Steak Restaurants

Keg Steakhouse and Bar

Bold flavours, classic ingredients and outstanding steak. I’ve never had a bad steak here, they simply know how to serve one up. The downtown location is very convenient but I usually frequent their hotel location next to the park where they also serve up a mean daily buffet breakfast that’s fantastic value.
Downtown – 117 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 760 3030
Banff Caribou Lodge – 521 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 762 4442

Saltlik A Rare Steakhouse

Famous for serving up sizzling steaks, from their 1200F oven. Order all your sides separately. Nip into the downstairs lounge first for pre-dinner drinks. Timber-frame, fireplace and heated outdoor patio.
Open lunch and dinner.
221 Bear St
Tel: 403 762 2467

Bumper’s Beef House

Modest prices, immodest portions.
One of Banff’s oldest locally owned establishments (since 1975), and recently relocated to the Rundlestone Lodge. Fully loaded baked potatoes, all-you-can-eat salad bar, Alberta prime rib roast, steaks, burgers, fish and pasta dishes.
537 Banff Ave (Great location if you’re staying at the Rundlestone Lodge, Inns of Banff, The Voyager or the Spruce Grove)
Tel: 403 762 2622

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).
I love the roaring fireplace and buffalo head in the lounge just outside the dining room (this is 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, and one of the best Banff restaurants.
Open, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Tunnel Mountain Drive
Tel: 403 762 4484

The Grizzly House

Be sure to make a reservation or be downright disappointed, this place is always packed. Excellent and consistent service, unique mountain dishes with a Swiss flare.
Fondues, wild game, steaks. Sidewalk patio with views.
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207 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 762 4055

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

Tony Roma’s Steak & Rib House

Located in the historical Mount Royal Hotel in the heart of town, this place is all about the tasty ribs…oh and the BBQ chicken and huge salads also do a great job of satisfying a ravenous appetite.
Great booth seating overlooking Banff Avenue.
138 Banff Ave
Tel: 403 760 8540

Waldhaus Restaurant

Waldhaus means “forest house” in German and that is exactly what this charming Bavarian building is. Located in the pine trees where the Bow and Spray Rivers meet, it sits on its own yet is only steps away from the Banff Springs Hotel. The views are not fantastic from the inside but the ambiance is rustic and very appealing; our favourite dishes are the Wiener schnitzel, baked onion soup, duo of spring creek beef and the chocolate fondue – the cheese fondues are also excellent.
Request a table in the stone-floored turret section and listen to the roar of the waterfalls through the opening windows or in the main 2 story chalet-style room next to the roaring stone fireplace.
P.S. If you’ve only got time for one pint while you’re here in the summer may I suggest the outdoor terrace just below the Waldhaus. The views of the Spray River, Rundle Mountain and golf course are, hands down, the best in the Rockies.
You’ll need to walk up or down several flights of outside stairs to get here, don’t let it deter you though, the short jaunt is well worth it!
Park either at the Bow Falls parking lot (on your way to the golf course) or at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 405 Spray Ave
Tel: 403 762 6860