The Hat Resto Pub

4.1
234 reviews
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The Hat Resto Pub is conveniently located in the heart of Jasper Avenue, surrounded by world-class hotels & is walking distance from Shaw Conference Center & is two blocks from the future home of the Downtown Arena. It is Edmonton's oldest restaurant, established in 1912, making it more than a century old. For a very long time, it was known as The Silk Hat, a casual diner. It was next to The Paramount Theater & many Edmontonians have fond memories of going to the movies & then to The Silk Hat for burgers & milk shakes. Eventually the restaurant became known as The Hat Resto Pub. Currently the restaurant serves contemporary cuisine featuring different flavours. It also serves draft & bottled beer & many types of cocktails. It has earned a sterling reputation for top-notch food quality & service. Some must-trys include gourmet Prime Rib Burgers, Homemade Crabcakes, Artichoke & Spinach Dip, Butter Chicken, Panko-crusted Goat Cheese, Mussels cooked in wine, & wraps.
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JK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. I would highly recommend!

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v
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

45 minutes for a burger and rude comments from staff. Will not be back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere with lots of fun cocktails. Great food.

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N
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food wasn’t very good at all.

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DB
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a place where the owner works hard to take good care of his staff, as well as his patrons; so, there's a level of comfort and efficiency that isn't seen in places with a culture of bullying. And the food is prepared and presented well and is reasonably priced for the quality. And I enjoy the food, as well as the owner's knowledge of whiskies, for he's introduced me to 2 or 3 that have become mainstays for me.

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CK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Highly recommend both the food & the drinks.

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

Great food, reasonable price, very friendly waitress.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Signature burger was fantastic!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Generally the food is quite good, I have eaten here many times, but today not so much and portion size of one of the dishes has gotten smaller and smaller and less toppings and same price or higher. Another dish the chicken tenders were quite hard.

I will try again because I don’t usually experience this here.

Till next time

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LK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We found that the food was a little hit and miss. 2 people from our group had to send food back due to it not being very well cooked and others in the group noted that the food was somewhat bland.

We booked a table for a party of 10 and were not seated at one table but rather at the bar tables in 3 tables of 4. Not ideal. The venue was also hosting a paint nite party so they good the good seats.
There is also no vestibule so every time the front door opened we got a big cold gust.

The location is great- we walked to the citadel afterwards.

The music selection was strange. At a point in the evening heavy metal like music started playing which I felt didn't really go with the vibe of the venue.

Venue could do with some accoustics and some updating.

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NW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food. Understaffed , took forever to get drinks / atmosphere , very quiet atmosphere had hoped for it to be a bit more lively. Very neat looking inside , has the potential to be fantastic just needs better management.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had booked a reservation ahead of time. We sat down at our scheduled time and placed a drink order shortly after we sat down. We received them and one of my friends asked for a glass of water. We were still looking at the menu at this point. We didn’t get any acknowledgment whatsoever for the next 40 mins nor did my friend get her glass of water. It seemed like they were incredibly understaffed - there was an oilers game on in the city and there was a paint nite on in there too. We waved our server down and just asked for our bill so we could go somewhere else. Our server didn’t even acknowledge how terrible the service was as we settled our bill. I will never ever go back there again.

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OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely chat with the owner, we could tell how proud he was of his restaurant and how his goal for his customers was that they had a great experience

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s
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was friendly and accommodating. Fries were amazing. Came out piping hot and seasoned perfectly.

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BK
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service at The Hat!

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AJ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, our server was good, but the individual who greeted and seated us got grumpy when we indicated that one of our party had cancelled at the last minute. Apparently we were costing him money. Probably won't be a repeat customer.

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

Food is always good, prices are always decent, service can be hit or miss but its ok. Definitely recommend for lunch... and the crab cakes. They are soo good. Burgers & mushroom soup as well.

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

Large booking for a business lunch. Service was intermittent with food coming out in batches. Food was ok, but not worth the price.

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T
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This is a good spot for dinner before any event at Rogers Place. Close proximity to the arena, the Resto Pub is a cool spot, with great burgers. I had the Cajun Chicken Burger and felt it was awesome. Was a little noisy and only one server on so not the fastest place, but would definitely go back. Good food and location.

