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2208 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W9
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Methods of Payment:

  • American Express
  • Cash
  • Interac
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday

Restaurant type

  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • Mediterranean,

Features

  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • Catering,
  • Eat In,
  • Take Out,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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Meet the owner

Acclaimed for her fresh, flavourful Lebanese cuisine, Aida Abboud, says she couldn’t even fry an egg when she got married. The chef and owner of the popular Aida’s Bistro barely set foot in a kitchen while growing up in what she calls a pampered, affluent home in Lebanon. It was after moving to Calgary in 1974 that she began to learn how to cook. And once she started, she couldn’t stop. “It’s the love of food —I enjoy eating good food,” says Abboud. “It became kind of an obsession. You keep on testing and trying until you get the perfect taste.”

Although she’s completely self-taught, having learned entirely from cookbooks and trial and error, her food is a clear hit. “I’ve been told by Lebanese people that this is as good or even better than some of the places they’ve tried back in the Middle East,” says Abboud. “Oh my gosh, it feels great to hear that.” She and her then husband ran Lebanese restaurant, Café Med for 10 years before they divorced and closed shop. Abboud ended up doing other jobs but realized she wanted to cook again.

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
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Awesome and authentic

Delicious schwarma, falafel, grilled cheese, white bean salad, lemon potatoes, and dips! Highly recommended!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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A proper sit-down restaurant, this charming bistro serves a more formal take on Mediterranean food, but it does not forsake the humble shawarma. Its marinated sirloin shawarma sandwich can be accompanied by fattoush salad and roasted potatoes. The shawarma platter is served with a dip, salad, fresh veggies and tahini.

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This long-established Mediterranean restaurant features the best spinach fatayers in the city. A staple dish in Arab cuisine, Aida’s fatayers are perfect little equilateral pastry triangles filled with savoury, cooked-spinach filling. Enjoy them on their own or order the vegetarian-delight platter, which includes fatayer, rice and veggie-stuffed grape leaves as well as seasoned falafel patties.

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Dig into the Mediterranean diet right here in Calgary

Dig into the Mediterranean diet right here in Calgary

Located in the heart of Mission, Aida’s is a well-known spot for authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine, whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich for lunch or a multi-course dinner. There are many sampler dishes on the menu, so you can gather a couple of friends and have the chance to try a bit of everything. The mouhammara, a red pepper, walnut and pomegranate dip, is a must-try.

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