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Where to Eat and Sleep in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada

By alison - November 18, 2016 (Updated: November 13, 2016)

Where to eat and sleep in Edmundston, New Brunswick, CanadaWe share our top restaurants, hotels, and foodie destinations in Edmundston and Madawaska County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Over the past weeks, we’ve shared what to do in Edmundston and what to eat while you’re there. Today we’re sharing where you should eat. And, because you’ll also need a comfortable place to sleep, we’ll give you the low-down on the two hotels we stayed in in Edmundston as well.

Restaurants in Edmundston

Edmundston isn’t a huge city, and its downtown is downright tiny. But that doesn’t mean your options are limited when it comes to great restaurants. In our three days in Madawaska County, we tried as many as we could, but there are still plenty more on our ‘visit next time’ list. Below are five restaurants and cafés in Edmundston we loved.

Café Flora

Lunch with a view at Cafe Flora

Lunch with a view at Cafe Flora, in the New Brunswick Botanical Gardens

One of our top destinations in Edmundston is the stunning New Brunswick Botanical Garden, not only for the gardens themselves but also for the food. Café Flora, the botanical garden’s restaurant, features fresh local produce and a menu with international flair. It is listed by Acadie Gourmet (which we told you about last week) and the terrace offers a beautiful view of the garden’s waterfall. Read all about what we ate at Café Flora. The only downside to this delicious restaurant is it is only open May through August for lunch and brunch, with a special opening during the fall Grande Grouille festival.

Chantal’s Steakhouse

Chantals Steakhouse is a fine dining restaurant with a European atmosphere in Edmundston

Chantal’s Steakhouse is a fine dining restaurant with a European atmosphere in Edmundston

We happened upon Chantal’s Steakhouse a bit by chance and what a lucky find it was. It was a Wednesday evening, and several of the restaurant recommendations on our list were either closed or fully booked, so we turned to TripAdvisor for help. Chantal’s had great reviews and looked like our kind of place – and it was. The dining room was relatively small and intimate (by Canadian standards), and the lighting was dimmed and atmospheric – not great for food photos but excellent for ambience. Our server was friendly and switched easily between French and English as she moved from table to table.

Our meal began with an amuse bouche of mushroom soup, absolutely packed with mushroom flavour. This was followed by bread still warm from the oven, whipped butter, and small salads. Because it’s more difficult to find in New Brunswick, I pounced on the rack of local lamb when I spotted it on the menu. It was perfectly cooked. Andrew opted for steak and was pleased with his choice. The restaurant offered elements of European dining we had been missing, but with all the warmth and friendliness we expect in Eastern Canada. One final selling point for Chantal’s – you can bring your own wine.

Frank’s Bar & Grill

Petit Sault beer bread and maple butter at Frank's Bar & Grill, Edmundston

Petit Sault beer bread and maple butter at Frank’s Bar & Grill, Edmundston

We had several opportunities to visit Frank’s Bar & Grill during our stay in Edmundston as it is located at the Sheraton Hotel, where we spent a night (see below for our review) and was also a stop on our foodie tour of the downtown. I have to admit; we were a bit shocked when we were presented a slice of bread with butter at Frank’s for our foodie tour meal. But what may sound on paper like a prison meal was elevated to new heights at Frank’s. The bread was freshly baked using local Petit Sault beer, and the butter was hand whipped maple butter. Heaven.

Frank's Bar & Grill at the Edmundston Seraton is a great restaurant choice in the city centre.

Frank’s Bar & Grill at the Edmundston Seraton is a great restaurant choice in the city centre.

This little taste fuelled our appetites for something more. We returned to Frank’s on our own for a light supper and shared hot wings and seafood tacos. The hot wings (my guilty pleasure) were crispy and not overly greasy with a spicy sauce on the side. The seafood tacos, a seasonal special, were filled with shrimp and lobster with a lightly spiced mayo.

The menu is extensive and features all the expected hotel restaurant dishes as well as a good dash of creativity. There are daily specials, local beer on tap, and live music events. This is not your typical hotel restaurant.

Café Lotus Bleu

Hippy-Chic Lotus Bleu Cafe in Edmundston, NB

Hippy-Chic Lotus Bleu Cafe vegetarian restaurant in Edmundston, NB

I believe when a city has a great vegetarian restaurant it’s the sign of a well-developed food scene. Edmundston has Café Lotus Bleu which is a good sign indeed. To my absolute dismay, we didn’t have the opportunity to try any of the food at Lotus Bleu, although I’m assured by those in the know, and the rave reviews on TripAdvisor it’s excellent. We did, however, stop by to peruse the tea offerings on our foodie tour, and I had a peak around the café.

