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From gourmet dining to traditional Canadian food, Banff and Lake Louise both offer tasty options when it comes to feeding your appetite. Although dining in Banff offers more variety, the food in the nearby village of Lake Louise was definitely a pleasant surprise, as well. If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Banff, here is a look at our favorite restaurants.
Family-friendly fine dining in Banff National Park
Although we often travel with a child, we still enjoy a fine dining experience from time-to-time. If we plan to eat at a nice restaurant, we typically go early in the evening (around 5pm) when the restaurant isn’t as crowded and ask for a table or booth away from other diners, if possible. That usually ensures other diners won’t be bothered. We’ve found fine dining in Banff to be as family friendly as it is exquisite.
The Post Hotel – Lake Louise
During one of our many trips to Banff National Park, we stayed at The Post Hotel. Even if you do not stay there, I would highly recommend eating at the restaurant . This wonderful restaurant in Lake Louise is our splurge meal when we visit the area. It’s a great place to stop for dinner after exploring some of the beautiful lakes in the park. The restaurant recommends reservations, especially if you travel during the busy summer season. I had the filet which was tender and cooked to perfection.It was served alongside creamy homemade mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans.
What I found most appealing about this restaurant was the service. Although most fine dining restaurants frown upon bringing a baby, the staff here couldn’t have been more family friendly. They brought a toy to our table to help entertain our daughter and even brought a pillow, without us asking, to help make the high chair more snug and comfortable for her tiny frame.
The Keg – Banff
If staying in the town of Banff, you have several options for fine dining. The Keg is located in downtown Banff, in walking distance to most of the hotels, including Fairmont Banff Springs. The food was so good we decided to eat there two nights in a row! There are actually two of them located in Banff and several more across Canada and the United States. It is a steakhouse but offers plenty of different options for those who are not big red meat eaters, which I am not. It is both a restaurant and upscale bar, but they welcome kids of all ages, making this a great option for family-friendly dining in Banff.
1888 Chop House – Banff
Another option for fine dining in Banff is the 1888 Chop House located at the luxurious Fairmont Banff, another awesome hotel in which we’ve stayed. Serving farm fresh vegetables, locally raised beef, and sustainable seafood, the restaurant is on the pricey side, but the food is worth it!
Places to eat in Banff that offer casual dining
If fine dining isn’t your thing, you’ll find a great variety of places to eat in Banff that offer casual dining.
Station Restaurant – Lake Louise
The Station Restaurant is probably our favorite restaurant in the entire national park, primarily because of the unique atmosphere.
If you are looking for something historical with tons of character, Station Restaurant is where you need to go! This charming restaurant is in an old train station, built in 1910. It is the oldest building in Lake Louise, and much of the original charm remains, from the original hardwood floors to the wood-burning fireplace.
The restaurant serves contemporary Canadian cuisine, including bison burgers and duck chops. It is reasonably priced and family-friendly. It’s a great place for lunch or a casual dinner. Don’t leave without having their rhubarb pie!
Banff Avenue Brewing Co. – Banff
If you want something even more casual head to Banff Avenue Brewing Company. This is the perfect place to eat in Banff if you are just wanting to have a few craft beers and appetizers. Although they offer a full dinner menu, we prefer to eat pub-style food when we visit. Although it is a brewery, Banff Avenue Brewing Co. is a family-friendly establishment.
Bear Street Tavern – Banff
Of course, every dining guide must have a pizza restaurant on the list! Bear Street Tavern in Banff serves up delicious and unique pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and other yummy concoctions. This is another great place to visit if you love craft beer, because what goes better with pizza than beer?!
Although we’ve been to Banff National Park several times, there are so many great things to do and places to eat in Banff that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. When dining out, remember tipping in Canada is customary, much like it is in the United States. Beyond Banff and Lake Louise, you’ll find even more great restaurants in nearby Canmore, Canada. Banff is a wonderful place for foodies looking to sample everything from farm fresh food to craft beer brewed on site.
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