Yellow Door Bistro

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary European
Yellow Door Bistro has continued to surprise and delight guests since it opened its yellow door in 2013. With whimsical and creative design, this contemporized restaurant features bistro-style dishes with modern and seasonal twists. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Yellow Door Bistro believes in elevating simple food with quality ingredients.

Happy Hour – Monday – Saturday 4-6pm, $5 feature wine, beer and cocktail + 50% off flatbreads

Lunchtime Happy Hour – Monday – Friday 11am-1pm, $5 feature wine and beer

Half Price Wine Friday – 50% off bottles of wine after 4pm

FREE PARKING – Our guests receive complimentary self-parking at Hotel Arts in both above ground surface lot and heated underground parkade
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice evening with friends, food was great, nice waiter...overall a great evening!

DA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We had reservation but to get anyone to seat 💺 us or approach us was awhile, I saw 4 staff members passing us by none had approached us to even say someone will be right with us. This happen twice with us already it the server we were assigned to was very attentive though after we had our table. Dessert could also be improved they should have more dessert selections and also it’s a brunch however we found more breakfast selection than lunch so maybe if they are offering brunch they should improve in putting more lunch selections like sandwich, meats and soup so the money we paid for would be worth the dine. ($26 per person)

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are very accommodating and when we didn’t have any reservations for brunch we still got a seat and enjoyed their hot brunch buffet! The staff are great, energetic and overall amazing! Food is great as well! Love the grilled ratatouille salad and little dessert table and their brunch cocktails! Will definitely go back!

k
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We came here for dinner on Valentine's Day. They had a set 5 course menu for $75 each. Given there were 5 courses, we didn't expect them to be huge but they were pretty small.

1. Salmon croquettes.
These were really tasty but the size was tiny.

2. Beef carpaccio.
This was thinly shaved carpaccio, with a few tomatoes, and a few bits of toasted something like toasted pita bread. It was nice.

3. Lobster soup.
I think in our portion, there was about 4 pieces of fish and a small amount of broth.

4. For the mains, we had the salmon with green coconut curry and the striploin. Both were nice and the portion was reasonable.

5. Strawberry and white chocolate champagne cake.
This is probably the worst dessert that we've had at a restaurant. It was hideous and tasted cheap, as white chocolate typically does.

Overall, we weren't too impressed. Looking at reviews, it seems portions are normally a good size and that is not what we got. Perhaps more a brunch place than dinner.

We weren't a huge fan of the atmosphere either. The restaurant had a nice design but it very much felt like a "hotel restaurant."

TS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for Valentines Day and had the five course meal organized for that night. All food was delicious and we had great service. Cost of the meal with drinks was a little pricey but we enjoyed our evening!

JF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good ambiance and food for my business meetings in Calgary!
J.F.

L
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The brunch was quite tasty and some very lovely flavours. The fritters were to die for. The server we had was incredible, I think his name was KJ or something very close to that. The only thing I didn’t like was the seating. There was three of us side by side so it was hard to have a conversation. And it was quite cramped. Won’t stop us from going again though. Hopefully sooner than later.

MG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, the food was delicious and the presentation was great! That horse is weird, though.

TA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for brunch on a Sunday morning. Two people in our party ate the brunch and two ate off the menu. Food was ok. Buffet food wasn’t as great as we would have hoped. But still nice. The macaroons were stale and hard, Chicken had very little flavor, noodle bowl wasn’t edible and truly the buffet wasn’t worth the money in our opinion. But still the menu offerings were delicious and perfect brunch foods. Great environment and fun decor. The service was impeccable!

PT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There was another large table for a BD, noise level was very high. Our service was very slow.
I order the chicken sandwich. French fries were barely warm.

n
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noisy. Restaurants need to figure out how to entertain boomers as they are hard of hearing. Otherwise they won’t be chosen a second time!

KB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We chose a table poolside, at Yellow Door Bistro for our Sunday morning brunch - poolside boasted a chill, relaxed vibe for a Sunday morning. The food was delicious, timely and reasonably priced.
The only complaint would be the service. As a table of just two, we didn't feel we received the same quality of service larger tables received - we waited 20 minutes for coffee, while a larger table of 8 or so were having their coffee refreshed after their meal was completed. Even when coffee came, it did not come with cream or sugar, so that lead to more waiting and cold coffee.

AK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Service was decent/as expected. Also, I’m not sure how this happened but I was charged on the wrong card. I inserted my credit card and fed in all the details but I was charged on my debit card. That card did not even leave my wallet - I am certain of that. The only thing I can think of is that it must have picked up on the debit card’s tap feature but I don’t know why it would do that if my credit card was already inserted. This is a mild annoyance but I would fix the payment terminal if I were the restaurant management as there is room for fraud or error here.

AT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in Calgary! Dessert sushi was unexpected but delicious. And the beef sliders were super tasty (they should go on the regular menu!) We will definitely be back

TD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single thing about our experience at The Yellow Door Bistro was outstanding!!! Thank you!!!!-💛

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening!

T
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed our meals very much. Both entries were delicious. And the atmosphere was top notch. The service however did not match the quality of food and environment. Our server was not friendly, seemed to be going through the motions with no desire to engage other than do the bare minimum. With such great food, this restaurant could truly shine and stand out if they had staff to match.

