Edmonton’s food scene is growing and getting noticed, with fantastic new restaurants and dining experiences appearing within our city every year. Avenue Edmonton runs a “Best Restaurants” list every year (check out the one from March 2014 to see their most recent top picks) and dining hot spots in our city are also appearing more regularly on Canada-wide lists.
We’ve assembled our own list of some of the best dining and food experiences in Edmonton, which we feel includes the best of the best. Have you experienced all of these restaurants? If not, definitely consider making a reservation. You won’t regret it!
10643 123 Street, www.rgerd.ca
The menu is small but fantastic, and rotates regularly with the seasons. RGE RD takes authentic farm-style dinners and elevates them with delicious flavours, elegant plating, and an excellent serving staff. From award-wining chef Blair Lebsack and partner Caitlin Fulton.
10345 Jasper Avenue, corso32.com
You’ll need to make a reservation several weeks in advance: That’s how popular – and amazing – Corso 32 is. Their space is small and intimate, while their dishes are to die for. This lovely corner of downtown lives up to the hype and creates a truly excellent dining experience, from the delicious food right through to the dedicated service.
11244 104 Avenue, www.cibobistro.com
An inventive Italian restaurant few people know about, this lesser-known diamond features a mouthwater, Italian-inspired seasonal menu and in-house made pasta. The chef, Rosario Caputo, is a master of blending old-world traditions and modern dishes for a truly unique experience.
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, www.zincrestaurant.ca
With a focus on simple elegance and sourcing local artisan food, Zinc is a magical place for a lunch, dinner, or after-dinner drink. Located within the Art Gallery of Alberta, their menu changes often and is regularly inspired by featured art exhibits. Chef David Omar combines flavour and elegance in a stand-out menu.
9698 Jasper Avenue, www.hardwaregrill.com
Chef Larry Stewart blends classical cooking with whimsy and contemporary highlights, which creates a series of pleasant – and delicious – surprises throughout your meal. Everything is prepared in house, including breads, sausages, and reductions, and the ingredients are thoughtfully sourced from the best providers.
Duchess Bake Shop
10718 124 Street, www.duchessbakeshop.com
Not a full restaurant, but rather a french-style pastry shop and cafe with a large and glorious selection of pastries and desserts that will make your mouth sing. They prepare everything daily and from scratch. The best in fine pastry that Edmonton has to offer.