11 of the oldest restaurants in Edmonton you can still visit

Mar 3 2021, 4:18 pm

Some restaurants these days seem to come and go before most people ever get a chance to try them, so it’s always refreshing to find an eatery that has stood the test of time.

Serving everything from French cuisine and Chinese classics to diner fare and German dishes, the one thing these Edmonton establishments have in common is their unparalleled service.

These are tried-and-true spots that have had years to perfect both their meals and their atmosphere, so you know they’re worth a visit.

Here are 11 of the oldest restaurants in Edmonton that are still dishing up meals today.

Commodore Restaurant 

The Commodore Restaurant has been serving Edmontonians since 1942, and it’s the city’s oldest establishment to be continuously run by one family.

Known for its “Good Food, Good Prices, and Great Value”, The Commodore serves all-day breakfast, classic diner eats for lunch and dinner, and the Gee Family’s Chinese Special – a variety plate of homemade Chinese-Canadian fare.

Address: 10712 Jasper Avenue NW
Phone: 780-423-3954

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The Lingnan

 

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Dishing up authentic Chinese cuisine since 1947, The Lingnan keeps things fresh by offering customer-favourite Dry Spicy Chicken in frozen packages to make at home, for sale through The Uproot Collective in Edmonton.

Current owner Kinman Quon starting working at The Lingnan when he was 17 years old, and now continues to run the restaurant with his family.

Address: 10582 104th Street NW
Phone: 780-426-3975

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Blue Willow Restaurant

Enjoy fine Asian dining at the Blue Willow Restaurant, which has been the recipient of many awards through its 63 years of operations. Guests are treated to savoury dishes while personable staff treat provide a relaxing evening in the warmth of the dining room.

Address: 11107 103rd Avenue NW
Phone: 780-428-0584

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Saratoga Family Restaurant

Providing Edmontonians with comfort food since 1958, Saratoga Family Restaurant offers an early bird breakfast special from 7 to 11 am, Monday through Family. The restaurant cooks up a solid lunch and dinner selection too, with everything from French roast turkey and Greek salad to and liver and onions, and donair.

Address: 2610 Calgary Trail NW
Phone: 780-437-0071

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La Ronde

Famous for its incredible downtown and River Valley views, La Ronde opened in 1966 and remains Edmonton’s only revolving restaurant today.

Sample one of the chef’s creations, including Baked Arctic Char, Alberta Lamb Chop, and the Alberta Beef AAA Prime Rib, and then complete the experience with desserts prepared by the in-house pastry chef, while completing a 360° rotation in 88 minutes.

Address: 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW
Phone: 780-420-8366

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Mikado Sushi & Robata

Alberta’s first Japanese restaurant, Mikado Sushi & Robata, opened on 116th Street in 1972, and has since expanded to three locations in the city.

Mikado’s goal is to provide diners with the best sashimi and sushi in Edmonton. It does this by flying fresh fish in weekly from the world’s largest fish market in Tsukiji, Japan, and from California, Nova Scotia, and the BC Coast.

Address: Multiple locations

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Bul Go Gi House

Bul Go Gi House is an unassuming restaurant that’s been cooking traditional Korean meals since 1973.

Relax in the laid-back atmosphere and choose from one of many popular dishes, including Gyeran Mari, Kimchi Jjigae, or LA Bulgalbi.

Address: 8813 92nd Street NW
Phone: 780-466-2330

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Barb and Ernie’s Old Country Inn

 

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Self-described as having “homestyle taste, German attitude”, Barb and Ernie’s Old Country Inn has been feeding Edmontonians for over 45 years. Offering up breakfast classics in addition to traditional German entrées and a buffet, Barb and Ernie’s menu is sure to satisfy everyone.

Address: 9906 72nd Avenue NW
Phone: 780-433-3242

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Coliseum Steak & Pizza

Bringing old-school vibes and Italian-inspired meals, Coliseum Steak & Pizza opened in 1976. Steak, ribs, and pizza are the Coliseum’s specialty, but the restaurant also dishes up salads, seafood, burgers, and more.

Address: 8015 118 Avenue NW
Phone: 780-474-1640

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The Creperie

 

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The Creperie opened its doors in 1976 and has been one of YEG’s most romantic restaurants ever since. It makes French-style cuisine affordable, and is home to a cozy atmosphere featuring small, intimate rooms and flickering candlelight.

Address: #111 10220 103 St NW
Phone: 780-420-6656

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Bistro Praha

 

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Upon arriving in Edmonton and not finding the kind of cafe he was used to frequenting in his native Prague, Frantisek Cikanek decided to start his own in 1977. Bistro Praha serves up authentic goulash, cabbage soup, wiener schnitzel, and a wide range of other European-style dishes.

Address: 10117 101st Street NW
Phone: 780-424-4218

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