Ty was awesome. I liked his personal touches of humour to build rapport. He really knew the menu well.
I will start by saying the view is tremendous! Other than that, dissapointed in the all BC winelist,
the service was inexperienced and when a simple drink was ordered,they brought the wrong one ,but insisted with us (a table of 4 experienced diners) that it was correct! The food was interesting but I found it odd that there was no Alberta beef on the menu, and be aware that if you ask for fresh ground pepper , or cream for your coffee ..there is none. There are too many wonderful dining establishments out there for us to recommend this to anyone.
Great creative flavourful food. Some work on service still needed, as the entre came over half an hour after the appetizer. Lights could be lowered to enjoy the view better and provide a more cozy atmosphere for dining.
Went there for my husband's birthday and were truly thrilled at this beautiful higher end restaurant. We each picked from the tasting menu, he ordered the meat and I chose the vegetarian. Blown away by how Chef Scott incorporated flavours into each of the dishes. Loved that he's using all Canadian foods and wines. Ordered a bottle of TH Cabernet Franc on a recommendation and were not disappointed, delicious. All in all, between the view (of the Legislature and University) and the quality of food and service , Edmonton needs to embrace this restaurant.
Just a really great new restaurant. The location offers a great view and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and had unique takes on brunch classics as well as adding new dishes. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I’m excited to go back for dinner and try their tasting menu.
This has to be one of the best restaurants I've been too. They only use ingredients native to Canada. They are very creative. We were asking tons of questions about the food so the waiter brought out Chef Scott. The chef showed us some of the things he uses to substitute, like olives he uses a poplar bud, and for lemons a lemon geranium. He is super passionate, hard working, and looks at every plate before its served. (You can see into the kitchen from every seat.)
The four of us ate family style so we could try more dishes:
Prairie Gardens Lamb Tartare
August Organics Parsley Root
Buckwheat Toffee Pudding
One thing to note, the desserts are European sweet so they are far less sweet than what we're used to in North America. (We prefer less sweet.)
The food was outstanding. The service was outstanding. We need to support talented chefs like this so Edmonton can continue to have world class food.
Absolutely fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable staff, imaginative menu, great setting and ambience.
The Butternut Tree is a delightful and refreshing culinary adventure; an absolute gem in Edmonton.
Phenomenal food, great service and a wonderful view. Will go again for sure
Fantastic dinner. Second time there, totally different menu than the first time - super reflective of the season. Our server was incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. Probably the best place to eat in Edmonton.
Amazing service, knowledge staff, unique menu, wonderful ambience, delicious food
This was our first visit to The Butternut Tree and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The setting, next to the Alberta Legislature and Edmonton's beautiful North Saskatchewan river valley, is spectacular, and the knowledgeable, efficient and friendly service and unique take on Canadian cuisine are second to none. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit!
A wonderful meal, atmosphere and service. Gret presentation, unique menu, good wine selection.
We enjoyed our time for sure. Good food, good service, good ambiance. Liked it all. Very creative menu. Locally sourced cuisine can mean boring, not here.
My partner and I came to the Butternut Tree for the first time, as belated-Valentine's date. The experience was great! Service was attentive, but not hovering. When asked, our server also made a great recommendation for one of our entrees. All food was meticulously plated, with fresh ingredients. We had two appetizers, two entrees and shared dessert. While the price point may seem high it is definitely worth it (especially for foodies). The view seems like it would be amazing during the day - overlooking the Legislature and the river valley - but since we came in the winter, in the evening, we will be back to check that out. It is apparent the hard work and dedication the chefs and staff have to fine dining in Edmonton!
My Wonderful Husbands Surprised me and brought us to where we had our first date…still not the same restaurant but same table! Amazing atmosphere still and with me being 8 Months pregnant my husband just didn’t know…and what I mean by that is the Menu looks and sounds amazing but just not for my Pregnant pallet as many Pregnant women can attest too. We ordered our drinks before opening up the menu and very quickly I realized the menu for right now was just not for me. Graciously we had let the waiter know and to our suppose they had paid our Drinks which is not something we had asked at all as we still enjoyed them and the view but what Service!! We will go back simply because of just that! Thank you so much to the Staff for understanding and believe me we have told everyone about the Service and Food and Atmosphere, look forward to coming back in the coming Months to try your every changing menu.
