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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Edmonton / Northern Alberta

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Edmonton / Northern Alberta? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of BIERA - Ritchie Market restaurant
4.9 (1176)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary European
About the restaurant
Located at the heart of the Ritchie community, our Brewery-Restaurant serves contemporary European influenced plates using high quality seasonal ingredients. Our menu is created to reflect the quality and uniqueness of Blind Enthusiasm's beers.

Saturday & Sundays are walk-in only from 10AM until 5PM. Exceptions are: if you are planning to join us with a group of FIVE or more people, please call the restaurant at 587.525.8589 to have us set aside a large table for your group.

Reservations are encouraged outside of those times.

We look forward to seeing you!

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
We always have a wonderful time here, great food , wonderful beverages and amazing staff.
A photo of BODEGA Highlands restaurant
4.9 (242)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
Bodega Highlands, nestled in one of Edmonton's most historic residential neighborhoods, a step away from the majestic River Valley. Our Highlands location has gained the reputation for being the perfect spot for a date night. With just 40 seats, this intimate space is moody and romantic. During the summer, snag a spot on the patio, and settle in. Our Spanish and Portuguese Tapas offerings will transport you.
We want to be a friendly neighbourhood restaurant & kindly ask guests to observe a two hour dining experience on busy nights so we can entertain as many of our cherished patrons as who want to come in.
Our Patio is now first come, first served. We are also taking reservations for up to 4 with open table. For any reservations larger than 4, please phone us at (780) 757-0137!

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great place, food was amazing for sure will be back weekly.
A photo of Polos Social Lounge restaurant
4.8 (373)
CAN$30 and under
Sherwood Park
About the restaurant
Experience the warm embrace of Polos Lounge, where every visit is a journey into culinary delight and inviting ambiance. Nestled within the heart of Sherwood Park, we've earned the esteemed moniker of "The hidden gem" among both our steadfast regulars and those discovering us for the first time. Our menu is a testament to diversity, offering an array of delectable dishes crafted to tantalize your taste buds and ignite your senses. From savory starters to indulgent entrees, there's something to please every palate. And let's not forget our impressive selection of 16 carefully curated beers on tap, each one a testament to quality and craftsmanship. But it's not just the food and drink that keep our patrons coming back for more. It's the atmosphere, the intangible magic that infuses every corner of our establishment. Whether you're seeking a cozy spot for a romantic dinner or a lively gathering with friends, Polos Lounge provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food great service. Food was amazing. Would recommend
A photo of Happy and Olive restaurant
4.8 (302)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
About the restaurant
An all day, everyday affair, this is a collaboration between the people
that brought you Red Ox Inn, Canteen and The Wired Cup.

Our mission is simple—build a community gathering place and
serve tasty food properly prepared from locally sourced ingredients,
pour great wine and cocktails, make great coffee and present it
with impeccable service.

The vibe is relaxing, the parking easy and the patio is simply perfect.
Happy and Olive is an Edmonton destination where neighbours,
friends, visitors, and families can eat well and connect.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Love this place. Food is always fresh, nutritious, tasty, cooked to perfection. New options to try tonight, Tempura prawn - delicious. Mushroom Latke and an ever favorite Happy Burger - best burger in town, followed by a yummy chocolate torte. Wines perfectly kept and served. Always a lovely welcome thank you Hunter and Frank.
A photo of Original Joe's - 102 Ave restaurant
4.6 (135)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
Please note that Original Joe's Edmonton - Downtown does NOT allow minors. Original Joe's Edmonton - Downtown is a place that welcomes all adults. We have craveable classics, down-to-earth vibes and a friendly team looking to brighten your day! Our OJ's is close to Roger's Place, home of NHL's Edmonton Oilers, WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings and plenty of live concerts and other events. You can walk down Jasper Ave. or the River Valley Zoo before joining us for one of our twice-daily happy hours! We're also close to Government House Park, where the entire family can enjoy tobogganing or walking trails. Best of all, we have a dog-friendly patio that pairs perfectly with good company and good food.
Top review
Dined on Apr 19, 2024
Our table was ready when we arrived. The place was busy and the parking lot was jammed. Our server was great. She was friendly, helpful & very professional. The food was good and it was hot when it arrived at the table.
A photo of STINGRAY BAR | EATERY restaurant
4.6 (72)
CAN$30 and under
Creative Japanese
About the restaurant
Stingray is a modern-casual restaurant that can dress up for a social occasion, but prefers to dress down for dinner on a Thursday. It’s menu is inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, but with our own Century Hospitality flare and casual favourites. So don’t worry about sushi etiquette here – grab some sashimi, handrolls, and a cocktail to enjoy whatever the day or night is calling for.

For us, it’s where Japanese cuisine meets century hospitality group – It’s the essence of traditional and modern influences coming together.

Our food + drink is carefully hand crafted with only the freshest and Finest ingredients. Our dishes are meant to be shared and in doing so You’ll best enjoy and appreciate the vision our team strives to deliver on.

Whether hot or cold, our chefs create your meal and it’s brought to your Table as it’s ready. So don’t worry about sushi etiquette here — grab a cocktail, Get your chopsticks, and whatever the day or night is calling

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Great restaurant - love the Japanese fusion concept. Wonderful friendly staff. This res is not noisy so I enjoy being able to hear yourself speak to your guests. Very nice decor. We really enjoy this place.
A photo of Fumaca Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.4 (668)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Old Strathcona
About the restaurant
An authentic upscale gaucho style Brazilian steakhouse in Edmonton city. We are located on Saskatchewan drive with one of the best city views overlooking the walterdale bridge and city skyline. We offer variety of Brazilian grilled meats in an all you can eat meat concept meat being carved at your table side with a variety of hot, cold salad bar.

There is complimentary guest parking available in front of the restaurant and adjacent side streets.

We look forward to your visit.

Thank you

The Fumaca Team

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
The service was very very good and the food was incredible.
A photo of Flame and barrel restaurant
4.3 (207)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
Flame & Barrel is a independent and locally owned restaurant in the Windermere Community.
🔥Delicious Food, Fine Wines & Good Vibes ❤️ Made from scratch & fresh👌Join us for dine-in

Top review
Dined on May 16, 2024
Our server was awesome. The food was awesome. The drinks were awesome. We have never had a bad meal or experience at this restaurant.
A photo of Bubba Gump - Edmonton restaurant
3.9 (218)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
Since 1996, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has been entertaining guests with a charming down-home style that’s a hit with eaters around the globe. Our menu offers a number of items for the shrimp lover in all of us. Boasting creative seafood dishes inspired straight from the movie Forrest Gump and a fun family atmosphere, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will have you running to the nearest location you can find!
Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Food was tasty, although overpriced. Service was decent and staff was friendly.
A photo of Del Posto Italian Kitchen restaurant
3 (145)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
Del Posto is a premier and authentic Italian Restaurant that has been proudly serving Edmonton since 2020. Discover the magic of Del Posto with a vivacious dining experience. Enjoy delicious new flavours from our modern interpretations of traditional Italian recipes made from the freshest ingredients! Visit us during the day time for a satisfying and vibrant meal or stop by in the evenings where Del Posto transforms into an elegant dinning venue with lively music and intimate candlelight.
Top review
Dined on May 8, 2024
A group of seven friends dined here. Service was attentive, food was great, and pasta portions were huge.
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