The Butternut Tree
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
I had heard some great reviews of this place so I needed to try it for myself... although I am glad that I tried it, I will likely not be back. For the price paid, I feel as though this was just okay. The venue is great, with a great ambiance, but left feeling underwhelmed. There are definitely better fine dining options in Edmonton that provide a better value.
My husband and I had the duck. My husband did not enjoy the bed of squash it was on. Our party had a variety of different things. The lamb looked amazing, a little too red for my liking and I do like rare another one of our party members order the short ribs. He said it was amazing. And another was the sablefish which she said was amazing. So overall yes it was “above average”. We are really picky about food. And we want to taste things that would be difficult to make at home, as for the duck. I can make fried potatoes at home and squash at home. But as for the duck as I mentioned before. It was great !!
Outstanding experience. Started with lovely cocktails, moved on to appetizers, wine, entrees and desserts. Flavours were complex and delicious with many elements on each plate. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Our windows overlooked the High Level Bridge and the Legislative Grounds, magically lit with Christmas lights.
Cauliflower soup was sublime and a perfect appetizer, however the portion of foie gras was a bit smaller and different than our table's experience in other restaurants, including in France. As for mains, I felt that my duck was wonderfully cooked and I ate every last morsel, but one person in our party found hers to be a bit under cooked and I could see a noticeable difference as to how hers looked versus mine even though we asked for the same preparation. The beef seemed passable, but not amazing. Dessert was OK. There were some hits, some mehs and some misses but for the price point I expected there to be more hits.
We went for a special occasion and we were simply blown away by the entire experience-the understated elegance and dedication to the thoughtful, clever food and drink pairings with the tasting menu. Well done Butternut Tree-we will be back!
Our experience at the Butternut Tree was absolutely phenomenal. Chef Scott Downey expertly highighted every ingredient - each dish was exquisite in both flavour and presentation. The slow braised shortrib was so tender that it literally melted in my mouth. The atmosphere was elegant but relaxed and the service was exceptional. Chef Downey even took a few minutes to come speak with us at the end of our meal, and from our conversation, he is a chef who is clearly passionate about celebrating Canadian cuisine and local, seasonal ingredients. We can't wait to come back!
Food was amazing. View was great, especially at Christmas when the Ledg is all lit up.
Our server had detailed knowledge about the food, which likely had the most complex array of ingredients I've eaten. And now I can say I've eaten crickets!
If you want unusual and meticulously prepared and presented food - this is the place.
Every time I head here I enjoy the experience in a slightly different way. This time Scott, the owner and head chef came out to talk to our table. He's a great guy and loves what he does. Thank you to the team at The Butternut tree for another great get together. From the fantastic farm to table menu to the service and information provided on the meal itself, Its always been a consistently great dining experience.
I love how everything down to their music choice is all Canadian. The food was phenomenal with a unique Canadian twist, service was sublime, ambiance was on point, all in all a complete gem in Edmonton
Brought my fiance here for her birthday. 5 stars across the board. This is the best restaurant in Edmonton, if not Alberta, and I dont consider McDonalds to be quality cuisine.
Exquisite experience having our dinner at Butternut Tree. The staff was knowledgeable and accommodating, going out of the way to make our dining experience enjoyable by allowing to substitute my main beef short rib to try their infamous brome lake duck. Spectacular night view of the legislature we took in while enjoying our meal. Chef Scott did a marvelous job with the tasting menu. Each course a surprise and excitement for the senses. The delicious beverage pairings, local canadian ingredients, innovative cuisine leaves us satisfied and wanting more.
Delicious food, presented beautifully. Plus a very nice view of the legislature building!
Group of 4. Early seating and pre-theatre. We were all very impressed with the level of service from our server (Emily). It was clear that this level of service was important and an expectation for their brand. Elegant service and exceptional knowledge about food. Unpretentious and professional . Pride of service was apparent from the front door greeting and observation of other servers. This does not exist in many restaurants now. Beautiful presentation of food with attention to detail. All dishes were outstanding (cauliflower soup, prairie garden cabbage roll, Brome Lake duck, sablefish). Looking forward to returning.
