The Fine Diner
The Fine Diner

The Fine Diner

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://finedinercalgary.com/index2.php#/home/
  • Phone: 4032348885x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 7:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Robert Greco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We are happy to accommodate whenever possible. We do lunch caterings for both delivery and pick up. Please call the restaurant for details.

    403.234.8885
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room that can accommodate groups up to 14 people. There is a large central table in the room and it is perfect for "lunch & learns" , birthdays, showers or just going for lunch with a group of friends
  • Private Party Contact: Rob 4032348885x
  • Special Events: .

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street
  • Public Transit: We are on the #1 Bus Route
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a small lot on the east side of the diner. There is also a great deal of free street parking right on 9th ave
A word from The Fine Diner
New School Diner in Old School Inglewood. We take classic diner fare and make it for foodies. From "Duck Fat Fries" to "Grilled Citrus Salad" to homemade "Meatballs". We are a Food Network featured (You Gotta Eat Here!) scratch restaurant who's goal is to serve you the freshest food in a comfortable friendly environment. Come down and see what we are talking about.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Fine Diner reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (33)great for lunch (31)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (5)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)romantic (1)Show More
  • Just okay
    GFreeSusanne
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tried this place because they offer gluten-free options. Sadly, we had a dairy intolerance to deal with also and Fine Diner adds dairy to their burgers as a binder (a good burger never needs a binder). The food we did ultimately decide on was good. Not great, but good. The hollandaise sauce for the Eggs Benedict was curdled. The hash browns, potatoes of various colours, were yummy and probably the highlight of the meal. Our waiter was absent-minded and service was slow. He was, in his defence, required to seat guests as they arrived, as well as serve a full restaurant. If you have no diet restrictions, and don't mind waiting for service, it's worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Food!!!
    Edamommy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I went to Fine Diner with my mom for my birthday. I was torn between the Salmon Eggs Benny and the Duck Poutine. I chose the Duck Poutine. It was a huge dish, covered in gravy and incredibly delicious! I highly recommend it. It wasn't too rich for the size and the gravy wasn't think and not too salty. It was almost like a stew but it wasn't a stew. Order it, you will know what I mean. The ambience was great. The only bad part was our server. She was not terribly friendly and I had asked for the Duck Poutine to be wrapped up. I intentially saved half because it was so delicious. At the end we asked as she had forgot out it, she came back and said sorry someone threw it out. I was so disappointed. She didn't offer anything but sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great breakfast
    sherwoodlab
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went for breakfast on Sunday, service was great and the food was even better. Would like to come back for lunch when in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful - as always!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Every time my husband and I come to the Fine Diner we are absolutely blown away. The food is amazing and it has a local flare that is just perfect. Definite recommendation for breakfast- there bacon is to die for !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new fave in my brunch book!
    Jbro89
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nestled in the unique neighborhood of Inglewood, Fine Diner has plenty to offer with friendly staff, quaint atmosphere and with their fantastic menu the food is top notch. Lots of menu options to satisfy every taste bud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat!
    RiderFan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We absolutely love the food and the service at The Fine Diner. The breakfast and lunch menu are broad and the food fresh and tasty. The bread is excellent and their hashbrowns with different colours of potato is seasoned and cooked perfectly! The meatloaf is also delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't make reservations.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you make reservations, you are stuck in the back room, which has a totally different ambience than the main room. I guess planning ahead and making a reservation is a bad idea. The staff didn't really seem to care either and the service showed. The food was great, but sitting in the back ruined the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicetime
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Usually love the fine diner service was slow today and really impersonal, which has not been the case before maybe on off day
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A brunch Favorite!
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Fine Diner is one of my top 3 favourite brunch places in Calgary, with definitely the best bacon in Calgary. They cure their own, and it is like candy! Try the Croque Madame - it is to die for. Highly recommended, but make sure you get there early or be prepared for a bit of a wait on the weekends. But don't worry, the wait is always worth the delicious meal you will enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    yeehaw6969
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food is amazing as is the service. I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow brunch/lunch service.
