Support local while enjoying memorable and unique dining experiences
Patio season isn’t what it used to be. But maybe it’s becoming what it should have been in the first place in a winter city like Edmonton: year round.
We hope to see this list grow in the coming months, and we’ll update it as needed. That includes making note of restrictions as determined by the Alberta government. Please consult them before making plans to visit a business.
In the meantime, here’s a group of NAIT grads who are enhancing the wintry outdoors with heaters, firepits, tents, tables and, most importantly, great food and good times.
10363 - 104 St.
Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)
Baijiu serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes along with a lengthy list of original cocktails until late in the evening. The casual atmosphere extends outdoors this season to a patio warmed by wood-burning fire pits.
Café Bicyclette (temporarily colsed)
8627 - 91 St.
Chef John Lau (Culinary Arts '05)
Café Bicyclette brings authentic French fare to Edmonton diners – even the menu is in French! For years now, the patio has been a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter, winter be darned.
Victoria Golf Course
12130 River Valley Rd.
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Chef and owner Paul Shufelt (Cook ’01)
Enjoy the splendour of winter in the river valley around a fire pit with a hot chocolate, cold drink and a meal or snack from a small but varied menu loaded with local ingredients and creativity.
The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.
Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)
The Growlery is a newer entry into the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene, with small-batch beers made fresh onsite for takeout, the taproom, or at tables out front. (Rumours are that heaters are en route; we hope they’re true!)
Little Brick Café and General Store
10004 - 90 St.
Co-owner Jay Downton (Finance ’02)
Wrap your hands around a warm mug of tasty coffee, a latte, hot chocolate or a cold craft beer while you cozy up in the heated tent in the café’s expansive backyard. Grab a sandwich (or soup, salad and more) while you're at it.
The Next Act (temporarily closed)
8224 - 104 St.
Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)
The casual vibe of this longtime Old Strathcona eatery can still be enjoyed outdoors despite the change of season. Enjoy an award-winning burger or other tasty treat by the glow of a patio fire pit.
Odd Company Brewing
#105, 12021 - 102 Ave.
Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)
Located just west of downtown, Odd Company has created a niche in Edmonton’s craft beer scene by taking an experimental approach to brewing. Rotating taps may feature anything from a hoppy sour to a white stout to "raw" ales. Enjoy them at a streetside picnic table.
Rebel Food and Drink
9112 - 142 St. NW
Executive chef Tony Le (Culinary Arts '03)
"Breakfast for dinner and cafe for breakfast" is something of a rallying cry at this casual west end eatery. Drop in for "Elvis Presley" waffles at brunch, grab a "Tuna Tower" for a snack, have brie and blueberry grilled cheese for dinner, and much more – all in Rebel's patio-turned-"igloo."
Rocky Mountain Icehouse
10516 Jasper Ave.
Chef Steven Koch (Cook '95)
Located in downtown Edmonton, Rocky Mountain Icehouse has assembled what it calls the city's "best socially distanced outdoor patio complete with heaters and blankets." Test it out while enjoying Alberta-influenced "southern comfort food," with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.