This had to be the worst dinner. We were a party of four celebrating our mutual birthdays. We had 3 separate entrees 1. the beef - which was the only palatable entre we ordered. The fish was disgusting. 2 people at our table attempted to eat it thinking it was just too “fishy” for their liking but ended up both having gastric issues that night. Even the desserts were off. The combination of flavours while trying to be eclectic just ruined what the dessert should have tasted like. The waiter was empathetic to the fish issue and even he seemed embarrassed by the 4.00 taken off.
Be careful with your pricing ... it's getting up there.
We enjoyed a lovely Tuesday evening dinner with a great view of the Legislature. Great room ambience (quiet music) coupled with an attentive server. The food was quite lovely to look at but lacked seasoning in some components. My wife had the autumn squash to start and found the flavours inconsistent from one area of the plate to the other. The Manila clams were cooked nicely, but could use more salt and some acidic brightness. The simplicity of the shaved fennel on the burnt toast was rather disappointing.
As for the main courses, my wife chose the sablefish and enjoyed the buttery texture. I ordered the lamb and found the flavours to be quite nice, if not slightly overwhelming. The dried tomato garnish, while pretty to look at, was assertively flavoured and texturally challenging to eat. Unfortunately the creamed kale was undercooked and chewy, extremely salty and the sauce too thin.
The low point of the meal was the dessert. We opted to share the cloudberry panna cotta. The frozen disc of raspberry ice was bracingly sour, so much so that the delicate flavour of the panna cotta was entirely lost. The sea buckthorn purée only added more acidity.
Overall a nice meal but somewhat underwhelming.
My partner and I have made The Butternut Tree our annual anniversary tradition. The food is transcendent, the view can't be beat, and the service is outstanding. We have the best time, every time! They source the freshest ingredients, and continue to enhance the menu. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
Outstanding! Amazing service from Ty. Food was flavourful and outstanding. definitely recommend this place!
Had a fantastic birthday dinner with an old friend. Tables are far enough apart that you can comfortably converse without having to shout or listen to other tables' conversation. I had the tasting menu. Every course was absolutely delicious and the wine pairings were on point. Service was exceptional.
My only complaint was that portions were on the small side. I am not a huge eater so this could be a problem for those with robust appetites.
I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quiet dinner out.
The staff was attentive, but something was missing...they seemed to be efficient but it was very quiet so it actually appeared to be more hurried. Probably would not have noticed if it was busy. It just seemed a bit off tempo.
at 100+ per person i'd like to be able to check off the totally satisfied boxes. the food was very good but some of the flavours this time seemed harsh and too over the top... leaving my palate overpowered.
presentation was excellent. mushroom appetizer was excellent but very small portion. My beef main was powerfully flavoured (au jus harsh and seabuckthorn berries and juice added an unwelcome citrus and bitter note) was adequate in portion size. (i'm not a big portion guy)
Wife had duck main and was pleased with the whole package. her appetizer: pears, squash aged cheese was a confusing match up of big flavour.
no wheat free dessert so i was out of luck. the wife tried the blueberry butter tart and was not impressed with it. good... but "her's is much better"
she enjoyed a cocktail, which seemed to get better as the smoked ice pressed the alcohol.
nice clean restaurant. calm atmosphere.
if you don't mind dropping 200-250 (sans wine) per couple you likely will be pretty happy with the outing. If you are out on a date, maybe ask them to slow it down a bit if they are not busy.
Chef Scott’s creativity continues to amaze and delight. A fantastic experience!
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Our server, Ty, was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were spot-on. The food was delicious.
The butternut tree was amazing for view, ambiance, presentation, and deliciousness. I would definitely go back. The only consideration next time would be to not go on a completely empty stomach, as I was still hungry at the end. I did order two appetizers instead of an entree; which in hindsight was a bad idea compared to the entree portions; but even so the entrees weren’t a much bigger portion so I probably wouldn’t have been much better off with those anyhow. It’s just pretty pricey for the amount of food. It is a work of art though.
