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Sunday Brunch in Calgary?

Hey all, first post here, and I have to say this is a great forum, amazing reviews and nice atmosphere!

My family is looking for a place to go Sunday Brunch in Calgary, are there any good recommendations? We're thinking of a buffet, we use to go to the Palliser alot but I find that the Palliser, while good, isn't that "interesting" when it comes to the buffet items. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which restaurants or hotels have the best Sunday Brunch?

Thanks all!


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  1. If you have kids, the Safari Brunch at the Calgary Zoo is decent - the food is pretty good, but you get free admission to the zoo afterwards!

    Im drawing blanks on other buffets - there are lots of great breakfast spots, but hopefully someone else has some better ideas!

    Hope you keep on posting - the more the merrier!

    1. I know you asked for Calgary, but if you want to treat your family to a great meal and great sights, and you can stand an hour's drive, I recommend the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff for brunch. I have never had a better brunch anywhere.

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      1. re: feuerzeug

        I'm a sucker for breakfast buffet at Thompson's in the Hyatt - they take reservations. (not really a surprise for a hotel, but I don't often like waiting, and when the other options being bandied about are line-up magnets like Diner Deluxe or Avenue Diner...)

        The food is above average for the most part. The sausages and made-to-order omelets are super. Fresh and plentiful fruit. NB Hyatt: eggs benny do not work on a buffet line. I also like the room (interesting art) and the service is pretty good.

      2. A bit out of left field, but Nick's has a Sunday brunch with all you can eat steak. I love it.

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        1. re: Shazam

          Dood, that isnt left field, that's a home run! What cut of steak? Is it cooked to order? Seasoned well? How much!?


          1. re: yen

            It's sirloin. It is cooked to order. They give you slips where you write down the quantity by doneness and give it to the wait staff. A few minutes later, steak. Repeat. :)

            It's just like any other Nick's steak, just smaller. But you just order four for yourself then :)

            There's also excellent roast beef available.

            It's $20 for adults.

            1. re: Shazam

              Ah. What a lovely concept. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I wonder if it's possible to OD on beef? :) I guess im about to find out!

              1. re: yen

                Glad to be of service. Make sure you make reservations, it can get quite busy.

        2. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I just might have to try the Nick's brunch... Is that the same Nick's that's been around forever just off of crowchild near the university and McMahon? What are the other buffet items like?

          Talking about other buffets, I've been to the Banff Springs several times and it is excellent. They have everything there, from your usual breakfast foods and bennys, to lots of different meats, game, salads and an omelette and mussels station. Good desert section and also a little spread of pizza, onion rings, chicken wings etc for the kids...or other big kids as well! Excellent service always.... I definately over-eat at that one.

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          1. re: Hoj

            yep!! its the same place thats been there for over 25 yrs,.the menu varies some times its prime rib other times its ham ,plus usually a big tray of peel & eat shrimp....its always been great when I've been there..and you can order a steak done to your liking.......

          2. I've heard that the buffet at COP, on the top of the ski jump, is a fantastic and as yet undiscoverd place for brunch. My favorite brunch with kids is Diner Deluxe - not a buffet though. Best eggs Benny in Calgary!

            1. Another really interesting place altho not in Calgary is the Nakota Lodge near Morley its all native owned and operated and their Suday brunch is excellent, the setting on the lake is outstanding!! price is $15. I think.

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              1. re: cckid

                I almost mentioned this place. We've had really good brunches there but only on Mother's Day so I wasn't sure if they are as good on non-holiday Sundays. I Googled them to find out the rates but a reservation is necessary to find out their secret seasonal price. Annoying but a good place otherwise.


              2. I really like Smuggler's Inn on Macleod. Be sure to make a reservation, though as they are very busy on Sundays.

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                1. re: djdragan

                  this is a reliable standby - not really anything out of the ordinary but I always enjoy it.

                2. I would strongly suggest the Brunch at Priddis Greens Golf Club. Although it is a private golf club, the Clubhouse is open to the public. Beautiful country/mountain setting, and quite a lavish spread.

                  Here's a link http://www.priddisgreens.com/General_...

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                  1. re: newJJD

                    I second the Priddis Greens - it is very nice.

                  2. Another out of town brunch worth the trip is out to Strathmore to The Station, the restaurant is in the old railway station, so the building oozes appeal, and the brunch is pretty respectable. omelets to order, roast beef, a great variety of salads, hot entrees, the usual breakie items and desserts. Not sure there is much else to do in Strathmore after brunch, but we have family there and go for brunch often.

                    * I would skip the above mentioned smugglers as it is no longer!

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                    1. re: CookieGal

                      Speaking of heading east for brunch, has anyone been to the Chestermere Landing for brunch lately? It used to be hit-and-miss; sometimes great, sometimes not. On a sunny day, it is certainly a nice setting overlooking the lake. And it is closer than Banff :)

                      Chestermere Landing Restaurant & Pub
                      109 E Chestermere Dr, Chestermere, AB T1X, CA

                      1. re: CookieGal

                        Smuggler's is still around. They just opened a new restaurant in the same building as the other two, so the new signs probably confused you. They now have Smuggler's Inn, Open Sesame and their newest Bolero, which is a Brazillian BBQ. Brunch is still fantastic!

                      2. Priddis Greens is excellent with gorgeous views and not too far from Calgary. I didn't like Nakoda Lodge. Been there twice and the food is always cold and seems to have been out forever. They now charge $26.95pp which I think is a joke for the quality of the food. Banff Springs is excellent and is now $42pp but well worth it. Food is always piping hot and delicious - they bring it out fresh constantly. A little known gem in Calgary is the Coast Plaza Hotel out by the airport. $15pp and unbelievably good value! The Carriage House Inn also does a great brunch. Reservations highly recommended for all of the above!

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                        1. re: LindaInCalgary

                          What's the address for the Coast Plaza, is there two?

                          1. re: The Gut

                            AFAIK there is still only one Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary. It's at 1316 33rd Street NE.

                            Take 16th Av N to 36th Street, go south on 36th, turn right onto 12th Av NE then right again onto 33rd Street. From the main doors the restaurant is at the far end of the main level.

                          2. re: LindaInCalgary

                            Is the date on your post right? Since when is the Coast Plaza Sunday Brunch $15 pp? Did the price drop by about $10 since the last time I went there?

                            1. re: Lainey1978

                              Lainey the difference may be between Saturday and Sunday brunches iirc Saturday was less involved (ie no chocolate fountain, less lunch dishes) so was less $$.

                          3. We recently had brunch (menu not buffet) at Big Fish and it was amazing! Interesting menu items, great coffee and great service. We made reservations but it was not terribly busy. I think it may be as yet undiscovered as a brunch spot!

                            Big Fish
                            1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA

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                            1. re: petitamour

                              shhhh. Undiscovered and it should stay that way. OK, tell a few friends so that they get enough business and continue to offer brunch, but if it gets busy and we can't get in on a weekend, I will know who to blame.

                              1. re: alley

                                It's not undiscovered if you look at newer threads. This one is from 2007 (check the dates of the posts above).