Smokey Bear

4.6
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84 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
A wood fired eatery in the heart of Old Strathcona. Open kitchen concept with edgy-vibe, serving share plates made with market ingredients, highlighted by natural wines.

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What 84 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MJ123
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food, always inventive use of tasty local ingredients. Relaxed atmosphere, just go and enjoy!

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vipMrRick
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good service with a limited menu. The Chef's table was very good. Need more non-meat options on the A La Carte menu.

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AndyP
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Smokey Bear was an excellent experience. I recommend you sit at the bar and take it all in! The food was fantastic and the restaurant staff were super friendly and made you feel at home. We would go back for sure! Make sure you order the flatbread and the pork chop!! Loved it!

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DarrelA
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We chose the chef choice dinner menu. Every course was excellent. We will be back again.

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jordans
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing,
Service was great. We had a wonderful evening

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vipDarrylM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, neat wine list, good cocktails, and inventive food! I think this place is just going to keep getting better and better...and it is already unreal!

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vipMarkW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Portions were small.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an outstanding meal. Riley, Campbell and Dennis can sure cook. The Two Jillians took care of all our beverage needs and created a great social environment! SB is a must experience spot!

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RyGuy
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. It is one of Edmonton’s very best.

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AndrewM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fabulous birthday dinner here. Service went above and beyond, loved the wine list and expertise, and the food is exquisite - Loads of awesome local ingredients. There is nothing like a restaurant that is owned, operated, and staffed with people who have a passion for flavours and the fun experience of dining. An absolute pleasure!

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LaetitiaC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic and thoughtful dishes. Nice to see people care very much about the ingredient sourcing as well as the dining experience. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Solid place, really enjoyed the experience. The pork chop and short rib were to die for. Great wine too, will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is attentive. They explain where the ingredients come from. It is an extremely amazing experience. The food is to die for. Just a fabulous evening

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PrairieDog
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always an interesting choice to dine out with locally sourced products for tapas. A great addition to the Edmonton food restaurant scene to get away from the usual pub style food and steak. The tapas are extremely flavourful and served like food art on wonderful pottery.

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ReganC
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The wine and cocktail list is short and very overpriced. ($16 for Aperol Spritz)
Our meal consisted of 6 oysters and boy were they fresh but $25 is a bit much. A flatbread similar to Naan with a couple of spreads (sausage was good but sour cream not so much) about $16, 3 mushrooms over a garlic paste...very good but not worth $23 and finally a pork chop that was tasty but again not worth $36.
the concept is ok, food items were good but price point not worth it IMO.

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Matt
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Good food, friendly staff. It's a little barren inside, but that's probably COVID. They accommodated our group well and we'll definitely be back in the future.

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DebR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed an incredible evening on the back patio: took two newcomers (& a seasoned Smokey Bear veteran) and explored the chef’s tasting menu over three hours of conversation. Each dish was presented exquisitely, but somehow managed to taste even better. The shrimp and mushroom dumplings were too die for, and the chef generously added the scallop ceviche to our plates. After many visits, this was a favourite tasting menu as the summer produce has arrived at Smokey Bear. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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RhiP
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service. A must for foodies in Edmonton.

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vipHugo
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious but the portions were really small. They sell you the idea of a family style dinner but the portions are personal.
Flavour was great but we were still hungry after spending 150 bucks in food. That’s just not fair.

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vipAmandaH
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so outstanding + the portions were perfect. We loved that the food was interesting but accessible and ultimately, so delicious. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, amazing service!

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vipSabor
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service, amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal. Great food, great staff, great experience. Really interesting and unique wines.

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LindsayDup84
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Riley and his team makes every dining experience unique with their ever changing innovative menu with spectacular natural wines to choose from
Recommend doing the chefs seating to enjoy the full experience

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PrairieDog
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a delight to see what's new on the every changing local tapas menu.
Never disappointed with the tasty dishes that are a good size for sharing.

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate new job for my partner. Food and drinks were amazing! Wonderful service, took time to explain everything to us and the story behind the food! Sat on the patio, which was a bit noisy due to traffic, but we enjoyed it.

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KristaP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was excellent! Highly recommend it. Cocktails were good, beer selection nice. didn't check out the wines.

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Donnybrook
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had dinner with wife last Thursday eve, and sat outside a one of the patio tables. Riley greeted us, and Gillian took our orders. I had pork chop, wife had beef rib, along with side of asparagus. Done to perfection, wine choices were very interesting, dessert was to die for, almost licked the plate! Servers took time to explain details without being overbearing. Do yourself a favour and check this place out. A small gem in Old Strath. Thank you Riley and staff, and continued success! We'll be back soon!

