Whether you’re fueling up for a day of adventure in Banff National Park or winding down, there’s always that million-dollar question.
What’s there to eat?
Chances are, you’ve probably been thinking about your next meal while taking in the amazing views at Lake Louise.
Deciding where to eat in Banff can be frustrating because there are a million options.
We’ve all been there.
When there are so many choices, it takes longer to decide. Eventually, you’ll get too hangry and end up at McDonald’s with a Big Mac.
Don’t worry, we’re not judging!
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a coffee or a steak, we’ve got it all covered.
This article features some of the best places to eat in Banff that will leave your taste buds in flavor town.
Nothing says diversity like a five-star ramen shop, located right smack in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.
Located on Banff Avenue in downtown, this Japanese eatery is popular for its delicious ramen with incredible broth that will warm your soul.
Choose from a wide selection of ramen that includes Shoyu, Tonkotsu, Miso, Curry, Vege Miso, Seafood, Tan Tan, Yuzu Shio, and Devil’s Arashi.
Be sure to try their signature Arashi Tantan Men topped with succulent, juicy pork belly in a rich, savory sesame broth. It’ll have you coming back for more.
Looking to fire up those taste buds of yours? Spice lovers can customize their bowls with spicy intensity ranging from 1 to 5.
We double dare you to try level 5!
Ramen Arashi is open throughout the week from 11:30 AM to 8 PM daily.
Address: 3rd floor #213 Sundance Mall, 215 Banff Ave, Banff, AB (Sundance Mall)
Phone Number: (403) 760-0908
When it comes to live music, fantastic mountain views, and the freshest farm-to-table food; this one takes the cake.
The Bison Restaurant has a rustic allure with large windows and outdoor terrace, perfect for enjoying the stunning views of Mount Rundle.
If you’re in town on a Sunday, drop by for their oh so sumptuous à la carte brunch!
Tip: Start your meal with the tender and delicious bison carpaccio.
Address: 211 Bear St # 213, Banff, AB
Phone Number: (403) 762-5550
Three Ravens is a top pick for the best fine dining restaurant in Banff. As expected it has an extensive wine list, drink menu and is nothing short of spectacular.
Located on the top floor of the Sally Borden building, you’ll get to enjoy your meal with breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies through floor-to-ceiling windows.
The menu items at this upscale restaurant changes frequently based on fresh and locally sourced ingredients that are currently in season.
Dishes are delicately presented as works of art on a plate; a feast for your palate and your eyes.
So treat yourself to a fancy dining experience at Three Ravens – it’s worth every penny!
Tip: Order the Octopus Carpaccio to start…you won’t regret it.
Address: 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB
Phone Number: (403) 762-6300
One of the best Indian restaurants, located right on the busy street of Banff Avenue. The Indian Curry House is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists.
It is the go-to place for classic entrees such as tandoori chicken and butter chicken – a great bang for your buck if you are craving for authentic Indian food.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the goat curry. No promises but we’re pretty sure you’ll be wiping the bowl clean!
Address: 225 Banff Ave #202, Banff, AB
Phone Number: (587) 222-8779
The Maple Leaf Grill is a legend in Banff and is a must-visit spot – ask anyone. It’s one of the favorite restaurants among locals and tourists.
The restaurant is located in the town’s busiest corner and as the name implies, you’ll find a wide selection of dishes that are all things Canadian here.
How about a taste of Alberta’s finest beef, bison tenderloin, or BC salmon poached in maple syrup?
The atmosphere is perfect for date night, dim and cozy with vibrant mountain vibes.
Fun fact: The walls in this rustic alpine restaurant shelve 600 wine bottles allowing for limitless wine pairings and hold photos of famous celebrities who’ve eaten there in the past.
Address: 137 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
Phone Number: (403) 760-7680
A trip to Canada isn’t complete without stopping by for some BeaverTails, eh?
We know it doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, but hear us out. It’s not what you think it is.
BeaverTails are artisanal Canadian classic pastries hand-stretched in the shape of…you guessed it! A BeaverTail.
If that wasn’t enough, this fluffy pastry is topped with decadent ingredients such as chocolate hazelnut spread, apple pie filling, Reese’s pieces, crushed Oreos or even strawberry cheesecake.
Guaranteed hot, chewy, and crispy, it’s a great snack on the go and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Besides pastries, BeaverTails also serve other small bites such as ice cream, fries, smoothies, and hotdogs.
There are two locations of BeaverTail in Banff:
Address: 120 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
Phone Number: (403) 760-0606
Address: 201 Banff Ave, Banff, AB (Town Centre Mall)
Phone Number: (403) 985-0086
– Flame-Grilled Steaks
What’s a trip to Alberta without trying some signature, world-famous prime Alberta beef?
Luckily for you, there’s just the place in Banff to fully satisfy your steak craving; 1888 Chop House.
Step through the doors and you’ll feel like you’re transported back to the 1880s – you’ll find references to the Canadian Pacific Railway combined with chop house vibes.
This upscale steakhouse includes mouthwatering options like filet mignon, dry-aged porterhouse and the fan-favorite dry-aged tomahawk.
Don’t miss out on this gem when you’re in town, as a steak lover it’s a must-visit and arguably features the best food in Banff. One bite and you’ll be back for more!
Address: 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB (Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel)
Phone Number: (403) 762-6860
Thirsty? Craving some local craft beer and a pretzel? Check out the best spots in town for small bites, ice cold drinks, delicious food and great patios to soak it all in.
Canada not only has diverse landscapes but also culture, follow this guide and you won’t end up having your meals at some fast food joint.
You know what they say, one of the best ways to explore a city is through its food so get out there and start exploring! Experience the best Canadian food Banff has to offer!
Which restaurant are you looking forward to eating at?
Let us know in the comments below!