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Continental Treat Fine Bistro
Continental Treat Fine Bistro

Continental Treat Fine Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ctfinebistro.com
  • Phone: (780) 433-7432
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Adults Only
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Elizabeth Palmowski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Weddings, Business Lunches and Dinners, Christmas Parties
  • Private Party Contact: Sylvesterct@shaw.ca (780) 433-7432
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Wine/Beer/Scotch Dinner
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monthly Wine/Beer/Scotch Dinners with Live Jazz
    Please visit our website for more details www.ctfinebistro.com
    or call 780-433-7432 and as for Sylvester



Getting there

  • Cross Street: whyte avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Limited Parking at the Back
A word from Continental Treat Fine Bistro
The Continental Treat Restaurant is a family affair. Two generations of the Borówka Family work together to bring their romantic turn of the century dining vision to life. Owners Ryszard and Helena Borówka and their son Sylvester Borówka oversee the entire operation. Ela Palmowski is the Executive Chef together with sous chefs Maria Pałkowska, Bartosz Beresiński, Alexandr Oleineac, and Dusten Dixon. This international team of sous chefs are constantly innovating our menu. Other talented sous chefs joining us this year; Attilla Szabo from Hungary, Zdenek Holub from Czech Republic, Helmut Schumacher from Switzerland and Alexader Davidoff from Russia. Christopher Czapiga and Cindy Oland are the hosts who will welcome you gracefully on any occasion. The ambiance is one of pure charm, combined with an air of luxury and elegance. During the day classical music selection waft overhead, reminding you to take your time and enjoy the journey.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "I love the food, especially the chicken soup, but $20 for a CUP of soup and a sandwich is too expensive for lunch."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Had the Dill Pickle soup which is great and the special which was Chicken Stroganoff on spattzle which was very good and had lots of meet. Very filling meal overall."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Unique menu delicious food. Pleasant but open environment. Server was a bit stretched but did ok"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I was quite happy with my visit there. The ambience on a date was excellent and the service was really great. It was a nice find as it was my first time there. My date is a vegetarian and was able to look over a lot of selections for that. I had the special, which was shrimp and chicken in a white wine cream sauce on rice. It was good except that the chicken in it was way overdone, and had a very dry consistency. For what it is worth, it was quite busy at the time, and the food itself was still very good."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The reviews are accurate Wonderful food excellent service and quiet so that you can chat . Incidentally 150 beers avaiable . reasonable wine list very Europeans and romantic we will be back"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food (and beer) very much, the service was friendly and first class. I also enjoyed the baroque music in the background, very relaxing. Definitely one of the nicer spots to go and eat, in fact I'll be there again tomorrow for lunch!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience, in fact we could just as easily have been in Europe!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been dining here for several years and have always had excellent meals. They have an interesting menu with many European favorites, including perogie appetizers and sauerkraut and potato soup. I was pleased to see that they have adapted several of their recipes to be gluten free. I was able to have Chicken Schnitzel in a mushroom gravy which was delicious. We would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our special occasion evening was made very special from the time we arrived til the time we left this gem of a restaurant. I try and attend The Continental Treat each time I am in Edmonton and have enjoyed the ambiance, friendly, professional staff and the food has been presented beautifully and everything cooked to perfection. I have attended with girlfriends, family and everyone has enjoyed their experience at The Continental Treat. Congratulations on a job well done. Also booking on line to make a reservation was user friendly and done very quickly with a quick response of confirmation. Well done."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Small and comfortable elegant dining room. Lovely selection on the menu. Our party had French onion soup, sauerkraut/potatoe soup and escargot for appetizers. Our entrees were Hungarian goulash, a staple there, and Belgium pork loin all with either the spaetsle ( not sure how to spell it) or dumplings and vegetable medley. Delicious and very generous portions. No way we could have eaten dessert. Everyone had a drink before dinner and with tip the meal was very reasonably priced. we have been before for lunch but never dinner. Service was excellent and the atmosphere is very relaxed."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Very tasty treat! Enjoyed the entrees very much, nice service too."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was my mom's 86th birthday and took her to Continental Treat for supper. The food was excellent and delicious for everyone. There were three of us who went. The service by our waitress was excellent. She was always on her toes checking to see if we needed anything and how was everything. The ambience there was very nice. We all had a dessert and when they brought my mom's our waitress put a candle in hers and we sang her happy birthday. She loved it. I would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We go to Continental bistro quite often. We love the food and are never disappointed. Always good, always consistent."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The menu did not initially wow and was skeptical as to picking it. The escargot was Amazing, a great sauce that set it apart from all others I have had. The stroganoff and goulash were delicious, distinct flavours of the European food. Not a night of healthy choices but surely worth the deliciousness."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food is always so fresh and the service is excellent. I truly enjoy having lunch or dinner with friends."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Fine offering of European favourites, some with a lighter touch. Bright with windows on two sides, linen cloths, friendly staff. menu items very well prepared and good selection of wines. Conveniently located; we enjoyed our evening and plan to return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Sunday evening was our first time at this restaurant which is a bit out of the way as we live in St.Albert.We were pleasantly surprised.The restaurant was busier than anticipated for a Sunday evening,but we were seated immediately.Reservation definitely recommended.The food was excellent-our waitress was friendly,pleasant and attentive.We will definitely add the Continental treat as one of our "usual dining spots"."