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“Truly should have been far better”
Review of Catch Oyster Bar

Catch Oyster Bar
Ranked #139 of 3,607 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Centre Street
Transit: 1 block from the C-Train (City Centre of 1st SW stops)
Calgary
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Truly should have been far better”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This restaurant is right in the heart of Calgary and attached to one of the best hotels in the city, the Hyatt Regency. When the space was created years ago, the designers faithfully recreated the look of many an oyster bar from the East or from San Francisco. In its early years under the guidance of then head chef Michael Noble, Catch provided an authentic and adventurous experience. When the very talented Mr. Noble left the restaurant stumbled and the business was sold to the Hyatt. My wife and I, having not been there in couple of years, decided to give it another try while having a romantic get-away at the hotel.
After having a cocktail in the Thompson Lounge across the lobby, we dropped in for a late dinner. We like to take our time at dinner and choose our entree while we enjoy an appetizer. We ordered a dozen raw West Coast oysters. These came on a large round tray covered in ice with two small cups, one holding mignonette sauce and another that we were told was a hot sauce. The oysters were fresh and of very good quality. Unfortunately their presentation was poor because they looked like they'd just been haphazardly tossed onto the bed of ice. The sauces were weak, especially the so-called hot sauce so we asked for Tabasco (something that should be standard fare with raw oysters).
The wife and I then ordered another appetizer, still on the oyster path. This time our order was for "buffalo oysters" something we'd never had. What arrived were six lightly breaded warm oysters drenched in Franks Red Hot Sauce. Okay, but not creative at all. This was more like something one would expect out of a cheap pub rather than a high end restaurant.
Finally, we had another cocktail and flagged our waitress to get our entree orders in. It was at that point that we were told that the kitchen was closed. Looking around we could see the place still had many diners and people enjoying drinks. We had not been told that the kitchen was closing or ever approached to see if we needed anything else. My wife and I finished up our drinks and left very disappointed and still hungry.
For a restaurant that is affiliated with a high-end hotel and has prices for its food and drinks to match, our experience left a great deal to be desired.

  • Visited November 2012
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Calgary Canada
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great for lunch”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

great service, great food and at a very reasonable price as well for the venue. I'll take mu guets there again.

  • Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Horrible service for outrageous prices”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

The experience here was terrible because of the bad service. One would think with the outrageous prices the restaurant charges, they would hire wait staff that can at least be polite to their clientele. The waitress we had had an attitude from the beginning. When asked if the chef would provide a side of salsa to one if the entrees, she immediately told us that the chef gets angry when people ask for substitutions. We sat 20 minutes before she would ask if we needed something else to drink. And at the end, she had an attitude because she was asked to separate the bill. I would never go back there because of the bad experience and highly overpriced menu. Definitely not worth your money for bad service.

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London, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
626 reviews
461 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“All good, not just the seafood”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

I had great Dungeness crab cakes here, but the flat iron steak was also about the best one I've had in Calgary (which is saying a lot, 'cause there's pretty good steak in Calgary). Just inside the Hyatt. Oysters were pricey, but they seem pricey all over Calgary. Guess that's a consequence of Alberta being landlocked. Overall, though, I'd recommend this place.

  • Visited September 2012
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Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Love it, love it, love it...”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

If you like oysters/seafood then there is no question, you really must go here! I have a couple of friends who eat here for every single special occasion, they just won't go anywhere else.

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