I’m sure every single person living in Edmonton has heard of this place or have seen it in their passings. They have over 5 locations around Edmonton, with the newest location in Windermere. I was intrigued at how successful it has become over these years. I’ve only visited the Skyview location since it’s closest to me, and once in the South Common location. Many of you knew that that I’ve been working here as a hostess for over a year now. That being said, my review is completely unbiased and honest. If you follow me on any of my social medias, you’d also know that I’ve been here many times (especially during my last two weeks working here). After trying out basically everything on the menu, I think it’s time to make a review! It’s going be a lengthy post– so, sit back, grab a snack or drink, and read along.
Let’s start off with some appies and drinks. My favourite drink here would have to be the red sangria— it’s fruity, sweet, and refreshing. I usually drink a whole pitcher myself! The mushrooms neptune consist of whole mushroom caps, crabs, and cream cheese. Be sure to dip the sweet bread into the creamy sauce to get the full experience. This is one of their most famous dishes but in my opinion, there’s nothing too special about it. The next appetizer has to be my favourite, and the one I’d miss dearly. This appie comes with a trio combination of baked brie, basil pesto, and sweet red pepper jelly. It also comes with a side of perfectly crisp crostini. It’s rich in flavour but not dense, which makes it easy to finish the whole plate by yourself.
My next “go-to” appie entails the loaded nachos with beef. It’s one of my favourite dishes next to the baked brie. You can tell they don’t skimp out on any ingredients. The tortilla chips are crispy and never soggy, loaded with cheddar cheese, jack, olives, jalapeños, tomatoes, green onions, and beef. It also comes with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole on the side.
Next came up the caesar salad. Personally, I’m not a fan of any of their salads because the dressing is always too strong and they drench the greens with it. I have tried it without any dressing before, and the lettuce just tasted bitter and not fresh. I guess the dressing masks the non-fresh greens.
With your meal, you’ll get complimentary sourdough bread and whipped butter (not pictured.) Little tip: always ask for three cheese butter as well, it’s free of charge and super yummy!
The next two appetizers that came out were my least favourite. My first thoughts: greasy. There’s not much to say about the garlic cheese toast except it’s more greasy than cheesy. The calamari is lacking in batter but the flavours weren’t too bad. It wasn’t crispy at all, and the batter fell off the calamari before hitting our table. I’ve had better calamari at any other restaurants.
Here are my “go-to” main courses. To be frank, I’m not a fan of the steaks here. I’ve tried just about every steak — the sirloin oscar, peppercorn New York, New York striploin, prime rib, etc. All the steaks seem to be lacking flavour. I usually have to order a side of béarnaise sauce (extra $2). I’ve heard many complaints about the dryness of the steaks, reason being the cut of the meat is not the most tender. Try the filet mignon or the prime rib if you want something more tender and soft.
My dad got a rotten potato on our last visit and we alerted the manager right away. The manager, Elizabeth, kindly apologized that the potato wasn’t up to our standards and gave us a 10% discount on our entire bill. The Keg has excellent management that will reimburse you for any complaints.
Pistachio crusted salmon substitute garlic mashed potatoes with loaded baked potato, bacon, Brussels sprouts, and maple butter. The salmon flakes right off the fork and the maple butter gives it a nice buttery sweetness. Although you couldn’t taste any of the pistachio, it adds a nice crunch.
To end the night, you HAVE to try their billy miner pie. I’ve had this almost everyday before resigning. It’s a mocha ice cream cake with a soft chocolate crust, topped with hot fudge, caramel, and sliced almonds. It’s not as sweet as you would think either. Also, if you’re celebrating your birthday there, you get a this for free! Or a free small bottle of champagne if you’re celebrating your anniversary.
There’s normally a high wait-time for a table on the weekends and sometimes on the weekdays during peak period — around 6pm to 8pm, depending on the night. I highly recommend making a reservation for your next visit (& yes, they are taking reservations for everyday of the week). They also have cocktail hours daily in the lounge/patio/bar from open-6pm & 9pm-close. The service is top notch for a chain restaurant, but the food quality is similar to something you could get from Earls or Joey’s. I’d describe them as “the fancier version of Boston Pizza’s.”
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar