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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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July 14, 2017

Great service, flawless "smoke and oak", hope this one never goes away - always want many, but stick with one. Bulgogi game hen, popcorn chicken, mushroom pate, fried chicken, salmon, all sharing plates, superbly rendered. Wait staff member was polite, watchful, and aware of our table and when the food service was coming up. It was a great night out with colleagues.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2017

Cocktails were Fantastic! Creative and so good! Food was very disappointing:( would also suggest a another choice of veggies apart from salad and the potatoes. Will try again but mostly for the cocktails

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

June 19, 2017

Service was a little slow and often had empty drinks. Took 20 min to get out first drink after ordering. Food was delicious!!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 19, 2017

I won't be back. North 53 had its time in the sun and unfortunately it's just gone downhill. The food is good but not great making $20 a small plate, pretty steep for average food. Cocktails are the same... I love an artisanal cocktail but they fall short here. Our server was pleasant but not nice, and kind of kept with the whole pretentious attitude that the rest of the restaurant embodies. It's a shame.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

June 18, 2017

We had an awesome experience at North 53. The service was spectacular. Our cocktails were perfect and the food was incredible. Everything was perfectly flavored.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 15, 2017

Everything was awesome. I loved the food and experience. I couldn't have alcohol but the bartender whipped me up a cocktail so delicious I wish I had the recipe to make it at home. Thank you to everyone at North 53.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2017

One of the best brunches I've had in years!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

Great food , great time , interesting and different drinks and food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2017

Surprisingly good food! Very creative combinations of food that look and taste amazing. Small menu, a bit expensive, but very worth while to experience a unique and very high quality meal.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 5, 2017

Great cocktails! Very good service, and the food was very enjoyable. I would return again and will recommend it.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 12, 2017

Extensive drink menu, hard to pick just one. Absolutely delicious meal! Had a 6pm reservation, were leaving by 7pm. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2017

Great little spot with a friendly atmosphere and great drink list

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 8, 2017

Phenomenal restaurant. Great cocktails, food, ambiance, and service. I go regularly and am never disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 6, 2017

It was a great atmosphere to spend time with friends. The music was perfect and not too loud so we could chat without yelling. The drinks and food were both delicious and I'm already looking forward to my next visit. The mushroom "steak" and tuna tetaki were outstanding.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

I absolute love this restaurant ! The food is always excellent and different. We had a fantastic dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

The cocktails at North 53 are amazing, and if the food was better we would definitely go back. Unfortunately, we were served chicken pieces that were not cooked. Also, the ribs were extremely salty - as if they had been brined but not rinsed. We really enjoyed the salad, and the potatoes were good. The service was average - our server was very friendly but could have been a bit more attentive. Overall, not a place we would go back to unless it was just for a drink.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

April 29, 2017

Very happy with everything

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2017

Everything was excellent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 23, 2017

I love the fried chicken but have noticed the portion has decreased. Like getting 3 pieces before.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

April 18, 2017

Love going to North 53 for cocktails !!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 16, 2017

The atmosphere was beautiful. Unfortunately the service was (although friendly) unacceptable. Took over 1 hour to receive each plate. Food was not served all at once. Received one plate of tuna - 20 minutes later brussel sprouts. Portions (although interesting to taste) were incredibly small. Cocktails were unique. However took 20-30 minutes to receive our drink ( even just a can of beer). A plate of salad was forgotten entirely - they did give us a free drink for it. All in all - I was very disappointed. We were a party of 7 (two minors) - with a total cost of 350$. Not the kind of price tag you want to associate with empty tummies and incredibly slow service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

April 16, 2017

Great place for a business or casual dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 12, 2017

Food was fabulous and I was surprised at how reasonable the bill was given that we ate and had a bottle of wine (that is quite expensive!!!).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Service was very slow despite the place not being busy. The fact that the bill cannot be split is ridiculous, and we also were not alerted to the automatic gratuity which was slightly underhanded. Overall I don't think we will be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

April 8, 2017

Unfortunately, the food and cocktails were still autumn/winter aimed: the winter having been l

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

March 27, 2017

Excellent homemade pasta, fun cocktails and good service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 26, 2017

Everything was great from when we walked in till when we walked out 4 hours later - 8 dishes of food plus deserts. Staff made some excellent recommendations and paired the food and drinks up perfectly. Was a very enjoyable night out!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 26, 2017

World class, inventive cocktails and great food. Very friendly staff willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have a great night out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

Very nice, quaint spot. Fresh food & drink menu ! ChecK it out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2017

Just went for a cocktail. Awesome smoke & oak!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Restaurants with the best fried chicken in Edmonton

Restaurants with the best fried chicken in Edmonton

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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Edmonton spots to enjoy an excellent cocktail

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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Establishments in Edmonton embracing farm to table

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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