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3.5 stars 54 reviews

Bears Den Restaurant

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254028 Bearspaw Road NW
Calgary, AB  T3L 2P7

(403) 241-7611

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September 07, 2012

Warm cherry wood walls, crackling fire, crystal, crisp linens, great steaks, fresh fish and wild game...Bears Den is a one of a kind restaurant in North West Calgary.

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May 21, 2012

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Warm cherry wood walls, crackling fire, crystal, crisp linens, great steaks, fresh fish and wild game...Bears Den is a one of a kind restaurant in North West Calgary.

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3.5 star rating
Francy Canada October 11, 2010
The best upscale in NW Calgary

If you've got the cash, this is the place to go for awesome steak and NW beef. Service, ambience and food is exemplary. BUt be forewarned, you'll pay a pretty penny for this great time.

3.5 star rating
Maddy Calgary October 04, 2010
A Calgary favourite

Technically this is in Bear's Paw, just West of Calgary, but it is one of the best restaurants in the city and I'm sure John Gilchrist would agree, I've seen him here! Food, service, drinks, atmosphere and experience are all absolutely amazing!

3.5 star rating
Crispe Calgary September 10, 2010
pricy but worth it

come here for a fancy celebration for something special. it will be kind of expensive, but it's very nice and you can enjoy your meal for hours in good company.

3.5 star rating
scrambly45 Calgary, AB September 09, 2010
incredible and memorable!

I have been here twice and both times have been an absolutely wonderful experience. One of those perfect nights out that you dream of. You won't find a better steak anywhere, and their drink menu is astonishing. The cocktails that they have crafted are so creative, the wine list extensive and the international beers are many. The beef is unspeakably good here, and steaks are always done perfect to order. Non-steak dishes are incredible too, for those who aren't steak people. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Dress up, bring you favourite people (great for dates, families or close groups), and prepare for an exquisite night out.

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English
3.5 star rating
Cosy, delicious, great wine selection
August 18, 2014

Had a great meal here with friends. The exterior does not do the interior justice as it is cosy, whether you are in the lounge or dining room. Our server was very knowledgeable and patient as she explained the menu and food/drink pairings. Overall a little pricier but definitely worth it for the flavour.

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3.5 star rating
I want to love it but
August 13, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant with a fantastic romantic atmosphere and I want to love it, but its getting harder to return due to mediocre wait service. With this price point I shouldn't have to wait for drinks and get food orders mixed up.
I am always underwhelmed by the wait staff at Bears' Den and I bristle at the... more

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3.5 star rating
Relax with all the amentities
July 23, 2014

Excellent restaurant with all the amenities expected of a high class restaurant, but with a humble engaging staff that are eager to please and ensure your night is memorable.
As it has been since it beginings this place has always set the standard for first class food, sevice and experience,
Well done Bears Den staff.

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3.5 star rating
Wouldn't Recommend
July 21, 2014

Food was okay - quite overpriced for what you get. Service was terrible. Party of twelve on a Thursday. Not busy in the restaurant but still service was lacking. We returned a couple of drinks as they were not good at all, turns out we were charged for them anyway. Servers were defensive when asked on the status of items... more

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3.5 star rating
Really not what it used to be
July 14, 2014

The food was not bad, but not as great as it used to be, and not worth the price charged. The prime rib was cooked well, but the au jus was non existent, the seasoning was bland, and the yorkshire pudding was cold and stale. The fish was good and the appetizers were good but for the price the portions... more

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3.5 star rating
B Side of the Bears Den
July 09, 2014

The B Side is the lounge area of the Bears Den, offering the full menu selection available on the restaurant side in a casual, less formal, relaxed atmosphere. There is no shortage of dark wood, with lofty ceilings and soft lighting, including real candles on the tables....a nice touch in a lounge. The wine list is extremely extensive, but we... more

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3.5 star rating
Very disappointing Sunday buffet brunch in the Bside Bistro
June 30, 2014

This is an impressive high end venue and aside from that there isn't anything good to say. The variety of food was very sparse and the quality not good. Six of the more pricey items, e.g. shrimp, "steak bites" were to be served at the table. The shrimp serving consisted of one shrimp per person with a very unspecial spice... more

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3.5 star rating
Beautiful meal, cannot wait to return
June 14, 2014

My husband & I were planning on Fathers Day Brunch only to discover sold out. We had a gift Certificate so went night prior for dinner. Beautiful evening, dinner was to die for. Look forward to returning as one of the best meals we have encountered in awhile.

