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Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar
Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar

Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.packratlouie.com
  • Phone: (780) 433-0123
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For groups of 20-50, we reserve the lounge area completely. We offer sit down 3-6 course dining, as well as cocktail party style with hors d'oeuvres and beverage service.
  • Private Party Contact: Jon Elson (780) 433-0123

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 104 Street
  • Public Transit: One block south on Whyte avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are many meters for parking in front and around the restaurant, as well as parking lots one block east, as well as one block west of the restaurant.
A word from Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar
Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of the Old Strathcona district, offers a menu as distinct as its name. European- inspired dishes and a stellar wine list make Packrat an absolute must for casual dining with friends, business lunches, cocktails in the lounge or as a start to a memorable evening. Signature dishes include the rack of lamb, prosciutto-wrapped giant prawns, arctic char, wood-fired gourmet pizzas and a revolving selection of decadent desserts.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went to Pack Rat Louie's for dinner Saturday night and was very disappointed with the food. Server was busy, but the appetizers came out before we got our drinks, second drink order took the same amount of time. Friendly server though. Overall the food wasn't great - especially for the price point. The restaurant needs interior updating. Great location though, could be a decent dinner destination."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was great, just very expensive for dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This place is great! I've been here multiple times and everyone I've recommended it to has loved it. It's a little on the pricey side but great atmosphere and good food."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very good food, expensive but very good. dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "1 problem with desert taking long time, waitress and Manager both apologized and we were given free desert, all without us even mentioning or complaining. Not everyone would appreciate how "fancy" the food is. Creamed spinach under the potatoes, but taste and presentation is fantastic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Was told this was a great place and many reviews support this, however, found food to be only good, not great. Except the soup...that was great. Lack of parking will probably keep me away from this place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Friends visiting from out of town were staying with family on the south side and they wanted a recommendation from me for a spot for lunch, preferably on the south side of the river. Packrat Louie's was the obvious choice. After the visit, I remain convinced that the standard of service, ambiance and quality of food make this place one of the city's best."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Love this place....for larger group dinners, or for pizza on the way to the football game. And they have solved the riddle of how to make a good Caesar salad, which seems to defy so many otherwise good restaurants!!! We have been there several times now and never a disappointment."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal. My friend had the vegetarian eggplant dish and I had the chicken with apricot and both were very much out of the ordinary and delicious. The chicken was tender and flavorful with the small apricot glaze providing just the right savoury sweet accompaniment to the spaetzel. My friend had sweet potato gnocchi with her dish and loved it. Our server was attentive without intrusiveness, and made sure that we were aware that our order took a little extra time to prepare."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We return to PAC Rat Louie's as we always find the service excellent and ambience great.The food is always good and presented in a pleasing manner. We like the wine list ,would like see more classy Italian wine on the list.love the Ticanese salad!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very nice place, service was good, good selection of food and wine. A little noisy, but bearable. Menu selection, I was a little hesitant with the main courses; the sides seemed a little strange to be paired up with the meat choice, but maybe it was just me. When we left, my wife said the same thought was on the back of her mind too!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Heard mix reviews about this place so we decided to give it a try. Waited 20 minutes for our drinks to arrived, the drinks were below average. Than we got three thin slices of bread and waited for another 20 minutes or do for our appetizers - unremarkable. Waited for another 30 minutes or so for our main courses -small portions and no favors. Had to ask 3 times before I got my water refilled. Waited some more for dessert."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food at Packrat Louie is consistently good, but not always memorable. Soup and salads today were good--beet carrot soup, and a bit of a twist on caprese salad. Portions are appropriate for lunch. My friend didn't seem to enjoy the Caesar salad though; not a typical one for sure. Ask before ordering! The service was inattentive and everything was very slow. The restaurant was not busy and it seemed that we waited a long time considering we had the soup of the day and salads. We had to flag a waiter to order after-drinks--two lattes took forever to come--and similarly waited an inordinate amount of time for the bill to arrive. I guess that says we weren't rushed and fortunately we had the time, but I would have appreciated more attention."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The beet-orange soup was delicious. Just a nice hint of orange. The artic char was very very delicious. Fish can often be overdone but this was perfect. Lovely and juicy and tender. It was a bit noisy for me but I'm an old guy, and the food and wine definitely made it worthwhile. And half price wine on Mondays. Fantastic."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I was nervous going after I heard that the Chef had changed but I was still super impressed with the food. Will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We went to Packrat Louie's to celebrate our anniversary. We ordered the scallops and pork belly appetizer to share and found it only fair. Our entrees were very tasty but I paid $30 for the prawns and only got 4. I've gotten more prawns from and appetizer. Our waitress didn't seem to want to be there and we didn't see her for long stretches of time. We at somewhere else the night before had more food of equal tastiness for less money."