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In the heart of downtown Edmonton resides a quaint eatery that boasts big time flavor. With a brand-new patio and updated interior, this spot exudes a cozy, intimate ambiance, making it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.
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C
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Helpful staff, delicious East Indian food. Not busy so so nice to be a table of 4 and we could hear each other without a din of noise. Very attentive to service and helped with ordering for us which gave us variety. Lamb was our favourite.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. The butter chicken was amazing, the steak was cooked perfectly, and the prices were very reasonable.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service was good, however they are in a bit of a strange location. We were the only people there around dinner time so that was a bit uncomfortable. I wanted to order the 8ounce steak which they were put of, kinda weird considering there was no one else there... Because of this I had to order a more expensive meal.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Wasn't very busy so it was a quiet experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing, very tentative, kind and ready to help/serve/explain dishes.
The food was amazing, probably the best I've had in Edmonton for eastern Indian cuisine.
Amazing wine selection.
This is a great place to go on a date or just to enjoy great food in a nice atmosphere.

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NT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, good atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a really great evening, great service. Unfortunately our 30$ New York strip was well done instead of Medium.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed dinner on Valantines, Select Salad, Prawn Primavera, Laal Maans and Garlic Naan Bread were all excellent.

We will come back

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had requested quick service as we had a show to catch. The waiter was prompt fast, made great recommendations and had served us promptly. Loved the food and the service! It was quiet and pretty all around.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were one of 2 tables in the place. The food was stale and flavourless and the service was incredibly slow. Not sure how this place has a rating over one star. Would not recommend

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A
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not up to the level. It's advertised as one of the best in Edmonton. But ambience, food quality and decor says otherwise. Only one thing good is the food portions. Just an average Indian restaurant.

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SD
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had not been to this restaurant for some time. Looked forward to the lemon gnocchi and expressed disappointment to the server when the dish arrived with a medley of finely-diced veggies and onions. While these added colour to the dish, they obliterated the lemon flavour of the gnocchi. On a cold Edmonton day I was seeking a comfort dish. My dining companion, on the other hand, loved her veggie sandwich, and would only share a couple of her battered fries - they were that tasty!

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good and came out quickly. Wine was a little pricy.

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OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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Y
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and a bit spicy. the waiter was very attentive.
The price was correct.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best East Indian food in Edmonton!!!!

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m
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Nice menu. Good service. Very quiet

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was tasty and it's a nice cozy atmosphere. Unfortunately the service over the lunch hour was terrible, and we waited almost half an hour to have someone take our order, followed by another half an hour before food was served. Budget at least 2 hours here if you are going for lunch!

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LG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

There were a few Christmas luncheons on the go so it was busy and noisy. The location was just about full. The lone waiter impressed me by getting all the tables covered in relatively short order.
It took a while to get our food (1/2 hour) but mostly due to the volume I expect.
The food came hot to table and was very well prepped (gnocchi), pepper would have been nice but the waiter jumped to look after other tables.

If you’re not in rush, the food is well worth the wait. If you’re tight on time you might want to save it for another time - I am looking forward to dessert next time!

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PH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Cafe Select for our dept. Christmas lunch. There were already other work parties in the restaurant when we arrived and so the noise level was quite high, but we only added to this! We had pre-ordered our food and everything was brought to us in a timely and efficient manner. We recommend this approach for any other large groups. Our food was tasty, warm and the portions were generous. We also all ordered desserts and were not disappointed. We will probably go again.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was quite slow, and it wasn't even that busy.
The water placed on the table wasn't very cold.

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CS
Edmonton
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due to one of the persons being later than the reservation time, they were understanding.
When we arrived we were greeted welcomingly.
We were given suggestions of food.
There were items on the menu we had not had; we ordered!! Deliciously different.
Seemed to be food created and cooked there.
We had choices of strength regarding spiciness.
The portions were large; take home for a nice snack.
We will be returning; we recommend others to give this place a taste!!

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TT
Edmonton
75 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our first time here-on a Saturday. We booked a 1,000 pt time at 5:30pm - the place was empty.

We were the only diners there for about half hour when another couple arrived. The staff was all on the second level talking loudly, organizing for a buffet lunch the next day. No one seemed to notice the new diners had arrived. The gentlemen had to walk thru the restaurant and announce himself before someone paid attention and sat them down. Not very good.

Overall the place is just OK. The atmosphere, decore and service -- all just okay. The meal choices had half western/International food and half was Indian style. We opted for local international meals rather that the Indian this night as we were both recovering from the flu and weren't sure how our system would react to Indian spices. The food however was above average. So kudos to the cook(s).

My husband ordered a pasta dish and I ordered the lamb. We shared a mushroom puff-pastry appie. The meals were well prepared and tasty. However someone else, other than our waiter, brought out the food and placed the dishes in front of us incorrectly. Assuming as a woman I had the pasta and my husband the lamb. It would have been more professional to either ask us-or-locate the meal ticket which may have indicated who at a table of two ordered what dish.