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3.5 star rating
Worth every penny and not cheap
May 13, 2014

Excellent service, very knowledgeable staff. Menu selections kept to a few I think so that they can focus on perfecting each one, and they do. I had the 'garden selection' and what was expected to be fresh and crisp was while what was expected to be melt in your mouth tender and juicy also achieved that. Very nice!

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3.5 star rating
Good Food and Service, pricey wine service
May 12, 2014

The quality of the food and service seldom disappoint at this restaurant. We sat on the Bistro side and I was happy to see they have returned to offering their full menu on the Bistro side! We shared the artisan cheese platter and ahi tuna for our starters. The in-house made fig preserve was a very nice addition to the... more

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3.5 star rating
Warm ambience, sometimes feels somewhat overbearing( no pun intended
April 15, 2014

We have come to the B Side Bistro a few times in the past year. Except for on one occasion, the service has been excellent; attentive but not obtrusive. Food is always delicious, although tends to be on the heavy side . One time our server tailored a dish to specific request which was not on the menu. Good wine... more

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3.5 star rating
A very enjoyable Sunday brunch experience
March 29, 2014

We have just got back from an amazing Sunday brunch at the restaurant. Including tax, the brunch came to a little over $27 each. I was very happy with the selection of food available and stayed more towards the breakfast items of fresh fruit, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes. There was omelets, eggs Benedict, roast meats, salads, pastries... more

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3.5 star rating
What has happened to the Bear's Den
March 28, 2014

The Bear's Den has been our favorite restaurant since we discovered it 5 years ago. A place to entertain out of town guests and celebrate special occasions. Since December of 2013 we have noticed a declilne in the food quality and service. Last night was the ultimate disaster. Cold prime rib, tastless steak, overcooked salmon, withered vegetables and substandard service.... more

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3.5 star rating
Par Excellence
March 18, 2014

The ambiance was rustic yet elegant. The staff were top notch and every bit as professional as a 5 star restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food was magnificent. I had the fish, my hubby and our friends had the steak. Everything was great, the salad was fresh and the caesers were made PERFECTLY! I would definitely recommend this... more

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3.5 star rating
Birthday Celebration
March 15, 2014

I hosted my wife's significant birthday celebration there and I can't say enough good things about the staff, service and food. It was a group of 17 people and it was a perfect evening!! The food on all counts was excellent, fresh, flavourful and fantastic. A great evening.

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3.5 star rating
Great for fine dining but skip the brunch
March 08, 2014

My first experience at The Bears Den was for a Sunday brunch with friends. Besides the high price, I was not overly impressed at the presentations or choices on offer. I tucked into the leg of lamb and had a pile of salad which was truly delicious!
My hubby and I had a romantic dinner at the fine-dining side of... more

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3.5 star rating
Over-priced Sunday brunch
February 22, 2014

The most over-priced Sunday Brunch in Calgary? The omelet station ONLY offers regular omelets, with 5 very basic ingredients; no spinach, nor ham nor any seafood; no egg white option nor simple whole eggs!! My wife could not eggs over easy! How basic is this?
Goes downhill after this. The rest of the hot dishes? Sausages, dry cubed potatoes, good... more

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3.5 star rating
Disappointing
February 15, 2014

We decided on the Bears Den after the restaurant we picked for our anniversary dinner was closed because they had no power after the floods in June 2013. I guess we went in with lofty expectations since the Bears Den is reputedly, fine dining.
Right off the start things didn't go well. We had to wait for service, had to... more

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3.5 star rating
Sunday brunch is very mediocre
January 29, 2014

The Bearsden stopped serving the tasty Sunday lunch /brunch they had become well known for last October. This lunch was of high quality featuring small delicious delicacies like tender lamb chops,seafood, steak, all making the rounds,dim sum style for diners to select or wait for the next culinary treat to emerge from the kitchen!
How disappointed our family group was... more

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3.5 star rating
Food was amazing but service was horrible
January 10, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here for our wedding anniversary. The food was amazing but our we felt the service was sub par. We likely won't be back.

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3.5 star rating
Amazing Holiday Celebration
January 06, 2014

We brought in the New Year at the Bear's Den Restaurant and couldn't have been more pleased. We chose the special set menu with wine pairing and it was way over the top in terms of selection, preparation and attention to detail! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Furthermore, the price was very reasonable. The restaurant has... more

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3.5 star rating
Outstanding dinner and service
December 31, 2013

Hosted a small Xmas dinner party for 12 at the Bears Den. Pre-set menu arranged for evening with assistance from professional staff. Molly, Allan and Nicole made it extra special with prompt and attentive service all night long!! Friends still raving about what a great evening we had, outstanding food and great wine list.

