Bar Von Der Fels | Calgary's Best Restaurants 2020

When Bar Von Der Fels opened in 2016, the little wine bar felt simultaneously scrappy and sophisticated. Since then, it has only gotten better.

BVDF interior. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Food: Small plates to pair with wines.
Vibe: Secret hangout.
Order this: The menu changes regularly, but any version of chef King’s Hasselback potato is a winner.
Know this: BVDF is closed on Sundays, leaving it to transform into Pizza Face, an old-school Italian pizzeria pop-up.
Average Price: $20 per small plate.

When Bar Von Der Fels (BVDF) opened in 2016, the little wine bar felt simultaneously scrappy and sophisticated. The tiny room and youthfulness of proprietor/sommeliers Will Trow and Thomas Dahlgren gave the restaurant a cool “you’ve got to be in the know” kind of vibe, but the food coming out of what has to be the tiniest commercial kitchen in town was as exciting as the off-beat glass pours offered at the bar. Since then, BVDF has only gotten better — chef Douglas King joined the team about a year and a half ago, adding even more consistency and adventurousness to the oft-changing small plates menu.

1005A 1 St. S.W., 587-349-2656, barvonderfels.com

Hasselback potatoes with Fogo Island crab. Photograph by Jared Sych.
Chef Douglas King with plated creations. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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This article appears in the March 2020 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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