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Special occasion restaurant in Edmonton that's open on Sunday?

Hello -

I am planning a dinner out to celebrate a birthday in Edmonton (I do not live there), and am trying to find a good choice that is open on Sundays. After reading some of the boards here I was inclined to look at Culina or Hardware Grill, but both are closed on Sundays. The area of town doesn't really matter, neither does the cuisine. Just looking for a great, memorable meal.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. The Harvest Room at the Hotel Macdonald

    Small neighbourhood spot might be the Red Ox Inn up Connors Hill Rd. in Strathearn

    Completely different, Sage at the River Cree Resort in Enoch [have not been but have read good reviews so long as you stay out of the view of the casino]

    Characters [I did not like it but others do...not sure about Sunday, they have one of those annoying web-sites that take forever to download and it "froze" my computer]

    1. My Sunday pick would be Jack's Grill, on 111 St just south of 61 Avenue, in the Lendrum Shopping strip next to Sunterra Market. Great regional cuisine and seasonal menu.

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      1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

        Jack's Grill would be a good suggestion but they too are not open on Sundays

        1. re: Bob Mac

          Jack's Grill has become very pedestrian. Back in the old location on Saddleback road, we had many memorable meals there. Been twice to the new location and fouund it not worth the money. The service was in the sneering category, bordering on rude.

          On Sundays, we like Il Forno. I found that it is good if you order the seafood items or the pizzas. We've never had the antipasta or veal dishes.

          Lighthouse Café & Billingsgate Seafood Market near Old Strathcona part of town is also a favourite but I don't remember if they're open Sunday evenings.

          1. re: Paphos.SK

            Ok, I understand the first comment concerning Jack's which I have seen repeated by others but disagree with but the poster stated she/he was looking for a "great, memorable meal".

            Il Forno. You must be kidding. The same can be said when Ralph owned it at the original Crestwood centre...maybe or back at Sceppa's. Good pizza/pasta. Great and memorable...hmmm.

            Not sure about Billingsgate but I have not seen anything that would suggest that great and memorable are associated with it either.

            1. re: Bob Mac

              Yeah, you're right about Il Forno. I like it, but it's not "great" in the sense the OP meant.

              I was actually getting mixed up with another restaurant we used to go to. But I didn't remember the name correctly. I guess I shouldn't indulge in posting on boards where I haven't visited the city for awhile!

              I guess Billingsgate is not that "special" either but the food was good.

              One thing I wanted to suggest is that when an out of towner visits, we aren't as jaded as the locals about something that's been around for awhile. It's old hat to you but new and yummy to us. Which is why I thought I'd suggest places that I've enjoyed as a visitor. I got larted for something I posted about a Calgary resto, but the same holds true!

              1. re: Paphos.SK

                The La Chaumiere recommendation perhaps?

                Point taken on "locals" v. "out of towners"

                1. re: Bob Mac

                  Exactly!
                  Lol ;)

                  I have really fond memories of dining at La Chaumière.

          2. re: Bob Mac

            Last time I went there they were open on Sundays - I was there on a Sunday

              1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                They may have been. I recollect that for a period of time which I do not recall they were open 7 evenings a week.

                That stopped some time ago.

                Google them. Mon - Thurs 5:00 to 9:00 Fri - Sat. 5:00 to 10:00

                Spoke with Mark, not open Sundays.

          3. What about The Blue Pear? I"ve never been but have heard decent things. Their website says they are open on Sundays at 5pm. www.thebluepear.com

            Culina used to be open Sunday nights for family style. Their website states sundays. new fall hours?

            Good luck.

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            1. re: Dr. J

              I second Blue Pear, as well. And you may find it easier to make reservations for a Sunday, as oppose to a Friday or Satruday. I've only been there once (about 1.5 year ago), and enjoyed the food and the service. I'm hoping to take hubby there for his birthday next month.

              1. re: Dr. J

                I just went to the Blue Pear a few weeks ago for my brother's birthday. I'll warn the OP that it's a menu currently set at $85 per person which includes an appetizer, salad, main course and dessert. After factoring in drinks and tip things became a little pricey, but if that's no object it might be a fun experience for you. It took us 3 hours from start to finish so you may want to book a little early if you have other evening plans. (I know fine dining is seldom rushed but I don't remember trips to La Ronde or the Harvest Room ever being much over 2 hours for my group, so I though I'd mention it)

              2. If you're willing to do Chinese I would recommend Golden Rice Bowl, Century Palace or Jumbo. They can easily accomodate large groups, although I would probably call ahead to reserve just in case. And you can order a banquet dinner or even one of their set dinners.

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                1. re: anonymoose

                  I found way too much MSG in the food at Golden Rice Bowl. Worst. Dim Sum. Ever. Noodle Noodle is a great pick and amazing Dim Sum on Sundays.

                  1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                    Oh trust me, they're not my favourite for Dim Sum at all. But I know others who swear by it. Their evening meals, however, are still good.

                    1. re: anonymoose

                      Madison's Grill very good food.

                      1. re: Bull

                        I agree with Bull, but I think Madison's is now closed on Sunday

                  2. re: anonymoose

                    If you ever set foot in the kitchen at the Golden rice bowl you wouldn't feed a dog there.