Banff and Lake Louise features Rocky Mountain-inspired cuisine with après lifestyle and regionally sourced ingredients from Alberta and British Columbia. Fast becoming a where-to-eat destination, the very Canadian food scene features menus inspired by the landscape, regional produce such as berries, root vegetables, game meats and world-renowned Alberta beef, and food and drink made with clean, fresh, glacier water.
REGIONALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS CREATE MENUS THAT ARE THE BEST OF ALBERTA AND BC
Though there are no farms in Banff National Park, farm-to-table dining thrives in Banff in Lake Louise. Since the 1990s, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts has specialized in an artful assemblage of fresh Canadian ingredients. Buffalo, elk, and beef are raised humanely and without any hormones or antibiotics at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch (just 15 minutes east of Calgary), and the feed is grown on the ranch’s very own land.
Not only does farm-to-table exist in Banff National Park, but it is further elevated with Sky Bistro’s “From Farm-to-Summit” dining experience at 7,486 ft. atop Sulphur Mountain and overlooking the Town of Banff and beyond.
Fairmont Banff Springs strives to produce as much as possible in-house. Herbs, greens, and vegetables are grown in a roof-top greenhouse and Urban Cultivator, an in-house bakery supplies fresh bread, baguettes and pastries to all restaurants and kitchens, and whole animals are sourced from local farms throughout Alberta to butcher on site. By doing so, guests are connected to the destination and the legacy of 130 years of culinary heritage through their taste buds.
FOOD TASTES BETTER OUTSIDE…AND EVEN BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE 360 VIEWS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
When you sit and eat on one of the area’s rooftop patios, floor-to-ceiling window dining rooms, or cozy up by a wood-burning fire in one of the lodges, you’ll see, feel, and taste the connection to the land and nature as well as the influence of the mountain lifestyle.
Eden is the only CAA/AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant in Western Canada and is a long-standing recipient of the Wine Spectator, Best of Award of Excellence. With incredibly scenic views of Banff and a team of certified sommeliers who will choreograph a specific wine pairing for each menu item, a truly unforgettable dining experience awaits at Eden.
Perched on the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain at 7,486 ft., Sky Bistro is a dining sanctuary in the sky. Pair the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains with a distinctly Canadian menu that features the unique flavours of Canada through a hand-picked selection of regionally-sourced local meats, produce and ingredients.
With wall-to-wall windows looking out over one of the most renowned vistas in North America, Juniper Bistro, featuring locally-inspired food, is the ideal complement to a day of hiking, cycling, skiing, or downtown shopping. From its in-house bakery to the authenticity of the menu, Juniper Bistro’s chefs create delicious meals with handcrafted and sustainable ingredients.
Situated at an elevation of 6900 ft. and accessed by riding the North American sightseeing chairlift, the Cliffhouse Bistro has been a social meeting spot since it opened in the 1950s – bringing the high to High Tea in Banff. Summer and winter, the Tea House was the place to meet, socialize and admire the views – even including a visit from Marilyn Monroe in 1953, during the filming of River of No Return.
Recently restored with its quaint, vintage Tea House roots firmly in mind, the Cliffhouse Bistro is a fusion of retro-cozy après and modern-day eatery.
A small, thoughtfully-prepared list of upscale-yet-unpretentious dishes – influenced by our Canadian Rocky Mountain home and infused with urban trends –is on offer, all freshly-prepared in its kitchen. Locally-crafted brews, sodas and Canadian wines are also available, to complete your Cliffhouse Bistro experience.
Located at 6700 ft. above sea level, Whitehorn Bistro is the place to stop in Lake Louise and enjoy unbelievable sweeping panoramic mountain views while experiencing an upscale menu in a casual environment. Whitehorn Bistro proudly offers a variety of Rocky Mountain inspired dishes, as well one of the most diverse selections of local beer, spirits and wine to compliment your dining experience.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO THE FRESHEST TASTING FOOD AND BEVERAGE: GLACIER WATER
Glacier water and grains sourced from high-altitude family farms in the Alberta foothills go into making an award-winning distillery – and the only craft distillery in a national park in the world – Park Distillery Restaurant + Bar.
Banff Ave Brewing Company, one of the only two craft breweries in Banff National Park, relies heavily on their main ingredient - pure, natural mountain water sourced from the great Canadian Rockies. Unlike most commercial breweries, nothing is done to the water but remove the chlorine added to it. What’s better than fresh beer made with real glacial water and all the minerals that come with it?
