Love the Bagel Cafe. Go on a regular basis for Breakfast. never leave hungry. Have tried other places in the city for Breakfast but keep returning to the Bagel…. Great Place
So happy that they renovated and made more space available upstairs – no more bumping elbows over coffee!… good baked beans by the way!
Constant, cheap, awesome. Huge portions.
The Bagel Cafe Sucks!!!! Here’s why.
I went there for brunch this morning at around 11. They were busy, no surprise. We were seated upstairs got tea, ordered our meal — perogies and eggs and a classic breakfast with sausages and scrambled eggs — and waited. No problem. We were excited for our food and, as we have both worked in the service industry, didn’t mind that we had a wait ahead of us. They were bringing out food — for the table to the right of us, for a big table of 8 to the left far left and then, 45 minutes after we sat down, while no one came by and said anything else to us…more water, tea nothing…the table that came in after us, and ordered way after us, got served!!!!!!! They never came to us at all. We walked out. I will NEVER eat there again. While their food is ok the service is NOT consistent and it’s not worth the money. For the sake of an hour I’d suggest waiting till 12 and going to The Ship or The Duke or anywhere else. If I could give this a half star I would. It SUCKS!
This is the place to go for breakfast. Best hashbrowns in town. French toast is great. Coffee is expensive, but for free refills of excellent coffee, it is worth it. Dark, cramped, busy, I love it.
Food was pretty good, but the coffee was expensive and the price wasn’t even listed on the menu. Skip this place and go to Cora’s, better food for similar prices and the coffee is cheaper and just as good.
It is generally necessary for small buisness’ to charge more for something you pay barely anything for at a large corporation chain. I would rather pay a little more and support other small buisness’ in my community. As a small buisness owner myself, I appreciate the struggle competing with all of these chains which seem to be sweeping St John’s in a gaudy North American fashiion. I appreciate the Bagel Cafe for yummy food at reasonable prices, kooky decor, personable staff and for surviving so long in a town where the majority of diners can be found at Boston Pizza, Cora’s and such.
I think the Bagel Cafe is mediocre. I have been a few times. I usually order one of the Potato bakes. I find that their fresh vegetables taste like they’ve been sitting around. The fresh food salad doesn’t usually taste fresh either. The prces are a bit expensive for the un-fresh taste. Coffee is okay.
I find it a bit to cozy in there as sometimes you are awkwardly close to other people at other tables, try getting one of the booths or go upstairs.
The staff have always been helpful and friendly.
The Bagel is certainly one of the most popular spots in St. John’s, especially for weekend brunch. The cozy atmosphere means your practically guaranteed to end up surprise lunching with someone you know. The place definitely has a great sense of identity in it’s decor, which some may not feel comfortable with, but I personally enjoy the Bagel’s personality. The food can be hit or miss. I’ve not yet had a good supper meal there (based on the quality of food and service), but breakfast I’ve had some fantastic meals (on both counts). Breakfast is clearly their forte. As for the sandwiches, middle of the road: I’ve had them done to perfection, and others that were soggy messes.
Recommendations: Waffles, french toast, potato bakes, baked beans, and soups are fantastic. With a side of bacon of course!
I moved to Halifax 6 years ago. I went home this past weekend and decided to take my Family and friends to have dinner. We asked for a table of six. They stuffed us in the back corner and our legs were pretty much on top of eachothers. 5 of us ordered the steak and shrimp special. The shrimp had not spice of flavour. I ordered my steak Rare. It came out almost med well. I think our steaks were microwaved. No grill marks at all. Smallest steaks I’ve ever seen. We had to ask for cuttlery and then we didn’t get any steak knives. We had to get their attention to get butter or sour cream. I sent mine back and they ran out of steaks. They gave me a tbone instead. How can you fool up a rare steak. I think it was done intentially. I think “kids” were working in the kitchen. The steak came out rawe. It was blue rare. I couldnt eat it. Also my dad ordered haddock. For $17.95 we were surprised to see such a small piece. So when we paid our bill they said they would’t charge me for my steak. When I left I noticed they did charge me. I had
The only thing the Bagel Cafe can be trusted for is a passable breakfast, although there are much better places in the city for that too. I would never, ever go there for a steak dinner. I’m also not a fan of the cramped dining area, but hey, that’s just my own preference, I guess some people like it.
Good food, affordable prices.
Food – usually pretty delicious.
and service – usually pretty casual but good.
Today….the worst. Like everyone else has said $3 for a coffee is nuts – especially if no one ever comes back to give you any more.
