Soak up the sun while supporting local businesses
Put on your sunglasses and sit yourself down for some people watching and conversations held at appropriate distances. Edmonton and area restaurants are ready to accommodate outdoor diners as much as the government will allow. These ones are owned or operated (and often both) by NAIT grads.
Don't forget the sunscreen. Or the umbrella. Maybe both. It is Alberta, after all.
(If you're a NAIT grad we've missed, please let us know.)
11248 - 104 Ave.
Chef Paul Gareau (Cook '09)
Bring the sports pub home in the form of an all-star lineup that includes wings, burgers, pretzels and more, as well as a kids' menu.
9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101
Head chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Chef Lindsay James (Cooking '15)
Located in the new Ritchie Market, Biera is a neighbourhood restaurant that pairs plates for sharing with beer brewed on-site. Instead of burgers or wings, you'll find charred cornichons with leek oil and dip, candied radicchio, and much more.
10-1010 Webber Green Dr.
5210 Windermere Blvd.
2511 - 17 St.
15331 - 37 St.
Chef Eric Amyotte (Cook '09)
Browns Socialhouse features classics like wings, burgers and fish and chips but the broad menu will appeal to palates seeking surprises. Choose from innovations including charred pepperoni pizza, tahitian tuna salad and the Asian-inspired "#28 Dragon Bowl." House drinks including lager and wine help enhance the highly social character of the house.
8627 - 91 St.
Chef John Lau (Culinary Arts '05)
Café Bicyclette brings an authentic French menu to Edmonton diners – even the text is in French! The patio is a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter, winter be darned.
11244 - 104 Ave.
Chef and owner Rosario Caputo (Culinary Arts ’05)
One Edmonton's anchors in its renaissance of fine Italian food, Cibo Bistro, tucked into a corner of Oliver Square, is earning high praise. Expect locally sourced food, fresh-made pasta, an evolving menu and dishes that focus on flavour. "We want the ingredients to speak for themselves," says chef Rosario Caputo.
9910 - 109 St.
Chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier (Baking '07)
A fine example of the quality of Edmonton's gastro-lounge scene, the Common offers pub food defined by creativity and quality. Share classics like mussels and fries or try an old favourite with a twist, like the honey basil pear grilled cheese.
Craft Beer Market
10013 - 101A Ave.
Executive chef Cory Welsch (Culinary Arts '00)
Visit Craft for one of Edmonton's best selections of craft beer, much of it brewed right here in Alberta. Pair pints with an equally dizzying array of snacks, flatbreads, salads, burgers, pastas and much more. Keep an eye out for the brewmaster's dinners in which the chef creates a four-course meal to match a partner brewery.
10328 Jasper Ave.
General Manager William Pierce (Hospitality Management ’19)
Dorinku Osaka, like its sister restaurant Dorinku Tokyo, aims to bring a bit of that popular Japanese city to Edmonton, serving Osakan-inspired street food with a tapas, sharing style menu. Neon lights and a wall of happy Maneki-neko (waving, lucky cat figurines) adorn this space. There’s also a section just for ramen bowls in the back.
10205 82 Ave.
General Manager and Head Chef Gunho Park (Culinary Arts ’13)
Dorinku Izakaya brings a slice of Tokyo street culture to Edmonton. This Japanese pub with open kitchen serves local fresh meats and vegetables teeming with Japanese flavours in a uniquely decorated space. Imagine you’re dining in a narrow back alley shop in Tokyo. The ambience is as much a part of the Dorinku Tokyo experience as is the food.
6423 - 112 Ave.
Co-owner and head chef Sean O'Connor (Culinary Arts '06)
Sous chef Ryan O'Connor (Culinary Arts '11)
Modern and refined drive-in fare may be one way to describe these burger offerings: classics updated with the likes of bacon and peppers, blue cheese and tomato, and more, as well as a hearty and reliable "American" cheeseburger. Kids' menu and veggie options available, surprising sides, too (e.g., Disco fries?).
10912 - 88 Ave.
Chef and co-owner Adam Stoyko (Cook ’08)
A touchstone of Edmonton's Garneau neighbourhood, the Highlevel Diner has provided an eclectic menu and a warm and lively setting overlooking the river valley for almost 40 years. It maintains its modern flair through fresh and colourful dishes, with plenty of options for omnivores and vegetarians alike. The weekend brunches are line up inducing (grab some of their famous cinnamon buns to go).
#4 Athabasca Ave., Devon
Owner Manfred Kalk (Cook '02)
Head chef Nathaniel Ridderikhoff (Cook '18)
Combine comfort food with farm-to-table sourcing and you get favourites like spiced crispy buttermilk chicken, beef and bacon meatloaf sandwich, pickle chips and fresh-cut chips with house ketchup. Enjoy an Alberta craft beer with your meal and finish with a homemade ice cream sandwich. Follow on social to keep up on weekly specials.
Joey Bell Tower
10310 - 101 St.
Head chef Colin Fryer (Cook '14)
The action in the Ice District doesn’t stop when the Oilers leave the ice - Joey’s Bell Tower turns culinary artistry into a spectator sport with their open kitchen design! Pop by for cocktails before heading to a concert or stay for dinner.
10450 - 82 Ave.
