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Yellow Door Bistro
Yellow Door Bistro

Yellow Door Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://yellowdoorbistro.ca
  • Phone: (403) 206-9585
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 11:00 am

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Mid Day: Daily: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Duncan Ly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st street SW
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Hotel owned Valet or self parking in either above or underground parking lot's available. City street parking and lot's also available.
A word from Yellow Door Bistro
Located on the lobby level of Hotel Arts with street access off 12th Avenue SW, Yellow Door Bistro's design marries classical elements and contemporizes them with some unexpected and almost whimsical surprises which become instantly evident upon entering the restaurant space.

Much like the décor, Executive Chef Duncan Ly will prepare bistro-inspired dishes with a reverence for classic ingredients but served up with a contemporary twist. Our food will cater to the tastes of our hotel patrons as well as our local clientele offering an array of options while holding the highest standard of food with a perfect blend of bistro-inspired options. Yellow Door features an enomatic wine program with 1oz, 3oz and 5oz pours of diverse wines as well as a classic cocktail menu.

Yellow Door Bistro will ensure patrons receive friendly, personality-driven service executed with attentiveness and professionalism. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I recently had lunch here as it was a special occasion for my guest and I wanted to take her someplace really special. I have had dinner here before and was impressed by the food and the service. Our lunch was a different story. There was only 3 tables in the whole place that were taken, including ours. For this reason alone you would think it would be good service as our server was not busy. We hardly seen her and had to ask for water refills, side plates, coffee, dessert. The food was pretty good but it was not excellent. Overall I was embarrassed that I chose this place to bring my guest as our celebration place. I will try this restaurant one more time as my first experience was excellent."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was fast and friendly. Went with a group of seven and ordered a variety of things. Great experience and will definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I have visited Yellow door three times this year and was amazed at the food/service for the first two lunches. Unfortunately, on my last visit the service seemed to be lacking. We had to ask for pepper and what we got was a pepper shaker bottle. The plates were not removed in a timely fashion. I had business guests from out of town and instead of being a great lunch it turned out to be average. I hope that this was just one of the off days and not the normal service."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This restaurant is a must-visit for couples or a twosome. We both ordered the 5 course Chef's Choice and were delighted with our meal. This meal includes appetizer, salad, pasta, main entree and dessert which sound like a lot but the course are designed so that you are fully satisfied without being overfull. It is also the chef's choice as to what is served so every plate is a surprise. The presentation was pleasing and each mouthful was a treat, combining ingredients with herbs/spices that were a delight to the tongue. I chose to have the paired wine service with it so each course came with a wine serving. My only disappointment the pairing with the dessert, the bubbly rose wine didn't suit the tart taste of the last course."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I've been several times now to Yellow Door for brunch and they never disappoint. Lovely food and staff!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We went out for our anniversary. Had the 5 course chef meal with wine pairings. It was amazing, my husband and I enjoyed every course, and the staff was friendly and provided excellent service. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We went to yellow door for our first wedding anniversary dinner and it was absolutely fantastic! The level of service was impeccable! Great cocktail and wine list selection. Menu is fairly small but I've always had delicious food. We did the three course chefs choice menu with wine pairing which was delicious and was wonderful value for what you get! The decor is probably not everyone's cup of tea but I found it beautiful and a truly unique vision among so many look alike restaurants. We will be back many times. Thanks for making our anniversary so special!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is my third time here, and excellent service and the food was fabulous!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I love finding new places that offer a different ambiance and interesting options on their menu and Yellow Bistro Door did not disappoint. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Gambled on the Yellow Door for our anniversary. Outstanding! Food quality, creativity and presentation was excellent. Service was attentive without being intrusive and they made our special occasion very memorable. The music selection was perfect - and the volume just enough - a restaurant that gets it - patrons actually want to be able to converse without shouting. