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Heartland Cafe
Heartland Cafe

Heartland Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://heartlandcafe.ca
  • Phone: (403) 995-4623
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Wensday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Organic, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elizabeth Street and McRay Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Heartland Cafe
For over 23 years,Heartland Café has served the public with creative signature dishes and innovative creations.

Our menu is a fresh interpretation of traditional, healthy, & flavorful recipes derived from whole food cooking, created with high quality ingredients without additives or preservatives.

The selection of wine, beer, & beverages compliment the wide array of robust dishes that change seasonally to reflect market availability.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We had been told that Heartland had a good reputation but we were disappointed. We went for brunch. The food was uninteresting but worse it was cold. We think this was more to do with the slow service even though the place was not that busy. Th waffles we ordered were not warm or firm but cold and limp."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I always enjoy this place the food is great & lots of interesting dishes, service was a little slow. We were celebrating a birthday so the wait to be served even our water was not the most enjoyable, but once the food came everybody was happy & we enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "It was first time.I had read about it in a magazine/newspaper article earlier this year.I kind of filed it away.A special occasion came up and it was a go. My son and I were impressed. Food was great- wonderful flavours.It wasn't overcooked and my dish the pecan herb chicken breast had good selection of veggies."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Heartland Café to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary. We had a table for 2 on the altar, as requested. Although the restaurant was busy, our server was very attentive. The food was very good. In particular, the rice pudding is the best my husband has ever had and he is a connoisseur. He chose the halibut, which was cooked perfectly and had roasted baby potatoes substituted for couscous. I had the 1/2 rack of ribs, which were very tasty. We began with a scallop appetizer. The 1/2 litre of wine was nicely chilled and the server made sure our glasses were kept full. We have eaten here before and the food quality will not disappoint. Overall, a very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As always Heartland Café delivers the most amazing meal. This is our special place that we always go for our birthday's and anniversaries. Fantastic evening! Service was outstanding, efficient and friendly. Food was very good. Looking forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I have always loved this place but they really need more chefs or waiters. We waited 45 minutes for lunch to come and they were basically sandwiches and salad. Although that was not really important as we were three friends visiting, the attitude of the waitress when we asked how long the food would be was a little sharp. We would have appreciated someone coming to our table and saying it would be another ten minutes due to the amount of customers they had. Other customers who had arrived after us, got served before us and this approach would have allowed us to know that they had had only a salad so got served a little quicker. Over all this is a fabulous place to eat and I have no major issues."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Slow service, but worth the wait. Mussles in cream were not seasoned well, but still very good. Three cheese pasta fantastic, as was salmon, and pear salad. Cute surroundings. Overall I would certainly go again! My three teenagers loved it too, which says a lot."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Table arrangement was good. Spaced out, not crowed. We liked the old church windows. Three of the four main entrees were good. Unfortunately the fourth entree was disappointing. It was the pacific steelhead trout daily special. The whole dish was bland and boring. We liked the ribs, meatloaf and chicken."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Amazing food, fantastic service, lovely atmosphere. It was the perfect place for our anniversary dinner. Thanks for being as great as you always are!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We went to heartland for supper Thursday August 7. We made a reservation and had a nice table on the patio. The atmosphere was nice. The food was good. The service was ok to begin with and went downhill as the night progressed. Our bill was dumped on our table along with our dessert order. When several people tried to order coffee, we were rudely told that the pot had just been dumped out. There was no offer to make a fresh pot. When we asked we found out that there was decaf still available. It was 8:40. We asked what time they closed and were told 9. When the coffee came out one had a fly in it. As the waitress put her fingers in the cup to pull the fly out, she asked if we minded or if we wanted a new one."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. As seniors, we would like restaurants to start offering smaller portions. The food here was good but way too much for dinner."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Heartland Cafe is a beautiful, elegant choice for a romantic night out. Everything about the restaurant is great - it's ambiance, it's beautiful church setting, it's varied menu. The only downside? Incredibly small portions (think Tapas bar). But, it's still a good value for the price, but you may indeed leave still a bit hungry. All in all, we will definitely return, but the restaurant should consider increasing its portions sizes just a bit."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meals in this old church which has turned into a restaurant. Our meals were excellent ( Salmon and ribs) but the service was slow. Ambience was quiet. Out door patio was busy."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We love going to Heartland Cafe! We have never been disappointed, always a reliable place"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was looking forward to a quiet, high-quality dinner with my friend, but our experience was sub-par at best. First, it took ages for our waitress to come take our order (although we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time). Then, when the food came, they forgot my soup, which didn't end up arriving till we were nearly finished eating. My friend enjoyed her meal, which I was grateful for, but my vegetables were stringy and rather bland compared to what I'm used to being served at gourmet restaurants that specialize in being "local." They then wanted to charge me $7.50 extra for the soup, although it was supposed to be a side. Thankfully, all was put to right, but I left feeling stressed and unsatisfied."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I always find everything just perfect. Food is always spot on. Friendly knowledgeable staff make for a special occasion no matter what. Hot fresh timely...and usually great specials. Great breads"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We walked down to Heartland for an evening meal with friends. What a lovely change from a loud, tv focused eaterie!! It was easy to carry on a conversation, no yelling to be heard over the din! Just enjoyable music on the background. Our meals were yummy, fresh and substantial. The fresh raspberry ice cream was heaven!! Definitely our go to place now!