Soak up the sun while supporting local businesses
It's above zero – which is pretty much the lone criteria for the official start of patio season in and around Edmonton!
There's no shortage of places to be – but these ones are special for the fact that it's NAIT grads who are the owners, chefs or managers. Get ready for some great food, cold drinks and catching up with friends and family in the sunshine. In some cases, you can even bring the dog (look for 🐕 below)!
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.
Executive 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.
5th St. Food Hall
10344 - 105 St.
Chef Levi Biddlecombe (Culinary Arts '11), Backstairs Burger, Tortilla Samurai and No Eggscuses
Chef Neil Royale (Culinary Arts '09), Seitan's and Sin Carne
Chef Gregory Sweeney (Machinist '12), HOM
Edmonton's first food hall has brought an eclectic blend of culinary styles and dishes under one roof in the heart of the city. NAIT grads make up the majority of the talent, offering everything from vegan options, to Asian street food and fusion, to burgers and more. Take your meal inside or enjoy it under the sunshine.
The Art of Cake
11811 - 105 Ave.
Co-owner and baker Gloria Bednarz (Cooking '86)
The Art of Cake specializes in art you can eat. Made-to-order cakes and treats (including cookies, cupcakes and more) vary from classic and elegant to modern and fun. If you're after a custom cake be sure to book well ahead. Stay and enjoy a slice outside with coffee if the sun is shining.
10363 - 104 St.
Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)
Located in the heart of the arena district, Baijiu serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes (Sichuan confit chicken, for example, or a whole fried ocean perch) alongside a lengthy list of original cocktails.
9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101
Head chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Chef Lindsay James (Cooking '15)
Located in the 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.
Culinary operations lead 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.
Executive chef Joseph Vuong (Cook '07)
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.
Central Social Hall
10909 Jasper Ave.
Head chef Roberto Bulatao (Culinary Arts '08)
Drop in for casual yet classy atmosphere and enjoy creative snacks such as spicy maple Brussel sprouts and Alberta-style sushi rolls, fresh bowls or sandwich, including intriguing takes on chicken. There's a fun kids' menu for little ones and a great drinks menu for bigger ones.
10328 - 124 St.
Pastry chef and co-owner Kai Wong (Culinary Arts '07)
Enjoy some of Edmonton’s best, freshly baked croissants on the patio of Chocorrant on 124 Street. These croissants come in a variety of unique flavours not found anywhere else (strawberry, crème brûlée and matcha green tea, to name a few). Or grab some light lunch items including a soup, quiche or croissant sandwich.
9910 - 109 St.
Chef Lindsay Porter (Culinary Arts '06)
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 in Alberta. Pair pints with an equally dizzying array of snacks, flatbreads, salads, burgers, pastas and much more.
10190 - 104 St.
Back of house manager Shariff Rajpar (Culinary Arts '17)
DOSC is a seamless blend of a craft steakhouse, cocktail bar and artisan cafe. The dinner menu features fresh and vibrant flavours with locally-sourced Alberta beef as well as Japanese Wagyu. On the brunch menu there's a unique cocktail line-up. There's even artisan coffee and an in-house bakery.
8210 - 106 Ave.
Owners Kimberly Der (Interior Design Technology '07) and Katy Ingraham (Dental Assisting '07)
Fleisch is where convenience, quality and community intersect. Pick up a coffee, treat, snacks, drinks or housemade soft serve ice cream and enjoy it on the patio of this Forest Heights neighbourhood deli. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly and open late.
8422 - 109 St.
9855 - 76 Ave.
Head pastry chef Amy Mancor (Baking '08)
Farrow opened its first location on 109 Street in 2014, specializing in quality coffee, sandwiches and baking. Watch for the menu to change frequently. Donuts, brownies, muffins and more are made daily in house.
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?).
The Greenhouse Restaurants
12130 River Valley Rd.
8630 Rowland Rd.
2909 - 113 Ave.
