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The NAIT guide to winter patios in Edmonton

Support local while enjoying memorable and unique dining experiences

Patio season isn’t what it used to be. But maybe it’s becoming what it should have been in the first place in a winter city like Edmonton: year round.

We hope to see this list grow in the coming months, and we’ll update it as needed. That includes making note of restrictions as determined by the Alberta government. Please consult them before making plans to visit a business. 

In the meantime, here’s a group of NAIT grads who are enhancing the wintry outdoors with heaters, firepits, tents, tables and, most importantly, great food and good times.

10363 - 104 St.

Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)

Baijiu serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes along with a lengthy list of original cocktails until late in the evening. The casual atmosphere extends outdoors this season to a patio warmed by wood-burning fire pits.

Café Bicyclette 
8627 - 91 St.

Chef John Lau (Culinary Arts '05)

Café Bicyclette brings authentic French fare to Edmonton diners – even the menu is in French! For years now, the patio has been a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter, winter be darned.

The Greenhouse
Victoria Golf Course
12130 River Valley Rd.
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Chef and owner Paul Shufelt (Cook ’01)

Enjoy the splendour of winter in the river valley around a fire pit with a hot chocolate, cold drink and a meal or snack from a small but varied menu loaded with local ingredients and creativity.

The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.

Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)

The Growlery is a newer entry into the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene, with small-batch beers made fresh onsite for takeout, the taproom, or at tables out front. (Rumours are that heaters are en route; we hope they’re true!)


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Little Brick Café and General Store
10004 - 90 St.

Co-owner Jay Downton (Finance ’02)

Wrap your hands around a warm mug of tasty coffee, a latte, hot chocolate or a cold craft beer while you cozy up in the heated tent in the café’s expansive backyard. Grab a sandwich (or soup, salad and more) while you're at it.

8216 - 104 St.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

Enjoy barbecue favourites such as beef brisket, ribs, chicken or pulled pork along with an assortment of sides, an impressive bourbon selection or fresh local craft beer. The patio and fire pits complete the mood. 

The Next Act 
8224 - 104 St.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

The casual vibe of this longtime Old Strathcona eatery can still be enjoyed outdoors despite the change of season. Enjoy an award-winning burger or other tasty treat by the glow of a patio fire pit.

Odd Company Brewing
#105, 12021 - 102 Ave.

Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)

Located just west of downtown, Odd Company has created a niche in Edmonton’s 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. They now feature a small menu of food specials as well. Enjoy them at a streetside picnic table or fire pit.


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10403 - 83 Ave.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

Pip is the newest venture from McLaughlin and company with brunch offerings like short rib eggs benedict or avocado toast. Dinner features such as gnocchi or beef ragu will warm the soul – especially if enjoyed by an outdoor fire pit!

Rebel Food and Drink
9112 - 142 St. NW

Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)

"Breakfast for dinner and cake for breakfast" is something of a rallying cry at this casual west end eatery. Drop in for "Elvis Presley" waffles at brunch, grab a "Tuna Tower" for a snack, have brie and blueberry grilled cheese for dinner, and much more – all in Rebel's patio-turned-"igloo."

Rocky Mountain Icehouse
10516 Jasper Ave.

Chef Steven Koch (Cook '95)

Located in downtown Edmonton, Rocky Mountain Icehouse has assembled what it calls the city's "best socially distanced outdoor patio complete with heaters and blankets." Test it out while enjoying Alberta-influenced "southern comfort food," with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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