Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar
Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar

Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar

  • 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 7804330123x

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.
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Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (56)special occasion (51)good for groups (48)romantic (31)notable wine list (26)great for lunch (24)hot spot (16)great for outdoor dining (15)late-night find (13)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Great place!!
    Pink342
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Everything was awesome...definitely worth the visit:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    HungrygakVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Always consistent with their food and service. Not high end, but a great casual restaurant. Our server was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was not disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    recommended by a friend and he was spot on. Took my wife here for her birthday as she is a fish or pasta gal. well the selections were some of the best we have seen in E-town. Starters and mains were great and desert was filling!.in our top 5 for Edmonton now and can't wait to treat others here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food/Outstanding Service
    2cool
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was flavorful, delicious and overall had excellent presentation! The customer service was quick, responsive, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great Food!Wonderful service. A little close to the front door so it was cool, but not uncomfortably.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and Refreshing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Absolutely wonderful atmosphere, meets refreshing menu choices. Not the usual pick a meat or pasta type of menu. Great variety and beautifully plated dishes. Serving staff are accommodating, courteous and professional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ordinary, unfriendly waitress
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My soup was not that good and could have been warmer and the waitress was not v attentive and gave impression she didn't like her job. Not at all ready to please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    amazingservice
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The service made the experience as well as the food. Having a good server who is attentive and thinks about things before you do is a great asset. The woman who worked Tuesday evening around 6pm was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    ConcordiaClub
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner. Best feature was the food. Tries to come off as fine dining but does not have all the qualities. Service was mediocre - it felt like our server was almost running to too many tables. Unfortunately our round table was in the middle of the room near the open kitchen so we were in the traffic flow. Menu changes were brought to us after we ordered and server was confused as to who ordered what for our group of five. Wine list is pricier than other restaurants in area and edmonton. Food was delicious and flavourful with reasonably sized portions. Arctic char was perfectly cooked and nice to see more fish than rice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    LolaVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The food is delicious and perfectly served. The service is very good. Everything is high quality.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Edmontonfoodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I have always enjoyed dining at Packrat's. I like the food, atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific!
    Arch
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was amazing! I had the Chicken Supreme and I'm glad I did. Mouth Watering! The entire group of 6 enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfactory
    jcca
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had supper here on Friday October 18. Service was friendly. Appetizers came out fairly quickly. We were a little bit underwhelmed with the charcuterie plate. The blue cheese was tasty but goat cheese was too big in portion and almost tasteless. Accompaniments were fine but not inventive by any means. Entrees were a mixed review. Vegetarian pizza was reported as tasty as was the Arctic char. Pork shoulder was a little stringy. By far the biggest disappointment was the beef tenderloin. First off it was anything but tender and required sawing through. Seconly it arrived lukewarm at the table. Thirdly, I personally felt it was over seasoned and had too much spinach puree for the dish. We will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little late
    Jdawg64
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was great, waitress great, but an hour and forty to get your food ridiculous! Credit to the waitress they covered our drinks, but eating dinner in ten minutes to make the comedy festival show really put a damper on the evening
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was disappointing but the service was excellent. It lacked creativity and flavor. I don't know if they have a new chef because people in Edmonton rave about this place. The tendon wasn't pulled from the back of the rack of lamb so it was impossible to cut through and well gross. It was served with charred cauliflower with no flavor and tater tots... really? Our server however was excellent. When we talked to him about the rack of lamb, he took it back and brought out fresh prawns wrapped in prosciutto. The duck carpaccio was delicious but the garnishes and sauce could have used more thought. I did like how they would let you cork your wine and take it home as well and they have an excellent wine list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite noisey
    fiddlestix
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was terrific and the service was very good. However, the ambiance, due to the noise of other diners, made it necessary to nearly shout to each other. I think some noise baffles would be good idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, not-so-great service
    dynahthirst
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It was a Saturday night, to be fair. We started with wine and the scallop and pork belly appetizer - the scallops were probably the best either of us has ever had. I then had the Arctic Char and my companion had the beef tenderloin. All of the food was amazing and incredibly well-balanced. Every bite was a symphony of taste. We then moved on to the sticky toffee pudding for dessert which, again, was probably the best one we've ever had. Our only issue was that we were left alone for quite awhile between our entree plates being removed and even being offered the dessert menu. I had to stop someone to ask for more water and our waiter passed us several times before checking in with us. The food was good enough to salvage the night, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Got the Bum's Rush
    Nightout
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Asked if we would leave, the next reservation needs to be sitted (never happened to any of us before!). I thought the request might be tied to the lack of booze ordered, 2 out 4 had a beer with our meal, no wine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mostly good
