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The Confederation Lounge - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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27 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Cocktails Crafted Consciously
Our commitment to sustainability lives within our philosophy, and the heart and soul of each of our unique culinary ventures. Our hand-crafted cocktails are a perfect complement to this vision. Our farm to glass approach brings forth a profusion of vibrant flavours that distinctively honour Alberta, incorporating seasonal herbs hand-picked from our garden, and fresh honey harvested annually from our on-site apiary, home to more than 200,000 honeybees

With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, The Confederation Lounge is the perfect setting for an intimate occasion or a casual evening drink. Sip on unique cocktails crafted by our expert bartenders, or settle in for a selection of comfort cravings with friends in this estate library-style lounge. Unwind and warm up after a long day by the grand fireplace, or take in a fresh, cool breeze on The Best Patio in Edmonton.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 27 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.1
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

Went here for a get together with a friend.
Ambiance was amazing, we sat at the patio, it was nice and quite.
However, I’m quite quite disappointed as the quality of food is poor, (I gave it a chance even although I’m not a huge fan of the Harvest room restaurant as well)
We ordered the Baja Halibut Tacos and the Kitchen board (both from all day menu). Taco fish was dry, kitchen board consist of a simple huge blocks of parmesan and padano cheese, sourdough toasted bread, 2 kinds of cold cuts and grapes, no proper cheese knife provided, we were given a steak knife. It lacks presentation- something that most customers would want when they go to this places knowing that it’s one of the supposedly”nicer” hotels in Edmonton. Service was ok, but I was not impressed with the food option and the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely experience

KJ
KennedyJ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We are delighted that the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is open again. The service and food were wonderful and the bartender sure knows how to make a fabulous martini!

EB
EricaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the experience and the ambience! Great food and great patio!

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vipSANDY
Edmonton
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food!
Carmen is awesome!

JL
JanetL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy good food, a beautiful view and receive excellent service.

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SuzanneK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Pricey dish but good quality and quantity of food! Good bang for your buck. The patio was gorgeous!

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Ummmira
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was great. We appreciated the constant supply of ice water on that hot day. We like the new patio furniture. The view was as amazing as always. If we may make one suggestion, more items on the menu would be appreciated, at least a nice club sandwich :)

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Dorito
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was ok but needs improvement. Would not go back for the tea as not worth the money.

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Elaine
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

We waited almost 15 minutes past our reservation time. The patio is a beautiful spot, but the food was barely average. The service was fair. I would recommend it for the ambience, but there are restaurants with far better food and service in the area.

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AudraF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Meeting new family

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Favorite place in city

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luv2eat
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Slow over hour and half to get food, waiter seemed overwhelmed, overpriced for quality of food, it was my 50th birthday got a silver of a cake with no dazzle, dry and blah....definitely disappointed.

JM
JohnM
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch ended up being a beautiful day on the patio under the covered roof. The food and service were very good and the view of the river valley is outstanding. A perfect place for lunch on a summer's day.

JD
JulieD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great view, comfortable seating, impeccable service. The salad was good, but I expected more for the price, there was really nothing special to it (ingredients were good quality, but it was bland and a little dry).

RS
RobertS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect for my wife and myself. The patio setting is the best in Edmonton with the beautiful gardens, and panoramic river valley view. The dining options were excellent considering the “new” circumstances. Carmen is such a wonderful, knowledgeable, and personable server. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. What a wonderful experience. We will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our 1 year until our wedding! We were greeted by a pleasant host and a glass of champagne as requested. We were checked regularly to ensure we were enjoying our experience and the weather on the patio was amazing! Never been there before but would definitely celebrate another occasion again. The price is high as you would expect at a Fairmont hotel but definitely worth it!

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BrentK
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience5

We have a tradition of going to Fairmont for our anniversary. Usually it’s Edmonton as it’s local and the view and food is great. This year the view and refreshed patio were great. But the service and food did not meet the level expected. I ordered the steak at 43$, and it was flavourless. We started out the meal with our 20$ fish tacos which were cold and small. I usually rave about this place and understand they are adjusting to post Covid requirements but you still have to serve good food at that price. We left with a 150$ bill and both agreed next year will be the first year we don’t return on our anniversary after a decade.

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TPLP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

The food was like cafeteria food. No other option for a side but the fries. We are easily pleased but it was awful. The steak was more like dried BBQ. The appetizer was worse. And the meal was $44 each entre. Dessert was dry and extremely expensive. Not worth it at all. We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Over priced and you had to wait a long time

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sunshine780
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful set up; attentive, friendly and engaging service; excellent ambiance. A lovely afternoon on the patio with the best views in the city. Looking forward to coming back.

SJ
vipShaifJ
Edmonton
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

its our happy place! jsosem is absolutely outstanding! he has every asset as a manager to b a leader! his personality, customer care, attention to detail and infectious smile are worth every penny! true professional the fairmont should b proud of!

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Jill
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

What a beautiful patio - honestly the best in the city.

However, there are some fundamental issues:
- The staff are EXCELLENT, however, they are run off their feet. There are not enough staff to serve even a half capacity patio. It took over 30 minutes to put in our drink order, and there were plates sitting on empty tables for long periods. The staff were so apologetic and literally running to serve, so it was 100% not their fault, but they really do need to hire more people.
- The tomato burrata appetizer is one piece of toast with tomato and cheese on it for $18 :/ Cocktails average between $18-$23, so do know that you're in for a hefty bill but would say it's worth it if they were able to up their staffing.
- I believe it would be beneficial if the newly installed awning could be drawn back, as it seems to entirely block out the sun, and the area that isn't covered doesn't seem to get the direct sun at all. Having such a short summer season, I think a lot of people would appreciate the option of 'sunbathing' while having a drink :)

All in all, we still had a great time, but please - help out those servers and hire some more staff!

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Brunchorlunch
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Food was flavourless. Drinks were watery. Service was unbelievably slow. Just disappointing altogether

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LaverneL
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good evening although it was busier than expected for a Wednesday. Our waiter was very busy but provided courteous service

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Smaller menu, very busy and only two servers... was very slow. But considering second day open since covid I would try again at a later date

TD
TheDuchess
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favourite patio in Edmonton. The view is spectacular, the service impeccable and food superb.

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The Confederation Lounge - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is rated 4.3 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

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