The Butternut Tree

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344 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Opened August 2017, The Butternut Tree is just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Alberta Legislature Grounds close to Edmonton’s majestic river valley. Chef Downey’s first restaurant pays homage to the places he’s lived, worked and explored, while showcasing seasonal ingredients from Canada’s diverse landscape.

A thoughtfully designed open kitchen allows guests to be part of the action. There are no walls, enabling discovery of Chef Downey’s style, both as a chef and a leader in the kitchen.

The Butternut Tree focuses on replacing global sources of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty with unique ingredients from our home and native land. From budding foodies to seasoned supporters of local provisions and purveyors, this is the place where guests can experience the unexpected.
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R
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Tasting menu was not as good as at previous occasions, though I am sure that depends on your tastes too. Very fish heavy this time. No red wine pairing, except with the cheese course. Took our server more than 10 mins to get to us for which they made up by paying for our cocktails, which were very nice. We will be back, because this feels like an aberration to me.

p
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent, excellent service, knowledgeable waiter, food delicious

h
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We fully enjoyed our second visit to this establishment, with a significant gap between visits. The Chef’s creations were dynamic and food forward. We were a little surprised about the menu pricing. Expect Entrees in the $50 range

CA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Food was absolutely delicious, service was exceptional and the ambiance superb.

DJ
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and amazing food. The Butternut Tree never disappoints, and remains my go-to when I'm in Edmonton.

LE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The appetizer we ordered was shrimp balls, it tasted exactly like a pancake with maybe a scant amount of any shrimp, for $17 the value was not even close to being there, the only good thing was the dip which overpowered the breakfast/pancake taste.

Elk dish was ok but the potatoes and carrot it came with was very plain and could of used a bit more taste/sauce.

Rabbit was not great, the rabbit legs were a bit dry and breaded balls tasted old and were hard and dried out, the kale tasted a tad burnt and very salty. There was also an orange sauce that I found too sweet and did not suit the meal well.

We advised the waiter of our expectations with the appetizer not being met and nothing was done to compensate for it.

TK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Winter scenery was great. All Canadian cuisine was a huge plus for us

F
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Chef Scott Downey's creativity in the kitchen was well appreciated. Celeriac dumplings - who knew? Cauliflower slow roasted for more than 10 hours? Who comes up with this? The food was excellent and the flavours a joy to experience. You do pay for it, though. The only slight slip up was the appetizer arriving a little cooler than it should have. The size of the desert was a bit of a disappointment as well - it was so good, more of it would have been better.

R
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, presentation and service was delightful.

S
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My favourite restaurant in the city.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and service !

DV
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beautiful, interesting and delicious. Great canadian concept done with so much creativity!

FM
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room, creative cocktails, and an all Canadian sourced menu. Food was good, but not great for the price, and the menu caters to a more adventurous palate (e.g., rabbit, beef tongue, sweetbreads), meaning there are not a lot of options for those with more conservative tastes. Glad we tried it, but for the high price point, it didn’t quite live up to expectations.

WM
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality was superb and it was all beautifully presented. This restaurant is definitely worth a splurge. That said, given its pricing, it is likely to be a place for special nights rather than a regular spot for a dinner out.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally got a babysitter. And I received a recommendation from a chef at Chartier for The butternut tree. So we checked it out and were very impressed

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was exploratory. The food was fantastic and the plating was resplendent!!! Our waiter Tim was wonderful and his knowledge was incredible

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Only average food for the price. We had been there before and the food was much better.

CS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I would recommend the Butternut Tree because some of the food was awesome. The atmosphere is nice and the views are lovely. I enjoy that everything is Canadian sourced. I think that is great. The last time we were there we had a great server and this one was awkward and subpar. Our appetizers this time around were great but our mains were just alright which for the money doesn’t feel good enough. It’s not cheap. Don’t get the rabbit. Personal opinion of course.

JF
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, nice young man very knowledgeable. The food was very good, we had the chance to try new flavors and delicious products from Canada! We expected a tiny bit more in our dish regarding the appetizers in their tasting menu. I wouldn't recommend to seat next to the windows cross their entrance during winter, you can feel the cold coming from the main hall/entrance (doors opening/closing). Atmosphere is great, quiet Chic place!

WG
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful evening. Perfect food, gorgeous cocktails, amazing wine and the best service I’ve ever had anywhere. Can’t wait to come back.

LM
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience ! The food, concept, and service were extraordinary

W
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding chef! Best in Alberta. A bit expensive but worth it.

WK
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Food was ok, I wouldn't say anything was amazing. Using only Canadian ingredients seems like a neat twist, but practically it severely limits the flavors and options. Rather bland food, especially for the price.

AG
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the Butternut Tree. Our server was so informative and passionate about food. We went on a Thursday night for a special occasion and it was nice and quiet and we didn’t feel rushed at all. Definitely will recommend to others.

SC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and view. Service was among the best in the city. Food was creative, but we found it bland.

m
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The butternut tree has been open for a little more than two years. It’s a ‘nice to try’ restaurant where the food is good but not superb, though the ambiance and service makes up for what the palate lacks.
We tried almost everything on the menu, and even though the presentation and ingredients are top notch, ever dish left something to be desired in terms of flavor. Some dishes were overwhelmed with different textures and flavors, all seemingly vying for attention but never coalescing into a whole. Other dishes simply lacked flavor altogether.
The service however is second to none, and the atmosphere is also excellent for a quiet upscale dinner or for a special occasion.

All in all, the value is lacking. However it’s certainly worth a try, and you can make the final decision yourself of whether or not you’d return.

RK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The servings were creative and the atmosphere was great

r
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable and attentive staff.
Pacific Halibut was perfect. Just a little crunch on top which I like.
Lamb tatare was unique. Nasturtium leaves... who knew they were so tasty!
Dandelion cake was yummy with the Caramel sauce, but did not see or taste the much maligned yellow flower.
All the preserves looked so interesting!
We will be back!

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Canadian culinary experience. Great food, service and room. Take time and enjoy!!

LK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! We did the tasting menu which is amazing. From Chef Scott to the servers and food our experience was fantastic. They made our anniversary a very memorable one. You have to try it!

SA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, service and food all exceeded my expectations. Its a great restaurant!

T
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here. It was our first time, and we absolutely loved the experience from start to finish. Can't say enough great things about the Halibut!

LJ
Edmonton
27 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Very knowledgeable. All Adams recommendations were excellent.

OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we went your restaurant for our Anniversary dinner.
Everything was great. We enjoyed our dinner.
Our server Adam was great to have knowledge of all of our questions of food and drinks.
We definitely come back to your restaurant.

MW
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Best food I ever had!

AB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food. Too pretentious in the presentation. Rock fish delicious. Berries and cheese for dessert lovely

t
Edmonton
19 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best service ever . Great wine list, great food and a view of the river valley what could be better . Thanks to our wonderful server!!

C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edmonton’s best kept secret!! We had an INCREDIBLE experience here and will be recommending the place to friends!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing serving staff and chef ! Very knowledgeable about the food,ingredients and wine . Excellent restaurant for exploring Canadian cuisine and wines .

Q
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This could have been perfect scores for all categories however dessert is just lacking. With so many fruits in season in Canada right now, the options are always a disappointment come dessert (this was our second visit). However everything else was outstanding.