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Since North 53 opened its doors in January 2014, it has quickly become a favourite dining spot for many. The restaurant came onto the dining scene as a place where people could enjoy only Canadian menu items, with most of the produce coming from Alberta. It was an idea embraced by many diners but the owners eventually saw the opportunity to evolve the menu for their clientele.

With the departure of their head chef, the restaurant has welcomed new changes to the menu, which still commits to showcasing local products as much as possible, but also includes more affordable menu items. “I think it’s pretty impressive that we were able to transition menus like we did because not many small places can do that,” says Alex Trann-McEwen, general manager.

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    Reservation was at 8pm for 4 but we were late; I got a call at 8:15 that our table may be lost but we arrived at 8:22 and all was good. The friendly waitress gave us water and explained the menu. She never returned, even after we asked at the bar, so we got up and left. As we walked to Earl's I called North 53 to explain why we left; the lady did not seem to really care and said "Yeah sorry the waitress was stressed." So I can't comment on the food or cocktails because the service was so bad.

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    January 14, 2018

    Oak and Smoke is one of the best cocktails in town

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 7, 2018

    We'd been to North 53 before and loved it so we were excited about coming back. However this time the food was really disappointing. We ordered the tuna tataki, which for 16 dollars was a very small portion and really bland. We followed that up with the popcorn chicken which we had on our last visit and were looking forward to again. The texture was soggy and the batter didn't seem to be quite cooked through. We ended up sending it back. Next up were the roast potatoes with garlic oil and parmesan which were fantastic and the only dish we really enjoyed. We also ordered the meatballs, which were decent. The atmosphere and service were both great and they still have a killer cocktail list but the food was a big letdown. It might have just been an off night but not sure we'll be back for the food.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 24, 2017

    Everything thing was great. What bothered us was the youngish smokers beside us. If we were earlier in the dinner we would have asked to be moved. Food check, service check, atmosphere check.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 22, 2017

    Great experience. Good atmosphere great layout of room. Cocktails are very creative and the food is very good. Will be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 15, 2017

    Had a before Xmas vacation dinner with my biz partner. As usual we had amazing service and terrific cocktails. It is one of my favorite locations in the city due to the general atmosphere and attention to detail!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 10, 2017

    The drinks were amazing. Although I thought they were slightly small for the price. My friends ordered two amazing dishes: the fried rice and the portabella and gnocchi. I ordered the popcorn chicken. It arrived at the table 30 minutes after the other two dishes without explanation. When asked about it, the waitress said that it takes a bit longer because of the process in which it’s cooked and that all the dishes have different cooking times. That’s true but I’m pretty sure it’s customary to try and serve all dishes at the same time to a table that ordered at the same time. I probably won’t be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 10, 2017

    Very bad experience. We arrived 20 minutes late but all was good and we were immediately seated at our table. The seemingly friendly waitress brought us waters and menues, all seemed fine. 20 minutes later we asked the hostess if our waitress was coming back and were told that our waitress was pretty busy. 10 minutes after that we left. Even if someone had come to the table and said sorry for the delay, all would have been ok. Being ignored for half an hour in a place that size means I'll take my business elsewhere. (The 1 star for the food is only because the app requires it, we had nothing)

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 1/5

    December 6, 2017

    Cocktail and services were outstanding. We'd never been because we thought it sounded pretentious with $50 potatoes. But the food was great, and priced reasonably for crafted delicious tapas. We had a lovely date!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 2, 2017

    Awesome drinks, great room.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 29, 2017

    First time visit and was a little apprehensive because only a few tables occupied. Small menu with a dozen or so choices added to the apprehension. Drinks were good, service was good...food was amazing!!! Definitely will be back for more.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 27, 2017

    My wife and I recently had a wonderful time at North 53. The food was fantastic as was the service. We will definitely be back and will recommend to all our "foodie" friends.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 27, 2017

    Food was good - diverse - kind of a strange mix Especially when you try to share dishes Wine overpriced - was half of the price of our meal

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 25, 2017

    First visit. Great service, food, and drinks. Will be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 19, 2017

    Service was very slow, with only one bartender and one waitress for the entire (full) restaurant. Long wait on drinks, especially.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 2/5

    November 14, 2017

    The food and cocktails were amazing, and the atmosphere cozy and modern. Service was slow initially (waited probably 5-10 minutes before they took a drink order), but once we had drinks and food to eat, the slow service was bearable.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 3/5

