Charbar | Calgary's 25 Best Restaurants

Dine on Argentinian-inspired fare at Charbar in the century-old Simmons Building in East Village.


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The building that houses Charbar features old wooden floors, fir pillars and brick.



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FOOD | Argentinean-inspired, with dry-aged steaks, vegetarian options and seafood.
VIBE | Casual sophistication. Equally great for business lunches and best-friend birthdays. 
DECOR | Brick, black paint, an open kitchen and massive fir pillars and steel beams.
DISH | Tableside ceviche mixto.
TIP | Remember Charcut’s famous alley burgers? You can get ’em at Charbar Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.


One of Calgary’s most anticipated restaurants of all time, Charbar has been dry-aging excellent beef and mixing ceviche tableside in the Simmons Building since 2015. Charbar is co-owned by Charcut’s Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, but the chef and co-owner who runs Charbar’s open kitchen — and its Argentine wood-burning parilla grill — is Chopped Canada winner Jessica Pelland.

If you want something beautifully butchered, cured or grilled over a fire, you can find it here, but there’s also a raw bar with oysters and ceviche, plenty of vegetarian dishes and fugazza (Argentinian-style pizza), whose dough takes three days to make. Charbar shares its space (and some of its menu) with Sidewalk Citizen, which supplies sourdough, and Phil & Sebastian, which pulls all the espresso shots. If you’re thirsty for something stronger, there’s a solid wine list, a selection of craft beers and more than a dozen clever cocktails.

Charbar has more than 150 seats on two levels, plus a third level in the summer — a first-come, first-served rooftop patio with a special outdoor-inspired menu. The location, a century-old former mattress factory on the RiverWalk in the East Village, has old wooden floors, old-timey fixtures, big wide windows and dark tables dotted with bright blue Le Creuset platters. No wonder it’s become a popular wedding destination. ­

618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115,


This article appears in the March 2018 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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