You’ve been trying to land this major deal for months now and it’s all come down to lunch with the big guy himself. So shine up your shoes, get your notes in order and book a table at one of these perfect business-lunching places. Go get em, young grasshopper.
Lush and private
Book out-of-town clients in at the Red Deer Lodge and meet in a private booth at Botanica. Dine on kicked-up Canadian cuisine in a casual atmosphere surrounded by lush green tropical greenery. Choose the daily lunch buffet – where everyone will find something they like. Or if you only have a few minutes of his precious time, order from the menu and it’s guaranteed to come in 15 minutes.
Best prime rib
Meet halfway between Edmonton and Calgary at Boulevard, a modern restaurant in the Holiday Inn & Suites, just off Hwy 2 on Gasoline Alley. Award-winning Executive Chef Emmanuel serves up local fare and wine pairings, a whole menu just for wings and the ultimate desserts. Or for an after-meeting dinner on Friday or Saturday night – seal the deal over the city’s best prime rib. Plus the restaurant has free Wi-Fi for your really professional-looking tablet presentation.
Edgy and fun
Maybe the boss is less buttoned-down suit and tie and more Converse and Pearl Jam t-shirts – and that’s cool, we can dig it. Bring on the bucket-sized rocktails, rockin’ ribs and classic rock n roll at The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen. It’ll be loud, dark and totally fun – the best un-business meeting ever.
Classic comfort at Joe’s
Here’s another venue for the younger crowd – and with a great downtown location. Red Deer’s Original Joe’s has a fun atmosphere and tasty comfort food. Try the Red Tractor nachos, Greek wings or killer Carolina pulled pork sandwich.
Steak for cowboys
Got yourself an old-school cowboy on the line? Bring out the big guns – and by that I mean, giant slabs of juicy Alberta beef. Heritage Ranch is a 217-acre property just off Hwy 2 with horse rides, ranch-tracker games, team-building programs and spectacular food. The Ranch’s Westlake Grill serves AAA ranch-cut rib eye, the perfect burger and plenty of whiskey. You can also book a meeting room at the Ranch for big boardroom-style presentations or training sessions.
A nice quiet table
R&R Grill is in the Sheraton Red Deer – a four-star hotel and convention centre with newly renovated rooms and massive conference facilities. The restaurant is a popular place for business lunches – and if you ask, they’ll set you up in a nice quiet corner so you can talk shop over a light leisurely lunch.