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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 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.
My husband and I and our 2 adult children celebrated our son's birthday at the Red Ox Inn. We had been several times before and enjoyed the food immensely. On this night, however, everything seemed particularly wonderful and the service was perfect! The portions are just right, the flavours and textures a work of art. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
The server was confident and knowledgeable with the wine list and menu. She assisted with choices. She also provided excellent information to help determine what to eat when stuck between two great choices.
Food was prepared with care and creativity. Absolutely gourmet and prepared by a culinary professional chef. If not, you'd never know.
I was there with my wife for our fifth wedding anniversary. We enjoyed the corner booth and were able to have a great conversation. I recommend taking an Uber so you can get a bottle of wine and stay for a great port and dessert after. Very nice establishment, we're so happy to see it is still thriving.
I looked the menu on line and was excited to get the ny strip loin or sirloin steak. When the menu came all they offered was a skirt steak, I was very disappointed to say the least! Especially at 38$ I asked the server about the ny strip and sirloin, and she said that the menu changes daily, which I do understand. She made the skirt steak sound like a million bucks which is a server’s job. So I decided to give it a try, she said the chef cooks it to med rare unless you want it a different way. So I asked here for my skirt steak to be done medium. When it came out to the table the presentation was very nice! When I started to cut into it I noticed a lot of red blood. I moved the cut up fanned pieces of beef and realized the steak literally just had grill marks on it and it was cooked Chicago blue (blood red rare) gelatinous red meat. They have very sharp serrated steak knives there and I had to saw back and forth 10-15 times to cut pieces off.. We sat there for 45 minutes’ before she came with the desert menu and then asked, oh! Were you not happy with your steak? I said no, it is very under cooked and very tough (as I should really have known for a skirt steak! (3 dressed up as a 9) there was awkward silence moment until I said can you cook it some more. She said yes we can. I did come back out and it was cooked to rare this time, my original request was medium. I was still very disappointed. I asked if they use local ingredients, and she said yes. I asked where the beef comes from. She could answer, the pork Irving’s farms. As for the beef, she asked around and nobody knew. She said that the chef has gone home (8pm) so she couldn’t ask him. Maybe the dishwasher cooked my steak? Anyways we will not come back or recommend to our friends. 38$ for skirt steak! I was taken to the cleaners!
Came highly recommended. Overall was excellent. The tomato soup and beef carpaccio was excellent. The salad was fine but on the plain side. Most of our party was very impressed with their meals. Two of us had the duck. The breast was disappointing. It was dry and flavorless. Perhaps they didn't let it rest before slicing it. Fortunately, the leg it came with was delicious and moist. We all had the pear pastry for desert which was one of the best deserts I've ever had.
Dined here with my wife who had not been here before. She started with the Tomato Soup which was so simple yet so amazingly tasty. I started with the Smoked Salmon and it was the best I've ever had. It was obvious that this was extremely fresh. For mains we had the Flat Iron Steak and Lamb - both were cooked to perfection with flavors that amazed. Server was fantastic, attentive but not overly so and very fun personality. All in all one of the top 3 restaurants in Edmonton (and I've been to many).
It's too bad our service was so bad because the food is really good. We waited almost a 1/2 hour past our reservation time to get seated, then it took forever to get our drinks and food. 2 drink orders were wrong and one of our steaks wasn't cooked as my friend had asked them to. Like I said, great food but not worth the poor service. We won't be going back.
Ambience was nice, we were a few minutes late due to excessive traffic but was welcomed once we finally arrived, even tho it meant another guest might be delayed as well. We were not rushed to get through the meal because of the lateness, which we greatly appreciated. Overall it was a lovely experience.
I had been to the Red Ox numerous times before and it seems to have changed. In the past it seemed more like Fine Dining, this time it was much more casual.
We had a lady serving us and she was very nice and did a fairly good job. When placing the wine bottle on the table she placed it in an awkward spot which one other guest found an inconvenience and could potentially get knocked over. The waiter in the restaurant, was dressed a bit shabbily and came to collect our money at the end of our meal. He was not very pleasant and didn't seem friendly at all.
We were told the Key Lime dessert was was delicious, it was very tart and I would not recommend it at all. The chocolate peanut butter torte was not very good either.
Our friend-get-together was wonderful in this charming, cozy place. Red Ox Inn has been a favorite of mine from years back. It had been a while since both my friend and I had each been there and I don't know why we don't go all the time. The food...OMG!!! We were each silent and enjoying the savory flavours of each of our dishes. We each loved our selection of the Artic Char, and the Steak. To die for! Service was perfect too.
It was our first time at the Red Ox Inn. We booked a reservation for a valentine's dinner. Service was prompt and the waitress was nice. We ordered the Pork Belley as an appetizer. It had good flavor but was a little tough. I ordered the lamb which was cooked perfectly. It was falling off the bone. My wife had the duck. Again it was cooked great and had great flavor. I would recommend to anyone.
Though my steak was a little tough the meal in it's entirety was exceptional. The Caesar salad and dessert provided delicious bookends. The waiter was curt but efficient. What is disappointing is the exorbitant mark-up of wines by restaurants like the Red Ox. In the States a mark-up of 50% is considered excessive whereas in Edmonton mark-ups of 100-200% are commonplace. What is especially egregious is that g.s.t. and a tip are added to the already ridiculous price of the wine.
Really really good food. Pricey, but expected for the type of food scene. Nice restaurant space, extremely cozy but stark, bare (aka zero) decor, however, still a nice ambiance. I found the restaurant quite chilly, used my scarf as a blanket. It would be a nice touch to have cozy blankets to offer guests during the cold months.
The beef carpaccio was absolutely amazing. Wines were affordable. The dishes are chef made (therefor you cannot substitute, if you don't know how nice places work) because they are clearly put together for the purpose of being together. I would recommend to anyone wanting to put on a nice outfit and go out for a classy date.
My husband and I wanted to try somewhere new (for us) and settled on the Red Ox Inn for our pre-Valentine's Day celebration. This little gem has a reputation as being one of the best in Edmonton and we were not disappointed! We started with the Beef Carpaccio which was so delicious and light, with great flavors & textures- I can't wait to have it again! I chose the Arctic Char as my main and my husband chose the steak. My fish was lovely with scallops, seared fennel, and apple slaw on a sweet potato purée but I have to admit that my husband's steak was the winning dish. The steak was beautifully medium rare, accompanied by mushroom bread pudding with the most delicious horseradish sauce, smoked beets and broccolini. The steak was perfect! Best flavor profile that we can remember having in a very long time. My husband ate every bite- including the vegetables, and that is saying a lot!! We finished our meals on a sweet note with the Pear Galette and a chocolate peanut butter concoction (can't remember the name). Both were good but we should have gone with the Key Lime Posset- next time!! It was a lovely evening and we will be back to this little gem- hopefully in the cozy corner booth again- best seat in the house! While it is somewhat lacking in decor/ambience (worn exterior sign, worn seating) the menu and attentive servers more than made up for it!!
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