OXBOW

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CAN$30 and under
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Oxbow is excited to welcome you back to sip & savour at one of the top restaurants in Calgary. Our patio, lounge and dining room are open with social distancing measures in place for your safe enjoyment.

At Oxbow, we want you to indulge in the art of good food. We choose to play with our menu, bending traditional cuisine, letting you appreciate dining as it was meant to be... honestly uncomplicated. So stay for a little, stay for a while. Our in-hotel setting inside Hotel Arts Kensington inspires delightfully unexpected experiences, shared in both new and familiar company.

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What 192 People Are Saying
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LouP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time and it did not disappoint. The ceviche scallops were amazing. One of us had the steak and the other had the Thai chicken, and both were amazing. This is possibly the most underrated restaurant in Calgary. Nice setting. Service was excellent. Limited menu, but great choices. Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Super disappointing. Very little options on the overpriced menu. The dining room was bare and plain. The chefs were not wearing masks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great food!

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C0112
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We sat on the patio for Fathers Day brunch. It was smoking hot but the staff offered to open the canopy to create more shade which was greatly appreciated.

The brunch menu is very limited but the food is exceptional. We waited quite a while for our food but the staff did acknowledge and apologize for the wait. We were enjoying our visit so it didn't much bother us.

Would go back for a date night or family dinner as I'd love to try their dinner menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We really enjoyed the food and service.

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RayB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

You come here for the food.
It is exceptionally good. And well priced.

The service is...Calgary normal.
Young, transient, not really into this for a career, not very knowledgeable about the menu. I miss dearly a higher culinary standard than that tolerated by Calgarians (dreams of Montreal, San Fransisco, etc).

The ambience is pretty lousy. The dining room is just this barren darm wood panelled box of a place. Playing ridiculous energetic pop music during dinner...who lacks the sensibility to do stuff like that.

Despite all this, I'll go back regularly at the lounge or the patio.

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KayEss
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, rich, beautifully presented food. And warm but Covid-respectful service. We will definitely be back to enjoy the patio space next time!

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JerryM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with friends and the food was fantastic!!

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SinjinSmith
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with Oxbow, cheerful staff, exceptional food...hats off to Chef Myles, his food and presentation were top notch. I had the lamb shank shepherds pie and it surpassed expectations... my wife enjoying the seared salmon on green pea risotto and again, excellent. Covid precautions were in place, seating was well spaced and we felt entirely comfortable. We're coming back to enjoy the nicest patio in Calgary, right across the Bow River on Memorial.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had the French onion soups and beef short rib. I could not taste any foie gras in the French onion soup. The beef short rib was overcooked. It was also lacking flavour and it was really dry.

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CarleneJ
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was only one server and she was amazing. At first I thought service was slow, but once I realized I was in a full dining room and she was by herself, it was actually very impressive. Food was great. Good portion sizes and not crazy expensive.

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Manda
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was pretty good. Food was extremely slow, and the dining room was quite noisy

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Disappointed1
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was great, very noisy hard to have a conversation unless you talk over people around you. We did the yyc menu the French onion soup was very good, the beef short ribs were very tough, desert was very good. We would consider going back but it’ll be a while.

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vipGourmetGourmand
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oxbow is a gem.

Excellent, knowledgeable, attentive but not overbearing front of house staff who provide a warm and welcoming service that doesn’t step over the line of familiarity. It is no nice to find serving staff who understand the difference between a patron and a friend!

The kitchen staff is talented and inspired. The food is GOOD! I seldom come out of a calgary restaurant feeling like the food has met my expectation. I am more often underwhelmed then satisfied. Not so with oxbow. What comes out of this kitchen is the best of a cosmopolitan vision.

From the Asian inspired Duck Wings to the Greek influenced Lamb Shepard pie, the offering is solid and worth every penny. For the gluten intolerant, there are a number of possibilities. While being creative, the menu does not fall into the trap of easy trends.

If this isn’t enough to get you there, Friday night is 1/2 price on wine under 125$! Cheap and cheery Friday night!

The brunch buffet is also a great value!

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MichelleS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good restaurant. Fantastic food. Even better server. Thanks Jenna!!

