Some like it raw: Top tartares in Edmonton

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.

Characters Fine Dining

1
10257 105th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3

Beef tartare is available on the dinner menu of this lovely restaurant. The appetizer comes with minced raw beef, balsamic onions and grilled black bread, for a little twist on the traditional tartare. They also offer a vegan version, made from beets. It’s flavoured with horseradish root and walnut oil, and is part of the three-course vegan meal available on the dinner menu.

Continental Treat

2
10560 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A4

This European restaurant serves cuisine with central and eastern European influences. Their steak tartare is made from 150 grams of centre cut raw beef. They spice it in the traditional manner, then serve it with toasted garlic rye bread. This delectable entrée is available on their lunch and dinner menu, so you can enjoy steak tartare any time of the day.

Bistro Praha

3
10117 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0T4

Why, of course this European restaurant has steak tartare – it’s one of their specialities! They do it up right, too, with raw filet mignon. The chefs scrape it, then add spices and garnishes before serving it with rye bread toast. They offer a half order and full order, so you can enjoy it as an appetizer or main course. And, while it is a little pricier than many of the tartares on this list, the quality is outstanding.

Select Restaurant

4
10018 106 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1G1

If you like your steak tartare full of zest and flavour, then you’ll enjoy Café Select’s version of the dish. They take Sterling Silver beef tenderloin, season it, and add finely chopped capers, shallots and deep-fried rye crisps. In a restaurant known more for seafood than beef, it’s a surprise just how pleasing their tenderloin tartare is to your palate.

Accent Lounge

5
8223 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E7

This dining spot doubles as a fun place to hang out and grab a few drinks with friends. It’s got a lively atmosphere, and the food is fantastic. The appetizer menu is full of delicious options, so it can be hard to choose just one or two. But, the steak tartare is a solid bet. It’s made traditionally, with tender beef minced raw and seasoned. Crostinis come on the side to pair with the tartare. Accent always does beef well, and their tartare is no exception.

Woodwork Restaurant

6
10132 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N8

The menu at this trendy restaurant is broken down into bar snacks, smaller plates and larger plates. Their steak tartare falls into the small plates category. It comes with pickled beets, an egg yolk and pommes gaufrettes (potatoes sliced into thin wafers and deep fried). It’s so good, you may have to order two – or at least avoid sharing with your friends!

Ampersand 27

7
10612 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A7

The menu at this eclectic restaurant, owned by award-winning chef Nathin Bye, is full of fun dishes. Under the “share & share alike” section, you’ll find Alberta beef tartare. It comes with cured egg yolk, hickory sticks, “everything” aioli and a crostini. The restaurant focuses on using locally sourced ingredients, so you can bet that the dish truly does feature the best Alberta beef to be found within a close radius.

Red Ox Inn

8
9420 91 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 3P4

The Red Ox has been around for decades, but the menu remains innovative and fresh. Their take on beef tartare has a twist – instead of being paired with the traditional crostini, it comes topped with potato chip-like wafers. The crunchy, salty crisps go well with the beef, pickled shallots, truffle aioli and egg yolk. It’s one of the most beautifully plated and delicious-tasting appetizers on chef Sean O’Connor’s menu.

The Marc Restaurant

9
9940 106th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

This classic French restaurant is vibrant and lively during the day, and quiet and romantic at night. Their menu has many lovely items, and their steak tartare is considered one of the best in the city. The steak is hand-cut and mixed with cornichon and house-made pickles. It comes with a grilled crostini, making it the perfect size for an appetizer. The crunch of the crostini goes nicely with the tender meat. It’s only available on their dinner menu, so plan your visit accordingly.

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