And I had more than half of my meal leftover – which they packaged up, and included toast crusts, leftover ketchup from the plate, and the napkin i had laid over the ketchup and toast crusts they were obviously garbage.
Awesome. the whole damn thing went in the garbage when i got home.
Amazing food! My friends and I went there for supper. Amazing service, huge portions and great tasting food.
The burgers are great and come with a HUGE amount of fries.
First time there tonight, and won’t be the last!
The Bagel cafe is one of my favorite spots to eat out in St. John’s. I don’t regularily enjoy breakfast, but with the variety of options offered, it is easy to find delicious things on the menu and on special. Although the restaurant may be cramped, I’ve never been uncomfortable or too close to another table to be annoyed. The server usually accomodates me by substituting hummus for mayo on my jersey club bagel. They have AMAZING greek salad and hashbrowns. I highly recommend it.
Great Breakfast. I only ate half of my meal and i was stuffed. Fish Cakes are awesome too.!!!
With coras down the road the only real reason to go to the BC is because it’s local. The food is good but it’s hard not to compare to coras (and coras is better). The place looks cool but it’s way too dark and crammed. We waited a long time for our food and there wasn’t a lot. The servers didn’t know a lot about their food when we asked about our allergies.
Lots of options that didn’t seem all that different.
I might go again but I do think they should work a little harder to beat the big chain competition, especially when they’re charging more for less.
STAY AWAY! Went out to this cafe only to have my afternoon ruined. Food and service were bad, bad, bad. Caesar salad way overdressed; cold French Onion soup with unmelted cheese; luke warm latte; lousy service (our waitress was more concerned with entertaining her friends at another table – where my latte stood on her tray getting cold); and our order for Eggs Benedict with soft yolk eggs were served hard. If a breakfast joint cannot prepare a soft poached egg (about as basic as you can get), then close the doors, or at least stop calling yourselves “Voted #1″ for breakfast. When was the vote – 1982?
^I’m no fan of Bagel Cafe either but to say it ruined your afternoon seems to be going a bit far. Taking things a little too seriously?
The best way to describe this place is mediocre. I agree that they aren’t #1 at anything. They’re a very small step up from a greasy spoon diner, and they should probably just lower their prices if they want to continue doing things that way. But hey, people still go there anyway.
I went there for lunch once in the summer and it was perfect! While it is very busy and close knit, everyone was in a great mood so it was all fine. I’m a BIG fan of bagels and therefore any place that gives me multiple options of what to have on my bagel, is amazing. You can’t get that at coras.
Dark, crowded, lousy coffee and no butter on the toast ….just margarine
How unenlightened and cheap is that ? !
Tried it twice, won’ be back.
I frequent the bagel cafe frequently mid week as the location is good an the simple fact that at 3pm on a Wednesday there is no competition. These are the only reasons. Ordering anything more then bacon and eggs is always disappointing. Keep it simple as that seems to be the only way to leave satisfied. Additionally the staff is un attentive. It could take 20 minutes to put in an order and an additional 30 to get your order. Refills on coffee and water is a challenge too. I blame management or lack there of. My recommendation, open an all day breakfast place and put bagel cafe out of business.
Meh. The cheese tastes weird to me. And the breakfasts have been consistently subpar.
I have never been disappointed by the food at the Bagel Cafe. But, I have also never had a dinner menu meal there. I only eat breakfast/lunch items, as it’s usually Brunch time when I go.
Anything and everything on their Breakfast/Lunch menu is delicious!! The Smoked Applewood sandwhich is incredible, with apple and smoked salmon. The waffles are to die for, the wild berry french toast is a usual order for myself, and their traditional breakfasts? Amazing. The portions are usually too large to finish. Sometimes my boyfriend and I just order a breakfast and share it, with an extra side of bacon. The coffee? It might be $3.00, but it’s worth while. I have had Cora’s coffee, and it’s mild and bitter and usually cold before it’s gone. The Bagel always provides a delicous brew and while the waitresses may sometimes be too busy to swing by to serve a top-up, I find that if you simply take the time to ask a waitress who passes by, they will gladly take the time to serve a fresh, hot top-up.
The italian sodas are always a favorite, too. And the potato bakes!!
The specialty coffee beverages could be mastered a little better, but I still don’t find them repulsive. They go down pretty easy, actually.
And if you want an awesome feed of fish and chips with dressing and gravy, the Bagel Cafe is an awesome choice!!