    November 12, 2017

    Took a very long time to get our drinks, we literally got our food and were well into eating it before our first beverages had even arrived.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 1/5

    November 8, 2017

    Amazing - my new favourite cocktail venue! Can’t wait to bring my husband ! Amazing cocktails, great atmosphere and vibe. Thanks!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 3, 2017

    Liked it a lot - we will be back!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 2, 2017

    Took my girlfriend to North53 for dinner on her birthday and loved it!! Food was great and unique but the stand out here has to go to the drinks!! We love going to restaurants with unique drink choices as well as a "bar tenders choice" or at North 53 the spin the wheel! The drinks we got was one of the best I've ever had!! We will definitely be back soon! If you love a hip relaxed atmosphere with amazing food and drinks its a must!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 29, 2017

    Wonderful meal . No room for dessert but we ordered and enjoyed it anyway.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 29, 2017

    Menu says can modify meals for vegetarian or vegan people... but when asked waitress, she gave condescending replies and did not modify anything.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 2/5

    October 25, 2017

    Atmosphere is great - trendy little place. Unfortunately service and food were both lackluster. The waitress was less than enthused with our various questions and seemed burdened by requests for drink variations and condiments. It was difficult to enjoy the food when each dish came separately and intermittently - approximately 15 minutes between each dish. By the time we received our final dish, we were stuffed from the previous dishes so we had leftovers. You can easily find better service and food at this price range elsewhere.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 2/5

    October 23, 2017

    Great food. Overpriced drinks.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 15, 2017

    North 53 is stylish and chic. An amazing atmosphere for date night... girls night ... business or just a fabulous cocktail. ❤️

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 14, 2017

    Soo loud and noisy! I don't think there can be much done to control this however...

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 13, 2017

    Enjoyed spinning the wheel for cocktails!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 10, 2017

    I made a reservation ahead of time for 7pm. There was nothing indicated in the reservation that we would only be allowed to stay for 2 hours. We had ordered a couple of drinks and some food earlier on, and then tried to order more food at about 8:40pm. Our waitress rather curtly stated "well this table is booked at 9 - you can only stay for 2 hours". It is unfortunate that we were not informed of this ahead of time, but I understand that sometimes these timelines are necessary. However, I felt that the waitress could have tried to be more accommodating by saying "unfortunately this table is reserved at 9, but if you'd like to stay for another drink and some more food, perhaps we can shuffle things around or find you a spot at the bar." To be honest, the whole situation was quite frustrating.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 1/5

    October 7, 2017

    Really liked the cocktail! Food portions were generous for sharing between two, and very tasty. Overall a good experience - a young crowd. We were likely the oldest folks there.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 4, 2017

    such cool place great ambience and good for conversation service was really good but oh my goodness...the food was so salty it was inedible!!!! I had the Korean game hen, the poultry itself was great but the sauce on the kim chi pancakes was the saltiest thing I've ever tasted! had to send it back

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 1, 2017

    Loved it!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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    Only available on their late night menu (from 11:15 pm to 2 am), North 53’s fried chicken as widely lauded as one of the best fried chicken dishes in the city. Slightly spiced and served with sour cream and onion dip, this perfectly salty chicken will have you craving it and coming back for more – so stay up late to indulge in this savoury treat.

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    This is a place where the best seat’s a barstool, because the bartenders teach you about the drink you’re about to have. One of my favourite bartenders, Elizabeth Yu, designed the Rosey Cheeks. It has a floralness to it, with rose petals, saffron cardamom rose syrup and egg white. It’s frothy, sweet and very refreshing. The best cocktail is the Smoke & Oak Fashioned, made with smoked maple syrup and Oaken gin. They light spruce wood on fire, and fill the glass with that smoke, making it extremely aromatic. And, it’s served using that piece of wood as a coaster.

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    The fun, adventurous menu changes seasonally here, thanks to the chefs’ use of locally sourced ingredients. Dine family-style with a group of friends so you can sample a wider variety of dishes. Start with snacks, including chicken liver mousse on rye and popcorn chicken. Then, work on small plates, such as pork cabbage rolls or rutabaga and oxtail tart. Afterwards, move your way up to the large plates, like the whole chicken stuffed with steel cut oat and offal stuffing. Finally, sample some desserts, such as cognac ice cream.

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