Sometimes, eating a good meal can make all the difference between a bad day and a good day. Luckily, we’re here to tell you where you can start your day with the best breakfast in Calgary.
In this article, you’ll find our top picks of breakfast diners and some answers to frequently asked questions about Calgary breakfasts. Let’s start with how much you may spend on a casual breakfast in Calgary.
How Much Does Breakfast in Calgary Cost
Here are the expected costs of the common breakfast meals you’ll find in Calgary:
|Type of breakfast||Expected price range|
|Montreal smoked meats||$17-$18|
|Classic breakfast (eggs, hashbrown, toast)||$9-$13.75|
The Best Breakfast in Calgary
Now, let’s take a look at our list of the best breakfast nooks in Calgary! We tried our best to have a diverse list so you can find the best restaurants for just about any breakfast cuisine you want.
1. OEB Breakfast Co.
|BEST SELLER||Poached eggs, Eggs Benedicts, anything with Hollandaise sauce, Soul ’n a Bowl|
|ADDRESS||825 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 278-3447 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 8:00AM – 2:00PM|
Unlike any other restaurant that simply adds a couple of light items on its menu to serve early customers, OEB Breakfast Co. creates hearty yet imaginative breakfast meals. This restaurant is focused only on serving breakfast.
This restaurant is led by classically-trained chef, Mauro Martina. With his upbringing in Italy and his experience as executive chef in Toronto and Calgary, he makes use of the finest and freshest ingredients to elevate signature breakfast classics.
Under Mauro’s leadership, OEB Breakfast takes the farm-to-table experience on a whole different level. They source their fresh and seasonal ingredients only from local farmers and producers.
To make its well-balanced breakfast meals available to just about anyone in Calgary, OEB Breakfast has three convenient locations: one each in Downtown, Mission, and Bridgeland. It even offers takeout and delivery services for those who don’t want to travel to these locations.
But given its popularity, one should also expect long waiting lines before being seated. Some even complained about slow service.
Luckily, OEB Breakfast has an online system where customers can sign up for waitlists. It isn’t the same as a reservation system, but it’s a step closer to minimizing waiting times.
Here are some customer reviews to give you some insights into what to expect, should you choose to eat at OEB Breakfast:
“I was looking for another breakfast spot with no luck, and OEB was packed. So, I figured there must be a reason. First, the coffee is good. I don’t know what kind of blend or roast, I just know it tasted like good Coffee. I ordered the classic breakfast, free range eggs, potatoes fried in duck fat, and rosemary ham. Artisanal toast. My waiter suggested I try the hollandaise sauce, and put some on the side. The food came out fast, and was hot. Tasted good, I had never had rosemary ham, it was a subtle flavor, the eggs were perfect, and the fries were a perfect texture. Great experience.”—Jamie D
“This is a great local Breakfast Restaurant in Mission. The patio is OPEN!!! It is set up perfectly for social distancing and it is also stylish. There is plenty of seating here so there shouldn’t be a long wait and the staff are friendly and efficient. This is an excellent place to come for those who are health conscious or have dietary restrictions. The staff are knowledgeable about the menu items and do not make you feel uncomfortable about any alterations that are needed to make your meal suitable for you.”—John William Wade
2. Diner Deluxe
|BEST SELLER||Skillet, oatmeal, Huevos rancheros|
|ADDRESS||350 Aspen Glen Landing SW, Calgary, AB T3H|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 457-3000|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM|
Diner Deluxe is a well-known breakfast and brunch restaurant in Alberta and BC. It sources all of its ingredients locally, from essentials like spices and real butter to star ingredients like eggs and even coffee beans.
Since the restaurant prepares all food in-house and uses the finest seasonal and ethically sourced ingredients, Diner Deluxe can also cater to customers looking for gluten-free and allergen-free breakfast meals.
Aside from breakfast food, Diner Deluxe also indulges its customers with numerous beverage options. So, you can pair either craft beer, mixed spirits, coffee, or just a simple juice with your sandwich, frittata, skillet, or eggs Benedict.
To make things cozy for its early customers, Diner Deluxe’s Calgary location features a modern and retro design. This location even comes with patio seating to allow customers to enjoy a fresh morning breeze with their delicious meals.
However, Diner Deluxe’s opening hours are limited only to breakfast hours. Between this and the fact that they’re very popular, eager customers may find it difficult to get a table in this breakfast and brunch restaurant.