    AllTheNoms
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I am usually a happy patron of the Fine Diner, but was extremely disappointed by my most recent visit. Our brunch for 4 was a 45+ minute wait. Unacceptable for a diner. We asked the server if our food would be ready as after sitting there for almost an hour, we had work to get back to. She said it was because our fourth member arrived a bit later (10 minutes) and so our order was put behind a couple of other tables. No apology. It was our entire fault the kitchen had not even started our order. The food looked rushed and we were not offered anything as consolation. Very disappointed for a 2 hour dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food; great ambience
    wjbeauch
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm a fan.....I will just say that something I think could be a tiny bit better is the coffee. It seems weak and light roast. It just doesn't match the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food!
    Happy2eat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great food and tons of gluten free options - but no dairy free! Would have loved some almond or soy milk for my coffee!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch !!!
    HmsResolute
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great atmosphere and lunch was served in a unique way. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely slow & not worth the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Restaurant had only 4 tables of 2 occupied, food took over an hour at lunch. Open kitchen so I could see some of our food was ready but they didn't bring it to the table so half of us got cold food. Salad arrived with no dressing, chicken was burnt black and tasted like a bike tire. Had to listen to the chef being rude to the waitress when he was the one making errors. Think duck dynasty only rude.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HappyBruncher
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    World's best bacon! Seriously this bacon will change your life.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Lindielouhoo
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We met friends here and there was a wait even with a reservation. The service was slow and some of the requests for specific items, like a side of gravey, a glass of water and no whipping cream on an order had to be repeated a few times. The food was good but fairly slow to arrive at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    cgyeats
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Fine Diner is a great little restaurant that gives you that "nice" feeling with great food. We have loved every dish that we have ordered and the service is up there too. The lamb burger is on the top of the favorites list, but really you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Work lunch
    Lorrie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A great spot to get away from the DT fare and have a delicious bite to eat. Breakfast for lunch is always a treat! Service was excellent and very quick. Will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Ambience
    Benson
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time dining at The Fine Diner and was very happy with the experience after having it recommended by a close friend. Had a breakfast meeting and the server did not bother us at all except to refill our coffee and take our order. I would highly recommend this place for brunch on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    MissVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Wonderful food and great for gluten free. Great people, service and what a delight to have great flavours
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for casual brunch or lunch
    Grumblytummy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Nice food here, but the service was slow and mediocre. Go for a great sandwich or brunch, definitely a diner- inspired menu. Our server was obviously new and/ or inexperienced- several blank stares were received to simple requests. Several kids were present- the restaurant is small and not a place I would take my kids. I go again to try something else on the menu- the mac and cheese looks great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing in every aspect
    AvisitingCalgarian
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We opted to go to The Fine Diner for lunch based on the good reviews we've read. Unfortunately, our experience was very disappointing. The noise level was very high so it was hard to carry on a conversation - however, when the 12:00 crowd emptied out, it did quiet down to a bearable level. We ordered 3 different meals, one from the daily specials. The best part of our meals were the outstanding dill pickles! The duck poutine was cold - the cheese wasn't melted, and the gravy so thick that the tiny duck pieces were hard to distinguish and when you did they were tasteless. The lamb burger - needed more seasoning, and was very dry. The service was very slow (35 - 40 min.) We expected more.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Mirri
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We saw the show you gotta eat here, and I said to my husband we need to try that delicious food, we tried and we loved. Deafenily we will come back, when we see my husband's parents again, because we live in red deer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service.
    suzyque
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Because we were driving through Calgary from Edmonton, we unexpectedly arrived 30 minutes early but, were still seated immediately. This place is very intimate, only about 12 tables with three servers so service was great. The menu is original and the food fantastic. Portions were very reasonable without being overly large. A bit pricey for lunch but, worth it. Don't arrive right at meal times without a reservation!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    ChefP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I asked for the Maple Duck Eggs Benny with the eggs done Medium (4.5 - 5 min) and got the duck well done and the eggs were hard. I sent them back and got them runny. Ok, I'll live with it. The hash browns are deep fried (why?) and hard and crispy. Okay as a meal, but not worth driving very far to. Second of all, but actually even worse, was the NOISE. It was like being at a daycare! There must have been at least 4 tables with a minimum of one, mostly two, crying, mangy, temper-tantrumy kids. I asked the waiter what the heck was going on and he said it was like that every day. So, I'd probably head there around 10:00 am if I wanted a quiet meal. In summary, 5-6/10 for food and 0/10 for ambiance/bratty kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 21 reviews are from the The Fine Diner reviews archive.
