The City of Edmonton offers an impressive array of fantastic options for eating out, many of which are quite unique. In order to assist you in navigating Edmonton’s dining scene, we polled a group of graduate students at the University of Alberta Department of Psychology to choose the establishments that they think are the very best the city has to offer. If you do not trust the culinary opinions of these students (or just wish to see a greater range of options), we have also provided some helpful links below. First, Avenue–a local newspaper and media source–asks culinary experts annually to rank the very best restaurants in Edmonton (both in various categories and overall) and then provides these rankings on their website. Second, the Edmonton Tourism Team at exploreedmonton.com provided a terrific blog post about the best restaurant, dining, and bar/pub patios to visit in Edmonton. Since it is too cold in this city to enjoy a patio for most months of the year, it is important to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather as much as you can!
10740 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2S3
Inspired by Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, all of the menu items at Padmanadi are entirely vegan and vegetarian. However, the food seems to be loved equally by those with and without dietary preferences (i.e. meat-lovers), with the peaceful restaurant often receiving rave reviews from diverse sources.
8216 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E5
Locally owned and operated, MEAT is an authentic smokehouse that offers an impressive range of carnivours’ favourites (though vegetarian options are also available), classic comfort foods, and bourbon. Much of the food is fit for sharing, so make sure to bring a friend or some family.
10548a Whyte Ave, Edmonton Alberta T6E 2A4
DaDeO offers a unique interpretation of the classic, 50s-style diner and bar. Featuring a menu that blends Cajun cuisine, favourites from New Orleans, and the country-style dishes of Louisiana, DaDeO’s comfort foods will satisfy your soul almost as much as the restaurant’s atmosphere of southern hospitality.
10922 88 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1
A staple of dining in the University-of-Alberta-area since 1943, the Sugarbowl is a beloved neighbourhood bistro and pub that offers a rich, unique atmosphere, and a menu full of equally rich and satisfying foods. Perhaps most impressive is this restaurant’s extensive offering of beers (craft, locally sourced, imported, etc), wine, cocktails, and tasty non-alcoholic beverages.
Multiple locations throughout Edmonton
Striving to provide the vibrant cultural experience of authentic Naples dining, Famoso offers a fun and lively–yet relaxing–atmosphere and a menu full of Italian favourites. Delicious Neapolitan pizzas and artisan pastas only begin to describe the menu, however, which also includes Italian-style sandwiches, soups, salads, and decadent desserts.
Red Ox Inn
9420 91 St, Edmonton, AB T6C 1Z5
The Red Ox Inn offers patrons a brilliant fine-dining experience with several immaculate plates to please any palate. An extensive selection of wines and several mouth-watering dessert options complete the menu.
3440 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5X5
With a menu inspired by Northern Chinese cuisine, Noodle Feast offers various types of noodles and other traditional dishes. This restaurant strives to provide a genuine taste of Northern China–and it appears to do so in delicious fashion.
11957 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0P1
Clementine is a stylish, sophisticated bar that offers spirited and provoking cocktails, as well as an assortment of dishes crafted with the finest ingredients, and wines carefully selected from family-run vineyards that use techniques of minimal intervention. Though the atmosphere in the bar is well-suited to formal attire, it is welcoming to all guests.
The Next Act
8224 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6
From brunch until “last call,” the NEXT Act Pub boasts an impressive variety of clever and delicious options for both food and drinks. Combined with a consistently fun and lively atmosphere the pub offers something for everyone at nearly every time of day.
5714 111 St, Edmonton, AB T6H 3G1
An authentic Japanese sushi restaurant, Sushi Wasabi offers a broad range of sushi, maki, tempura, and other traditional dishes. Look no further than Sushi Wasabi if you are craving genuine Japanese cuisine and a nice, casual atmosphere to enjoy it in.