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Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel
Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel

Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavern1903.com
  • Phone: (780) 424-0152
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:00pm (2-5 pm snacks)

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, (Bar till Midnight)
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Late (Bar till 1:00 am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Larry Stewart Chef /Proprietor Tavern 1903 and Hardwaregrill
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: N/A

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 97th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel

Tavern 1903 in the Alberta Hotel is where the evolution of excellence in great food continues. The name pays homage to the year the Alberta Hotel was originally built, Tavern 1903 will embrace the culture and diversity of the region. The stunning vintage long bar restored to its original grandeur, complemented with a contemporary modern restaurant will provide a classic and energetic setting celebrating Canadian culture and the diverse cuisines of the world. Tavern 1903 is the place where people gather for food, conversation and fun,naturally.

The menu at Tavern 1903 will be comprised of local and national products. Influenced by the season and what’s growing, our menus will feature classic Canadian fare with a modern twist using, where available sustainable, locally and regionally sourced products from small growers and producers.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The baby lobster Mac and cheese is to die for! Best pasta dish ever. Good is consistently great here. Very interesting atmosphere & nice to have the extra space on the patio."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "First rate food, personal service, and you can actually have a conversation with a friend and hear yourselves talk. Short walk from LRT for diners from the south side. Very reasonable prices, too. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Two of our group had the buttermilk chicken sandwich and said it was the best lunch they have had in a long time. I had the applewood smoked salmon and did not realize it was not a fillet but it turned out okay. I had the Gem Salad last time I was there and it was awesome.Patio is noisy if there is a lot of traffic but it is Alberta so we still love to sit outside anyways. Nice chairs. Service is amazing and we all commented on it when we left. I will continue to recommend this place to my friends"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We sat on the patio so the road noise was a little loud off of Jasper but aside from that I have nothing negative to say. The service, the pacing, the food, and the drinks were all delightful. 1903 is one of the top restaurants in the city and in the three times I've been there has remained consistent."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food didn't blow me away, but the menu is interesting and the service was excellent. The best dish of the night was the mozzarella sharing platter - the smoked one was my favorite. Most disappointing? Either the steak or the duck confit tacos. The steak was a bit boring and the tacos were aggressively spicy (usually I love spicy food). Cocktails were amazing! The room is gorgeous and the patio looks awesome."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed the patio atmosphere and the food was absolutely fantastic. The KFC caulliflower is excellent and would recommend to everyone."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you like bacon, this is it!!!!! The Maitre de really know his stuff!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Terrific food....especially the watermelon and feta salad, and the cheesecake parfait!!!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The Korean Fried Cauliflower (KFC) was amazing! Our table of 5 all had a really amazing meal at Tavern 1903, three people in our party had the short ribs complete with truffle parmesan fries, one person had the salmon and the fifth person tried the "pig-nic". There were no complaints from anyone. Food is terrific, lots of flavor and stood out from other downtown restaurants. The atmosphere was nice for a group, we didn't feel like we had to whisper. Great spot for dinner with friends."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I do not like restaurants that are loud. Between 5 - 6:30 noise level was perfect for holding conversation. By 6:30 it was getting too loud so we left without desert. But overall the food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I had booked this restaurant after a gruelling contest prep for cbbf finals. I was excited to have a reward meal post show. These do not happen often. The service was really slow and after an exhaustive day my group and I were going to leave before our mains came. It took them an hour to get us our mains. Not pleased. However, the food is good. But would not plan on going again soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We like this restaurant but I found that there isn't enough vegatarian options The cedar plant salmon was too smokey to our liking and the chicken was dry. The starters were very good. Also the grilled tomatoes with the fish were not rope enough so they had very little flavor Also. It took too long between our appetizers to get our mains."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is one of our favourite new places to dine! The food is amazing and love the history of the architecture! I suggest the pig-nic or the ribs; my meal has been cooked perfectly every time. The jack Daniels chocolate cake is a must for anyone that loves chocolate. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at Tavern 1903, I would definitely go back and would highly recommend to anyone who asks. We started off with the "KFC" the Korean Fried Cauliflower, from the crisp coating to the flavour explosion of the sauce. UNBELIEVABLE. My wife then ordered the cedar plank salmon, and I ordered the Braised short ribs. I can't say enough how enjoyable both meals were, the fish had a nice sear and a subtle flavour of the cedar smoke. The short ribs melted in your mouth and had a very nice flavour sauce. Amazing dinner, can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Sat on the patio on a very hot, sunny day under the umbrellas and the best pork belly sandwich for lunch, ever..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We sat on the patio in a nicely shaded spot, comfortably out of the hot sun, but still able to enjoy the beautiful day. It's a bit noisy being on Jasper Avenue, but tolerable. Not recommended for a quiet romantic two-some though. Food was great--including gluten free options. Loved the truffle fries--I could smell them and couldn't resist. My salad was more like a Caesar salad than I expected with a similar creamy dressing and romaine hearts. The bacon is de-lish! All this is sounding very high fat and unhealthy but there were better options for a stricter healthier diet, though not many. Service was pleasant. Wine by the glass was good and well-priced. I had a NZ Sauvignon Blanc, a perfect option for hot summer days."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The service and food were amazing, and exceeded my expectations!