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3.5 star rating
Sunday brunch a pale shadow of what it used to be
December 22, 2013

Sunday brunch at the bSide bistro – the lounge of the Bears Den.
To sum up – it went from tasty and unique to a bad motel breakfast buffet.
A few years ago we ventured to the newly renamed bSide bistro for the Sunday brunch.
A wonderful meal – a small buffet and table side tapas.
The star was the... more

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3.5 star rating
In the middle of nowhere
November 10, 2013

My first time at the bears den was a wonderful experience. My friend and I got the grand tour of the restaurant, excellent venue for a small wedding reception or office party. I love eating at high end restaurants I'm a strong believer you get what you pay for, and so I did.

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3.5 star rating
Brunch a welcome change
November 04, 2013

Our family enjoyed the new brunch last weekend. It was refreshing, the food was well prepared and great quality. The omelet station works well and understand they may add some beef to the brunch which would compliment the existing food. Kids liked the fresh home made pie with ice cream. Service was good and a great price. We will be... more

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3.5 star rating
Brunch has gone downhill
November 02, 2013

We used to make it out to Bears Den on Sundays for probably what used to be the best brunch in Calgary. Been awhile since our last visit and had read that the restaurant had undergone some changes and had new ownership. Even though the website describes the brunch to be the same as it was, it's not even close.... more

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3.5 star rating
Not the same
October 27, 2013

I always loved the Sunday breakfast buffet & always recommend bears den to anyone who loves a nice Sunday brunch with the family.. Well after a busy whole of summer I finally had time to go there.. We got there we had to wait for 15 mins before we got seated even though it wasn't even busy.. Asked for a... more

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3.5 star rating
At Last---a well-worth repeat experience
October 24, 2013

Been a long time but hosts encouraged us to try again!
Without a doubt, the building speaks for itself--beautifully done,
Reception was warm and helpful---immediate attention at the table
was apparent and very pleasant.
Wine menu was exquisite--appetizers excellent----market soup was
tomato/basil and was hot and delightful! Spinach salad very generous
and crispy.
Main: 3 orders of halibut with... more

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3.5 star rating
Outstanding Meal
September 02, 2013

A special occasion. What's nice is you don't have someone sitting in your back pocket, lots of room and privacy around the tables. Outstanding service and you are not rushed. The appetizer was duck and bison sausage, proscuito and a pate served with grain mustard and/or saskatoons, this was fantastic. For dinner, two had duck breast, one a steak, one... more

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3.5 star rating
disappointing
August 25, 2013

we'd been to the Den twice before - this time we went with a group of 9 people, booked the private room and were looking forward to an amazing time. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. We waited 15 minutes to order our drinks and then almost 35 minutes to get them; then the waiter didn't know which were the gin and... more

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3.5 star rating
Wonderful Food, Slow, Terrible Service
August 08, 2013

Lovely food, nice presentation, you will not be disappointed with the food. However, there is NO service. Expect to wait at least 15 - 20 minutes for a drink, your bread, dessert and bill. The server we have a long, greasy hair which was unappealing as his hair hung into our food. The severs have their eyes down and are... more

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3.5 star rating
Over priced for what you get
August 03, 2013

My husband and I went to have a nice evening out and were very disappointed with the service. The server could not answer simple questions about ingredients in the food, no ice bucket for our wine, had to ask for bread. There was only 10 other people in the restaurant so service. Should have been excellent. We ordered prime rib... more

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3.5 star rating
A Very Classic Hidden Gem
July 14, 2013

I've been to the Bears Den twice in the past year, and each time my experience has been impressive. Service is spot on, food is terrific, and I love the classic feel of the elegant dining room. Yes, their menu is pricey, but they never claimed to be a middle-of-the-road priced establishment. Most people who enjoy this hidden gem *know*... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Sunday Brunch
July 14, 2013

Have been to the Bears Den many times for dinner and have never been disappointed . We have always wanted to do the Sunday brunch but usually need reservations made well in advance. I decided this week to give a call on the off chance they would be quieter due to stampede and summer holidays and I was right. We... more

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3.5 star rating
B-side Bistro is the same as the Bearsden$$$ except you get to watch football
June 17, 2013

Surprise!- menu online is not the menu in restaurant. Same heavy meals in this "Bistro" as in Bearsden. Nothing under 22 bucks for entrees- but you get to watch football on 4 huge tv's. Very confusing.
Either own up and convert the restaurant to all "Bearsden", or figure out what a bistro is and stick to it! Surprises are not... more

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3.5 star rating
Don't Let the Exterior Fool You
May 27, 2013

I never expected a place who's closest landmark is "Bears Paw Gas" to look so elegant inside!
We were there for our anniversary and judging by the food we enjoyed, I think the whole menu is worth a try.
Our server was lovely. She suggested wine pairings for each course which were all so good, we were on the Willow... more

