Give the gift of a delicious meal at an Edmonton restaurant

While I normally condemn giving gift cards as Christmas gifts, I do have one exception: It’s perfectly acceptable to give a gift card for a restaurant. That way, you’re treating a friend or family member to a lovely meal and experience, all in one. It’s a way of introducing them to your favourite restaurant or to a new spot that just opened that you know they’ve been dying to try.

Earls

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11830 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0N7

This casual but chic restaurant got its start in Edmonton, and the Tin Palace is the original location. Now, there are locations all over the city, meaning you’re never far from one of their tasty Bellinis or their yummy food. They sell digital and physical gift cards online through their website – there are several options for cute cards, and you can add a personalized message to your gift. Gift cards are available in denominations of $25 to $250.

Cactus Club Cafe

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11150 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V2

This fabulous restaurant and lounge is a go-to spot that never fails to please. They have two Edmonton locations: Jasper Avenue and West Edmonton Mall. You can pick up a sweet gift card in person at either Edmonton location, or you can buy it online – either an instant e-card or a classic card, which will be sent via snail mail to the recipient. It’s a good gift for friends who like to celebrate Happy Hour downtown or often need to fuel up while shopping at the mall. Their gift cards are available in any denomination of $10 or more.

Delux Burger Bar

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9682 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 4B2

This is a great lunch spot for friends to catch up over massive, custom burgers, deluxe truffle Parmesan fries or a handcrafted milkshake. Treat your oldest friend to a gift card, and you can use it as an excuse to catch up over lunch. Their gift cards are available online in e-gift card form or old-school paper form (mailed out to the recipient).

MKT Fresh Food | Beer Market

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8101 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3X8

Known for their vast beer selection, this is probably your brother’s favourite watering hole already. If not, you’ll be introducing him to something new and fun by getting him a gift card for this south side spot, located just off of Whyte Avenue. Their food is good too, so he won’t have to spend the whole thing on blueberry ale or Rogue hazelnut brown nectar. Gift cards are available through their website, as either a traditional gift card or an e-gift card.

Bar Bricco

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10347 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Y5

This Italian spuntini bar is a fun spot for a night of small plates and drinks with friends. Grab a gift card for your siblings or favourite couple and they’ll always be grateful you introduced them to this amazing food. Gift cards can be purchased online, and will be mailed out to the recipient. If you’re lucky, they might just invite you along.

The Parlour Italian Kitchen & Bar Ltd

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10334 108 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1L9

Italian always hits the spot, especially when it is as good as this fun, funky restaurant. While they serve a ton of different kinds of pizza, they also have a long list of pastas, including short rib ravioli, 20-layer lasagne and garden gnocchi. The entrees are also excellent, especially the branzino, a pan-seared Sea Bass with salsa verde, tomatoes, fennel, charred citrus, extra virgin olive oil and Yukon gold potatoes. You can order a standard gift card online through their website, and it will be mailed out to the recipient. Or, you can choose an e-gift card.

Corso 32

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10345 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Y5

Corso 32 is a restaurant that everyone needs to eat at, at least once in their lives. Score major points this Christmas and treat your parents or in-laws to a meal they will never forget by getting them a gift card (and, for extra points, book them a reservation too, so they don’t have to wait weeks to get a table). You can order a gift card online through Corso’s website, and it will be mailed to whichever address you choose.

The Marc Restaurant

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9940 106th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

This chic French restaurant is casual during the day; romantic in the evening – making it a great spot to get a gift card for, since the recipient can use it for just about any occasion. The food is exquisite but not pretentious. Gift certificates can be purchased online through the restaurant’s website, and payments can be made via PayPal, credit card or phone.

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