Soak up the sun while supporting local businesses
The sun is shining and the snow is gone – which is pretty much all it takes to bring on the start of patio season in and around Edmonton!
There's no shortage of places to hang out – but these ones are special for the fact that it's NAIT grads who are the owners, chefs or managers. Get ready for some great food, cold drinks and catching up with friends and family in the sunshine.
Don't forget the sunscreen. Or the umbrella. Maybe both. It is Alberta, after all.
(If you're a NAIT grad we've missed, please let us know.)
11248 - 104 Ave.
Executive chef Paul Gareau (Cook '09)
General manager Franco Camminatore (Hospitality Management '05)
Build your own burgers (and other pub classics), choose from a dizzying array of beers and settle in with the sports you want to watch (just ask!). Bring the kids, who can enjoy a menu of their own.
5th St. Food Hall
10344 - 105 St.
Chef Neil Royale (Culinary Arts '09), Seitan's and Sin Carne
Edmonton's first food hall has brought an eclectic blend of culinary styles and dishes under one roof in the heart of the city. Royale's contribution includes vegan fried chickun, sourdough crust pizza, mouth-watering po boys, and plant-based sides. Have your meal inside or enjoy it under the sunshine on the streetfront patio.
8620 - 53 Ave.
Co-owner Bryan Launier (Marketing '09)
The self-billed "geekiest brewery" in Alberta pairs old-school videogame aesthetics with a new-school approach to craft beer. Drop in for a glass or flight, choosing from a selection of seasonal and year-round brews, some of which have earned regional and national awards.
The Art of Cake
11811 - 105 Ave.
Co-owner and baker Gloria Bednarz (Cooking '86)
The Art of Cake specializes in art you can eat. Made-to-order cakes and treats (including cookies, cupcakes and more) vary from classic and elegant to modern and fun. If you're after a custom cake be sure to book well ahead. Stay and enjoy a slice outside with coffee if the sun is shining.
10363 - 104 St.
Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)
Located in the heart of the arena district, Baijiu serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes including a variety of bao, or steamed filled buns, spiced duck, chow mein and more, alongside a lengthy list of original cocktails.
9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101
Head chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Chef de Cuisine Davina Moraiko (Culinary Arts '05)
Sous chef Duncan Gommerud (Cook ’16)
Located in the Ritchie Market, Biera is a neighbourhood restaurant that pairs plates for sharing with beer brewed on site. Instead of burgers or wings, you'll find charred cornichons with leek oil and dip, candied radicchio, and much more.
12820 - 167 Ave.
10-1010 Webber Green Dr.
5210 Windermere Blvd.
2511 - 17 St.
15331 - 37 St.
70 Macleod Avenue, Spruce Grove
Culinary operations lead Eric Amyotte (Cook '09)
Browns Socialhouse features comfort classics like wings, burgers and fish and chips but the broad menu will appeal to palates seeking surprises. House drinks including lager and wine help enhance the highly social character of the house.
8627 - 91 St.
Executive chef Joseph Vuong (Cook '07)
Café Bicyclette brings an authentic French menu to Edmonton diners – even the text is in French! The patio is a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter, winter be darned.
Campio Brewing Co.
10257 - 105 St.
Executive chef Hans Carlos Pinto (Cook '06)
Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)
Check out one of downtown Edmonton's most expansive patios while enjoying an array of snacks, salads, deep-dish pizzas, sandiwches and more. The beer is made in house, including everything from a stalwart lager to a juicy pale ale to a refreshing sour.
Central Social Hall
10909 Jasper Ave.
10014 - 12 Ave. SW
#280, 525 St. Albert Tr.
Chef Jesse Woodland (Cook '15)
Drop in for casual yet classy atmosphere and enjoy creative snacks such as spicy maple Brussel sprouts and Alberta-style sushi rolls, fresh bowls or sandwich, including intriguing takes on chicken. There's a fun kids' menu for little ones and a great drinks menu for bigger ones.
5012 - 50 St., Beaumont
Co-owner Sylvia Cheverie (Marketing '09)
Head chef and co-owner Tamara Solon (Cooking '15)
As part of Chartier's French-Canadian offerings, dinner features a variety fo small plates for sharing or the likes of sous vide pork chops, roasted chicken and even a weekly burger feature. Brunch is also a big draw, in part because of the breakfast poutine and smoked meat sandwich.
10328 - 124 St.
Pastry chef and co-owner Kai Wong (Culinary Arts '07)
Enjoy some of Edmonton’s best, freshly baked croissants on the patio of Chocorrant on 124 Street. These croissants come in a variety of unique flavours not found anywhere else (strawberry, crème brûlée and matcha green tea, to name a few). Or grab some light lunch items including a soup, quiche or croissant sandwich.
9910 - 109 St.
Chef Lindsay Porter (Culinary Arts '06)
A fine example of the quality of Edmonton's gastro-lounge scene, the Common offers pub food defined by creativity and quality. Share classics like mussels and fries or try an old favourite with a twist, like the honey basil pear grilled cheese.