Great experience with Canadian/local food. Tried a few things I've never heard of before. Great experience.
Was quiet disappointed. Way over priced for the quality of food. Do not order panacota. Go somewhere else for dessert. Would have appreciated if the waiter was honest and said they gad no idea how to make a machiato.
-food was outstanding but the cost was out of line (thumbnail sized blinis matched with 3- 1/2 teaspoon portions of caviar priced at $65!!!) ($50 for a single portion of beef short rib)
-if the chef can find a way to present his creations at a price that is more in line with actual value of the food this restaurant would be a welcome addition to our city's growing food scene.
Tale of two meals.
My lamb was outstanding. Enjoyed it thouroughly.
My wife hated her salmon. Undercooked without warning and taste was poor.
Tried to make up for it with dessert. Very poor selection and disappointed both of us, even when compted to make up for the poor salmon.
go for the lamb. Get dessert elsewhere.
My second time going. Went with a girlfriend so just the two of us on a Friday long weekend. We were seated and our waiter came and introduced himself, poured us each a glass of water and never saw him again for a half hour. The restaurant was only half full with 2 waiters. Our waiter was so unfocused it was crazy. We would ask him a question and he would rattle off something completely different. Totally not a good evening dinning there with a crazy waiter. Might have just been an off night for him, but it really didn’t make our dinning experience a high rate this time round.
Beautiful location with a great view. Parking underneath the building is free of charge.
Service was excellent, beer and wine menu excellent, food tasted good and was beautifully presented.
Q. So why only stars for food?
A. It was cold. All of the mains. My duck was the warmest of the bunch, and that was barely warm. But here is the thing, it was absolutely delicious and one of the best dishes I've had in Alberta at any restaurant.
My wife's beef? Cold. Veggies? Cold
Our friend had the salmon, it was cold, and she couldn't eat much of it.
I'm not sure what happened in the kitchen, but at $40-$50 a dish having your food come out cold is disappointing.
When we discussed with the server he seemed to take it all in stride, which was odd, almost like it was expected. Regardless, they offered to make everything over again, but we couldn't be bothered to wait as we had evening plans, so my wife just asked for a redo on the beef in her dish. The beef came out quick, piping hot, and delicious.
The chef also comped our desserts, but to be honest, it should have been 2 of the 3 mains.
I'll be back, I'm sure it was a drastic error somewhere in the back, and if the food is this tasty cold, imagine how good it tastes hot.
Please don't mess up round 2 Butternut Tree.
Outstanding. High quality. Highly recommended for special occasions.
Gorgeous place to eat. Simply gorgeous
Wow, I had no idea this level of elevated, fine dining was even available in Edmonton. We have some great restaurants, but Butternut Tree has officially raised the bar. Amazing views of the legislature and high level bridge, fabulous ambiance, veteran servers, and a one of a kind menu that oozes the chef owners personality and vision. Thanks for an amazing anniversary meal we will be back!
This is a lovely location - especially nice to be there when it is still light outside to enjoy the view.
The food is excellent - prepared well, reasonable portions.
The menu is limited - 5 apps and 5 or 6 entrees - only one vegetarian option, no salad, minimal vegetable with the mains, so I would check the menu before to make sure there is something for you.
Loved it the food was amazing! And we had a beautiful view which made it romantic.
Found the flavors on the main dish rather disappointing and the portion modest - lobster at 52.00. Perry use of edible flowers but it did not distract from a less than exciting sauce. The beef dish looked better.
One of the most amazing special
Occasion restaurants in Edmonton. Service and food was exceptional!
Food and service were outstanding; however, I cannot support an all Canadian wine list! It’s the reason we don’t go more often.
The tasting menu was exquisite. Highly recommend heading here if you have a passion for food and want to experience true 5 star service. Matt our server was excellent and explained every dish in detail, his passion for the industry and the amazing food created at the butternut tree was truly delightful. If absolutely outstanding food and high level service is something you look for then it is well worth the money spent here.
Great evening and amazing atmosphere. Loved the concept and detailed descriptions of each plate and locally sourced ingredients. Highly recommend!