Heartland Cafe

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Bistro
For over 23 years, Heartland Café and Restaurant 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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Tue - Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 113 People Are Saying
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JK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a awesome meal, food was 10 out or 10, staff were phenomenal, we will definitely be back!!!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on October 12, 2019

Thank you Anonymous, From the kitchen to the front desk, all of our team is extremely passionate about providing an exceptional experience for all of our guests. Everyone is treated exactly how we would want to be served. We believe that sourcing fresh ingredients makes the quality and flavors of our food shine! We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great quiet restaurant in a small neighbourhood

Heartland Cafe
Responded on October 12, 2019

Thank you Anonymous, The charm of Olde Towne Okotoks is infectious, it provides a quaint setting that provided a great gathering spot when our building was a church. Thank you for visiting us, it can be the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion!

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We had people in from the US and after telling them how spectacular Alberta Beef is and ordering the ribeyes, we were sorely disappointed. The cut was very thin, not normal for that cut, and the cook levels were not accurate, and also a tremendous amount of fat in a couple of the steaks...over half the steak was pure fat. They apologized and gave us free dessert, but it was still such a disappointment. Most times we have been to Heartland, the food has been excellent. Service is always top-notch, but dinner prices are too high. Go for lunch. Same experience, for half the price.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on October 12, 2019

AlanaH, Much like wine, Alberta beef is recognized for it's quality and taste. This does not mean it is perfect for everyone and we respect that, we are passionate about sourcing local Alberta beef and every cut will be different. We appreciate you taking the time to let us find a good resolution for you and appreciate your kind rating and suggestion!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food in a unique space with good service.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you Steven, We are always so proud to read these reviews especially from guests that have visited us more than one occasion. Thank you for choosing the Heartland Cafe & Restaurant!

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Z
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious. Staff were lovely. Very nice atmosphere

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 23, 2019

Zoom, What a wonderdul review, thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave us sucha . wonderful review, we appreciate it very much!

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FM
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for a dog show. Went to Heartland based on the reviews. The prawn tagliatelle was outstanding, and the restaurant is so quaint and charming. Will definitely be back when in Okotoks again.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you FoodMom38, We love that you chose to support a local restaurant while you visited our beautiful town. We are always so proud when we hear that we were able to leave our guests with a memorable impression. How was the dog show?

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g
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality in all the food, fantastic coffee, great ambience and friendly servers. Highly recomemded.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 12, 2019

Gregj, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review, it means a lot to us that you enjoyed your experience at our restaurant! We appreciate you supporting local and sharing your wonderful experience.

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H
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

First time guest at the heartland café. It's very nice when coming in, we were impressed with the decor and the atmosphere. My brother in law (who's 15) said it's the fanciest place he's been to. I would suggest it as a nice date night destination.
The food was tasty. I was happy with our shared appetizer and my meal. The Baba Ganoush and gnocchi, However my brother in law ordered the special which was a lamb lasagna, and we were both disappointed with the portion size as well he couldn't eat the bottom of it because it was burnt or else had dried out. He couldn't cut it with his knife but tried to scrape off whatever he could. He recieved a corner piece, no garlic toast, and no side. For 24 dollars I thought it was a bit stingy. He did say though that it tasted very good.
I will go back even with that experience, knowing that I probably won't order the lasagna if I'm hungry.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Heatherm, Thank you for visiting the Heartland. We would love to be able to look into this further as we have multiple points of quality control and would love to learn how this may have made it to your table. We have pride in what we serve and are very sorry to hear this happened. We use high-quality, fresh ingredients and find that guests are mostly full with our portion sizes leaving very little waste. We believe in quality over quantity to satisfy our guests.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a nice experience and dinner. Only comment is that I would have preferred being seated at a more central space, not against a wall,especially as there were only 3 tables filled at the time. Really appreciated a table cloth”, candle and music😊Service and food wonderful!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 7, 2019

JolaH, Thank you for your kind review and please let us know next time if you have a seating preference, we are always happy to accommodate, Thank you for allowing us to help make your dining experience memorable, we look forward to seeing you again.

