It might not be Paris or Rome, but don’t count Edmonton out for some of the most delicious food in Canada. With its zesty Little Italy, nose-tingling Chinatown, and international mix of local, African, and Asian cuisines, our city punches well above its weight with its culinary scene. Here you can find anything from famous national chains—Boston Pizza got its start here—to one-of-a-kind eateries that mix sub-Saharan culinary traditions with our special Great Plains attitude.
If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Edmonton for 2017, we’ve already done the work for you.
Langano Skies: Ethiopian
Our list kicks off with what might be both the best and most unique restaurant in the city. Named after the breathtaking Lake Langano, one of Ethiopia’s tourist hot spots, Langano Skies takes Ethiopia’s rich and untouched local cuisine and brings it to the heart of downtown Edmonton. In their plain but elegant dining room, you can enjoy rare dishes such as kitfo, doro aletcha, and gored gored surrounded by traditional African decor. If you’re looking for one of the most unique experiences for your taste buds in Alberta, your journey ends here.
Located in the historic “old post office” building of Old Strathcona, Chianti has been making Edmontonians an offer they can’t refuse for over 30 years: delicious Italian food at reasonable prices. This bustling eatery makes most dishes from scratch, and with an unbeatable selection of insalata, frutti di mare, and pollo (that’s chicken, by the way), you can’t go wrong. Filling up for less than $15 would make anyone happy!
Craft Beer Market: Pub Food
Nothing tastes more like Edmonton than 100+ microbrews mixed with savory pub fare. Situated in one of the most unique venues in the city, this airy and casual spot is right downtown and boasts a stunning rooftop patio.
We’ll sum up how amazing this restaurant is just five words: Big Rock Beer Can Chicken.
Golden Bird Restaurant: Chinese
In a Chinatown full of hard-at-work woks frying up noodles, ribs, and veggies, Golden Bird comes out on top. Rated 4.6/5 on Google, their spring rolls deserve their own travel documentary. Despite its location in McCauley & Chinatown, Golden Bird is actually mostly a Vietnamese restaurant with other Asian cuisines mixed in. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but on the inside is one of our city’s hidden gems. Great food, great service, and affordable prices make this restaurant a must-try.
Pampa Steakhouse: Brazilian Steakhouse
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse is upscale dining at its finest. With fine cuts of beef set to the backdrop of a delicious global wine list, Pampa’s fixed “Rodizio” experience includes all the meat you could possibly stomach. The traditional tastes of Southern Brazil are evidenced by the delicious BBQ (“churrasco”) flavour of the marinades on their beef and poultry. Your dinner spread is only finished once you tap out.
As North America’s most northerly city of over one million people, you might not think our town would be home to some of the best dining in Canada. The truth is, though, that the these top five restaurants in Edmonton are just the start of a long list of great dining experiences you can only have here. So next time you’re thinking of having a night on the town, rest assured that you’ll be able to have one of the best meals in the world right here in the local area
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