Cuisine Type / Dinner / Eat + Drink
Plate of Short Ribs

10 Places to Splurge on Dinner

10 Places to Splurge on Dinner

If you appreciate the finer things in life, don't resist the urge to splurge at these spots

May

Located inside the Art Gallery of Alberta, May is the latest addition to Downtown’s  food scene. The Instagram-worthy dining room has a an ever-changing collection of art on loan from the gallery. Still, the food, cooked up by chef Doreen Prei, is the main attraction. Each dish is creatively crafted using seasonal and locally sourced produce. The scallops and fall-off-the-bone braised short ribs are enough to make your taste buds dance with delight. 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Art Gallery of Alberta

Tzin

If you don’t make a reservation at TZIN, you’ll probably have to jockey for a seat at this intimate wine and tapas bar that has been charming oenophiles since 2007. The wine list is ever-changing and offers superior wines – Old and New World bottles that pair beautifully with an eclectic selection of small plates. Raise a glass to the bacon tapas, served with maple balsamic apple compote, apple mayonnaise and Calvados gastrique. 10115 104 Street

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

For classic cuts of steak, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is hard to beat. They do New York strip, ribeye and a Cowboy Ribeye, but it’s the eight-ounce petit fillet that’s the best of it. From the seared Ahi tuna to the stuffed chicken breast, all the dishes here are of the best quality. Eat, drink and be merry. 9990 Jasper Avenue

Lux Steakhouse & Bar 94

Mad about meat? The kitchen at Lux Steakhouse & Bar 94 serves up some of the best AAA cuts – big beefy and flavoursome. Their side dishes and smaller plates, such as truffle perogies, steak tartare, fresh oysters, and lobster mac and cheese. 10150 101 Street

Braven

Located in the JW Marriott in the Ice Dristrict, Braven won’t disappoint. It’s operated by Toronto-based Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality. Braven sharply focuses on creative chef-driven cuisine like dry-aged steaks, BC Coho salmon and Alberta rack of lamb that’s a triumph of flavour and taste. 10344 102 Street

The Marc

The cooking at The Marc is timeless, serving elevated French classics like steak tartare and a fantastic foie gras terrine. Follow that with pork belly and scallops with parsnip puree, and Cornish game hen with pearl barley salad. Everything on the menu showcases first-class ingredients and age-old techniques to produce some of the best food you’ll eat Downtown. 9940 106 Street

Bündok

Chef Ryan Hotchkiss’s small plates at Bündok are flawless and technically excellent, bursting with taste-bud excitement. Sea bream with Thai basil, citrus, beef tartare is typical, as is gnocchi with roasted mushrooms, and a roasted hen. 10228 104 Street

Sabor

Sabor restaurant is rightfully a Downtown staple that could feature on any list of great Canadian restaurants. Chef Lino Oliveira serves simple authentic Portuguese and Spanish dishes. His bold translations of bacalhau, piri piri chicken, lobster risotto and seafood paella make it hard to settle on just one dish. If you can’t get a table, park yourself at Bodega, Sabor’s wine and tapas bar below, and indulge in flavour-packed small plates. 10220 103 Street

Black Pearl Seafood Bar

From mussels to clams to king crab legs to lobsters, the world is your oyster. Black Pearl Seafood Bar is critically acclaimed to be the most delicious seafood establishments in Downtown Edmonton. Don’t worry, your bank account will thank you later when you’re on your third order of buck-a-shuck oysters (from 5 pm to 7 pm). The pearl pescatore alone will make you sing to the Seafood Gods. Although, if you’re feeling bougie, treat yourself to The Kings Platter. 10132 104 Street

DOSC

There’s a lot going on at DOSC. It’s part café, part steak house and part cocktail bar, but we want to bring your attention to the dinner menu, where beef is the star. Striploin, skirt, sirloin, tenderloin, ribeye, T-bone and Wagyu beef are all on dazzling show. Even the appetizers are meaty with bone marrow, short rib croquettes and oxtail poutine on offer. 10190 104 Street