DD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a group of 11 and had our own sectioned off room. Service was wonderful. Everyone of the 11 people enjoyed their meal. Would definitely return.

o
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent service. Yummy food with fresh ingredients.

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 25, 2020

Hi outwithfriends, Thank you for your awesome review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We always like coming here for special occasions. This time was no exception. My only complaint was the portion sizes of our entrées was not large enough to resolve our hunger, left us with a feeling of wanting more. My fiancé and I, had to have another entree following dinner otherwise we would have gone to bed hungry.

I would definitely go back again, but next time I will save up for the 5 course meal instead of settling for the 3 course.

RW
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was good. The only drawback was that a few of us had meals that could have been hotter. Overall a good experience.

AT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I felt like the service at yellow door was amazing and the interiors are very modern and interesting. I did not enjoy the food. I had the gnocchi and I did not find that it was worth the price.

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi AllisonT, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I was disappointed to see that our culinary offerings did not live up to your expectation on this occasion. If you would like to discuss your experience further please do not hesitate to reach out to me at wblennerhassett@hotelarts.ca. I do hope this experience does not deter you from visiting us again. Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YD

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S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service by JR!

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi Steve141, Thank you for your awesome review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and I'll be sure to pass on your compliments to JR! We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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e
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food for brunch, we really enjoyed our meal.

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi evilprincess, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I was disappointed to see that our culinary & service standards did not live up to your expectation on this occasion. If you would like to discuss your experience further please do not hesitate to reach out to me at wblennerhassett@hotelarts.ca. I do hope this experience does not deter you from visiting us again. Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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RM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The savory brunch offerings were delicious. Good cup of coffee

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi RhondaM, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your awesome review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was really nice. The food was really good and definitely a brunch spot

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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u
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My reservation was made 1 1/2 weeks ago and we were still seated in a very poor spot (right by main door and horse); food took very long to finally appear...albeit it was good.

S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was great!

CS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was a very busy morning and we were seated in an area that was hosting a large family brunch of at least 12 people of all ages. Needless to say it was quite noisy and a bit disruptive for the two of us. The food was good, but it appeared that perhaps there were less choices. Certainly it is a great bistro to visit for brunch and dinner.

EK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious, and the service top notch. Had an amazing dinner and dessert for a romantic date night. Server made excellent recommendations and even brought a few wine tasters on the house. Will definitely be back. Would love to try the brunch.

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on December 20, 2019

Hi EmilyK, Thank you for your awesome review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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BL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Visited for the 1st time. Had the hot buffet. Food was delicious. Restaurant was very busy so we were sure glad we had a reservation and were seated at a table vs one of the sofas. We would visit again.

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on December 20, 2019

Hi BabsLind, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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c
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I had the chef's three course meal. Every component was absolutely delicious. One of the best meals I have had in Calgary (in 40 years of eating here).

AK
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was super delicious. Lots of interesting flavours. Only thing that we tried that wasn’t our favourite was the tamponade on the trout dish. The lemon curd bowl for dessert was so bright and refreshing, a must try!! The restaurant was quite loud and unfortunately we got seated beside a rather rambunctious table, but the staff was very accommodating when we asked to move so we could actually hear ourselves talk.
Extremely knowledgeable and attentive staff.

L
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s very good and the food is very well presented. The prices let you know that it will be a very good quality and savoury plate but it’s missing the “zest” that would make it outstanding for the price.
Service is very attentive and friendly.

b
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time and a wonderfuk meal. My girlfriend was here from Vancouver and really enjoyed the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great!!!

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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ZA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Looks can be deceiving, and this restaurant fits that phrase perfect.

The decor was amazing, probably one of the best I have ever seen. The food "looked" great, but as I said it was very deceiving.

Firstly, the COFFEE was super super super diluted, and it was pretty much sewage. Has to be the worst coffee I have ever had. It was practically water with a hint of coffee.

Secondly, we ordered the French toast with peach custard cream. There was barely any cream though. We had to scramble hard to look for cream but could probably find a drop only of it. Absolutely garbage, and as I said, was very misleading when they say it is peach custard cream.

Furthermore, we ordered salmon eggs Benedict. The eggs was extremely runny. How can you screw up poached eggs?

We also ordered the double fried fries. It was stone cold!

All in all, the restaurant is all looks. It doesn't taste good and you might as well go somewhere else for a proper brunch. Coffee has to be the worst thing I have ever had in my life. Funny enough, I ended up paying $50 for such a garbage breakfast.

AB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love the Yellow Door Bistro it is one of my favorite brunch places in Calgary.
The only complaint I would have is it’s very loud in the space and our waiter although very attentive was not loud enough when he spoke so it was very hard to hear him. He also was having a hard time hearing us. We ended up doing the buffet except for my father in law so our orders were all correct but I could see that being a future problem when commutation can’t be clear because of the noise level.

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on December 5, 2019

Hi AlishaB, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro! I'm glad you had a pleasant dining experience with us and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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LD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was lacking all around

Yellow Door Bistro
Responded on December 5, 2019

Hi LissetteDB, Thank you for your recent review of Yellow Door Bistro. I was saddened to read that our service standards did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. If you would like to discuss your experience further please do not hesitate to reach out to me at wblennerhassett@hotelarts.ca. I do hope this experience does not deter you from giving us another try. Sincerely, William Blennerhassett GM YDB

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