An Impressive Catch

I had the pleasure of taking a good friend who was in from out of town to dinner and decided on Catch & the Oyster Bar located right next to the hotel.

yyc concierge at Catch

In my opinion Catch & the Oyster Bar is the best Seafood Restaurant in the greater Calgary area and its located right in the heart of downtown on Stephen Avenue, in the historic Imperial Bank of Canada building. Catch & the Oyster Bar has definitely created a new standard for seafood dining in the city.

The shucking station/bar in the Oyster Bar

The shucking station/bar in the Oyster Bar

What I love about Catch & the Oyster Bar is that it is two unique dining experiences housed in one restaurant.  The relaxed and informal Oyster Bar is on the first floor and immediately when you enter the mood is cheerful and the patrons are in high spirits. There was something about watching the Chefs preparing our meals that lent itself to the upbeat atmosphere. On the second floor is the friendly but chic Catch.

Watching the chefs in action!

Watching the chefs in action!

The talented Chef Groves and his team prepares each meal with precision and delicate planning ensuring patrons are satisfied from the first to the very last bite. Jet Fresh seafood is delivered daily and creatively prepared along with locally inspired dishes that satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 

Catch also works with the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise program for sustainable seafood to ensure they are making the most responsible seafood choices for your dining experience. So you can enjoy a great meal-while doing your part to protect our oceans. This past summer Catch announced it’s commitment to only serving Ocean Wise seafood, for a menu of over 80 seafood items this milestone is no walk in the park.

Ocean Wise Logo

Our appetizers included Celery Root Veloute, Dungeness Crab Cakes and Yellow Fin Tuna,  for our entrees we selected Herb Crusted Ling Cod and Seared Hokkaido Scallops and Sausage Gnocchi, all were deftly prepared and elegantly served. For desert we sampled an exquisite Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding which was great on the cold snowy evening we were there, it was truly a desert lover’s dream come true.

The Crab Cakes!

Catch & the Oyster Bar Scallops
Seared Hokkaido Scallops and Sausage served with goat cheese gnocchi

There are so many unique aspects to Catch and the Oyster Bar, such as during growing season the Chefs tend, harvest, and add culinary flare to dishes with fresh vegetables and herbs straight from the roof top garden. Also Catch & the Oyster Bar pride themselves on offering a huge selection of Canadian micro beers, myself and my guest sampled a few and if you are a beer lover, trust me you will not be disappointed.

The rooftop garden… photo obviously taken in the summer

Catch, is a popular restaurant among locals and loyal visitors from all over the world. If you hunger for a taste of the best seafood and impeccable service it can be found in this downtown restaurant. It’s time to stop eating frozen seafood and time to treat your taste buds to the freshest seafood in town, prepared to perfection!


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