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The Butternut Tree

Edmonton, Alberta View map
10 to 90 Guests

About

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Butternut Tree is a restaurant that specializes in providing a modern dining space with the most amazing panoramic views of Edmonton's river valley. Owner and Chef Scott Downey has Michelin-star culinary experience which he has brought back to Canada to create the delicious menus offered at The Butternut Tree. Contact them today to book your wedding date!

Facilities and capacity

The facilities found at this restaurant venue include the dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden beams, an open kitchen and an open layout format which makes for a versatile event space. These facilities can accommodate up to 90 guests for a standing reception or 58 seated guests with current furniture. Seating for up to 70 available with the additions of rentals (added cost).

Services offered

The Butternut Tree offers several services that will be well suited for your event. They offer a regular à la carte or tasting menu and for a private experience with 30 guests or more, they offer a choice of hors d’oeuvres, a tasting menu, or a pre-set menu.

Highlights

Availability

Type

Restaurant

Style

City, classic, modern, rustic

Event Services

Cake, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$1,750

Plated Service (per head)

$75

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

Main Dining Room & Private Dining Room

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
French service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Outside alcohol
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Dance floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,750

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
China
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/sound
Parking

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$75

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$50

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$50

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders

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    Natalie H. Married on 31/12/2021
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    The Butternut Tree is a 10/10! It was an experience of a lifetime and worth every penny!

    Where to even start! This location is beautiful on its own, let alone the views. They made the wedding process stress free and convenient. Jillian was quick to respond with any questions and executed our vision perfectly. They were understanding and flexible with planning, especially during covid. Chef Scott created an outstanding menu that was unforgettable. Customer service was phenomenal, all the serving staff went above and beyond and gave such attention to detail. Our guests were blown away by the entire experience. They truly made our wedding the best day ever! We can’t say enough good things about The Butternut Tree and all of their staff. Without a doubt the best venue for a wedding or any event for that matter. We would recommend them time and time again.
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    Jessica L. Married on 11/09/2021
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    Best wedding experience ever

    We had our wedding during COVID when some restrictions were still in place, but we hardly even noticed because the Butternut Tree team was so accommodating and did everything they could to still make it as normal and fun as possible (and we all had a blast). They decorated the venue beautifully, and the food and drinks were delicious.

    We were also blown away by how they went above and beyond for our event, including ordering our cake for us, making wedding favours, and printing custom menus.

    Overall, we're so glad we went with them. We would absolutely recommend them!
  • Sharmaine
    Sharmaine R. Married on 23/04/2020
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    The Butternut Tree made our intimate wedding above and beyond expectations!

    The Butternut Tree made our intimate wedding above and beyond expectations! Food and service was excellent. Had our wedding on August 2020 and the team followed every covid protocol in place at that time and made sure everyone is safe. Jillian made sure everything's in place the day of and before. Love love this place!
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    Nancy G. Married on 04/08/2019
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    Amazing restaurant!


    We got married August 4th at the butternut tree I recommande anyone who is getting married to consider this restaurant. The manager Jillian is a sweet heart such and amazing person, she made sure everything for the ceremony and supper was perfect. And the food...wow all I have to say is incredible the chef made sure every plate was perfect and delicious. We are pretty happy we choose the butternut tree restaurant for our wedding day!
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    Julia C. Married on 12/07/2019
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    Beautiful Wedding

    We had the most amazing wedding experience with Jillian and Scott and the incredible staff at this venue. They were all so friendly and helpful everything turned out beautifully. The food and drinks were excellent. The venue was gorgeous. I could not have asked for anything more.
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    Mathew Married on 04/07/2019
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    Our Summer Butternut Tree Wedding

    Jillian, Scott and their team facilitated nothing but what could be described as a magical event for us. As a pair of business professionals, we didn't have time to plan every nuance for our wedding. Jillian and Scott made planning extremely easy by helping us customize a menu and plan for our reception and provided suggestions and solutions to what we wanted relieving a lot of the burden of wedding planning off our shoulders. The venue is extraordinarily accommodating providing menu options to a variety of budgets. A major factor was the all-in costs of the event where there were no surprises. It was evident that they did everything they could to make sure our wedding reception was executed perfectly, our guests were looked after, and our sometimes odd requirements were attended to (custom shot glasses made of ice). The end result is an amazing venue where all our guests raved about the exceptional food, service, atmosphere, and view. We look forward to many more special events being celebrated here!
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    Michelle S. Married on 28/04/2018
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    Intimate Wedding Party

    My husband and I got married on April 28th. Let me just say that the service is expectional. The waiters are trained and very attentive. I don’t think I’ve ever had better service. Although I know this is a high end restaurant I did expect the portions to be a bit bigger. We had our guest have the tasting menu and although it was delicious, after a long day of pictures + ceremony + exhaustion, a meal that is delicious AND filling would be ideal. The options for cocktails was exquisite and delicious. It was intimate and it was really nice to have an menu served in stages to keep the conversation going. 8.5/10 overall
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    Emily C. Married on 23/10/2021
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    AMAZING venue and staff! Highly recommend! Will definitely be back for anniversaries!

