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Yellow Door Bistro

4.1
4.1
1029 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary European
A bright, airy space full of surprises, Yellow Door offers creative dishes in a whimsical, approachable style. Come for the culinary splendour. Stay for the unconventional charm.

Serving our weekday breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch buffet, Yellow Door Bistro believes in elevating simple food with quality ingredients.

Come join us for the "Appiest" of Hours daily in Yellow Door between 4pm - 6pm and enjoy amazing food and drink specials!

FREE PARKING – Our guests receive complimentary self-parking at Hotel Arts in both above ground surface lot and heated underground parkade.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Breakfast, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (403) 206-9585

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Quinn Staple

  • Private party facilities

    The whimsical and creative design of Yellow Door Bistro creates an ideal setting for your next intimate gathering or lively bash. Group dining options available for a range of group sizes in semi-private spaces. Choose from set menus or work to create custom options.

  • Private party contact

    William Blennerhassett: (403) 206-9585

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Cross Street

    1st Street SW

  • Parking Details

    Patrons of Yellow Door receive complimentary parking at Hotel Arts during their visit. This includes the surface and underground parking lots. Simply present your ticket stub and restaurant receipt to the Hotel Arts front desk after your meal.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Weekend Brunch Buffet 🥞

    $34.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then weekend brunch is certainly the most important meal of the week. We treat it with the respect and ceremony it deserves by crafting seasonal weekend buffet selections that’ll spark your curiosity and pull you back for more. Our Elevated Brunch Buffet is served Saturday & Sunday from 9am - 2pm. Our last seating time is 1pm. Adult – $34 | Children (12 and under) – $15 | Children 3 & under – Free (not including tax or gratuity)

Offers

  • 'Appy' Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Join us everyday (yes, everyday) from 4-6pm for our 'Appy Hour' specials. Enjoy $6 glasses of house white and red wine (6oz) and $6 feature draught beer (20oz) PLUS $8 Cheese Flatbreads and $9 Mortadella and Fungi Flatbreads. YUM!

What 1,029 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Brunch

  • Calgary

    Brunch

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  1. NM

    NaomiM

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went here for our anniversary. The server brought us each a glass of champagne to start. A real treat! We ate the chef’s menu which was exquisite. Beautiful flavours throughout each course, and including the amazing homemade sourdough bread and sundries tomato butter starter. The incredible scallion, the smoked strip loin with fennel purée, ending with a key lime tart...simply divine. Highly recommend. The restaurant was quiet so I wonder if people know about this gem and it’s incredible chef? I highly recommend!!!
  2. JK

    JessK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner, the chefs 3 course meal was delicious, we didn’t love the desert but our waitress was sweet enough to package us up an alternative dessert to go! Highly recommend if you’re downtown!
  3. PM

    PhilM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Service was not great, had to ask for coffee refills etc. Food was good, however selection was limited. Overall not great value for the price.
  4. G

    Gt1988

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    The portions were beyond tiny. We had the beef tenderloin for our main course. It was $49 but I think it was maybe 3 ounces. There’s were four pieces of asparagus and four ravioli. The ravioli was unpleasant tasting. Over we just would not come back. We felt for the prices the food was sub par. I ate here a few times before and enjoyed it. I’m not sure why you’ve changed it so much.
  5. NG

    NathalieG

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    All the pastries were gummish, as caracteristic of day before pastries. Other pastries, like fruit flavored mousse bites felt very ondustrial, by their artificial fruit taste. Little eggs cocotte, served in beautiful Le Creuset mini Dutch ovens, were topping an unidentifiable porridge, mucous, unsalted and quiet horrid. No bread available for the cheese or charcuterie, you had to ask everytime in order to receive 4 little triangled toasts. Won't be coming back as it was disappointing and not value for money
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there to celebrate my best friends birthday. The experience was phenomenal from beginning to the end. Our server Jean was also amazing. He made the experience so smooth and enjoyable. He recommended a few items on the menu, which we ordered and were incredible. Overall, I would return here, the experience and the food were absolutely amazing.
  7. MM

    MichelleM

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The buffet food was lukewarm, had been sitting out and was soggy. It was not worth the high cost. I did enjoy it when I ordered a la carte to the room.
  8. F

    Foodluva

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Half of the restaurant was empty and we were seated at a dirty table and had to request it be cleaned. We asked for brunch cocktails and they said they didn’t have any. We checked their menu online and found the menu and ordered from there. It took a long time to get our drinks, but service improved after that. It took about thirty minutes to get our bill and half of our order was missed; which took a while to get fixed. Buffet was good, not great.
  9. AG

    AndrewG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service and good value. Do it again!
  10. j

    justlove2eatout

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wow very good place all three of us were very happy with our choices.
  11. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Slow food, inconsistent service, forced gratuity for poor service, couldn't even get the birthday cake out on time
  12. JA

    JannetteA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The items looked like they should be awesome and many were tasty - but most of the hot items were lukewarm or even cold. Was really looking forward to the pork belly tacos but the pork belly was super overcooked and dry and very little of it in there. However, they were very gracious about adjusting the bill as a result of the cold food and the service was great. The ambiance is nice but noisy and I would try it again, but was a bit disappointed for the price.
  13. S

    Samie

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everything was just okay. I had been here previously and it was a lot better over all. We did the brunch buffet, but it wasn’t great and it wasn’t bad. Would I go back for the brunch buffet? Not likely.
  14. JC

    JosephC

    Italy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was terrible For the price. Dry and inedible. Too raw in some cases. Lots of dirty dishes.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Express lunch was AMAZING
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Went there for Father’s Day. The food was terrible. We were the 3rd sitting. No pastries left. For was cold. Desserts was very poor and hardly any selection. Very disappointed. The service was great though. I’m sad to say I won’t be going back again. Wish I had read other reviews before I went.
  17. ST

