By Oliver Tremblay
If you want to take your date out somewhere a little more eclectic, then check out these places! The best unique restaurants in Edmonton have interesting gimmicks that can keep the attention of their customers while serving the best food around.
We asked suggestions from both locals and tourists for unique restaurants that are worth checking out. From busy establishments to tiny hole-in-the-walls, we took a look at all of them and rounded up our top picks.
These places are also IG-worthy spots that would be an impressive addition to show off in your social media accounts.
Without further ado, here are the best unique restaurants in Edmonton!
1. Bistro Praha
|BEST FOR||Casual European fare|
|ADDRESS||10117 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0T4|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM Friday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM Saturday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM Sunday: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM|
If you want the best of Czech cuisine but can’t find a restaurant that offers authentic picks, then Bistro Praha is here for you. Their interiors are cozy and littered with houseplants, giving it a homey feel.
Aside from the amazing ambience, their food is an absolute delight. Try their beef goulash with bread dumplings and their cheese platter. Their crepes are absolutely wonderful and their Austrian apple strudel are great desserts to sweeten the palate.
Another little known gem of their menu is the Turkish coffee. They also have a fine selection of wines to choose from. Their chill atmosphere and delicious Czech cuisine make them one of the best unique restaurants in Edmonton.
- Different wines available
- International beer
- Varied canape options
Bethany M. likes their selection of Czech cuisine, and this review of hers tells it all:
“Lovely atmosphere, beautiful room and tables and music playing. The waitress was cheerful and attentive and answered any questions we had about the food with ease. Food itself was interesting and delicious, I’d never had Czech cuisine and was pleasantly surprised. Portions were great for the price, and we all got a variety of things to share between my friends and I. I particularly recommend the goulash, the Condon bleu schnitzel, and the peach crepe. The cappuccino and the mocha were also divine, depending on how sweet you like your coffee!”
2. OTTO Food & Drink
|BEST FOR||Creative tavern menu picks|
|ADDRESS||11405 95 St NW Edmonton, AB T6C 4C4|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesday – Saturday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM|
Otto is a bar-cafe hybrid that’s big on taste and creativity. It’s a casual joint that’s a perfect hang-out spot during lazy weekends where you can drink their best-selling coffee or their craft IPA beer on tap.
Right now, they offer take outs and curbside pickups for their food. This way, you can enjoy their uniquely curated picks at the safety and comfort of your own home.
They have great barchow such as the classic fish and chips, sausages, mac & cheese, and poutine. Their great services and food quality makes them one of the best unique restaurants in Edmonton.
- Wide variety of drinks and food
- Strip mall location
- Delivery available
Eve Henty has this to say about their great meals and services:
“Ordered the Fish and Chips and wasn’t disappointed. Overheard from the kitchen “I put it in a larger container because I don’t like the fish to get crushed”. This is the kind of attention-to-detail I love. Thank you.
As a Brit, this is one of the best F&C I’ve had since coming to Canada. Portion size was great value for money. Tartar sauce made in-house. Happy to support local. Will be recommending to others.”
3. SFC Seoul Fried Chicken
|BEST FOR||Korean style chicken|
|ADDRESS||7904b 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4C|
|CONTACT DETAILS||780.761.3616 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
Another unique restaurant in Edmonton is Seoul Fried Chicken. They’re mostly a takeout restaurant, but plenty of locals swear by their Korean-style fried chicken.
Many consider this place as one of the best places for fried chicken around. We recommend their SFC OG for that crisp, golden, and evenly seasoned goodness in every bite.
Their SFC Barbeque and Garlic Soy flavor are also a must-try for the first timers. They also offer good beer and a nice selection of salads. We also suggest pairing up their chicken with their in-house fries.
- Wide range of flavored chicken
- Import beer available
- Takeout only
Garrett McKeeman has this to say about their take out menu:
“My 2nd favourite chicken place in Edmonton. Service was great and food was awesome. The Korean BBQ and Garlic Soy we’re definitely the favourites. The OG was was very good if you are just looking for a plain fried chicken..”