Adam & Brea
We’ve had breakfast there countless times, really delicious and filling, we’ve only had the Big Breakfast, can’t try any lunch items for the simple fact that we know our minds will be on the big breakfast the whole time ;) Only thing is he doesn’t eat eggs so we usually ask for his eggs to be replaced with some bacon, which is where the waitresses become inconsistant. Half the time it’s no problemo, other times they charge extra for it. Not sure if tea refills are free but we’re always charged for it. Otherwise the food is great, nice and satisfying, recommend it all the time :)
Had belgian waffles with strawberry & banana, sausage and hash browns! Their waffles and hash browns (especially) are delicious, but I wouldn’t recommend that sausage to anyone. Stick with bacon people! Proportions are also generous, and the decor has lots of personality and feels very cozy. Unfortunately, we felt a little cramped and uncomfortable at our table. But the service was pretty good!
What’s up with everybody loving Cora’s? Honestly, if you’re a man, what do you eat at Cora’s? Everything is lettuce, light fruit, and whipped cream. You could make your own fruit salad for $2 and save yourself the cutesy little menus at Cora’s.
Been eating at the Bagel on and off during my decade here. Good food, getting a bit more pricey than it used to be, but still much better than that chain-store garbage.
Had a good experience at the Bagel Cafe about five years ago and decided to go back when visiting St John’s this week. It will NOT be on my places to visit list ever again. It was busy when we went in and we were told to “just sit anywhere”. We chose a table next to the kitchen where staff couldn’t help but see us every time they walked to and from the kitchen. They were prompt to bring us menus, water and coffee, so we settled in to await someone to take our order. We waited for over 30 minutes as wait staff passed us by, talking to each other over our heads about their personal lives and carrying just one dish at a time to and from the kitchen! A group arrived at a table next to us and were served drinks. We agreed to wait ten more minutes but then we saw that other group having their orders taken and got really annoyed. Finally my husband flagged down a waitress, asked how much for the coffee and told her we were leaving. She did offer to take our order then, but we were just too annoyed to stay.
Terrible place! Very cramped quarters; definitely some fire code laws broken there. Overpriced for mediocre food. Extremely poor service: slow, unfriendly, and here’s a hint to the waitresses – just because my husband’s plate is empty does not mean that I am finished as well. I still had food on my plate that I wasn’t finished when the waitress took it. I will never go back there and I will recommend to people to never go there as well.
Half the time I visit the Bagel Cafe I see kitchen staff lugging garbage through the dining room and out the front entrance. I love the food and ambience (service is middling) and I’m aware it’s an old building, but isn’t that against health codes? Shouldn’t it have a service entrance? Seeing that makes me wonder about the place everytime…
I go to this place a lot.
The food is consitently delicious. The service is always great.
The quality of food and the serving sizes are WELL worth the price, and blow any other cafe or breakfast joint out of the water.
Highly recommend it.
I’ve never had any problems with Bagel Cafe. The food has always been delicious with huge helpings. The service has been friendly and inside the Bagel Cafe is so cute. I love this place! Definitely one of my favourite places to go for breakfast.
My wife and I were there today with some friends for breakfast. Eggs were cold all around, sausages were dry and appear to have been reheated. Coffee was expensive at $3 and, although that was supposed to include free refills, none were forthcoming until we asked the waitress. Service was very slow and unprofessional. Waitress did not come back to inquire as to how our meals were. Had to search out our waitress in order to get a bill. The concept of good customer service appears not to be part of the culture at the Bagel Cafe. We did tell her about our meals and did receive 5 Bagel Bucks as compensation (likely never to be used). Considering the price for breakfast, this is definitely not a good value. Can’t understand how this place rated a ‘best breakfast 2011′ rating from The Scope. Many other breakfast places in St. John’s are better than this.
We had breakfast there this morning. Very disappointing. Service was ok. The food was mediocre and really overpriced! Went to The Rooms for lunch, great food and great prices too!
Was very disappointed. Though the food is good, the service is terrible. I’ve been here 3 times so far and every time my food was very very late. This time it was so late that I had to leave to go back to work before I got it (my lunch is an hour long and I waited the full hour). I understand that there is going to be some wait time as there is in any cafe or restaurant but this was insane. They didn’t even come to check on us or give us an update on our food. We didn’t even get a reason or an excuse as to why it was late. If your going, make sure you have enough to wait for it.
Disappointed Former Customer
This was my favorite place when I lived in St. John’s a couple years ago. When I visited this summer I was sad when we went to the bagel and my favorite frittata was off the menu. So instead I ordered just a bacon and eggs with hash-browns and water for my boyfriend and I and was horrified when they told me the total was $40. People have told me their prices were getting crazy, but wow. I live in a larger city and I can get cheaper breakfast. It was not worth it.