    SusanT

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Tasty brunch buffet! Really enjoyed the beef brisket sliders and chicken waffles.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of hot brunch items at the buffet!
  19. F

    Foodielicious

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a great experience overall and the food was good. It was a very nice place.
  20. J

    Julie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth returning too. Loved our server. The food was very satisfying. The space was lovely and the music just loud enough. Cheers.
  21. MK

    MegK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Unfortunately felt like things were looking a little run down. Food was meh and service the same. I had mentioned in my booking that it was a special occasion and the bride’s name and they didn’t acknowledge that at all (minimal in this review, but a bummer when they specifically ask if it’s a special occasion). Tile falling off the bar, just not the elevated experience I was hoping for celebrating a special occasion and the over $200 price tag
  22. JW

    JasonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fiona and the rest of the team were fantastic, attentive and efficient Our first experience at Yellow Door Bistro was outstanding
  23. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere. Thank you for a very memorable night.
  24. AJ

    AlvaroJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, despite the server was alone serving all tables. Job well done.
  25. M

    Momtah

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The brunch buffet honestly wasn't very good. Food was not very hot and it wasn't very tasty. The Macaroons were stale! I but into one and it was hard and crumbled all over the place. For $34, I was expecting better quality and food.
  26. RK

    RachelK

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not the best buffet. Staff tried to sit us next to a big party when there was only one other couple in the whole restaurant and moved us when we asked.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Went for brunch, food was so so…expected better from all the hype. Not that much of a selection. Not sure we would spend that much $$ there again for what was offered. Would probably go somewhere else.
  28. TT

    ThomasT

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started as a table for 6, became 5, then 8 and staff handled the increases well.
  29. WC

    WendyC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was absolutely awful cold no alacarte never go again totally waist of 84.00 dollars
  30. BM

    BrianM

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I met an out of town relative here for brunch who is a vegetarian. We found the options to be lacking in terms of what other brunch buffets offer. There were no waffles or pancakes or the usual array of salads and cold items that other places have. For the price I would at least expect the option to get an omelette made as pre cooked eggs are never appetizing.
  31. SP

    SyP403

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    I had a 7:45 reservation and arrive a tad bit earlier. Waited 10 minutes to be seated, literally no one was there to seat me and not many patrons were in the restaurant. The waiter passed me quite a few times without taking my order or even offering water. 15 minutes had passed and he came back and just stood there in silence and then proceeded to ask, “Can I start you off with some water?” The tone in which it was said sounded like I was bothering him. Needless to say, I ordered 2 drinks and then left. I probably will never return to Yellow Door Bistro again!
  32. LC

    LindyC

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We used to love the Yellow Door Bistro, it was always the go-to spot for a delicious brunch. We have now tried it twice since it re-opened after covid and sadly the verdict was the same both times. It was awful. The food, the service. We ate there on Monday morning and the only option was the buffet for $24, there was only 1 other person in the restaurant eating which they sat us directly beside for some reason. The food in the buffet was clearly old, cold, and not good. Every lid we opened we were grossed out by what we saw. There were "pancakes" that had clearly been sitting in the warming tray for 12 hours, hard as rocks. We were brought fresh eggs and toast which would have been good, except they put a butter flavored topping on the toast that was exactly the same plastic weird taste as the "butter topping" at the theater that you put on popcorn. The other things we tried were very soggy hashbrowns, old and stale pastries, cheese that sat out so long the edges hardened, and a fruit cup - which was fine. Overall we were disappointed we didn't go somewhere good for brunch since we were downtown Calgary and they have so many really good options. For the money, it was not worth it at all.
  33. C

    Cdctt

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was a lovely brunch, with a great selection of hot and cold, meat and vegetarian options. Those scrambled eggs are amazing. Seriously. It seemed a bit expensive, and we wouldn't make it a regular occurrence, but it was great for a special occasion.
  34. C

    Colt

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server we had was amazing. Great service.
  35. LC

    LariC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, super friendly service. I loved the hashbrowns the most. I wish there were more desserts offered like brownies or cheesecake because I've seen that at other brunches.
  36. JF

    JackieF

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Brunch was amazing! Our server was new so it was a learning experience but they did great. Can't wait to go back.
  37. SS

    ShannaS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tasty, many choices, great look. Great place for a special occasion.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Our waitress did not seem to know the menu well, and my first choice was not available that day. Ordered the duck confit spaghetti and found the pasta undercooked. Overall a nice restaurant in terms of ambiance and lighting, but the service was awkward and the menu choices were limited and underwhelming.
  39. FW

    FrankW

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great brunch for Mother’s Day.
  40. L

    Lynny

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were going to the James Taylor concert and hotel arts is the perfect distance to walk over. Dinner was excellent- everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was very good. She was attentive the entire time

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Yellow Door Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Yellow Door Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 206-9585.

Yellow Door Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 1029 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Yellow Door Bistro

119-12th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    1st Street SW

  • Neighbourhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Breakfast, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Patrons of Yellow Door receive complimentary parking at Hotel Arts during their visit. This includes the surface and underground parking lots. Simply present your ticket stub and restaurant receipt to the Hotel Arts front desk after your meal.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Quinn Staple

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 206-9585

  • Private party facilities

    The whimsical and creative design of Yellow Door Bistro creates an ideal setting for your next intimate gathering or lively bash. Group dining options available for a range of group sizes in semi-private spaces. Choose from set menus or work to create custom options.

  • Private party contact

    William Blennerhassett: (403) 206-9585

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