CK
vipCalgaryKitten
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for dinner. We really enjoyed the food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service. Would definitely recommend! Also worth noting they accommodated a toddler and had high chairs available.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We’ve been to and enjoyed this restaurant before, but this time it was disappointing. The service was slow, and our server wasn’t very attentive. My main course (lamb shepherds pie) was way overcooked, almost like it had been forgotten at the back of the oven.
It will be a while before we revisit, if at all.

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RyanS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious, but we had to stop and pickup fast food afterwards as the meal portions are very small.

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TraceyM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Oxbow after seeing a show at the Jubilee, and were offered the theatre menu, which three of us chose. The food was fantastic! We started with the bread bowl/dip, and when you can eat the entire bowl without it getting tough and chewy, that's a good bread bowl! I had the burger, which was perfect. The three of them had the beet risotto as a side to their salmon/chicken, which was amazing. And the dessert! We had the cheesecake and the creme brulee, both of which were perfect (and I'm a creme brulee snob). It was our first time, but certainly not our last. May was our server, and she was lovely. Thank you for a great dinner!

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Evarg
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice, quiet intimate setting. Food was outstanding and not overly priced.

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Michael
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as usual as was the service from Jenna!

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vipBlacks
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Jenna our server was very helpful, witty and funny. Totally enjoyed her! Food was delicious!

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freeflow
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful quality, small brunch buffet spread complimented with the included (but by order only) juice, coffee, eggs/omelets, hashbrowns. It was a great deal. Very good service. The food was flavoured well and portioned nicely. I'm gonna be back for sure. I cant wait to have brunch on their patio in the summer.

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vipMichelleW
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the set Valentines menu with wine pairings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, ambience and noise level. One more piece of everything and it would’ve been perfect.

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TashB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chance to be here for Valentine's with my partner. There was a special menu and the food was lovely!

Wonderful and attentive service.

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Skigirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but left us hungry. Definitely not enough! Went for pizza after. Also the website did not say it was a set menu in the night we went.

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KellyH
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the special Valentines evening meal. It was very well done and delicious! I would say the pace might have been a little fast, but that can be expected depending on how close they allowed their reservations. Our server helped to slow things down a bit, and we had a great time!

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StevenS
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very personal service. Not cheap but actually good value for the high quality. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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None
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance. The fireplace is a nice touch. The food and drinks were just fine.
Although there were Happy Hour prices in effect for wine and beer, the food was regular price making the HH bill steep.

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ChrisF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a wonderful time at Oxbow. It has a great menu, executed brilliantly by their chefs. Highly recommended.

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Cristh69
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I just want to thank Michel for he's fabulous service 10/10

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ArnoD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, will definitely make this a new brunch destination

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CaitlinS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I made a reservation to celebrate a birthday, I was disappointed to be sat in the lobby lounge and not in the dining room. If you are wanting to celebrate an intimate celebratory dinner do make this request when booking as it was not apparent when I booked that there was a chance of not being seated in the dining room. The food was good, we tried two different appetizers, both beef entrees (tenderloin and braised chuck) and two different desserts. The beef entrees were the highlights of our meal. On Fridays bottles of wine under $120 are half off, we decided to ask the wait staff for a recommendation but the staff didn't seem entirely familiar with the restaurant's menu.

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AndreiE
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

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vipChris
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The room is beautiful and has the potential to be a fine dining experience but the food quickly destroys that possibility. The food is absolutely horrible. Unimpressive in both its presentation and taste.

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LaurieM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a quiet Tuesday evening in the restaurant so noise level low and conducive to conversation. I had the shepherd's pie which wasn't as good as the last time; a bit mushy. Charcuterie board and duck wings excellent. My colleagues enjoyed the restaurant and the meal. Our waiter was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal we had the kale salad and salmon for main.
Flavors were exquisite.

Service was attentive and friendly.

Highly recommend!

JW
JanetW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Oxbow was a perfect place to spend the evening with friends. The birthday girl was treated to free champagne! Unlike many restaurants the noise level was minimal which made it easy to converse with everyone at the table. Also Friday nights are 50% off bottles of wine! The chef 3 course meal was beautifully presented and tasted great. The bills were manageable in comparison to similar restaurants. Our server was very patient with us and explained in detail the dishes! We will definitely return!

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OXBOW is rated 4.4 stars by 192 OpenTable diners.

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