The Butternut Tree
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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.
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!
I am so glad we tried this restaurant, everything is presented with such a magnificent eye for detail from the ambience, to the cocktails, the select wine list, the flavours of each menu item! Our server was a breathe of fresh air, what a wonderful experience to be in hosted by someone so passionate about not only the establishment but also the chefs talents and each dish- Matt provided a really authentic and caring experience. The flavours captured in the food are immaculate, a true experience. This is officially my new favourite restaurant in Edmonton and Its great to see the talent and care that the entire team of professionals puts into this restaurant.
The food and service were delightful but I believe the server may have gone a little overboard in his descriptions of food and drink. He brought out our food and the three of us had to sit and listen to the server over-describe each of our dishes (after we had already read our menus and asked for recommendations).
Otherwise, great night!
Our server Mathew was the greatest. Very informative and attentive. The food was nothing I have ever eaten before. I enjoyed everything and was introduced to so many new flavours. I do not write reviews on restaurants. That is how much I enjoyed it.
This was a lovely dining experience, truly delicious and unique. Thank you to the Chef for an outstanding, memorable evening. Definitely would recommend this restaurant.
Amuse-bouche was very strange - caribou moss with creme fraiche. Not much flavour except butter. Salmon was ok - a little dry but the smoked dill butter was delicious. Beef duo was a hit with dining companions. Great views!
One of the to dining experiences in the city. Fantastic view was matched by the service and incredibly unique menu.
Small portions, food arrived cold. Nice view, appreciate Canadian fare.
this is clearly one of the best in Edmonton.The food i s t outstanding in fact i am hard pressed to say anyone is better. the setting is womderful over looking the legislature. 3 other restaurant have failed in this location I hope this one suceeds this is totally canadian which brings a problem the wine list is disapointing to say the least it is overpriced and not very good. I offered to bring my own bottle and pay reasonable corkage but they do not do this Pity
The food was absolutely delicious! The staff were all very knowledgeable about the foods and wines and made the experience incredibly enjoyable. I will definitely be back to try another creative selection from the menu.
Really awesome, creative menu emphasizing locally sourced (or at very least Canadian) produce. Interesting and tasty vegetarian options. Wine list has some lesser known Canadian finds - like the Benjamin Bridge NV Brut Classique - tasty, tart Nova Scotia methode champagnois sparkler with a lovely green apple finish. Bravo to the chef and team!
Absolutely fantastic! Food was Canadian sourced and wonderful. Service was perfect. We will be back.
ambiance was amazing. Great view of the legislature building or park by it. Can also see the street car go by on the high level bridge. Food was good - portion a bit smaller, but it is fine dining. Service was Great! nice and airy - tables well separated to have a conversations without talking over the other table.
Loved The Butternut Tree for the excellent food, view and vibe.
Food, service and view...love the "moss" amuse bouche...which is actually a lichen...authentic Canadian with a NOMA twist, and much less expensive than NOMA. Highly recommended to say the least.
As we're from out of town, we came here by recommendation for my dads birthday. The servers were extremely helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed, without pretention. The food was sophisticated, and the portions were generous. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Edmonton.
Our first visit to The Butternut Tree was amazing. The food was perfectly prepared by their chief Scott and his team. Creative and full of flavour, this restaurant is a diamond in the rough! You have to go, the food, the ambience, and the view makes any visit worthwhile.
I took my wife there for a romantic birthday dinner, it was our first time here and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, the food was exquisite and the views of the legislature were unique and added to the ambiance. Would recommend and we will definitely be back!
It was our anniversary and they were able to highlight the event with an extraordinary dining experience.
A great ode to contemporary Canadian cuisine. We are proud to support an Edmontonian chef & entrepreneur; And encourage others to do the same.
Excellent food & Attentive Service.
Exceptional experience, wonderful cocktails, badass wine list and if I would write about the food it would take 3 pages to explain how much I adored each and every dish. Thank you you Ty & the whole Butternut team for a memorable evening.
Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Chef Downey is very energetic about his restaurant and his craft, and the kitchen is open to view. We loved it.
