Top spots for a power lunch in Edmonton

Just because you’re about to sign a deal or need to talk logistics over lunch doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what’s on your plate. These Edmonton restaurants offer an ideal environment for doing business without sacrificing taste or pleasure - and, they're speedy, too. [Image credit: iStock.com/nicolebranan]

Lazia Restaurant

1
113A-10200 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0V1

Located inside the City Centre Mall, Lazia is an ideal place to escape from the office for a quick, delicious lunch. There’s an assortment of booths and tables, plus several private areas, where you can talk business without being interrupted. The menu is fusion, with an array of small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and delightful entrees, including Thai green curry, butter chicken, pad Thai, nasi goring and Pacific wild salmon. The best part is the efficient service: You’ll be eating within 15 minutes of arrival, with time for coffee after your meal. Boom – back at work in under an hour.

Canteen

2
10522 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R9

This 50-seat restaurant bills itself as “casual” but the atmosphere is too chic and the menu too creative for that label. This is a spot to hold a serious power lunch (although you might be too distracted by how good your food is to close that deal). The menu is broken up into small plates, appetizers, mains and desserts — be sure to hit all four courses, if you can handle it. The corn fritters with smoky maple syrup are always a crowd pleaser.

Manor Casual Bistro

3
10109 125 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1S7

There’s a private room adjacent to the main floor of the dining room. It seats six people, so it’s ideal for small but sensitive meetings. The menu is also an incentive – it changes seasonally but the schnitzel sandwich, steak frites and nasi goring seem to be mainstays (and are super tasty).

Zenari's

4
135-10180 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S4

Conveniently located at Manulife Place, Zenari’s is the ideal neutral spot for a tête-à-tête, as it is central to almost every business downtown. The café-style seating keeps things casual, while the carefully curated Italian menu keeps things delicious. The soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and risottos are served deli-style, so there is never a long wait, but there’s still a decent wine list to give you incentive to stick around even after you’ve signed on the dotted line.

The Marc Restaurant

5
9940 106th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

The French know efficiency, and it shines through at The Marc. The servers are polite and fast but don’t rush guests. When you go to The Marc for a business lunch, it tells your guests a few things about you and how you operate. The atmosphere hints that you like the finer things in life, while the amazing food confirms that you expect quality.

Sabor Divino

6
109-10220 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Y8

With panini, pastas, salads and some enticing entrees on the menu, this restaurant is a good call when entertaining a fussy business partner or potential client. There’s enough variety that even the pickiest eater won’t go hungry, and, what’s more, they’ll actually enjoy their grilled eggplant bundle or grilled piri-piri chicken. Sabor is located in the heart of downtown, giving business peeps easy access.

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