Empire Ballroom Sunday Brunch
Part three of four in our Historic Series will be a Royal Tea and Tour to honour Lois Hole and all the work her family still puts into our gardens, we are hosting a very special tea with a tour of the gardens. Find more about the whole series here.
The Empire Ballroom, a designated municipal heritage site, surrounds you with 100 years of history. The spectacular Edmonton Sunday Brunch buffet, with over 50 items to choose from, begins with sparkling wine and orange juice followed by deluxe breakfast entrées and pastries, as well as a wonderful selection of classic and Canadian luncheon cuisine. To further your experience, we have specialty crepe, omelette, and carving stations. A seasonal patio with a magnificent view of the North Saskatchewan River Valley completes your Sunday Brunch dining experience.
Hours of Operation
Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seatings at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m.,. are available.
Smart Casual - jackets not required
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on-line when booking your room reservation or by calling the hotel directly at (780) 424-5181.
These prices are valid until November 15, 2015 after that please see our Festive Brochure for Festive Season Pricing.
Adults: $59 CAD
Seniors: $49 CAD
Children (6 to 12): $29.50 CAD
Children (5 & under): Complimentary
Please note the above prices do not include 5% GST or gratuity. A gratuity charge of 15% is automatically applied to groups of eight or more.
Sunday Brunch Empire Style is a non-smoking event. Gift certificates are also available for Sunday Brunch.
Brief History of The Empire Ballroom:
Originally, The Empire Ballroom existed as the hotel's main dining room with a smaller breakfast room opening just off this space onto the terrace. There was a private corridor and single elevator, which could be used by guests of the hotel who wished to reach the cafe or the dining room without going through the main rotunda. The guests were usually women who were not permitted to enter the rotunda or public spaces unescorted.
The breathtaking ceiling of The Empire Ballroom was hidden for many years when the room was divided in 1966 into the Hearth & Hound, Inglenook, and Quiet Bar. All fairly dark rooms, they languished under a false ceiling and garish paint until the hotel closed in 1983. The low ceiling installed at the time protected the magnificent 'Chase' scene painted on the 24' high ceiling. Note the grillwork on the west wall of the ballroom. It once fronted a musicians' gallery, where the band would be heard, but not seen.
Since restoration, the effect is now light and open. The hallway to The Empire Ballroom is an extension that was added, as there was no inside access to the ballroom after renovations. The Foyer is also a new addition, which provides extra space for guests attending functions in the Ballroom and the walls fronting the Ballroom are the original exterior stones dating back to 1915.