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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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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 2, 2017

Great setting, great location. Service was a bit slow at the start but that was likely because there were so many people arriving at once. Chose the 'random' cocktail and it was EXCELLENT. The foot was really good, particularly enjoyed the House Fried Rice. Will definitely be back! Tables are close together, wine list is small BUT the wines they had were excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 1, 2017

Loved it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2017

Service very slow; salad too stringy and soggy with overdressing; wines poor, and stale; mushroom pate was lousy; pork belly and black rice was mediocre; chicken popcorn was awful, and returned to kitchen; and sugar pudding was bloody awful. If our guest had not been so elderly, we would have left early. Won't be back!

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

September 24, 2017

Small venue with tapa size meals and interesting drink menu focusing on a younger dining audience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 23, 2017

Great place for cocktails! We had a wonderful date night. The restaurant was quite chilly though so we only stayed for 1 drink. Otherwise we will be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 18, 2017

it's the second time I've been to North 53 and enjoyed it immensely both times. a very cool place with a wonderful bar.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2017

I went out with dear friends, and their tween kids. The sever was amazing and accommodating, the food was as on point as always. North 53 is a favourite and a classic.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2017

They have the best in house ketchup and aioli sauce. Great place to take a date.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2017

Great atmosphere Awesome drinks Could use a more beers

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2017

Great cocktails and delicious food in a lively atmosphere. Sharing plates menu offers a little something for everyone from salads to fabulous fried chicken.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2017

Tried several shared dishes and desserts and we loved them all. Unfortunately my wife's virgin cesar was too salty to drink and there was no coca cola, or any soft drink in the house.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2017

The cocktails are the best in town! But none of our shared plates were very flavourful, and the popcorn chicken was super bland.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2017

This was a fantastic dinner! The server was nice and helpful about sizing and quality to order and everything that came to the table was amazing from the drinks to dessert!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2017

The cocktails were unbelievably good and the food was outstanding!

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

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

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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