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Wednesday 10:30 - 15:00
Thursday 10:30 - 15:00
Friday 10:30 - 15:00
Saturday 09:30 - 15:00
Sunday 09:30 - 15:00
had a reservation for 1 o'clock for lunch. A bit early, but they gave us a table and then completely ignored us for the next 25 minutes no menus or water even until we jumped on them. The tables were cleaned and cleaned, and we were set back and nobody was still harassed to check with us. We wanted to go and finally got their attention and then there were excuses everywhere basically too late for it. I've eaten here before and I have to say that if this is the new normality, it was totally disappointing. At least they should have forced our drink to add and be ignored. On another note, the food was good.
Thanks to CBC's reporting that Reader's Garden was recently given National Historic status, we decided to try out the Cafe. A few tips: Don't go on a Monday or Tuesday it's closed. Check the times it's open (brunch/lunch) and make a reservation. We went...on a Saturday morning and an 11 am reservation was available at the last minute. Try to book a table on the patio with a view. Outstanding. Although a bit pricey, the food was very good, although not outstanding (classic breakfast; eggs benedict); the coffee is delicious. The wait staff was efficient and courteous. If you meet Helmut, he is the owner of the cafe. If you are interested in history, you'll find the old photo album interesting. Also, take time to enjoy wandering in the garden; it's reputed to have 4,000 species. If you have time, wander through the Union Cemetery. Lots of recognizable names there!
The atmosphere & views of the city are awesome. The service was good even though very busy. Most of us enjoyed our meal. My husbands eggs were over cooked & he thought the bread was disappointing. I had the eggs Benedict with fruit & the fruit was hard. Our friend ordered dessert & again was disappointed. The grounds are a great place to explore where good walking shoes uneven paths.
We went with a group at the end of June for a lunch here, and everyone enjoyed their food. Our server was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. I had the braised beef and spaetzle, and was it ever good! The garden setting is stunning, quite the hidden gem. It seems the new owners are Austrian, and it really showed with my delicious noodle dish - I could eat that all day. It may take a small while to tweak things to get a cohesive menu going, but there's talent in the kitchen back there, so I'm sure they'll get there. This place is a little out of the way, and so word-of-mouth and returning customers (as opposed to people strolling by) are important - what they go for and what they expect might be a bit hard to establish. Cucumber sandwiches or hardy meals? Hard to say...
The establishment is under new ownership. Unfortunately, this time around it falls quite flat and leaves much to be desired. The menu options are fairly similar to the old menu, but the undertaking of properly plating and creating a eating experience certainly could benefit from a lot of improvement. We were seated outside this fantastic location, with a great view of downtown surrounded by flowers and aged trees. The scenery of Read Rock is second to none in Calgary, a small rock path up reveals a century plus year old home that is truly breathtaking and provides a wonderful relaxing atmosphere. We were served quite quick, the GM was helping out with another young man who were friendly and did provide excellent service for our brunch.My spouse ordered smoked salmon ($13.50) and I ordered the Croque Monsieur ($12ish); the prices for these items seemed lower than we remembered from our last time spent here (Reader Rock Cafe is a pretty special place for us, we've visited several times over the past few years, and we make sure to recommend it to all our friends). When the food arrived, we did a bit of a double-take at each other and the food. The Smoked Salmon was served on a small plate, with no accompanying fruit, potato or anything else. My Croque Monsieur was actually a Croque Madame (no big deal, but as a foodie, I thought I should say) was served with potato and the fruit. The fruit on my plate was not ripe; the cantaloupe was still green and hard as a rock. The actual croque madame seemed really cheaply made. The way I described it, was if I quickly put something together in my kitchen to have a 5 minute lunch. Half of a quartered thin French baguette, with melted cheese and cheap ham; accompanied by two fried eggs on top. The entire meal reminded me of a 7 dollar small-town lunch you'd get travelling in the prairies, versus a casual brunch at a beautiful location. We didn't dare order some dessert, as previous iterations of this restaurant had wonderful cakes and aerated chocolate... We didn't want our dreams dashed in one sitting. The major shortcoming was the lack of care versus years past. Previously, each item seemed delicately put together, served with flowers from the garden as garnish and plated excellently (to a point you couldn't help but take our your phone to snap a picture for Instagram or to share with friends). The brunch today seemed thrown together; at 12:30 on Sunday the restaurant was 1/4 full... it's really not overly surprising. Reader Rock is the greatest tease in Calgary.
This is truly one of the gems of the city. Definitely go for the view, cocktails, and coffee! The breakfast I ordered (The classic) was just ok. Eggs were done perfectly poached medium, but the potatoes were cold, turkey sausage reminded me of a hotdog and it only came with one piece of toast. I was expecting some hearty goodness of bread, but it was the most underwhelming piece of bread. Service was good. I just wish the food measured up to everything else amazing about this place.
This is actually one of my favourite locations in the city. The grounds are actually stunning, and I love the historical significance behind it. There aren't many places in the city to walk through lovely manicured gardens.The Cafe is in a cool Heritage building, and is lovingly preserved. I have previously had delightful food here. I'm sad to say I was disappointed with the food, as were my companions. I had an arugula salad that came without the goat cheese. When the waiter returned with the goat cheese it was sadly underwhelming.. maybe a tablespoon. Sigh. My husband had one of the sandwiches. Dry bread and a smattering of egg. We've had beautiful meals here before, with artfully presented food, and reasonable portions. On the upside, the soup was apparently good. Good, not great. I can recommend it solely based on the location and ambience. The service was also just average.
What a find! After a busy day visiting places around Calgary, we just wanted a quick and easy dinner near where we are staying. Thank you TripAdvisor users - the reviews were good, so we came her. Terrific! The two people working (the owners?) were happy and cheerful, and provided excellent service. The food was really tasty, and I especially liked the burek! There was a fairly limited range of pizza varieties on offer - but I like that: do them well. And Gaga Pizzeria certainly does it well. I would certainly eat here again!
Hostess seated us promptly. Breakfast choices are buffet or menu - we ordered off the menu. Healthy choices are noted on the menu and I had the avocado and poached egg on toast. The entree was delivered within 20 minutes and was served hot. The menu prices are commensurate with a Waldorf Astoria but a bit pricey for the Orlando area.