastic happy hour!

Raw Bar
Responded on August 23, 2019

Hi MeanJean, Thanks for the great review! Looking forwards to hosting you again during happy hour. Regards, Dilan Conway Raw Bar General Manager

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RB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best happy hour in calgary! The service is always amazing.

CY
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Honestly, the experience did not live up to my expectations. For the amount you're paying and the small amount of food you get, you would expect the food to be absolutely delicious. It was just alright, really nothing special. You're much better off going to Cactus. Seriously. Our server also hardly talked to us. Sometimes he would just simply gesture at things, stare at us, and then walk away. He did not make an effort to welcome us which you would expect from a higher end restaurant. Overall, it was somewhat disappointing.

F
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food; portions a little small; flavours were quite exceptional. Happy Hour bar prices were extremely reasonable and drinks were of good quality.

RB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was awesome. Best happy hour in the city.

C
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday meal

j
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great spot. Service was a bit slow and found that it wasn't that busy either. Great cocktails and great food! I'd definitely go back!

Raw Bar
Responded on July 18, 2019

Hi jpoww, Thank you so much for the great review, Net time you come in we will be sure to make the service a little quicker for you. Looking forward to having you in again, Cheers, Dilan Conway GM of Raw Bar

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Raw Bar has been excellent every time we go, especially tonight. Their revamped menu has a wonderful assortment of dishes of unique and interesting flavours. Their fried chicken is the best we have ever had! We would definitely recommend this restaurant for dinner for any occasion!

M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

I was really looking forward to my reservations over the past weekend but was disappointed in the service received. I called ahead the day before to see if the patio would be open. The gentleman who answered the phone informed me the patio would not be opened until Saturday. I came on Friday and the patio was opened! Oh well, I guess you guys pushed for the renovation completion early which is fine. What I didn't appreciate was waiting for someone to notice me waiting to be seated at my table. I felt because of the rush to get the patio open, they may have been short staffed. I had been walked by multiple times by staff, none of them asking if I had been helped. I had to go to the patio for assistance. I waited for more than 10 minutes before giving up and looking for help. Once seated, we were sat in the worst table, next to the exits where the servers were rushing out to the patio when there were empty tables in the restaurant that was ever occupied the 2 hours we were there. Our server didn't come by often, food was forgotten (which the server apologized and gave it to us on the house - thanks!), and he didn't stop by in the last 15 minutes of happy hour to see if we wanted anything else. Good thing we thought ahead and ordered an extra happy hour drink the last time he came to check up on us. The only thing that was great was the food. I will hesitate to come back again.

SS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great time at Raw Bar. The service was outstanding! I just wish the pool had been open. The only thing that could have made it better was that we enjoyed our wine outside.

Raw Bar
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hi StaceyS Thank you for the amazing review! The pool and patio are now open, we would love to see you back enjoying the sun and some wine out there. Regards, Dilan Conway Raw Bar GM

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CF
Calgary
77 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was all good, but nothing exceptional. Service was very good.

M
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food is very good (family-style meal; "large plates" are pretty large, so careful when ordering or you might not be able to finish everything; one large plate and two small ones are enough for two people), other that that it was very tasty

MB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of the best Happy Hours in the city: Half price bottles of wine, 1/2 price “small plates” and (on Fridays) buck-a-shuck for oysters (max 1 dozen). We tried a number of the small plates and enjoyed a dozen oysters each. All of the food was delectable and beautifully presented. My dining partner is vegetarian, so we appreciated the large variety of meatless dishes on the menu. The wine selection available for the happy hour deal was also nicely varied and of excellent quality and value.

KH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven't been here in some time and thought that we were due. The menu has changed a little (food and drink) but everything ordered from the small plates section was fantastic! Must tries are the Peking Duck Salad Roll & the BC Albacore Tuna Carpaccio. Be sure to ask to sit in Mark's section. He really made the meal.

FY
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food exceeded expectations. Waiter’s wine recommendation was excellent.

GH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks are amazing, and the staff are enthusiastic and engaging.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the most kind and sincere server. Definitely going back!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aya was a great server and all of the rest of the staff always go above and beyond to make our night out fantastic!

JM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding and innovative food and drinks for Happy Hour. Great service and staff. Always a pleasure to visit such a great Canadian establishment! we’ll be back soon!!

VD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met with girlfriends after work - a great place to relax, order a bunch of delicious appetizers and catch up!

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and food.

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Michael at the Raw Bar was amazing. He is a top notch professional. We had an amazing time and looking forward to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious!!! Everything was fantastic, and we will definite be back. The staff were so attentive to our needs and went above and beyond

KL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went on a Saturday and the Food and service was great! We tried a lot of the small plates to share and everything was really tasty. Since there was a flames game that night, they also had a special game menu. I think I may have left my IPod there but I’ll have to wait till Tuesday to phone them since they don’t open Sunday or Monday.

m
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING SERVICE! I have always had great service and last night was no different. Food is fantastic. Drinks are cold & delicious. Happy hour is great! I love this place - highly recommend to anyone!

Raw Bar
Responded on February 26, 2019

Maria, Thank you for the outstanding review, Excited to see you soon! Regards, Dilan Conway Raw Bar GM

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C
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

There was a new playlist. Rap music and we asked our server to change it a few times as it was very aggressive and irritating for a lounge atmosphere! Kindly he finally did. Thank goodness. Much better. We are regulars and never had the music been a bother.

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely delicious as always. Service is consistently great.

DD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My gf & I had a great Valentine's dinner at Raw Bar. Food & service was amazing. A great hot spot for any occasion.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s Day, everything went beyond planned!

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