Generally speaking, dining at any tourist area in the world means higher prices and the Canadian Rockies are no exception. The food will be excellent but if you expect to pay more than expected, then you’ll have no way of being disappointed.
Settled in amongst the trees next to Baker Creek in Lake Louise is the very popular and somewhat rustic Baker Creek Bistro. Known for its dedication to locally grown food, the authentic log cabin serves lunch and dinner daily and also offers accommodations at the adjacent Baker Creek Chalets.
The Relais & Chateaux Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise was chosen as the ‘3rd Best Rustic Retreat in the World’ by Gourmet Magazine. This might have something to do with the over 32,000 bottles of wine they have hidden in their cellar, the amazing gourmet food they feature, the impeccable service, or maybe it’s a combination of all of the above. You won’t go wrong with any item on their menu and it’s sure to be a five-star dining experience all the way.
Walliser Stube is an old-world restaurant with rich wood panelled walls that’s located at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Known for its fondue and wine selection, albeit expensive, Walliser Stube is only open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily and offers a Fue Brothers Fondue Experience with salad, your choice of a cheese, meat or seafood fondue, and a chocolate fondue for dessert for CAD $79 per person.
Located ½ hour outside of Banff, Storm Mountain Lodge was established by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1922. The expansive windows and rustic fireplace add to the ambience while serving up dishes of wild salmon, Alberta beef, as well as homemade pastries and desserts. Or if you’re heading off to a hike, Storm Mountain Lodge also prepares a selection of boxed lunches.
For a great deal by tourist standards and if you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat or a nice cold beer, try the fun atmosphere at the Elk & Oarsman Pub & Grill located in Banff. A sure bet is the Tuesday special of an Angus steak sandwich with fries and a salad for only $8.00 or the Wednesday ‘Everything Elk’ menu where, obviously, elk dishes are featured.
Le Beaujolais in Banff offers three different classic French dining experiences under one roof consisting of the Restaurant Le Beaujolais for fine dining, the cozy Cafe de Paris bistro, or the Lobby Wine Lounge. Favorites here include the mushroom soup, elk or beef, followed by the scrumptious crepes Suzette for dessert.
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