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“4 out of 4” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marion Street Eatery

Marion Street Eatery
393 Marion Street | Marion Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0V4, Canada
204-233-2843
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Ranked #4 of 1,360 Restaurants in Winnipeg
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“4 out of 4”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The food here is amazing. There were four of us in our party and we all ordered a different dish. Each of us liked the food so much that we would order that dish again. Don't let the biker bar fool you, this is a beautiful restaurant that has friendly staff, clean bathrooms and delicious food.

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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Odd location, excellent fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We had heard so much about this little restaurant that we had to try it out for ourselves. We headed there with our three sons for supper on my birthday. It is simply decorated, but very welcoming. Our waitress was very friendly and could answer any questions we had about items on the menu. Between the five of us, we tried five different menu options. We had the bison chili, Reuben sandwich, two burgers, pulled pork poutine, and the salad with chicken. Nothing was disappointing. All the food was excellent and comparable to homemade grub. My husband had soup with his burger, and really enjoyed it. We finished the evening with an excellent amaretto creme brûlée. We will definitely head back to try some of their other meals. The bannock with jalapeño butter was also excellent.

Visited May 2014
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56 restaurant reviews
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“An unsuspecting gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Tucked away inside one of the city's least desirable bars - home to bikers in the daytime and strippers in the evening - is this unsuspecting gem of a cafe. They've completely reinvented the restaurant, with tasteful, understated vintage decor and a casually fashionable atmosphere you would never expect from either the exterior of the building or the reputation of the bar.

I've been here many times since it opened, and I'm never disappointed. Every menu item I've tried has been a treat, the atmosphere is great, and the staff are always very friendly and professional.

The only thing I don't like is the lack of decent beer selection, although considering it's really a cafe and they're already famous for their fabulous caesers, I'm not going to fault them on that.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“What a pleasant surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This new eatery has it all. Pleasant decor, comfortable old chairs, creative cooking , beautiful presentation and staff that act like they genuinely care about your comfort. No intrusive music just the pleasant buzz of conversation provides an ambiance that welcomes conversation.
Have been back three times and each time impressed with the creative twists and the quality of ingredients. Best Eggs Benedict anywhere...real ham, real hollandaise on a croissant, interesting appetizers. Such a lovely mix of creative cuisine and comfort food.
The only problem is that they're very busy at meal times. Come early. You'll want to linger.b

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food and plenty of it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

My wife, her sister and I went recently to the Marion Street Eatery with a bit of trepidation, even though the restaurant had a wonderful review in the local paper. You see, the Marion Hotel in which the restaurant was established earlier this year has a degree of notoriety for the large number of motorcycle riders who frequent the bar in the establishment. The signs on the street ask car drivers to park in the parking lot so that motorcycles can park on the street.

We walked in the door for lunch and were met by a very friendly bartender/waitress who took our names and said the wait would be 20 minutes or so, but added we were welcome to sit at the restaurant bar while we waited. We did so, and immersed ourselves in the eclectic atmosphere of the restaurant and the equally eclectic menu.

The restaurant features white walls, brick pillars with antique decorations and heavy wooden tables of various sizes with mis-matched (but re-finished and re-padded) comfortable antique chairs like I used to see at my grandparents' dinner table. I think that plays a part in the overall ambience of the restaurant. The staff truly seem welcoming and want to treat customers like friends and family.

The menu is comfort food with a twist and with a definite Manitoba flavor. It features stick-to-your ribs options like Chili made with Manitoba bison, mac and cheese with broccoli and a cheese sauce with locally-produced award-winning Bothwell cheddar.

I was tempted by the Macaroni but it was sold out for the day by the time we got there at 2. So instead, I tried the Grilled Cheese sandwich - Prosciutto ham, roasted garlic goat cheese, aged cheddar, tomatoes, and garlic sautéed mushrooms on between rye bread. I quickly crowned it the best grilled cheese in town. My only advice - ask for an extra napkin in case the mushrooms squirt out from the sandwich when you take a bite.

My wife had the steak sandwich with sautéed mushrooms and peppers in a balsamic glaze on a baguette and her sister enjoyed the Reuben with house-made Thousand Island and Gruyere cheese instead of the usual Swiss. Both of them raved about their selections.

My only complaints (and they were very small): I had the broccoli cream soup with my sandwich and I would've liked it creamier - my wife had the fries and they were to die for. And it did take us a bit longer to get a seat and to get our food than we would've liked. But the food was worth the wait when you don't have to rush back to work.

Would we go back? In a heartbeat.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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