The Butternut Tree

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263 reviews
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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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Special Offers

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's Day brunch!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Join us for Fathers Day brunch!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Edmonton

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LL
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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

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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!

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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!

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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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Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great quality of food and beautiful presentation. Memorable dinner out.

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

One of best dinners I've had in Edmonton. Highly recommend for excellent food and service.

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TS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Service and Delicious Food ! Loved the unique tastes !

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v
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique ways of preparing local food. Excellent service. Lovely view.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinary dishes and exceptional service. Looking forward to coming back!

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Ambience and service were good. It’s in a beautiful location! Food was interesting and some really good dishes but the portions were pitifully small. We aren’t huge eaters but everyone left hungry. Disappointing for the price tag

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JK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Trying out this restaurant was a food experience our family loved. Lots of fun to try Caribou Moss, Fresh Chickweed and more. What a gorgeous spot with all Canadian Spirits, and food and wine. Can't get much better.

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PJ
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Service as always, cocktails are delicious and very clever, adding a twist. Food is always delicious and always changing. We will be back,

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An exquisitely creative and imaginative menu.

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DG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A bit pricey but worth every dollar. The amuse bouche was an exquisite and unique taste experience. The moss was delightful and I regretted that I did not have more. Steak tartare was among the best I’ve had in Edmonton and the plating was a visual delight. For mains we had the bison and the duo of cow! Both cooked to perfection and the grains accompanying the mains provided a textural and taste contrast. Portions were generous. In fact we were too full to want dessert but we ordered anyway. Not being one who generally enjoys sweets, I found the dessert (sunflower seed praline) a bit too rich and sweet. Thankfully we were sharing because this portion too was generous.

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B
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our dining experience here , would highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, drinks were great and quite creative to the palette. I found the staff to be very knowledgeable regarding the menu. For the appetizer we shared the textures of potato and found it to be quite amazing! I ordered the rabbit (which I had been looking forward to) and my husband had the bison. He quite enjoyed his meal but I did not like mine. I have had rabbit in the past and loved it, but this one found to lack flavor and the texture was a bit on the rubbery side. It came with vegetables and (what the waitress called) a large cabbage roll. The cabbage was firm and on the inside was more rubbery meat all compressed into a large ball, less desirable at an upscale restaurant. So, I did not find that appetizing in the slightest. I enjoyed the vegetables. I did not complain about my meal as that is my personality. For the price we paid, I expected to have an amazing tasting meal.
The service started out really good but when we asked for the dessert menu it took about 10 minutes to receive it and about another 10 minutes for the waitress come back to retrieve our order. We were a bit annoyed by this point and asked for the bill instead as there were only 3 options for dessert and nothing really stood out for us. Took another while for her to bring the debit machine and she never did come back to take the machine or thank us for coming.
I did a lot of research to pick a fine dining restaurant for my husbands birthday and was very excited about eating here.
It was our first time there and I don’t see us going back which is unfortunate.

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MK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow! What a great place for that special occasion. The staff was extra caring and so knowledgeable about all the different foods and drinks we experienced! Foodie heaven!

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YE
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First let me say that this was a birthday outing and, as an novel culinary experience, no one came away disappointed, exactly. We started with an amuse bouche of fried moss and creme fraiche, which set the tone for the meal. Interesting textures, flavours, and ingredients, but very small portions for the price. We followed with the textures of potato, the chicken hearts, and the veal sweetbreads. For mains, we had the rabbit, duck, and pheasant. Everything was, we were told, sourced from within Canada, and that's interesting and maybe even laudable, but the overall experience fell a bit short, probably because the portions on all the dishes were so small it made it difficult to share around and really get a feel for these dishes. The servers were attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. A good experience, but I think I preferred other mostly locally sourced venues, like 12 Acres or Rge Rd.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, pretty views. Unique cocktails! The food was very good but not so much that I was stuffed at the end. Highly recommend.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as usual, what a wonderful place to enjoy great food with great company.

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RA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a really lovely Valentine’s dinner here. The portion sizes are perfect, so with 3 courses, we left feeling full and satisfied, but not overly stuffed. I had the tartare to start, which was a really lovely texture. I had the duck for my main, and it was cooked to perfection, with crackling-like crisp skin and tender meat. The accompaniments all worked together well.
Service was also outstanding. The hostess is very sweet and professional, taking our coats, and being ready at the door to retrieve our coats when we left. Our server was also very professional and did not miss a beat. Our glasses never emptied, and she made spot-on wine suggestions.
The room is beautiful, and I was surprised by how quiet it was, even when the room was full.
Highly recommend!

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I
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every course was a fantastic experience for my tastebuds.

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

True fine dining
Exceptional plating
Unique and creative dish
Friendly and humble and talented chef

Definitely will go again to try the tasting menu.

