Ottawa’s Favourite Diner Celebrates 30 Years!

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Ottawa’s favourite diner is celebrating its 30th anniversary. This local hot spot has been serving wholesome and delicious food for three decades. On any weekend, you will find this place packed with customers, all patiently waiting for a famous Elgin Street Diner breakfast. People come from far and wide to experience the delicious food and comforting environment of the Elgin Street Diner.

The restaurant has a retro diner aesthetic and serves all of the classics. A local and tourist favourite, the Elgin Street Diner continues to serve excellence, and their team doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.


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You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at the Elgin Street Diner. They make a great traditional milkshake, poutine, and classic Canadian breakfast. If you’re visiting for brunch, make sure to try their Breakfast Special, Hangover Breakfast, or Big Breakfast. Their breakfast is quick, filling, and delicious. The eggs are always served just the way you like them, the bacon is cooked perfectly, and there’s always a big pile of homefries to tie the meal together. Just make sure to come on an empty stomach because their serving sizes are massive! Along with their breakfast dishes, you will receive a big cup of bottomless coffee, the perfect pick-me-up for any morning.

Rain or shine, ice storms, or pandemics, this restaurant is perpetually “serving up hot eats and delicious treats 24/7!” If you’re looking for an early morning breakfast, late lunch, or even a midnight snack, Elgin Street Diner is for you. It doesn’t matter the time of year or time of day; you can count on the same great menu. On weekends, you’ll often find a line out the door but don’t let this fool you, the staff is incredibly quick and efficient, and you will be sat in no time. It will also be well worth the wait.

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When it comes to Canadian cuisine, there really is nothing finer than a diner. You’ll be filled with nostalgia when you enter this retro restaurant. Elgin Street Diner has won countless awards and has received special recognition from Lonely Planet, Yahoo! Travel, Cheapeat, CNN, and more. Elgin Street is often called “the best in the city,” and it’s clear why. With a location as great as Elgin Street, wholesome food, and friendly staff, you’re guaranteed a classic diner experience at this legendary Ottawa restaurant.

Wishing the Elgin Street Diner a happy anniversary, here’s to many more years of quality food and service.

You can find the diner at 374 Elgin Street and online at