The 10 Best Locally Owned Restaurants In Red Deer, Alberta

50 West Bistro’s cuisine | Courtesy 50 West Bistro
50 West Bistro’s cuisine | Courtesy 50 West Bistro
Photo of Helen Armitage
9 February 2017

Alberta’s third largest city, Red Deer is home not only to a vibrant arts and culture scene, but a lively dining scene too. We’ve rounded up Red Deer’s 10 best locally owned restaurants from To The Lost, teaming upscale bar eats with craft cocktails, to top barbecue at Red Boar Smokery.

Red Boar Smokery

For finger licking good barbecue in downtown Red Deer, meat lovers should look no further than the Red Boar Smokery, a casual, trendy little joint that opened its doors a year ago and cooks up good old fashioned barbecue eats. Choose from classic options; beef brisket, pork ribs, succulent chicken, and pulled pork. Team with sides that include the likes of mac ‘n’ cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, and cornbread, washed down with a selection or two from Red Boar Smokery’s range of Canadian craft brews.

Red Boar Smokery, 4916 50 Street, Suite 104, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, +1 403 986 2271

Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch

Restaurant, Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian, Gluten-free
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Located just a stone’s throw from Alberta’s majestic Red Deer River in the grounds of the beautiful Heritage Ranch, Westlake Grill is local fine dining at its best. Enjoy a gourmet-casual lunch on the restaurant’s picturesque patio including beef and bison burgers topped with Saskatoon BBQ, lettuce, tomato, aged cheddar and ranch style aioli. You can also opt for Westlake Grill’s mouthwatering dinner menu, where local producers and international flavors meet in dishes such as Jack Daniels infused beef ribeye with maple curry BBQ or drunken duck breast served with a wild mushroom and grana Padano risotto and sour cherry whiskey sauce.

India Feast

India Feast serves superb versions of classic Indian fare, with spicy snacks and appetizers such as pakora, available with vegetables, paneer, fish, chicken or beef, followed by dishes such as chicken tikka and spicy Goan style lamb vindaloo. There are plenty of vegetarian options, including chana masala (chickpeas in a spicy sauce) and vegetable jalfrezi. Finish the authentically Indian dining experience with sweet desserts such as ras malai, homemade cheese patties with pistachio and creamy sauce, or kheer, a rice pudding topped with nuts and raisins.

India Feast, 3235 50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, +1 403 346 9300

Queen’s Diner

Diner, Restaurant, Canadian, American
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A retro, 1950s style diner nestled on the outskirts of Red Deer, Queen’s Diner is the place to head in town for a fix of hearty, casual North American fare. Open from early morning until late afternoon most days, the diner’s breakfast offerings include the likes of French toast, pancakes and omelets, while at lunchtime guests can opt for dishes like the popular burgers, homemade soups including clam chowder and cream of mushroom, and sandwiches stuffed with fillings like turkey and Swiss or roast beef, cheddar and red onion. Go during summer and you might just catch one of Queen’s Diner’s car shows, bike rallies and drive-in movie events.

West Bistro

Restaurant, Canadian, American, $$$
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50 West Bistro’s cuisine
50 West Bistro’s cuisine | Courtesy 50 West Bistro
After opening its doors in early 2014, 50 West Bistro went on to scoop a bevy of accolades at the Red Deer Golden Fork Awards that same year, in categories including Best Fine Dining, Best New Restaurant and Best Wine List. It quickly became ranked amongst the city’s best-loved restaurants and with its rustic-chic ambience and mix of Canadian and European fare it’s not hard to see why. Combine appetizers such as escargot with wild mushroom caps and herbed garlic butter with entrees including osso buco a la Milanese made with Kananaskis Valley veal, or pistachio-crusted trout with vanilla chai parsnip puree. Pair with something special from 50 West Bistro’s award-winning wine list.

Old Mexico Taco Buffet

For deliciously authentic, all-you-can-eat Mexican cuisine in Red Deer, look no further than Old Mexico Taco Buffet. Plenty of traditional, south of the border style eats are served, from carne asada and chiles rellenos to the renowned make-your-own tacos, which guests can stuff with fillings such as chicken and pork and team with sides of salsa, refried beans, pico de gallo and homemade pickled jalapenos. Desserts at Old Mexico Taco Buffet are just as authentic, with indulgent treats including sweet potatoes with brown sugar syrup.

Old Mexico Taco Buffet, 5108 52 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, +1 587 273 2068

To The Lost

Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Canadian, $$$
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Sophisticated cocktails lounge and restaurant To The Lost has only just opened but it is already proving to be one of the best additions to vibrant downtown Red Deer. Owner Sean Draper has been a veteran of the city’s bar scene for over a decade and scooped Best Bartender during the 2015 Red Deer Golden Fork Awards. He oversees a team of talented mixologists crafting unique concoctions such as The Prestige (Jameson whiskey, Amaro Nonino, Jagermeister, Galliano and whiskey barrel-aged bitters) to be drunk over sharing plates of deviled eggs and tacos and entrees including sirloin steak with rosemary-green peppercorn butter.

It’s All Greek To Me

Family owned and operated tavern It’s All Greek To Me serves, as its name might suggest, authentic Greek cuisine in a vibrant, welcoming space, featuring live belly dancing every Friday and Saturday evenings. Combine appetizers like saganaki (breaded and fried goats cheese) or keftedes (lamb and beef meatballs topped with onions and served with tzatziki dip) with traditional Greek main courses including moussaka and slow-roasted lamb kleftiko, and finish with a dessert of galaktoboureko (custard cream stuffed filo pastry topped with icing sugar and cinnamon) for a truly authentic meal.

It’s All Greek To Me, 3701 Gaetz Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, +1 403 358 5544


Restaurant, American, Canadian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Contemporary casual dining characterized by eclectic New American cuisine with global influences is the order of the day at Boulevard. This classy restaurant’s kitchen is confidently overseen by Grenada-born chef Emmanuel David, a veteran of cooking competitions including the International Culinary Olympics where he competed as part of Culinary Team Canada. Alongside tempting plates such as the black tiger prawn appetizer with sweet coconut breading and mango mustard and the jerk chicken and ribs entrée served with fruit salsa, corn pudding and Tuscan kale, Boulevard also offers discerning foodies the opportunity to attend events like its monthly Taste the World dinners which take guests on culinary tours of countries including Portugal, Australia and Spain.

Fusion Café

Cafe, Canadian, Coffee, Tea , American, Fast Food, $$$
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Chicken chow mein
Chicken chow mein | © Jason Lam/Flickr
Dubbed Red Deer’s premier authentic Chinese restaurant, Fusion Café is where local foodies in the know head for delicious, classic Asian cuisine. The restaurant’s extensive menu features a dish bound to please every diner. Alongside authentic Chinese eats like chow mein and egg foo young, guests will find other Asian inspired fare including Vietnamese noodle soup and Mongolian-style beef, and Western dishes such as steaks, ribs and pasta. Guests can wash down their food with drinks including hot or cold sake, Vietnamese coffee and bubble tea.