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was exquisite and our server was the best. We shared the truffle oil fries, KFC and Strawberry Burratta -- all delicious. The garlic lemon chicken with goat cheese mashed potatoes was perfectly done. Generous servings. For dessert, the chocolate cake wit Nutella whipped cream was a winner! Our server was top notch -- consummate professional. He knew his stuff - was able to articulately describe the many dishes on the menu, helped with recommendations, checked regularly to ensure we were good, and he was even able to provide us with a history of the building -- all done with a smile and with patience - never felt rushed. Will definitely go back and recommend to friends. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "total , failure from the lost reservations , to the wearing a drink compliments of the staff ,,,insincere apology and an offer to pay dry cleaning , and I wont charge you for the drink is a joke ...maybe try comping my wife her dinner that she had to eat soaking wet .....I hope this is somehow made right"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great addition to the city. Good food and good atmosphere !"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Went for lunch and fell in love with the pork belly sandwich. Patio atmosphere was fantastic and service was great. Will be back again for sure soon."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Menu is ideal for either snacks or meals Very tasty, great presentations The server was very thoughtful about our comfort and satisfaction levels"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This pace has OK food but the noise level makes it almost impossible to talk without shouting. Outside may be better but I don't think that I would bother."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food-delicious, ample portions, seasoned perfectly Loved the parmesan garlic fries!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The tavern was really busy when we arrived so it took a long time to get our food. I found it too noisy, a bit cold, and at one point all I could smell was urine. I also thought to food was overpriced."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food here is to die for. Always amazing. If you're not watching your waistline, a must try is the Truffle Mac & Cheese. Also the Kobe Burger - one of the best burgers I've ever had. We will keep coming back again and again!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was really good overall. The were accommodating of vegan choices. The wine selection was pretty decent. The bartender was rubbish though. The martini I ordered was terrible and the cocktail we had was only so so."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Try the deep fried cauliflower and truffle mac and cheese! Delicious. Our waitress was super friendly. And informative when we had questions about the menu. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very enjoyable evening with great food. It was our first visit and we'll definitely be back - lots of things to try. The KFC and the Pig-nic were excellent. For dessert we had the maple bacon doughnuts and the liquid cheesecake parfait. I highly recommend the doughnuts - a great combination of sweet and salty. The cheesecake parfait, though, was too sweet for me and a bit cloying. The one thing I would like to see added to the menu would be a light dessert choice - an in-house sorbet or something else of that nature for those of us who love dessert but don't always want to have something rich."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Although the service was attentive, there was so much pork and bacon in almost all the dishes that it was difficult to find what to eat in that we don't eat pork We finally had to substitute even the potato dish to eliminate the bacon. The first option for dessert was doughnuts laced with bacon. How absurd!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening. The food was great, the service was amazing and they were fun to be around. I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Although the food was good when it arrived at our table, the kitchen was unable to get it out in a reasonable period of time . We asked to speak with the manager and the waitress brought us a plate of devilled eggs to placate us. We asked her to return them to the kitchen as we did not care for eggs. When the manager did eventually come to our table she showed little sensitivity to the issue, accepting no responsibility. She first began by telling us our order had not been as delayed as we knew it was and then saying two of the dishes took longer to prepare than others. We certainly were not left with the impression that this establishment cared about customer service or whether we returned as they were busy enough. We won't return."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Our first time experience was so-so. We had the flank steak and lobster roll for lunch, both entrees were $20 each. The thick cut flank steak was relatively tender, but also very sinewy and chewy since it's a cheaper cut of beef. The lobster roll didn't come close to what you get in the maritimes; it wasn't very big and didn't have a lot of lobster meat. Overall, it was over priced for what we paid. Our server did her job, but could have raised the bar by being more enthusiastic. $80 lunch for two entrees, two glasses of wine and gratuities."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Despite seeing empty tables and having a reservation we had to wait to be seated. Drink order came after the appetizers were delivered (and they were slow also). Food REALLY salty and meatballs tough. So noisy -not "energetic" - tough to hear people at the table. Best part of the meal were the cocktails."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is fabulous! We had a fun evening out with friends and sat in the dining room side. The selection of drinks was great and the different flavours of all the dishes we ordered did not disappoint! We will be going back and will recommend it to others for sure!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a great lunch at this restaurant. We ate outside and the sun was shining, the food was interesting and delicious and the service was attentive but not hovering. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I entertained a client from Toronto at 1903 Tavern and we were both impressed with the food and service, kudos' to Steve the GM and his team!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "While it is a little noisy, the food and overall ambiance is very good. Started with a shared appy, and nice wine selection. The crab cake was one of the best I have had. Mains were both fantastic, rich flavours with thoughtful sides. Everything was cooked perfectly, arrived hot and tasted great. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Knowing the reputation of the Hardware Grill, we were excited to try 1903, and we were not disappointed. We found the beer a bit pricey, but the food was outstanding and the atmosphere was perfect. We will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary enjoying an array of appetizers and cocktails and wine. Food was wonderful - great unique variety. Atmosphere and decor - great! Overall a great experience and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014