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Brava Bistro

723 17th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2S 0B6, Canada (Mont royal)
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Ranked #49 of 2,881 restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $20 - $31
Cuisines: Bistro
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mont royal
Cross street: 7th Street
Description: Nestled in the heart of Calgary's trendy 17th Avenue district, Brava Bistro serves you casual dining with robust flavours, the cozy ambience of home and affordable prices.Our inventive menu, designed by Executive Chef Kevin Turner, weaves a modern fusion style into traditional Mediterranean cuisine. We use the freshest ingredients to ensure an optimal and unique dining experience.Dewey, our Cellar Manager, has an astute knowledge of wines, compiling a list of unknown and undervalued gems to complement the high-end varietals and blends with which you're familiar.Established in 1999, Brava Bistro takes a simple approach to ensuring your visit is exceptional, whether it's lunch, dinner or just a glass of wine.Come in and let us make you feel at home.
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83% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went to Brava to celebrate two birthdays at once. Everyone thought their meals were very good or excellent. Service was efficient and friendly. Had a gorgeous Italian red with our meal. Only small complaint was the noise level -- bit hard to hear each other. Wouldn't hesitate to go back and maybe sit outside next time.

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Redding, California
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186 reviews 186 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Made the reservations by phone, the next day while driving there, we called to get the exact address and we were told hey were closing for a private party. Poor communication between employees - the person took the reservations not knowing of the private party. Too bad - we really wanted to try it

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was here recently for dinner. What more do I need to say - fantastic food and fantastic service, as always at Brava Bistros.

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Calgary, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

A Sunday night, Father day at that & I had no idea how hard it is to find a place to dine. Starting down town blink closed, catch closed & on & on we decided to hit 17th ave & open for suggestion or please just open. I had been to Brava before but mid evening cocktails. Most welcome to... More

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Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I went for my birthday lunch and enjoyed it immensely. I am not easily pleased when dining out but found the portions to be larger than average, the quality was above average, and the wine menu was vast and reasonable. I highly recommend Brava Bistro.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

We celebrated our daughter's 32 birthday here and had a fantastic evening. Service was impeccable, food terrific and wine choices stellar. Yes, it is not cheap but in Calgary when you fine dine you pay. We had lamb, beef tenderloin and halibut and they were all very, very good.

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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Had a pretty good little meal here awhile back. I say little because that is what it was. I was expecting a little bit more umph from the salad and appy (flatbread) I ordered as a meal, but left with plenty of room to spare for a large frozen yogurt. I wish the portions were bigger because it was pretty... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

That is all you need to know.....eat the lobster gnocchi. It literally melts in your mouth and is just ecstasy to eat. Had the lobster poutine and it too was good. The beef tenderloin was cooked properly and was very tender. Also shared in the mussels and the cheese plate. We have eaten here many times and never been disappointed.... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We went here based on the reviews in Avenue magazine, which generally seems reliable. We recently went to Cassis and it was phenomenal. Brava, not so much: 1. Very slow. Numerous apologies about the delay but that gets a bit old and for a restaurant of this calibre, not what you would expect. 2. Food was just ok. Scallop appetizer... More

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Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

All three of us were disappointed with the food and service at this restaurant. The waiter had to be asked three times for water to dilute the coffee that was too strong. The entrees were disappointing - a tiny avocado and prawn salad, average mussels and a mediocre salad with the ahi tuna bagel. The toilet paper roll was broken... More

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