What are the best restaurants in Edmonton?

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The culinary scene in Edmonton, once practically invisible, has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors put together a list of the best restaurants in Edmonton for you to visit: 

Corso 32. Chef and owner Daniel Costa has practically become a household name in Edmonton, and much of that fame is due to Corso 32. Since the young chef opened up shop in 2010, his Italian restaurant has been raking in accolades worldwide for its handmade pasta, fresh local ingredients, and commitment to simplicity.

The Harvest Room. The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s Harvest Room restaurant prominently features local cuisine, including Alberta beef, freshwater fish, game meats, and seasonal local produce. Try the 100-Mile entrées for a real taste of the Prairies: these dishes are created entirely with local ingredients.

Wildflower Restaurant. Contemporary fine dining billed as “new Canadian cuisine,” Wildflower brings together boutique Canadian wines and beautifully presented dishes with flavors drawn from coast to coast. Maple, horseradish, garden carrots, and Saskatoon berries are flavors close to the hearts of Albertans, and all make their appearances here.

Characters. Long a fine dining staple in the city, Characters offers à la carte options and a selection of set menus for both lunch and dinner. Rushed? No problem — you can drop in just for drinks and selections from the extensive hors d’oeuvres menu.

Glasshouse Bistro and Café. It’s a bit of a trek out to St. Albert’s Enjoy Centre, but it’s worth it to lunch in this gigantic, state-of-the-art greenhouse complex owned by the Hole family. Here, they keep it fresh, fun, and simple, with herbs grown onsite and a bright atmosphere designed to, well, enjoy.

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