The Butternut Tree

4.7
393 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Opened August 2017, The Butternut Tree is just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Alberta Legislature Grounds close to Edmonton’s majestic river valley. Chef Downey’s first restaurant pays homage to the places he’s lived, worked and explored, while showcasing seasonal ingredients from Canada’s diverse landscape.

A thoughtfully designed open kitchen allows guests to be part of the action. There are no walls, enabling discovery of Chef Downey’s style, both as a chef and a leader in the kitchen.

The Butternut Tree focuses on replacing global sources of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty with unique ingredients from our home and native land. From budding foodies to seasoned supporters of local provisions and purveyors, this is the place where guests can experience the unexpected.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 393 people are saying
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AnitaL
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy restaurant, overlooking the Legislative building. The food is always delicious. And I just love to see the presentation too! The idea of supporting local Canadian ingredients is wonderful. Great place for celebration or just need an escape from stress.

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JAMIEH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible, food was unbelievable, service was some of the best I’ve ever had and very fairly priced menu. Will definitely be back and highly recommend.

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DavidK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the cocktails to opening course and main it was terrific !!!

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Brielle
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, entrees especially. Beautiful windows all throughout and the waitress was very knowledgeable.

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vipBard
Edmonton
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After having walked and driven by many many times, we finally visited The Butternut Tree, and we're so glad we did! We have found a new place, we will be back!

The food was excellent, the service impeccable and the setting is lovely. We liked the "Canadian Focus". If you done there, you will not be disappointed.

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ElizabethLang
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Samantha was an amazing server and the atmosphere was so calm and welcoming. It’s so nice to get out in this pandemic and enjoy quality food and feel safe. Big thank you!

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GloriaO
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, table location and view. Perfect setting for an enjoyable evening with friends.

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MeghanR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing locally sourced ingredients. Amazing service. Definitely will go back for a fine dining experience .

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KPhillips
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool environment with super welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Very cool to experience their take on Canadian sourced food, especially during times like this when local businesses and farms need the support. Truly original and unique, definitely one of the best restaurants Edmonton has to offer.

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Kakis
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food, excellent service and awesome ambiance

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BiscottiHumphrey
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the top restaurants in the city, flavours, originality, plating, it is always a treat to go.

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Samirelandrealty
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our absolutely favorite high end dining experiences. So happy to have culinary elevation of this caliber in yeg 👌🍀
Sam Ireland ReMax River city

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Travisty
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The server was very knowledgable about the menu, friendly and very happy. We found the noise a little overwhelming and felt we couldn't have any kind of private conversation as we could hear everyone around us. Food was fantastic, not our first visit but happy to say with menu changes everything was still perfection on a plate.

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Faye
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Reviews made the restaurant sound
Amazing so I was very excited to be amazed but was disappointed. I celebrated my 65th birthday and wanted to go to a special unforgettable restaurant with my family. I was looking forward to beef Wellington but was told it was only for take out menu, that doesn’t sound like something you order on takeout. Menu was very limited with no exceptions. Food was okay but very limited in quantity on the plate. Drinks also limited and very expensive. Being your there for a special occasion I thought a small gesture of complimentary bday dessert or special coffee be offered, but nothing. Although this restaurant is different it does not have the wow factor to make you want to go back.

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is amazing with huge windows overlooking Constable Ezio Farone Park and the river valley, the service was friendly, candid and knowledgeable and the food was incredible start to finish! I had the mushroom entree and it was so rich and had the most delightful dumplings in it. 10 out of 10 meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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RuthyS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was subpar. Small portions. Bland. Expensive.

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JaredH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and view of the River Valley and Legislature property. Service was excellent and the server was very polished and well prepared with regard to menu explanation and knowledge. The food was excellent and very creative.

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JazlynM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at the Butternut Tree! Thanks Scott

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wedding was supposed to be the day before, at The Butternut Tree, but due to Covid it was moved to next year. Instead we went for dinner to celebrate. It was amazing. The food was perfection and the staff were amazing. I can’t wait to go back again.

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AshleyN
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a long overdue date night at the Butternut Tree this past weekend and it was the best choice of restaurant. It was by far the best meal we have had in a restaurant in Edmonton. We have already been recommending it to everyone.

Thank you for a wonderful meal and overall experience!! 👏👏

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koryh
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails, main dishes and deserts were all excellent. Staff were pleasant and the location had a great view of the river valley

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience at The Butternut Tree was incredible from start to finish. They took COVID precautions very seriously and as my first restaurant experience during COVID I was immediately put at ease. The food was fantastic as always, the cocktails were delightful, and we left completely satisfied and content. This is a dining experience that is worth every penny!

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BrittanyG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my experience here. The server was energetic and friendly, but also very knowledgeable about the menu and answered any questions the table had. Will definitely be back.

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FTan
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great service and beautiful location! Would definitely recommend.

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KaterinaI
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, locally sourced food. Very friendly and professional staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend took me for my birthday. Scott (owner/chef) is creative and provides a perfect setting for a nice dinner.
Our waiter was the most knowledgeable and professional , I have ever had the pleasure to deal with.

Thank you Butternut Tree, we will be returning ASAP

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SuzanneH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very nice evening… Thank you to the chef for doing a tasting menu and it wasn’t on the menu at all… Love this place… Suzanne

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and beverages were all wonderful. Charcuterie and cheeses were delectable and my beef Wellington with the morels was simply divine. The service by Adam was impeccable. He showed great knowledge and passion when describing the dishes. Always attentive and friendly as well. Would definitely recommend Butternut Tree.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the cocktails, the staff, all were exceptional. Best birthday I've had in a long time. Thank you!

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Dinoh
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful introduction to fine dinning for someone who has never been. Servis was excellent and chef and staff bent over backwards to ensure a good experience. Thankyou.

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LMLL
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Creative use of local products, great service and ambiance. Good food and wine pairings.

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vipChristinaK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are NeVER disappointed here. Fresh and innovative new menu for the post covid shutdown. Made our stomachs and hearts smile.

Tried 4 cocktails between the 2 of us. Would order any of them again. The pasta was a dream and the Wellington was enough for 2!!!

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SRM1989
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I tried Butternut Tree because it is a possible venue for our wedding and it was great! The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and fast. The quality of the food was wonderful and it tasted amazing (especially the dessert) and the view is phenomenal. I would recommend Butternut Tree to anyone who is looking for anyone looking for the opportunity to get a little dressed up and have a delicious meal with a view!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal! Will definitely be back at some point.

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LauraN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious locally-sourced fare. They were kind enough to accommodate my vegan daughter so that our whole family could experience the tasting menu. If you don’t do the tasting menu, do make sure to have the cabbage and the chiffon cake.
Would give the service more than 5 stars if I could. Adam was an excellent server, friendly and attentive. My younger daughter loved her birthday dinner.
We’ll be back!

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Katie
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was fantastic, the view and over all ambience is very nice. Portions are small for the price but everything tastes incredible. Will be back for sure.

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vipDaveC
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fancy food. Neat experience. Great views. Service was excellent

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. Server was extremely knowledgeable about the food and where it was sourced and gave great advice for our picky wine drinkers. Loved the view and the food was excellent! Definitely recommend this as a place to go for a special evening.

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AshleyG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! There aren't very many restaurants that have a vegetarian/vegan tasting menu, but the butternut tree does and it blew me away! The staff there are really friendly and really know their stuff! I'd highly recommend this restaurant!

FAQs

The Butternut Tree offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (780) 760-2271.

The Butternut Tree is rated 4.7 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.