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The Butternut Tree
A thoughtfully designed open kitchen allows guests to be part of the action. There are no walls, enabling discovery of Chef Downey’s style, both as a chef and a leader in the kitchen.
The Butternut Tree focuses on replacing global sources of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty with unique ingredients from our home and native land. From budding foodies to seasoned supporters of local provisions and purveyors, this is the place where guests can experience the unexpected.
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- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Rhubarb, Woodruff, Strawberry, Oxalis
Birch Salted Caramel, NFLD Gunpowder & Rose Rum Meringue
Strawberry, Humpback Shrimp, Parsley
Excellent as always.
Food was subpar. Small portions. Bland. Expensive.
Very nice atmosphere and view of the River Valley and Legislature property. Service was excellent and the server was very polished and well prepared with regard to menu explanation and knowledge. The food was excellent and very creative.
Another great dinner at the Butternut Tree! Thanks Scott
Our wedding was supposed to be the day before, at The Butternut Tree, but due to Covid it was moved to next year. Instead we went for dinner to celebrate. It was amazing. The food was perfection and the staff were amazing. I can’t wait to go back again.
My husband and I had a long overdue date night at the Butternut Tree this past weekend and it was the best choice of restaurant. It was by far the best meal we have had in a restaurant in Edmonton. We have already been recommending it to everyone.
Thank you for a wonderful meal and overall experience!! 👏👏
The cocktails, main dishes and deserts were all excellent. Staff were pleasant and the location had a great view of the river valley
As always, our experience at The Butternut Tree was incredible from start to finish. They took COVID precautions very seriously and as my first restaurant experience during COVID I was immediately put at ease. The food was fantastic as always, the cocktails were delightful, and we left completely satisfied and content. This is a dining experience that is worth every penny!
I really enjoyed my experience here. The server was energetic and friendly, but also very knowledgeable about the menu and answered any questions the table had. Will definitely be back.
Delicious, great service and beautiful location! Would definitely recommend.
Delicious, locally sourced food. Very friendly and professional staff.
My girlfriend took me for my birthday. Scott (owner/chef) is creative and provides a perfect setting for a nice dinner.
Our waiter was the most knowledgeable and professional , I have ever had the pleasure to deal with.
Thank you Butternut Tree, we will be returning ASAP
Very very nice evening… Thank you to the chef for doing a tasting menu and it wasn’t on the menu at all… Love this place… Suzanne
The food and beverages were all wonderful. Charcuterie and cheeses were delectable and my beef Wellington with the morels was simply divine. The service by Adam was impeccable. He showed great knowledge and passion when describing the dishes. Always attentive and friendly as well. Would definitely recommend Butternut Tree.
The food, the cocktails, the staff, all were exceptional. Best birthday I've had in a long time. Thank you!
wonderful introduction to fine dinning for someone who has never been. Servis was excellent and chef and staff bent over backwards to ensure a good experience. Thankyou.
Creative use of local products, great service and ambiance. Good food and wine pairings.
We are NeVER disappointed here. Fresh and innovative new menu for the post covid shutdown. Made our stomachs and hearts smile.
Tried 4 cocktails between the 2 of us. Would order any of them again. The pasta was a dream and the Wellington was enough for 2!!!
My fiancé and I tried Butternut Tree because it is a possible venue for our wedding and it was great! The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and fast. The quality of the food was wonderful and it tasted amazing (especially the dessert) and the view is phenomenal. I would recommend Butternut Tree to anyone who is looking for anyone looking for the opportunity to get a little dressed up and have a delicious meal with a view!
An excellent meal! Will definitely be back at some point.
Delicious locally-sourced fare. They were kind enough to accommodate my vegan daughter so that our whole family could experience the tasting menu. If you don’t do the tasting menu, do make sure to have the cabbage and the chiffon cake.
Would give the service more than 5 stars if I could. Adam was an excellent server, friendly and attentive. My younger daughter loved her birthday dinner.
We’ll be back!
Food was amazing, service was fantastic, the view and over all ambience is very nice. Portions are small for the price but everything tastes incredible. Will be back for sure.
Fancy food. Neat experience. Great views. Service was excellent
The service was exceptional. Server was extremely knowledgeable about the food and where it was sourced and gave great advice for our picky wine drinkers. Loved the view and the food was excellent! Definitely recommend this as a place to go for a special evening.