Lotus Bleu is quirky and colourful and cosy in a way a good café should be with a bit of an old-school hippy vibe I love. There are more than 50 organic teas and coffees to choose from, and the menu is vegetarian and vegan-friendly with gluten-free options as well. It is exactly the kind of place I’d love to spend a day catching up on writing (taking advantage of the free wifi) with a nice cup of tea and a few healthy snack breaks. We’ll definitely return.

Sucré Salé

This is what foodie heaven looks like - Sucré Salé, in Edmundston, New Brunswick

This is what foodie heaven looks like – Sucré Salé, in Edmundston, New Brunswick

When I first set foot in Sucré Salé, I knew I had found my personal heaven. Part gourmet boutique and part café, this little gem in downtown Edmundston is a treasure trove for foodies. The shop features high-end cooking gadgets and gourmet ingredients like oils, chocolates, maple products, and a wall of organic spices that had Andrew clutching my wallet for dear life. We stopped at Sucré Salé on our food tour for one of my other weaknesses – cheese. Sometimes New Brunswick can feel like a bit of a cheese desert (although there are some great local cheeses if you know where to look) but Sucré Salé is a cheese lover’s oasis with more than 30 varieties available.

Cheese please! A cheese sample on the Edmundston foodie tour

Cheese please! A cheese sample at Sucré Salé on the Edmundston foodie tour
Sucré Salé is CheeseWeb approved!

Sucré Salé is CheeseWeb approved!

As the name indicates, the café’s menu offers both sweet and savoury treats. On the savoury side, you’ll find sandwiches, salads, and a daily soup, all freshly made in-house from local ingredients; Sucré Salé is Acadie Gourmet listed. On the sweet side are crepes, crepes, and more crepes (there are savoury ones too) and their signature Mega Ploye for a truly regional taste. (Read all about Madawaska’s Ploye!) This boutique and café is an absolute must-visit for foodies!

Where to Eat in Madawaska

La Faim de Match

A homemade burger and poutine at La Faim de Match in Madawaska County, NB

A homemade burger and poutine at La Faim de Match in Madawaska County, NB

During our foodie stay in Edmundston, we also spent a good deal of time outside the city limits in Madawaska County, visiting farms and producers. As roaming through fields works up an appetite, we needed a hearty meal. As much as we enjoy fine-dining, we also like to find those ‘locals only’ sort of places. La Faim de Match, a restaurant, bar, and hotel in Saint-François de Madawaska, is exactly that. We visited on a weekday at lunch hour, and the place was so packed we ended up eating on a pool table with a gang of locals. The menu is heavy, and hearty and the service is friendly and casual. Based on local advice, we both opted for poutine. I went traditional as a side for my burger, and Andrew opted for the ginormous meat lover’s poutine. The burger was excellent, and the poutine was everything it should be. It was a great little local spot with cheap and delicious food.

Andrew is ready for his meat lover's poutine from La Faim de Match

Andrew is ready for his meat lover’s poutine from La Faim de Match

Maurifils Farms

Maurifils Farms is worth the drive from Edmundston for fresh, local produce

Maurifils Farms is worth the drive from Edmundston for fresh, local produce

We’ve mentioned Maurifils Farms in a number of our Edmundston articles already. They offered us our first taste of ploye and tourtiere, and we had a great time chatting with owners Régis and Patricia Ouellet about their family farm and Edmundston’s unique food heritage. Patricia is a certified chef whose baked goods are legendary throughout the region. Régis can be found in the field on his ancient tractor growing a wide variety of organic produce and tending to their livestock.

The beautiful, family run Maurifils Farms.

The beautiful, family run Maurifils Farms.

Their Acadie Gourmet listed farm market is a one-stop-shop for wonderful local produce from maple products to meat, to fresh fruit and veggies, to Patricia’s amazing baked creations. The Ouellets are clearly passionate about their region and the amazing foods produced in Madawaska County, and it’s definitely worth the short drive from Edmundston to visit their farm.

Hotels in Edmundston

Edmundston offers a variety of accommodations from cosy B&Bs to luxury hotels. You can even camp at De La République Provincial Park; something that’s on our bucket list for our next Edmundston trip. We only had a short stay in the city, but we opted to test two of the city’s top hotels.