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KB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere!! Didn’t realize they only serve brunch on sundays so picking lunch/dinner items off the online menu didn’t help us much. But the food was still fabulous. Service was wonderful. And the building itself is exquisite.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 7, 2019

KellyB, Thank you for this wonderful review, and what a great note for us to add to our website. Glad you enjoyed your visit and everything was wonderful! We look forward to welcoming you back.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I’ve typically had great service. We waited 40 mins for food and two plates came out and 8 mins later, the other two dishes came out. Server forgot the soup that was ordered. Did not offer ketchup for potatoes. Wasn’t that busy. But disappointing. Friday I was there for lunch, again, getting food was longer than usual. Hoping it’s because short staffed with long weekend as we’ve experienced much better in past.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 3, 2019

Anonymous, I am sorry to hear that we did not exceed your expectations today. Depending on what may have been ordered the time to serve may be longer. We ensure everything is made fresh to order and some dishes may take longer because of that. We do have high expectations for our service and food quality. Fresh does take longer but we believe it is always worth it. Thank you for bringing this up, we are always welcoming feedback.

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BG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on the patio during the Summer and said it looked like a good place to try for dinner. We loved the decor and the ambiance, this old church has a great feel to it. Really good server with an energetic personality. The menu is varied but not overwhelming and also daily specials. The food and the evening was exceptional. We will definitely be back.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 3, 2019

BradG, Thank you for this extremely kind review. All of our staff are passionate about taking care of our guests and we have worked hard to make this old church a really interesting dining location for visitors and locals. Thank you and we would love to see you again!

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AK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch or dinner!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thank you for stopping by AaronK. We love to explore new dishes for our guests so that even if they visited us for lunch, they can come back and have another exceptional experience for dinner. Thank you for choosing to support local!

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YS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated my wife’s 40th Birthday at Heartland and the food and service was excellent as it has been for us many times now.
We were offered a Prosecco to celebrate the birthday and ordered the Pil Pil Prawns which were delicious and for our mains, the house special was a Australian braised lamb shank on vegetable risotto, this dis was excellent.

Our table host for the evening was Rhianna and served us with the utmost professionalism.

Always a great experience at Heartland.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thank you Rhianna is an exceptional server. Our team is passionate about ensuring you have a wonderful experience especially when you are celebrating a very special birthday. Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your special night and we are pleased to hear everything was excellent.

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LH
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing as usual

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you LeahH, We love to see and hear each of our guests had an amazing experience with us. If there is anything we could have done to receive five stars, please let us know, we always welcome feedback.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heartland Cafe is a local treat...no need to venture to Calgary. Since the new management has taken over in the last year; Heartland has turned into an absolute gem, the food is amazing and the service was spot on. Best steaks I’ve had in years...not to mention perfect wine pairings!
Michele our server was perfect...my drink was never empty and our meals were delivered on point!

P.S, this is not a paid plug...this my first time rating a business ever, thats how much we enjoyed ourselves. Okotoks cannot afford to miss out on this hidden gem.
Look forward to more meals...this Friday in fact!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 27, 2019

Anonymous, Thank you for your incredible review. No we do not pay anyone for their comments because we do want to hear their genuine feedback but if we were going to do a radio ad or commercial we may have to look you up, this is an exceptional review! Thank you!

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the beet salad paired with the chicken. It is a full meal made from fresh ingredients.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 27, 2019

BethC, It is a favorite! Our beet salad has become pretty well known! Thank you for choosing the Heartland, we are glad to see your whole experience was great!

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue. Excellent food. Reasonable prices. Excellent service. Very pleased with the experience I had. Will certainly recommend to friends and family.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you! We are glad to hear you had a great time, if there is anything we could have improved on, please let us know, we are always striving for a 5 star review!

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K
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend for her birthday and she loved as much as I'd hoped. Both of us would rate Heartland as a 5 out of 5.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 27, 2019

Kate, thank you, we are so glad to hear your birthday celebration was perfect!!

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the beet salad and pecan chicken. Both were fabulous. The chicken was so moist and flavorful. My husband had the ribs and really enjoyed them. It was a pleasant experience.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for this wonderful review Diane. Out pecan chicken is one of our guest favorites, so glad to hear both you and your husband could find dishes you enjoyed!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Heartland Cafe. The setting and smbiance is so quaint.The food and service were outstanding. It's the special touches that make all the difference in a dining experience that is so rare to find these days. Here we found it all.....the chef/owner came to our table to ask how everything was. Our server made excellent suggestions as well as offered a complimentary tasting of an amazing dessert wine to enjoy with our desert. My sister was so impressed with all of the gluten free choices. We will return and bring more friends. An all round great experience.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for this wonderful review. We take a lot of pride and care in our work and work diligently to ensure ever guest has an exceptional experience with us. Thank you for noting the variety in our dishes, we want to ensure each guest has options for dining at out venue. We appreciate you choosing the Heartland Cafe and Restaurant and look forward to welcoming you again.