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The first time my boyfriend and I went to continental treat it was amazing. I remember how amazing the food was and the beer list was also fantastic. We indulged in their amazing soups and beef stroganoff. The service was great and we noted it as our favorite resturant in edmonton. So, we came back with a group of our friends and it was... Meh. The food was cold when it came out. Our service was okay, but the food was disappointing. Maybe it was because of our big group? But it was extremely dead and still loud in the resturant. I have to say this go around they've been bumped off my list almost intirely."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Top notch food. Attentive service. Amazing beer list. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • " this was our second time eating there and we have been treated with excellent service both times. The food was great, our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We look forward to going back in the near future."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner out for a celebration. Service was top notch. The pickle soup was delicious. My Dad grew up in a traditional german family, and loved every aspect of the food. Dessert was also scrumptious. My parents loved it so much they would like to make it a tradition to come up to the city for dinners at the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The experience was enjoyed by everyone. The proximity to the University also helps."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Positive - Beef Tartar was excellent - out table of 4 shared as an appie) and dinner was great, but not fabulous. Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant. Negative - they have a sign posted outside the door "No children after 5 pm". However, we unfortunately were seated next to a very badly behaved and very loud toddler. Others at their table kept trying to hush him, but the parents did nothing. Another table came in with 2 dry well behaved children....no problem at all. Interesting to have this sign out....Also the tables are very close together for a place that is so pricey. We had a fun evening, but would'nt chose to come again!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We often dine at Continental Treat for Sunday lunch and it's time I wrote a review to say why! The food is consistently good and hearty- schnitzel and goulash are family favorites, with dill pickle soup a must (recommend you upsize from a cup to a bowl-it is that good!) We are always made to feel welcome and yes, our family will continue to regularly find our way back to Continental Treat."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I love your Restaurant very much,special the food and Wine"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I am completely unable to say one negative thing about this place. My wife and I had the best time and the food was amazing. Service was perfect. I can't wait to return here. Absolute perfection in all areas!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service, food and the entire experience was outstanding. Great place to treat friends to an evening out because you know every meal will be a delicious experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great selection of European dishes beer. I will be back for the schnitzel and 1L steins again and hopefully be able to book the back private room again as well"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Continental Treat is a gem for lovers of everything European: great atmosphere, great service, great east European cuisine, reasonably priced (though not cheap). This is a family owned restaurant that has graced the Whyte Ave scene for over quarter of a century. And did I mention THE BEST European beer menu of any restaurant in Edmonton? Well worth your time. Do get on the e-mail list for their international wine & cheese, beer nights, etc. Well worth your time."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Continental Treat Fine Bistro has wonderful food. The Vienna schnitzel was so tender. Although the price of the meal was on the high side of reasonable, what I really objected to was having to pay an extra $2.95 to have a couple of tablespoons of mushroom gravy poured on my schnitzel. The meal would have been too dry without the gravy."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We've known about this restaurant for years but never had the inclination to go until a friend's recommendation coincided with a Groupon offer. Food was quite good, but the prices are quite steep. Two lunch specials cost close to $50 (no beverages, appetizers, desserts)! That's quite expensive. There is a sign on the window that says no children after 5pm... It's a good thing we didn't take our daughter with us for supper like we had originally intended. We would've been quite upset to show up for supper and then to discover that children are not welcome. This information is not on their website and it certainly wasn't on the Groupon either. They are not a pub or lounge so the no children rule raises a question of age discrimination."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Visit to this fine Restaurant very much.The Server was pleasant and helpful in explaining the Menu to our Co-Diners that had no previous Experience with European Dishes. The Food was excellent and especially the Wiener Schnitzel was enjoyed by everybody. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've been here many times, and am never disappointed. It's nice to eat at a restaurant that isn't trendy for a change. You can always rely on good, old fashioned food, and excellent service. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We ate at Continental Treat for a special occasion recently. The restaurant was crowded and noisy, the tables too close together. The service was good. The drinks were OK, The food was OK but nothing exciting. The Borscht was good, the pickle soup was good, Escargots, and chicken stroganoff and hungarian goulash were all smothered in creamy sauce and garnished with pickles ??? and sour cream??? Way too much stuff to mask the meal with flavs we did not enjoy. Meat was overcooked. Pasts was OK but not great. Will not return. They need to update their menu, decor,amd staff/ "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Consistently a wonderful dining experience! One of our favourite placrs to dine with friends and family ."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Always great food. I tried the polish cutlet this time and it was sooooo yummy. You can have anything on the menu and will not be dissapointed. I love this place "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • " We had a great time and the wine and food was amazing. Would totally recommend this bistro to our family and friends!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was so wonderful- everything was delish!!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Always been or go to place to celebrate special occasions as Continental Treat is top shelf for service, food and ambience that completes the special occasion."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Over the years Continental Treat has been a fairly regular destination for my extended family. They never disappoint on the plate, and the service is always just right. Sometimes you have someone in your party that has many questions to ask, and other times you hardly need the server, but they always seem to get it right. The beer menu is impressive, and the lamb chops are among the best in town for sure!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014