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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Edmonton / Northern Alberta

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Edmonton / Northern Alberta? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of BODEGA Highlands restaurant
4.9 (248)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
Bodega Highlands, nestled in one of Edmonton's most historic residential neighborhoods, a step away from the majestic River Valley. Our Highlands location has gained the reputation for being the perfect spot for a date night. With just 40 seats, this intimate space is moody and romantic. During the summer, snag a spot on the patio, and settle in. Our Spanish and Portuguese Tapas offerings will transport you.
We want to be a friendly neighbourhood restaurant & kindly ask guests to observe a two hour dining experience on busy nights so we can entertain as many of our cherished patrons as who want to come in.
Our Patio is now first come, first served. We are also taking reservations for up to 4 with open table. For any reservations larger than 4, please phone us at (780) 757-0137!
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
I've never had a bad meal at any Bodega and dinner last night at Bodega Highlands was a 10/10. Great food, thoughtful service, buckets of ambience and can we talk about the cherry cheesecake? Best in the city as far as I'm concerned. Thanks, Bodega, I'll keep coming back.
A photo of Sorrentino's West restaurant
4.8 (1121)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
Sorrentino's West is an Italian cuisine restaurant. The décor of the restaurant is classy. The dim lit ambience of Sorrentino's West makes it a trendy place to hang out, catch some TV and enjoy delicious Italian food. The family friendly environment at Sorrentino's West gives the place an inviting vibe. The food at Sorrentino's West is scrumptious and some of the regularly ordered items on the menu include Calamari, Penne Arrabbiate, Prosuitto Panini, Butternut Ravioli, Tortellini and Lasagne. The most ordered item on the kid's menu is Spaghetti and Meatballs. Out of these food items, it is the Calamari which steals the spotlight. For desserts, Mango Berry Cheesecake seals the deal. Sorrentino's West has a bar too. The wine selection at the bar is pretty decent. The bar service is fast.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Always a great place to dine. Consistently GREAT food and friendly staff.
A photo of BIERA - Ritchie Market restaurant
4.8 (1179)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary European
About the restaurant
Located at the heart of the Ritchie community, our Brewery-Restaurant serves contemporary European influenced plates using high quality seasonal ingredients. Our menu is created to reflect the quality and uniqueness of Blind Enthusiasm's beers.

Saturday & Sundays are walk-in only from 10AM until 5PM. Exceptions are: if you are planning to join us with a group of FIVE or more people, please call the restaurant at 587.525.8589 to have us set aside a large table for your group.

Reservations are encouraged outside of those times.

We look forward to seeing you!
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great place for a small group gathering. Knowledgeable staff, interesting menu.
A photo of Polos Social Lounge restaurant
4.8 (375)
CAN$30 and under
Sherwood Park
About the restaurant
Experience the warm embrace of Polos Lounge, where every visit is a journey into culinary delight and inviting ambiance. Nestled within the heart of Sherwood Park, we've earned the esteemed moniker of "The hidden gem" among both our steadfast regulars and those discovering us for the first time. Our menu is a testament to diversity, offering an array of delectable dishes crafted to tantalize your taste buds and ignite your senses. From savory starters to indulgent entrees, there's something to please every palate. And let's not forget our impressive selection of 16 carefully curated beers on tap, each one a testament to quality and craftsmanship. But it's not just the food and drink that keep our patrons coming back for more. It's the atmosphere, the intangible magic that infuses every corner of our establishment. Whether you're seeking a cozy spot for a romantic dinner or a lively gathering with friends, Polos Lounge provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
We had an amazing dinner and drinks during first period of game 4 of the Stanley cup final 2024! The staff were phenomenal, food was outstanding and crowd was well mannered. A beautiful establishment, tucked away next to a pelican filled pond!
A photo of Happy and Olive restaurant
4.8 (315)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
About the restaurant
An all day, everyday affair, this is a collaboration between the people
that brought you Red Ox Inn, Canteen and The Wired Cup.

Our mission is simple—build a community gathering place and
serve tasty food properly prepared from locally sourced ingredients,
pour great wine and cocktails, make great coffee and present it
with impeccable service.

