Must-Try New Restaurants in Edmonton
When it comes to Edmonton's world-class culinary scene, there's always something new to be discovered. From flamboyant, flaming cocktails to hearty, heavenly sandwiches – explore some of the city's must-try new restaurants and bars!
Fu's Repair Shop
Recently named Edmonton's best new restaurant by Edify, Fu's Repair Shop elevates your senses in the best ways! Everything about this place screams cool, creative, and fun, from the moment you step through its doors and are greeted by beautiful lights and hip, vintage décor. Stop in for a unique blend of classic Dim Sum and Chinese fusion dishes, perfectly complemented by an imaginative cocktail menu that showcases pan-Asian flavours and in-house made syrups.
This modern pizza joint recently joined Edmonton's historic Glenora neighbourhood, in the Glenora West Block. Its signature trademark is its sourdough crust, which is made fresh daily and gives the pies their own distinct, tangy flavour. Leopard also uses locally sourced, high-quality ingredients for their toppings, ranging from classic margherita to more adventurous options like the "Leopard Deluxe" with prosciutto, arugula, and shaved parmesan. Top off your meal with soft serve ice cream from scratch and great espresso!
Honi Honi Tiki Lounge
Transport yourself to a tropical paradise at Honi Honi Tiki Lounge! With its vibrant atmosphere, bamboo accents, and island-inspired cocktails, you'll feel like you've landed on Oahu. Take a peek at the tiki memorabilia and art, including special pieces from Edmonton's original tiki lounge, The Beachcomber, then indulge in mouth-watering Polynesian-inspired dishes! Sip on a classic Mai Tai or try the signature Honi Honi, a refreshing blend of rum, pineapple, and coconut.
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Birdog is from the Century Hospitality Group, who brought popular restaurant concepts like Lux Steakhouse and MKT to the city. Featuring a concept of global fare, the menu boasts a tantalizing array of dishes that draw inspiration from all corners of the world. Whether you opt for the share plates, the wood-fired pizza, or one of the many tasty entrees, this destination restaurant is a must-try for adventurous foodies.
The Red Door
At 7pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, the long room found in The Art of Cake transforms into a speakeasy style cocktail lounge named The Red Door! Complete with fabulous libations, a rotating dinner menu, vintage décor, and occasional live music, this stunning hole-in-the-wall channels a love of times past. Gather your friends, put your phone away, and enjoy some amazing performances and beverages – the recipe for a perfect evening out!
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Zula Kitchen and Wine Bar
This new, high-end eatery is brought to you by the same team behind Sofra, one of Edmonton's iconic local restaurants, and can be found in the Glenora West Block. Specializing in Mediterranean-inspired food, wine, and cocktails, Zula Kitchen & Wine Bar features a packed menu with innovative takes on classic dishes like mixed grilled kebabs, ceviche, and wagyu meatballs! Find your perfect pairing with a lengthy wine, beer, and cocktail list.
PhatBar Bakery & Café is a 90s-inspired café that celebrates all things grunge, preppy, punk, and hip-hop! A new addition to the popular Whyte Avenue & Old Strathcona neighbourhood, this fun and lively eatery is complete with retro arcade games that'll take you back in time! Premium dessert creations and curated drink pairings in an elevated, retro environment makes this perfect spot for catching up with friends during the day or a special night out in the evening.
Just south of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood lies K-PAPA, a cozy, chic restaurant that offers a range of traditional and modern Korean dishes. From classic bibimbap and kimchi fried rice, to their PAPA spicy fried chicken, you're sure to find the perfect mouth-watering meal to enjoy. Mix that with the great atmosphere, and you may never want to leave!
Pals Sandwiches offers a dozen unique and mouth-watering sandwiches, heavenly sides, and a well-curated selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. The restaurant is easy to spot when in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood – head to the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market, then look for the bright yellow building across the street. From the massive beef dip to the delectable focaccia chicken club, you really can't go wrong.
The Boiler Room
Ever heard of Fox Burger, one of Edmonton's best burger spots? Just below the restaurant lies the recently opened Boiler Room, sitting where the original boiler that heated the historic Gibbard Block building has stood since 1913. Huge plus: you can visit the Boiler Room and still enjoy Fox Burger's amazing food menu! This space is also available for large groups and private events.
Slow Pour is an Edmonton based beer bar, focusing on wading through the weeds of the underwhelming, the flat, and the unbalanced to bring you the most unique beers from around the world, paired with purposeful and curated service. In addition to beer, Slow Pour carries natural wines, small plates, and fine beverages for the sober-curious. Whether you’re a cicerone, a recent craft beer convert, or still undecided, they meet you where you are, and they're just as happy pushing people’s palates as they are serving up frothy pilsner softballs!
