if walls could talk

they would certainly have some stories to tell at the Vienna Restaurant!

Newspaper Ad 1950’s

The Vienna is one of the oldest operating establishments in Guelph, Ontario, if not in Canada. The original Vienna was a bakery and coffee bar and dates back to the early 1900’s when it was originally located at 16 Macdonell Street.

In 1960 the original building was demolished to make way for a Mercury plant expansion where much of that site is now the loading dock for the newspaper. The Vienna Bakery, then operated by Josephine Schroefel, relocated to 28 Macdonell Street, where it has since had several owners and is now run by the Sawyer family.

The Sawyer’s purchased the restaurant in 2010 and have made changes to the decor and menu, in an effort to bring the restaurant back to the way it was many years ago, with an emphasis on good food and good service.

The Sawyers believe in sourcing ingredients from local farmers and business’ in order to bring the best quality and freshness to their customers.

The Vienna has always been known for its Schnitzel, fine baked goods and delicious breakfasts, which are still the popular items of today. Over the years The Vienna has served soldiers from both world-wars, before they entered the army and when they returned from overseas service! Today you will find a healthy dose of regulars from local artists, politicians, local business owners and many University of Guelph students who frequent the joint for delicious well priced food and the comfortable atmosphere where “everybody knows your name”.

Customer Reviews

If you like homestyle breakfast’s, then this is the place to go. The fare of bacon and eggs, omelettes, and standard coffee is what you will get here. Food portions are quite reasonable. Good service, and good value for the money. No wonder it’s popular with the locals.

Ray Toronto, ON

My daughter and I had a late breakfast at the Vienna. It’s nice that they serve breakfast all day. Wonderful, quick service. The prices were reasonable. Plenty on my plate. This will be my regular breakfast go to from now on.

Tazzy Guelph, ON

We have enjoyed this restaurant, twice recently, in downtown Guelph. We had breakfast both times. It is small, quaint and family run. There may be a line-up out the door on a weekend morning, but don’t let it scare you away, the line moves quickly. This is a sign of the popularity. Fast and friendly with good food.

Bradford London, ON

Not many places in Guelph for schnitzel, so when they opened on Friday nights, we gave it a try. Really enjoyed the hunter schnitzel, best we have had for a long time.

Betty Rockwood, ON

The chicken schnitzel was amazing and so was the the German potato salad. I would definitely come back, can’t wait to try their breakfast. Great prices too!

Jessica Guelph, ON

Went for breakfast – it was very affordable, delicious, and excellent service. Highly recommended!

Sabask Guelph, ON

Hungover? Need a delicious breakfast? Go here. It’s less expensive than other breakfast restaurants in Guelph, and offers lots of options. We especially liked the chocolate chip pancakes!

Emily Guelph, ON

My family has tried many other restaurants in Guelph for brekkie but we keep coming back to the  Vienna. The value is good. The service is friendly and fairly quick. The brekkie is old school good. For example, Vienna’s breakfast potatoes are old fashioned homefries not frozen tater tots like you find at a lot of other places. That said, the coffee could be improved.

Walt Guelph, ON

Never disappointed in the breakfast. Lots of food, fast service. Only problem is it is very popular, so go earlier on weekends if you don’t want to wait for a seat. Also took my in-laws there for lunch. They are very picky but were very pleased with their lunch. My father in-law said it was the best burger he’d ever had!

Crabbeymac Guelph, ON

The food was pretty average. Tasty, but nothing special. Excellent value for money though! I was pretty broke, so being able to go in and get a full breakfast (eggs, toast, sausage, hash browns, etc.) with free refills on coffee… Fantastic! Great if you’re looking for a nice, cheap, filling breakfast.

Symbol Guelph, ON

Visited a few years back but was not impressed. Returned for another early morning breakfast try , under new ownership now. Place has been fixed up, nice historic photos of Guelph, really clean and inviting. Wait staff are excellent. Food was delivered fast, excellent homefries, eggs and bacon done as requested and price is very reasonable. We’ve been looking for a good diner breakfast in Guelph since we moved into the area several years ago, now we’ve found it, no need to go anywhere else. Downtown location with free street parking an extra bonus. Congratulations to new ownership and service team!

Willin Rockwood, Canada

This was our first visit but the place was recommended to us by several pople as a great restaurant for breakfast or a brunch for Sunday. We were quickly seated, ordered their “bottomless cups of coffee” while looking through the menu. French toast was great, so was traditional Ham & eggs breakfast. One of us ordered an omelette which was just average. Still, we all shared a large slice of freshly made carrot cake and concluded that the restaurant was a good value for money. The waitresses were very attentive and quick, the place was almost full, so it is a very popular restaurant with the locals.

Sophie Charlotte, NC

Really, there is no better place in Guelph to get consistently great service, fresh food, choices and delicious bottomless coffee. I go at least twice a week and occasionally on the weekend. I haven’t tried dinner yet, as that’s relatively new but I shall and will update accordingly.


As part of our weekend ritual we always have breakfast downtown before going to the market. This is a great “Small Town Diner”! We have been back here 3 times, they always have a good number of staff working and you always have great service. The food is what you would expect for a small town diner. The eggs Benedict are good and so are the sausages. The only warning I would hazard to give, is do not order the “Big Breakfast” unless you are really, really hungry. I ordered and felt guilty that I could not eat it all.

Mindful Travels Guelph

Just visited my son in Guelph and we’re always looking for a place to take him and his roommates for breakfast. This fit the bill. Great food and really reasonable prices. We’ll be back.

Jaskev Toronto, ON

Vienna is one of my favourite places to go out for breakfast in Guelph. It has a small town diner feel to it, which you generally only find in the smaller towns of Ontario. It’s actual food is good. For diner food it’s great. It’s a great place to meet up with friends. Highly recommended.

Emilidiot Guelph, ON

I was very impressed with the atmosphere of the restaurant, it’s a great improvement. My partner ordered the breakfast bagel which was very good but somewhat dry and the potatoes were also very dry. The single server did an excellent job handling all of the customers, but needed help despite her best effort. I will be back for another breakfast.

GoldenBoy Guelph, ON

I’ve had more breakfasts here than I can count. So many good memories of cup after cup of coffee and putting the pieces of “last night” together with friends and lovers. It isn’t fancy by any means but I would be comfortable taking anyone there. Food is always served hot and fast and portions are generous but don’t make you feel like a glutenous over consumer when placed in front of you.

Kristina Calgary