Best Restaurants in Banff and Canmore
When in the mountains, eat at one of these restaurants.
*Listed in alphabetical order.
photograph courtesy of block kitchen + bar
This hip, tiny tapas joint in Banff serves small plates with mighty flavours. Dishes are Asian- and Mediterranean-inspired, and feature such creations as duck spring rolls, seared saikyo miso scallops, sake-infused kinpira and the always-popular cheese and charcuterie board. The restaurant is particularly accommodating to vegans, gluten-free diners and others with specific dietary concerns. Unlike the space, the menu is large so bring a few friends, order lots of dishes, sample the creative cocktails and drink in the atmosphere of this convivial space just off Banff Avenue.
201 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-985-2887, banffblock.com
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The menu at Canmore's Crazyweed truly reflects our Canadian predilection for simple comfort food alternating with cravings for global flavour. Skillfully prepared by chef and owner Jan Hrabec, there is much to recommend, whether you tend toward the elevated end of the dining experience — think Icelandic cod with laksa broth, red quinoa, Saltspring mussels, butternut squash and herb salad — of prefer more casual fare like wood-fired pizzas or pickle-brine fried chicken.
1600 Railway Ave., Canmore, 403-609-2530, crazyweed.ca
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Protocol, manners and formal elegance — they’re not words you hear very often in today’s dining milieu, so it’s comforting to know they remain alive and well at Eden, because some occasions call for something special. The AAA Five Diamond restaurant serves French cuisine with modern flourishes, and while à la carte dishes are available, we suggest you splurge on a prix-fixe menu with wine pairings for an exquisite dining experience highlighted by a truly magnificent view of Banff.
300 Mountain Ave., Banff, 403-762-1865, banffeden.com
photograph courtesy of park distillery
When Banff's Park Distillery introduced its contemporary take on wood-fired cuisine two years ago, it was an immediate hit, and no wonder. Campfire cooking is an immensely satisfying way to feed an appetite worked up in the mountains, and if that’s not enough, the small-batch spirits made in Park’s on-site distillery provide the backbone to a creative and sizeable cocktail list. With plenty of dishes designed for sharing, from cheese and whisky fondue to the mess hall standard platter, this place feels quintessentially Canadian in the best way.
219 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-762-5114, parkdistillery.com
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It’s a bus … It’s a restaurant … It’s PD3! Innovative restaurateur Blake Flann is behind the success of this double-decker food bus, which functions as a takeout food truck featuring Asian-style street food on the lower level and a sit-down dining car on the upper level. Surprisingly refined, the 16-seat upper deck serves contemporary “world fusion” food and offers a prix-fix menu as well as à la carte items — plus a spectacular view from every seat. The bus is open in Canmore May to October.
806 8 St., Canmore, 403-609-4928, blakecanmore.com
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Spanish-style dining in Canmore? When it’s done this well, absolutely. Set in a character house, this warm, romantic space specializes in, you guessed it, tapas. Small plates are meant to be shared and savoured, so if you’re in a rush, this is not the restaurant for you. If, however, you enjoy lingering over the likes of charcuterie and cheese, manchego and serrano croquettas, crispy skin pork belly or braised oxtails, then settle in and put yourself in the capable hands of your server, who won’t steer you wrong.
633 10 St., Canmore, 403-609-0583, tapascanmore.ca