Our Story

Born near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, owner/operator Gilles Brassart grew up in the kitchen surrounded by simple, fresh flavours and passion for food. In 2008, after running two successful restaurant and bar projects in San Francisco, Gilles and his wife and co-owner Andrea, came to Calgary, Andrea’s home town. Welcoming daughter Lola-Rose into the world that winter, another labour of love was in its infancy: Cassis Bistro, a warm, accessible approach to cuisine drawn straight from Gilles roots in the south of France. Finding a kindred spirit in Executive Chef Dominique Moussu, the philosophy and flavours of Cassis emerged.

"We wanted to offer a casual space to share fresh, delicious, approachable French cuisine. We believe that all important and meaningful conversations happen at the table, that table should make you feel like you are at home, whether you are with a group of people or dining alone. That table should always include good food, good wine and good conversation." - Gilles Brassart.

Chef Moussu, Cassis Bistro's Executive Chef, hails from Brittany, France where he apprenticed at a Michelin star restaurant after graduating from the Brevet d'Etudes Professionelles. Moussu’s career took him all over Europe cooking in top luxury hotels including The Savoy in London and the historic Le Château de Loc Guenolé, in Kervignac, Brittaney.  Dominique has worked as Executive Chef in some of Calgary’s best restaurants. He knows the local producers and uses the highest quality regional products to bring out the best in his cuisine.

Cassis Bistro opened its doors in 2011, shortly after the Brassart's welcomed their son Sebastien, and has since established itself as warm, friendly service grounded in passion, not just for food and wine, but for nourishing people in all ways.

The Cassis family welcomes you to our table. Bon Appétit!