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
10065 - 100 St.
Executive chef JiJu Paul (Certified Chef de Cuisine '15)
Second cook Brooklyn Reed (Culinary Arts ’21)
The patio at the hotel's Confederation Lounge (reviews), recently renovated but not at the expense of character dating back to 1915, is legendary. If the food and cocktails don't take your breath away (they'll easily handle your hunger, at least), the stunning views of Edmonton's river valley are sure to do the job.
26 Village Dr, Westerose, AB
Co-owner Mark Gluwchynski (Plumber '13)
Located at the Village at Pigeon Lake, Familia Brewing is a friendly place to stop for a pint, be it a simple and refreshing Mexican lager or a more complex and flavourful pale ale. Don't miss the rotating small-batch selection available inhouse only.
8422 - 109 St.
9855 - 76 Ave.
10240 - 124 St.
10542 Jasper Ave.
Head pastry chef Amy Mancor (Baking '08)
Farrow opened its first location on 109 Street in 2014, specializing in quality coffee, sandwiches and baking. Watch for the menu to change frequently. Donuts, brownies, muffins and more are made daily in house.
8210 - 106 Ave.
Owners Kimberly Der (Interior Design Technology '07) and Katy Ingraham (Dental Assisting '07)
Fleisch is where convenience, quality and community intersect. Pick up a coffee, treat, snacks, drinks or housemade soft serve ice cream and enjoy it on the patio of this Forest Heights neighbourhood deli. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly and open late.
6423 - 112 Ave.
Co-owner and head chef Sean O'Connor (Culinary Arts '06)
Sous chef Ryan O'Connor (Culinary Arts '11)
Modern and refined drive-in fare may be one way to describe these burger offerings: classics updated with the likes of bacon and peppers, blue cheese and tomato, and more, as well as a hearty and reliable "American" cheeseburger. Kids' menu and veggie options available, surprising sides, too (e.g., Animal Fries?).
The Greenhouse Restaurants
12130 River Valley Rd.
8630 Rowland Rd.
2909 - 113 Ave.
Owner and executive chef Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)
Enjoy majestic views of Edmonton’s river valley on the patios of the Greenhouse Restaurants. This is not your grandpa’s golf course restaurant. Like all Shufelt properties, expect to find high quality, provide handcrafted meals using the finest of ingredients and genuine hospitality. Golf clubs optional.
The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.
Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)
The product of a midlife career switch, the Growlery is now a relative veteran of Edmonton's ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene, with small-batch beers made fresh onsite for enjoyment in the taproom with snacks or for takeout.
17412 - 111 Ave. NW
Co-owner and distiller Kris Sustrik (Welder '01)
Kris Sustrik is carrying on the family tradition of making moonshine by elevating the craft to produce high-quality spirits. Besides being the maker of Alberta's first craft wisky, Hansen is a great spot for flavoured gins, vodkas and, yes, good old moonshine. Enjoy onsite or take out.
10912 - 88 Ave.
Chef and co-owner Adam Stoyko (Cook ’08)
A touchstone of Edmonton's Garneau neighbourhood, the Highlevel Diner has provided an eclectic menu and a warm and lively setting overlooking the river valley for almost 40 years. It maintains its modern flair through fresh and colourful dishes, with plenty of options for omnivores and vegetarians alike. The weekend brunches are line up inducing (grab some of their famous cinnamon buns to go).
#4 Athabasca Ave., Devon
Managing owner Manfred Kalk (Cook '02)
Head chef Nathaniel Ridderikhoff (Cook '18)
Combine comfort food with farm-to-table sourcing and you get favourites like spiced crispy buttermilk chicken, beef and bacon meatloaf sandwich, pickle chips and fresh-cut chips with house ketchup. Enjoy an Alberta craft beer with your meal and finish with a homemade ice cream sandwich. Follow on social to keep up on weekly specials.
10450 - 82 Ave.
Kitchen manager Darren Smith (Culinary Arts '10)
An icon of Whyte Avenue, Julio’s Barrio brings "bulldogs" and Mexican cuisine to their bustling patio space. Top your dish with their signature salsa from mild to nuclear heat, cool it off with an icy margarita, and say hello to summer. Vegans and those seeking gluten-free options will enjoy a broad selection of dietary-friendly options.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
South Edmonton Common
Operations director Troyan Mason (Finance '93)
The Keg is nearly synonymous with steak, especially the well-trimmed, aged, well-marbled, uniquely spiced and seared-just-right variety. Prime rib, seafood, chicken and ribs round out the menu. Salads, too – which can be topped with cuts of beef, chicken and seafood.
#104, 9916 - 72 Ave.
Co-owner and lead brewer Troy Wassill (Radio and Television Arts '96)
Back alley beers anyone? Longroof Brewing serves up "respectfully defiant traditional style ales & fresh experimentals” in the alley off 99 Street and 72 Avenue, an area quickly becoming a popular spot for independent breweries, restaurants and shops. Take advantage of the spacious, dog-friendly patio (which features bike racks, too) while enjoying a Longroof flight. Grab growlers and howlers to go.
