Edmonton hotel restaurants that exceed expectations

Hotel restaurants usually fall into two camps: those that only a hotel guest would dine at and those that draw people from all over. These Edmonton hotels house restaurants have established themselves as dining destinations that are well worth the trip, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel.

Ric's Grill & Lounge

1
403 11 Ave, Nisku, AB T9E 7N2

The Four Points by Sheraton hotel, located at the Edmonton International Airport, boasts a Ric’s Grill, a top-notch restaurant that’s definitely worth trying. It’s become a destination for all kinds of people, even those who aren’t flying in or out of the airport. At lunch, they offer a buffet with a wide variety of cuisines. In the evening, enjoy one of their perfectly cooked steaks. Plus, the bar has a ton of televisions, so it’s great for watching a game.

Chop Steakhouse & Bar

2
10111 Ellerslie Rd SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 0J3

Located next door to the Sandman Hotel, Chop Steakhouse & Bar draws hotel guests and Edmontonians alike. The restaurant is known for its luscious, juicy steaks and quality seafood but they also have a classy bar that’s great for hanging out with friends. Whether you go for top sirloin, filet mignon or New York striploin, the Chop experience is always satisfying. Any meal here should be wrapped up with the fallen chocolate soufflé — it’s to die for, completely.

Wildflower Grill

3
10009 107 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1J1

I once had dinner at Wildflower as part of a set menu for a friend’s wedding stagette. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had, not to mention the fun, fancy cocktails! We were all so full that we almost didn’t want to go out dancing afterwards. We wanted to bask in the glow of our oh-so-spectacular meal. The steak is phenomenal, the service attentive and the atmosphere is best described as evening elegant with a splash of sparkly excitement.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

4
10065 100th Street, EDMONTON, AB T5J 0N6

The Confederation Lounge is one of the most elegant rooms in arguably the fanciest, most la-di-da hotel in Edmonton. The lounge is always full of not only hotel guests but businessmen and women making deals over Old Fashioneds and martinis. But don’t get the wrong impression; the lounge may be fancy but it’s also warm and homey, like your richest friend’s library.

Madison's Grill

5
10053 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1S5

The menu changes with the season, as they try to use as many local ingredients as possible. If the entire table is in an adventurous (and trusting) mood, they can go for a six-course “culinary adventure” that the chef creates as a surprise. The a la carte menu is heavy on seafood but it is Alberta, so beef has a place on it, such as the Guinness beer braised beef.

The Westin Edmonton

6
10135 100th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N7

Share sprawls out and takes over part of the hotel lobby, meaning there is never a shortage of tables. The lobby lounge area is slightly more casual while the formal dining room comes complete with fireplaces and white linen table cloths. The menu is full of playful takes on fancy dishes, such as duck poutine (duck confit, black pepper jus, cheese and garlic on fries – yum!) and buttermilk fried chicken atop a pecan aged cheddar waffle with Dark Horse whiskey maple syrup.

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