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Apr 1, 2008 08:14 AM

Wine at Brava Bistro

I stopped by with a girlfriend after work on Friday for a glass or two of red. What a lovely spot! We were there for a couple of hours and shared a cheese plate – we wanted to try the mussels but were warned that they weren’t as fresh as they should be. We sat at the bar and the service was friendly and entertaining. The wine selection is as good as ever and their by the glass offerings continue to astound.

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  1. i would steer clear of a restaurant that describes any of their food as not as fresh as it should be(???) I'd hope the would just throw them out, and explain to customers that they are out!

    5 Replies
    1. re: criticalcritic

      i agree - that's terrible. another reason it's not my favorite place

      1. re: criticalcritic

        That sounds like what they were doing in so many words- and maybe that was just a cludgy way of saying they weren't very good today. Happens with me and sushi- "yellowtail is not a great one today, but if you insist."

        I'll fully disclose and say that I have nothing but boundless love for Brava- when the manager sends you a CD of their "soundtrack" because you commented on how much you like the music, that's a rare bit of customer service!

        1. re: John Manzo

          When my dinner companion and i were arguing over which early 90's commercial went "tee hee hee, oops!", our waiter youtube'd it for us, brought us into the back to show us the commercial. I have to admit, while the food is often average, the wine, and the service has been great there.

          1. re: yen

            i've had terrible service there, wine spilled on the table, food bits dropped on us when the server cleared our plates and mediocre food...we've black listed it - i wish it was better, i enjoyed the first time i went, but the next two tries....

          2. re: John Manzo

            I agree with John on his first point.

            And Brava is also my favourite place to eat in Calgary, as I've had only excellent experiences there. It's been part of many of my significant life events, including my rehearsal dinner for my wedding. I've only had consistently good food, stellar service, and delicious wine and bubbles.