The Butternut Tree

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313 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
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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T
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here. It was our first time, and we absolutely loved the experience from start to finish. Can't say enough great things about the Halibut!

LJ
Edmonton
26 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Very knowledgeable. All Adams recommendations were excellent.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we went your restaurant for our Anniversary dinner.
Everything was great. We enjoyed our dinner.
Our server Adam was great to have knowledge of all of our questions of food and drinks.
We definitely come back to your restaurant.

MW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Best food I ever had!

AB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good food. Too pretentious in the presentation. Rock fish delicious. Berries and cheese for dessert lovely

t
Edmonton
18 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely the best service ever . Great wine list, great food and a view of the river valley what could be better . Thanks to our wonderful server!!

C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Edmonton’s best kept secret!! We had an INCREDIBLE experience here and will be recommending the place to friends!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing serving staff and chef ! Very knowledgeable about the food,ingredients and wine . Excellent restaurant for exploring Canadian cuisine and wines .

Q
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This could have been perfect scores for all categories however dessert is just lacking. With so many fruits in season in Canada right now, the options are always a disappointment come dessert (this was our second visit). However everything else was outstanding.

AL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent and creative dishes made with Canadian ingredients. Our server Adam was excellent - knowledgeable about the menu and provided us a lot of background on the dishes.

DE
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our servor Adam was very informative and had an infectious energy about him. We had the tasting menu, beautiful presentation but didn't have as much depth of flavor as I was expecting, missing some umami? I really appreciate the sourcing of local and Canadian grown ingredients, the broccolini and marrow was the table favorite, with the seabuck thorn ice-cream coming in a close second. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and offers a great view of the Highlevel Bridge and streetcar. A little pricey I thought, but overall a great experience.

A
Edmonton
135 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this is my second review this is one of the finest resaurnat in edmonton. the food is outstanding the service excptioand the setting is wonderful i only oject to their policy about canadain wines

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A gem. Highly recommended.

JK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our our experience! Food & service were top notch!

JJ
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
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!

SR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

The service was incredible slow it did not appear that busy to be so slow.My husband ordered a second drink and waited about twenty minutes to get,the two beer cans from the first order still sat at the end of the table that we put there hoping to get someone's attention.If you are considered one of the best restaurants service should be somewhere at the top as well.The food was good but very small portions and very pricey .I ordered the hen in the woods thinking I would be getting some sort of poultry dish(33.00)but all I got was a bunch of mushrooms.Sorry,we heard so much about this place but after receiving such poor service and the hefty bill we left disappointed .

RW
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 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 10 August 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 8 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 2 August 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 16 July 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 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday - lovely experience

N
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 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 6 July 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 6 July 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
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding, as always

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 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 29 June 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 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Liked that everything was Canadian sourced

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

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

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

Good food, excellent knowledgeable waiter.

T
1 review
Dined on 15 June 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 15 June 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 14 June 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
136 reviews
Dined on 12 June 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 1 June 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 1 June 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 31 May 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

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