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About Permanently Closed - Black Pig Bistro
Calgary, Alberta T2E 0C2
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Black Pig Bistro is a casual restaurant that specializes in Spanish cuisine. The restaurant's name is derived from the Black Iberian Pig, which is commonly found in Portugal and Southern Spain. Many of the restaurant's dishes are made using Spanish-style grass-fed ham and pork. The interior of Black Pig Bistro is made to feel like home with exposed brick, white wooden furniture, rustic chandeliers and a lot of natural lighting.
Begin the meal with an appetizer like home-marinated olives and pepitas, pork belly with homemade mustard pickles or the Panzanella salad. For the main course, try dishes like peas and carpaccio, Cornish game hen and skirt steak served with cauliflower and kale slaw. End the meal at Black Pig Bistro with a sweet dessert like chocolate and brittle.
Spanish, French, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday 5:00pm - Close
Friday - Sunday Lunch 11:00am-3:00pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We cater to offsite events ranging from a simple lunch to an elaborate dining experience. Contact us via phone @ 403-460-0350 or email @ email@example.com for full details.
There is ample free parking surrounding Black Pig Bistro. There are free 2 and 3 hour zones during the day. All parking is free after 6pm.
Private Party Facilities:
Let Black Pig Bistro help you host an amazing party! Bring your guests to enjoy the creative and delicious food prepared by our talented Chefs, call now to reserve your next great event!
Private Party Contact:
Larry Scammell: (855) 203-1488
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We specialize in group events from 10 - 100. Call 403-460-0350 to discuss your next great event.
Went for lunch. A limited menu, but very nicely done. Breakfast Bravas are a very unique spin, that is most closely related to poutine, but this is not poutine though equally tasty! The chorizo sandwich was also very tasty, and the desserts were fantastic. The beer selection is limited, but contains high quality choices, including a gluten free option for beer. The americano coffee afterwards hit the spot.
We went on a weekday in August, so it is hard to judge if it is normally busier at lunch time, but in our case it was extremely quiet.
Open Table indicated only small availability but the restaurant was actually literally empty of customers the entire time our part of 4 was there. Just thought you should know. Service was great but the menu has changed and the quality of the food is not as high as it was before.
Every time I've dined here I've been impressed. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. The menu isn't vast because they make their food from scratch and put out quality food rather than mass quantities.
I highly recommend this for a nice brunch get together for friends.
Went on a Friday evening. It was quiet in the restaurant. They did not do the tasting menu even though it's on the website .They did not have certain things on the small menu. They were out of red sangria, and out of 3 different beers on tap stating we are changing the kegs, however we were there for 1.5 hours and they were still changing the kegs. Food was okay, except for one dish that was amazing. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
We had great service, but, the food was kind of...unremarkable. At $45 a steak, I expect it to be good, and it was. But with so many excellent options at the same price point in Calgary, it doesn't stand up to the competition. Unless I lived in Bridgeland and wanted to walk somewhere, I'd go somewhere else.
We've dined at Black Pig on a few occasions and have always enjoyed the changing menu, ambiance and wine list. Most recently, my partner and I had dinner at Black Pig and were so impressed by our server, Kate's knowledge of the menu. She made a great experience even better.
I had been to Black Pig before and loved the menu! I was looking forward to going back for lunch, so checked their lunch menu and everything looked tasty. Unfortunately, when we got there the "lunch" menu was almost entirely brunch options. I asked the server about it and she said they changed the lunch menu a few weeks earlier. Why didn't they update their online menu? I wouldn't have gone had I known there were so few lunch options, but it looks great for brunch!
I had one of two sandwich options - the chorizo sandwich, which was yum! It would have been nice to have had more lunch options though.
One of our favourite restaurants for many reasons.
Beautiful interior, very friendly helpful staff and of course a great sharing tapas menu ranging from small bites to large.
Quality and choice is great and extremely good value for money would definitely suit all pockets.
This is a must try restaurant in a lovely location and you will not be disappointed.
Wanting to try this venue since it opened. They JUST changed their menu last week to the growing popularity of "sharing plates". Enjoyed perusing and choosing from the amusing cocktail findings. Appetizer we most enjoyed was a version of bruschetta. Half chicken was satisfyingly tasty. Desserts tiny, yet flavourful. Staff worked well together in unfolding our experience.
