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Traditional old-world charm fills the air at Continental Treat Fine Bistro on Whyte Avenue. Family-run since 1982 by the Borówka family, this welcoming spot consistently provides Edmonton’s diners with high quality traditional European fare and great service. “We really try to give great service,” says Sylvester Borówka, who co-owns Continental Treat Fine Bistro with his parents Ryszard and Helena Borówka. “Through the years we have created what I call loyalists. These are customers who prefer to come to our restaurant over anywhere else and now their children and even their grandchildren are coming in.”

Sylvester says the family has worked hard to build their reputation. They started with a humble seven-table restaurant, but in just five years were able to expand. “I’m proud of our restaurant,” says Sylvester. “We always want our guests to feel welcome and to enjoy their meals.”

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    I walked in on a Wednesday night around 9pm...and was the only person wearing jeans. Oops. The place looked high end from the inside and it's located in the heart of Edmonton, The beer list is expansive, The selection was great and included a number of beers I had not come across before.It can undoubtedly compared to sherbook liquor store.

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    Completely fresh, innovative menu items and fantastic service. This is a must for anyone who appreciated fresh, innovative and flavorful food. Try the the escagorts they are very fresh.

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    Best Food In Edmonton That I ever had

    For the appetizer I tried the Chicken Stroganoff stuffed with cheese, it was tasty, but nothing special to it. On the other hand, the Chicken, Shrimp and Rice was amazing.Cooked perfectly so that it does not feel like you are chewing a rubber band. All in all, the food is simply prepared but delicious, the waitstaff is amazing.

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    February 25, 2017

    Thank you for the lovely food experience for my friend's birthday!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 22, 2017

    Premiere service and food. Excellent as always!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 22, 2017

    Wonderful place. Great menu. Only thing I don't like is having to spend an extra $5.00 if ordering something to share. Rediculous in my mind. A money grab.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 3/5

    February 22, 2017

    Awesome service ,great food ,excellent atmosphere . Keep it up .We will be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 22, 2017

    I found it was a little loud and the service can be a tad slow at times, but otherwise it was a great experience. The food and drinks were AMAZING!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 20, 2017

    Great food, always consistent. Service was great and non-obtrusive. A little loud but it was a weekend and the place is full. This restaurant is still a gem in the mix of bars on Whyte Ave. Not the cheapest but good food does not come cheap. Sylvester has a great place to eat.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 17, 2017

    I am a regular and treasure this restaurant. Any meal here is a classy experience; the people, food, and atmosphere are exemplary!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 15, 2017

    Creative, amazing sauces... and a superb selection of wine & beer.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 15, 2017

    Wonderful service on Valentine's Day. Despite a full restaurant, food came quickly and staff was attentive. Delicious as always.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 14, 2017

    Wonderful meal. Waitress was great. Awesome special

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 14, 2017

    excellent as usual. this is the right name "TREAT". the rare times we can come, we sooo enjoy it. food tastes like back in poland. just the red peppers in the mushroom sauce with the pork chop are the down side and not so polish. but some might like it.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 12, 2017

    Perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 10, 2017

    I love this place. Great music that you can have a conversation over, great food and food service. Great place to treat yourself and friends to.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 10, 2017

    Very cozy and warm quiet atmosphere..good service and excellent food everyone I go! Love it

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 9, 2017

    still miss the VEAL -however understand that cost is a concern-we all had a good meal in pleasant surroundings

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 6, 2017

    Lovely evening-great service, great food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 6, 2017

    Great! Excellent food. Courteous service. Efficient timing of food and bill.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 4, 2017

    We enjoyed the evening dining here. I really enjoyed the pickle soup ~ wanted to see what everyone liked about that soup. The atmosphere was nice and placed in a little cozy area.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 4, 2017

    Once again a very delicious meal and great service (sorry I forgot our servers name, an older gentleman). Looking forward tlli our next meal there.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 4, 2017

    Perfect as always from the dill pickle soup to the grilled trout and ending with the layered chocolate cake. Service was excelant as well. Thank you

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 4, 2017

    All the food was excellent but the perogies were outstanding! Food came out a little fast but our server (Hayley) was very good and we didn't feel rushed. We will definitely be back. Thank you

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 3, 2017

    Fabulous lunch place with delicious food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 2, 2017

    It was a nice fancy date night spot. The service was a little slow but the food came fast. The food was very yummy!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    January 31, 2017

    It's always a pleasure to visit Continental Treat. I know the food, atmosphere and service will be consistently very good. On my recent visit with family from Vancouver and Westlock we were not disappointed. Everyone enjoyed their meal and our time together. We were not rushed. The service was very good but not intrusive. Just two small things: 1) We were not greeted at the door; we hung up our own coats before anyone appeared and 2) We were not offered a second cup of coffee after lunch. My husband loking for our server to request refills.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 30, 2017

    Excellent as usual. I have never in 29 years ever had less than perfect food or service. Gave my hairdresser a gift certificate and he went last week and is raving about the food and service. He will definitely be a return customer! Thank you Continental Treat for being in Edmonton. Kudos to Sylvester and his family for bringing this superb European dining experience to Edmonton! Arlene

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 30, 2017

    First time to this establishment and would definitely recommend

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 31, 2017

    AMAZING FOOD! Also, our server, Matthew (hope that's right) was so great! He was helpful in picking out some beers that my father and boyfriend ended up loving. Great experience overall! Thank you Matthew!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 28, 2017

    The escargot were delicious and the service was outstanding.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 25, 2017

    The Continental Treat is one of my favourite restaurants. It reminds me so much of the wonderful restaurants that I have been to in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 23, 2017

    Excellent experience. Our server Hailey was awesome. Great food. Very enjoyable time.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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    A Whyte Avenue staple and hotspot, the Continental Treat is an Edmonton favourite. This eastern European restaurant serves the best dill pickle soup in town, not to mention killer schnitzel, filet mignon with various sauces, stroganoff and, of course, slowly roasted duck legs with a pinot noir demi-glace accompanied by kopytka (potato dumplings) and hot red cabbage.

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    Gluten-free? Vegetarian? Meat-lover? If you have any of the aforementioned eaters in your dining party, look no further than Continental Fine Treat Bistro. It has one of the most extensive gluten-free menus that I’ve seen. They use many seasonal ingredients and their menu is fairly dynamic. Their dishes have French, German, and Eastern European influences. This place is always a good choice and never a dull moment!

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    Influenced by Central and Eastern European cuisines, they serve up cheddar and potato perogies, as well as wild mushroom and sauerkraut perogies. Both are a treat.

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