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Barbarella, CALGARY, AB

Barbarella

4.6
4.6
187 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Inspired by the chic mid-century yacht culture of Southern Italy and the fresh flavours of the Pacific Northwest, we bring sun-drenched coastal flavours to Calgary.

Our dishes reimagine quintessentially Mediterranean fare with locally sourced West Coast ingredients. From zesty aperitifs, fresh crisp sides, bright mains and unashamedly indulgent desserts, each item on our menu will refresh your senses and transport you to a sunny boat deck on the Amalfi Coast.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 107 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (403) 888-1658

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

What 187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Good for business meals

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Good for business meals

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Hot spot

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Most Booked

  • Calgary

    Good for business meals

  • Calgary

    Good for business meals

  • Calgary

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Calgary

    Hot spot

  • Calgary

    Lively

  • Calgary

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  1. G

    Gemmer

    Calgary

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Great decor. Friendly hostess and waitress. Food average and so long to get. Waited forever for bill. I think just staffing and organizing, being so new.
  2. V

    Vespa

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wine is expensive! Our food was tasty. The pasta of the Campanelle was cooked to perfection; however the ingredients on the description were scarce at best. I think I counted 4 small pieces of spinach. A similar experience with my friend’s Creste Rigate, a mushroom pasta dish that was quite light on the mushrooms. The lemon tart was superb, as promised!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, good food and service was great. Michelle our server was so kind and everyone else that came by was just as great. Definitely a spot to be at.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for happy hour. We didn’t have anyone come to our table for 15 min. We had to speak to the hostess at the front desk to inquire about service. We finally had someone take our order, but we got our food before we got any drinks. The manager came over later and took care of our first round of drinks. We were appreciative of the acknowledgment of the issues and the rest of our experience was fantastic. We know it’s not the server’s fault. For logistical reasons, it might not be a good idea to have a shift change during happy hour and maybe have more bartenders to deal with the volume of happy hour. It wasn’t our first time there and we will be back.
  5. F

    Foodieforthought

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very loud and much larger than expected, meaning it took a while to get drinks. The food was delicious though and it’s a very trendy interior.
  6. e

    echocy

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The decor was great and it was very busy. The music in the background was too quiet for me to hear it fully but in combination with the crowd talking just became quite noisy overall for a normal conversation. I was celebrating my friends birthday and I had made the reservation two weeks in advance. However when I arrived, we were placed to a table that was right in front of the main door. I asked the waitress if we could switch to the table beside us just for a bit more privacy but was declined - I was told even though the table was empty at the moment there will be people arriving on reservation. So during the course of our dinner, crowds just kept arriving beside our table and some even placed their hands on our already very small table for two using it as a stool to support themselves. The food - most impressive is the in house made pasta. The texture was amazing. However, almost all of the food items were overly salty. Like to the degree I was worried I would get high blood pressure just from this one meal. We had the tomato hazelnut dip, the steak tartare, the beet salad and the campanelle , all of these items were excessively seasoned with salt. Thank goodness the drinks weren't salty. The only other food item that we had was seasoned with normal level of salt was the scallop. Overall, I paid almost $150 including tips, not even had any big plates but received subpar food with not very accommodating receptionist and noisy environment. I clicked yes to the below question asking if I would recommend the bar to anyone, only if you haven't been to this place and want to experience the energetic vibe, or if you want to try out their great pasta but don't mind salty food.
  7. MM

    MattM

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good and great. Tomato Hazelnut spread was excellent. Buratta was good. Calabrese pizza was really good. Campanelle pasta was fine not outstanding in any way. When making our reservation the option for regular table or high top I clicked on regular table and were were sat at a high top. I don’t like high tops. We also put in “anniversary”when prompted to for special occasion. This was not acknowledged in anyway while at the restaurant. What’s the point of asking. I recognize that people put a special occasion in in the hope of getting something free so maybe that’s why it went unmentioned. We will return to the restaurant but on this evening it was less than special.
  8. V

