Valentine’s Dayis just around the corner, Edmonton! And whether you’re trying to impress your dateor know just what kind of fare your spouse will enjoy, you’re sure to find a romantic restaurant to spend the evening. They feature talented chefs and delicious menus that will appeal to all kinds of foodies. From February 14 and beyond, these restaurantsare always fantastic options for a night on the town with your sweetheart.
Vons Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
Von’s is reinventing the classic steakhouse – and winning lots of awards while it does. Classy and elegant, yet somehow cozy at the same time, Von’s provides a memorable experience and a meal you won’t soon forget. The small menu ensures you’re always getting something fresh, in season, and delicious. Don’t want to grab a table? The Oyster Bar and Lounge features handcrafted, curated drinks, handpicked appetizers, and, of course, a wide selection of oysters.
10309 81 Ave, Edmonton
Violino, one of the Top 100 Canadian Restaurants, is found in a 1913 mansion on High Street in Glenora. That sets the atmosphere for an evening of fine dining the Italian way. Elegance meets an intimate experience that makes a Valentine’s Day that’s sure to impress. They have several set menus, each with its own flavours and traditional fare that will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Italy.
10133 125 Street, Edmonton
The award-winning Bundok is in the heart of the 104 Street Promenade. The chef-driven menu is known to change at the last minute – they focus on seasonal and regional ingredients and use what’s available. With an aim to “celebrate the people and the food of the community,” Bundok encourages you to enjoy an unforgettable meal of such dishes as beef tartare, sea bream cudo, pan roasted hen, and much more. Make sure you book a reservation in advance; they fill up very quickly!
10228 104 St, Edmonton
Corso 32 An intimate restaurant is perfect for an intimate Valentine’s Day, and that’s just what you’ll find at the award-winning Corso 32. With a team passionate about Italian cooking, but not afraid to put an inventive twist on traditional favourites, the kitchen is always turning out great food. Try the tasting menu to get a sample of what they have to offer; the Antipasti menu is perfect for sharing. Pair it something off the wine list curated to complement the food.
10345 Jasper Ave, Edmonton
One of Edmonton’s favourite restaurants and one of Open Table’s top 100 restaurants in Canada, Biera has isn’t afraid to prove why it’s won so many awards. Make your way through unique sharing plates created by Chef Christine Sandford, pairing them with fine beer. Sourdough tarte flambé, scallop ceviche, PEI mussels, and more will have your mouth watering. Ready for something really different? The cheese bar is always open! Discover new tastes and suggested pairings.
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Crispy potato cakes (Pommes Paillasson) with Old Amsterdam cheese cream & chervil. This dish is available tomorrow, from 1-5pm, during the bottle release of Measure of Patience, Blind Enthusiasm's first barrel-fermented beer. The richness of the dish pairs perfectly with the Measure of Patience. We'll have Measure of Patience available tomorrow at Biera in pour sizes of 100ml, 175ml, and full bottle service. Across the lobby in the Bottle Room you can purchase bottles of the Measure of Patience. The batch size is small, so there will be a limit of two bottles per customer. We will also have 100ml pours available for purchase in the Bottle Room.
Ritchie Market 9570 76 Avenue NW, Edmonton
The Harvest Room Treat your Valentine this year with a meal at The Harvest Room. Warm and vibrant, the view overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley will take your breath away – but make sure your appetite doesn’t waver. The menu is filled with elevated regional specialties. The intimate six-course meal scheduled for Valentine’s Day will definitely showcase these dishes. Reserve your table for two in advance to make sure you don’t miss out on Chef Mridul Bhatt’s masterpiece.
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald 10065 100 Street, Edmonton
RGE RD is a 60-seat restaurant with a small staff – but what they lack in extra tables they make up for in delicious food sourced from Western Canada producers and growers. They make it easy to eat local food no matter the time of year and will help you treat your sweetheart to fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere that makes anyone feel at home. Pair with a signature cocktail or wine to top it off.
10643 123 St, Edmonton
Vivo quickly gained a reputation as the best traditional Italian restaurant in Edmonton. Classic rustic food paired with Italian wines showcase just how good an evening can be made with a good meal. Take the time to spend the evening eating and sharing over several courses, from antipasti (appetizers) to primi and secondi courses. Traditional sharing plates make it the perfect place for any romantic date night. There’s nothing like an Italian love story over food!
18325 Lessard Rd, Edmonton
No list of romantic restaurants is complete without The Creperie! With a well-deserved reputation as Edmonton’s most romantic restaurant, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. French-style crepes are featured as mains and desserts in a cozy atmosphere. Join them for a special Valentine’s Day dinner with a three-course meal perfect for sweeping someone off their feet. Make sure to book your table in advance; it’s one of their busiest times of year and they can fill up fast.
10220 103 St NW, Edmonton
La Ronde Restaurant Edmonton’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, La Ronde offers stunning views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley and downtown alongside its award-winning menu. With 50 years of experience and sophisticated dishes curated by the chefs, La Ronde is a popular place to go for food and views that go hand-in-hand: unforgettable. From the popular prime rib of Alberta beef to desserts you’ll savour, you won’t leave hungry.
Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton
By: Sarah Chestnutt
Sarah Chestnutt is a freelance writer and editor, working in the field for over 10 years. She calls Edmonton, home and loves to share its stories.