Downtown Restaurants in Banff


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  • Downtown Banff is a small area of just a few blocks. You could walk down every street in the whole area in under an hour. Most of the traffic stays on Banff Avenue, though, but many great restaurants require their customers to venture off the main street a few strides. It's worth it, if only to get away from the crowds.

    Bear Street is sort of the #2 street in Banff. It is pretty busy, too, but nothing compared to Banff Avenue. Many of Banff's best restaurants are on Bear Street. The Saltlik is Banff's premiere steakhouse. It's famous throughout Alberta (also has a location in Calgary). Although they are known for steak, the calamari is the best I've ever had. The Bison specializes in local, Western Canadian food, such as bison and wild game. But, my favorite along Bear Street is the Wild Flour Bakery, which is a gluten-free, organic bakery. You can't go to Banff and not go to Wild Flour. It's not allowed.

    Caribou Street has two Spanish tapas restaurants, Cafe Soleil and Magpie & Stump. Together with Caramba!, these make up the Spanish offerings in Banff. I'm not sure why they are right beside each other. Caribou also has a local favorite, Aardvark Pizza & Sub. Aardvark is one of the most popular pizza places in Banff, and it's been around for a long, long time.

    On the outer edge of "downtown" is the Banff Centre. This is the home of the arts in the Rocky Mountains. The commitment to excellence extends to the two restaurants on the premises, the Vistas and the Three Ravens. These are great places to eat before going to a live show.

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    The Bison Restaurant & Lounge

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    211 Bear Street
    Box 3959

    Elegant Rustic Dining... read more


    221 Bear Street

    A famous Albertan steakhouse... read more

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    Cafe Soleil

    208 Caribou St.

    Mediterranean Tapas & Wine Bar... read more

    Terrace Dining Room

    222 Lynx Street
    Banff Park Lodge

    Contemporary & Canadian... read more

    St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub

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    207 Wolf Street

    Huge selection of draft beer... read more

    Aardvark Pizza and Sub

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    304A Caribou Street

    Late night pizza shop... read more

    Barpa Bill's Souvlaki

    223 Bear St.

    Greek food to go... read more

    Vistas Dining Hall

    107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
    The Banff Centre

    Dine in Style at the Banff Centre... read more

    Magpie & Stump Restaurant & Cantina

    203 Caribou Street

    Tex-Mex Restaurant & Saloon... read more

    Bruno's Cafe and Grill

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    304 Caribou Street

    Great coffee in the mountains... read more
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