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A1 Cafe, Calgary, AB

A1 Cafe

4.5
4.5
174 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.

Lunch is served Tues - Sat from 12 - 2 pm, with Happy Hour from 2 - 5 pm (limited menu)
Dinner is served daily from 5 pm til close

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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, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 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 174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. FA

    FABEFO

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A1 Cafe is truly a gem in Calgary. Worthy drive, wonderful service and dining experience. Thank you!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. C

    Christine

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 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.
  9. 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
  10. LM

    LMRM

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends in town.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 as always
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Shared plates before the Flames game
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. AP

    AlexandraP

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2022

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

    JeanC

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

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

    jj1fon

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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.
  27. 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!
  28. l

    lotsofteeth

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was super tasty! We were a group of 4 out for dinner. It started with two of us ordering a draft beer cause it was St. Patrick's Day and we were waiting for our guests to arrive. When our guests arrived 10 minutes later, we still hadn't had our beer delivered, so we said to our server that if they hadn't been poured, then we would just cancel them and wait for our guests to decide on wine together. He said "great! Cause we are having problems with our taps right now"...awesome, totally understandable, but would have been nice to have had a heads up. When we asked about the menu we were told it was small plates, and family style and that 4 or 5 plates would be a great start and they could be coursed out. In hindsight, it's my bad that after the first two plates showed up I should have ordered 5 more. They were delicious but tiny. I can't say a plate with 6 forkfuls of roasted cauliflower is worth $19. Nor was 4, maybe 6 (I had one, cause we were sharing) prawns, worth $27. That's a tough sell. It was delicious, but head's up, if 4 of you plan to leave satisfied, it's likely gonna cost you.
  29. SL

    SoniaL

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and service was good. We definitely ordered too much but leftovers are always good. We ordered the cod croquettes, chips, the pil pil shrimp dish and Baba ghanoush. I found the noise level to be a bit loud for conversation, but seems that this is the new normal at trendy restaurants.
  30. ET

    ErinT

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing service and food! Would reccomend!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food in the city! And without a doubt, the best service. Ask for Sara or Jake, they will take your time experience to another level :)
  32. RR

    RougeRed

    Edmonton

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends - it was very European and delicious
  33. KM

    KatherineM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, creative food! Great service! Highly recommend.
  34. s

    sgrover

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was excellent! The food is best for sharing/tapas style and the food was delicious.
  35. SO

    SakuraO

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, staff, ambience, was all fantastic. Thank you so much for providing a wonderful evening!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The squid was amazing and cocktails delicious!
  37. SQ

    SQinYYC

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this gem of a restaurant when we moved to Calgary in 2020 and we just keep going back. Whether we are sitting on the secluded patio out back or in the cafe, the quality of the food, service and ambiance is just right.
  38. KM

    KarenM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Everything was outstanding except the ambiance. Felt a little sterile and was very noisy. Maybe turning the music down so people could relax and have quiet conversation would help? The food and service definitely made up for the environment!!
  39. EH

    EmmaH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cauliflower was very good, and I will day dream about the carbonara Khachapuri!!! Cocktails were also good, had the running joke and legacy trail :)
  40. BT

    BrandyTaylor

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious with impeccable service. Highly recommend.

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 4.5 stars by 174 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, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 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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