Some customers have also complained about the unexpected cancellation of orders.
Here are customer reviews to tell you what exactly it is that clients enjoyed at Diner Deluxe:
“Diner Deluxe is newly opened in Mahogany and I’m so glad we have this spot in the south! The eggs benedicts were a hit but the favourite was definitely the potato rosti. Great ambience with modern 50s decor and the usual mid-century modern aesthetic. They serve Phil and Sebastian coffee and do have bags available for purchase of their own personal blend. Come early as they don’t take reservations.”—Lisa Ma
“Love having this in the South. Went around noon on a weekday, and had no problem getting a table. Staff was friendly, and made sure my coffee was always full. And gave me a to-go coffee when we left! Breakfast available all day, so we got the huevos rancheros and meatloaf hash. Both great, with giant portions. The jam is magic. The menu is a little pricey for everyday, though. Super trendy style, with a mid-century aesthetic. Makes for cute selfies. 🙂 “—Kat Eleanor
3. The Bro’Kin Yolk
|BEST SELLER||Chicken and waffles, Eggs Benedicts|
|ADDRESS||12580 Symons Valley Rd NW #130, Calgary, AB T3P 0A3|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(587) 317-5743 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM|
When talking about the Bro’Kin Yolk, we should consider each element of their name. First of all, this breakfast restaurant is founded and run by brothers, Gil and Jeff Carlos who have over two decades of combined restaurant experience.
The second element of this restaurant’s name is all about Kin, which is why it brings a warm and familial vibe to each of its three locations. This tight-knit experience also applies to the community as Bro’Kim Yolk gives back to the needy through its partnership with Mealshare and Kidsport.
Lastly, the Yolk stands for the star of each breakfast dish that Bro’Kin Yolk serves—organic, Omega-3-rich, free-range eggs. This restaurant even goes beyond by sourcing all of its seasonal ingredients from local farmers and producers.
Unfortunately, Bro’Kin Yolk can’t provide everything as it doesn’t entertain early reservations and even delivery services. It does, however, have an online waitlist system for its customers’ convenience.
And while it doesn’t do deliveries, Bro’Kin Yolk still caters to customers who’d rather stay at home by providing essential groceries like home-cured bacon, hot sauce, and even coffee blends.
Read these reviews from customers who seem to have found the best breakfast from Bro’Kin Yolk:
“Bro’Kin Yolk is my absolute favourite place to eat breakfast in the city! Both their Creek Side and Mahogany locations feature friendly staff and great food. The wait on weekends can sometimes be long but that’s just because the food is that good. If you don’t feel like waiting, ordering for pick up is always quick (usually ready in 15 minutes). Any dish at Bro’Kin Yolk that comes with their house cured bacon is a must, by far the best bacon I’ve ever had! These Bro’s know how to do breakfast right and with a wide array of options there’s bound to be something for everyone and gluten free options are available!”—Taylor L
“This is such a great breakfast place. The food is always good and service is superb! The Chicken and Waffle was delicious, not dry and over cooked. I ordered a side order of homemade sausage and i got two toonie size medallions, which was disappointing and very expensive. I would skip that next time. Try their White Chocolate Lavender Sauce for your waffle…Delicious!”—Kamster Wrong
4. Galaxie Diner
|BEST SELLER||Breakfast burritos, hashbrowns, milkshakes, Montreal smoked meat|
|ADDRESS||1413 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 228-0001 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 8:00AM – 3:00PM|
Galaxie Diner defies all expectations as it serves breakfast as late as 3:00 PM. This diner is headed by Brad Myhre, a long-time patron of smoked meat eateries who insists on using pure maple syrup and real butter on the restaurant’s dishes.
Given this taste and background, Galaxie Diner serves breakfast editions of burritos, smoked meat hash, and meat omelettes. All of its meals already come in large portions but Galaxie Diner still offers unlimited toasts and hashbrowns to fill up its customers’ bellies.
When it comes to drinks, Galaxie Diner serves delicious milkshakes for everyone. And did we mention how they also offer bottomless coffee options for every patron waiting for or finishing their meals?
Galaxie Diner also features vintage interiors, where families, friends, and hangovers can lounge on booths and barstools while waiting for their food. This breakfast joint even has an open kitchen with a grill, making the place warm and appetizing.
But despite the 5-star quality of the food that comes in large portions, some customers have raised their concerns about bad service since some servers serve the wrong dish. Other previous customers also complained about how they felt ignored and unwelcomed.
