Dining & Restaurants in Banff
Experience dining at its finest in the majestic setting of the Canadian Rockies.
Banff and Lake Louise have attracted restauranteurs from around the world so our visitors are in for an epicurean delight. What's more is that many of the restaurants have been delighting taste buds for more than 30 years and to survive that long means one has to be quite good. This area is well-known for its exquisite mix of dining options where virtually every type of cuisine is offered.
CANADIAN RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Banff has a number of restaurants that feature both contemporary and extraordinary Canadian dishes.
Earls Kitchen & Bar The varied menu, with over 50 selections, has something for everyone. Entrees include Alberta AAA grain fed beef, fresh B.C. salmon, braised hickory baby back ribs, pizzas, fresh salads with Asian and Southwestern influences.
Embracing the best of Canadian Cuisine, Evergreen Restaurant, at the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, transforms regional ingredients into fabulous entrees that highlight the freshness and flavour of Alberta. The globally infused dishes use mainly organic produce and meats which are sourced as locally as possible and often in partnership with area farms.
Sleeping Buffalo Restaurant at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge features Rocky Mountain Cuisine, which consists of high-quality, locally procured ingredients. Rocky Mountain Cuisine is best described as an artful assemblage of Canadian ingredients such as bison and elk raised on CRM Ranch, sustainable seafood, prairie-grown grains and locally sourced vegetables.
Located on the sunny side of the valley, across the highway from town and on the slopes of lower Mount Norquay, The Juniper Bistro has some of the best views in Banff. You will enjoy the excellent cuisine where everything is made in-house and they use the freshest of ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible.
Located in downtown Banff, Tooloulou's is locally owned and operated - a homey, intimate space where you can relax and sample favourites from the Bayou like Jambalaya, Gumbo & Etouffee, Blackened Chicken & Fish or order up your own Crab & Shrimp Boil! For lunch try a Po'Boy sandwich, Andouille Sausage Mac N’ Cheese, Fish Taco, Big Daddy's Ribs or a Bayou Burger. Our extensive breakfast menu is served to 2pm every day. Kid's menus for the 10 and under crowd available. “A little Louisiana ... A little Acadiana ... A little Canadiana.”
CASUAL & FAMILY DINING IN BANFF
Filled with fascinating memorabilia, The Old Spaghetti Factory offers a varied and inexpensive menu. Lots of pasta dishes, veal, chicken and steak. Dinners from $9.95 and include salad, hot bread, coffee or tea and ice cream. Located on the 2nd Floor of Cascade Plaza.
Tim Hortons is located in the Brewster bus terminal. Their world-famous coffee is always brewed fresh and is never more than twenty minutes old. Menu items include breakfast sandwiches, bagels, oatmeal, donuts, chili, soups and sandwiches. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day.
CHINESE RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Serving Banff since 1988 and located at 109 Spray Avenue, en route to the Banff Springs Hotel and Banff Gondola, Silver Dragon Restaurant serves superb Chinese Cuisine. The extensive menu features a wide choice of Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.
EAST INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Masala Indian Cuisine is Banff’s only authentic East Indian Restaurant and is a favourite of locals and visitors alike. The menu features a wide selection of authentic vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes including, Vegetarian Samosas, Pakoras, Butter Chicken, Lamb Vindaloo, Beef Roganjosh and many other tempting entrees.
Indian Curry House serves real South Indian specialties (with the best dishes of North India also represented). Chefs from India’s upscale Taj hotels prepare exotic cuisine such as Idli, Dosa, Chettinad and Madras curries. The kitchen has a tandoori oven and the menu includes many gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and halal options.
Western Canada’s only 5-Diamond dining room. Eden, for the 11th consecutive year has been awarded the prestigious and exclusive AAA/CAA 5-Diamonds for exquisite cuisine, impeccable service and elegant ambiance. Eden’s delicately crafted, French influenced cuisine is internationally recognized as the gourmet’s destination of choice.
FONDUE & HOT ROCKS IN BANFF
Set in an eclectic atmosphere, the specialty of The Grizzly House is fondue—from cheese and beef to vegetables and seafood and from buffalo, venison, alligator and rattlesnake to chocolate. Also available are “Hot Rocks”—personalized grilling at your table.
Pepper in some fun at Chili’s Grill and Bar located at the Fox Suites Hotel at 451 Banff Avenue. Bold, Smokey flavours dominate and entice in a menu ripe with Big Mouth burgers, fire-grilled steaks, entrée sized salads and a newly added southwestern pasta selection.
ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Pacini Italian Restaurant Banff's newest restaurant at Banff's newest resort, the Moose Hotel & Suites, is authentically Italian and features a warm and friendly ambience. Our Signature Bread Bar offers a selection of fresh breads seasoned and grilled to your liking. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Primrose Restaurant, at the Rimrock Resort, offers spectacular views of the Bow Valley while experiencing Italian influenced modern cuisine. The service is exceptional, the food is delectable and the view is unparalleled in Banff.
