12 New Restaurants That Opened in the Mountains in 2022

Grab a bite at one of the new restaurants that opened in Banff, Canmore and other mountain towns near Calgary this year.

The open dining room at Lupo. Photograph courtesy of Banff Hospitality Collective.

Don’t miss out on what the culinary scenes of Banff, Canmore, Jasper and Fernie have to offer for your post-hike lunches, pre-adventure coffees or special occasion dinners. Here are a dozen new restaurants to check out that opened in the mountains near Calgary in 2022.

 

The Alder Grocery + Cafe

 

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This new spot in Canmore brings together groceries, a butchery and a 40-seat café all in one space. The café features dishes like paninis, charred flat bread, a wild grain breakfast bowl and more.

1020 Spring Creek Dr., Canmore, aldergrocery.ca

 

Añejo

 

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Calgary-based Añejo, known for authentic Mexican food and drinks (and the largest tequila selection in Canada), has a new location in Banff. Head there to dine on flavourful dishes like chili relleno or the popular pulled pork tacos after spending a day in the fresh mountain air.

101, 111 Banff Ave., Banff, 403-985-0084, anejo.ca

 

Bluebird

The latest restaurant from Banff Hospitality Collective has opened up on Lynx Avenue with “happiness hour” on Mondays to Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Classic Sunday Roasts every week. Try cool takes on comforting fare like smoked cheddar potato doughnuts or opt for the restaurant’s signature roasted prime rib.

218 Lynx St., Banff, 403-985-9163, bluebirdbanff.com

 

Brazen

 

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This sophisticated restaurant combines Old-World luxury (think leather chairs and vintage decor) with a dash of Rocky Mountain history — the restaurant pays homage to many of the area’s mountain adventurers, including writer/explorer Mary Schäffer and trail guide Bill Peyto. Brazen also happens to be located inside the bustling, iconic Mount Royal Hotel, meaning you’re in for a true Banff experience.

Read more: Brazen is a Bold New Restaurant in Banff

138 Banff Ave., Banff, banffjaspercollection.com

 

Chilango

 

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Serving authentic Mexican food, Fernie’s Chilango welcomes diners in with its bright decor (including blue and pink bar chairs) and lovely bar shelf filled with eclectic plants and spirits. The menu features dishes like guacamole, Baja fish tacos, flautas, quesadillas and more.

1302 B Hwy 3 Fernie, B.C., chilangofernie.com

 

EpiC

This Canmore restaurant from the teams behind Crepes N Go and The Rocky Bean Co. food trucks specializes in savoury and sweet crepes like the Épi Complete crepe (with egg, ham, greens, cheese and mushrooms) or crepes with dark chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce or the Épi hazelnut spread. But you can also grab sandwiches, pastries, fresh sourdough bread and coffee, too.

Read more: EpiC Brings Crepes, Bread and Baked Goods to Canmore

4, 102 Boulder Cres., 825-909-0815, Canmore, epicanmore.com

 

Flirty Bird

 

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Sink your teeth into some seriously spicy chicken sandwiches or tenders at the new Flirty Bird location in Canmore. Flirty Bird’s first mountain outpost is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

102, 837 Main Street, Canmore, flirtybirdchicken.com

 

Hankki

 

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Hankki (Korean for “one meal”) is a Calgary-based chain that opened a new location in Banff earlier this year. Drop by to fill up on Korean street food, including Korean-style corn dogs and “cupbops,” which consist of flavourful meats and veggies served over steamed rice in a cup.

206 Buffalo St., Banff, 403-762-0332, hankkica.com

 

The Lodge

While Banff Ave Brewing Co.’s new eatery, The Lodge, has a full food and drink menu, this new spot is firmly dedicated to Detroit-style, deep-dish pizza for sharing. Try the Hunter if you’re craving house-made sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon and Alberta beef, or The Gatherer, with wild mushroom ragu, truffle oil and parmesan cream, if you’re looking for something vegetarian. Featuring small plates, pasta and dessert as well, The Lodge is a great place to gather with friends.

110 Banff Ave., 403-762-1003, banffavebrewingco.ca

 

Lupo

 

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Banff Hospitality Collective’s new Italian restaurant is a slice of Italy in heart of the Rockies. Lupo Italian Ristorante is open daily and serves a variety of hot and cold appetizers, as well as pizza, pasta, traditional mains like veal parmigiana and a wide selection of vino.

Read more: Inside Lupo, Banff’s New Italian Restaurant

201, 208 Wolf St., Banff, 403-985-9180, lupobanff.com

 

Take a Hike Market

 

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Foodies will be thrilled to hear that a new takeout/dine-in deli and café is officially open in Canmore. Take a Hike Market offers grocery items, charcuterie and a variety of grab-and-go options, such as pork baby back ribs, breakfast boards and freshly baked croissants. There are also a variety of cheeses on offer that you can sample before purchasing.

269, 187 Kananaskis Way (inside Solara Resort and Spa), Canmore, 587-361-5656, takeahikemarket.ca

 

Terra

 

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Located inside the Crimson Hotel, Terra serves farm-to-table, regional dishes that rely on local ingredients. The space is beautifully decorated to replicate nature, with decor like a live-edge harvest table in the centre of the restaurant and a stone-finished countertop at the feature bar.

Read more: New Restaurant Terra Opens in Jasper

200 Connaught Dr., Jasper, banffjaspercollection.com

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