Read these reviews to know what clients like and dislike about Galaxie Diner:
“Not stingy with the good stuff. Their omelet is bursting with ingredients, their benny comes with a big slab of ham, and they’re able to offer unlimited toast and hashbrowns because you’ll be too full to get it. There will probably be a line on the weekend, but it’s worth the wait.”—Ben Trig
“Food was amazing and the staff were super friendly! Was just very slow in terms of the service…I understand it is busy but for a small place it seemed a bit slower than expected. I waited 10 minutes to get napkins with my food. It totally could’ve been a one off day so we will for sure come back! Again great food, super friendly people just 4/5 with the speed.”—Rhonda Elizabeth
5. Holy Grill
|BEST SELLER||Paninis, beef, and beet chips|
|ADDRESS||827 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 261-9759 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM |
Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Holy Grill offers the best-grilled breakfasts in Calgary with its burgers, paninis, sandwiches, and even egg Benedicts. It also offers draft beers, spirits, and bottomless coffee to match its smoky-flavoured meals.
For a relaxed and chill ambience, Holy Grill offers patio seating in all of its locations.
Holy Grill also makes breakfast accessible in three ways. First, it delivers breakfasts to large groups of people by offering catering services.
Next, it offers delivery services, complete with a convenient online ordering system.
Another great thing about Holy Grill is that it has its very own mobile app, so clients can easily order meals and track their breakfast orders.
But you should know, some customers have complained about Holy Grill’s poor accountability when it comes to these delivery services.
Last and most importantly, Holy Grill has three convenient locations in Calgary, with one each in 5th Avenue, 10th Avenue, and Bow Valley. However, only the 10th avenue branch is open on weekends and late nights, but even it is closed on holidays.
Here are some reviews from Holy Grill’s customers to give some idea about the breakfast diner:
“We have been dropping by Holy Grill for many years. The owners are always there working away at the grill. Hard working brothers! We often get the farmhouse wrap along with beet chips. The farmhouse wrap is a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Always always ask for sirracha if they somehow forget to give it to you. Combined with sirracha, the farmhouse wrap is an explosion of flavors in your mouth! The beet chips are what they are known for. Every single time we passed by, that’s what we grab along with a sandwich or burger. I don’t even like beets! Yet, I eat these beet chips in a heartbeat!”—Victor Law
” Absolutely delightful! Best burgers in Calgary. We ordered the Brunch Burger and Blackened Chicken burger.
The Brunch Burger was perfect. The meat was so well seasoned, bacon perfectly cooked, egg was runny, amount of sauce and flavour combination was delicious. The bun was perfect, kept everything together and was nice and soft / fresh. The chips are coated in a delightful seasoning ?? well done! “—Rebecca Brown
6. Namo Cafe Bistro
|BEST SELLER||Breakfast bowls|
|ADDRESS||824 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 475-7010 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
Now, if you want another breakfast restaurant drawing global inspiration for its cuisine, then Namo Cafe Bistro may be what you’re looking for. This breakfast restaurant is family-owned and run by chef Ashish Damle.
The best thing about Namo Cafe Bistro is it takes reservations beforehand. So, excited patrons can simply reserve a table via phone to avoid waiting in long lines early in the morning.
Since it has a globally inspired breakfast cuisine, it offers an assortment of filling brunch bowls like the West Coast Bowl, Mighty Buddha, and Far East Duck Bowl. Aside from catering to diverse tastes, Namo Cafe Bistro also caters to those with dietary restrictions and vegan preferences.
Another great thing about Namo Cafe Bistro is it uses only locally sourced ingredients. And with hotel-quality food presentation, Namo Cafe Bistro really brings the best out of Asian, Western, and Middle Eastern breakfast cuisines.
However, their beverages are not as enticing since they serve some drinks that only came from bottled or canned brands. This factor, along with its expensive pricing was among the subject of negative reviews of Namo Cafe Bistro.
