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Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar

624 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G4, Canada
+1 403-474-4829
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (11 reviews)
“spring rolls” (12 reviews)
“mushroom soup” (6 reviews)
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American, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
624 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G4, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been following along with Escoba back when it was in the basement of Penny Lane. Now, years later, with a changes in the Calgary landscape and new management, it still stands up. It might be nice to see some additions to the menu, but...More

Thank Duncan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came in the other night for wine and tapas with a friend. Great spot. I really like the atmosphere and the service was excellent. We tried the crab cakes and meatballs for appetizers. The meatballs were exceptional. I will be back for lunch or...More

Thank Ian K
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

I was looking for a restaurant to enjoy a good meal near my hotel before heading to the airport and so I checked TripAdvisor and Escoba Bistro popped up. What a lovely place! I was here rather early (1600hrs) so I had the place to...More

Thank Linda N
Reviewed 5 March 2018

We held my husband's retirement party at the Escoba this past saturday and it was a perfect venue for our 50 guests. Blair, Laurel and the rest of the staff couldn't have been more accommodating and attentive. We had a variety of wonderful, tasty hors...More

Thank debyaremko
Reviewed 20 February 2018

This is my go to restaurant in downtown Calgary. The staff is the best, very friendly with top notch service. The wine by the glass at lunch never lets you down. Food is unbelievable. Pick anything on the menu and you will not be disappointed....More

1  Thank Derrick71
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

I went on a suggestion from a colleague and cannot say enough. The service, reception, food and atmosphere was great. All the food from the lamb to the charcuterie to the flat bread was well portioned, tasty and presented well. I will be going again!

Thank Antigonishaway
Laurel M, Owner at Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to share your review!! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Had the Mushroom soup 10/10 and meatballs. 10/10 The other couple had mussels which were excellent. Service was perfect.

Thank Marcel H
Laurel M, Owner at Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

We are so happy you enjoyed everything! Look forward to seeing you again soon! Another very popular appetizer item is our Escoba Spring Rolls :)

Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

I came here every now and then before they closed up in the spring, now that they are open again, I come here every couple of weeks. The food is so good, well prepared and plated, and it's so nice to have the owners there...More

Thank TheDude1974
Reviewed 4 December 2017

I had been to the restaurant for a business lunch a few months ago, and I was so impressed that I wanted to return with my wife for dinner. I was not disappointed. The restaurant personnel and wait staff are so friendly and authentic. They...More

Thank Pietro D
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Came to dinner on a Tuesday night. Got a great table for two by the window. Everything was perfect. Attentive and knowledgeable staff and excellent food! Blair and his staff have this dialed in and deliver exceptional chef inspired, and chef created food. From appetizers...More

2  Thank Darla H
Laurel M, Owner at Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience Darla - it really helps keep us motivated to hear how much you enjoyed everything! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Takeout, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 624 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G4, Canada
    (Between 5th and 6th Street on 8th Ave SW)
  • Public Transportation: We are located 1/2 block south of the 5th ave C-Train stop.
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 403-474-4829
  • E-mail
Mediterranean comfort food including lamb, prime grade beef, Atlantic salmon, pastas, and homemade flatbreads. Every dish has a suggested wine pairing from our extensive cellar. Enjoy the warmth of our charmingly rustic wood, stucco, stone and wrought iron decor. Escoba seats up to 175 for dinner with the capacity to host up to 280 for specialized cocktail and appetizer functions.
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