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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
  • "A party of 9 of us recently had lunch on the patio. Perfect day and very positive experience. Nicely accommodated us at the same table set under a curving screen that blocked the midday sun. Waiter was friendly and efficient. Smoked tuna pizza was fresh and tasty as was the shrimp pizza. Food brought promptly, water glasses constantly refilled. Reasonable price. The patio area is quite large and across from the park and Walterdale Theatre (Fire Hall). Street ambiance. There is a parking are behind the patio but it is screened off and not too intrusive. Comfortable lunch experience on a perfect day."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food wasn't as good as in previous times. Portions were smaller and overall the food wasn't as good. The menu is smaller too so many of my favourites are no longer offered. This used to be my favourite restaurant but unfortunately I won't be going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a remarkably good meal here Great advantage if you are going to Varsona theatre it is 2 minutes away the soup was exquisite and the main course was great . unfortunately the noise level is very high do not go there for conversation but the food was great"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Was very unhappy with the change in the menu mainly the Ceaser Salad and don't waste your money on the new chicken thighs appetizer. Pizza was good as always but there was a cook who kept putting his fingers in his mouth and then touches the food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Staff were friendly, very good to accommodate our request for another table, as original table was wobbly. We had: Caesar salad had a unique good flavor, but not enough dressing, as half of the lettuce was plain with no dressing on it at all, was my disappointment of this dining experience. The Hawaiian pizza was quite tasty, the chicken supreme was interesting with the ingredients, tasted quite good. Our group really enjoyed the complimentary bread and butter, which was exceptionally good. Overall, the food was good, but overpriced for what you are getting. The service was very good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I especially love your lemon pizza!! Packrat Louie is one of our favourite places to dine. The service is excellent, the ambience is warm and tasteful."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We stuck with the left side of the menu. We ordered Tomato Caprese salad, Florentine & Tuna Pizzas, & finished with a Lemon Tart. Simple, yet so fabulously flavourful in all its creations. Our server was friendly, refreshingly honest & very likeable. He definitely added to our first time experience at Pack Rat Louis'."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This is our favourite local restaurant. We have been coming here for many years for the dependable relaxed experience, with friendly service, great food and good choice of wines by the glass. The saffron risotto with prawns was delicious. Sometimes we come for the famous thin pizza and a glass of wine. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Very good food and good service. Great place for friends to sit and catch up."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Packrat is still hitting most of the right notes. The starters, pizzas and desserts are mostly excellent. I don't often bother with the main course offerings, as I find them a bit pricey. The room is pleasant. The service is excellent. And there is no music played on the restaurant side, which is a very welcome departure; just the sounds of diners enjoying themselves and the kitchen working."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have been to packrat before and had a great time years ago, the other evening was not the same. First off they didn't have AC, and the temperature out side was 'feels like 34' all they had were fans. I found te fans distracting and the place hot and uncomfortable. Although the food was good, it was extremely over priced!!! My husband and I love to dine and have been to places all over the city and found for what they offer it's very expensive. I would rather spend money like that on local food that has a more unique flare to it."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I had a Groupon to try this restaurant out, which I'm grateful for as the food definitely wasn't worth the price! My friend ordered a pasta dish, which had one flavour - salty. I ordered the shrimp and for $30, you get 4 shrimp that had no flavour and were a bit on the rubbery side. It came with a cup of saffron risotto, that was also salty. The only redeeming quality of the restaurant was my friend commented on her meal and the waiter brought us dessert on the house. Won't likely be returning and can't recommened it."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "First time here for my husband and myself. We loved the building and the decor--brick and wine corks, comfortably dim lighting, not too loud. A great win in the ambiance department. Our server was fantastic. Friendly, but not fake. And she let us know that Monday is 1/2 price bottles of wine, so we got a whole bottle for what we'd've paid for just 2 glasses. (All the other servers I observed seemed equally stellar.) The food was quite good. I had scallops that were just a bit sandy, but that was my only issue. My husband loved his wood-fired pizza. We would definitely return for a date-night repeat!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I went here on a Monday night with my boyfriend. We ordered the spicy Hawaiian pizza and the prawns; both were fantastic! The pizza especially was a very pleasant surprise, the crust was cooked just right, there was lots of cheese and the boar bacon was crispy and very tasty. The prawns were also very good. The saffron risotto was tasty but we found that it wasn't as creamy as a risotto should be. OUr server was very nice but she was not a professional as we would like to see at such an upscale restaurant, we didn't mind much because we are very laid back but some people may not like it much. Overall, we were very satisfied with our entire experience and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Did not know what to expect, first time there, impressed. Soup of the day was very good (tomato a la creme) and homemade. I had the pork shoulder smoked and braised, it was very good but I wished that there was more of it (a little skimpy). My wife had the Arctic Char, I tasted it and it was to die for, excellent! Excellent! I made the wrong choice that evening but we will be back to try other goodies! The peach sangria that my wife had was so amazing that she ordered another. The waitress, her name was Darrah was efficient, not pushy, gave us lots of time to enjoy the meal. She was fun to talk and joke around with. When we do come back we most definitely want to seat in her section."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was great, just very expensive for dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "my favourite restaurant. Always great food and service."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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