Check out this review from Shay Diep, regular customer of SFC.
“SFC is the perfect marriage of affordable and delicious Korean fried chicken. Out of all the flavours of chicken I’ve tried, my favourite is garlic soy and GP cheese. The side salads are unique fusions but work very well together and I recommend all of them! What’s the catch you ask? The only down side about this place is how little the seating area is. It’s small and when it’s busy (it’s always busy) you’re going to have to wait a bit or just take the food to go (and let’s be honest, fried food is best eaten immediately).
10/10, the affordable 5 piece chicken set will keep me at 5 stars for life.”
4. Farrow Garneau
|ADDRESS||8422 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+1 780-757-4160|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday – Saturday: 9:00 AM –7pm|
If you’re craving for sandwiches, then Farrow has the best selection for your tastebuds. From waffle sandwiches to subs, you’ll find an array of picks that are filling and delicious.
Their Grick sandwich is their bestseller and for a good reason. They also have in-house cronuts, brownies, and other pastries that are tasty—available everyday and freshly baked.
They have a great selection of vegan picks for those with dietary restrictions as well!
- Rotating monthly menu
- Pastries available
- Wide selection of drinks
Take a look at what Gareth L. thinks of their service:
“Great sandwiches and doughnuts! Really cool flavors, never disappointing. This is a perfect place to take somebody on a date because just a few blocks away on Saskatchewan drive there’s a beautiful lookout of the city with lots of seating! Just be careful if you park near here. Parking enforcement is always around.”
Kate D. suggests this place for those looking for some quick bites:
“Very cool sandwich spot with lots of outdoor seating. Perfect for a quick bite at lunch, great doughnuts too (although blueberry filled one was too sweet!). Sandwiches were amazing, they constantly change so definitely keeps it interesting. Vanilla cream soda is AMAZING ? if it isn’t already on your “must eat here” list, add it now.
|BEST FOR||New Orleans comfort food|
|ADDRESS||10548 A 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A4,|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+1 780-433-0930|
|OPERATING HOURS||Thursday – Friday: 12:00 AM – 9:00 PM Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
If you want a taste of New Orleans smack dab in the middle of Edmonton, then Dadeo’s have you covered. They have Southern classics and New Orleans’ favorite comfort food and signature dishes, such as poboys, gumbo, jambalaya, fried oysters, cornbread, and more.
Be sure to try out their unique mix of gumbo and poutine called gumbotine, be sure to try it out! They also have delicious, Southern fried chicken and delectable bananas foster.
If you want authentic New Orleans dishes, then this is definitely a place you should stop by. Their amazing picks and wonderful retro ambiance makes them one of the most unique restaurants in Edmonton.
- New Orleans alcoholic drinks available
- Large portions
- Poboys available all day
Arathana Bowes enjoys the food, service and atmosphere of this restaurant. Check out what she has to say:
“Very cute décor, cool staff (I asked one where he got his shirt – it was vintage and out of print, super cool) and super yum pitchers of cocktails. The nachos we ordered were generous and not greasy. We sat at the one table on the sidewalk, it felt like a special kind of place.”
Carly M. had plenty to say about their menu:
“I’m lost for words as to how incredibly satisfied I am time after time with the food here. From start to finished between the drinks, to the starter bread and jelly, pretty much anything truly you choose on the menu, and the desert (buddy you better be getting the key lime pie for desert). It’s literally awesome on every level of the word satisfied! Do yourself a favour you’ve wasted enough time looking at reviews… go try it I promise you’ll be giving the place 5 stars too and going back for seconds. Super rad eats and wicked retro atmosphere you can’t beat! 🙂
And that’s it for our list of unique restaurants in Edmonton. If you want something different on the palate, you’re sure to find new and exciting dishes in these restaurants.
Are there any other great options that we missed, though? Leave us a comment and we’ll update the article promptly.
Craving some Mexican food instead? Check out our list of the best Mexican restaurants in Edmonton. In fact, we have a lot of other best restaurants lists, so take some time to look at them if you feel like doing a culinary adventure in Edmonton.