Steak tartare, made from raw, chopped up steak seasoned to perfection, is a European delicacy. It’s often served with crostinis or rye bread, but some chefs create daring variations of the dish. While it takes a dash of courage to try it, once you do, you’ll be hooked. These restaurants serve up the most delectable tartares in Edmonton.
A patio doesn’t have to be big to be great; it only needs good food, music, beer and company. Edmonton has a ton of awesome patios – ranging from big and small – to choose from to enjoy the beautiful weather this spring and summer. Take your pick! [Image credit: iStock.com/georgecosminmarin]
Alberta is known for its beef, and Edmonton’s independent restaurantshave some of the province’s best steaks. Ranging from rib eyes and tenderloins to strip loins, these restaurants win at creating delicious, complex and savoury steak dishes. [Image credit: iStock.com/Lisovskaya] 
Ever want to go out for some nice drinks, but want something a little more than just typical pub food? Then a gastropub might be for you. They focus around both food and drinks so you can get the best of both worlds!
Between deciding what to wear, how to act and what to say, first dates can be nerve-wracking experiences. It can be as terrifying as it is exciting to take someone out the first time; the last thing you need is for your choice of restaurant to be a flop. Choose one of these top first-date dining options so you'll have one less thing to worry about.
Quality, quality, quality - I can’t say it enough. What makes a restaurant consistently good is the quality of food, attention to detail and the level of service provided. The following restaurants have been serving up delicious eats for years and know what it takes to keep you coming back for more.
For those who are tired of the same-old hamburger or chicken with your meal, there are plenty of interesting meats to choose from at restaurants around the city. Local meats like bison and elk can be satisfying or more exotic versions like alligator can pique the interest of your taste buds. [Image credit: iStock.com/nvelichko]
This fall, you’ll want to trade in sunny patios for warm restaurants with roaring fires. Here are several options to make the transition to the cooler weather a little cozier. 
The days of the speakeasy bar being a necessity may be gone but the feeling of those establishments still lives on. Visit any one of these Edmonton bars or lounges and take in the cozy space, the well-crafted cocktails and the overall ambiance and nod to the days of the speakeasy. [Image credit: iStock.com/VectaPhoto]
While 2016 is the Chinese year of the monkey, in Edmonton restaurants it’s the year of the duck. Finding its way, in a multitude of forms, onto the menus ofEdmonton’s hippest and most popular restaurants, check out the following duck dishes to whet your appetite for this rich, fatty poultry. [Image credit: iStock.com/ALLEKO]
While there’s nothing wrong with a big, loud restaurant, sometimes you’re just not in the mood for all that hub-bub. When you feel like having an intimate conversation with a friend or partner or crave some quiet with your meal, a smaller establishment can offer some respite. These Edmonton restaurants all seat 60 people or less, making them the ultimate spots for a cozy dinner. [Image credit: iStock.com/hlphoto]
To have the perfect dining experience, there has to be a balance of quality food, impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere. The restaurants listed below have hit at least one of these must-haves completely out of the park. When it comes to a warm, welcoming dining environment, they will not disappoint. And, don’t worry, we’re confident they’ve got the other elements in the bag too! [Photo: Hardware Grill]
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