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Britton's Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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5 E Chapman St, Ely, MN 55731-1227
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great food, large portions and very reasonably priced! A must place to stop when visiting Ely. Hours of operation are 5am - 2pm.

Thank Nancy G
Estes Park, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to breakfast here with 16 people. The restaurant was very accommodating to us and had no trouble seating us within 15 minutes of our arrival. We had arrived the night before at 9:30PM and camped at Bear Head State Park and knew this was one of our last good meals before heading out on Boundary Waters for a... More 

Thank Terri M
Vernon Hills, IL
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Britton's is a small cafe that delivers big plates of delicious food! We went there midmorning on a Saturday, and there were may people waiting on the sidewalk in front, always a sign of good food. We went in to place our names on the list and found out seating was first come, first served, and on the honor system.... More 

Thank mashaddict
Chandler, Oklahoma
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have the best breakfast ever! Very warm and inviting atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and efficient. When in Ely, this is a definite do not miss place to eat. I guarantee you will eat here more than once during your stay.

Thank Brad74834
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has the best food ever along with friendly people that work here. You won't get better food for breakfast or lunch anywhere and the prices are amazing as well. You will feel like you have step back in time and really enjoy this special place.

Thank Shari T
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great breakfast at Britton's. Pancakes were gigantic, but exceptionally good. Ham & cheese omlette was also good. Restaurant got busy around 10 am on Friday, so get there early to get seating

Thank Colleen F
Plymouth, Minnesota
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76 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at Britton's 3 times during our stay in Ely..it's that good! Our lunch was a BLT for my wife with a huge serving of great battered fries and I had the Canadian bacon burger with a salad. The burger was hot and fresh from the grill and very satisfying. Our 2 breakfasts included the breakfast burrito which was... More 

Thank Richard B
Westlake Village, California
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opens at 5 am, so those heading off into the Boundary Waters can get an early start. Very good food in large portions. Restaurant is adorned with many funny signs. My favorite was the little urn near the kitchen that was labeled "Ashes of problem employees". Only criticism: there was only one hustling waitress serving a very busy morning crowd.... More 

Thank Jef K
Claremont, California
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63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think everyone in Ely was told to come here for breakfast! We decided to wait though and we did not feel too disappointed. I had eggs and my sister had pancakes. My eggs were a bit greasy but were fresh. My sister enjoyed her pancakes but they were huge and way too much food. Because it was so busy,... More 

Thank Alison S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good home cooking, friendly service. Be sure to go in and support the people there as they're short handed with the mining issues right now. Be sure to have cash (no credit).

Thank Jon H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 E Chapman St, Ely, MN 55731-1227
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: 218-365-3195
Open for Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?