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Service was pretty poor. The rib eye steak was good. The chicken entree and gnocchi was not good at all. Will not recommend. My mom ordered the pork chop entree and it was underdone (still some pink inside) which is not safe at all and they did not even offer to change it, no apologies. Not a good experience. My family's first time and will definitely not be back. I would not recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We were first time visitors and will definitely be back! The brunch buffet was small, but very tasty (we each went up three times). Standard fare: scrambled eggs, bacon, oatmeal, pastries, eggs benny, pancakes (mint/strawberry!), yoghurt/berry cups -- all very tasty. Strangely enough, the food highlight for us was a small croissant bread-pudding pastry... we both went back a few times just for that! (I noticed some other tables did the same). The service was incredible, very friendly and attentive -- we're looking forward to going back with friends."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Yellow Door is one of Calgary's best restaurants. The food and service are both world class. No matter what your tastes, the Yellow Door will exceed your expectations."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Funky decor, delicious food, but most of all great attentive service. The flatbread was a really good starter (definitely for sharing), and the pork chop was super tasty."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have been a few times for business lunches and the menu is always offering the best selection! Great food, great service! Could be a romantic date place too! Love the character of the interior!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Very well laid out, 5 course tasting menu. Well Paired with wines. Great flavours Highly recommended"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A party of adults and two kids age 5 and 10 dined at the Yellow Door on July 24th to celebrate my son's 10th Birthday. It was a great experience. The table setting and chair for my son were fit for a king. The service was extraordinary complete with a special desert platter being delivered on behalf of Master Chef Canada Pastry Chef at Yellow Door Karine Moulin. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Truly one of the best dining experiences my wife and I have ever had and we have had many. The Yellow Door Bistro doesn't have grand views of oceans or mountains, but that doesn,t matter given the stylish surroundings and exceptional food; all at reasonable rates, for downtown. Our server was in sync with us all night with great descriptions of the offerings on hand and good choices for wine pairings. One of our dining partners required gluten free foods and this proved to be no problem whatsoever, it was seamless. Short ribs, lamb, duck, rabbit and foie gras, exceptional chocolate heaven desert, all artfully presented and impeccably cooked. Great experience, we will return soon."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was there on the weekend for Sunday with some girlfriends and it was an overall good experience. I recommend the duck confit hash or the banana chocolate pancakes... both were DELICIOUS. We ended up sharing all our dishes because we wanted a bite of everything! The buffet looked great as well, but it was a bit too much food that early in the am. Our waiter, Heith, was quarky and very nice. The decor was also very modern, but it was casual enough to go with just jeans and a t-shirt."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were celebrating my wifes birthday. We were served by a friendly server called Adrian who was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. The food was great, my wife had the ribeye steak which was served medium, with what looked like potatoe lasagna and had a I had the lamb in a broth. Despite bringing the cake, I dropped the cake late, a great experience. The server gave us a complimentary glass of champagne to make up. Great restaurant with great prices. The friendly girl at the front is worth mentioning as well. Great job to the manager, and thank you for bringing out the birthday cake with lit candles."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We did the 5 course chefs tasting and wine pairing. Our waitress was excellent and knowledgeable about all the food. We found it to be beautifully presented but with only average flavor. I would go back and have a ala carte experience next time as I really wanted the lamb and the halibut."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went to the Yellow Door Bistro because it is convenient to walk from work and we had never been there before. The French Onion Soup had come highly recommended by a co-worker. I took a client there for a working lunch and because it was relatively quiet (not many patrons which surprised me) we were able to have a good chat. I had the french onion soup and a full salad (should have had the half order but was not sure of the size). Both were excellent. My client had the hanger steak and fries which she raved about. Our server, Heath was very attentive, but not smothering. A very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Overall, this restaurant was definitely OK to good, but tough to say more than that. We were rushed through the tasting menu very quickly by the servers and as soon as the last plate was gone, the bill was on the table. It clearly felt like they wanted us out."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was decidedly average, service, food, everything."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Pick this place due to proximity to the rodeo. Food was very good, but the particular server we had, seemed to take their time with everything....and the place was not even busy. Needless to say, we were late for the Rodeo."