Barb & Ernie's Old Country Inn

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German
We offer homestyle cooking with a German attitude. This forty year old family-owned and operated restaurant is located just off historic Whyte Avenue and is about as close as it gets to home-style, rib-sticking, comfort food that you will get. Whether you want a big breakfast to get you through the day, or, if you fancy some old fashioned German style food in the evening or at lunch - we have both. Our signature dishes include homemade white-wine hollandaise on our eggs Benedict, our German style bratwurst and pork schnitzel, and our gigantic eye-popping hotcakes. We are also open Friday and Saturday nights for our German style buffet which changes each week and lets you try a little bit of everything.
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TO
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving buffet, turkey, all the fixings as well as the usual schnitzel etc! Desserts plentiful, numerous choices and fantastic!

SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good and service was excellent! Family friendly atmosphere and lots of food selections to choose from.

TO
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful buffet, great selection, everything was hot, desserts were incredible! Can’t say enough good things about this place!

KS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great German food. Place could be spruced up a bit but the food is important and it was great.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barb and Ernies has the best eggs benny in town! Our favorite breakfast spot in the city. Keep up the amazing work guys!

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the service was great and the food was exceptional! Go with an appetite because the portions are massive!

CC
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table for 9 was available as we walked in the door thanks to our Open Table reservation. Service was prompt and accurate as there were several modifications to meals for special diet concerns. Food was plentiful and delicious. Can’t wait to return!

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great value. Great food. What more do you need?

JB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The Father's Day buffet was served our if the rear furnace room/ mechanical room. The dirty ceiling was exposed and it was very off putting. The food was decent but not spectacular. The staff were fantastic.

NL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Family friendly. We had such a great time AND the food was awesome! Thank you!!

T
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barb & Ernie's is famous for their breakfasts but we love going to their German buffet in the evening. It's very good authentic German food. There is always a homemade soup as well as many delicious salads and desserts. It's a bargain at 24.95 per person.

JK
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thomas and Char have outdone themselves with their Father's Day buffet.
Everything was perfect.
When we arrived early we asked if we could enjoy a beer while we waited and sat down with two lagers.
They completely hit the spot.
We then started with an incredible beef soup then the salad bar that always has unique items.
I sampled each of the items in the buffet and (as always) really loved the Rouladin and Schnitle.
The Sauerkraut was made with baby back ribs so it had a little different flavor this time.
Pierogies were great with bacon and sour cream.
Chris had extra space for the desert table so she created over 20 different deserts, each of which were perfectly portioned so one could try a few instead of just one.
We really enjoyed our dinner and highly recommend Barb & Ernies to anyone who loves food food, great service, and wonderful people.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food had a wonderful homemade taste and comfort. Enjoyed our buffet meal very much. The desserts especially reminded me of my childhood. So good.

M
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, homstyle cooking in generous portions. Service was friendly. The perfect place for our brunch gathering of 10 people.

LK
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Déjà vu experience ... have been to Barb and Ernie’s numerous times since opening - but not in last 15 + yr. Still great food and great hosts.

Thank you Thomas, Chris and Char.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend buffet is just like Christmas dinner at grandma’s house. Absolutely the best home cooking around.

LL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food/staff fabulous as usual. Family enjoyed it as well.

CG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! We always have fun when we visit.

SW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a fundraiser, it was our first experience and we came with about 16 family members. We had a buffet. All the food was delicious, full of flavour, good variety and temperature. We were never left standing and waiting for food to be replenished. Desserts were amazing. Highly recommend to all!!
We are from the Spruce Grove area however they are worth the extra drive, we will be back!!!

EC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service - super friendly staff! Loved the buffet, great value for the price - includes soup, salad bar, great entree selection and dessert bar.

NS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my husband out for birthday dinner - had the buffet on a very slow night (major snowstorm) so the food wasn't as good as it could have been but there was lots of it and a good variety. Managed to spend time having a nice chat with the owner (I think) who was very friendly and nice.

KS
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the supper buffet on a Saturday. They were very busy and had some large tables so it was quite loud and the place isn't very big. The buffet was quite good if you like German food or a change from the usual and great value for your money!! I really enjoyed most of the food and the desserts were awesome!!! I would go again, maybe not right away but down the road a bit.