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3.5 star rating
Good--not great--food, expensive. Poor service
May 19, 2013

All evening, we had trouble getting any server's attention. Long waits for everything. I cannot help but wonder if that is due to there being an automatic addition of a hefty tip to tables of 6 or more?
More than that, as we were guests of one person, I later found they did not notice the auto-tip and added one... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent service, delicious charcuterie
May 18, 2013

My partner and I went to the Bears Den for a snack after a round of golf. We had been anticipating going to this place for a while because of all the great things we had heard. Well, it delivered.
Our server, Kim L I believe, was amazing! She was attentive, full of suggestions, friendly, and easy to converse with.... more

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3.5 star rating
Delicious, Casual Fine Dining
May 13, 2013

Mothers Day was our third visit and agian it was a great experience, albeit service can be off abit. When you order wine you expect proper presentation and tasting prior to it being poured but that wasn't the case here, but everybody can make amistake.
The food was excellent in presentaion, taste and cooked perfectly. We started with the Bears... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Service and Food
May 07, 2013

We recently stopped back at the Bears Den and were pleased to see how busy it is. We enjoyed a great dinner in front of the fireplace in the bistro side as opposed to the dining room side which is more formal but great for those more special dinners.
The service was very good as was the food which looks... more

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3.5 star rating
Good food, not great service
May 01, 2013

We went to the Bear's Den to celebrate a special occasion. I had been several years earlier and had great memories so was very excited to go! Unfortunately our server was a complete dud and did not have proper fine dining table ettiquette. We ordered three different types of wine throughout our meal and not once were we offered a... more

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3.5 star rating
Charming despite wonky service
April 29, 2013

The lobby was jammed with diners awaiting a table when we arrived, with no staff in sight to seat anyone. I went into the room on the right and found it virtually empty. A friendly waitress invited us to sit by the fireplace. We admired the windowless, wood panelled, high ceilinged room to the right on the entrance, which was... more

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3.5 star rating
very disappointing
April 20, 2013

Read quite a few reviews of the Bside Bistro and thought it would be an excellent choice. So with anticipation headed there. What we found was...extremely slow service, some very good food (onion soup) and some forgettable (hamburger and really awful fries). Acoustics terrible, could barely hear the live band and again, really slow service. Do not want to hear... more

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3.5 star rating
This Bears Den sends the Teddy Bears running for another place to pick nick
April 17, 2013

This had to be one of my most forgettable birthday dinners ever.
On the other hand , may be not , for I make very sure to never go back there again.
I like a good steak, no actually I love a good steak, but what is being served at this steakhouse , starts out as a piece of meat... more

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3.5 star rating
I cant wait to go back! Romantic & Tasty 1st Class service
March 30, 2013

Bside Bistro was tremendous! I give them 10/10 our server was named Debbie she was fantastic;1st class service. I love Tapas and they have so many different things to choose from they also have a dinner menu.The food was terrific we had heirloom tomato salad (dressing was mouth watering savoury hard not to lick the plate) PEI Mussels cooked to... more

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3.5 star rating
Great night out
March 29, 2013

excellent food, good service and great atmosphere. We went for dinner for our anniversary and it was a great experience. it is a one of a kind restaurant great beer and wine selection unique food selections. we ate on the bistro/lounge side where there is live music a fire place, dance floor and a large bar. overall a very good... more

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3.5 star rating
good food, but its dark in there
March 24, 2013

Usually go in the winter, because there are NO windows, so its dark. But they've opened a Bistro, so that might be better

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3.5 star rating
Disappointing
March 22, 2013

It was our anniversary, we wanted to go somewhere special, so I booked our favourite table on the railing of upper dinning room, making sure of our spot. When we arrived they tried to sit us in the back corner against the wall. After complaining they sat us closer to the stage assuring when our table we requested came available... more

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3.5 star rating
Nice Evening
March 11, 2013

We celebrated our 40th anniversary and the service was great. Michael was helpful is choices of food and wine. this was our first time and we found the atmosphere to be very comfortable and relaxing. we will definitely go back.

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3.5 star rating
A little tired
March 04, 2013

This was our 4th or 5th visit over the last few years as the Bears Den is only a few minutes from our home in NW Calgary. I do love meat and the Den offers a number of options in that regard. I was disapponted that the Elk and Venison option was no longer on the menu. There was no... more

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English
March 15, 2013

Warm cherry wood walls, crackling fire, crystal, crisp linens, great steaks, fresh fish and wild game...Bears Den is a one of a kind restaurant in North West Calgary.

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