THE RADIANT SHINES A NEW LIGHT ON BANFF AVENUE
The Radiant’s vibrant and unique presence on Banff Avenue has been felt loud and proud. The Radiant aims to hold unique space in Banff through its belief in arts and culture as a vital aspect to the community. Much more than a restaurant, The Radiant features a parlour, lounge and stage offering boutique cocktails and drinks, a dynamic menu of shareable food options and live entertainment in a space that’s both comfortable and audacious. The Radiant is owned and operated by a group of friends and colleagues that call the Bow Valley home, as well as by the Harmon family, a multi-generational Banff family that owns and manages the Harmons building where The Radiant is located.
SAMPLE WOOD-FIRED & SLOW ROASTED STAPLES AT FARM & FIRE
Simple and flavourful dishes are at the heart of the culinary approach of the newest edition to Pursuit’s collection of culinary experiences. Farm & Fire’s menu, designed by Chef Scott Hergott, recognized for his award-winning culinary innovation at the Banff Gondola’s Sky Bistro, pays homage to wood-fired and slow-roasted staples. A stunning Forno oven, a unique rotisserie imported from France and an urban cultivator are a few of the signature items displayed in full view.
THE FRESH NEW FACE OF BEAR STREET: THREE BEARS BREWERY AND RESTAURANT
In November 2020, Three Bears Brewery and Restaurant became the fresh new face on Bear Street that brings the outside in. Complete with a stargazing retractable roof, beer garden, patios galore, 25-foot pine tree, Three Bears is a craft brewery in a national park, in a restaurant, in a forest. From chicken wings, hand-stretched pizza and burgers to Alberta striploin, baby kale salad and avocado melt, there is plenty of tasty food that can be enjoyed with a pint.
RUNDLE BAR AT THE FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS: REIMAGINED
With stylish cocktails, a menu featuring classic lounge favourites and famed mixologists, Rundle Bar is a great place to unwind whilst enjoying supreme views of Cascade Mountain. A hefty $5 million renovation transformed the iconic Rundle Bar into an elegant and sophisticated space where guests may indulge in classic and novel hand-crafted cocktails, including rotating cocktails on tap, local craft beer, and an extensive wine list. The renovated space boasts an impressive two-story main bar. An expansive speakeasy-style private room on the main level is masked by bookshelves and floor-to-ceiling doors.
TAKE-OUT BANFF BY BANFF HOSPITALITY COLLECTIVE
Prefer to dine or après in the comfort and security of your own room or picnic site? Banff Hospitality Collective has you covered, with diverse menus from seven different restaurants, as well as a range of beer and cocktails to-go. Skip the reservation, place your order, and enjoy some of Banff’s finest culinary offerings wherever you see fit.
SAVOUR THE MOMENT: CULINARY EVENTS AND EXPERIENCS IN BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE
"Eat The Castle" at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Indulge in luxurious food and beverage pairings at four uniquely impressive restaurants as a local guide brings the stories of the Castle to life. In partnership with Alberta Food Tours, eat like royalty and enjoy special access to four onsite venues for this small group tour. Allow top chefs to personally present their dishes for this intimate, authentic and hands-on dining experience.
Banff Whisky Experience
With over 300 delicious whiskies from some of the finest distilleries in the world, the Banff Whisky Experience is a two-day event that celebrates whisky craftsmanship in one of world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. Enjoy a variety of masterclasses taught by industry insiders, meet master distillers, and enjoy mountaintop tastings among the beauty of Banff National Park. Set in a province that currently holds claim to fame as the largest rye whisky producer in the world, explore the emerging craft spirit scene in Banff and Lake Louise, with a feature whisky-based cocktail tasting from Banff’s very own Park Distillery Restaurant + Bar.
Banff Craft Beer Festival
The Banff Craft Beer Festival takes place at the home of Canada's first national park and is held each year in late November. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is beautifully set at the base of the Canadian Rockies, and is now home to the world's most beautiful beer festival. Throughout the night, sample amazing food from some of Banff's best pubs and restaurants, try an offering of beers from Alberta's own breweries and share stories with local brewmasters all while feeling good about supporting the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Tribute Craft Spirits Celebration
Tribute Craft Spirits Celebration is an event that brings together the best craft distilleries from Alberta and British Columbia and showcases the vibrant local food scene in Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy 12 days of special cocktail menus in local bars and restaurants, culminating in a two-day outdoor event on Bear Street with a wide range of food and drink stations.
Lake Minnewanka Beer Voyage
Aboard the 90-minute Lake Minnewanka Beer Voyage Cruise by Pursuit, tour the mighty Minnewanka while enjoying a tasty selection of local craft beer with friends and family and a special take-home gift.