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BE
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot set within the confines of an old church.
The staff were friendly and the food was good. The dessert looked yummy but I had no room!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 19, 2019

BarryE, We like to ensure our meals are satisfying and filling. Thank you for your kind review and we hope next time you visit you will have a chance to share a dessert. We appreciate you choosing us.

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d
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary celebration was lovely. We were offered a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to help us celebrate. Both hostess and server were very attentive. We were seated up on the elevated section at an intimate table for two. We both enjoyed our main course dishes (spicy meatballs and the slow roasted beef) and had room for dessert. Hubby is a carrot cake aficionado and says the carrot cake was superb. I had the turtle cheesecake. A little goes a long way for sure. To make the evening even better our wonderful daughters visited the restaurant earlier and left a gift certificate for us to pay for our meal. Lovely date night for us.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 19, 2019

Datenightgal, We are so pleased to hear your special night was perfect! What a wonderful gift from your daughters! We have many guests that celebrate special events with us and we are always happy to ensure your celebration is truly wonderful! Thank you for choosing us to spend your special day with!

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E
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a totally delicious meal with our family and friends visiting from Regina.

Our server was very efficient and nothing was too much trouble

Well done Heartland Cafe

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 19, 2019

Ellie88, Thank you, it was a perfect week for weather we are glad to hear you really enjoyed your visit with us and we were able to make it special for your out of town guests. Thank you for choosing to dine with us and support local.

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L
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Okotoks, great home-made food with excellent service and ambience—I keep coming back for more!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you Lattenut, we love hearing this. So glad that enjoy your visits and we welcome you any time!

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P
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch and look forward to going back soon.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thank you Panto, we look forward to having you back! Glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

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DK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visiting Heartland. I will be back. The space is very lovely as it is an old church. The antique decor coupled with the old church setting makes for a charming ambiabce. The food was good. My wife had the nut encrusted chicken which was flavorful and juicy. I had the burger. My only issue with the burger was that I felt it was a bit over done, but I like my burgers medium well. Other than that, it was good in all.the right ways. I have to say I was impressed with the wine list and I appreciated the wine pairings with each meal on the menu... this is very good attention to detail. As I indicated, we will be back again.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 8, 2019

DeanK, Thank you. When we purchased the restaurant and building over a year ago it was important to us to maintain as much of the charm and historical items we could. We knew we had to pair it with the right food and wine to make sure it suited the ambiance. Thanks for your note on the burger we will definitely pass the message on but love that you, overall, has an incredible experience with us.

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CP
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch. Our server was very pleasant, but not old enough to serve us our wine and beer. The bartender brought the drinks out. Great team work, great experience.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 8, 2019

CalgaryPa, Our team really works together well and they all pitch in to help our customers. We have a great team and like to encourage and help the younger generations find work, with that, we are happy to make sure the rest of our team can pick up where is needed. Thank you for visiting us!

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e
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Love the pecan crusted chicken and beet salad with feta dressing. I can never wait to go back again!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on August 2, 2019

Thank you Elite, Thank you for visiting us, both of those options are customer favorites and made fresh in house. Thank you for choosing to visit us and enjoy a special meal. We would love to have you back!

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Very good gluten free options (including GF dessert options). Artisanal in style. Pecan crusted chicken and beet salad was a hit. Loved the ambiance and decor of the building. Very stylish, yet "homey."

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 27, 2019

ChrisM, Thank you! We want to make sure all guests have options when they dine out, thank you for pointing out the options and the atmosphere! Thank you! If there is anything you would love to see, please let us know.

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful meal with atmosphere, summer or winter! Everyone was so friendly and attentive. A true hidden gem!

