Red Ox Inn
Red Ox Inn

Red Ox Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theredoxinn.com/
  • Phone: 7804655727
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Frank Olson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 95 Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of free parking on the street in front of the restaurant.
A word from Red Ox Inn
This tiny gem of a restaurant is nestled in one of Edmonton's oldest neighborhoods. The focus is on creative and eclectic cuisine, serving serious food in a casual atmosphere. The Red Ox Inn, a collaborative effort led by Andrea and Frank Olson, is proud of its relationship with loyal patrons, staff, and local producers. The wine list continues to grow in order to keep up with daily specials and a finely tuned menu. The Red Ox Inn is the perfect choice for a quiet dinner, a small gathering of friends, or even a private party.
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Red Ox Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (127)neighborhood gem (121)fit for foodies (116)romantic (95)notable wine list (71)good for groups (9)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We love the Red Ox! The food is exquisite, the service impeccable and we can walk over! We should come again soon! Thank you for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as always
    Doug
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We once again had a wonderful meal - always very tasty and perfectly done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food I've Had But...
    levik
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was amazing, very impressed. The wine pairing was great as well. It was a great evening out. Definitely something to try out. The only reason I didn't give this place 5 stars: - The DARN kitchen door. It shook our table every time it closed and was annoyingly loud. We almost left at the beginning as loud abrupt noises like that annoy me, but I am weird this way. - Ambient temperature, my date had to put her jacket on. I agree it could have been a little warmer. - Food temperature, my lamb (and my coffee) had obviously sit in the kitchen for a while before it came to our table. Food wasn't warm as it probably should have been, but it was still amazing. Keeping all of this in mind I will definitely be going back. Please fix door!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing....but pricey
    1HappyEater
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was fantastic. I was expecting the restaurant to be a little bigger as I went with a group of gals. The server was fantastic and knew the menu quite well and made recommendations. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. I can't rave about the food enough. I had the duck and all the items on the dish just went perfectly together. The flavors and smell was mouth watering. All of our plates were cleaned off...one of the gals was tempted to lick her plate it was that good. The menu was limited, so I was a bit skeptical but omg...delicious. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    Debbie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you want a great dining experience, I highly recommend this restaurant. The menu selections are amazing and you can be guaranteed you will be please with whatever you choose. The wine list is fairly extensive, offering a well rounded selection of wines and if you are not sure what to pair with your food, the staff aer very knowledgable and are more than happy to assist with offering suggestions. This restaurant offers some selections that you don't see many fine dining establishments any longer, such as steak tartare (which is fantastic). Wonderful ambience, great service, you feel right at home upon your arrival!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of Edmonton's finest restaurants! Hope to return soon
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Surprised
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This restaurant delivered on all counts - food, atmosphere, service. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as always
    ReviewManVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The albacore tuna, lamb, and pumpkin cheesecake were all stellar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delightful evening meal
    Travellers
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    As we have not tried your lunch or brunch, we have no comment. This was a special occasion of our 57th anniversary and was perfect in every way. The food was beautifully presented and our waitress was exceptional. We certainly will return and have already recommended it highly to friends and family members. The halibut entrée was amazing , the lamb cooked to perfection and the tuna appetizer so good! As we had no room for dessert, the waitress was so kind to acknowledge our anniversary with ice cream & a candle! Many Kudos to you all for a quality dining experience. Look forward to a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food....but meh
    Halo55
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    food was great, service was slow, noisy, very little character in the room
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • night out
    lenjster
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Four of us dined out to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant was comfortable and friendly. Our meals were very good quality, very tasty, and attractively presented. Our server was attentive and fun to be around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was excellent the only problem was that my son-in-law ordered chicken and was brought duck. The waiter went away and checked and acknowledged that it was his mistake. My son-in-law said it was fine because he did not want to eat alone as it takes a long time to get your food which is to be expected as it is not fast food but there was no offer of anything and we were charged for the duck even though it was more expensive than the chicken!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had not been to this restaurant for many years. At that time they had quaint wooden tables and chairs and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Now it is cold and stark. We found the food to be very expensive and although I requested my beef to me cooked medium, it was almost raw. We will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came here for our 1 year anniversary. We both hand a wonderful three course meal. Myself with the Beef Tartar, Lamb Loin, and Whipped Cream Cheese. Her with the Mac & Cheese, Chicken Breast, and Lemon Tart. The restaurant is a fail safe for any day and/or occasion. Will definitely return and recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Small and intimate. Not overcrowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful find!
    jdags
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have lived in Edmonton all our lives and have no idea how or why we haven't visited this gem of a restaurant before. The service was impeccable, and the food absolutely among the best meals we have ever enjoyed! We will most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived Up to It's Reputation
    Bugatti
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food, service, and timing of everything was perfect! We've always heard good things about this place and finally made it there for our wedding anniversary! Definitely lived up to it's reputation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Red Ox Inn
    James
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was pretty good. Nice small restaurant with not too much energy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small but delicious menu.