Best Western Plus Edmundston

Our room at the Best Western Plus in Edmundston

Our room at the Best Western Plus in Edmundston

We spent our first night in Edmundston at the Best Western Plus. I must admit, I was a bit sceptical as we’ve had a hit or miss relationship with the chain over the years. Luckily, the Best Western in Edmundston was a hit. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city, the hotel offers ample parking and has easy access to the highway making it a great option for folks passing through. It’s also a good choice for visiting the Botanical Garden or Mont Farlagne.

The lobby of the Best Western Plus in Edmundston, NB

The lobby of the Best Western Plus in Edmundston, NB

Our room was modern and very spacious with an excellent bathroom. The big comfortable bed provided a good night’s sleep, and despite the location, it was very quiet. The Best Western doesn’t have a restaurant but is close to a few fast food options or a short drive to the downtown. We drove to Chantal’s (above) which was convenient by car. There is a modern bar with a great terrace at the Best Western where Andrew enjoyed a Petit Sault, and I had a cocktail.

Our modern bathroom at the Best Western Plus Edmundston

Our modern bathroom at the Best Western Plus Edmundston
Drinks at the bar at the Best Western Plus Edmundston

Drinks at the bar at the Best Western Plus Edmundston

While it’s a good choice for business travellers, families will also enjoy the Best Western’s large pool and waterslide which was packed with kids when we visited.

Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston

On our second night, we stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton in downtown Edmundston. This hotel is an excellent choice if you want to be in the thick of it all, as its central location makes walking to the downtown highlights easy. It’s home to Frank’s Bar & Grill, mentioned above, so you don’t even have to go outside to have a great meal or enjoy a local craft beer and some live music in the bar.

OUr spacious room at the Sheraton Four Points in Edmundston, NB

OUr spacious room at the Sheraton Four Points in Edmundston, NB

Like the Best Western, our room at the Sheraton was modern and spacious, although the bathroom was slightly more dated. The hotel features a small pool and fitness centre and free wifi and offers free parking across the street from the hotel.

Both hotels are great options in Edmundston, and we had a good stay at both. The Best Western Plus is slightly more geared to families while the Sheraton is a perfect option for foodies.

Wherever you choose to stay in Edmundston, New Brunswick, you’ll find plenty to do, great food to eat, and warm, welcoming people to greet you. We loved our time in Edmundston and can’t wait to return and discover more.

We’d like to extend our thanks to Tourisme Edmundston for hosting us in the area and allowing us to share this hidden gem with you. As always, all opinions are ours alone.

We share our top restaurants, hotels, and foodie destinations in Edmundston and Madawaska County, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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11 comments

  1. Comment by Margarita Ibbott

    Margarita Ibbott Reply November 24, 2016 at 15:30

    I have not had breakfast yet and everything that you described sounded delicious! I hope to return to New Brunswick. It’s lovely.

    Great variety of suggestions BTW.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison Reply November 24, 2016 at 17:02

      Sorry if we made you hungry Margarita! There is a great variety of foodie finds for a little city and the quality is excellent.

  2. Comment by marc smith

    marc smith Reply November 24, 2016 at 16:45

    On my list of places to check out still in NB. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison Reply November 24, 2016 at 16:59

      My pleasure Marc! It’s a wonderful little city, well worth a visit.

  3. Comment by Sandy

    Sandy Reply November 24, 2016 at 23:06

    Love this post because I learned some great things about Edmundston NB – a place I’ve spent a night in numerous times, but only on my way to PEI and Nova Scotia. I’m ashamed to admit I knew nothing about Edmunston until I read your post. I’m wishing I had taken more time to explore Edmunston while in the area! The meals and stays I’ve had there were not memorable. I wish I had your info before I had made my visits there. The food! Looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison Reply November 24, 2016 at 23:35

      Thanks Sandy! If you’re passing through again it definitely worth stopping for a few days. There are some real gems in terms of food but also activities.

  4. Comment by Tracey Nesbitt

    Tracey Nesbitt Reply November 25, 2016 at 15:36

    Everything looks so delicious – I must stop reading your posts when I’m hungry! Or not. 😉

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison Reply November 25, 2016 at 17:16

      Thanks Tracey! It’s definitely a delicious destination!

  5. Comment by Matthew Bailey

    Matthew Bailey Reply November 26, 2016 at 20:43

    Love learning about new small Canadian towns. Can’t wait to visit here! Thanks for the tips!! 🙂

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison Reply November 26, 2016 at 21:00

      My pleasure Matthew! Happy travels!

  6. Comment by Miranda P

    Miranda P Reply November 29, 2016 at 08:34

    The Best Western there looks awesome – especially the bar and lobby. Plus I like the sound of the pool and waterslide. I think we would stay there if ever in Edmunston.

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