Edmonton is one of the most exciting foodie capitals in the world. From the classics to the latest game-changing dishes, here are some of the best of restaurants in Downtown Edmonton.
Woodwork, 10132 100 Street
First off, don’t skip the cocktails at Woodwork because they’ll impress you as much as the food. But let’s get to the point which is ordering the steak tartare, caramelized brussels sprouts and roast chicken entree if you’re undecided. Such great food draws big crowds so make a reservation especially on a Friday or Saturday night.
Sorrentino’s, 10162 100 Street
An upscale nod to the pleasures of Italian food, Sorrentino’s will instantly be one of your Downtown Edmonton favourites. The chefs turn out an impressive selection of specialties including antipasti, pasta and traditional entrees. The ravioli with butter sage sauce, guanciale and caprano cheese, and the linguine with prawns, salmon, mussels and clams, are a reminder of just how seductive Italian food can be.
Ruth’s Chris, 9990 Jasper Avenue
For classic cuts of steak, Ruth’s Chris 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.
Madison’s Grill, 10053 Jasper Avenue
The lunch and dinner menus at Madison’s Grill never fall out of fashion. Located in Union Bank Inn, the standout dishes here are beef wellington with coffee crusted carrot and apple puree, and pan seared scallops with soy shallot vinaigrette. We could go on. If you’re looking for a memorable experience, say yes to the six-course dinner menu.
Bianco, 10020 101A Avenue
Bianco is one of the new kids on the block, but already its earning rave reviews, thanks to rustic Italian plates like tagliatelle al ragu Bolognese and sweet potato gnocchi. A good start to the evening begins with house- marinated Sicilian olives, flavourful carpaccio and crispy arancini. An adjacent takeout café serves coffee, pastries, savouries and gelato.
Lux Steakhouse & Bar 94, 10150 101 Street
Mad about meat? The kitchen at Lux Steakhouse & Bar 94 serves up some of the best AAA cuts – big beefy and flavoursome. Their smaller plates, such as truffle perogies, charred broccolini and fresh oysters are a must-try. And if you are in need of a speedy office lunch, try their steak sandwich.
Bistro Praha, 10117 102 Street
Bistro Praha is a firm Downtown favourite, offering a variety of European dishes from beef goulash to Hungarian sausages, but the Wiener schnitzel is what everyone raves about. The recipe for the pan-fried breaded culet strictly follows a traditional recipe that the owner closely guards.
Haweli Indian Kitchen & Bar, 10220 103 Street
It’s a pleasure to eat at Haweli Indian Kitchen & Bar where everything on the menu is bang- on delicious. A good place to start is with shareable plates of crispy cauliflower and fried basa fish before trying the Malai butter chicken, paneer and Tandoori salmon.
Braven & Kindred Food + Drink, 10344 202 Street
Located in the JW Marriott hotel in the Ice District, 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. It’s sister restaurant Kindred Food + Drink, also located in the hotel, is a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with its approachable menu.
Sabor, 10220 103 Street
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.
Corso 32, 10345 Jasper Avenue
Corso 32 serves dishes designed for the culinary- minded seeking food and service that ranks among the finest. Order the melt- in-your mouth fried short rib, spring pea ravioli and pork tenderloin, and ask your server to pair it with something from the all-Italian wine list. There are many Italian restaurants in Edmonton, but Corso 32 is arguably the best.
Bar Bricco, 10347 Jasper Avenue
One of three eateries run by Daniel Costa (Corso 32 and Uccellino being the others), Bar Bricco is where you go when you are in the mood for quality vino and superior small plates. The Fonduta Agnolotti served with sage butter and grana is a must-order, along with the egg yolk ravioli.
The Creperie, 10220 103 Street
The Creperie checks all the boxes if you’re looking for a romantic place to dine. It has lots of hidden nooks where you’ll go unnoticed and old-school charm and the French-inspired menu will impress.
TZIN, 10115 104 Street
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.
Bündok, 10228 104 Street
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.
Sofra, 10345 106 Street
Tucked away in the warehouse district, you’ll find Turkish restaurant Sofra. Mediterranean mezes, grilled fish, killer kebabs and garlicky humous are flavourful and gigantic in portion size. Everything here is pleasing to the eyes, just take in the parade of colourful plates of food coming out of the kitchen, and don’t be shy about taking your leftovers home.
The Marc, 9940 106 Street
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.
Baiju, 10359 104 Street
Office workers head to Baiju right at 5 pm for the best bao sandwiches in Edmonton. But whether you’re after black tea deviled tea eggs, fried rice or pork and shrimp dumplings, this is a spot in the historic Mercer Building is worth knowing.
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, 9929 109 Street
Any BBQ loving carnivore will love the endless selection of rotating meats and skewers that come to your table all night long at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. All-you-can eat portions of beef ribeye, garlic sausage, New Zealand lamb and bacon wrapped chicken thighs, are among the 10-plus meats to delve in.
The Wine Room, 10525 Jasper Avenue
As far as hidden gems go in Downtown Edmonton, The Wine Room tops the list. Though located right on Jasper Avenue, it’s literally hidden. Once you find it, you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a wine cellar in France. Charcuterie and cheese boards will pair perfectly with your glass of vino.
Khazana Restaurant, 10177 107 Street
For an entirely upmarket East Indian, experience, head to Khazana Restaurant. Order a bunch of appies – Amritsari fish and fried cassava fingers – to start and then go for tandoori lamb and beef. You won’t find better naan bread elsewhere in the city.
DOSC, 10190 104 Street
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.