I’ve found this place consistently good. I find the food much better than cora’s.
Food is very overpriced for the quality. Paid $4 for a green tea. Perogi were not fresh…they tasted like they were store bought frozen ones that they just deep fried. I think they have too many things on the menu. It would be better to have a smaller menu with homemade foods. Portion sizes are huge but you are more than paying for it.
Seriously. Worst place I’ve ever been to. How do they manage to keep the doors open?? I waited for my meal for 50 minutes. It’s supposed to be a cafe not a restaurant. NEVER EVER waste your time going here.
Very disappointed by an establishment named “Bagel Cafe” when I ordered a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. I received the cheapest of cheap bagels that you can buy at the grocery store with a couple of packets of cream cheese!! I had expected maybe homemade, but even buy them at Tim Hortons (across the street) or Price Club and pass them off as your own. For the price they charge and the name of the cafe, management please stop cheaping out and ripping of your customers!! Bagels are in your NAME!!
I have been to the Bagel Cafe…they dont give you packets of cream cheese…but portions cups full..I like the sundried tomato…are you sure you were at the Bagel Cafe?….and as my waitress told me their not a bakery…just a place thats creative with Bagels…the name of the place is as decieving as “Canadian Tire”…they are so much more then Bagels..
And as it goes with pricing..when you walk in the place….you know your not getting Tim Horton/ Macdonald/ Wendys prices…but it depends on what you order on if you feel youve got your moneys worth…for me thier instant oatmeal is ridicously expensice…but when you order a signature..”go hard or go home” item you get something unique and get your moneys worth and proably have lots left over ..to bring home for supper…when the bill comes its okay …I have an awesome snack for later you could never get if ordering in (with delivery charges)…and had a wonderful cozy downtown St. John’s experience … I coulda hung out at some franchise…and walked away with more money in my pocket…but not as fulfilled by the experience…and carbon coby food in my belly…
Uh, yeah but their bagels still cost way too much. I had a bagel with cream cheese and a coffee there once and it came to over 8 bucks before tip! And it was just a shitty dempsters one! It’s a stupid amount of money for what you get.
The rest of their food is great though, and I find that you get a lot of food for what you pay, so I still like going. I just find it ironic that the one place with bagel in the name is the one place where you do not want to buy a bagel aha. They really should fix that.
Biggest rip off in town—bad food, most expensive breakie in the downtown, crappy ambiance,dark and dingy, grumpy staff and I wonder about many codes being broken…..now the story….went there with a friend and I did not want to eat…..firstly, the squashed up face and hands on hips told me something, then I ordered coffee after my friend ordered a full breakie as the server was walking away—it seemed because I did not want food I automatically did not want a drink??!!….Anyhow as we waited and chatted I finished my brew and asked for a refill….got it WITH a bill for 3 something……yeah nickle and dime me once……now do I tip or not…….NOT!!!!!!
ps—half a star seems much……
My friends and I now refer to this restaurant as “The Bagel Cage” (due to a typo one time). I have to say this is my favourite restaurant in town. I come by here every so often and I’m recognized as a regular. The staff I find is incredibly friendly and I certainly feel that I get my money’s worth. Half the time I can hardly finish everything on my plate, and I feel awful wasting food.
I first came here in 2010 with my friends and I’ve yet to have a bad experience.
I adore the decor, the staff, the atmosphere and the music that’s played. I’ve been going to The Bagel Cafe the past 2 years for my birthday and it’s a tradition I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon!
My favourite waitress is an older woman, she’s very thin and she’s always sweet to me. I love when I get her as a waitress. Not that I dislike any of the other girls.
The food is delicious, I have my regular meal (The Canadian Chicken) but I’ve had breakfast and stuffed chicken breast there as well. Everything is always plentiful and well prepared. I love The Bagel Cafe so much!
ok, but not worth the money.
anyone who enjoy’s the music the bagel cafe plays is out of their mind.
What’s the deal with this place? Why do people like it so much? There are so many places to get great breakfast in town why would people go here? It’s dark, overpriced, and any idiot with a kitchen and a recipe can make most of the food and make it ten times better. Nothing special, go down the road to smittys.
What’s the deal with this place? The Chicken Devine on a fully loaded bagel with pasta salad side. delicious.
Used to enjoy it here but I just can’t patronize this place any longer. The food is way way way overpriced for its quality. The coffee isn’t good and the food is not better than average. Fifty dollars for two heavy, salty, serviceable breakfasts? Sorry, you won’t be seeing me or my wallet again.
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