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 110 guests for a standing reception or 58 seated guests with current furniture. Seating for up to 100 available with the additions of rentals (added cost).
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.
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16 Reviews for The Butternut Tree
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Nancy G. · Married on 04/08/2019
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!Sent on 06/08/2019
Julia C. · Married on 12/07/2019
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.Sent on 16/07/2019
Mathew · Married on 04/07/2019
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!Sent on 24/09/2019
Michelle S. · Married on 28/04/2018
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 overallSent on 26/07/2018
Alexandra P. · Married on 30/07/2020
Only the best dinner for the best day!
It was an absolute pleasure having The Butternut Tree service our wedding. Scott and Jillians attention to detail and creativity was evident throughout the planning process. We were nothing less than thrilled with the quality of our wedding experience, from the service to the food.Sent on 13/03/2021
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Team of The Butternut Tree
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.
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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