Here are some reviews to give you insights into what one should expect when going to Namo Cafe Bistro for breakfast:
“Namo might be the best place for breakfast in Calgary. The taste, quality, presentation are all worthy of high-end hotel restaurants, but the atmosphere is casual / family – clean, simple, cheerful. The menu is creative – fusion of breakfast classics with California flavors and – I kid you not – Tater Tots. You will be delighted and stuffed! “—Robert Lazorko
“I really enjoyed brunch at Namo. Their portion was huge, everything was super tasty and flavorful and service was great. They have a pretty big menu and we had a hard time narrowing down what we wanted to eat so I’ll definitely will be back to try other things. We each ordered a brunch bowl and the ferrero french toast to share, there was so much food we had to take some of it home for sure. Another great thing about this brunch place is they take reservation.”—Lily H
7. Universe Restaurant
|ADDRESS||1415 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(587) 354-3339|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday– Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM |
Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Universe Restaurant is a diner serving some of the best Canadian dishes and pizza all day, six days a week. While it doesn’t focus on breakfasts, it still offers morning classics like Quebec poutines, Benedicts, and French toasts.
Unlike other restaurants offering breakfasts, this one accepts reservation requests and can even handle up to 50 people per reservation. Universe Restaurant can also cater to parties larger than the maximum reservation size because it has recently opened catering services.
Additionally, Universe Restaurants does deliveries that come with zero delivery charge for those within a 5km range of the restaurant. To complement this, the restaurant also offers a 10% discount for those who choose the pick-up option for their takeout orders.
But you should know, we’ve read some reviews concerning soggy salads due to poor food delivery practices.
And for a restaurant offering breakfast meals, Universe Restaurant does open late. So, if you really want the true breakfast experience, then you may need to find someplace else.
The bright side is that with Universe Restaurant, you can have breakfast any other time of the day.
Most patrons have praised Universal Restaurant for large portions of poutines that tasted like home. Here are just some other things that customers liked about Universe Restaurants:
“Cute, diner experience with modern interior serving all day brunch and dinner. During our visit, the staff was welcoming, attentive and friendly – everything you could ask for during a brunch stop. Food was expertly prepared, and clearly made fresh in house – hash browns were fresh cut!!! I highly recommend this for any of your brunch/breakfast needs. I will be returning to try the dinner menu.”—Bret Pawlack
” I am a total foodie and Ive been to a lot of places to eat, and I gotta say, this restaurant is amazing. The breakfast is incredible. Love the portion sizes (huge) and I even ordered from them too on Skip The Dishes and the quality was consistent. from when I ate there in person. Amazing breakfast food.”—Considine Terrie
8. Omega Cafe
|BEST SELLER||Chocolate chip waffles, breakfast burrito, chicken salad sandwich|
|ADDRESS||5011 11th Street South East Calgary, AB|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(587) 433-5412|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM|
Are you one of those early birds who actually like mornings and wakes up even before their alarm rings? If so, then Omega Cafe may be among the few breakfast places you can go to.
This diner offers the earliest breakfast in Calgary as it starts serving customers as early as 6:30 AM. So, anyone in the area who’s craving chocolate chip pancakes, waffles, and breakfast burritos can rely on Omega Cafe.
The cafe also has a laid-back atmosphere to it, with soothing music playing and servers waiting on customers with smiles and patience.
To cater to more hungry morning risers, Omega Cafe also does food delivery services. For added accessibility, Omega Cafe’s continental breakfasts and international lunches are also priced affordably.
But what really makes Omega Cafe memorable is that it’s one of the rare restaurants serving authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, then you can go ahead and book a table with them.
But while it can cater to early Calgarians on weekdays, Omega Cafe is still unavailable on weekends.
With its high-quality and authentic dishes, Omega Cafe has received numerous 5-star ratings online, including these:
“Descent breakfast and lunch served in the truest model of a local cafe. Very affordable breakfast and the inspired lunch specials have an international appeal. Friendly, happy staff serving in a well appointed charming cafe. Take the time to make a stop to know this convenient location. Entrance is at that big “Red Rock” on 11th Street SE.”—Dan Ell
“Love this place very much. The food is fresh and delicious. Their breakfast is a good deal, and lunch special is always super tasty, home-made and different every day. They work very fast and their staff is polite and friendly. Also, the prices are really attractive. The option “to go” is also available. I recommend to taste their all day breakfast, lunch special and Cheese Burger and Clubhouse sandwich with fries. Thank you.”—Tetiana Kascheieva
9. Heaven Restaurant
|BEST SELLER||Empanadas, arepas, Pabellón criollo|
|ADDRESS||#119 – 1013 17 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, T2T 0A7|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 249-3037 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM |
Satuday – Sunday: 12:00 NN – 7:00 PM
Now, if you’re craving some Venezuelan breakfast specials, then Heaven Restaurant can help you out. This artisan-made restaurant offers the best Latin American dishes like empanadas, quesadillas, tacos, and arepas.
