Savour a sunny outdoor patio brunch in Calgary

Calgarians love brunch. And, given our long Prairie winters, we also pop our corks for restaurant patios from spring thaw to fall freeze-up. Put the two together and controlled culinary chaos ensues. These restaurants offer that rare and sought-after combo of pleasant outdoor seating and great brunch munching.

World Bier Haus 1410

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1410 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C3

Family-friendly weekend brunch is served from 10 am to 2 pm at 1410 World Bier Haus. Enjoy your meal on the establishment’s rooftop patio (equipped with its own bar) overlooking the busy shops and restaurants of 17th Avenue Southwest just east of 14th Street. Hearty Haus meals include good ol’ bacon and/or sausage with eggs any style and hash browns. Also indulge in huevos rancheros, pulled-pork hash, fruit salad with yoghurt and granola, as well as eggs Benedict three ways.

National

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180 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, AB T3H 3C8

A hugely popular local beer hall and restaurant chain, National serves independent ales and a now-and-wow pub menu. National Westhills serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm as well as select all-day breakfast items. When weather permits, you’ll want to chow down on its sunny, family-friendly patio. Tater tots anchor the rich breakfast poutine, which is dressed with bacon, eggs, cheese curd and mornay sauce. Brunch entrees include breakfast tacos, French toast and eggs Benedict. As well, its duck, lobster and pork-belly skillets feature a luxurious combo of hash and eggs.

River Cafe

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25 Prince's Island Pk, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

When you require a brunch with best-in-the-nation cred, take to the beautifully green and secluded patio at River Cafe in Prince’s Island Park from 10 am to 3 pm on weekends. You’ll work up an appetite just choosing between its tempting upscale breakfast and lunch options. Breakfast, for example, may include smoked fior di latte flatbread topped with soft-cooked egg, arugula, tomato and wild boar prosciutto, while lunch may incorporate a croque monsieur panini with local, house-cured ham. And do order the Prosecco and orange juice.

Earls

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3030 23 Street NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8R7

The Earls location at Barlow Trail and 32 Avenue Northeast features a generous patio roughly the size of its indoor seating are. Brunch is served Saturday, Sunday and holidays between 11 am and 2 pm. Eggy mains include the croque madame, which consists of a poached egg with white cheddar, Virginia ham and Serrano cream on grilled sourdough. Also try the sourdough French toast prepared with Chantilly cream, seasonal fruit and maple syrup.

La Chaumière Restaurant

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139 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A1

The lunch menu at the fabulously French La Chaumière is served from 11:45 am to 2:30 pm and on it you’ll find a gorgeous array of brunch-appropriate dishes. Relax on its side-yard patio and open with hors d’oeuvres such as smoked salmon or seafood croquettes. Soups include lovely lobster bisque, and the salad selection begins with Hotchkiss organic tomatoes with basil and olive oil. For your entree, it’s got to be a soft omelet with truffles.

Ship & Anchor Pub

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534 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B1

One of the inner city’s best-loved Brit pubs and indie-music venues, the Ship & Anchor Pub boasts a south-facing, two-part patio just off the busiest corner of 17th Avenue Southwest. Sit in the sun for weekend brunch from 10 am to 2 pm on weekends (11 am to 2 pm on holidays). Bestselling dishes include huevos rancheros and the ploughman’s lunch, a buffet on a plate served with baguette, boiled egg, various cheeses and salad. Fish and chips as well as the Ship Burger are also perennial favourites.

Diner Deluxe

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104-350 Aspen Glen Landng SW, Calgary, AB T3H 0N5

Serving brunch from 8 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, Diner Deluxe in Aspen Landing also features a sweet ‘n’ breezy patio that overlooks the local lake. The menu features diner meals from western breakfasts to French toast, but recommended dishes include the Good Morning Burger topped with bacon, cheese, “the groceries” and a hollandaise-sauced egg as well as the buttermilk-fried chicken and quinoa waffle served with local honey. Locally brewed Phil & Sebastian coffee pairs well with everything, as does an orange or grapefruit mimosa.

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