    Vanny

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I went there for a business meal and ordered creste rigate with truffle. Myself and another person were asked if we wanted shaved truffle over the creste and we said yes. The menu said “add black truffle” MP. When the bill came, We were shocked to find that we were both charged exactly the same amount: $26 for the added black truffle. Ridiculous. That charge was clearly a fixed amount (otherwise we wouldn’t have been charged the same) so…why not be transparent and write the cost on the menu? The food is good, the service very good and the place looks nice. But it is way too noisy. At times, it was difficult to hear each other or the waiter!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Lovely spot, beautiful space and charming staff. We went on a weekday and it was busy which was nice but that meant it took a little longer to get orders placed, for drinks to come and for the food to come aswell.
  10. J

    Jenna

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    This was one of the most over priced meals I have ever had. 1. We were seated at a very large 6 person table. We couldn’t hear what anyone was saying because the table was inappropriately massive. Went to the hostess to ask for a more appropriate table. 3 people huddled around 1 iPad and said “we figure this out for you.” It was never figured out. 2. Table was literally placed in the middle of the common walk way to the bathroom. Excessive foot traffic. 3. We were planning on getting a bottle of wine, but I wanted a small taster first. To be clear this wine was also served by the glass. I received LESS THAN 1 oz of wine, AND WAS CHARGED $4 FOR A TASTER! I have never seen this before! 4. I wanted the steak but didn’t want the watercress or potato. So I asked for veggies instead. “Yes no problem.” I was given a full Caesar salad…and WAS CHARGED $15, WITHOUT BEING TOLD! 5. Not to mention the waitress didn’t write a single thing down and came back at least 3 times to clarify our orders. WRITE IT DOWN IF YOU CANT REMEMBER! 6. Asked to speak to the manger. “Couldn’t find one” after 20mins. I had high hopes for Barbarella, but unfortunately, it was a severe disappointment. 10/10 DO NOT RECOMMEND! Oh and I still haven’t heard back from the manager after sending them an email 24hrs ago.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, our waitress was so kind and helpful, and the vibe of the restaurant was incredible. Highly recommend!!
  12. QR

    QuinnR

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic. One of our appies was missed but otherwise great.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great evening last night!! Our server was lovely she help with any questions we had and had great knowledge of the food and drinks, I plan on coming back as soon as I can!
  14. A

    Ashley

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good food, and drinks. Took 20 minutes before a server came to give us water even unfortunately. Had to flag someone down in order to do so. Will be back as they were out of a few things we really wanted to try.
  15. JN

    JenniferN

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We were at your restaurant for my daughter’s birthday. Five of us for dinner on a Sunday. Service was slow and intermittent…took close to 30 mins for our first drinks. Feel like we were forgotten about a few times throughput the night. Disappointing service but food was fantastic!
  16. B

    Brenda

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Sat upstairs, hated the vibe. Also noise level funneled up from below. Quite noisy.
  17. KD

    KhimirahD

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ordered right away and the food came within 10 minutes. Service was amazing. The food tastes great. It can get a bit noisy but otherwise our experience was great. This place has a great vibe!
  18. A

    Asif

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An extremely well decorated restaurant and immensely large. Attracts all time of clientele. Food was delicious and affordable. Great for a date :)
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top notch — great service, beautiful building, and great quality food. I had the most delicious, well balanced cocktail as well! Will definitely be back to try more items off the food menu, I wish i could’ve eaten more!
  20. M

    Mike

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the dishes were well-timed. It was nice that they came one after the other without much of a break in between, so the dishes were always fresh, as opposed to the places that dump all of the dishes on your table at once. We also didn’t feel rushed at all. The atmosphere was great. The only minor note would be that I would have liked a couple more visits by the server, but because there didn’t seem to be enough staff and the servers were spread too thin, I kept the rating 5. Hopefully the staffing level is improved for future Saturday nights. Given the timing of the dishes, she was clearly paying attention to us.
  21. DG

    DebbieG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    First time visit to Barbarella. Everything was wonderful!
  22. KM

    KateM

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience at Barbarella was fantastic. This was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. We started off with oysters 🤌🏼🤌🏼 ice cold and delicious. We then had the server’s recommendations; broccoli (PHENOMENAL- served with date vinaigrette, walnuts and aged goat cheese shaved on top), endive and citrus salad (perfectly balanced with the bitterness of the endive, sweet mandarin oranges and a pesto vinaigrette). We then shared the crispy chicken puttanesca…. Now this dish stole the show which was hard to do considering how good everything else was but wow. The chicken was very crispy and tasty, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and puttanesca sauce (tomato, olives, capers). We finished our evening with 2 shots of lemoncello 🤌🏼✨🥂
  23. J