8216 - 104 St.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)
The Next Act Pub got its first sibling with Meat, a smokehouse opened up right next door by McLaughlin and the ownership team. It's southside southern barbecue: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, all featuring homemade sauces. And, of course, there's bourbon.
9919 - 78 Ave.
Head chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Sous chef Duncan Gommerud (Cook ’16)
From the people who brought you Biera, The Monolith offers a concise but thoughtful snacking menu. Choose from cheese plates, a sandwich on Belgian-style sourdough and other fancy delights. Pair it all with the brewery's unique and celebrated barrel-fermented beers.
The Next Act
8224 - 104 St.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook '04)
As the part-owner tasked with kitchen duties, McLaughlin has freshened up the pub grub concept by insisting everything be made in house, from the hamburger patties to the fish 'n' chips batter to imaginatively decadent desserts.
10403 - 83 Ave.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook '04)
The newest sibling of The Next Act and MEAT, Pip serves up charming comfort food in a cozy 28-seat space. Catch their exquisite takes on classic brunch favourites during the day or join them for dinner – opt for one of their flawless cocktails anytime.
11635 - 145 St.
Co-owner and taproom manager Taylor Wacey (Electrician '19)
Polyrhythm Brewing opened in March 2023 to consistently good reviews. Tucked into a west Edmonton business park, it features a cozy, music-themed taproom and a wide selection of beers from an award-winning brewer. Wacey, as one might expect, also wired the place.
10643 - 123 St.
Chef and co-owner Blair Lebsack (Cook ’98)
RGE RD has turned its parking lot into a colourful patio perfect for sipping cocktails or digging into specialty meat cuts, sandwiches or burgers from sister restaurant The Butchery next door. During the summer, they’ll even keep your 124 Street Grand Market groceries chilled while you enjoy their patio.
8 Mission Ave., St. Albert
Chef and owner Daniel Ducharme (Culinary Arts '09)
Tucked into a beautiful purple manor just off the Sturgeon River, Dan Ducharme’s delightful Riverbank Bistro highlights regional ingredients and cuisine. The menu has earned many accolades, including best food, best service, and, during dine-in days, one of the top 100 most romantic restaurants for 2019.
River City Revival House
10030 - 102 St.
Executive chef Felicia Winston (Cook '17)
Home to the only music-themed menu items in the city, enjoy Wings of Leon, Nat King Coleslaw, or The Creedence Cubano Revival on the patio of the River City Revival House at The Starlite Room. Chef Winston also makes a point to feature a number of local businesses in her dishes, like Meuwly’s sausage, Boocha kombucha, Sylvan Star Cheese, Sea Change Brewing and more.
10051 - 109 St.
Owner Giuseppe Angotti Jr. (Finance '94, Accounting '96)
Beat the heat with a gelato on the patio of RossoNero Trattoria and Bar in downtown Edmonton. Grab a scratch made pizza and and be sure to work your way through this casual Italian restaurant and cafe’s extensive drink list – from Italian sodas, specialty lattes, espressos or cappuccinos, and a range of alcoholic bevvies.
Tryst Wine and Small Plates
100 - 21 Perron St., St. Albert
Owner Michelle McDonald (Culinary Arts ’16)
Head chef Zach Eaton (Culinary Arts ’16)
Sous chef Hailey Howlett (Culinary Arts '16)
Line cook Crystal Higgins (Culinary Arts '22)
Line cook Kayla Penney (Culinary Arts '21)
Choose from charcuterie featuring local products and preserves, housemade sourdough, pork belly, flatbreads, even good old mac and cheese. Call after noon to pick up orders later that day. Wine and beer are available too.
Tzin Wine and Tapas
10115 - 104 St.
Owner Kelsey Danyluk (Marketing '02)
Chef Corey McGuire (Cook '07)
Enjoy your pick of 20 wines served by the glass and fancy snacks (stuffed and fried Manzanilla olives, potato bravas, etc.) and meals (roasted Alberta lamb chops, pan-seared salt cod, etc), while hanging out in one of downtown's coolest dining districts.
2003 - 91 St. SW
Owner and chef Paul Shufelt (Cook '01)
At Workshop Eatery, where almost everything is handmade in house. The rustic yet sophisticated menu is seasonally focused, and features, when possible, produce grown onsite at Workshop's location at the Mosaic Centre, Canada's first net-zero office building.
5940 Mullen Way
#104 150 Bellerose Dr., St. Albert
Chef and proprietor Andrew Fung (Cook ’01, Baking ’98)
Chef de cuisine (St. Albert) Landen Swick (Cook '14, Culinary Arts '15)
What was once available only to members of the Blackhawk Golf Club, Andrew Fung’s former cooking gig, is now for all to enjoy. Visit Andrew Fung’s “clubhouse” (XIX, as in 19th hole) to pick up casual but classy dishes inspired equally by Asia and Alberta.
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