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The Real Banff / Published: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 17:33

Explore Communal Dining In The Mountains

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Immerse yourself in the mountain lifestyle by slowing down, taking a deep breath of fresh mountain air and of course, sharing a meal with friends. While your day will be packed with fun and adventurous activities, there’s no time like the present to take a break, connect with companions and enjoy a locally crafted communal meal in Banff and Lake Louise. 

Inspired Tapas at El Toro 

Tapas, coming from the Spanish tradition of sharing small plates, is perfectly rendered by chefs at El Toro who specialize in a cuisine with Spanish, Mexican, and Canadian roots. Gather with your friends and family over a bottle of wine to pair with their extensive Tapas menu ranging from their beef tartar to Sriracha and cream prawns, you’re sure to find a favourite (if not more than one!).

El Toro Restaurant, Banff National Park
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Campfire Cooking at Park Distillery

There’s nothing quite like gathering around a fire, roasting s’mores, drinking cowboy coffee and sharing stories of a day well spent with friends. You’re in luck with Park Distillery where you can share dinner over a picnic table complete with a charcuterie board and house-distilled small-batch spirits.

Wine and Charcuterie at Grapes 

Fairmont Banff Spring’s Grapes Wine Bar is the perfect place to indulge in a large wine selection with your group while savouring curated charcuterie boards topped with preserves and artisan cheeses. Almost everything served is made in-house from their artisanal baked breads to their cured meats, it’s sure to be one of a kind. 

Alberta inspired plates at Chuck’s

A trip to the Wild West isn’t complete without an authentic Alberta Beef experience. Chuck’s Steakhouse grills each steak over hardwood and mesquite then finishes it under an 1800 degree broiler – serving it on a plate to share! Choose your sides à la carte and create your very own custom meal.  

Family style meals like the Greeks at The Balkan 

Immerse yourself in the rich Greek traditions Balkan brings to Banff. Serving up a family-style meal you can taste Greek favourites like horitiki salad, spanakopita, and baklava rolls. After your meal, delight in the dance performed by local artists Hala Jamal & Mesa.

The Balkan


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