    Jason

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Busy restaurant, food was good but temperature was warm. Expected more, clearly still working the kinks out in the kitchen. Attentive service but very noisy.
  24. BJ

    BigJohn

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of, if not the best, new restaurants in Calgary this year. Great food, service, atmosphere. Absolutely love it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The restaurant itself was very nice, music was great and not too loud. Decor is very appealing and feels swanky. On the flip side the server was a bit brash and rude, made me feel self conscious with his comments about eating. I was served a knife with dried on cheese and my colleague and I found the food to be doused in olive oil. We both felt very sick the rest of the afternoon. The one thing on the menu we tried and really enjoyed was the hazelnut tomato spread on the appetizer menu. The food tastes good off the hop but the olive oil was a lot to handle.
  26. JC

    JanelleC

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am celiac and they were completely accommodating. Even had a separate fryer!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Service was slow on both occasion, but everything else was great.
  28. h

    hhhsh

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Dominique was amazing. Pasta was great, similar to Major Tom pasta meals. Table is poorly located. Lots of employee traffic. Dessert was excellent as well. Seriously Dominique was great. He recommended Happy Hour for pizza and drinks. To be honest it sounds great.
  29. S

    Sarah

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good but fairly slow service. Tables are very close together making getting in and out of your seat a bit challenging / awkward.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Was good, the side room were in, tables are pretty close so having a business discussion isn’t the best place to sit at.
  31. RA

    RobA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience on our first trip to Barbarella. The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The food was uniformly excellent and the vibe in the building was fun and energetic. It’s noisy for sure but that didn’t detract from our overall experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We booked a reservation for two and they gave our table away and sat us at the bar. They promised us we’d have a table shortly and to have a drink first, an hour later we gave up waiting and ordered dinner at the bar. Food was good and the restaurant is really nice but I feel they could have at least offered us something to make up for their mistake, which was disappointing. The staff was friendly but they seemed disorganized and uncoordinated.
  33. TD

    TDES

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Noise level was a little loud, hard to communicate across table. Food & cocktails were fantastic
  34. MK

    MKAT

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Did not disappoint! Had friend's birthday dinner and it was excellent. Very vibrant space and we all enjoyed music selection which is older and a little alternative. Initial impression was a bit disappointed as the hostess staff (3) seemed very disorganized. We waited for some time just to be greeted by them and then when when a gentleman came in behind us all 3 of the hostesses offered to help him...he was gracious and told them twice we (3 women) had been waiting before him. Our table was delayed (which happens) but in the time we waited 2 of the 3 hostesses then asked us again if they could help us even though we had spoken with them multiple times. It was odd to say the least but everything after that was fantastic! Our waiter was swamped so there were a couple of long delays between seeing him but none of us really minded. Food was outstanding, especially the beet salad, linguini with seafood, chicken puttanesca and lemon tart. Cocktails were excellent too. Looking forward to our next visit! Would rate it superior to Major Tom in all ways except hostess staff.
  35. c

    cindyw

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This is a wonderful place to go for dinner. Lunch is very pricey. Wine choices are limited and 5oz glass prices don't compare. Appies are small plates. Pay close attention to the rez policy. They require a deposit per person. I expected to see a Manager walking around. Lots of stairs too. No washroom upstairs, so hit the main floor before you go up. Overall, not impressed.
  36. CF

    ChrisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Drinks. Very cool layout! I would recommend to all.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved this place! The food is similar to brigette bar and the ambiance is incredible. This place made me feel like I was in Vancouver or Toronto vibes. Calgary needed a place like this! Will definitely be back!
  38. M

    Megan

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was inattentive and lacking in skill. Food was dropped off without serving utensils and proper mise en place, and the servers neglected to take the entire tables drink order at once so all our drinks came separately and not in sync with our meal. The food was also lacking in presentation. The room was lively and the vibe was good, but overall the service needed to be tightened up.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall a cool place, good food, decent wine list, and a fun atmosphere. Will try it a gain for sure
  40. A

    Annieg

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was exceptional

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Barbarella is rated 4.6 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 107 times today
Google Map for Barbarella

#110, 700 - 2 STREET SW, CALGARY, AB T2P 2W2

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    8th Avenue and 2nd Street

  • Area

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

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