Love this restaurant. Loads of great flavors and combinations - not your typical Calgary fare. Have been here multiple times now and have never been disappointed. Food is always high quality and staff really friendly. Had my parents with me this time and they did find it a little hard to hear the server.
There for a late weekday lunch, the place was quiet. This is NOT because of the food. Every bite from foie gras, soup, bocatello, burger and salted chocolate was wonderful.
We hear the chicken liver parfait is passe'. Too bad, we hear it was "crave-able."
Heading for an "edgier" menu, we're sure it will be a hit!!
Our server, Edward, answered every question, paid attention, and provided the perfect experience, even filling in complimentary wine substitutions.
We were celebrating Easter here with friends...
Our server was very patient and helpful. He was knowledgeable and if there was anything he didn't know, he'd let us know and come right back with an answer.
The owner was very warm and generous, she offered to lend her coloring materials to our friend's daughter.
We had an early dinner, so I wasn't able to see the lighting effect at night. But I'm pretty sure the ambience at night is romantic.
We had most of the small plates in the menu to start and they were all very sumptuous. The entrees were all appropriately portioned and tasteful. We ordered four kinds of desserts to share and they were awesome!
Dined out one evening with friends. The server was attentive, but no cloyingly so. He had a good knowledge of the menu and the wines. Paired them excellently. Not exactly cheap, but worth the trip. The room is simple but a nice atmosphere. Not so loud that you had to yell over the din or the music, so we could have a nice conversation over excellent food.
We were excited to try another Tapas restaurant. We were greeted immediately at the door so it was off to a great start.
Our waiter was very friendly and informative. However, the food took a long time to get to our table. We ordered 4 small plates and one dinner plate. We spent most of our time waiting for the next course.
I found it funny that our last small plate of steak tartare came out with our dinner plate. The Patatas Bravas and Tartare was a big disappointment
Went for dinner on Friday night and the restaurant was pretty much full and quite lively. We ordered the Jamon Iberico, chicken liver parfait, crispy egg, cucumber & apple salad, brocolini w/ spicy sauce, the Langoustine Tagliatelle with kale & prawns, and the beef tartare. While the Jamon Iberico was good, but it was only marginally better than prosciutto so it was hard to find value in the $26 platter which came with only about 8 super thinly sliced pieces of ham and about 6 slices of a tomato loaf, which tasted just like a plain baguette you could get from Safeway for $2. The chicken liver parfait was actually quite tasty and the crispy egg was cooked perfectly with a tasty cream sauce. Along with the cucumber & apple salad these 3 dishes were the highlight of our meal. The brocolini was a tad over cooked for my taste and the sauce didn't really go well with it in my opinion. The tagliatelle had great flavours, but I was disappointed in the pasta itself. It was weirdly mushy on the outside while the inside tasted a bit doughy and under cooked. I expected to be wowed by the pasta considering the chef came from Teatro. The beef tartare was on par with what you expect a beef tartare to taste like, nothing to complain or rave about there. We finished off the meal with dessert that was made special that night because the usual french toast w/ ganache dessert was sold out. It was replaced by two types of bread pudding served with ganache and salted caramel. The ganache was very decadent and I would have been happy eating just the ganache. The bread pudding lacked flavour and sourness from the yogurt sauce that it was sitting on did not go well together. After all that our bill came to about $120 for two people w/o beverages. We were pretty stuffed but unimpressed.
Came for brunch with another couple because we wanted them to experience the Black Pig, and once again it did not disappoint, our server Edward was extremely knowledgable and very attentive. We will certainly be introducing more of our friends to the Black Pig😉
We had a fantastic later Sunday dinner. Although not a prime time the restaurant had a number of customers at other tables. Food was fantastic and we had a hard time just selecting the dishes that we did because there were so many more we wanted to taste as well. Fabulous waiter, and ambience.
I wish we could say that this was a great dining experience as I had been looking forward to this Valentines lunch. But on a day such as this, I would have expected better staffing. The power outage in the building was not their fault, but the fact that there was so little support for the service staff is something they could have prepared better for. I hope others have a better experience than we did as the potential is there.