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had to wait a very long time for food, so I don't think it is a good place to go if you only have an hour. You have to be able to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Waitress was very good but run off her feet!!it's a great place and the food is wonderful but you need lots of time. Plus the parking is extremely limited."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We reserved for my husband's 50th birthday brunch. Heartland turned out to be everything I'd hoped for. The ambiance was just perfect for a nice Sunday brunch, as it's in an old church. Lots of original elements of the building remain, including stained glass windows and wood floors. The service was friendly and prompt, but not so prompt that we felt rushed. The food was amazing. Probably the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had. Our guests also mentioned their food was wonderful. The coffee was terrific, as well. I'd highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "First visit. Will definitely return. Great location, food was very good, prices within reason, great wine list and service was terrific. A definite feeling of a friendly and homey atmosphere within all the staff encountered."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Took a drive Saturday afternoon for a celebratory lunch to Heartland Café in Okotoks. The parking was almost non-existent and access to the building was a challenge for one member of our party with a walker. The dining room was really noisy making conversation difficult. The place was packed inside and out which may explain the lag in service time. Overall, it didn't provide the atmosphere I was hoping for but they came through when lunch was served. The mushroom soup was tasty with just the right amount of peppery heat and packed full of enormous mushroom slices. My pulled pork sandwich was a little light in all respects (pork, sauce and cole slaw) but all the flavour was there. Great place but stay away during peak hours."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love Heartland Cafe! A real gem in this town and delicious food! My favorite is the beet and feta salad with Thai lemongrass turkey meatballs. Amazing!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love coming here for lunch so we thought we'd try dinner. I had my usual, Chicken and Brie sand which which was great. My date had the salmon which was a tad overcooked but still yummy. $5 wine night as well which is a great deal as most glasses are $8-$10. The selection of boutique wines is great. Even though we had a reservation we were shoved in a corner which wasn't very romantic, but was OK. I always recommend Heartland!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The service was very lacking. Waited a long time to get our orders in and our check. They never came back to see if our food was good or offer water or a refill on coffee. It seemed like the servers forgot us. The restaurant wasn't even half full so we can't understand why the service was poor. But the food was good and hot when it came. So because the food was good, we can forgive the lacklustre service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "went for birthday celeb. food was amazing. sevice tiny bit slow big group in. fantastic soups,sauces great find !! must try brunch"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a nice evening to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. The food was delicious and the service was friendly. I liked, too, being able to read about the history of the church/building in the front of the menu. It was our first time here and, overall, it was a pleasant way to celebrate on a Thursday."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Have only been to the cafe for lunch x 2. Both times had difficulty settling on a menu choice as every item sounded appealing. Both times had salads with added toppers (lemongrass turkey meatballs are fantastic) and once had the soup of the day (also fantastic). Would highly recommend the restaurant for the food quality and selection."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My friends and I had lunch at Heartland and it was amazing. Everyone loved their meals and it's such an adorable and historic building. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a lovely Friday lunch at the Heartland - I had never been but my 2 friends had. Everything was very good - had the chicken sandwich and carrot soup which was excellent. Thanks."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were disappointed in our waitress not knowing about anything abiut what was available with requards to beer or hard liquor. We had company from Europe and my cousin wanted to try the bison meatloaf and the waitress wrote down the wrong item and he ended up with a chicken dish. We were all talking and didn't ask him how the bison was until he was almist finished and found out that he didn't receive what we had ordrred for him. Because he was almost done, they, of course, wouldn't give him what we had ordered, he was disappointed not to have been able to try bison. Giving a dessert in its place was not the same. He wanted to try the bison."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Took family and friends there to celbrate a 66th birthday over lunch. Fantastic service. Food was amazing as always. Absolutely love this place. A real local gem. Prices are equitable to any other restaurant in town, but they are so much more, especially with the small town ambience and freindly service. The food is always AMAZING. Perfect portion sizes and always delicious. All around top notch."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had dinner with another couple in this delightful restaraunt. The service was excellent and timed perfectly for us to have a nice visit while we ate. The food was also excellent. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed with the menu. The food was amazing! This is a must to try!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I invited a client over for an overdue lunch, and I was happy to be able to order a burger with a GF bun, and GF rice pudding. She hadn't been there before, and I knew she could use some pampering. And she really enjoyed herself:) "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Excellent spot for all the foodies out there...terrific services, great food and service."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I always have a great lunch here. They have gluten free bread or buns so nice to have a sandwich in a restaurant on good tasting bread. Service was good and it is a very nice setting."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Always enjoy going to Heartland. Love the ambience! Great place to meet friends or take people from out of the area."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were recommended to this restaurant but did not have a very good experience . They were full and very busy. There were not many options for seating for 2 and we were sat in a little cubby space off to one side. I had only a wall to look at right behind my partner. The window to one side looked out on the side to another building. The food came promptly but was cold which they did reheat."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Brandy was our server and was amazing to us. Very friendly and able to answer all out questions. Food was outstanding- full of flavor. I would dine there again and already recommended to a few people already. Crystal the FOH manager came and checked in with us and made us feel very welcome."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Our friends had recommended Heartland Cafe. We had a great time, the food was delicious, and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014