Banff Food Guide
Updated: Aug 20, 2019
Everywhere we ate & drank while visiting Banff.
We are huge foodies, if you couldn't already tell. We loved trying all the restaurants and bars in the little town. Every place we went to was unique and delicious!
Where to eat in Banff
Everywhere we ate & drank in Banff
Only spending 4 days in Banff means you don't get to try EVERY restaurant, but we did our best! If you tried any restaurant that I did not mention please mention it in the comments below for other people to check out.
This place might be a tourist trap but that doesn't mean that it wasn't good. This fondue restaurant was a fun environment & the food was great! I will say it was a little over priced for the amount of food you get but worth the experience to cook your own meal and have delicious fondue.
We ordered the Meal for Two which included a starter, appetizer, two main courses and a dessert. Anthony and I split the soup and salad as our starter, both were my favorite part of the meal. For our appistiser we got the cheese fondue which was very good. They only give you bread for dipping, I wish they would have given us a few dipping options. For my main meal I got vegetable order, which is fresh veggies that you cook in a broth until soft. Amazing flavor and a decent portion size. Anthony got the original meat order, which was chicken and steak. They bring out a hot stone that allows you to cook your own meat at the table. He said it was really good but not enough meat for him, he loves bigger portions of meat. The dessert was fresh fruit that you dipped in melted chocolate, very good but I wish they gave you more berries and less melons.
Alpine Social at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
We stopped here after we went canoeing on Lake Louise. The restaurant is located inside the Fairmont Chateau, if you want to eat dinner here you will need to make a reservation far in advance. We were able to stop in around happy our time for a quick bite.
We ordered two appetizers to split, the edamame and the margarita flatbread. Both were very good but small portions. The balsamic on the margarita flatbread was amazing!
Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar
We were walking around the town trying to figure out a good place to eat and get some drinks and we happened to walk into Park, and we are so happy we did! The restaurant had a great upbeat vibe with a beautiful view of the town and mountains. I recommend sitting upstairs on the balcony. Park makes their own vodka, rye, and gin. I tried the Chili Vodka inside my cocktail and it was amazing. Another great perk is that they have an entire plant-based menu!
We started off our dinner with drinks and their cornbread with maple butter (so good). I got the Sawback cocktail which had the chili vodka in it, best cocktail I've ever had. Anthony got the Park Pils Village Brewery Beer, he said it was a great light beer. For our main courses the waitress recommended the Tagatellie to me, it was good but nothing too special. Anthony got the Wild Boar Bacon Burger, he said the bacon made the burger 100x better.
Larkspur at Rimrock Resort
We decided to eat lunch at our hotel, The Rimrock, since they had an amazing view of Mount Rundle. Seat yourself with excellent service. You do not need to be staying at the hotel to eat here.
I got a soup and salad for my lunch, the soup of the day was a butternut squash soup. The salad was the Mountain Bowl, very big salad with an amazing blueberry dressing. Anthony got the chicken wings, of course.
Cows Ice Cream
We walked by this ice cream shop a few times a day and every time there was a huge line, so we decided we needed to try it. Once we got in there we found out they are "the worlds best ice cream" they even had a list of the best ice cream shops around the world.
I got the birthday cake in a waffle cone and Anthony got gooey mooey in a chocolate dipped waffle cone. The ice cream was very good, the waffle cone was a little too hard for me.
Banff Ave Brewing
Although we didn't eat here we did spend a few hours here drinking some beers, and it is a really fun brewery. They have a small patio that overlooks the town and some mountains. Perfect for friends or family! The beers were good and they had some good happy hour deals. They also sell some really cool Banff merchandise, you get 10% off when you show your restaurant receipt.
Coyotes Southwestern Grille
We walked by this small mom and pop restaurant and decided to give it a try. There are very few seats and run out of certain menu items. If you don't mind sitting close to the table next to you to have a delicious meal then you must try this place.
I got the sweet potato polenta with ratatouille, a very large portion but so so good. Anthony got the chicken enchilada, this wasn't his first choice but they were sold out of what he originally wanted.
Coyotes Southwestern Grille Website
The Maple Leaf
So we figured we needed to eat at a Canadian styled restaurant, and this one smelt SOO good from the street. The restaurant had a cute mountain cabin vibe with big comfortable chairs. Its located right in town and looks to have a lot of seating for dinner, although I would make a reservation.
I got the veggie burger with a side soup (coconut curry carrot), the soup was amazing and hit the spot on this rainy day, the veggie burger was alright. Every veggie burger I saw in Banff was a Beyond Burger, at some point they all taste the same. Anthony got the grilled chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries. I had to try a few of his fries and they were really good!
Like I said before, we didn't have a single bad meal in Banff. Although it was more expensive than we are used to, all the food was worth it. If you have any other recommendations leave them in the comments for other readers to find.
Wanna see what else we did besides eating? Check out my Thing To Do In Banff blog!