The Butternut Tree

4.6
298 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
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.

Private Dining

The Butternut Tree is the perfect place to host your next group gathering. From our private dining room that seats up to 12 guests to booking out the entire space with panoramic views of the Alberta legislature and river valley. For more information about full restaurant book outs for weddings and events please email info@thebutternuttree.ca for our events package.

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JJ
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food! Amazing view. Great place to bring American guests to enjoy the full Canadian menu. Delicious and innovative menu. Can’t wait to go back!

RW
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was great, but highly over priced for the volume of food provided, eg 2 medium mushrooms as a $18 appetizer. Main meal might have been 4oz, but but for >$40. If this place doesn’t make it, it won’t be because of the food, but the prices

RL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is exceptional. A work of art. Love the dishes also a work of art. Our server Tim was so informative and great to chat with. Will be back for sure!!!

LK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The Butternut Tree in Edmonton Alberta was outstanding, from appetizers to dessert. You could tell the food was prepared with great attention to detail in the presentation and the taste. Our server Adam was knowledgable in all aspects of the menu and such a pleasant young man. I would say the price for each course was very reasonable considering what the chef brought to the table and we will most definitely be going back!

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Butternut was a unique experience , the waiter ( Aidian ) was very informative of the all " Canadian " menu . There was some very different items , Example - Asparagus soup/ menu should state it is a cold soup ! There are no salads / disappointing , why ??? My guest had one of the vegetarian plates 3/4 of it cold , why ?? My applause to the owner as the liquor & food menu would take a lot of research .. But as a first time guest , a little more clarity on the written & online menu would have helped .

WL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was fresh, innovative and interesting. The view was very nice and once the server got over his nerves the service was spot on. Chef's use of ground crickets was very interesting and a tasty complement. We had 8 courses of the tasting menu with a perfectly matched wine pairing. We plan on a return meal

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was an amazing meal. A great view if the river valley complements the wonderful decor. The Chef accommodated three Keto and one polo-pescitarian diet. The serving staff modified the wine pairings to match these changes. I personally truly appreciate the commitment to Canadian sourcing. I loved the wine selections.

Favorites were the Tartare and the Lamb. Everything was excellent but those two stood out. Even the single malt was Canadian (and wonderful).

JB
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

only thing I found odd was that when we arrived there was only one other party in the restaurant and the hostess led us to a table right next to them when there were much nicer tables with more privacy available.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday - lovely experience

N
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I highly recommend The Butternight Tree. The service was amazing and our waiter was passionate about the food, the menu, and ensuring we had an amazing experience. The ambience was nice with great big windows and reclaimed wood on the walls. The food was unique. Most definitely an unique place to attend for celebrating special occasions.

A
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Really lovely restaurant and staff. For the price, I was absolutely expecting better flavour but the food was beautifully presented.

JG
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a bit of a culinary adventure that we weren't expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. The Butternut Tree makes the supreme effort to source all of their products from Canada and to keep all items within our borders. This meant some very creative modifications to more common dishes and drinks. Lots of foods one wouldn't normally see on a menu, but all well done and delicious. Our server, Aidan, was extremely knowledgeable and well-trained. He knew the menu inside out and could often recount stories of where the food was sourced from. Well worth the price tag!

DJ
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding, as always

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great! Food is excellent, I have even gotten used to the all Canadian wine list.

WT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

They we out of one of the 5 entries. Service was slow and restaurant was only half full. One entree had to be returned for being too salty. Food was only average from a taste perspective.

BB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Liked that everything was Canadian sourced

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday - it was fantastic! Great service and food. Will definitely return!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, excellent knowledgeable waiter.

T
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arranged for a date night for my parents at the Butternut Tree and they couldn’t say enough about the restaurant! The food was creative, unique, and delicious, the server was knowledgeable and engaging, and they couldn’t help but send us play-by-play updates through their meal. We chose this place based on a recommendation without having eaten there before but it is certainly on my “must eat there” list! Thank you for making their special evening so memorable.

OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are always excited to see what comes up on the menu... always a culinary adventure.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view is lovely. I really enjoyed the food and the staff was so attentive during the entire meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

A
Edmonton
135 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this is one of the best restaurnts in Edmonton the foodis outstanding the service is first rate and the settin largely












this is one of the best restauants in edmonton .the food is great the service is outstanding the view of the the Leg is a joy. Why have 3 other paces in the same location gone bust Ido not know. there is a problem. this place is pure Canadain even the Gin is canadain and ther are no olives becaus they would not be canadian Ican forgive the ginI am not a phane of Canadain wine please let me bring my owk agen wine and charge a corkageteh wine list is diappointing

JS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! My partner and I had the tasting menu with wine pairing. The meal was the most exciting and delicious education of Canadian cuisine! The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Hats off to the sommelier as well for a stunning wine pairing. Will definitely be back. YEG needs more dining experiences like The Butternut Tree

V
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant in Edmonton. Very innovative with great technique. Great attention to detail and just a great experience.

H
Edmonton
104 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great presentation. Since food and all spirits Canadian only it was unique. I hope the concept survives. It has been two years. Definitely would go back. Beautiful view of river valley and legislature grounds

ZM
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great view of the city, spectacular ambience, and unique food made with Canadian ingredients.

8
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Over all my group had a nice time. Some of our thoughts were the value of the evening.
Knowing a lot about wine the prices were on the high side, very high.
We felt like we were sitting at a picnic tables.
Very small menu. Wish you had more choices.
The View was Fantastic and the service was very nice.
I know I could do the same evening out for 5/8 of the cost.
Sorry

CZ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the restaurant ambiance, menu and philosophy (Canadian showcase!). Service was exceptional. Food was timely, innovative and delicious. Will be back again for many other occasions!

MG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful fine dining experience, cool concept and lovely location.

S
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and service! Everything was so fresh, and the meals were creative, yet so well balanced!

L
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tried the tasting with wine pairings. Truly great, and remarkably 100% Canadian sourced foods. Highly recommended

P
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Overall, we had a great experience at The Butternut Tree. The food was outstanding and we really appreciated the creativity displayed by the chefs! They use Canadian product only and have a done a wonderful job at finding interesting substitutes where necessary. Absolutely delicious! The cocktails were also wonderfully creative and enjoyable. Our waitress wasn't overly friendly and bordered on snippy at times, but other than that I would give them 5 stars.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The price is waaaay too high for what you get. Competition in Edmonton for food at this level needs to be priced better.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Butternut Tree was one of the best meals I’ve had in a very long time. The dishes were unique and delicious, with a fantastic atmosphere and service.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waitress and uniquely delicious food!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Edmonton

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LL
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

I was not impressed the first time I visited back in January 2018 and vowed never to return. We had an unfortunate situation occur, I called the next day to share it but still felt I would never return. BUT - I did last Wednesday with friends. The food was OK - but all of us felt it was "just warm" rather than hot so we felt we had to eat quickly before it became too cold to enjoy fully. The flavours were fine but were not memorable - we were are a little disappointed. The service was exceptional, the staff very attentive so Thank you !!! I will pass that tip on to friends but overall we will not return

l
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, thoughtful food experience. Service was excellent and cocktails were spectacular. Will definitely be back!

GW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was incredible. Very sharp both in knowledge and humour. Wonderful views of the Legislative building and river parks. The food...totally Canadian and so unique! Elk tartare, moss accentuated dishes, birch syrup, and much more! Highly recommended!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely incredible dining experience. From the original and delicious food, to the staff, to the view. Not a single complaint.

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