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Dining in Banff: Fine Dining

by K Gordon Schultz

Treat Yourself to the Best Fine Dining in Banff, Alberta

Eating well in Banff isn’t hard. With restaurants serving dishes like Marieville foie gras, escargots en croûte and braised elk paupiettes, you can’t go wrong. Read below for a few gourmet options in Banff.

Juniper Bistro & Lounge
The Juniper Bistro & Lounge has outstanding mountain views, a huge patio and a fireplace lounge. Chef creations include blueberry braised bison short ribs, BC steelhead trout with cranberry orange butter sauce, Albert beef tenderloin with Stilton butter and port wine reduction, and west coast seafood hot pot.
Address: Bottom of Mt. Norquay Rd (North of town across Hwy 1), Banff, AB, Canada
Phone: (403) 762-2281

Banffshire Club
This restaurant serves North American cuisine made from only the freshest ingredients. Their dining room is elegant and luxurious and the dishes are innovative. They have won the 5 Diamond Award from AAA.
Address: 405 Spray Avenue (The Fairmont Banff Springs), Banff, AB T1L 1J4
Phone: (403) 762-6860

Come to this luxurious French restaurant with great views of the Bow and Spray Valleys and let Executive Chef Ralf Wollmann and Chef de Cuisine Robin Little make delicious plates for you like Marieville foie gras, Quebec veal sweetbreads, soft and hard shell crab, pheasant with savory cabbage and three chop Alberta lamb. Eden is one of Canada’s six AAA 5-diamond award winners and has won Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence with their 17,000 bottle wine list, which has offerings between $40 and $15,000.
Address: Mountain Avenue (Rimrock Resort Hotel), Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
Phone: (403) 762-1865

Giorgio’s Trattoria
This restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine. Their dining room is attractive, with an exposed beam ceiling. Try their wood-fired thin crust pizza or daily risotto and you won’t be disappointed. Their menu also includes more delicious options like pasta, chicken parmesean, veal scallopini and a catch of the day fish dish. Their wine menu is extensive, with over 150 bottles.
Address: 219 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
Phone: (403) 762-5114

Terrace Dining Room
Any meal at the Terrace Dining Room is a life experience. Menu items include escargots en croûte, chablis mussels, AAA Canadian pepper steak and rack of lamb dijonaise.
Address: 222 Lynx Street (Banff Park Lodge), Banff, AB T1L 1B9
Phone: (403) 762-4433

Le Beaujolais
Come to Le Beaujolais for a taste of classic French cuisine right in the town of Banff. Entrees and multiple course meals with wine pairings are available. Dishes include lobster salad, braised elk paupiettes, whole Dover sole meunière, and veal, steak or beef tenderloin served with seared fois gras. Winner of the prestigious honor of “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine!
Address: 212 Buffalo Street, Banff, AB T1L 1B5, Canada
Phone: (403) 762-2712

Maple Leaf Grill
This award-winning restaurant has a beautiful lodge-style interior with four private dining rooms and a creative chef. Come and let Chef Salvatore Polizzi prepare his delicious Canadian cuisine like Brome Lake duck, Spring Creek AAA Alberta beef tenderloin, Alberta bison tenderloin or fresh seafood. He also creates a new menu item using wild game every day. The Maple Leaf Grill has over 600 wine selections, earning it an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
Address: 137 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB, Canada
(403) 760-7680

The Evergreen
Get all the delicious flavor of high Alberta cuisine without the attitude. Come to The Evergreen in the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge for an elegant dinner of espresso pork elk medallions, quail with late harvest Riesling reduction, Manitoba pickerel with truffle oil or a warm Niçoise salad. Keep your meal all-Canadian and choose a VQA label wine from their excellent list.
Address: 459 Banff Avenue (Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge), Banff, AB, Canada
Phone: (403) 762-3307

Waldhaus Restaurant
This restaurant at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Conference Center serves German and Swiss cuisine. Try the venison, trout, schnitzel or beef tenderloin. They also serve excellent cheese, beef and chocolate fondues. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Address: 405 Spray Avenue (The Fairmont Banff Springs), Banff, AB, Canada
Phone: (403) 762-6860

Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant
This restaurant serves cuisine from the south of Switzerland with some Italian influences. Try their rack of veal, hazelnut breaded chicken stuffed with goat cheese, fresh halibut, salmon, lobster, lamb lion with figs and dates, pasta or raclette (a traditional dish usually composed of roasted cheese, potato, pickles, meats and sometimes seafood). Fondues are also available, with beef, cheese and chocolate options.
Address: 415 Banff Avenue (High Country Inn), Banff, AB
Phone: (403) 762-3848

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