    smartytrish
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were a group ranging in age from 17 to 65. We all enjoy and know good food. One of us is a vegetarian. We all left very happy with our meals. The lamb was the most tender my mother has had. Both orders of tenderloin were cooked exactly as ordered. The duck was so good, the eater closed his eyes in ecstasy. The vegetarian was very happy with her tortellini. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. She was able to help with a wine selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, yet again
    canadapip
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was the second time we'd come to the Red Ox Inn for our anniversary dinner. Both time, we've found the menu to be spectacular and the service to be second to none. The food is fresh, and as local as possible which is always appreciated. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Edmonton, especially those downtown or in the east-central area. The restaurant is hidden on a side street in the Strathearn area, but taking the time to find is worth while, as good or better than any of the fancy restaurants downtown and with a much more relaxed feel and a much nicer neighbourhood to be in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect date spot
    Scootermac
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    While small and busy, the Red Ox Inn is still a great spot for a date, my Fiancé and I had our first date since our baby girl was born and the wine was fairly priced and the list was long, would only like to see a few more choices from the Okanagan! Food was amazing, especially dessert! Service was a little slower off the start but we were early for our reservation anyway. If your looking to take your loved one out for a nice date I would definitely recommend trying out the Red Ox. We will be back th next time were in Edmonton!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait was worth it
    EnjoyGoodFood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had heard about the Red Ox Inn some time ago and always wanted to try the restaurant but never took the time to reserve early enough. In order to celebrate a birthday I managed to reserve well in advance and finally attended the restaurant - the food was great. The place is quite small and somewhat noisy but the food is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    mtran819
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took my fiance here for our 2 year anniversary and it was fantastic! From service to food, all outstanding. The price you pay is definitely reflected on the portion size even though it's fine dining. Only downside is generally the same with all fine dining restaurants and it is the wait time for food. All in all a very wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I went there with my boyfriend for our anniversary. The food was fantastic and the restaurant seemed to run like a well-oiled machine. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fantastic service, food, and wine list. My wife and I really enjoyed our Saturday dinner (first time at the Red Ox) and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supurb dining experience
    Kittyjune
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Red Ox Inn is a little off the beaten path but worth searching for. My husband and I went out for my birthday and we really didnt know what to expect. The dining area is cozy, you can and will hear other diners talking but it is still very comfortable. The food was delish, menu is limited but that is because they rely on fresh, local available ingredients. My husband had the chicken dish which he said was fantastic. I had the heirloom tomato soup with homemade ricotta, which was the star of the plate. The halibut was melt in your mouth delish, and the vegetables and sauce were just perfect. The lemon tart was wonderful and my husband loved the chocolate brownie desert. Overall the food and service were excellent. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So close, but fell short.
    mrkellar
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went for our anniversary. All the pieces are in place but something just didn't click. The beet salad was something I could make at home with ease and failed to challenge my palette or even excite it. The tartare had nice flavour and the dressings were excellent (loved the capers) but the actual consistency of the tartare was like paste and was actually rather off-putting. The lamb, my main, was far too light on the lamp portion and the dish was generally out of balance; there were so many hazelnuts on the dish that I ended up with a plate of them (12 or so) at the end. Service was great. The music was too low, we could hear every conversation in the room; we shouldn't have went on a Tuesday. I'd try again but my first impression was, meh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always memorable
    Kreview
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Red Ox never fails to impress. Beautiful food and ambience without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience! Delicious menu!
    CK84
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had an excellent experience here. The Red Ox is a quaint little restaurant with a personal atmosphere. It's elegant in its simplicity and delivers an amazing meal. The service was excellent, our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. The albacore tuna appetizer was very delectable and both the pork loin and beef tenderloin were absolutely fantastic. We will definitely be back next time we're in Edmonton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    vaughn71
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always a great time at The Red Ox Inn. Great service that isn't over bearing, just there when you need it. Food is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite Edmonton restaurant
    Heidi
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is hands down my favorite Edmonton restaurant. The food is terrific, the service is professional, and the ambience is peaceful. We now live thousands of kilometers from Edmonton but make a point of dining at Red Ox whenever we can do so. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luscious foods
    Thea02
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The foods were divine! What I dont like is the ambiance. Another thing is the choices of foods are limited. The service was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local restaurant.
    Pjpj
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have had multiple visits to the Red Ox Inn, all were pleasant. Great wine list, great menu. My only qualm is that the last time my pork was very over cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I attending the Red Ox on Friday evening..My appetizer of mac/cheese was bland and tasteless. The chicken with cornbread was a cornbread puree, that had zero flavour and the chicken, was dried out..We had multiple waterer/waitress but always seem to throw the food down on the table and leave. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. When I complained about my food, it was a ok, Ill take it away no offer to replace my meal.
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  • Never disappointing
    65CooperS
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Red Ox Inn is one of the places you almost don't want to recommend for fear that it will become so busy that you can't get a table for your next visit. Our latest visit, for our anniversary, was no exception. If you want to test a kitchen order a scallop dish — overcooked they become little white hockey pucks. The Diver Scallops were lightly browned on the outside, tender & succulent inside; the Jalapeno emulsion, paper-thin slices of radish & apple provided lovely contrasts. Entrees were Lamb Loin for her & Beef Tenderloin — both perfectly cooked. The Mushroom Bread Pudding accompanying my beef was excellent; she particularly enjoyed the apple accompaniment. A lovely evening with an excellent pace of service & great, knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    vinny
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    All three courses for all four guests were excellent. Special star for the lemon tart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tremendous food and service
    Pootz
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We recently visited the Red Ox Inn for dinner and had a fabulous time. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The server brought us some additional wine on the house because they felt they were late getting our appetizer out but it really didn't seem that long to us. We were pleasantly surprised by this proactive gesture. Overall, just a great experience and we would certainly go back. It is a quaint little establishment though so be sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as always
    DowntownDyna
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was a fabulous night out at the Red Ox Inn. Retaining its spot as my favorite restaurant in town, we were so happy with our small booth tucked away in the corner, Karen our exceptional server, and the fabulous food and wine. No better place for a date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    Quashiemom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was wonderful and service exceptional. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    justatehere
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food tasted great. Had to wait 1 hour after ordering though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.