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The Butternut Tree

4.6
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369 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Opened August 2017, The Butternut Tree is just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Alberta Legislature Grounds close to Edmonton’s majestic river valley. Chef Downey’s first restaurant pays homage to the places he’s lived, worked and explored, while showcasing seasonal ingredients from Canada’s diverse landscape.

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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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 369 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrittanyG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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KaterinaI
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, locally sourced food. Very friendly and professional staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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SuzanneH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, the cocktails, the staff, all were exceptional. Best birthday I've had in a long time. Thank you!

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Dinoh
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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LMLL
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Creative use of local products, great service and ambiance. Good food and wine pairings.

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vipChristinaK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!!

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SRM1989
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent meal! Will definitely be back at some point.

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LauraN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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Katie
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipDaveC
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fancy food. Neat experience. Great views. Service was excellent

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

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AshleyG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

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JeffreyD
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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DarrelA
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful. This is our third time there and will return in the future.

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CHUEY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely restaurant with a unique local menu and great service. Pricey but well worth it for a special birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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Selena
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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vipRemco
London
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

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.

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patriciah
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent, excellent service, knowledgeable waiter, food delicious

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hoppinmomma
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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CaptAwesome
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience. Food was absolutely delicious, service was exceptional and the ambiance superb.

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vipDaveJ
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service and amazing food. The Butternut Tree never disappoints, and remains my go-to when I'm in Edmonton.

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LisaE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

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.

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TKFMCld9
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Winter scenery was great. All Canadian cuisine was a huge plus for us

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Foodier
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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Rmar
Edmonton
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, presentation and service was delightful.

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vipSarah
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! My favourite restaurant in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisite food and service !

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DianaV
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was beautiful, interesting and delicious. Great canadian concept done with so much creativity!

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vipFoodMom38
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful room, creative cocktails, and an all Canadian sourced menu. Food was good, but not great for the price, and the menu caters to a more adventurous palate (e.g., rabbit, beef tongue, sweetbreads), meaning there are not a lot of options for those with more conservative tastes. Glad we tried it, but for the high price point, it didn’t quite live up to expectations.

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WebMys
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food quality was superb and it was all beautifully presented. This restaurant is definitely worth a splurge. That said, given its pricing, it is likely to be a place for special nights rather than a regular spot for a dinner out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We finally got a babysitter. And I received a recommendation from a chef at Chartier for The butternut tree. So we checked it out and were very impressed

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu was exploratory. The food was fantastic and the plating was resplendent!!! Our waiter Tim was wonderful and his knowledge was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Only average food for the price. We had been there before and the food was much better.

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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 369 OpenTable diners.

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