    We are SO happy with our decision to have our wedding at The Butternut Tree restaurant. With a quick engagement (3-months) we were worried it was not enough time to plan a wedding but with Restaurant Manager, Jillian, and Chef Scott, they made the whole experience so simple and stress-free. They answered all our questions, were flexible, accommodating, advice, tips, and made us feel so relaxed leading up to the big day. The tasting dinner was an experience in itself! Chef Scott's dishes are so unique, high quality, and really take you on a culinary experience. The venue is BEAUTIFUL. We kept decor simple and it looked great. We had our ceremony and reception both at the restaurant and the staff did all the set-up, rearranging, and take-down. It was so nice having that taken care of so everyone in the wedding could enjoy themselves. Everything was so perfect we were so happy with everything. Our guests still comment on how amazing the food and cocktails and overall experience was. Highly highly recommend if you're looking for a stress-free, intimate, and beautiful wedding! Bonus is having a place to celebrate anniversaries, milestones, and holidays at the restaurant you had your wedding in!
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    Celia Married on 10/10/2021
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    An Impeccable Experience

    The Butternut Tree (TBT) is the perfect place for an intimate wedding with incredible food and amazing service. They made sure every detail was looked after so you could be stress-free on our big day (even with changing COVID restrictions). Our guests (us included) were so impressed by service the staff provided on our wedding day. On top of being responsive to your needs, they were so warm and friendly. The food was also spectacular and the chef was collaborative with us on developing a dish that suited the palates of some of our guests. We also had our cake and favours (pickles) done with TBT, it was so nice to have those elements included and overseen by them. We highly recommend The Butternut Tree for any special occasion.
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    Samantha A. Married on 02/09/2021
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    Simply amazing!

    Jillian and Scott, as well as the rest of the staff at the butternut, are really an all star team!
    From day one Jillian was always on the ball, answering all my many many emails and questions. They were so flexible during all the issues with COVID, allowing us to rebook with no problem. On the day of Jillian and the staff set up all our decor allowing us to have a stress free day. and it looked better than I could ever have imagined. She handled everything and our day ran perfectly! On top of all the our food was to die for. Chef Scott and the team knocked it out of the park and our whole family is still raving about how good it was!
    Thank you all so much for the incredible day, it really wouldn’t have been possible without you and we are forever grateful!

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Meet the Team

Jillian Fonteyne
Jillian Fonteyne
General Manager

I was born and raised in Edmonton. Some of my earliest memories of exemplary service and hospitality stem from incredible family vacations and part-time jobs in the restaurant industry. It was these experiences that cultivated my lifelong passion for hospitality and love of travel.

I was able to translate my passion for hospitality into a career by furthering her education at NAIT and Royal Roads University. After completion of her degree in International Hotel Management, I relocated to England where I began my career at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Early in 2015, I moved to Ireland to work at the award-winning Gregans Castle Hotel as Restaurant Manager. This is where I developed a greater appreciation for food and the origin of ingredients.

Following my time in Europe, I returned home to Edmonton to continue my career in the developing food and beverage scene. Working as a manager at some of the latest downtown restaurants to emerge on the hyper-local scene in recent years, I brought exceptional leadership and experience to the (dinner) table, helping these new restaurants achieve success in the evolving Edmonton restaurant industry.

Now, I inspire the team at The Butternut Tree with my impressive knack for creating a memorable guest experience.

Scott Downey
Scott Downey
Chef & Owner

I grew up in St. Albert and spent my summers visiting family in New Brunswick. The memory of the butternut tree in my grandmother’s backyard is a powerful symbol of the wonderful ingredients growing all over the Canadian landscape, waiting to be rediscovered.

I haved cooked at Michelin-star restaurant Daniel in New York, the highly decorated Noma in Denmark, and Wildebeest in Vancouver. For the prestigious James Beard Foundation, I took part in the preparation a special foraged feast with Chef Eddy Leroux and forager Tama Matsuoka Wong.

With a love for Canada and its abundant bounty never far from my thoughts and heart, a return home was always in the cards. I returned to Vancouver where I founded and operated a foraging company with many fine restaurants relying on his ingredients.

Today, you can find me back in the prairies gearing up to open The Butternut Tree in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown core — a place that celebrates the art of gathering, in both fine company and ingredients.

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9707 110 Street NW T5K 2L9 Edmonton (Alberta)

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