The restaurant uses only fresh ingredients, which is why it can even take some dishes out of the menu when fresh supplies are scarce. Aside from this commitment to high-quality food, Heaven Restaurant also offers versatility as it has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
The best food innovations that Heaven Restaurant has to offer are its gluten-free and dairy-free desserts. With this special menu, patrons with diet restrictions can still enjoy chocolate and leches cakes without consequences.
Heaven Restaurant is also generous as it offers frozen take-home versions of its mini empanadas and other signature dishes. Its customers can even order these online.
With such adjustments and quality standards, it’s no wonder why Heaven Restaurant also has considerably expensive prices.
However, since Heaven Restaurant isn’t focused on breakfast items, it also has late opening hours. So, unless you want to eat your gluten-free breakfast late in the afternoon, then this restaurant may not be for you.
Heaven Restaurant has received numerous mixed reviews online. So, if you want to get a taste of what they may serve you, these reviews can help you out:
“I came in tonight with my wife and sister in-law. And to my expectations was met and beyond. The meals was done perfectly and I the flavors were to die for. We left with full stomachs thank you.. I am from sparwood bc and I would let all my.friends know and including my gluten free customer to come and get Traditional food. I will be back again ?❤❤❤????????”—David Elliot
“Just tried this spot today and I was really impressed with the flavours that came from each dish. Tried the beef or pork ribs empanadas were delicious and I loved the fish tacos. The home made hot sauce wasn’t too spicy and had great flavours. I’m not sure if it was the owner or staff but the service was great. Extremely friendly and provided good recommendations on what to order if you have a hard time to decide on what to get. Definitely coming back again.”—Tung Nguyen
10. ZCREW Cafe
|BEST SELLER||Poke bowl, Korean fried chicken|
|ADDRESS||401 11 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Y5|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 460-6668|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM |
Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
ZCrew Cafe is yet another purveyor of the true farm-to-table experience as it uses only free-range livestock and organically-grown vegetables from local farmers. It has a vast menu, serving everything from indulgent bacon wraps to gluten-free rice bowls.
It also has numerous beverage options. So, families with each member wanting either coffee, smoothie, milkshakes, or even handcrafted teas, can all dine together in this restaurant.
Besides its variety of food and drink options, ZCrew Cafe also delivers aesthetics. All meals are handcrafted to perfection, making each box or meal picture-perfect and healthy.
ZCrew Cafe even accepts reservations for up to six people per table. You can also sign up online to reserve the place for your private functions.
To extend its services and cuisine to others, ZCrew Cafe also does catering for special events. Aside from formal functions, ZCrew Cafe also caters to the outdoorsy types of people as it makes picnic boxes for up to six people.
These takeout options may be a good option, especially since many customers have complained about how cramped ZCrew Cafe can get. Some customers also left criticisms about slow service.
Here are some more customer reviews to help you decide whether or not ZCrew Cafe can give you the best breakfast in Calgary:
“I brought my dad for what turned out to be a wonderful fathers day brunch. My dad really enjoyed his americano because you can tell they use quality espresso. My girlfriend ordered their iced ‘silky coffee’ which comes with a cream cheese foam…boy was it tasty. My dad and I both ate the “birds nest” which was pretty good but definitely needed some seasoning as the scotch eggs were very bland. My girlfriend decided on the tuna breakfast bowl and raved about it. Everything was well prepared and nicely presented. Service was quite good but the food took a very long time to come out as they were pretty slammed. I will absolutely be back to try some of the other things I almost ordered.”—Tyrell Scott
“We went for brunch here and it was good. The egg benny had good flavour, however I wouldn’t necessary give French fries for breakfast especially not with a smoked salmon benny. Also, I found a hair in my food. Although they were nice enough to remake the dish, I was still charged for it.”—Julie Moreno
|BEST SELLER||Eggs Benedict, anything with Hollandaise sauce|
|ADDRESS||20 Westpark Link SW #130, Calgary, AB T3H 0V5|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 452-9005 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
If you’re looking for another breakfast nook with early opening hours, then this next entry is perfect for you. Brekkie Cafe opens up as early as 7 AM to welcome anyone who’s looking for a fresh and food-forward breakfast experience.
