Banff

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Banff offers a satisfying range of surprisingly international eateries (everything from Mexican to Mediterranean), classic pubs and upscale mountain bistros specializing in seasonal regional cuisine and sensational game.

Top Restaurants in Banff

Banffshire Club

The Fairmont Banff Springs’ gourmet room is a majestic yet unstuffy throwback to classic fine dining, with clubby décor, gorgeous table settings, and Daniel Buss’ glorious prix-fixe tasting menus (go for the wine pairings).

405 Spray Ave., AB, 403-762-2211, www.fairmont.com/banffsprings
Tags: luxury | romance | expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | views | notable wine list | eclectic | quiet | prix-fixe

Bison Mountain Bistro and General Store

Savor fine artisanal cheeses, specialty meats, and homemade preserves, mustards and ketchups in the general store. Come evening, head upstairs for ultra-creative regional cuisine like smoked bison pizza.

211 Bear St., AB, 403-762-5550, www.thebison.ca
Tags: family | moderate | patio | local favorite

Bruno's Café

Over a dozen hefty heifers are decked out with gourmet trappings (tapenade to smoked salmon!) at this classic burger joint. They also serve sausages (try the cheddar cheese smoky) so sublime that could almost convert vegetarians.

304 Caribou St, AB, 403-762-8115
Tags: family | budget | open late | comfort food | burgers

Fuze Finer Dining

Banff’s sleekest space marries a U.N. of culinary influences in the kitchen. The result? Artful presentations of market-fresh dishes like Thai shellfish risotto. Ask about cooking classes with Executive Chef Gary Dayanandan.

110 Banff Ave, AB, 403-760-0853, www.fuzedining.com
Tags: moderate | design | local favorite | notable wine list | eclectic

Maple Leaf Grill

Canadian-themed (but utterly un-hokey), this lodge-style grill—think branch chandeliers, bear rugs and antique snowshoes—serves sensational dishes like mustard-and-maple-crusted wild B.C. salmon. Its award-winning wine list highlights B.C. and Ontario selections.

137 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-7680, www.banffmapleleaf.com
Tags: romance | family | moderate | bar | notable wine list | eclectic | brunch

The Keg

The Keg serves some of the town’s best steaks in Wild West upscale saloon-ski-lodge digs. Don’t miss the Baseball Sirloin (cut around the muscle so it curves) and sides like crab-spinach-parmesan dip.

521 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-3030
Tags: family | business | moderate | fireplace | local favorite | steakhouse

Tommy's

This lively, memorabilia-decked sports hangout dishes out great burgers, quesadillas, pierogies, pork ribs, and the house specialty, heavenly deep-fried dill pickles.

120 Banff Ave., AB, 403-762-8888
Tags: budget | local favorite | open late | bar | comfort food | burgers | happy hour

Walliser Stube

Located in the Fairmont Chateau hotel, this exquisite eatery channels 19th-century Switzerland with hand-painted cabinets, mounted pheasants and intricately carved wainscoting. Fondues reign along with regional specialties like elk strip-loin in gin-juniper sauce.

111 Lake Louise Dr., AB, 403-522-3511, www.fairmont.com/lakelouise
Tags: luxury | romance | expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | views | notable wine list | eclectic | celebrity hangout | swiss

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