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About Red Ox Inn
This tiny gem of a restaurant is nestled in one of Edmonton's oldest neighborhoods. The focus is on creative and eclectic cuisine, serving serious food in a casual atmosphere. The Red Ox Inn, a collaborative effort led by Andrea and Frank Olson, is proud of its relationship with loyal patrons, staff, and local producers. The wine list continues to grow in order to keep up with daily specials and a finely tuned menu. The Red Ox Inn is the perfect choice for a quiet dinner, a small gathering of friends, or even a private party.
Edmonton, AB T6C 3P4
Global, International, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There is plenty of free parking on the street in front of the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Red Ox Inn offers a complete buyout for your next staff party, medical presentation or small intimate wedding. We are centrally located and offer interesting, fresh food and a carefully chosen wine list. Our friendly, professional staff will take care of all your needs.
Private Party Contact:
Frank Olson: (844) 588-8732
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Red Ox Inn Ratings and Reviews
The Red Ox Inn continues to be one of our favourite restaurants. It has outstanding food presented in a very appealing way. The sauces and desserts are wonderful.
Service is excellent and the wine list has great choices at a variety of price points.
The best place in the city for a special occasion dinner.
I had the smoked salmon and caviar. It was great as usual, but one should eat it slower than I did, to get the full effect. The Icelandic Cod was perfectly cooked as well as the scallops. The strawberry shortcake was also excellent. I particularly loved the Travaglini Gattinara Rieserva Nebbiolo 2011. It had very little tannin and was one of the most smooth dry wines I've ever had.
We were looking for someplace special to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed! This is a small restaurant which adds to the charm. Food was fabulous - so tasty! Service was great and overall we were very happy. I highly recommend it.
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Beef - Brant Lake Wagyu Strip Loin, Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding, Smoked Beets ($42)
Duck - Duo of Roasted Breast and Confit of Le, Farro Risotto, Carrot, Stone Fruit ($36)
(we also had the asparagus appetizer which was really good)
The food was great except for coffee at the end which was stale.
But I knew we had made a mistake as soon as we entered. We were met with a wall of noise from two groups who were all yelling at each other. Our guests had already arrived and had asked to be moved to try and avoid the din. In fact it was still very loud. The configuration of the room makes for awful acoustics.
In spite of our mild complaints, our server did nothing whatever to try and calm the other diners. In fact she sometimes joined the yelling in order to gain attention.
It was not possible to conduct a normal conversation. By far our worst experience of this ever. The dinner was on the expensive side but fairand, apart from the coffee, all of the food was excellent. At these prices though, we were entitled to expect a pleasant dining experience. Most disapointing.
We would not return and would warn others against it.
We were shown to our table and seated and handed our menus, all without a word or introduction from our waiter. Plates were whisked away and entres brought and dessert menus without a word. He spoke minimally when taking our orders and when removing a full soupbowl, to inquire if it was not to our liking. The pea soup was not pea flavored but very heavy on the mint, unlike the time previous when we had it, which tasted like fresh shelled baby peas. No offer to replace or not charge for it. Although when bill came it was deleted. He refilled our water when we were getting ready to pay our tab. After delivering each course, we never saw him till it was time to remove plates. This has been one of my favorite restaurants for at least 35 years and that birthday dinner was not pleasant. If I do go back, my husband will not. The waiter in black sneakers with white trim around soles working Sunday July 9/17.
The food is good but predictable for this type of restaurant. Very little selection so for the price not one of my recommendations. There was no staters I was interested in and only 5 main options. Although I would never go again I know a few people that love this place and go there for date nights.
This is the second time we went to Red Ox and were thoroughly impressed the first visit. This time, not so much. The food was well prepared but pricey for what was received. The down fall was the service. The servers were efficient but totally unfriendly. They went about their business without trying to interact with the guests. We noticed this from other tables as well. We had called ahead to request a birthday candle be placed on one of the desserts we would be ordering , the person said they would mark it on our reservation. When the desserts arrived, no candle, only the server asking if it was a special occasion. Probably won't be back.