SV
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were amazing at accommodating our large group. I was hesitant to book a group of 19 for dinner, but they were definitely prepared to host us, and went above and beyond to keep us happy. Drinks filled, menu questions answered, dessert recommendations, you name it. Can't wait to go back.

CH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We booked for a group pre-Christmas brunch, and as always, it was a good solid choice. Prices are reasonable, good solid homestyle food, killer schnitzel, served in abundance. The place is always full, and we still didn't feel rushed, staff is friendly amd great service.

Only downside was our table was directly in line with entrance door, amd got pretty chilly at the end of table closest to the door with people going in and out.

We had a great time and was absolutely fantastic to find a place open to reservations even though they are always busy.

No issues ever recommending this restaurant for good, abundant homstyle german food, and menu has lots of choices.

DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food was great! Had a party of 18 for a Christmas breakfast. Had our own room, decorated table with Christmas napkins. Chris our server was excellent, ensured we had everything we needed and some! We will be back for sure!
Thanks so much Chris!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice family get together to celebrate a birthday. Long time since we had been and it hasn’t changed a bit. FANTASTIC!!!!

JW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The starter soup was yummy. Although there wasn't a huge selection in the buffet, it was delicious and totally satisfying! The corn pudding was oh so yummy!!! It was my choice for dessert . The salad bar and dessert bar were great too, root beer cheesecake that really tasted like root beer! We all left quite happy!

ML
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived late in the evening for the buffet. The only reason it didn't get five stars was the snitzel was tough. Borsch soup was great. Lots of choices for dessert. The rest of the main course choices were all good- I tried them all.
We will return

KM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am so glad we made reservations as this place was hoppin' on a Sunday morning and we were a party of 9. Unusual breakfast choices with a distinctly German flair. The kids loved the pancakes, Bratwurst sausage and the eggs Bennie combos. The schnitzel was a bit too thick for my mother but she likes it done with veal and pounded till it was nearly see-through before frying. (and served with lemon). Overall though, good service, cozy atmosphere and great portion sizes. We will be back!

WZ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming touch of German quinine, brought back many memories of my time in Lahr, Germany

DV
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Half of our group chose the buffet and the other half ordered from the menu. All of us were very pleased with our choices. The variety of dessert items with the buffet were unbelievable! Thanks for the great dinner out.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

CU
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barb and Ernie’s is a neighbourhood gem. Fantastic breakfast has always been a draw for us on the weekends.

This time, we decided to try the Friday night German buffet. It was fantastic and well worth the price.

Thanks for another memorable meal. We will be back for a weekend breakfast sometime soon.

AF
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I love this little place. It's always been charming and welcoming. The staff here are great and were very friendly. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the quality of the food. I used to go to Barb and Ernie's often for spazle and couldn't get enough if it.. maybe it's the buffet style of service I opted for but the food wasn't on par as it used to be.

CR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Sat buffet. WOW, so good. Started with Borscht, which was great . The buffet was topped by the cherry gravy for the schnitzel, delicious. Dessert was an effort because the meal was so filling. We were glad we made the effort. Kahlua pears and root beer cheesecake both were absolutely fantastic. Thomas, Char and Chris really hit it out of the park. Would totally recommend this buffet.

J
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Presentation sloppy and wine glasses were dirty. Asked for a new one and waited then had to ask again. Pleasant people but very busy with only 2servers.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for the Sunday smorgasbord and really enjoyed the meal. The service was great and very friendly. Will definitely go back for the home cooked food.

K
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful home cooked food served with excellent service. We went there for Mother's Day and enjoyed the evening Buffet. All of the items on the buffet were outstanding and true to Great German home cooking. The value for the dollar was outstanding. We will be back for dinner.

SD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food as usual!! Amazing selection of desserts. Will say that the place is looking pretty shabby. It might be time for some renovations.

HD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the Mother's Day buffet and it was fabulous. Food was delicious, desert was amazing. Highly recommend this place if you want something different from the usual chain restaurants.

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