Blue Plate Diner

3.8/5
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Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Dishes

  • Deli,
  • Sandwich,

Features

  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,
  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Family,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
10145 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

John Williams opened up the Blue Plate Diner in 2004, when Edmonton’s downtown scene was struggling a little. Initially, Blue Plate Diner neighboured a seedy hotel on one end of the street, and dilapidated warehouses on the other. A lot has changed since then, with a vibrant downtown core growing all the time. Today, the hotel is gone, two high-rises have gone up, and those warehouses have been turned into highly sought-after condos. “I’d like to think we were instrumental in that change,” says John. “We were one of the first restaurants and businesses. I kind of think we became a destination restaurant at that time and encouraged other people to look at this street with fresh eyes.”

The popular downtown market now sets up outside the Blue Plate Diner’s door during the summer, further adding to the street’s trendy vibe. “That was huge. That definitely added value to the atmosphere as well.”

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meld0862
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Best breakfast in Edmonton and most cities for that matter. Perfection!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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smcdowell
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This was one of our favourite spots until today when our friend's allergic reaction was handed extremely poorly! She has a nut allergy, prior to ordering she asked if her dish contained nuts and she was assured the only dish with nuts in it is the peanut butter pie. She ended up needing to use her epipen in their washroom and nearly vomited. She was never asked if she was ok, the manager never came to check on us and in the end she was even handed her bill! We were just in shock, disgusting.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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This particular restaurant was a last minute choice when my family and I were dying of hunger after an extremely long day that started at 6 in the morning. We tried to find the closest restaurant possible and found this one only 4 blocks away from out hotel. The design of the diner was very modern, cool and comfortable. I almost pictured my first date there. Any who let's finally talk about the food. I ordered a stir fry which you could either get with shrimp or chicken. I am a huge shrimp fan so I just had to try it. When the order came my jaw dropped to the ground because of the size and appeal of the dish. There was delicious rice on the bottom of the simple, white, oval plate covered with a medley of deliciously sauced vegetables. The whole dish was garnished with slithered almonds which really pulled everything together. This dish truly made the whole tiring day worth it. The fun isn't over yet!! A meal never feels complete until you get the dessert menu. This particular menu almost made me order everything it had on there but I don't think my father, who was paying for the dinner, would appreciate that. I finally came to a decision to get their blackberry cheesecake which was their current cheesecake flavor. Now let me tell you, the moment I had a bite of that, it felt like heaven in a cheesecake. It was so creamy and what made it better was a dollop of airy whipped cream. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better dinner.

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Restaurantica12
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Blue Plate is fantastic! I'm there at least a...

Blue Plate is fantastic! I'm there at least a couple times per month. I was there last Friday and had another great meal. Fridays are a great day to go: they always feature a vegetarian and a meat special, paired with a wine or beer selected by Divine Wines just down the street. Brunch is also great to check out on Saturdays and Sundays... but they are always busy so a reservation would be a good idea. There is always great music playing and new art on the walls. A very friendly and comfortable neighbourhood restaurant.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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September 15, 2019

Wonderful new space with super friendly staff and yummy food. We love the new location. 10/10

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

Great staff.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

Blue Plate Diner has not missed a beat with the opening at their new location. Great food served with smiles in a wonderful atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2019

We made this Ressie for a work lunch. NO ONE contacted us VIA email or phone to let us know the business is closed down and moved for Renos. Trying to find a place to have a nice work lunch downtown during lunch was awful. Very disappointed in this restaurant.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 30, 2019

Our waiter was so funny and accommodating. The food was amazing although they were out of a lot as they were moving locations in a few days. Understandable. We even lost track of time and realized they were closed but not once did we feel rushed or unwanted. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2019

Great seat at the window. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2019

Always a go to choice when we want to please all diet types in my family. The food is very good and the service has always been outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2019

Fantastic as usual love this spot makes me feel like I’m in New York.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2019

Wonderful service and great food!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2019

Everything about this evenings meal was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 22, 2019

Excellent meal. Great service. Waiter was charming. Enjoyed it very much

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2019

Service was okay. A little long waiting for the bill, but everything else was as expected for a place we have eaten at many times before.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 6, 2019

I have never had a bad meal here! Blue plate is one of the best in the city, I'm so sad they are moving!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2019

Super staff and great food. They have some very tasty vegetarian options.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2019

Pre concert supper, super service and excellent food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Excellent food served by bright and enthusiastic servers, all in a unique atmosphere! Love the mismatched vintage tables and chairs! THE place to go for breakfast in downtown Edmonton!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 9, 2019

I wish I could give my server 6 stars. He was a middle aged man wearing glasses, extremely friendly, hilarious, attentive and he was the highlight of our dining experience. The food was also excellent! I will definitely return! John

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 10, 2019

Excellent and attentive staff!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 3, 2019

Another great lunch with excellent service - reliable as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 27, 2019

Cute place with reasonably priced food that tastes great!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

April 19, 2019

I always enjoy the ambiance. The food is great and has options for vegans and gluten free for celiac sufferers. The location is great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2019

The food has always been good however I am always freezing in there. Great diner decor and wonderful, friendly service despite being very busy.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

April 1, 2019

Everything was excellent, except the butter duck wings. The wings were quite tough and greasy, but the sauce and naan bread were really good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our soecial evening together at Blue Plate Diner. The service and food were excellent. We enjoyed a delicious relaxed meal. Wonderful experience. Thank you!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 22, 2019

Wonderful brunch with a friend, they were very accommodating, we had a small child with us. Food was great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2019

Great food.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 16, 2019

Love the Blue Plate! Consistently good food and a great atmosphere

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2019

Service was really good, food great as always, and a funky environment conducive to good friendly discussion for our group. Thanks, Blue Plate!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2019

Fantastic service with outstanding food. The beet cake is so moist and yummy!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2019

Service was great, we were there for the Downtown Dining Experience. We had each dish explained to us as it was delivered. Choices for beers was appreciated. We plan to visit again soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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