My wife and I ate at the Red Ox several years back and were very impressed with the ambience, service and quality of the food. However this recent visit was very disappointing. We found our service to be poor when we first arrived, improving as the evening moved along and the food was okay but nothing as we remembered it, expected something better for the price being charged. Our biggest dissappointment was the noise, or should I say attempt to play music. It was a very poor music arrangement for this type of eatery, I believe the proprietors are not sure what type of establishment they are, pick a theme and stick to it! Dreadful music selection. What's worse is the sound system, it is absolutely dreadful, sounds like the backroom staff clanging pots and pans.
We came there on our anniversary, with the hopes of being able to chat with each other all evening. Our server was excellent, our food was also excellent. However we found the noise level in the restaurant quite high, our hearing is good however we were seated beside a group of four and while they weren't necessarily speaking at an inappropriate level, we still found it very difficult to be able to have a nice conversation with each other as it was hard to hear each other. It seems the noise carries quite easily in the room. We will come back however probably not as soon as we would have otherwise
This restaurant is worth every dime. Unbelievable food and a selection of wine that is second to none. The chef cooks everything exactly as ordered and the presentation is awesome. The waitress was also very knowledgeable on pairing wines with your meal. Two thumbs up to this place. It's unreal.
Unbelievable meal. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had, as was the cod. Fresh, seasonal and absolutely delicious. This restaurant has been in Edmonton for 40 years. That is a true testament to the quality of the food and service. Thank you for a great meal!
My husband and I dined on Thursday night in summer. The restaurant was very bright inside and noisy (only two other tables, each of two people, plus tables being moved around) so it was not romantic or particularly elegant. The food was almost perfect (smoked trout, beef carpaccio, lamb shank, and duck breast/leg). I didn't think the sweet dessert menu was that interesting so we had a cheese plate which was good. We will be returning.
Our dinner was supposed to be an anniversary celebration, but we were hardly able to have a conversation due to the noise level in this tiny restaurant. We basically had to scream at each other, not very romantic. There was a group of 6 who had no regard for other people dining, so everybody else had to up their volume, too. I could hardly savour the food which was good. This restaurant has received so many complaints about the noise (browse the 3 star reviews) and done nothing about it. It would be fairly easy to install some features that improve the situation, but no. This was our 4th or 5th dinner with Red Ox, and the 2nd where we had this complaint. Next year I'll rather spend $120 elsewhere, too bad.
The ambiance is very tired and furniture appears to be decades old. Our server was extremely inattentive. At one point we went over 30 minutes without any interaction. This was when we were waiting to pay and leave. Further, I had a hair in my dessert which was very off putting. Slight apology but was sort of treated like it was no big deal. Meal was over $100/person and didn't live up to price or expectations.Overall a poor experience and we won't return.
Great service as usual but the food wasn't quite to the level expected from a fine dining establishment. Had the pork belly to start and the flavours were delicious, however, the belly wasn't cooked enough and the fat hadn't rendered out. Had the lamb for dinner and was hoping it would be a bit more tender. I shouldn't have had to saw through with vigor to cut a piece. The dessert was incredible though... get the key lime if you go!
Wonderful first experience at the red ox inn! We had the pork belly appetizer, which was possibly the best thing I've ever tasted. The wine was also great and fairly priced. My boyfriend had the wagyu beef which was absolutely amazing and cooked perfectly. I had the duck confit, my first time having duck and I was slightly underwhelmed. I chose the restaurant based on friends' reviews of the duck being fantastic and I didn't really enjoy it. This being said I am more of a steak girl. Overall I would highly recommend the red ox and will return.
We have not been back to Red Ox Inn in a few years. The new chef (name) has definitely learned, is more experienced/ seasoned and mature. This is displayed by his dishes being presented appropriately, the quantities are larger (not small like some Edmonton restaurants), and I an Hally to say that the good taste of the Red Ox Inn has returned. The waitress has been there for awhile, building that consistent level one expects when dinning at the red Ox. Still unusual how the restaurant does not serve bread as most of the restaurants too. Dessert is now displayed in an appropriate way -rather than one small piece of chocolate in a very large plain plate that I remember from last dinning experiences. It was very quiet but we were dining on a Tuesday. Can't wait to dine here again.
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