  • Different spin on food
    Foodisfun
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    You will find dishes that are familiar but with a bit of an upscale twist. Fresh and tasty ingredients
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Barrett2
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We came here with our two children and right off the bat it seemed they were not welcome there as it was a bit of an "upidy" spot. The food was expertly executed and have no complaints. I got the duck benny. The duck was perfect, the eggs were perfect, and the potato was great. My wife also thoroughly enjoyed her breakfast. The service was not friendly though. They weirdly watch you like they can't wait till you leave. Not a smile to be found. I would go back for the food, not so much the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MrNibbles
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great spot with wonderful first class diner food. Takes the ordinary and makes extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remembered
    Nicky
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had been here before when it first opened and thought that the food, and service was amazing, this trip however failed to deliver on all of that. We waited 30 mins to get coffee refills, and the food was very bland. I dont think i will be going there again anytime soon
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best burger I've had in a long time
    RegularCustomerVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The surf & turf burger special this week was just the most amazingly juicy mouth-watering burger I've had in a long, long time. And I'm a bit of a burger connoisseur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Breakfast
    Rainey
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    2 of my friends and I had breakfast on a weekday at The Fine Diner. It was a special day for us and we couldn't have picked a better way to start our special time. The food was amazing. Not at all like your usual breakfasts at chain restaurants. Everything was deliciously fresh. Even the gluten friendly items were excellent. The service was incredible too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Private Room
    BusinessMeeting
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Arrived at the Fine Diner with a large group for lunch. We utilized a private dining room nearer the back of the restaurant which accommodated the twelve of us nicely. The lunch menu is broad and the food the came was great. Service was prompt and exhibited good business etiquette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Fine Diner - not so fine
    Eswina
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It's YYC Burger week so I selected the place based on the burger being offered by Fine Diner on the yycburgerweek.com site. The Surf n Turf burger was a disappointment. The burger is described as 5 oz beef patty topped with lobster warmed in garlic butter, cheddar cheese, housemade garlic aioli, red onion, lettuce, tomato on a butter brioche bun with a pickle spear on top and served with a side of house cut duck fat fries. I opted for salad instead of fries. The presentation was OK, my salad served in a wide mouth mason jar but I wasn't sure there was anything other than a very flat patty & cheese, the only seasoning I could detect was salt and the lobster looked and tasted like cardboard.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Went there for the first time with a few friends-- the food was great! I would recommend the food, however the service wasn't amazing. In the end the poor service ruined the experience-- we were rushed out by being asked multiple times to pay our bill and leave even though our bill was just brought to us and our coffee cups just filled. There are enough great breakfast spots in Calgary that I don't feel I ever need to go back to this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful little gem in Ingelwood.
    lillybeens
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great food and service, the only problem is that there is very minimal seating so a reservation is pretty much mandatory! Nice selection of food and prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Good Staff, Good Grief!
    TheatreGoer
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Lunch with a friend was delicious, served Hot and with a smile from an attentive waitress. It equalled their breakfasts which are a big cut above the norm and some dishes include the best bacon in the city...As Arnie said, " I'll be back!". You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was delicious as always! Tried the Lobster Mac and Cheese this time and it was amazing!. Disappointed that the Chicken Lollipops are not longer on the menu as that was a favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I had the sesame crusted burger. Very unique, gingery flavor. So good. Can't wait to try brunch! (And they serve Phil & Sebastien coffee!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressed
    ZapataPrime
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Went to the Fine Diner for the first time this week for a business lunch. All four of us walked away very pleased with our lunch. We all had burgers with salad and were blown away by the taste and size of the meal. The salads were great and the burgers are definitely worth going back for. Needless to say we will be having a few more meetings there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.