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The Confederation Lounge - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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56 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 56 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SaraS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view. Patio in the fall is the best! Friendly services and great food. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipMatBinYYC
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Gwen was lovely as always. The food was amazing and the outside patio views were beautiful. Definitely would recommend for a nice night out, patio drinks or a special occasion.

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Shea
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my mother-in-law for tea for her birthday because she had never been. She loved the experience and we will definitely be coming back in the future.

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SausE
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for any special occasion. Exceptional customer service ! Make sure to take a walk through the garden before or after and take in the beautiful views.

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danad
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

It was ok but did not get to go on a tour because of covid...makes no sense to me, they will serve us food and rent out rooms but wont let us do the tour?
Some of the girls had never done the high tea so it took away from the experience...
I should have been informed on this when I made reservation we would have had brunch there instead of over priced finger food and tea.

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vipSprice
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Probably the best patio spot in Edmonton. Great view and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Doubt you can top the patio experience in Edmonton on a beautiful fall evening. Bravo!

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Shopper10
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Carmen our server was lovely..food was OK, pricey but I guess you pay for the venue somewhere...

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the spectacular historic setting, to the stellar service, to the phenomenal food, this was one of my favourite dining experiences. Our serving sizes were very generous- every single item on the plate was top quality. The service was beyond reproach and delightful. My only regret is not going sooner!

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vipChelle
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Michele, was lovely! Wonderful sense of humour and very knowledgeable about the menu!

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MelissaL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I took my daughter and a friend out for breakfast before her first day of kindergarten. We were able to sit out on the patio which is absolutely beautiful. Our server Michelle was efficient and friendly and even brought the girls a special treat to celebrate their special day.

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vippatcon
Edmonton
92 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful spot for a special meal. Server was very attentive and responsive. Everything was lovely.

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Jenken
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

I’ve been here several times already. I love it but this time if found it a little underwhelming.

I’ll chock it to COVID limitations on the menu, but I wouldn’t go for the chicken dish again. (portions size was good but overall I was disappointed with the flavour. For the price, I would expect to be wowed with flavour but — let’s put it this way — I’m not a professional cook but I’ve made better risotto at home.)

Great ambiance, excellent drinks, beautiful patio view, I will return (but maybe get a different meal.)

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lekkie
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Jacob was so sweet,he made our experience so wonderful.I wish there were a few more sandwiches and all the teas came to the table so we could try more,Thats how they do it London.Overall experience was wonderful.My daughter and I really enjoyed it!!!!

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Gurleenk
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really appreciate the chef who made us enjooy my birthday even more by doing lil changes of converting dishes from non veg to veg and our server i guess her name was Laila was awesoome too. Thanx for wonderful experience

LJ
LJo1
Edmonton
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience4

Limited menu. Uninspired options. Overpriced. Indifferent service.

JB
JimB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambience as well as great food and service makes the lounge at the Fairmont a great choice.

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Katy
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Beautiful patio and we enjoyed live music (courtesy of Downtown Live sponsored event). That was worth the money. But the food and service were not great

SB
ShannanB
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 12 year old daughter and I had a lovely afternoon tea at the Fairmont Macdonald. The sandwiches and dessert were tasty and definitely enough for the two of us though. My daughter absolutely loved the scones with fruit compote, and I'll second that. The only thing that I would change would be to add an option for children's menu as I don't know many kids who would enjoy smoked salmon. The tea trays are built on demand so adding some kid friendlier selections might be appreciated. We finished off our afternoon with a stroll in the gardens and we decided that we would return at least twice a year for afternoon tea.

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JAbuds
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Tomatoes and Burrata was delicious but the fish tacos lacked flavor. The basil and mint gin based cocktail was not that good. The sticky toffee pudding-like desert was fantastic.

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Happydiner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Food was soso and the fish tacos were tasteless with much batter. Even the salsa was bland.
Drinks were good. Setting was great!

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SuzanneW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Beautiful location! Stunning views. Classic. Perfect for all occasions.

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Karl
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A wonderful dining experience overall. I had the Steak au Poivre, which tasted excellent; the only problem is, it was not tender. Are these steaks properly aged (at least 28 days)? One expects better steak from the FHM.

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vipSANDY
Edmonton
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always!

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vipChelle
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and the best view in the City. We sat on the patio, even while a thunderstorm was underway (lightning was far away, and were cozy because it was covered and had heaters.
Our service was great, as always. And we all enjoyed our food - crispy wings, delicious tomato and burrata toast, and burgers and fries. Tip: the burger could probably be shared between two people.

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Ratbones
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Normally we are here in August every year for an overnight stay, dinner in the Harvest room, and spending the evening in the Confederation lounge. This year of course COVID so the restaurant is closed and food is only being served in the lounge. I though this would be ok as we are familiar with the kitchen and enjoy the lounge but it does lack the intimacy of the restaurant for such an occasion. Myself and daughter ordered the Flank steak au poivre, my wife had the bruleed chicken, we started with a chefs board to share. Two cheese’ and two meats with four pieces of toasted bagette on a plate did not justify the $35 price. Those familiar with the harvest room and have had their Filet know it is pricey but fantastic. This Flank steak for a price of $45 with fries was not worth it, it was cooked perfect just not a great piece of meat. My daughters was missing seasoning altogether and we both agreed mine was better. I get COVID exists and there needs to be compromises but I eat and stay in the hotel Macdonald more than a few times a year, this is the first time I was disappointed in the food. Service and atmosphere of course are always great, as expected at this price point.

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DannaH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

I and and group of ladies come to the MacDonald hotel once a year for lunch. We love the patio and always view the gardens. Some of our group this years where newbies.
Always an enjoyable outing for us senior ladies.

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GregB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food from my local Original Joe's would beat this by very large margins. The fish taco's was sub par and the cheese board was laking.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
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 on August 2, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely experience

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LoMac
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food!
Stayed the night before at the hotel as we had just gotten married :-)
Our server was awesome and the food was delicious...that being said, the price is quite high for what it was. I get it's a fabulous location but I would not go again unless for a special occasion as we are not used to spending over $80 on breakfast :-)
If you are used to the price, then definitely go! :-)

KJ
KennedyJ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
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!

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EricaB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SA
vipSANDY
Edmonton
34 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food!
Carmen is awesome!

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JanetL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
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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The Confederation Lounge - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is rated 4.4 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

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