This restaurant creates chef-made and perfected breakfast meals made from local and seasonal ingredients. Its menu consists of Benedicts, healthy bowls, poutines, and even kid-friendly brunch options like pancakes and ham&cheese.
Aside from using the finest ingredients in Alberta, Brekkie Cafe also elevates its breakfast dishes by making them as snapshot-worthy as possible.
But like any other famous brunch spot, Brekkie Cafe also has long waiting times. Luckily, the servers are nice and adhere strictly to health protocols, keeping the wait worthwhile.
Additionally, Brekkie Cafe allows its customers to reserve a table online. However, this feature is only available on weekdays, so you still have to wake up early and wait in line if you visit Brekkie on weekends.
Read these reviews to know more about what makes Brekkie Cafe one of the top breakfast restaurants in the city:
“The staff here were so friendly and the food was incredible. The store was clean and the atmosphere was amazing, I love that you get your own plants on your table. The service was fast and the waiter was knowledgeable. The presentation of the food was exquisite and cooked to perfection. They are also doing an amazing job with guidelines for covid 19. Everything was extremely clean.”—Andrea Denise
“A great brunch place! Definitely has a cool vibe inside! It was like someone searched all the cool Pinterest posts for “brunch place” and put it in this restaurant! Hash browns are awesome! I had the Korean BBQ short rib poutine and it was super flavourful and made the hashbrowns stand out more with the sauce! The meat was super tender and flavourful! And you would definitely fill up on that. Maybe get a salad to balance it out after. Our server Danielle was very friendly and helpful. Checked in just the right amount of times and made it a great experience for us.”—David O
12. Queens Breakfast & Cocktails
|BEST SELLER||Croissant Benedicts, French toast|
|ADDRESS||3927 Edmonton Trail NE Calgary, AB, Canada T2E 6T1|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 764-0878 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM |
Friday – Saturday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
For such an elegant name, Queens Breakfast & Cocktails features a rustic and close-to-home vibe through its menu and venue. It does so by using fresh and local produce and by being accommodating of vegan and vegetarian preferences.
For its menu, Queens Breakfast & Cocktails serves traditional classics like omelettes, French toasts, waffles, and pancakes. Since it’s surrounded by local distilleries and breweries, its menu also features wines, cocktails, draft beers, fresh juice, and even coffee.
Queens Breakfast & Cocktails also strays from other brunch places because it’s located in the quieter parts of Calgary. But despite its family-friendly surroundings, it lacks high chairs for toddlers.
And unlike other restaurants, this one also allows for online reservations. Queens Breakfast & Cocktails even has an online waitlist system to cater to those who weren’t able to reserve early on.
While Queens Breakfast & Cocktails certainly hits many good spots, it also has considerably poor customer service. We say this because we’ve read some reviews regarding staff who won’t pick up the phone or servers who were either rude or impatient.
Patrons have praised Queens Breakfast for its food and quality of services, just as these have:
“We’ve been meaning to try this place forever and it did not disappoint! Service was impeccable, our server was friendly, knowledgeable and fast! The food was scrumptious and also super quick. Wish I had a bigger stomach so I could have tried more….but I’ll just have to come back for that!”—Marika Pittman
“Wonderful! I was impressed with the attention to detail and quality on the food, service and decor. Queens brought memories of Oxford, the Netherlands, France and some of South East Asia. A great place for friends and family. Has this become my favorite breakfast place in Calgary? I think it has. Make sure you call for the weekend waiting list. If you’re going on a Sunday arrive a few minutes early for parking – no big deal. I look forward to meeting the owners some day! Great job guys!”—Filipe Drumond
13. Benny’s Breakfast Bar
|BEST SELLER||Eggs Benedicts|
|ADDRESS||7007 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2S1|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 252-3443 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
Benny’s Breakfast Bar is a 1950’s-styled local diner exclusively serving breakfast items. It’s also among the few Calgary breakfast places that are open as early as 7 AM.
As its name suggests, Benny’s Breakfast Bar is pretty well-known for its Eggs Benedicts that aren’t just in sandwiches, but also in lunch burgers. Its menu also includes other breakfast favourites salads, bowls, rolled omelettes, and poutines.
Benny’s Breakfast Bar even has special meals designed to fulfill the appetite of children. And to cater to more people, Benny’s Breakfast Bar also offers gluten-free meals.