The service we received on Saturday when we visited was fantastic. Attentive but not hovering. We had a wonderful waiter, who I unfortunately, didn't get the name of. We didn't realize they had peanuts in the place (we have an allergy in our group of diners) and they were very quick to respond, made sure that there was no cross contamination, and that we were safe to eat there. The food was amazing, from the starters of the heirloom beet soup, to the main courses which were all mouthwateringly delicious, to the fantastic brioche French toast dessert. The only issue was deciding what to order because it all sounded so good.
We have been doing brunch lately with our grown children. I hate line-ups and all the popular places have them. I was looking for dinner places online and stumbled on brunch at the Pig and you can book on Open Table, so we did. Talk about no line-up, the place was dead. The upside was attentive service and good speed out of the kitchen. The food was excellent. My wife said her eggs benny were some of the best in the city. I had the pulled pork stuffed omelet with Spanish potatoes - great flavors. Prices are not bad for Calgary brunch considering the great décor and food quality - $13 to $15 for brunch items.
This is definitely on our do over brunch list.
Limited and different menu. We had the salad , brocolini crispy pork belly and risoto. The veggies were good but nothing special
The pork belly was tasty. We had dessert and again nothing special.
The atmosphere is nice and service was great at the start but the waiter seemed to disappear about half way through the meal.
I would try this again.
Forgot to mention the tartar was incredible.
I took a friend for a birthday dinner, as we both have been wanting to try this place for a while. We had a reservation and our original table was right beside a large group, which was very loud, so we opted for a table that was at the other end of the restaurant. We were greeted efficiently, and our drink order was taken quite quickly, but from there the service level started to go downhill. We were intrigued by the tasting menu, so opted for that, as the server told us that it would feature items that were not on the menu. After about 45 minutes we received the first appetizer course, which was delicious, and then after about the same amount of time, the 2nd course arrived... We had been at the restaurant for 2 hours and had only completed 2 of 4 courses! I politely asked the server if it would be possible to have less time between the 2nd and 3rd courses (I wanted to be home to put my daughter to bed), and he assured us it was 5 minutes away... 20 minutes later, it arrived! After polishing that off, and clearing the plates we asked if there could be a rush on our dessert, and we were told that ours was the last order to go in! It was clear the server really only cared about the large group that night. Finally, at about 3 hours into our dinner, the dessert arrived, and he brought the bill at the same time. Now - everything about the meal was delicious, but 3 hours is way too long for a meal, unless you're in a fine dining establishment or at a group dinner. Maybe I am used to rushing with kids, but still! To top it off, the server hovered while I paid, where the terminal only featured a '20%' or 'other' option. Because of the hovering, I felt obliged to do the 20%, but really wanted to tip less. I've had other tasting menus in Calgary, and other places around the world, and this was definitely one of the longest I've had. In the future, it would be good for the restaurant to advise guests about the length of their tasting meal. Not returning again.
Visit was between Christmas and New Year so maybe they were understaffed but wait for food was over an hour - when food did arrive was good especially the Jamon and the risotto - the patatas bravas were underspiced and tasted more boiled than roasted. Some good wines from Spain.
Apart from the slow service the waiter also didn't share much information on the food which would have enhanced the experience!
I would still recommend the restaurant but would suggest that they give much better briefings to their staff and maybe have them try the menu so they can make informed recommendations and secondly, if the food is going to be late keep diners informed which is much better than just waiting (they did knock a couple of drinks off the bill)
I enjoyed most of the brunch but was also disappointed with the eggs in the eggs benedict as I asked that the yolk be runny they were hard boiled, the ham was a slice so thin you could see through it but the hollandaise sauce was very good.
We ad to wait for desert for over half an hour because the kitchen prepared the wrong one.
I will try it once more to see if there is improvements .
We went back to Black Pig for a third visit and were very disappointed. The pork and beans which was so unique and amazing has been dumbed down. Dry tenderloin rounds were served on the side and the beans were spooned onto the plate . The beans had no taste and the pork was dry and boring. Completely different from the original. We won't be back.
Our group of 4 ordered the tapas tasting menu with wine (or rather cocktail) pairings. First set of dishes were vegetables ( oyster mushroom, arrincini, paired with a white wine. The second set included a sardine dish, oyster with kiwi foam and paired with cava and hibiscus flower. sighs of satisfaction all around. The main was a family style dish of pork tenderloin, Brussels sprouts with pork belly and roasted potato paired with one white and one red. Dessert was a squash tart that was truly amazing paired with a white wine liqueur. great food, interesting wine pairings made for a memorable evening
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