The food at this restaurant was excellent all around. The service was very friendly and helpful.
The reservation was on Valentine's day, and I appreciated how the A la carte menu was still available.
Brunch was absolutely fabulous. Their Sunday breakfast was on par with their evening dinner service. I will argue that this is likely Edmonton’s best place for brunch, and I am fiercely critical of brunch offerings! In addtion to a creative and tasty menu, they serve a large French press with filled full with delcious coffee, something that I have been looking for since we moved from Toronto!
Had a fantastic brunch in a great room with wonderful staff. What more could you want :)
Absolutely Delicious food! Wonderful service! Strongly recommend!
Our server was very stressed and frantic the entire time which resulted in service sub par to what you’d normally get at a fine dining restaurant. Dishes weren’t explained well when they arrived. Recommendations from the server were solely based on serving size versus quality and no explanation of why each dish was great was provided. I’m a huge fan of beautiful plating and high quality ingredients, so was super excited to come here because their food is obviously beautiful. The flavours fell short and lacked depth, and although everything did LOOK beautiful, it was a let down from a flavour perspective. No doubt the ambiance is great though, beautiful view of parliament and a nice setting for a date. Probably wouldn’t come back as Edmonton has a lot of awesome dining choices yet to be explored!
Loved it the food was amazing, the restaurant itself is so beautiful. we had such an great evening
I really enjoyed my first experience here! The waiter seated us near the window so that we could have a gorgeous view of the legislature building. Not only did he introduce the dishes to us (ingredients and how they were cooked) but he also gave us a brief history about the owner and how the Butternut Tree came to be. The Canadian theme was really unique. Also, the dishes were carefully thought out - the flavours were well balanced and complemented one another. We would highly recommend the lamb tartare, carrot and turnip soup, black cod and duck, as those were the dishes we ordered. The atmosphere was cozy and the staff were all very polite. The Butternut Tree is definitely one of my favourite places to go for a fancy night out!
Chef Scot and his team displayed extraordinary culinary talent. All dishes were cooked to perfection, all parts of the animal were used to the fullest extent, and the flavours all compliment the dishes. Our server was very friendly and helpful, and the bartender/ barista is also very talented and friendly. As well, the restaurant had a nice quiet ambiance for a nice romantic night with my husband. These qualities gave the Butternut Tree an overall 5 star experience, and the rest is really nit-picking.
Food: My first impression of the food was that the dishes tasted great, the food was cooked to perfection, but the plate was very busy. The King Cole Duck, for example, had a lot of components on the plate that in the end, I found myself strategizing to eat the duck with all the vegetables on the plate. I guess in a way, I wanted to somehow eat the duck with the mushroom, onion puree, beets, pear, watercress, the duck jus, and the glazed parsnip all in one bite, but it wasn't that simple. The Laval Rabbit that my husband ordered was a much better constructed dish that features three ways of eating the rabbit. It had a clear feature of the main ingredient and three very different and enjoyable ways to eat. The dessert portion I found to be very small for its value. My husband and I sampled all three desserts. First, the financier. Chef Scot and his team were ingenious to use fresh grated ginger to moisten the financier, as the financier dries really fast through the course of the day, and it gives extra flavour. We thought that the panna cotta was too shallow, but I suppose it was designed to support the raspberry ice on top. Maybe if the cream had been infused with the juniper berries, it would help it accentuate more of the juniper flavours. The buckwheat toffee I thought was too small, but I thoroughly enjoyed the lavender ice cream! The cherry gelee didn't quite fit the dish but was creative and delicious.
Final thoughts, please do go experience this restaurant!