The vibe is relaxing, the parking easy and the patio is simply perfect.
Happy and Olive is an Edmonton destination where neighbours,
friends, visitors, and families can eat well and connect.
Top review
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Wonderful host, Wonderful service , Wonderful all around !!!
A photo of Darling restaurant
4.7 (326)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
About the restaurant
The inspiration for Darling comes from our love for great food & wine enjoyed with friends. Creating an inviting and warm space welcome to all, we hope you’ll join us as a neighbour and leave as a friend.

Darling’s sharing plates menu created by our talented Head Chef, Tyler Biollo, focuses on local ingredient-driven, globally inspired dishes, showcasing the best of the season. You can always count on it being approachable and nourishing.

Darling’s natural wine list is always rotating to bring you thoughtful and exciting unique finds.

We're open for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10-3pm!
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Great little wine bar to share a conversation, glass of wine and a small appie with a freind. Loved our waitress, great service, she was knowledgeable about the wine choices.
A photo of STINGRAY BAR | EATERY restaurant
4.6 (73)
CAN$30 and under
Creative Japanese
About the restaurant
Stingray is a modern-casual restaurant that can dress up for a social occasion, but prefers to dress down for dinner on a Thursday. It’s menu is inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, but with our own Century Hospitality flare and casual favourites. So don’t worry about sushi etiquette here – grab some sashimi, handrolls, and a cocktail to enjoy whatever the day or night is calling for.

For us, it’s where Japanese cuisine meets century hospitality group – It’s the essence of traditional and modern influences coming together.

Our food + drink is carefully hand crafted with only the freshest and Finest ingredients. Our dishes are meant to be shared and in doing so You’ll best enjoy and appreciate the vision our team strives to deliver on.

Whether hot or cold, our chefs create your meal and it’s brought to your Table as it’s ready. So don’t worry about sushi etiquette here — grab a cocktail, Get your chopsticks, and whatever the day or night is calling
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Jill was an amazing server and was super knowledgeable on the menu and what was great there. She really helped us enjoy stingray to its fullest. Shylo the bartender was so good at her craft also, made the best old fashioned and we surly will be back for more.
A photo of Original Joe's - 102 Ave restaurant
4.5 (135)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
Please note that Original Joe's Edmonton - Downtown does NOT allow minors. Original Joe's Edmonton - Downtown is a place that welcomes all adults. We have craveable classics, down-to-earth vibes and a friendly team looking to brighten your day! Our OJ's is close to Roger's Place, home of NHL's Edmonton Oilers, WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings and plenty of live concerts and other events. You can walk down Jasper Ave. or the River Valley Zoo before joining us for one of our twice-daily happy hours! We're also close to Government House Park, where the entire family can enjoy tobogganing or walking trails. Best of all, we have a dog-friendly patio that pairs perfectly with good company and good food.
Top review
Dined on Apr 19, 2024
Our table was ready when we arrived. The place was busy and the parking lot was jammed. Our server was great. She was friendly, helpful & very professional. The food was good and it was hot when it arrived at the table.
A photo of Bell in Scona restaurant
4.4 (32)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Bell in Scona is a proud emblem of Old Strathcona and Alberta’s rich heritage. Housed in our vintage building, we’ve created a space to celebrate and share our region’s history through unique culinary and brewing experiences.

Our brewery brings a piece of the past into the present through using antique pre-war cast iron and copper vessels to craft distinctive beers. Each brew resonates with an authentic taste of local ingredients, reflecting our love for Alberta’s natural bounty.

Nestled in this historic setting, our taproom offers a curated menu using locally-sourced ingredients, marrying tradition with innovation. We wish to take you on a culinary journey through the best ingredients, locally raised meats and the diverse flavours our province has to offer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Darrien great server! We loved him! He was so cute! First time there and he made us feel so special We will 100% be back to see him and drink the coconut margs
A photo of Flame and barrel restaurant
4.3 (213)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
Flame & Barrel is a independent and locally owned restaurant in the Windermere Community.
🔥Delicious Food, Fine Wines & Good Vibes ❤️ Made from scratch & fresh👌Join us for dine-in
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
As always, food very good. Cream of seafood soup excellent! Service was very good. Complimentary dessert to birthday celebrant! Crème brûlée outstanding. Local neighborhood favourite.
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