A limited menu extremely well done. We will definitely be back. Look forward to seeing more seasonal menus.
The food was absolutely outstanding, and it was amazing to see only Canadian ingredients used in the dishes. The view and the service were exceptional. Would recommend this restaruant to anyone looking for a unique and delicious dining experience
Came for my birthday with a party of 12. This review is for that experience only. Entrees took almost an hour to come out even though they knew we had to be somewhere after. A few entrees overcooked and returned, we didn't have enough time to get something else so a few guests went hungry. Had confusion over whether a birthday cake was allowed and eventually they served it since we had been toldso many different things. Server was extremely nice but evidently frazzled from the wait on food. Hope they can work out these kinks for large parties in the future!
Excellent food quality and local fresh produce concept.
Incredible. Perfect for those looking for adventure. Unusual textures and flavours and surprises.
Excellent service, great views and an interesting tasting menu (food you would not expect). Definitely worth checking out.
Fabulous experience. Great ambiance and view of the Legislature and river valley. Amazing food concept and Chef Scott Downey delivered in terms of both presentation and flavour. We will definitely be back soon.
Beautiful location overlooking the Legislature. Creative menu featuring Canadian ingredients. Superb service. Free underground parking.
Our table of 6 went with the sampling menu - 4 regular and 2 vegetarian. The vegetarian menu, in particular, was very poor value. The Oyster leaf was not available but we were not advised (although that was one member of the party - a non-vegetarian, specifically said she wanted to try - she would have changed to the regular sampler) and the "main" course of 8 asparagus stalks needed something more substantial added to the plate - we joked about going out to get something to eat after dinner. Maybe a starch and a fat? The greens plate of the various sea plants was also a bit ridiculous - 5 stalks of greens on a huge plate. At least double up on the quantity - each plate works out to $11/per! Not good value.
We have done tastings at many restaurants, and know that portions will be small because there are many courses, but this was pretty extreme. Actually made me wonder if there was not enough stock in the kitchen to do this for our table of 6.
I would highly recommend The Butternut Tree to anyone. The service was fantastic and the food is inspired.
Despite asking the server if the tasting menu was for 2 people and the menu not listing the price as per person, it was quite a shock when the tasting menu and wine pairing came to $345 with tip. Great food and drink but $100 overpriced when compared to other top YEG restaurants
I always meant to write a review worthy of the experience I had here, so I apologize it has taken so long.
I was here for dinner with a friend July 5, and I only remember so clearly because it was my birthday dinner. Thank you for such a fantastic and memorable meal. Chef Scott Downey has clearly created something very spectacular and special at this location. We had decided to do a tasting menu and trusted that he would simply feed us the best and he did not disappoint.
We had something close to 8, maybe 9 courses. Every single dish was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. It was a feast for our eyes as well as our bellies. I only regret that I did not capture every dish and the ones I did capture, I did so poorly on my phone. Chef Downey was able to explain every dish, and knew where every single ingredient came from. One particular dish I recall was a plate with several plant leaves on it, just by themselves. Very plain and very understated yet the flavors were so different it was incredible such small leaves could leave such a flavorful impact on our palates. It was simple and understated and Chef Downey even knew the couple from the East Coast who had foraged the beaches for the ingredients. It is lovely to see the support this restaurant gives to Canadian suppliers.
Each dish arrived perfectly timed, at the perfect temperature and with different flavor profiles. We had geoduck sashimi, three different samples of caviar, morel mushrooms in the most delightful savory broth, lamb and this beautiful pickled beet dish in the same of a rose, just to name a few of the dishes. Overall just a wonderful and unforgettable way to spend a Thursday evening and my 30th birthday. Thank you. I cannot wait to do it all over again.
And for those wondering, the experience did not come with an average price tag but it wasn't an average experience. It was worth every dollar and then some.
This is the second time for us.
Both times the beef was very tough. For the price it should be as good as you can cook at home. Especially when the portions are so small.
The types of creations are wonderful and the morels were amazing! Staff always very pleasant.
Amazing food. Pleasant surprise. This is a must try for unique Canadian food. Great service We tried the moss...yes moss and were shocked by the wonderful flavour. We will be back!