The big, bright rooftop patio at Edmonton's CRAFT Beer Market

How to Save on Patio Dining in Alberta

By AMA Staff

Al fresco eating season is in full swing across the province, and AMA members can take full advantage. Your membership card isn’t only for roadside assistance and auto repairs. It can also help you save on patio dining (or eating indoors, anytime) at these great AMA Rewards partner restaurants. And for even more great ways to save money and earn reward dollars this summer, even without a car, visit justacard.ca.

PATIO DINING IN EDMONTON
On sunny days, get a taste of the high life by hitting the CRAFT Beer Market rooftop patio on Rice Howard Way. Craft has a lot going for it, including a delicious and extensive menu that serves up modern pub grub (flavourful burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads and the like) plus killer appetizers. Out-of-towners take note: This fabulous space is steps away from the Hotel MacDonald, Westin and Marriott hotels. AMA members receive a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two entrees.

People watching is a go-to sunny-day summer activity. Head to Hudsons Canada’s Pub on eclectic Whyte Avenue to watch all walks of life saunter by. Dine on chicken avocado sandwiches, mac and cheese, cobb salad as you take in all the action. Save 15% on all regular-price food and beverages.

Shopping at South Commons? Kick back on the small wraparound patio at Milestones and enjoy a bevvie and bite to eat. The menu is extensive, but on a hot day you’re best to keep things light and tasty with options like a roasted beet and goat cheese salad, tuna poke or a crispy chicken sandwich. Receive a free appetizer with the minimum purchase of $30.

PATIO DINING IN RED DEER
There’s only one place in Red Deer that has it all: Tiffany’s Steakhouse and Lounge. But when the temperature rises, skip the lounge and find a seat on Tiffany’s patio: It’s an intimate, tree- and shrub-lined spot. Take a friend so you can share a plate of beef carpaccio, lemon pepper ribs or salt and pepper squid. Or indulge a big appetite by ordering the 20-ounce Louisana ribeye. Save $5 on a purchase of $50 or more, and save $10 on a purchase of $100 or more.

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Looking for a good lunch spot in downtown Red Deer? Swing by Hudsons Canada’s Pub on the main floor of the Stantech building. The well-honed service on this shaded patio will get you in and out and on your way within an hour. The grilled chicken and quinoa, pulled pork sandwiches, and shepherd’s pie are first class. Save 15% on all regular-price food and beverages.

PATIO DINING IN CALGARY
Technically, there’s no patio, but the west-side windows of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria on High Street swing completely open, so you might as well be dining al fresco. Summer’s new menu additions include a prawn pesto pizza and Naples-style Mattina, loaded with parmesan, crema, sautéed leeks, pancetta, prosciutto crisps, grana padano, Italian parsley and a fried egg. Save 15% on food and beverages at select Famoso restaurants.

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If your travels bring you to downtown Calgary, pop by Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire to enjoy a meal at the hotel’s on-site eatery, Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub. Fionn MacCool’s specializes in traditional pub fare like lamb pie, and steak and mushroom boxty, but you can still get all your North American favourites like tacos, hamburgers and chicken wings. Get $5 off with a minimum purchase of $30.

PATIO DINING IN LETHBRIDGE
Barbecue has its roots in the south, but luckily for Albertans, it’s alive and well in the West. Grab a seat at Montana’s BBQ & Bar and enjoy some nicely grilled goodies. The covered patio provides plenty of shade so you can while away the hours here. Among the substantial options are the soft, juicy pulled pork sandwich and the 12-hour slow-roasted beef sandwich. If you can’t decide between the two, go for the Big Smoke Sampler: That’s ribs done two ways, slow-roasted beef, a pulled pork slider and smoked chorizo sausage. Save 10% on dining.

HOW TO SAVE EVEN MORE
The Ultimate Dining Card makes it easy to eat throughout Alberta, by offering savings at casual restaurants such as Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario’s, Harvey’s and more. Buy your reusable card at an AMA centre and you’ll also earn 4% in reward dollars on the purchase amount, plus 4% more each time you reload it.