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Brava Bistro

723 17th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2S 0B6, Canada (Mont royal)
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Ranked #59 of 2,832 restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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108 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 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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Regina, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We went to Brava Bistro to celebrate with family. What a great experience. The food was excellent, good portion size, tasty and creative. The waiter was excellent, knew the wine list, could offer suggestions based on our food selections. Was there when needed. All in all a great evening.

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Ottawa, Canada
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157 reviews 157 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It's a Calgary bistro - the 'local' beer was from Whistler BC, and the second local option came from Toronto. That was strange. We were there for lunch and had two sandwiches - the daily carver's special and the short rib sandwich. Both were fine. Neither was amazing. Not sure what the hype/excitement is about though. Maybe it's better in... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This was my first time to Brava and I have to say I was blown away by their selection of food and wines. One of the things that made it great was we were able to bring our own bottles of wine and just pay the corkage fee. But the one true thing that blew me away about this place... More

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Calgary, AB, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

A friend and I celebrated her special birthday at Brava on a Friday night. Because we were late making a reservation the only seats available were at the Bar, which was fine. It was my first visit but my friend had eaten at Brava many times and recommended it. The atmosphere was vibrant and the service was great but I... More

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Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This restaurant is fantastic!...a very diverse menu. The service was alright, but I felt the staff could put on a smile ....at times, you sort of felt you were bothering them by asking for something. My favourite here is the Lobster Poutine...it is divine and I highly recommend it!

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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Personally We find making a reservation to an answering machine with instructions that they will call back---lacking interest and just about rude. Patrons should come before Restaurantours' convenience! However---the reservation was handled with diligence. It had been a long time since We had visited Brava, and it was great to see and feel the energy We remembered, from the staff... More

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