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The Real Banff / Published: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:38

Experience Authentic Canadian Cuisine in Banff and Lake Louise

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For over a century, visitors with a taste for adventure have been coming to Banff National Park to take in its stunning rivers, forests, lakes and rugged mountain vistas—and to experience its unique brand of Canadian hospitality. Whether you’re staying in a cozy mountain lodge or a luxury resort, hitting the slopes or hopping into a sightseeing gondola for a new perspective, Rocky Mountain experiences are fuelled by farm to table (and glacier to glass) cuisine you’ll only find in this vibrant mountain town.

Anyone who visits Banff works up an appetite; breakfasts are hearty, dining rooms comfortable, often with wood-burning fireplaces, windows overlooking mountain ranges, and an intimacy you can only find nestled in such an exceptional place. There are trendy patios and a bustling nightlife, with pubs, bars, even a saloon—all within walking distance. 

With so many ingredients sourced from around the province, Banff chefs, brewers, bakers, distillers and chocolatiers take inspiration from their surroundings, bringing the outdoors in. Some grow and forage, others build lasting relationships with local farms, ranchers, cooperatives, and producers to present western Canadian cuisine to the world stage. All build on the history of Banff National Park to define their sense of place, creating accessible dining experiences that may be world-class, but are never pretentious.  

- Julie Van Rosendaal, "Dinner With Julie"  

Looking to try authentic Canadian cuisine for yourself?  

1888 Chop House - Delivering the best Alberta beef with a menu developed through lasting relationships with local farmers.

The Bison Restaurant and Terrace - Proudly featuring locally grown, organic, sustainably farmed meats and produce.

Chuck's Steakhouse - Explore the best of in-house dry-aged Alberta beef. 

Juniper Bistro - From an in-house bakery to local ingredients, chefs create meals with a handcrafted, sustainable spirit.

Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar - Campfire-inspired cooking, mixed with award-winning spirits distilled in-house. 

Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Delicious house-made dishes; handcrafted flatbread pizzas, featuring the best regional ingredients.

Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room - Seasonal menu highlighting buffalo and elk raised on the CRMR game ranch, with regionally grown vegetables.

Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar  - Creative regional cuisine, with stunning mountain views of Banff National Park. 

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