Bahn Mi Day
Banh Mi Day is a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant in Edmonton, serving up some of the best Bahn Mi sandwiches in the city. You'll find this local gem in the center of the action on 104 Street. Their menu offers six different Banh Mi sandwiches, like the OG Cold Cut, grilled chicken, BBQ pulled pork, and five spices pork belly, all of which are topped with house-made egg mayo, cucumber, carrots, and pickled daikon. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. Not feeling a sandwich? No worries – the restaurant also offers a range of noodle dishes, rice bowls, and appetizers!
For an upscale evening out, look no further than Hayloft. Enjoy comforting cuts of steak and fish paired with a range of delectable sides! This is the perfect spot for celebrations, formal dinners, or a date night. Venture to Edmonton's south side to visit this beautiful, contemporary eatery.
Birch Bear Pizza
There's food, and then there's pizza. Birch Bear Pizza is a cozy and welcoming pizzeria located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, with unique concepts behind each dish. Discover a fusion menu of “The Birch” vegan & vegetarian pizzas, and “The Bear” for those carnivores out there. The restaurant prides itself on using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create their delicious artisanal pizzas, west coast style! From the classic margherita, to creative options like the Banh Mi pizza, there's something for everyone here. In addition to their fantastic pizza, try some tasty salads, appetizers, and desserts.
CHI & EM
If you're strolling Whyte Avenue and feel your belly start to growl, head to CHI & EM! This modern Vietnamese restaurant serves up traditional dishes with a fresh spin. Try their signature dish, the CHI and EM Bao, a fluffy, steamed bun filled with lemongrass chicken or pork belly. That's just the start, with pho, vermicelli bowls, banh mi sandwiches, and appetizers galore. Enjoy the sleek and modern ambiance, with an open kitchen and a bar area that serves cocktails and Vietnamese-inspired drinks.
Seoul Fried Chicken (Downtown)
Seoul Fried Chicken serves up some of the crispiest, juiciest, and downright addictive Korean-style fried chicken in town. With their second location now open in the heart of downtown on 104 Street, it's easier than ever to get your fix! The mission at Seoul Fried Chicken is to provide amazing fried chicken to everyone through high quality ingredients and an unforgettable customer experience. They also offer delicious sides, refreshing drinks, and a fun atmosphere perfect for enjoying the vibes. Come experience the mouth-watering flavors and welcoming ambiance at this local favorite.
Western Sandwich Co.
Western Sandwich Co. offers amazing comfort food in a flash! This new and notable sandwich shop started as a kiosk at the Bountiful Farmers' Market, but has now opened its own restaurant doors in Manchester Square! Western Sandwich Co. believes that the little things make all the difference, from the quality of the beef, to the freshness of the basil, to the perfect melted cheese. The preparation is just as special, toasting the buns on a skillet until they're golden-brown and crispy, with just the right amount of garlic, herbs, and butter to make them truly exceptional.
Discover fresh & creative dishes featuring a modern spin on Latin-American plates at El Corazon! Also found in the Glenora West Block, this restaurant delivers an incredible dining experience in an elevated atmosphere, with hand crafted dishes and warm service. Choose from a vibrant selection of tapas, mains, handhelds and more! The artisanal cocktail and spirit list has just as much to offer.
Miss Korea Cafe
Specializing in brunch and lunch items, Miss Korea Café & Restaurant is renowned for its great selection. Alongside a full espresso menu, the trendy croffles – a combination of croissants and waffles – are served with available toppings like ice cream and caramel sauce. Bubble tea lovers will be delighted with a range of flavors including brown sugar, strawberry, and mango. The main dishes at Miss Korea Café & Restaurant are accompanied by two pieces of mandu, kimchi, plain rice, and seaweed beef soup. Try the tteokgalbi – grilled short rib patties that are minced and pounded to perfection.
Mai Mai Viet Street Kitchen
Mai Mai Viet Street Kitchen is a newly opened restaurant on the southside of Edmonton, offering an array of fresh and flavorful dishes that can be enjoyed in a sit-down or grab-n-go style! The menu is diverse and includes banh mi sandwiches, soup, vermicelli, desserts, street food-style appetizers, and specials. From the lime beef salad to the hollow doughnut sandwiches, deep-fried ice cream, and mini-savoury crepes, this dining experience is far from ordinary.
New Sports Bars
New to Edmonton's ICE District are some pretty epic sports bars, perfect for pre- or post-game gatherings! First up, The Banquet is a must-visit spot with a wide variety of fun games, deliciously curated menu, and incredible happy hour. Nearby, The Canadian Icehouse features a massive jumbotron, a subzero Belvedere Vodka Ice Room, a hockey simulator, and the largest rooftop patio in western Canada. Another great neighbour to Rogers Place is Home & Away. Originally from Calgary (but we won't hold that against them), this sports bar is a celebration of brews, food, arcade games, and the golden era of sport.