The food was delicious! There aren't very many restaurants that have a vegetarian/vegan tasting menu, but the butternut tree does and it blew me away! The staff there are really friendly and really know their stuff! I'd highly recommend this restaurant!
Food was very good. Services was great. Great view. We were there at sunset and it was great to watch. Both of our meals were a nice balance of unique and comfortable. Very well balanced. The price was steep, but we didn’t feel like we had been charged more than it was worth. Not to say there aren’t places for similar quality that is less expensive, but that for us, the food was worth it.
I would recommend.
We don’t often take pictures of our food because pictures don’t taste too good, but trust me presentation was also great.
My girlfriend and I spent Valentine's day there and I cannot put into words how much we enjoyed this restaurant and experience. It was our first valentine's day together and the service and food made it extremely memorable. The host was extremely kind and welcoming while she took our jackets, informed us our table was getting ready. As we awaited our table we sat at the bar with knowledgeable, friendly, and professional bar tenders. We then were seated at our table with a beautiful view of the high level area with massive windows to enjoy the view. Seating was spread out evenly to give each table their own space and dining experience. Our server Tim was an absolute pleasure and an extremely rare service was enjoyed. He made us feel special, appreciated and welcomed. We were not rushed, he was extremely knowledgeable and proud of the food he served. He had a lot of pride in what he does and was the true representation of true hospitality. The food itself was next level. Using locally sourced ingredients the chefs did a remarkable job creating visual masterpieces and flavors that tantalized our palates. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to all our friends and family. My girlfriend is not a vegetarian but thoroughly enjoyed her meal and all the flavors so much that she cleaned her plate fully. Thank you again for this unbelievable experience. Definitely a gem in our city.
We have been coming here the past year and a half, and the food seems to always be better than the last. The food is easily the best in Edmonton, and gives you the opportunity to try a unique Canadian-inspired menu that you would not ordinary try.
Cannot day enough great things about the staff. They are knowledgeable and share the same passion for food. Recently, we had Adam, who was great!
Definitely will be coming back!
The whole experience was wonderful. This is our third time there and will return in the future.
Lovely restaurant with a unique local menu and great service. Pricey but well worth it for a special birthday dinner.
For sure the best restaurant in Edmonton I will recommend Its pricey, but worth it!
Also it's the first restaurant you can talk to each other without the screaming!
The creative food offerings with wine pairings are phenomenal. The service is prompt and friendly and their knowledge is always on point. The chef and his team are welcoming and engaging with guests, and you can tell they love what they do. One of my favorite spots!
Tasting menu was not as good as at previous occasions, though I am sure that depends on your tastes too. Very fish heavy this time. No red wine pairing, except with the cheese course. Took our server more than 10 mins to get to us for which they made up by paying for our cocktails, which were very nice. We will be back, because this feels like an aberration to me.
excellent, excellent service, knowledgeable waiter, food delicious
We fully enjoyed our second visit to this establishment, with a significant gap between visits. The Chef’s creations were dynamic and food forward. We were a little surprised about the menu pricing. Expect Entrees in the $50 range
Outstanding experience. Food was absolutely delicious, service was exceptional and the ambiance superb.
Exceptional service and amazing food. The Butternut Tree never disappoints, and remains my go-to when I'm in Edmonton.
The appetizer we ordered was shrimp balls, it tasted exactly like a pancake with maybe a scant amount of any shrimp, for $17 the value was not even close to being there, the only good thing was the dip which overpowered the breakfast/pancake taste.
Elk dish was ok but the potatoes and carrot it came with was very plain and could of used a bit more taste/sauce.
Rabbit was not great, the rabbit legs were a bit dry and breaded balls tasted old and were hard and dried out, the kale tasted a tad burnt and very salty. There was also an orange sauce that I found too sweet and did not suit the meal well.
We advised the waiter of our expectations with the appetizer not being met and nothing was done to compensate for it.
Winter scenery was great. All Canadian cuisine was a huge plus for us
Chef Scott Downey's creativity in the kitchen was well appreciated. Celeriac dumplings - who knew? Cauliflower slow roasted for more than 10 hours? Who comes up with this? The food was excellent and the flavours a joy to experience. You do pay for it, though. The only slight slip up was the appetizer arriving a little cooler than it should have. The size of the desert was a bit of a disappointment as well - it was so good, more of it would have been better.
The Butternut Tree offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (780) 760-2271.
The Butternut Tree is rated 4.6 stars by 378 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.