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Yellow Door Bistro

435 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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Yellow Door Bistro is a contemporary eatery located in Hotel Arts in Calgary, Alberta that specializes in serving bistro cuisine, wine and cocktails. The restaurant features an upscale, casual atmosphere and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast at Yellow Door Bistro features a continental buffet of fresh fruit, bowls, steel cut oatmeal, dried fruit, seeds, yogurt and charcuterie selections. Lunch and dinner fare at Yellow Door Bistro offers a wide variety of appetizers, flatbreads, salads and main courses, including seared Alberta beef tenderloin, Tofino salmon cassoulet and grilled rib eye. Gluten free pasta, flatbreads and breads are available at the restaurant upon request.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary French, Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(403) 206-9585
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Duncan Ly
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Cross street
1st street SW
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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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipStella1313 (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2015

Fantastic brunch!

vipwinefanatic (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

Been here a few times with friends and it has always been a treat. We love the rotating seasonal menu items. They are fresh and delicious and have a wide variety to appeal to everyone! Easter brunch was well themed and great too. They even have complimentary coat check.

Vivi (Calgary)
1.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

We went for breakfast buffet. The food was not fresh.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2015

We have been to the Yellow Door twice now and by far my favorite place. It is perfect from the time you walk in to when you leave. The service is exceptional and the food is the most amazing food I have ever had. The desserts...... don't leave without having some!! We will be back many, many times!!!

Dinnerwiththegirls (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2015

Great atmosphere, great service and very tasty food. We had the cheese fondu, which was very good but nothing overly original but the Cobb salad and the perogies were fantastic! The only complaint was that we went there because we saw on the online menu that they had a French desert called l'île flottante. My French friend was so excited because she loves them in France but they removed it from their menu. Overall it was a great meal.

Phyllo (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at Yellow Door - when making our reservation, I'd indicated that it was our anniversary and they went all out. Daniel, our server, was subtle but helpful. Started with Cheese Fondue, a meal in itself. I had the rib eye - possibly one of the best cuts I'd had in about 5 years; my wife had the Chicken w Mushroom - also outstanding. They also served a complimentary dessert (chocolate truffle lollipops) along with some ice wine (tasty!) for our anniversary. Highly recommend for a romantic night out!

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

Yellow Door Bistro is fast becoming one of my favourite restaurants in Calgary. I've been there 4 times and the food has always been exceptional. The sous-vide steak is a must-have experience if you love steak. It's a place that bakes all it's own breads, cures their own meat and the flavours in the entrees are a foodie's delight. They have a great weekend brunch, not the usually big buffet with so many choices you don't know where to start but a selection of what most people would want for a brunch on a sunday, there have been the odd item I didn't care for but so far their batting average for me has been stellar. Service is efficient and discreet, they check up on you often enough not to be disruptive and are always there when you need them.

DisappointedCustomer (Calgary)
2.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

Two friends and I went to The Yellow Door for a brunch last sunday and honestly it was such a disappointment! There is 3 options for brunch: buffet, continental and a la carte. I took a look at the buffet and the options were not very attractive, so I decided to go for the continental option which was pretty much, pastries, some cheese and oatmeal and my friends ordered 2 eggs benedict. One of the egg benedict was very cold and the eggs were not poached the way she ordered (medium). After complaining with the waitress another one was brought and it seemed to be ok. Coffee was served cold twice! Even the waitress got embarrassed when she realized the coffee was totally cold!

The buffet lacks variety.. The only thing I really like about the this place was the ambiance.. It's very modern and I like the style.

Overall.. Bad experience. I was expecting way more from such a place like the Yellow Door. I do not recommend this place for brunch.

vipPriscilla (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

I've always wanted to try this place, and it was completely worth the wait! My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the brunch buffet (the fluffy scrambled eggs, Dutch cake, and miniature sandwiches were big hits), and loved the great service and beautiful decor! We will be back for sure!