Benny’s Breakfast Bar is also pretty well-known for its nostalgic 1950s vibe with its well-designed interiors complete with cars and other vintage memorabilia. This venue along with its friendly staff make the diner as memorable as ever.
However, some customers also remember some negative things about Benny’s Breakfast Bar. In particular, many patrons complained about the Hollandaise sauce and some even complained about long waiting times.
Luckily, Benny’s Breakfast Bar has been praised for its efficient reservation system and convenient online ordering.
Here are some customer reviews to help you pinpoint what exactly it is that patrons like about Benny’s Breakfast Bar:
“Quality, Bang to buck ratio, Atmosphere and staff are all working at the top of there game. This has quickly become my go to spot for a quick and fantastic breakfast. Once a week over the past several months food has been consistently fantastic. I usually do a pick up order, but even just stepping in for a minute your eyes are taken to all the fantastic décor and memorabilia lining the walls. The Staff has always been extremely friendly, and fantastic. Almost feels like a little hidden spot with it’s location, but making your way to Bennys is like a trip to the Flavor town of the past. Highly recommended.”—Quade Meloche
“Eating at Benny’s is always a 5 star experience. Food selection, food taste, cleanliness, staff, even the overall vibe. Affordable prices and big portions. I’ve never been disappointed and ate there over 10 times now. We went with our 2 kids young children and they even had a booster and highchair so both could eat in comfort.”—Madison Andrew
14. Blackfoot Truckstop Diner
|BEST SELLER||Flapper pie, milkshakes|
|ADDRESS||1840 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T8|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 265-5964 | [email protected]|
In 1956, community worker Edna Taylor built Blackfoot Truckstop Diner. Since then, it has become a hub not only for truck drivers from all over North America but also for anyone looking for traditional Canadian meals.
It serves breakfast and other types of meals 24/7. So, those who’d want pancakes or eggs and bacon late at night can certainly rely on this diner.
Blackfoot Truckstop Diner’s breakfast menu also consists of English muffins, sausages, hash browns, French toast, and its signature milkshakes. This diner is also pretty well-known for its pies, including the famous Flapper pie.
Blackfoot Truckstop Diner also has special menus, which include complimentary desserts. But the real deal with this diner is that all of its meals are affordable, so just about any Calgarian or passerby can enjoy a hearty meal without breaking the bank.
However, its cheap prices also reflect the quality of food. We say this because we’ve read numerous reviews claiming that the dishes are uninspired while or even served cold.
For more than 70 years, Blackfoot Truckstop Diner remains one of the signature Calgary diners. Here are the reviews to tell you how it has survived so long:
“BTD is bit like stepping back in time to a place where the big chains had not wiped out this style of diner. It has a sort of worn comfortable feeling and look, like a old favorite jumper or jacket. Its is clean and well maintained. The food was good with an extensive Canadian style menu that should satisfy most people who don’t live on lobster. The service is efficient, if a little brusque, so don’t try engage the servers in conversation because they are busy. If you would like to engage in some Canadian nostalgia, this is the place to try. I will certainly pop in again when I am in this part of town. Long may BTD continue to serve the weary traveler.”—Simon Potter
“This is what I always think of when I think of classic diner food. Haven’t found any place quite like it in Canada. I’m sure they exist but they’re rare these days. Food is great. Prices are great. Coffee is great. 24 hour service is great. It’s great. Just go.”—Brady Fullerton
Common Breakfasts in Calgary
Classic Calgarian breakfast usually involves a simple combination of toast, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and even some fruit. Some people also consider oatmeal and omelettes as traditional breakfasts.
Some restaurants and diners also put together a couple of elements to create signature breakfast dishes, such as:
- Poutine: French fries with cheese curds
- Eggs Benedict: two halves of an English muffin with Canadian bacon, poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce
- Huevos rancheros: a Mexican classic consisting of fried eggs on top of tortillas and some salsa
- Montreal-style smoked meat: sandwiches with authentic Montreal-style smoked meat
- French toast: fried toast coated with beaten egg and milk, added with some syrup and fruit
FAQs about Breakfasts
With this comprehensive list of restaurants and classic Calgary dishes, the best breakfast in Calgary is well within your grasp.
So, what are you waiting for? Freshen up your morning by choosing any of the restaurants serving the food you’d like to try!
Do you think we’ve missed any other breakfast nooks in this list? If so, feel free to share your recommendations with, so we can try them out, too.
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