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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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164 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

: The place is open for breakfast and lunch. It is truly a down-home place with a counter and a few booths and tables. The décor is hard to describe, lots of signs with cute sayings, you can imagine the place. We have had breakfast here a few times. What the food may be missing in quality, it makes up... More 

Thank jes22
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice little breakfast place we stopped at on our way out of Ely, MN. This is a scratch kitchen so food to table takes a little longer. I got the feeling a lot of locals eat there. We got there around 8 a.m. and there was a wait, but not a long one. Tables were crowded but passable walking sideways... More 

Thank CJ M
Daly City
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stopped by for breakfast on the recommendation of a local canoe trip outfitter. We were new to the area and didn’t have a clue on where to go for breakfast. We aren’t into fancy places. We just wanted to find a place with your standard breakfast fare. It must have been a popular place as there... More 

Thank henryonatrip
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have awesome home cooked food here. We had the best breakfast. Service was wonderful too. The waitress said they sometimes have people waiting on the sidewalk to get in.

Thank Colleen O
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in on our way to some attractions in the area. Small place but they manage to seat plenty. It's cash only so be ready for that. Huge portions of classic cafe American breakfast. The waitresses were very friendly and the food arrived quickly. After seeing the pancakes my wife asked for just one instead of the two that... More 

Thank cw_squared
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They give you huge portions of exactly what you want for food. Pretty cheap but cash only. They keep the coffee flowing.

Thank tayls888
Duluth, United States
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71 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stop by here in the morning right before entering the BWCA. Huge full plates with pancakes and hashbrowns overhanging the edges. Waitress that calls you "hon" quickly seats you and warns you about the sizes of the breakfast fare. The pancakes are monstrous, i ordered a plate of 2 of them for my two kids (10 and 12 ages)... More 

Thank Allan B
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drive 45 miles one way about 3 times a month to eat at this cafe! The service is great even when they are swamped! The portions are huge and delicious! They are consistent. We've never been disappointed!

Thank Jean J
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?