Baited (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2015

The food was very well done with attention to detail that was unexpected. Will be back for sure to try everything else on the menu.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2015

The meal, the service, everything was just wonderful. I would have liked to see a slightly larger wine list (by the glass) but they did have enough of a selection I found something. Our server was excellent, very attentive, our food was brought out with perfect timing and it was just the right amount to leave you full and happy! I will definitely go back.

vipWine101 (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2015

Fantastic wait staff. Attentive and extremely helpful!! Made a great difference. Food was terrific. Big taste was a great excuse to try it out. Will go again

vippinkjade (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on March 11, 2015

I've eaten here twice - once for NYE, once for dining week. They are unable to handle "events" with set menus because both times the service was very slow. In fact for dining week, we had to take our dessert to-go because the service had gone well over our lunch hour (waited 20 mins for our app, 45 mins for our entrée - and this didn't include the time it took to eat it!) We were in the restaurant for over 1.5 hrs! On the bright side, the staff was very friendly.

The food itself was hit and miss. Some items were pretty tasty while others lacked luster. For example, my fish was overcooked and dry - even though it had decent flavor. However for the amount it costs for fine dining, you expect better.

Although the venue is very modern and beautiful, I think there are many other gems in Calgary in terms of food.

I've heard that their brunch was good but I'm afraid to give this place a third try...

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2015

Had a very nice lunch recently. Our server was outstanding. I had the 3 course fixed price menu. The salad was good but not outstanding. Lamb and fries were excellent and the dessert was superb. My wife had the seafood wrap which was good but lacking lobster. Cappuccinos were excellent. Overall, a very good experience.

birthdaygirl63 (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2015

We took our oldest daughter (who is a foodie) here for her birthday. She ordered from the tasting menu and enjoyed the lamb on a bun. The dessert was very good. She doesn't usually eat dessert, but tasted and shared the warm almond torte with clotted cream. She was offered a free mimosa for her birthday. The others in the party opted for the brunch. The food was good, and despite the brunch ending soon, it was kept well stocked. I enjoyed the crisp bacon and the couscous salad, as well as the scrambled eggs (very creamy). The bread under the eggs benny was too crusty to eat. The hash browns were very good as well.
The server was polite and attentive, without being intrusive.
Overall, a good experience for us.

FoodieWanabe (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

We had the Big Taste 2015 lunch menu and ordered the two entrees. We loved the freshness and crispness of the salads. The salmon entree was cooked to perfection with nice crispy potatoes on the top. The lamb dip was more gammy than we anticipated and felt that it was not served hot enough (temperature wise). The star of the show was the almond raspberry tart. Great way to round up our lunch.

Chatting5girls (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2015

We were group of 5 having dinner to celebrate one of friend's birthday.
I mentioned that at the time of making reservation.
They prepared a nice assorted chocolate plate for us which was served on the plate has ”Happy birthday” on it.
My friend was very happy to see it!

The server was very nice and his service was excellent.
They didn't rush us at all even we stayed beyond their business hour.

We really enjoyed their dishes as well!
Thank you for great time & dinner!

SeanPrice (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

So my wife tried looking for a brunch on a Saturday and we found this place. As soon as we got there we had a booth for my family of 3. I took a look at the brunch buffet and was not really impressed as some dishes were empty and I did not want to spend 24 dollars. We were about to leave but decided to stay. I decided to order off the menu and my wife decided to go for the brunch buffet. They allowed my son who was 3 to eat off the buffet for free which made it a better deal. I ordered the yellow door hash. While I was waiting for my food the place got busier and I noticed that they were constantly filling up the dishes for the buffet. My wife brought a plate and she enjoyed it very much. I received my order and the first bite was amazing! I did try a taste of the wild mushroom and grits off the buffet and it was unbelievable. I would definatley come back here again. Writing this review is actually making me hungry.

AVYYC (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2015

Went to YellowDoor with my boyfriend on my birthday. The service was outstanding and the waiter made me feel very special. Every time I eat here the food is exceptional, I have never had a bad experience.

Jweid (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 22, 2015

The first time I visited the Yellow Door was for the Big Taste 2 years ago, with a group of 8 people. The food was just as fantastic this time with just 3 of us! Always a cool and modern look in the restaurant and the perfect combination of upscale and casual. We started with the cheese fondue which was served with a variety of breads. A great starter to share. I then ordered the beef short rib which was fall apart, melt in your mouth delicious! The service was great too. My water glass was never empty and the server was there often enough when we needed something, but not so often it impeded on out visit with an out of town friend. Will be going back soon!