Kitchen Manager Darren Smith (Culinary Arts '10)
An icon of Whyte Avenue, Julio’s Barrio brings "bulldogs" and Mexican cuisine to their bustling patio space. Top your dish with their signature salsa from mild to nuclear heat, sip an icy margarita, and say hello to summer. Vegans and those seeking gluten-free options will enjoy a broad selection of dietary-friendly options.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
South Edmonton Common
Operations director Troyan Mason (Finance '93)
The Keg is nearly synonymous with steak, especially the well-trimmed, aged, well-marbled, uniquely spiced and seared-just-right variety. Prime rib, seafood, chicken and ribs round out the menu. Salads, too – which can be topped with cuts of beef, chicken and seafood.
8216 - 104 St.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)
The Next Act Pub got a sibling with Meat, a smokehouse opened up right next door by McLaughlin and the ownership team. It's southside southern barbecue: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, all featuring homemade sauces. And, of course, there's bourbon.
The Next Act
8224 - 104 St.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook Apprentice '04)
As the part-owner tasked with kitchen duties, McLaughlin has freshened up the pub grub concept by insisting everything be made in house, from the hamburger patties to the fish 'n' chips batter to imaginatively decadent desserts.
Odd Company Brewing
#105, 12021 - 102 Ave.
Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)
Located in the historic Oliver Exchange just west of downtown Edmonton, Odd Company has created a niche in the city's growing craft beer scene by taking an experimental approach to brewing. Rotating taps may feature anything from a hoppy sour to a white stout to "raw" ales. What does any of that mean? Stop by the taproom to find out.
'Ono Poke Co.
10142 - 104 St.
Chef and owner Lawrence Hui (Culinary Arts ‘07)
Get a taste of Hawaii in the landlocked prairies with chef Lawrence Hui’s authentic Hawaiian poke! Dig into a bowl of fresh seafood, locally sourced veggies, and housemade marinades and garnishes – you’ll think you’re on the beach. The restaurant that brings poke to the prairies is offering new, creative dishes and a weekly Thursday BBQ this summer.
10403 - 83 Ave.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook Apprentice '04)
The newest sibling of The Next Act and MEAT, Pip serves up charming comfort food in a cozy 28-seat space. Catch their exquisite takes on classic brunch favourites during the day or join them for dinner – opt for one of their flawless cocktails anytime.
#160, 4211 - 106 St.
Lead chef Cedric Boeglin (Retail Meatcutting Certificate ’08, Culinary Arts '10)
Provincial Pub is on a mission to support Alberta makers of produce and drinks. Patrons who join the cause will be rewarded with what the pub claims are the best burgers and wings in south Edmonton, as well as with new takes on reliable pub food – all of them featuring as many homegrown ingredients as possible.
Rebel Food and Drink
9112 - 142 St.
Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)
Parent company Century Hospitality Group offers a modified but modern menu derived from all its locations and featuring far too much to mention, but it's safe to say that you could probably go back to it again and again and never have the same thing twice, all pandemic long.
Sandwich and Sons
13315 Buena Vista Rd. and & 87 Ave. (Valley Zoo)
Owner and chef Alex Sneazwell (Culinary Arts '11)
Grab a top-notch coffee for a stroll around the zoo or a sandwich, salad or treat after your adventure. Same goes if you're just visiting the surrounding parks, as Sandwich and Sons sits just outside the zoo entrance. Open seven days a week.
Tryst Wine and Small Plates
100 - 21 Perron St., St. Albert
Owner Michelle McDonald (Culinary Arts ’16)
Head chef Zach Eaton (Culinary Arts ’16)
Sous chef Alyce O’Neill (Culinary Arts ’16)
The plates may be small, but they're big on variety. Choose from charcuterie featuring local products and preserves, housemade sourdough, pork belly, flatbreads, even good old mac and cheese. Call after noon to pick up orders later that day. Wine and beer are available too.
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8534 - 109 St.
Chef and owner Levi Biddlecombe (Culinary Arts '10)
Chef Levi Biddlecombe traded in his award-winning food truck, Attila the HUNgry, for a new restaurant space in Old Strathcona. ?!Why Not¡¿ Cafe and Bar features changing menus showcasing seasonal ingredients. Visit their website to see dates for special events, including performances by local musicians, and their brunch club. They’re also regularly adding new menu items.
Tzin Wine and Tapas
10115 - 104 St.
Owner Kelsey Danyluk (Marketing '02)
Chef Corey McGuire (Cook '07)
Enjoy your pick of 20 wines served by the glass and fancy snacks (stuffed and fried Manzanilla olives, potato bravas, etc.) and meals (roasted Alberta lamb chops, pan-seared salt cod, etc), while hanging out in one of downtown's coolest dining districts.
2003 - 91 St. SW
Owner and chef Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)
After years of overseeing all things food at one of Edmonton's major restaurant operations, Shufelt has lighted out on his own with Workshop Eatery, where almost everything is handmade in house. The rustic yet sophisticated menu is seasonally focused, and features, when possible, produce grown onsite at Workshop's location at the Mosaic Centre, Canada's first net-zero office building.
5940 Mullen Way
#104 150 Bellerose Dr., St. Albert
Chef and proprietor Andrew Fung (Cook ’01, Baking ’98)
Head chef (St. Albert) Rino Lam (Cook '10)
What was once available only to members of the Blackhawk Golf Club, Andrew Fung’s former cooking gig, is now for all to enjoy. Visit Andrew Fung’s “clubhouse” (XIX, as in 19th hole) for casual but classy dishes inspired equally by Asia and Alberta. If you’re hungry, don’t look at this menu.