Dining and sky-high views go hand-in-hand with the Canadian Rockies. Banff National Park's exceptional elevated dining and culinary scene is no exception and both Banff and Lake Louise boast restaurants that overlook glaciers, lakes, mountain peaks and the valley bottoms below. The views are jaw-dropping and unique in their own right, and in this post, we'll give you the insiders tips on the best restaurants with a view in Banff National Park.
1. Sky Bistro
Newly opened in late 2016, Sky Bistro is a unique dining experience to Banff National Park that incorporates an adventure at the Banff Gondola . Starting at the base of Sulphur Mountain, visitors ride the gondola up to the peak where they are greeted with a multi-level interpretive experience that features a theatre, Parks Canada ecology exhibit, gift shops, a rooftop viewing platform, and the boardwalk experience to Samsun Peak. Spend your time exploring before having lunch or dinner at Sky Bistro while overlooking the surrounding mountain peaks. Tip: go for dinner in the colder months when the sun sets early, and witness a Rocky Mountain sunset from the top of Sulphur Mountain through the floor to ceiling windows in the restaurant.
2. Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar
Rated one of three Banff restaurants in Open Table's Top 100 restaurants in Canada, Three Ravens Restaurant consistently ranks as one of Banff's top restaurants as well. Elegant fine dining with exceptional service in a small setting provides an experience that one would expect in a downtown high-end restaurant except in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Another restaurant with floor to ceiling windows, Three Ravens overlooks the western Bow Valley from its location up on Tunnel Mountain. Nestled away at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Three Ravens is the perfect way to compliment a performance at Banff Centre. Check out their event listings and plan your dining experience around a show.
3. Juniper Bistro
Another one of three Banff restaurants on OpenTable Top 100 is the Juniper Bistro at the Juniper Hotel. Perched at the beginning of Mount Norquay Road and overlooking Banff town, Mount Rundle, Vermilion Lakes, and the Bow Valley, the Juniper Bistro does a unique après menu in the winter to compliment a day of skiing and it features indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces.
4. Eden at the Rimrock Hotel
The last of the three Banff restaurants to be featured in OpenTable Top 100 and the only five-diamond restaurant west of Ottawa, Eden is a fine dining experience like no other. The butler-like service at Eden remarks a past-time era of elegance and class. Located on Sulphur Mountain overlooking Mount Rundle, the Fairmont Banff Springs, and the Bow Valley, Eden has a new chef as of this spring that has brought a new flare from his years of international experience at top restaurants around the world.
5. Cliffhouse Bistro
Mount Norquay's Cliffhouse Bistro is especially popular with the locals of the Bow Valley and is open spring to fall and with limited hours in the winter. This former tea house was renovated and reopened in recent years. During the winter, Mount Norquay hosts moonlight dining experiences under the full moon at Cliffhouse Bistro that compliment three-course dining with wine pairings at the top of the mountain with the full moon over Banff and Mount Rundle.
6. Lakeview Lounge
Located at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Lakeview Lounge gives you a million-dollar view of none other than Lake Louise itself. Perfect for winter dining before or after a skate or sleigh ride on Lake Louise, the Lakeview Lounge is where you can capture the perfect dining experience at one of the world’s most famous lakes.
7. Whitehorn Bistro
Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Whitehorn Bistro is open from spring to fall, and again when the ski season starts in November at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Enjoy elevated views of Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and the valley bottom below across into British Columbia. Whitehorn Bistro also features a number of local beers and a menu to suit any adventurer.
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