Some tasty new spots opened in the capital city in 2017! Whether you feel like seafood, vegan, Vietnamese, or Canadian, you’ll find something new to try. And watch for our January/February 2018 issue to find out the winners of our Best New Restaurant Awards!
Ávila Arepa specializes in traditional Venezuelan arepas, grilled corn flour/meal discs that are then stuffed with meat, cheese, and vegetables. Go classic with the Pelua—pulled beef and cheddar cheese—or try the signature Palo Verde with avocado, queso e’ mano, and roasted peppers.
10760-82 Ave. | 780-328-7887
This cocktail bar and eatery (pronounced “Bye Joe”) features Asian-inspired tapas and drinks in a rustic-chic atmosphere. Enjoy the dishes family-style and try their Last Days in Vietnam cocktail—lemongrass soju, cognac, oloroso sherry, Thai basil syrup, and a bird’s-eye chili.
10359-104 St. | 780-421-7060
The neighbourhood brewpub in Ritchie Market pairs great food with craft beer by the on-site Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company. Start with the house-made sourdough bread and salted lard spread, and try the charcoal-grilled ACME Pork Shoulder or Beef Tartare with horseradish.
Ritchie Market, 9570-76 Ave. | 587-525-8589
Enjoy perfectly crisp, fast-fired pizza made with fresh dough and healthful ingredients. Choose signature pizza like the White Top with applewood bacon, or get creative and choose your own toppings!
Brewery District, 12010-104 Ave. | 587-404-7687
This quaint restaurant serves contemporary Canadian cuisine that is great for sharing. Some seating is available without reservations at the bar or counter. Request the counter seats for a front-row seat for the kitchen magic!
10228-104 St. | 780-420-0192
Stop into this neighbourhood bar for beer, cocktails, and great company! Their extensive beer list covers Alberta, Canada, and various global brews from Germany, Belgium, and more. Enjoy with an appetizer like the Spatzle Poutine or Currywurst.
This vegan pizza joint will please even the most obsessive of carnivores! The “Pulled Pork” pizza features a slow-cooked jackfruit with a chipotle aioli, cashew mozzarella, and pea shoots. And try a side dish like the savoury Kale Caesar with a sunflower parmesan, crispy chickpeas, and King Oyster bacon.
11215 Jasper Ave. | 780-760-7272
Grandin Fish & Chips
Good ol’ fish ‘n’ chips with a prairie take. Pair your fries with haddock, cod, basa, or the fish of the day—or forego the fried goods for other seafood like PEI mussels. They also have many side dishes, including bubble & squeak (a traditional English dish with fried Brussels sprouts) and loaded mashed potatoes.
9902-109 St. | 780-250-3474
The English-inspired menu includes tasty dishes like fish n chips, scotch egg, and crispy eel. Stop in on Sundays for their ever-changing three-course Sunday roast!
2307 Ellwood Dr. | 780-752-2244
The delicious poke—or raw fish salad—is a popular dish in Hawaii, and now you can taste the myriad of fresh flavours here on the prairies. Try the Uncle Tom’s Surf Poke, a combo of ahi tuna with fresh onion, cucumber, and sea asparagus with a spicy tobiko aioli.
10142-104 St. | 780-244-8885
OTTO Food & Drink
A comfortable meeting space, this neighbourhood spot dishes up delicious sausages crafted by Fuge Fine Meat and local craft beer. Try the OTTO Dog, a smoked bratwurst spiced with caraway, garlic, and smoked gouda—the roasted sunchokes in a tomato salsa and crispy fries are perfect accompaniments.
11405-95 St. | 780-477-6244
This 28-seat restaurant joins the Next Act and MEAT family and serves quality comfort food for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
10403-83 Ave. | 780-760-4747
Edmonton’s first Hawaiian poke restaurant, Splash serves fresh and delicious fish bowls, including their tasty favourites and build-your-own bowls! Enjoy with rice, salad, or vermicelli noodles.
10079-109 St. | 780-760-4660
The Butternut Tree
This downtown restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients from Canadian farmers and suppliers and offers a unique dining experience with a panoramic view of the beautiful river valley.
#101, 9707-110 St. | 780-760-2271
Enjoy naturally flavoured traditional ramen soup that’s prepared fresh daily using quality ingredients, with vegetarian options occasionally available. Make sure to come early, as they make a limited quantity and close when they sell out!
Brewery District, 11978-104 Ave. | 780-761-1400
Enjoy authentic antipasti, handmade pasta, grilled meats, and more made with fresh, carefully selected ingredients, as well as a taste of Italy’s renowned hospitality. Make sure to try the Neapolitan and Montanara (deep-fried) wood-fired pizzas.
10310-45 Ave. | 780-250-1110
Enjoy a cozy brunch or lunch—or one of the fresh baked good made in-house daily—overlooking the beautiful grounds of the University of Alberta.
Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Dr. | 780-427-4113
Wishbone offers a modern Canadian surf-and-turf menu—and several veg options. Try the charcoal-grilled meat skewers or Welsh Rarebit—crimini mushrooms and cured egg yolk atop toasted bread. And sample the selections of sherry and gin, served on the rocks, with soda, or as a cocktail.
10542 Jasper Ave. | 780-757-6758
XO Bistro Bar
At this modern Vietnamese lounge, enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails and tasty cuisine like shredded papaya salad and oxtail fries, or sample several dishes with the XO Platter.
10236-103 St. | 780-761-9696