However that was minor. The portion sizes were quite large for the meals. I could barely eat half my lamb dish and my husband ate about 75% of the pasta. We took home the leftovers.

Dinner for two, (one appie, 2 mains and 1/2 lt of wine) with tax and tip = $100.

A mis-awarded 100pts instead of the 1,000pt that we booked (and email verified) was a big error on their part -- therefore, due to the just "okay-ness" of it all, we most likely won't be back. Opentable client service said it was most likely a restaurant error -- not sure if "Select" are so new to OT and therefore don't understand the system - but that can hinder future diners. OT fixed the error.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food was the bottom line. They were a little overwhelmed and forgot our wine order for a little while. that was the only negative. The food is outstanding and the service very friendly and attentive. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food, friendly service . Good experience.
We had a variety of dishes.
The least favourite dish was lamb kabobs.
It was quiet on the night we dined, Mid week evening. It was relaxing. I would recommend to others and definitely eat here again.

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p
Edmonton
75 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was very quiet. THe server was attentive to our needs and the meal was delicious.

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great , probably the best Indian I’ve had . A little bright for a evening restaurant . Also a bit disappointed with the wine list , we went on a Saturday night,and they were almost completely out of red wine. Over all was a good experience. Something to be aware of, gratuity is included in your bill, but they won’t inform you if this.

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DC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

By ordering our food ahead of time, Café Select was able to ensure that the time that we had for lunch was met. The food was fantastic and all of the people at the table were very happy with their orders.

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AJ
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a nice restaurant with a expansive menu. They were short staffed so service was a little slow, but aside from that the service was good. The food is good, although the portion sizes between different menu items seem inconsistent, some items seem to provide hearty servings and others might leave someone wanting a snack later.

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AC
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary. We decided to try new things since Indian food isn't usually our first choice but we were happy with what we got. We ordered samosas and Aloo Tikki (without mint sauce) for appetizers and the Pan Seared Fish and Laal Maans for entrees. We even had enough to take home as leftovers. Everythinf was also priced reasonably. The waiter was great and very friendly. We would return!

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J
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak dinner was pricey but tasty. Server was friendly but assumed I have a Groupon. He did not ask the table beside us that came in 10 mins later. Why was that?

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R
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Sup par food, wine and service. Would not return or recommend.

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BB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant has seen better days.

First, however, let me make this clear - the food itself was great and the service was impeccable. The room was fairly quiet, but our waiter (who was the only waiter on shift at the time) kept his eye on us the whole time and was there when he was needed without us calling him. Though spicy (the appetizer), the food was fresh, properly cooked, very good tasting. And the value ($$$) was fine - on the pricey side, but fine.

But the room seriously needs a makeover. The paint is "faded", scuffed, and peeling. The trim is chipped and needs attention. The carpet (2 ft. squares - you know the type) has 10 to 15 years of food spillage ground into it - and it looks it. The washrooms (mine, anyway) is fine, but, again, it could use a "makeover". And I don't know what they're trying to do with the lighting - maybe it was an attempt to be "romantic ambient" some years ago, but now it's just "dull".

My suggestion - make a plan. Close for a couple of weeks. Gut and rebuild the interior (and the exterior could do with some work, too). Then re-open with the same menu and staff (including the chef/cooks). Then Select Restaurant will be back among the great places.

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s
Edmonton
33 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best black lentils I've ever had. We practically licked the plates.

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ML
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Select was amazing. Food and wine were Fabulous, service outstanding.
Abit pricey have to save for special occasions.

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the price everything was amazing Appetizers Salad and meal was yummy and we got the chocolate cake omg was so yummy 😋 definitely will be going again. Service was great too. Very friendly.

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of nine were blown away by this place! Really impressed by the variety and quality of food!

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SC
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I’m the last person to complain. I’m not a picky eater at all, I love pretty much all food, even if the cooking is a bit off. I have to say Select was one of the worst food experiences I’ve ever had. The service and the room was amazing, great waiter and nice place. But the food was inedible. Food should be edible. Raw chicken in appetizer, a dump of beef that resembled cat food, and something that was supposedly fish? Then the steak. I used to manage a pub on whyte ave, and the steak we ordered was 10x better than what these guys are ordering. Worst cut of beef I’ve ever received. Not sure if they’re trying to cut costs or what’s going on here. Fingerling potatoes were freezer burnt and tasted like McCains. Veggies were obviously frozen and had no taste, definitely not even close to fresh. Dishes were all uninspired and basic. Very disappointing when the food is priced similar to places like Hardware Grill or Vons or places of that caliber.

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OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was only okay. I expected more from a restaurant that was a winner with OpenTable since 2014. I had really high hopes but was disappointed. I will not be going back.

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there with a group on fir the lamb shank dinner. It was excellent. Server was very good. Would certainly go again.

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