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were a table of five so we understood there may be some delay in getting our entrees but over an hour before they arrived was a bit much. Our dishes were hit and miss. Some of our party found their dishes a little bland (the halibut for example) whereas others found their arctic char and prawns very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great overall dining experience. The menu is rather limited and on the pricey side but the beef tenderloin was worth very penny. I was glad I didn't order an appetizer as it was a really good size main and I couldn't even finish the desert - so although it appeared expensive it was good value. The service was great as well and super friendly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We dined with friends and were able to easily have a conversation without competition with background noise. Our server was attentive but not hovering. The food was presented in a timely fashion, hot or not as appropriate. We all enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Two emply glasses on the table, only refilled one even have water in the jar. No bread to refill. And the reataurant was not busy. It was not like that before."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "As always the food was great when we dined on the patio for my husband's birthday. However the server we had was horrible. First off it took her 3 trips bring us some water, then she returned about 15 minutes after we had water to take our drink order we told her we'd like to order our food (knowing it took almost 30 mins to get water we better order) so she brought out my son's flat bread pizza right away which was great, followed by our app 20 mins after. My son finished his meal and at this point was becoming antsy in his chair, it had been an hour since we originally placed the order, finally our food came out and we had to take turns playing with our son in the park so the other person could eat."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I was impressed both with the professionalism of the staff, and with their ability to blow my expectations of a lemon pizza away!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The meal presentation was very nice and the food tasted good. Would go again. Sat on the patio which is nice as it is enclosed and isn't on a busy street so there isn't a lot of road noise."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food especially the prawn appetizer was good. Service was great our server was so nice and helpful. Maybe a little pricey but for a special occasion it's great."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I always have shrimp pizza. Consistently good and price is reasonable. However many items such as steak etc are expensive. Will be back though."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We really enjoyed all the food we had - Duck CARPACCIO and Pork Belly with Scallops. Tuna pizza and Prosciutto Pizza. The only disappointment was that they do not have their amazing calamari on the appetizer menu anymore. :( That used to be my favorite and probably one of the best in town!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service. One of the better dining experiences I've had in quiet some time. Dined out on the patio was very relaxing as it was a wonderful day. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone even families."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Disappointed. We have been going here for years, and it has always been consistently good. Service was exceptionally slow, possibly a lot of new staff? Waited 15 minutes for service after being seated, only then to be told that we would have to wait for a wine list, as they didn't have enough."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Loved the Beef Tenderloin. So delicious. This place has a wonderfully unique character but it is expensive. A great place for the occasional treat."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Disappointed in 2/4 new things we tried. Salmon appy was good, as was the tomato caprese salad (a little small, same size as half of other kind). Prosciutto pizza was a disappointment, egg overwhelmed and not a lot of flavour, carrot cake as well was taken over with citrus. Keeping an open mind though as its hard to be disappointed with this place, it's just that cool."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Another enjoyable evening at Packrats.. We dine once a month at Packrats. ....very pleasant service and now a new menu....."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great service and warm atmosphere. Food was delicious and selection was excellent! Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We go to Packrat Louie a few times a year, this time for dinner with a group of six. The service and food were excellent as always."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Had pizza and wine. Both were excellent!! Service was superb."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I have been to Packrat before and as always they didn't disappoint. This time I had recently found out food restrictions and they more than accommodated to them. I had the Arctic Char and while the fish was a bit salty it didn't make the meal as a whole any less excellent. I would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "If you haven't been there for a while, it's every bit as good as it was some20 years ago."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "One of our party voted the Arctic Char "The best fish meal I have ever had - anywhere!" The other meals were exceptional too. The service stood up to the quality of the food. We had two hungry 12 year old soccer lads with us and they enjoyed the food as much as the adults. All in all, it was a very nice cap on a lovely day with family from out of town."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My bridal shower of 15 people was held here and PRL's was a great choice. We had a fixed menu since we were a large group; however the selection was varied and the service and food were great. My only criticism is that my Caesar salad dressing was not to my liking, but otherwise dining here was a worthwhile experience! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service even better"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great job on the new menu. We had girls night at Packrats and were happy to discover a new summer menu. We each tried different items on the menu and we were all very happy with what we ordered. I am looking forward to trying the rest of the new items on your patio this summer. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014