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 27, 2019

Sharon, These are such wonderful comments, thank you for your lovely words! We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Meal was great. We love this restaurant! There were two large tables the evening we went, so it took a very long time to get our food. The staff were lovely and very apologetic but it was an awfully long wait.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you, it has been a very busy season for us and we are sorry for the wait. We make everything fresh in house, which takes a little longer generally but we hope you found it was well worth the wait. Our staff are extremely passionate about providing exceptional service so we are pleased that they cared so much about your wait. Thank you for choosing us!

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C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing. My guest and I were not greeted as we entered the restaurant. The servers and gentleman at the front were rude. Not even a good afternoon or welcome! Heartland Cafe was always a favourite of mine. I would often take business guests and family to the Cafe. The portions were much smaller, the salad was gross with rust lettuce, the lemonade was awful and the prices were much higher. The food was mediocre at best. I will not be returning. The whole ambiance has changed and it is no longer our beloved Heartland Cafe.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 23, 2019

Chantelle, We are so sorry, and we know sorry does not even make up for it. Please message us so we can make this right and ensure that every detail is taken into consideration by following up with our team to find out what may have occurred. We do not want any of our guests to be less than thoroughly impressed so please let us make this right!

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I was disappointed in the quality of the food and presentation - it seems to have slipped from the last visits I have had. It almost seemed thrown together rather than presented in a way that makes you feel like you are about to eat something very good. Sandwich was toasted, but in stead of texture, it was totally dried out and hard to bite into. The soup was warmed over and tasted like it had been microwaved. I expect more and I am hoping this was an off day.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 23, 2019

KimG, Thank you for your feedback, we take everything to heart and we would love to follow up and find out where the attention to details did not meet our, and your, expectations. Please send us a note and let us know what date you were in so we can ensure we always meet the standards our guests have loved about us. Thank you for choosing us and we will make every effort to wow you on your next visit.

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TL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although I’ve eaten here so many times before, this was fun and exciting all over again. The food is a journey for the pallet. The service efficient, with heart and humor. The price is higher than casual dining but well worth every cent.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you TamiL, We are so pleased to read this, thank you for your wonderful comments and for choosing us for your dining experience!

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MS
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Out of town guests. First time there

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you for choosing to try a local dining experience!

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RT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Too bad, I was hoping this cute place would be my new go-to as I am new to the area. Took a friend for birthday dinner and the waiter definitely tried but we were out on the balcony and the service was slower because there was only 1 waiter for the whole place. Food was good...$200 (w tip) for dinner for 2. Food was priced alright and a much nicer menu then I expected (had Charcuterie, pecan chicken and a steak), but the wine at $17 a glass was a surprise for a 'Café' (but that is on me as I did not look). I might try it again though, I understand it was a little busy and the waiter was at least friendly (compared to other reviews). The dinner plates weren't cleared (pet-peeve) so I gave up the idea of coffee and went to hunt him down inside to pay. I prefer to spend my money at "little & local" and don't care about price if it is fabulous so I may give it one more try. Definitely a cute place and service is key, but I may have high expectations for a Café (?).

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 20, 2019

RevT, Thank you for your comments. We believe in creating a whole dining experience and would like to review the day you were in to understand why the service was not our usual high standards, perhaps there was an unexpected group? We will gladly look into it, as we care very much about the whole dining experience. We are a Cafe and Restaurant as the 'Cafe' is part of our historic name, we are a dining experience selecting wines that pair perfectly with our menu as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Heartland Cafe is an absolute gem in Okotoks. We went for dinner and the experience was outstanding. The fine dining experience paired with the quality of the food was absolutely amazing. As soon as you walk in you are welcomed in as if you were family, and it this feeling did not fade throughout the whole meal. I had the filet, it was beautifully presented and tasted amazing, melt in your mouth kind of steak. As we were leaving the feeling of friendliness was still there, the owners took time away from their own meal to ask us how our dinner and experience was. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody and everybody. I will be back very soon.

Heartland Cafe
Responded on July 20, 2019

Wow... this is such a wonderful review. Thank you for taking the time to highlight what you loved about our restaurant and choosing to support local for a unique dining experience in Okotoks. We look forward to welcoming you again!

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SC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heartland is a beautiful and relaxing place with very good food and service. The burger is excellent and so is the beet salad.
Looking forward to go back.

FG
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We hadn’t been in a while and decided to fir brunch. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed a delicious meals and the service was excellent. Situated in old town Okotoks, this restaurant is worth the drive from Calgary or surrounding area.