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MV
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have nothing but amazing things to say about our night at The Butternut Tree. Our server was so knowledgeable and ensured our meals and drinks were well suited to our preferences. We learned so much about the dishes and the origins of their ingredients, it was so interesting and engaging. The food was incredible, perhaps the most exciting culinary experience we have had in Edmonton. Overall it was a phenomenal evening! Well worth the money to have such an interesting and delicious dining experience.

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OT
Edmonton
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and above all unique. Drinks were exceptional. One of my favorites spots to go. Can’t beat the atmosphere either. Definitely recommend!

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RP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The view , food and all was very good.
We enjoyed the opportunity to try some new and different menu items.

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, great chef, creative cuisine and all Canadian ingredients.

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W
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the finest meals that I’ve had in Edmonton! Outstanding in all respects!

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b
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The nite was exceptional, you could even consider it an event. We were there for New Years Eve.
The menu was unique and quite impressive. 9 courses and it did not disappoint. Would definitely want
to attend another time to see what the menu is like normally. Thanks for the lovely nite and the bonus
fireworks.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was a delicious piece of art. The view is spectacular. The servers were knowledgeable, helpful and cheerful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have experienced many “so called” fine dining experiences in Edmonton. This was bar none the best Edmonton has had to offer in quite some time!

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T
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

I really wanted to love The Butternut Tree. My friend and I chose it for a 'fancy dinner date' that we do occasionally. I will say that the ambience, the views, the presentation of food, and creativity was outstanding and really was unlike anything else. I enjoyed the food a lot, and the meats were superb, but I wasn't especially blown away by anything. That said, I believe everything was cooked and served well, the amount of salt used just wasn't to my taste.

The service, however, was awful. It was slow - we didn't get drinks for 10 minutes after arriving, a glass of wine that was ordered for dinner NEVER arrived, and coffee that was ordered with dessert came after the dessert had already been eaten. It was unapologetic - when an incorrect wine was brought, they finally fixed it after I flagged the server down (they never actually come to ask how you're doing) but without any apology and they made me feel like it was a bother that I asked for the correct one. They also gave us the wrong bill at the end, and then when they did bring the correct one it wasn't split how we specifically asked it to be. At that point we wanted to be out of there so badly we didn't even bother to have them correct it; god only knows how long that would have taken. It was without a doubt the most disappointed I've ever been in a $100 meal. I've had better service experiences just about anywhere else I've been, including bars and chain restaurants.

It's too bad - my first impression was how lovely it looked and how happy I was we choose The Butternut Tree. It's true that first impressions aren't always right.

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the Butternut tree to celebrate a birthday. We had the tasting menu with the drink pairing. Everything was so lovely and we loved that all the ingredients were sourced in Canada. I really appreciated the special effort they put in to the dessert for my boyfriends birthday.

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BT
Calgary
37 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a fabulous evening here. We had the tasting special with drink pairing. Absolutely amazing food excellently paired with wonderful wines from across the country. The flavours ranged from subtle and delightful to bursting sometimes in the same dish. This place is a gem. Love that they are strictly a Canadian content show case. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can’t say enough of this restaurant!!

The service is outstanding and the food is unbelievable.

Highly recommended!

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TR
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I had heard some great reviews of this place so I needed to try it for myself... although I am glad that I tried it, I will likely not be back. For the price paid, I feel as though this was just okay. The venue is great, with a great ambiance, but left feeling underwhelmed. There are definitely better fine dining options in Edmonton that provide a better value.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

My husband and I had the duck. My husband did not enjoy the bed of squash it was on. Our party had a variety of different things. The lamb looked amazing, a little too red for my liking and I do like rare another one of our party members order the short ribs. He said it was amazing. And another was the sablefish which she said was amazing. So overall yes it was “above average”. We are really picky about food. And we want to taste things that would be difficult to make at home, as for the duck. I can make fried potatoes at home and squash at home. But as for the duck as I mentioned before. It was great !!

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DT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Started with lovely cocktails, moved on to appetizers, wine, entrees and desserts. Flavours were complex and delicious with many elements on each plate. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Our windows overlooked the High Level Bridge and the Legislative Grounds, magically lit with Christmas lights.

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A
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Cauliflower soup was sublime and a perfect appetizer, however the portion of foie gras was a bit smaller and different than our table's experience in other restaurants, including in France. As for mains, I felt that my duck was wonderfully cooked and I ate every last morsel, but one person in our party found hers to be a bit under cooked and I could see a noticeable difference as to how hers looked versus mine even though we asked for the same preparation. The beef seemed passable, but not amazing. Dessert was OK. There were some hits, some mehs and some misses but for the price point I expected there to be more hits.

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