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SS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The servers were fine but it took a bit of time to get the food out.

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sub par food, great Caesars. Short staff, lots of dishes left on tables. Great waitress though and friendly owner.

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p
Edmonton
75 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Brought a friend here for his first visit. He really enjoyed the overall dining experience.

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DB
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An oasis after work, it is convivial with satisfying, well-perpared fare that sustaining, unpretentious and tasty.

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RA
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we go to the hat often - its close to work, they get you in and out roughly within the hour for lunch. We have never had any issues. Good food, good service, what more could you want.

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CA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were delicious and the service was great!

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MM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I've been to The Hat multiple times and have always been fairly impressed with the food and service. Unfortunately on this visit, neither me nor my friend were overly impressed with our food; the mushroom soup was below the regular standard they provide. The meal sized salad I received was almost wilted, and the chicken that I got with it was over cooked and very 'firm'. It was hard to cut with the butter knife provided. I was disappointed, as I'd had the same salad before with chicken, and it was delicious. For over $20 for a salad and a drink, I expect that salad to be delicious. In addition, they seemed short staffed; there was only one server/bartender for the entire restaurant. The poor girl was trying her hardest, but by the time we left, almost half the bar was filled with stacked up dishes she'd cleared from tables. Hoping this was a one-off, as this is one of my preferred destinations for lunch during the week.

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c
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Soup tasted like cream, no flavour. The hot dog was dry and over cooked.

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TG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place downtown Edmonton for lunch, supper or drinks. The soup is always good and the burgers and fries are always a hit. My favourite appy is the perogie nacho's. You could make it a meal for one person. Thank you management and staff.

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A
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and quick service at a moderate price. Very much appreciated the ambiance and look of the restaurant, and would most definitely dine here again.

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YZ
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here for many times with large and small groups. always great time, tasty food and great service. peak time better to reserve.

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JD
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Popped into this pub for a bite to eat and a few drinks before a band show at Starlite room. The location was great, and we really liked the food and the atmosphere. The prices were pretty decent and good value for your dollar. Cheers!

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OT
Edmonton
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

What an absolutely disgusting lunch.

Our food took exactly one hour to arrive. The table next to us had their food packed to go right out of the kitchen because we all spent noon to 1 pm waiting for our lunch to arrive.
The manager/owner’s behaviour was inexcusable. He was rude, pushy, and arrogant. We watched in horror as he treated the table next to us with blatant disrespect and anger.
My friend and I ordered nachos, crab cakes, and chicken strips to share. Regular pub food that’s hard to screw up. Well. They managed to make it gross. It was NOT edible. Stale food that tasted like plastic. We were starving and still left 90% of the food on the table.
We both had to stop at the store for something to eat on our way back to work.
Our server was decent enough but it’s hard to see a silver lining here.
Will not return. Do not recommend.

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S
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never been disappointed with this restaurant. Mike the manager/owner is warm to welcome his guests and friendly. He only hires staff that are equal to him in every aspect. This is one of Edmonton’s hidden jets, I would recommend this to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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MH
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Hat was one of my favourite restaurants in the city, known for the burgers. The one I had recently did not remind me of those times unfortunately. Still great ambiance though.

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KL
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch as part of Downtown Dining Week. Would definitely go again.

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SD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was very busy because it's dining week. We both ordered the special which was a breaded chicken burger. It took a long time to arrive but I understand it was lunchtime and busy. When our food arrived the chicken was very dry and there was more breading than meat. There was supposed to be aioli sauce but it was barely there. I have eaten here many times and the food is usually good but yesterday it was just ok. For the price it really should be better.

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p
Edmonton
75 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Took the team for lunch and all enjoyed their meal.
Very prompt service, especially for our big group.

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OT
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic (sorry, I forgot her name but she is a very cheerful blonde lady)! We went prior to a hockey game and she gave us some tips on best food/drinks at the game. She was very pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu. Definitely would recommend for a casual night out.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. The one part of Teachers convention I look forward to every year.

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T
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect and the ambience was great, but the food could be improved. Would definitely go back for drinks.

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