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Charcut Roast House
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Ranked #23 of 3,573 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 9th Avenue SW
Description: "Top Chef" season 1 finalist, Connie DeSousa Co-Chef / Owner of this new restaurant located in Downtown Calgary. Featuring urban-rustic cuisine with a custom-built rotisserie and charbroiler, vintage-style slicer and hand-crafted charcuterie eating bar. A contemporary and inviting gathering place, CHARCUT combines local chef-driven cuisine with Italian and Country French accents. Ingredients are sourced from small, local artisan farmers and ranchers, with herbs harvested daily from its own garden, minimizing the miles food travels. Open late night with a full menu.
Kitchener, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Odd result”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had one the strangest experiences we have ever had. Every single item we ordered was delicious but after the meal was over we all agreed that in total, the meal was just average. The whole was less than the sum of its parts. The reason, it was too much of the same. Every dish was full of flavour but many were quite rich. We desperately wanted relief from from the flavour of animal fat. Maybe we ordered wrong but the menu we had to choose from had very few options for such relief. We all love meat but we like other things too. Unfortunately, every dish came with animal fat.

The service was quite good and overall we were glad we went but at almost $100 per person, there are just too many other options for us to want to return.

I do think 3 stars are too few but 3-1/2 was not an option. The food is delicious but too one-note to get more than 3 stars.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Amazing down-to-earth food in a great modern environment. Very unpretentious and realistic. Love this place !

  • Visited August 2013
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Lincoln, Nebraska
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“I Love it When This Happens!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

I love it when this happens!

We walked in blind to Charcut Roast House in Calgary. The concierge at our hotel recommended it to us. We didn't know we were in for a unique treat for our 17th anniversary....

We ended up eating at the bar by the kitchen. We didn't have reservations, so we thought we were sitting in a bad spot...WRONG! We had so much fun watching the chef (John) and his Sous Chef cook our meal. They were working hard, but took time to get to know us. The service was 5 star.

We ordered the prime rib because my husband loves it. It was the most amazing prime we've ever had and that counts a lot coming from a Nebraskan. Come to find out, the Albertan people are just as proud of their beef as Nebraskans! It was succulent. The beef and all the other meats are butchered, smoked and cooked right on the premises. It can't get much fresher than that! If I could go back, I'd order the board that comes out with about 4 or 5 of their sausages.

The sides were delectable. Afterwards, we wish we would've ordered the poutine, but we didn't know what it was. Everyone in Canada raves about it. This was special, though, because it was fried in duck fat (?!!!). It's fries, covered in gravy with a cheese curd. YUM!

The huge surprise was the dessert! We had mentioned our anniversary and had been watching them being assembled all evening. We ordered the strawberry shortcake...which is an understatement, by the way. When our dessert came there were 3 DESSERTS!!! It was NIRVANA, especially to my husband's sweet tooth. There was the shortcake, a caramel-dark chocolate parfait and 2 to die for chocolate chip cookies.

Not knowing this restaurant has been rated one of the top 10 in Canada and that one of the chefs-Connie DeSousa- was runner up on Top Chef Canada on the Food Network made this experience extremely memorable. I promised Chef John and Chef Connie we'd send them a ceramic pig from Nebraska to add to their collection (It's on the way soon but I have to find exactly the right one).

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank TheStarksinNE
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Javea, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
373 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Steak ... and shared burgers!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Loved it ... it was our last dinner in Canada before returning to Spain ... and it had come highly recommended by family in Regina. Even had our favourite new starter on it ... roasted beet root and goat cheese salad as well as the escargot in bone marrow!

Visited August 2013
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Thank berna57
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Calgary
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Meat Lover's Dream”
Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

We took my mother-in-law for her birthday. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the smoked prime rib, which was not too smoky and allowed that lovely traditional flavor to shine through. A popular choice around us was the roast chicken which was absolutely succulent. The Whole Fish on the menu was a surprise in landlocked Calgary - I overhear several people asking if it came with the head and when they were told it does, no one went for it.
The sides were all scrumptious - we made sure the 5 of us each had something different for sharesies.
The service was perfectly knowledgeable and attentive.
The atmosphere was very businessman's dinner - not sure if I would go as a family again but for a date night it would be good. We will go back.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank AlyssaSaturley
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