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Reader's Garden Cafe

311-25th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5V1, Canada
+1 403-234-0065
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good17%
  • Average29%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
“salad” (4 reviews)
“food quality” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
311-25th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5V1, Canada
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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

Lovely little cafe fantastic atmosphere and views however the food left something to be desired. I had the open faced hot beef sandwich the beef were thin strips as think the bread thin and soaked in gravy which tasted like it came from a box...More

Thank Esther C
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed August 12, 2017

Talk about a hidden treasure. This is a wonderful place to visit and eat. The food was homemade so you want to get there early to not miss out on their wonderful daily specials. It would be a lovely place to have a garden wedding.

Thank kauaitabu
Reviewed July 4, 2017

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...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed July 2, 2017

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...More

Thank Milos G
Reviewed June 26, 2017

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...More

Thank CNB0528
Reviewed May 23, 2017

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,...More

2  Thank CaminoGirl
Reviewed May 16, 2017

I've visited here a few times, each under new management. Most recently, we joined them for Mother's Day brunch. I had advised them several weeks in advance that one guest in our party had celiac disease, and was reassured that there would be gluten-free options....More

1  Thank Terri H
Helmut F, Owner at Reader's Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your feedback will help us to make the necessary changes to improve our service. We apologize for not meeting your expectations.

Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Charming historical building and beautiful location. Friendly staff but service was very slow. Food quality was ok. Biggest concern was the lack of handicap access. Pushed a wheelchair uphill on a gravel path that had signage stating "wheelchair and stroller access" to get to the...More

Thank Gabn8tr
Reviewed July 10, 2016

Have always wanted to have lunch here. Popped in after going through the fabulaous rock garden and really enjoyed the historic yet modern ambiance and delicious food. Our brunch apple french toast also included a beautiful garnish picked rit off the plants outside and I...More

Thank MKH000
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $20
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 311-25th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5V1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-234-0065
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Closed for the season, but open for private or corporate events. Call or email and book our unique location for your event!
Regular cafe hours start again on May 2, 2018.

Unique Atmosphere
After a short stroll through the beautiful Reader Rock Garden you will see the historic Building discreetly tucked away behind the trees and shrubbery.
Reader's Garden Cafe is a perfect place to relax and have a good conversation.
The Cafe has a limited, but attractive menu and features daily specials. Our attentive staff will make sure you enjoy every minute of your visit.
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