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Hi - was very disappointed with the Halibut - The waiter recommended it and it was flavourless. Chicken entre was dry. Not sure why they stuck our group of 5 where they did. It became very inconvenient for the person at the end of the table to always move his chair when the waiter went to wait on the table beside us!!! There was lots of other spots open in the restaurant and this left us perplexed. Best part was the appetizer of the double fried fries. Don't think we will be back - Calgary has lots of other spots that are a better fit for foodies/"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We dined as a group of 4 on a Friday night and selected the 3-course chef's choice menu with wine pairings and shared a couple drinks / appetizers. We were especially happy with the wine / dessert drink pairings. Our server took good care of us and delivered prompt service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It was a special occasion and Yellow Door made it incredibly special! Even had a visit from one of the fantastic Chefs come out! Can't recommend more highly the dishes we sampled. The Beef Tenderloin Tartare was exquisite as was the Dungeness Crab Salad (would definitely have the salad for lunch). We both opted for the Grilled Trout - absolutely perfect! The wine suggested was paired perfectly. Dessert of truffles and sorbet was a wonderful way to end the meal. So much more on the menu that we'll come back for!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "They went out of their way to make our anniversary special"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had a lunch meeting at Yellow Door and it was fantastic! The ambiance was beautiful and the service was top notch. I had the trout at lunch time and it was one of the most delicious meals I've ever experienced in a restaurant."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was of very good quality, when it finally arrived. The taste profile of the dishes was on point, however the arrival of the food was extremely slow. It felt like we were in Paris again, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your viewpoint. We arrived at 8:15pm and left at 11:05pm, like in Paris we had to ask for the bill and we weren't by any means rushed out or rushed along our courses. The food was small and incredibly expensive (like in Paris), and had great and unique flavour (like in Paris). In the end, I probably wouldn't go back because, while the food was delicious, I didn't feel we got a great value for our money-even by European standards."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Yellow Door Bistro was an amazing experience. The decor inside was phenomenal adding to the whole atmosphere of the dinner. The thing I appreciated most about the evening was the spectacular service. The staff was kind and very capable. We were well taken care of without the feeling or being harassed. Food was also a great exerience. I highly suggest getting the chef's choice. It is a nice reflection of the bistro itself and gives you the chance to experience something new and exciting. I would definately recommend the yellow door bistro to anyone looking to try something new and exciting."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The meat patty and the bun was very tasty. Had a great lunch."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went for weekend brunch. Everything was as good as stated in the recommendation we received about this place. Very friendly and attentive service and we loved the brunch food. So nice to have some truly different and very well done brunch items like the mushroom grits in the little Crueset pots. Good quality for the price"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After reviewing the recommendations that I had read in Swerve, I was a little disappointed in my meal. My husband and I had the hashbowls with duck comfit. Not impressed. I could have had leftover potatoes at home. As for the duck? I found only strings of meat. More potatoes than duck. Awesome dessert, though and fantastic juice."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We booked a table for brunch for Father's Day as we heard that it was a good Brunch. While the ambiance of the restaurant is great the food selection was very limited and everything which was supposed to be hot was cold. The service was mediocre as the poor waitress was so over extended due to not enough staff. A cold meal can ruin a really good occasion."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "service was slow - waited at the front for five minutes for the hostess to come. When our waiter finally showed up 10 minutes after being seated, there was hello, no welcome, his first question was, have you had a chance to look at the menu? We didn't even have a drink menu (note it is on an ipad and most likely there isn't enough to go around). Had the steak tartare to start and it was very good although the seasoning on the chips detracted somewhat. I ordered the seared halibut, the waiter advised it would be medium to medium rare - which I was fine with. When it arrived unfortunately the vegetables were very underdone and the fish very overdone - to the point it wasn't enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I don't think I have ever been to a restaurant that made me feel like I was someone special. Yellow Door Bistro did just that and more. Not only was the food excellent, but the best service I have ever experienced. From the moment we entered the door until we left, we felt like we were a special guest. Thank you "Yellow Door Bistro" staff."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • ". . . the decor reminded me of West Edmonton Mall circa 1996."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We have eaten at many restaurants in Calgary and I will have to say this is my favourite one. The cheese fondue is just amazing the best I have ever had, the trout and duck are out of this world. Your food is amazing yet your prices are reasonable which makes me love your restaurant more, maybe other top establishments should take note!! Keep up the great work and I can't wait till my next visit."
    Dined on 6/1/2014