    bubs
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Attentive service. Bison tenderloin was good. Black bean soup was tasty but wasn't very warm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the best YEG restaurants
    YumkrisVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was excellent, with well thought out and complex dishes. The dessert was delicious as well. Can't wait to come back to try sonething else
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over and above
    ELakoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We made this reservation last minute when we realized we didn't have one and were meeting friends for dinner. Our table was a bit late when we got there and so the Manager(Jarred) comp'ed us drinks and appetizers for the inconvenience. Over and above is what I say! The servers were amazing, and the food even better! this place seems to get better and better every time I go. thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Packrat Louis
    Richard
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was outstanding. The halibut dish was one of the tastiest I have ever had. My one concern is that the person who accompanied me has a very low speaking voice, and it was hard to hear her because of the noise level. At times it seemed they were playing music. If so, maybe they should shut it off so as to subtract from the total noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food at Packrat Louie was outstanding, the person serving us was also outstanding. The only issue was the kitchen on this night was really slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jenn2eat
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Really awesome evening! We left absolutely stuffed. My boyfriend got the prime rib which was the daily special it was unreal, and you have to always add scallops they are just the best. We enjoyed two different wines recommended by our awesome server THANKS DANIEL. She really made our evening special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BCGuy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    On a recent visit to Edmonton, we ate twice at Packrat Louie. Both times we were impressed by the interesting, creative, well prepared food coupled with the good service. I believe that there are few if any other restaurants in the entire length of Whyte Avenue that would measure up to PL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    chucklehead
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I wanted to try something new for our anniversary dinner. Someone showed opentable.com to me and from there I found Packrat Louie's. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere and the service were all fantastic which made for a really memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I decided to meet clients for lunch at Packrats. I had the smoked duck lunch feature and it was excellent. My clients tried dishes from the menu and they were very happy with their choices. It was an overall excellent experience. I will definitely be eating lunch at Packrats again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good; could be even better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    As always, the food was good. Couple of suggestions/observations, though: - It shouldn't take 45 minutes to be served lunch, particularly when only 8 tables were active. By the time we were done, our stay exceeded two hours (bring lots of loonies for the parking meter). - While it's difficult to rid a restaurant of flies, having them buzz one's guests is rather distracting
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still good
    Chip
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It's been 9 years since we have been to Packrat but food and service is still top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and won't be the last
    Yegfoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great service, really nice atmosphere. Lamb seemed a little undercooked. Otherwise was a great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PRL -food and atmosphere
    Happy1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was good, but the server was challenged as she had a lot to do. The noise level from a table close by made it uncomfortable to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cate
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We always enjoy our evenings at Packrat Louie's. The food is always interesting - even the vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, some I ffy service
    Lola57
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Chose Packrat Louie for a special occasion lunch as I had a wonderful dinner experience a few months ago. Our food was all delicious, but our waitress was unfriendly and clearly annoyed to be working that day, which put a bit of a damper on the experience. The food also took over an hour, which surprised as the restaurant was less than half full. Would still return, but probably at dinner time, and try to avoid this particular snotty waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artic char perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Light lovely simple yet complex harmonious flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Summer evening !
    perfectnight
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We chose Packrat Louie's to celebrate our 42 Anniversary and were thrilled to find the outdoor patio available on a perfect summer evening. The weather was perfect, the music was delightful, the service was wonderful and the food was delicious. Thank you for a memorable occasion !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highly recommend!
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was great, our drinks never emptied, and plates weren't on the table long after finishing. The food was fantastic. I would highly recommend Pakrat Louie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Algy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner between shows at the Fringe. Excellent service, always attentive but not smothering. Good wine selection and a pleasing variety of beer. The "Chefs soup" was wonderful, enquire as it appears to change regularly. One braised pork entree and one prawn entree, both of which were excellent. We were given plenty of time to enjoy a drink while making our selections and appreciated the pause between courses to enjoy the atmosphere. You don't have to break the bank to have a great meal here. Seeing the Hawaiian pizza with boar bacon on the menu guarantees a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Impressed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Hosted a 50th birthday and I was able to drop the cake off and gift and decorations and the staff looked after it for me and the birthday person was none the wiser. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tipping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It's presumptuous to start your tipping option at 18%, especially when our server was not worthy of that. I guess you're hoping people don't hit the "Other" button.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing as always
    kammy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Yet another great visit, wonderful service, ambiance and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.