Yellowknife is a relatively young place, and was very much opened up post-WWII by the introduction of the bushplane (ususally the deHavilland Beaver and later the Twin Otter).
The restaurant is seasonal. I was there in early September and they were getting ready to shut down for the season. Food was good, but not outstanding. The atmosphere is really what you are really here for. It was opened in 1937 and served the prospectors and other folks that were opening up the Canadian North.
If you are ever in the Ottawa area and want to see a replica of this place, head across the river to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau to see a full-scale replica. Unfortunately, you can't eat in it...
The Old Town Landing was a very fine place to eat in Yellowknife. You can eat outdoors on the deck and enjoy the great atmosphere on the lake. Inside the restuarant is also very nice, lots of plants, great bar and overall service.
I really enjoyed my visits here adn I think you will like this part of Old Town as well.
Favorite Dish: Seafood Chowder
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the fact that it is crowded on every visit should tell you something.
It serves fish, with fresh french fries and a salad, and nothing else. You want a beer? Just go over to the cooler and help yourself.
Favorite Dish: The arctic char is heavenly!
During my stay in Yellowknife the Black Knight Pub was a place of regular visits for food, watching the final game of the World Cup of Hockey on their amazing projected screen and entertainment in the later nights.
A great place with great staff, character and full of good times!! Recommend hang out for sure.
Another interesting tip, on Sundays you can not just go to the pub and have a beer, it is a territorial law where your food bill has to be more than your beer bill. As a result some places are closed on Sundays.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp that was on special for $0.25 per shrimp.
The Office is a restaurant downtown Yellowknife, it is great food and service.
It is recommended to have a reservation at lunch time on the week days as the place fulls up quickly!
Favorite Dish: I had the chichen crepes and they were good.
I would give this place a wide bearth. I may be native but to be served and observed as if I was going to take off was humiliating, so I left no tip. I will not eat there any more. Mike Marks is more appealing.
Favorite Dish: NONE
The Wildcat Cafe is a popular summer restaurant in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. It is a vintage log cabin structure and represents the mining camp style of early year Yellowknife. The structure is a City of Yellowknife Heritage Building, designated in 1992. The cafe first opened in 1937 by owners Willie Wylie and Smokey Stout. Subsequent owners were Carl Jensen and Mah Gow, Yellowknife's first recorded Chinese resident. The cafe closed in 1951 when business dropped off considerably, likely due to the expansion of businesses in the new sections of town. The building was saved from demolition in the late 1950s when a small group of Yellowknifers fought to have it protected as some kind of museum. It was renovated in the mid 1970s and reopened as a functional restaurant in 1979. The Old Stope Association, a non-profit heritage society, has been responsible for its operation since the 1970s.
It is one of Yellowknife's best tourist attractions.
from " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wildcat_Cafe "
Our Place is run by Carlos Gonzales and without a doubt one of Yellowknife's finer restaurants. Well trained staff and the food was amazing here at this place.
Typical of Yellowknife don't judge the books by their covers. To find this place downtown just look up. You have to go up stairs so you might miss it if your just looking along Franklin Avenue.
Not related to Our Place per say but I was fortunate enough on this evening to be dining with some native Russian people in Yellowknife for work the same as I.
It was a blast getting aquainted Russian culture, the art of the toast and the shots of vodka will kill you I am sure!!
Favorite Dish: Very Berry Crepes Dessert
I am just following up on my tip for Bullocks Bistro with this tip. The Bistro is located in what was once the Weaver adn Devore Store and now a Yellowknife Heritage Site.
The interpretation on the building read.
Harry Weaver and Bud Devore were friends and business partners. They operated the Beulah Boat Company transporting freight, passengers and trading goods from Peace River Alberta. In 1936 news of the gold rush brought them to the shores of Yellowknife.
Beginning with trade in furs, traps and supplies the operation grew to become one of the oldest established businesses offering a wide variety of dry goods and groceries. The logs used to construct this building were hauled by scow from teh Slave River near Fort Resolution. After the hauling was completed, teh scow was taken apart and the boards used to build the floor of the store. The building has been stablished and renovated by the Weaver Family.
The City of Yellowknife designated the Weaver and Devore Store a Heritage Site in 1992.
Bullocks Bistro in Yellowknife's Old Town is one of the best fish places I have ever visited.
It isn't going to look like much from the outside but the buillding is a heritage site and it is suppose to look like that.
When you go in there is a cooler full of beer and you just help yourself to the beer.
There isn't a lot of room and you are encouraged to sit with others and meet people. It is a fun place with pictures of past visitors all over the walls.
It is run by a German lady and her husband and a friend.
You have the option of having your fish deep fried, pan fried or grilled. I have highly recommend the seafood skewer where you get whitefish, char and another sample I can't remember. The food really was great and I can't say enough good about my experience.
I would certainly visit there again.
It may be a little expensive but certainly worth it. Your not going to eat at Bullocks everyday!
I read some other tips saying this place was a tourist trap but I have to disagree, it is a provincial heritage building with a lot of character and one would pay just as much in other locations of their food. I recommend you check it out. It is a seasonaly run place, during my visit in September is was closed for the tourism season.
You can also keep your eye out for a "Taste of the Wildcat" by Ben Nind and the only professional theatre company in the NWT. They perform at tradeshows and special events.
A taste of the Wildcat by Ben nind was oriingally commissioned by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It was written to be a close to accurate reflectino of some of the characters and stories of this part of the Canadian North. From a new bride arriving from Cairo to the 388th Battalion on the Canol pipeline; from the discovery of Yellowknife gold to the kidnapping of kids for the residential schools, the show spins a rich tapestryof characters, history and events with humour, wit and intelligence. A Taste of the Wildcat premieried at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre to rave reviews and packed houses.
Favorite Dish: The Wildcat Cafe is one of Yellowknife's earliest buildings. It was built in 1937 by Willie and Margaret Wylie and Smokey Stout. It was later owned by Carl and Dorothy Jensen and then by Mah Gow until it closed in 1951. Meals cost a dollar. Early patrons were served caribou meat and lake trout. The basic fare eventually included fresh meat and vegetables flown in from 'outside'.
The cafe was a meeting place for the pioneers of the prewar entrepreneurial expansion into northern Canada, prospectors, geologists, pilots, miners, bankers, lawyers, businessmen, trappers, and missionaries.
In the late 1970s City Council agreed to lease the abandoned building to the Old Stope Association. With the collective efforts of many local volunteers and businesses, the Cafe was renovated and reopened in 1979. Source: Onsite Interpretation.
The building is small and your are encouraged to join other people at tables in the spirit of commraderie.
With outdoor sitting right on the lake next to the a float plane dock, this is some of the best dining in Yellowknife...
Favorite Dish: Get their 'Taste of the North' which comes with a portion of muskox and caribou steak marinated in red wine and herbs. True a little 'gamey' but worth the dining experience. Complement this with a bottle of Mouton Cadet Rothschild red...Ummmm!
The most famous (perhaps even world famous) eatery in Yellowknife is 'The Wild Cat Cafe'. This hole-in-the-wall place is a small, one-room log cabin that is also supposed to be Yellowknife's oldest building. This ain’t your McDonalds…
Favorite Dish: The Caribou Burger