Brunch at The Butternut Tree was a relaxing, delicious experience. We started with a pear mimosa that was very refreshing. We shared the bannock and Chef Matt’s rye bread with kelp butter. I had tried the bannock as an appetizer and loved it and it’s addition to the brunch menu with the added quail egg was perfection! The rye bread was one of the best breads I have ever tasted. Soft sourdough flavour inside and a beautiful crusty exterior. For the main course I had the crab cakes. I have made and tasted many crab cakes and these were amazing . So flavourful, topped with poached eggs and a beautiful sun choke hollandaise, with the best bacon and green salad. The clafoutis for dessert was exceptional, and a perfect way to end what was an outstanding start to a relaxing Sunday!
Once again, Scott and the staff at the Butternut Tree have created sheer magic. The dinner service was excellent, along with a creative and exciting tasting menu. Each course was beautifully designed with Canadian ingredients, and offered exquisite taste. I follow the restaurant on Instagram, and it was fun to see the whole lamb that they brought in from Bon Accord (featured in one of Butternut’s posts) served as the most delicious tartare on my plate. Hats off to a job well done. I look forward to my next booking!
Beautiful presentation. Lovely flavours. Terrific view.
Amazing place. My friend and I shared the tasting menu. It was quite loud when we first sat down but as the night went on it simmered down.
Also there’s only one bat seat in the place I honestly feel. We got stuck there but other then that it was amazing and wonder.
The photo is of the carrot soup which is highly elevated and a wonderful starter.
The food was amazing and we were impressed to learn all ingredients come only from Canadian sources. Our server Matthew was very knowledgeable and helped us make excellent food and beverage selections. We were pleased to have the opportunity to meet Chef Downey and all the staff seemed genuinely happy to be there. We look forward to visiting often!
The food was delicious! We had the 6 course tasting meal, and it took almost 3hrs.
We sat close to the window and had the view of the legislature building and felt cold without our jacket on.
Beautiful views accompanied by very tasty food. The use of all Canadian ingredients was a delight. Even played all Canadian music. Server was polite and attentive, there to answer any questions we had. They also accommodated our time constraint (we even had enough time for dessert but were not rushed at any stage). It was fun to watch and listen to everything happening in the kitchen too.
Incredible meal and presentation. Service was great. A wonderful dining experience
It was a first time experience for all four of us at The Butternut Tree. I really liked the ambiance and decor of the restaurant. I did not like that one of the seats at our table were directly under a spotlight which was a little annoying.
Our server was nice but she seemed new and inexperienced. When I requested dietary modifications to my order, she seemed almost argumentative with me. I have never had any issues in the past with special dietary requests at any restaurants, especially at higher-end/higher-priced restaurants like this one. I think it is reasonable to expect that when we are paying $35+ per entrees and $100+ bottles of wine (plus appetizers, cocktails, and desserts), any dietary requests I have can be accommodated without problems. I am not asking for anything outrageous - replace grains with any veggies and no diary (no replacement required). I would think this would not be a problem for any chef/kitchen staff who are talented enough to work at this type of restaurant.
The other three people I dined with enjoyed their appetizers, the entrees were good (mine was good but came out slightly cold), and dessert was okay too. The views were really nice and free underground parking is always a perk. Unfortunately, I will not likely be returning nor will I be recommending it to any friends as there are several other similarly priced restaurants that are much, much better, in my opinion.
Loved the presentation of all the dishes, however, quite a few of the dishes missed the mark. Elk was dry, duck was over cooked, squash was rubbery, panna cotta was a little stiff. Flavours were great, but definitely need to work on execution. We did love the Cod dishes though! Cooked the fish to perfection. Favourite dishes of the night.
Fantastic meal, definitely one of a kind in Edmonton for quality and imagination.
A fabulous dining experience! All Canadian ingredients, custom made pottery dishes, knowledgeable friendly servers, innovative dishes, perfect wine pairing, young progressive chef and owner, someone to be reckoned!
Sunday brunch was fabulous, great views, great service - highly recommend!
For the price I expected the food to have a “wow” factor. I was extremely disappointed. Won’t go back.
We went for brunch and the menu was very unique, pickled spruce needles are excellent. Everything was well prepared and arrived hot. Service was new to the brunch concept but still provided very good service. Loved the fact that each dish and all beverages are Canadian. Looking forward to trying their dinner menu.