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Sunday Brunch

  • Empire Ballroom



Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.  Show your appreciation by spending quality time together at our enhanced Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, or indulge in delectable finger sandwiches and fine pastries with Afternoon Tea themed for the occasion.  Enjoy live music, flowers for Mom, and a photo booth to capture the memories! 

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The Empire Ballroom, a designated municipal heritage site, surrounds you with 100 years of history. The spectacular Edmonton Sunday Brunch buffet allows you to treat the whole family to some well deserved time together. Let Fairmont Hotel Macdonald pamper you with a brunch fit for a king! Offering the most grand selection in downtown Edmonton, this extensive menu offering has something for everyone! Brunch begins with deluxe breakfast entrées and pastries, followed by 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 AM to 2:00 PM
Seatings at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM are available.

Dress Code

Smart Casual


Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on-line with the 'Book Online' button below or by calling the hotel directly at (780) 424-5181.



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 18% is automatically applied to groups of eight or more.

Please Note

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.

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