Canadian Restaurants

Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room

What could be more enticing than a sophisticated farm-to-table restaurant, where the meat you eat has been raised on the restaurant’s own farms (hormone and antibiotic-free I may add). The menu is small small but power-packed with dishes such as Lodge Made Gnocchi with Duck Confit, Woodland Mushrooms, Sundried Cherries, Kale, Brown Butter & Padano ($16), Grilled CRMR Ranch Buffalo Striploin with Semolina Gnocchi and Port Sundried Fig Butter ($37).
We love the roaring fireplace and buffalo head in the lounge just outside the dining room ( a great place for pre-dinner drinks) .
Extremely comfortable high back chairs, round and square tables, hand-hewn timber decor. This place is class, rocky mountain style.
Open, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Tunnel Mountain Drive
Tel: 403 762 4484

Juniper Bistro & Lounge

While hungry tourists pace the downtown sidewalks, in-the-know locals head towards Mount Norquay and the Juniper Hotel (the old Timberline – for those of you in the historical know) to find one of the top restaurants in Banff. The completely upgraded hotel and dining room is well designed with a contemporary Rocky Mountain vernacular approach; squared off log stools, a copper hooded open fireplace, Rundlestone accents, large south facing windows, comfortable tables and a sweeping patio overlooking the valley, Vermillion Lakes and a stunning view of Mt. Rundle. Locally inspired and natural ingredients with sustainable and organic options a have a starring role in this creative menu. Try the beautifully presented Seared Scallops & Pork Belly ($14) and move onto the Braised Alberta Bison with hand rolled gnocchi, wilted spinach, dill & parmesan cream ($26). Oh and the wonderful vegetarian option: Wild Mushroom Risotto with hazel & pine nut crumble, truffle oil, and Reggiano ($23). YUM!!
The fireside lounge is perfect for a pre-dinner drink or après ski which has always been
de rigueur at this mountain base location.
Juniper Hotel, 1 Juniper Way (off the Mt. Norquay road)
Tel: 403 763 6205

The Bison Restaurant & Lounge

The swift rise upstairs is like a lift into another culinary sphere where local ingredients rein supreme, the atmosphere is airy and friendly where chef Salvatore Polizzi whips up treats like Sticky Orange Duck Leg with ponderosa mushroom risotto and vegetables ($28). Pretty much everything from the kitchen is amazing. Patio, open kitchen.
Open dinner and Sunday brunch.
211 Bear St
Tel: 403 762 5550

Bow Valley Grill

This open-kitchen, help yourself style restaurant takes the word buffet to a new level. Dozens of tantalizing dishes to pile onto your plate and not just your average meat and veg dishes either. Succulent Alberta prime rib, Broek Farms pork chops, salmon eggs benedict (brunch only), sushi, create your own omelette station, great booth seating and ample running around space for kids near the washrooms. The wine menu is pleasing as it draws from the hotel’s massive cellar. A la carte menu available, stunning views from window tables, be prepared to loosen the belt a little.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 405 Spray Ave
Tel: 403 762 6860

Earl’s Restaurant

We always have fun at this high energy restaurant, the staff are friendly and efficient, the food is tasty and consistent. The descriptive menu is bursting with a plethora of flavourful dishes that are well executed and presented. The air about the place is crisp, casual and trendy. For a least 15 years, maybe more, we’ve enjoyed going there, our favourite dish at the moment is the Lois Lake Cedar Planked Salmon with Yogurt Dill Sauce with brown basmati rice and seasonal fresh vegetables oh and the Vanilla Bean Gelato Sundae topped with choice of chocolate, strawberry, raspberry or caramel topping.
2nd Fl. 229 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 762 4414


Baked Onion soup, Quebec Oven Roasted Quail, Crispy Skin Brome Lake Duck, Hand Made Fettuccini with Seafood. These are just a few creations for the “elegance without attitude” dining room by German born chief Hans Hacker.
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, 459 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 762 3307

Maple Leaf Grille & Lounge

It’s amazing how well this large upscale establishment captures the Canadian culinary spirit through both its menu and décor. The eating space or spaces, as there are several, are sexy and intimate enough for a date but large enough for groups.
Chef Morne Burger has created a menu that sweeps across the country dipping into both the Atlantic and Pacific while concentrating primarily on local prairie and mountain fare. Winner of the 2011 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.
Located on perhaps the most prominent street corner in Banff at Caribou St and Banff Ave
Open for lunch and dinner
137 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 760 7680

Melissa’s Restaurant and Bar

The old faithful, even those who shun line-ups regularly queue up for their ‘made from scratch’ breakfasts. Host of the famous Melissa’s Road Race, a 10km and 22km run that takes place every September in Banff.
Reasonably priced, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
218 Lynx St
Tel: 403 762 5511


Large, nicely appointed dining room with large floor to ceiling windows, Primrose is one of the Rimrock Hotel’s 2 dining rooms with the 5 star Eden Restaurant being the more gourmet of the two.
Stunning mountain views and excellent food. The kids’ menu is well thought out and offers more than just fried options. The Town of Goan Curry Chicken slow cooked in a creamy house curry sauce, saffron rice, honey yoghurt & garlic naan bread is absolutely delicious and we’d say the best Indian meal in Banff.
Open breakfast and dinner
Rimrock Hotel, Mountain Ave
Tel: 403 762 1865

Storm Mountain Lodge

This is without doubt the most romantic restaurant in and around Banff, and we don’t mean in a steamy, Valentine way either, this place is all class where talk of fine wines and glacier travel go hand in hand. A pre-dinner cocktail aside the huge stone fireplace is a great place to start and a well appointed log cabin is a great way to finish if you so choose to spend the night. The old 1922 log building is dimly lit with ample natural light streaming through the wrap around windows. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy without being dingy and drab, the views are outstanding and so is the cuisine (we think the fresh mountain water has something to do with it). Just a short 20min drive west of Banff on Hwy 93, south of the Trans Canada.
Highway 93 S
Tel: 403 762 4155