Gotta-try restaurants in St. Albert

St. Albert used to be the smaller kid-brother to the big City of Edmonton. But now, with more than 60,000 residents, St. Albert is clearly coming into its own. It’s becoming bigger, better, and a really great place to catch a bite to eat. As the population grows, so has the number of wonderful restaurants in the area, offering customers a variety of gourmet dishes and culinary experiences.

12 Acres Restaurant

1
8 Mission Ave, St. Albert, AB T8N 1H4

12 Acres has a lot to offer - a beautiful atmosphere in a building beside the Sturgeon River, great service and, best of all, a menu that has been mindfully created using only locally-sourced food (mostly from a single farm in the area). This restaurant’s innovative farm-to-fork concept is winning the hearts of food lovers across the region, with their homemade breads and soups, delicious charcuterie platters and flavourful meat dishes and sides.

Cajun House The

2
102-7 St Anne St, St. Albert, AB T8N 2X4

A staple in St. Albert dining for many years, the Cajun House offers superb Cajun and Creole cuisine. Gumbo, jambalaya, crab cakes, po-boys … the menu is chalk full of wonderful food options that’ll really hit the spot when you’re looking for something different than the usual burgers or pizza. The Cajun House offers a “petite” (small) sized version of many of their favourite entrees, for those who want to enjoy some big Louisiana taste on a smaller scale.

Taste Of Ukraine

3
40-516 St Albert Trail, St. Albert, AB T8N 5Z1

At the Taste of Ukraine, you not only get to enjoy great, authentic Ukrainian food, but you also get to spend an evening immersed in Ukrainian culture. The restaurant, with its wall-to-wall murals, beautiful art and culturally important artifacts on display, will have you feeing like you’ve been transported to a village in the Ukraine for the evening. A family run business, Taste of Ukraine works very hard to give its customers not just food, but a culinary experience. Also, if you love Ukrainian food but hate eating out, ask about their frozen options available for pick up.

Glasshouse Bistro & Café

4
101 Riel Dr, St. Albert, AB T8N 3X4

Located in the Enjoy Centre, the Glasshouse Bistro and Cafe (formerly the Prairie Bistro) is a great way to top off an afternoon after browsing the building’s wonderful shops and unique retail spaces. Describing themselves as “local, fresh, and thoughtful,” the restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, boasts a menu with ingredients that are locally-sourced, seasonal and organic. The beautiful location of this restaurant is also perfect for booking private events, such as formal dinners and stand-up receptions.

Nello's Fine Italian Dining

5
4A-512 St Albert Rd, St Albert, AB T8N 5Z1

This is fine Italian dining that is second to none. Nellos is one of those places that is perfect for a special occasion or just a regular Tuesday night when you’ve been craving a really great plate of lasagna. The intimate restaurant space, coupled with the freshest Italian food in town, allows Nellos to make a lasting impression on St. Albert’s food scene. Pro tip: Order the creme brûlée for dessert - just trust me.

Cerdo Tacos + Tequila

6
150-15 Perron St, St. Albert, AB T8N 1E5

Really well-made Mexican cuisine put together with a killer margarita and tequila menu - that’s what you can expect at Cerdo Taco + Tequila. This restaurant, which is found on St. Albert’s bustling downtown Perron Street, offers one of the city’s only roof-top dining experiences (during the warmer seasons, of course). Decorated in a ‘Dia de la Muerta' style, the restaurant is perfect for casual dining in a fun atmosphere.

Nitza's Pizza

7
80 Mckenney Ave, St Albert, AB T8N 2G4

If you’re not native to St. Albert, you may not know about Nitza’s pizza. A local hidden gem, Nitza’s offers some of the city’s best donair and pizza options (from the Lacombe Park neighbourhood). Admittedly, not a place to go for a romantic, sit-down dinner, but if you’re in the mood to grab some comfort food that won’t disappoint, keep Nitza’s take-out (or delivery) options in mind.

Chopped Leaf Commerce

8
330-525 St Albert Trail, St. Albert, AB T8N 4J8

Chopped Leaf is the place to go for salads that will impress. There are eight options available; however, you can customize all of the salads with your choice of protein and special add-ons. The Spa, Pegasus and Popeye are just a few of the salads on the menu, created by chefs who have the goal of making healthy, nutritional food that will fill you up. Chopped Leaf isn’t limited to salads, with wraps, soups, sandwiches (and more) available on their menu, as well.

Jacks Burger Shack

9
130-15 Perron St, St. Albert, AB T8N 1E5

Found in the heart of downtown St. Albert, Jack’s Burger Shack makes a mean burger and fries. As a unique feature, the restaurant has a “daily burg” on their menu, described by the owners as, “a unique daily special crafted by boys who will put anything on a burger.” Jack’s offers more than 10 different styles of hamburger (including a gluten-free option), great sides (poutine!) and a kids menu, too.

Ohna-Ya

10
224-2 Hebert Rd, St. Albert, AB T8N 5T8

Found on the south side of St. Albert, off of Herbert Road, Ohana-Ya Japanese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. An extensive sushi platter menu, ramen specials and Japanese Sake and wine makes this a favourite spot in St. Albert for those who love delicious Japanese cuisine. The award-winning restaurant will knock your socks off with their signature lunch bento boxes, tapas and rolls. There are options available for those brand new to the cuisine all the way up to the most seasoned of connoisseurs.

Who doesn’t like banana bread? Eating banana bread is the equivalent of a getting food hug – it’s comforting and familiar and, in most cases, you’re always up for more. There are a lot of ways to prepare this classic comfort food and, whether you like yours warm with butter, full of chocolate chips or with a respectable amount of nuts, it’s all good.
Éclairs are delicious – flakey pastry overflowing with a decadent creamy centre and topped with indulgent chocolate. These beautiful French pastries can be made in a classic style or prepared with a twist, served up using gourmet toppings and interesting, flavourful fillings. Whether you’re picking up a platter for baby shower or buying a bite-sized indulgence to enjoy with coffee, éclairs are always yummy.
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