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vipIsabelleG
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the tasting menu 7 course meal, the food was great and amazing, this experience was a delight. Would recommend

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LaureenP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual - Smokey Bear, Chef Riley and Campbell out did themselves. Always a pleasure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was overpriced for what you get with the Chef’s tasting menu. The chef had no clue where he sourced his fish from so that was frustrating to have a conversation about. It seemed tense after I asked him about that and he really didn’t know. Fantastic service from our female server and the wine choice from her was amazing.

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DebR
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was inspired and amazing! Attentive service. Loved this place and will be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

I am sure you were expecting this terrible review! We made ourselves quite vocal with our horrendous experience! Granted we were not the beast customers! However we had money! And I would like to assume the biggest bill of the evening. I will be open and honest I did not tip on a $115 bill (my portion only) The reason I did not tip was due to poor service. We were never asked how our meals were. I am sure you were aware of our displeasure since we vocalized it over and over! It still would have been nice to have been asked. We left before our last course of the worst and most expensive tasting menu I have experienced. We had to go for pizza after spending over $300 on your establishment. I would not have been as disappointed if the cost was lower. My name is Stu N and please reach out to me if you would like. sirnicealot@ hot mail

Sincerely a customer that ordered 2 main courses, 1 tasting menu and was still hungry!

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CameronP
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent new Edmonton eatery. Food is thoughtfully prepared and excellently cooked, everything we tried was excellent but the Tartare and the grilled flatbreads will keep us coming back. The Tartare has a lovely smokiness enhanced by the hearth-dried tomatoes, I can't imagine coming and not ordering this dish. The flatbreads with ndjua and other condiments is similarily exceptional. Even coming here for a beer and snack would be an excellent treat. Try it, you won't be dissapointed.

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LorrieD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit and it was outstanding. The food was creative and delicious and the staff was exceptional. We've already recommended to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was amazing
First week open post pandemic
Service was good considering
Had to request music be turned down it was very loud

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

With the restaurants re-opening on the same day as our 21st anniversary we decided to try Smokey Bear a small open cook fire restaurant that had been on my “must try” list since they first opened.
We had the chef’s tasting menu & everything was phenomenal. It was interesting because likely I would not of chosen any of the items on my own, but they were all so good.
Highlights- course 1 flat bread with a spreadable salami. I had no idea spreadable salami was an option. This may change my life because I will be getting more somehow.
Course 3- candied salmon which was amazing and kind of reminded us of dried fish which we have only gotten in NWT. But it was served with a simple onion cream sauce that blew me away. Amazing!
Course 4- a mix of tomatoes, fresh made cheese curds and herbs. So fresh and flavourful (this was one of my husbands favourite items)
Course 5- king oyster with a gravy-like sauce. This was the best mushroom I have ever are. My husband said that is a rather bold statement considering how many fresh mushrooms I have ate. But I stand by the statement. Best mushroom ever!
Course 6- pork belly with charred cabbage and a whole slew of condiments- amazing! Flavours were on point, pork was juicy and flavourful. My favourite part of the meal.
I thought I was too full for desert but the mango custard was so light fluffy and fresh tasting impossible to turn down.
Wow- that was a lot of highlights! Guess it would simply be easer to say the whole meal was a highlight. I can not wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience sitting at the bar. All the Chefs we very engaging and the food was outstanding! We will be back!

Smokey Bear
Responded on April 1, 2020

Thanks so much for the positive review, we look forward to seeing you again when we reopen for dine-in.

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SherryK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The food was creative and interesting, but our choices tended to be overly acidic/vinegary so we could have used some more savoury flavours to balance that.
I thought the wine list was way too expensive: starting red wine bottles at $65 - $67! Should have some more options - other fine dining establishments in town offer at least some wines in the $45 - 50 range

Smokey Bear
Responded on April 1, 2020

Hi Sherry, Thanks for the honest feedback, we will take it into advisement. We hope you will return when we reopen for dine in.

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vipDarrelA
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the chef selection which consisted of many shared dishes. All were excellent. The servers were knowledgeable regarding their food. You could eat at a table or around the chefs creating your food. Great atmosphere however the cost was a bit high. Overall would highly recommend.

Smokey Bear
Responded on April 1, 2020

Hi Darrel, Thanks for the wonderful review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves. We hope. you will join its again when we reopen for dine-in.

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Smokey Bear is rated 4.6 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

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