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Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

4.6
4.6
219 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Edmonton

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Champagne in the Chateau Soiree

    CA$184.50 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 7 - Dec 31, 2022
    Event to remember with DJ entertainment and dance, Champagne on arrival, Champagne for midnight toast, party favors. Turn the moment the clock strikes 12 into a memory to last a lifetime at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Champagne in the Chateau. Savour the Champagne, celebrate the moment, and experience the glamour inside of the century old Empire Ballroom.
  • Christmas Celebration Brunch @ Empire Ballroom

    CA$1.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 11 - Dec 25, 2022
    Turn moments into lasting memories while celebrating Christmas in our breathtaking Empire Ballroom. This traditional brunch buffet is complete with all of the holiday fixings one could ever wish for. Adult: $145.37 per person (includes 5% Gst and 18% gratuity) Senior: $133.07 per person (includes 5% Gst and 18% gratuity) Child 6yrs to 12 years: $72.19 per person (includes 5% Gst and 18% gratuity) Sunday, December 25 Seating Times: 9:30 am | 10:00 am | 11:30 am | 12:00 pm
  • New Year's Day Brunch @ Empire Ballroom

    CA$1.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 11, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023
    Celebrate the start of a new year surrounded by more than a century of history. Our Empire Ballroom Brunch is a memorable holiday tradition best served in the company of family and friends. Adult: $145.37 per person (includes 5% Gst and 18% gratuity) Senior: $133.07 per person (includes 5% Gst and 18% gratuity) Child 6yrs to 12 years: $72.19 per person (includes 5% Gst and 18% gratuity) Sunday, January 1, 2022 Seating Times: 11:00 am | 11:30 am | 1:15 pm | 1:45 pm

What 219 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Best Service

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Best Ambiance

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Great for brunch

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Kid-friendly

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Great for scenic views

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Unspecified

  • Edmonton

    Best Service

  • Edmonton

    Best Ambiance

  • Edmonton

    Great for brunch

  • Edmonton

    Kid-friendly

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  1. MD

    MicheleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We splurged for a 50th birthday celebration. The food was amazing and there were so many options to choose from. You could tell that only the best quality ingredients were used to prepare the meal. Staff was amazing and courteous in all interactions.
  2. B

    Brikie

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our wedding anniversary. The service from all levels of staff was outstanding, friendly and caring, the buffet offered a diverse and tasty set of choices beautifully presented. Any diet needs will be easily met. The ballroom is gorgeous and even the background music was lovely. It was a perfect meal
  3. J

    Jill

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very tasty. Although there were a few items that didn’t need to be there, like potato wedges. The dessert selection was amazing. The cost for valet parking is a bit much though
  4. B

    Brandy

    Edmonton

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was OUTSTANDING! Every person we had an interaction with was top notch. My kids and I had the BEST experience and we will definitely be back. The food was great and we so enjoyed it.

    Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel MacdonaldResponded on October 29, 2022Dear Brandy, Thank you for taking the time and trouble to complete a review following your recent Sunday Brunch experience at Empire Ballroom, The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. We are delighted you enjoyed your Brunch with us and very much look forward to warmly welcoming you again to enjoy Sunday Brunch experience in the near future. Yours sincerely, Abhijeet Karajgi Director of Banquets

  5. Y

    Yoon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    It's a beautiful venue, but the facility needs some attention. Food was average but staff service was great. It's okay to try once, but there is no intention of revisiting.

    Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel MacdonaldResponded on October 29, 2022Dear Yoon, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments regarding your Brunch experience at the Empire Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. We strive to provide a superior service experience for every guest. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence. It is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future. Sincerely, Abhijeet Karajgi Director of Banquets

  6. TH

    TammyH

    Edmonton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Didn't get the drinks we ordered. We felt like the servers were rushing us to pay
  7. a

    annabellee78

    Edmonton

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love brunch. Thank you for making our birthday so special!

    Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel MacdonaldResponded on October 29, 2022Dear Annabelle, Thank you for taking the time and trouble to complete a review following your recent Sunday Brunch experience at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Your experiences will serve as an encouragement to all of our colleagues as we strive every day to provide the highest standards of service for our valued guests. We very much look forward to warmly welcoming you again to enjoy Sunday Brunch experience in the near future. Yours sincerely, Abhijeet Karajgi Director of Banquets

  8. PS

    PamS

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although I’ve enjoyed many wonderful meals at the Fairmont MacDonald, this was the first opportunity we had to attend a Sunday brunch since I was visiting my daughter at university for Thanksgiving. There were so many delicious food options, everything from eggs Benedict and every breakfast choice you could ever want, to a turkey carving station. They also has an omelette station, a crepe station, cold seafood bar with crab legs, shrimp and mussels. I enjoyed every bite, the braised short ribs were delicious and my daughter loved the fish and chips and the selection of desserts were out of this world. On top of the amazing food, it was such a treat to dine in the beautiful Empire ballroom, our server Kyle was very friendly as were all the staff we encountered. I look forward to the next chance to attend the Sunday brunch and would recommend it to everyone.

    Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel MacdonaldResponded on October 29, 2022Dear Pam, Thank you for taking the time and trouble to complete a review following your recent Sunday Brunch experience at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Your experiences will serve as an encouragement to all of our colleagues as we strive every day to provide the highest standards of service for our valued guests. We very much look forward to warmly welcoming you again to enjoy Sunday Brunch experience in the near future. Yours sincerely, Abhijeet Karajgi Director of Banquets

  9. BL

    BrendaL

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our Brunch so much. Have not been to Hotel MacDonald for Brunch for a long time. There was such a good variety of dishes and everything was so fresh. We have already made reservations for Jan 1, 2023 Bruch. Our server was excellent. So professional, yet also engaging.
  10. TT

    TnTB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Warm food was cold. Crepes were not real crepes but were over buttery rewarmed crapy pieces.Food was not what it used to be. Disappointing & not worth the $$$ we paid. Servers were impeccable as always. Nice to see hiring standards have not been compromised.
  11. G

    Ginger

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Returning after a long absence, we were very please with the selection and quality of the food available for the brunch. Everyone at our table was very satisfied. It's a beautiful location and the weather was warm enough to take a walk on the patio. Absolutely lovely.
  12. SB

    ShannonB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I wanted to love brunch at Hotel Mac. Service was great and the ambience lovely, but the price you pay ($80 per person) simply isn’t worth it. Food was good but not outstanding enough for the price tag. Further, in years past, mimosas were include in the brunch fee; they are now $10 each. Since fresh-squeezed OJ is already included with brunch, you are paying $10 for an oz of sparking wine. We certainly weren’t there to drink to excess, but one complimentary glass would have been appreciated.
  13. CM

    CarolynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We frequent the brunch at the Hotel McDonald. This was a special occasion as we were celebrating our daughters 50 th birthday along with her best friends since Junior high who as well celebrated their 50th birthdays. This by far has been the best brunch with great selection compared to other years. The day was perfect for October weather, the grounds were stunning for a group photo op … with the river valley In the background as well as the stunning potted plants through out the grounds. It was a grand day !
  14. CM

    ConnorM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, amazing variety of delicious and high-quality food, spectacular river valley views, and professional service.
  15. RM

    ReneeM

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a bit hesitant to spend so much for brunch, but it was impeccable! The selection was so lovely- it was curated with the best of the best, but still had the indulgent variety you can get excited about with a buffet.
  16. M

    Marianne

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I took my kids (7 and 9) for my birthday. There was very little that my picky 7 year old would eat but they brought her peanut butter and she was happy. We had a lovely time, they were great with the kids and we spent sometime enjoying the sun on the patio as well.
  17. JK

    JaneK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food isn’t the best tbh… not very fresh or flavourful. You are paying for the service (waitress are nice and polite) and the general atmosphere. Good for going once for lunch but wouldn’t recommend.
  18. RM

    RoccoMacri

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most pleasant experience at our Sunday brunch last Sunday. We will highly recommend this to our family and friends.
  19. L

    L7vqkc

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You arrive hungry and if you leave the same it’s your own fault. Lots of great choices for all tastes. An amazing atmosphere and awesome experience. I suggest once a quarter as it’s a great family event and you will not need to cook for the rest of the day.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I enjoyed a wonderful brunch today. It started with the maitre'd welcoming us and describing all the inclusions at the various stations. Our server was wonderful, even teaching us to say Thank You in at least 5 languages! A very enjoyable Sunday brunch; I can't wait until next time!
  21. GS

    GoldenStupa

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food selection was great! Great atmosphere and friendly staff.
  22. JM

    JohnM

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was amazing we had a wonderful brunch. The food was very well done with gluten free options.
  23. KO

    KarenO

    Edmonton

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There was not as much selection as past years. I thought I remembered mimosas being included with the brunch. Not this time.
  24. ER

    EraR

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It had been a couple years since we have enjoyed the palatial brunch at Hotel Macdonald. Although expensive the experience is worth the price and I would come again. It is definitely the best brunch in the city.
  25. GS

    GoldenStupa

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, friendly service! Would recommend for any special occasion.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food3service1ambience3
    Service was poor… cleared our own plates, asked repeatedly for water and orange juice. Not the service one expects from a Fairmont property nor for the price they charge.
  27. MP

    MonicaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Atmosphere is great. But need to offer much more for vegetarians. For a buffet it should have had more variety.
  28. DV

    DinoV

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Great selection of food all done to perfection.
  29. K

    Kage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Choice, choice, choice you will not be disappointed!
  30. AC

    AkioC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a great experience. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing food and service. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and make great recommendations.
  31. D

    Dianne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my husband's birthday here and it was so wonderful! Everything was perfect and staff exceeded expectations. I had requested a window table and that's where we were seated. The food here is absolutely incredible. Such a great selection. Can't wait to go back!
  32. PA

    PelumiA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - We really enjoy the food and the fresh juices, Great service - Staffs are so respectful and kind Great Scenery _ Completed the brunch with great scenery of the city and the North Saskatchewan River, so beautiful and breath taking.
  33. SF

    SerFletch

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time for Father's Day brunch. Mimosas as part of the price would be an asset.
  34. SP

    SandraP

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our waiter was horrible , made my London fog wrong didn’t offer me a new one , then when we went to get dessert in hallway he ran after my husband because he thought we where leaving his name is Jesse . Like you accused us of trying to run out on our bill when we still had our stuff at the table and the fairmont has our credit card on file as they asked for my credit card on open table. Horrible service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time having brunch there. Everything was perfect. The food was amazing. The Eggs Benedict were to die for. I am looking forward to going again!
  36. B

    Bakergirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was exceptional. They greet you and show you the food stations. They have complimentary orange juice. An omelette station and crepe station. Too much to talk about just go. Very reasonably priced.
  37. p

    prids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was exceptional. The prices seem to have gone up since the pandemic, but the quality of the food remains incomparable.
  38. M

    Mckinleyboutiquemedia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The selection was perfect: hot, cold, desserts. You can’t go wrong.
  39. JR

    JillR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I was quite taken with the wide variety of options for brunch including traditional breakfast foods as well as cold meats and cheeses. The desserts were really wonderful and the tea was even better than I had been hoping!
  40. KM

    KarolM

    Edmonton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Have stopped free mimosas, but price has still gone up. Food mediocre

FAQs

Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is rated 4.6 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Empire Ballroom - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

10065 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Edmonton

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jiju Paul

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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