Savour the amazing food and enjoy the panoramic view of the Rockies at La Terrazza in the Banff Park Lodge. The restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine with an Alberta twist, prepared by their top European trained Chefs. They offer many specialty dishes, a fine wine selection and decadent desserts.
JAPANESE RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Experience a true taste of Japan at the Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant. You will find the freshest and finest sushi and sashimi in town as well as interactive Japanese hot pot dinners such as shabu-shabu and sukiyaki.
KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Seoul Country Korean Restaurant brings a whole lot of Seoul to the heart of Banff. This family-run restaurant brings you over twenty years of authentic Korean cuisine experience. Delight in Bulgogee (flavourful marinated Alberta Beef), pork, chicken and seafood entrees grilled on your very own tabletop BBQ.
Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon is Banff’s largest dance hall, and features entertainment or Live Music almost every night! Two bars, three outdoor patios and Banff’s most authentic Smokehouse menu will have you wanting more. Come and celebrate the legend. Located downtown at 201 Banff Avenue.
SCENIC RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
Cliffhouse Bistro now operates as a full-service eatery. Savour the unique and inspired flavours, and share in chef Morne’s belief in “good simple food”. Accessible by riding Mt. Norquay’s Sightseeing Chairlift, a peaceful, seven-minute ride through Lodgepole pine forest over grizzly and black bear habitat. Enjoy incredible views of the iconic Mt. Rundle and Bow Valley while dining at 7,000ft. overlooking Banff.
Sky Bistro is located in the new Banff Gondola summit building. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola cabin to experience a stunning view of six incredible mountain ranges. Located 7,486 feet (2,281 meters) above sea level, Sky Bistro pairs the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains with a distinctly Canadian menu that features a handpicked selection of local meats, produce and ingredients.
SPANISH/MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
El Toro offers homemade quality food at affordable prices. Entree's include braised lamb shoulder, their best seller, sizzling fajitas, or try the chateaubriand for two, a 16-oz beef tenderloin served with vegetables and roasted potatoes carved at your table. A full tapas menu is also available. Located in Irwin's Mountain Inn on Banff Avenue.
STEAKHOUSES IN BANFF
If you’re looking for a taste of AAA Alberta steaks specially aged for extra tenderness, there are several excellent choices around town. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar is a favourite Canadian institution, having been around for over forty years with 2 locations in Banff. When it comes to steak, The Keg serves only the finest cuts, aged for tenderness and seasoned with a unique blend.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Saltlik Restaurant, you are in for a treat as the emphasis of this fine restaurant is on steaks and you can be assured that only the finest and freshest Angus beef and prime Alberta beef are served. The restaurant is located on Bear Street and has also introduced an excellent selection of other dishes, including a full Rack of Ribs, baby Salmon Fillet, Wild Boar Chop, Rotisserie Chicken or for the more adventurous, Drunken Chicken.
Chuck’s Steakhouse features a wide range of locally sourced Alberta beef with an on-site dry aging room, all served in a stylish ranch inspired saloon and dining room. Located on the corner of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street, the second floor dining room features wrap around windows with views of the surrounding mountains and the historic Bow River.
1888 Chop House is set within the impressive Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and is the next chapter in the tradition of extraordinary dining at the Castle. Executive Chef JW Foster presents a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, wild game and Ocean Wise seafood.
Housed in a rustic log building built in 1928, Melissa's Restaurant offers family dining at reasonable prices and is proud to serve all AAA Alberta beef. Melissa’s serves the best breakfasts in Banff through to 4pm and their upstairs bar features happy hour daily.
SWISS - ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN BANFF
Ticino Restaurant serves up veal wiener schnitzel, hazelnut breaded chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, fresh salmon, steak and lobster, rack of lamb, fresh pasta dishes. Swiss Raclette cheese, beef and cheese fondues and for dessert a Swiss chocolate fondue. Warm alpine ambience and hospitality.
THAI RESTAURANTS IN BANFF
A small, quaint restaurant located in the Clock Tower Mall, Pad Thai Restaurant has been serving locals and visitors since 2004 and is a locals favourite for fast, delicious Thai cuisine. Prepared using traditional Thai methods and using fresh and authentic ingredients, Pad Thai serves up delicious dishes. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free dishes available upon request.
At Banff Trail Riders, fall back in time on a ride along the banks of the Bow River to a Mountain morning breakfast or evening steakfry. While your cook prepares your steak to order, you will enjoy our majestic scenery, while trying your hand at roping or playing a game of horseshoes. RIdes are available by either horseback or in an old-fashioned covered wagon.