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A1 Cafe, Calgary, AB

A1 Cafe

4.4
4.4
187 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Café
We’re an every day café, restaurant & wine bar serving specialty coffee, an eclectic wine list, seasonal sharing plates & a small selection of locally-sourced products.
The kitchen delivers a broadly European-inspired menu, using locally sourced ingredients from small-scale farms and producers.

Dinner is served daily from 5 pm to close

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Café, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 474-7766

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please contact pearlic@a1family.ca for all of your catering inquiries!

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact pearlic@a1family.ca for all of your event inquiries!

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    1st street

  • Parking Details

    There is ample street parking in the area. Street parking is free after 6 pm daily and all day Sundays and holidays.

  • Public Transit

    We are located a short 8 minute walk from the 1st Street SW train station.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Calgary

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a good time for my birthday
  2. LG

    LoriG

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. Very accommodating
  3. GF

    GaryF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The noise levels was high but wasn't that bad. The service and food was excellent. Will go back again
  4. K

    Kaylee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reserved a table on a whim for my birthday, and was very impressed. Food was incredible, service was great, they gave a nice patio. Go there, eat it all!
  5. S

    54thStreeter

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We only had time for the build your own cheese tray, but we loved what we built (comte, marinated olives, toasted baguette slices and fig jam). Our server suggested good wine selections and it was a beautiful evening to sit outside.
  6. BW

    BrianW

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We split the pork chops and the half chicken as well and the tomato and basil and the roasted cauliflower and each had a glass of wine. The food was exceptional and the service was great. It made for a great evening out.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the most delicious food with great wine selection. The staff goes above and beyond. One of my favourite places to go.
  8. N

    Nevereatingshrimpagain

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    PSA if you order the shrimp they may have poo in them! Cafe is gorgeous though!
  9. LT

    LeoneT

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was wonderful! I like that the menu has changed since the last time I was here a few months back and we can try new things. Will definitely come back!
  10. c

    cocodiva

    Calgary

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The dishes all have very distinct flavors and the food is very tasty. The sauces and dressings are just right and everything tasted really good.
  11. H

    Hailey

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was incredible! Our server, Sarah, was an absolute delight. Will absolutely be coming back!
  12. L

    Ltkm

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    Overpriced and taste was very plain. Waitress was very nice.
  13. S

    Sharon

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, loved everything.
  14. M

    Mini

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We had a great time. Delicious food. Great service. Please use more comfortable stools at the high top tables. They are treacherous for shorter people and vey hard to sit on for any length of time. They were uncomfortable.
  15. r

    robyn

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Kelsey and their team make YUMMY food and the front of house staff are always accommodating and kind.
  16. RK

    RezaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This is a very nice place and the food quality is very good. It’s clean and the people are polite and nice. The only point that it can improve is changing the seats on high table to seats with back support.
  17. a

    alovkos

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Good sharables, ambiance, & outstanding service!!! Lots of gluten free options.
  18. FA

    FABEFO

    Calgary

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A1 Cafe is truly a gem in Calgary. Worthy drive, wonderful service and dining experience. Thank you!
  19. EM

    ElliottM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great! Creative and thoughtful menu, high level of attention to detail, really good service. Check it out!
  20. NR

    NicoleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress was super accommodating and fast! There was 10 of us, and she made sure everyone was having a great time and had drinks in their hands. Water was also always full, and the food was yummy!
  21. C

    Christine

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for cocktails, wine and bites. The service was great and the food is always seasonal, unique and the menu offers good variety.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We ordered Khachapori and it was awesome highly recommend
  23. LM

    LMRM

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends in town.
  24. JH

    JenH

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Unfortunately this was a miss. The service was extremely slow. It took forever for our food and drinks to come. Some of the things we ordered just weren’t very good. Probably won’t be going back.
  25. AK

    ArturK

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was like a well oiled machine. Food orders came out appropriately timed and the staff was slinging drinks without missing a beat. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t been.
  26. IM

    IanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very tasty food, very well presented. The waitress was very friendly, explained the menu and was interested in us.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 as always
  28. AR

    AndreaR

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new chef is incredible go try the new menu
  29. TM

    TMAN

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at A1 and I must say the reviews were spot on. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Very comfortable and great ambience. We shared some plates and had full meals. The cauliflower was to die for and the empanadas perfectly done. One guest required GF and they had plenty of choices on the menu. The Fish & Chips were light and flaky and very tasty. Not easy to find beer battered GF fish & chips. The ox cheeks were melt in your mouth tender and so flavourful. The prawns and squid were done in a rich broth that you just wanted to drink it was so good. I would highly recommend this restaurant for whatever occasion you are looking to have a fabulous meal.
  30. L

    Lauren

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious share plates, excellent service and a great place for gluten-free food!
  31. GS

    GloriaST

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was fabulous here - our waitress was attentive enough and helpful with the food and drink menu. We ordered the chicken pate, empanadas, cauliflower and fish and chips - all gluten free! The food was presented well, was delicious and went down quickly. We had a lovely meal and would easily go back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food and cocktails always. So fresh!
  33. TC

    TCfromTV

    Calgary

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    Everything was really good. Not fantastic. Staff are all very pleasant…. If you are formulate with Georgian cuisine and like it I’m sure this would be a great place to dine
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Shared plates before the Flames game
  35. AJ

    AngelaJ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. We sat at the back on the high top tables so it was nice because it was quiet enough to talk but not much to look at. The food was very good. The drinks were good but over priced for how small they were. Service was good as well, I would go back but stick to beer or cider.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A1 is our go to, and probably our favourite restaurant in the city. It’s great for a casual date night or to celebrate an occasion. The ambiance is nice and the service/food is outstanding. We always say we want to try new places but end up here every time without disappointment.
  37. AP

    AlexandraP

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, nice atmosphere. A lovely afternoon.
  38. JC

    JeanC

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, fantastic ambiance and even better food!
  39. j

    jj1fon

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chosenthis restaurant based on reviews on this app. It was a charming restaurant that was quiet, limited but excellent menu. Top notch service.
  40. AA

    AArevalo

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere at A1 is dreamy. Our server, blonde with bangs, was lovely and knowledgeable. Every dish we ordered was divine as was the wine list. We will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from A1 Cafe using the Order Online button. A1 Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 474-7766.

A1 Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for A1 Cafe

1213 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V3

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    1st street

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Café, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is ample street parking in the area. Street parking is free after 6 pm daily and all day Sundays and holidays.

  • Public Transit

    We are located a short 8 minute walk from the 1st Street SW train station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (403) 474-7766

  • Catering

    Please contact pearlic@a1family.ca for all of your catering inquiries!

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact pearlic@a1family.ca for all of your event inquiries!

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