Owner and executive chef Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)
Enjoy majestic views of Edmonton’s river valley on the patios of the Greenhouse Restaurants. This is not your grandpa’s golf course restaurant. Like all Shufelt properties, expect to find high quality, provide handcrafted meals using the finest of ingredients and genuine hospitality. Golf clubs optional.
The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.
Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)
The Growlery joins the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene with small-batch beers made fresh onsite. Two core beers, a light kolsch and a bold IPA, are served alongside a revolving cast of seasonal brews. The patio is open behind the brewery.
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
Managing 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.
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, cool it off with 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.
#104, 9916 - 72 Ave.
Co-owner and lead brewer Troy Wassill (Radio and Television Arts '96)
Back alley beers anyone? Longroof Brewing serves up "respectfully defiant traditional style ales & fresh experimentals” in the alley off 99 Street and 72 Avenue, an area quickly becoming a popular spot for independent breweries, restaurants and shops. Take advantage of the spacious, dog-friendly patio (which features bike racks, too) while enjoying a Longroof flight. Grab growlers and howlers to go.
9940 - 106 Street, 100 Sterling Place
Executive chef Spencer Thompson (Cook '12)
Named one of the top three dining experiences to have in Edmonton and four-time winner of “Best Steak” by Edify magazine, The Marc serves up delicious traditional bistro fare and some of the very best hospitality in the city. The steak tastes even better on the patio.
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.
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.
10643 - 123 St.
Chef and co-owner Blair Lebsack (Cook ’98)
RGE RD has turned its parking lot into a colourful patio perfect for sipping cocktails or digging into specialty meat cuts, sandwiches or burgers from sister restaurant The Butchery next door. During the summer, they’ll even keep your 124 Street Grand Market groceries chilled while you enjoy their patio.
River City Revival House
10030 - 102 St.
Executive chef Felicia Winston (Cook '17)
Home to the only music-themed menu items in the city, enjoy Wings of Leon, Nat King Coleslaw, or The Creedence Cubano Revival on the patio of the River City Revival House at The Starlite Room. Chef Winston also makes a point to feature a number of local businesses in her dishes, like Meuwly’s sausage, Boocha kombucha, Sylvan Star Cheese, Sea Change Brewing and more.
101, 10150 - 100 St.
Head chef Leslie Noah Gado (Retail Meatcutting '11, Culinary Arts '15)
Calling all cruller lovers! Find some of the very best crullers in the city at Rosewood Foods, a downtown Edmonton eatery that specializes in housemade baked goods (along with crullers, order up an ‘everyday’ or ‘celebration’ cake). Enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee, beer and wine on the patio while people watching visitors along the cobblestone streets of Rice Howard Way.
10051 - 109 St.
Owner Giuseppe Angotti Jr. (Finance '94, Accounting '96)
Beat the heat with a gelato on the patio of RossoNero Trattoria and Bar in downtown Edmonton. Grab a scratch made pizza and and be sure to work your way through this casual Italian restaurant and cafe’s extensive drink list – from Italian sodas, specialty lattes, espressos or cappuccinos, and a range of alcoholic bevvies.
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.
8217 - 104 St.
Head chef Chanel Larmand (Cook '17)
This restaurant and bar features live comedy, music, improv, drag and more, paired with seasonal menus that feature familiar faves like burgers, beef dips, fish and chips, pasta and much more. Don't miss the rooftop patio overlooking Edmonton's busiest entertainment district.
10713 - 124 St.
Chef Bri Campbell (Cook '14)
At the heart of the menu for this 124 St. eatery is a selction of Danish classics, which include a number fo hearty meat dishes, as well as open-faced sandwiches that change monthly. But there's also more familiar pub fare like burgers and fish and chips. Bring the kids so everyone might learn what hygge is all about.
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 Hailey Howlett (Culinary Arts '16)
Line cook Crystal Higgins (Culinary Arts '22)
Line cook Kayla Penney (Culinary Arts '21)
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.
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)
At 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.
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