Banff is a bucket list destination for a ski holiday in Canada. Also known as ‘The Big 3’, Banff has three ski resorts: Sunshine Village, Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise. Banff’s perfect powder and infamous descents have avid skiers and snowboarders returning to the resort year after year. Set in one of Canada’s original national parks, this resort boasts the most magnificent winter scenery and wildlife. In particular, Lake Louise is home to the beautiful Victoria Glacier.

Accommodation in Banff offers something for every preference. Discover everything from iconic, five-star hotels to cosy family-run stays. There is also plenty of fun to be had when the skis come off. Explore ancient ice canyons, take a dog sled adventure across the resort, unwind at a local spa or take a day trip to the spectacular Columbia ice fields. The options are endless! A large part of a ski holiday in Banff is enjoying the renowned mountain food. The resort has a wide range of restaurants that cater to every taste. From fine dining to regional favourites or international flavours, Banff has it all. Here is our top pick of the best restaurants in Banff.

The Bison

The Bison is a real crowd-pleaser and one of the best restaurants in Banff. Known for its use of local produce and organic ingredients, this restaurant offers quintessential Canadian dishes including bison, elk and other local game meats. Locals and visitors alike head to this classic diner for its delicious dishes, rustic atmosphere and excellent reputation.

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A world-famous, five-star hotel with 15 shops, 12 restaurants, and a magnificent spa with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

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The Bison in Banff

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Living up to its name, Brazen brings a bold dining concept to visitors of Banff. Located in the historic Mount Royal Hotel in downtown Banff, this restaurant is a nod to the spirit of past mountaineers and explorers of the Canadian Rockies. The menu offers a modern take on classic Canadian dishes. Head to Brazen for creative cocktails and imaginative dishes – a truly unique and memorable dining experience on every level.

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A beautiful, four-star hotel in the heart of Banff. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool, which boasts impressive views across the surrounding mountains.

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Brazen in Banff

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Sky Bistro

An award-winning restaurant in Banff, known as ‘a dining sanctuary in the sky’. Enjoy a breathtaking eight-minute gondola ride to the top of the Sulphur Mountain. Take in magnificent mountain views as you prepare for a gastronomic, high-altitude dinner. Sky Bistro prides itself on its use of fresh and local ingredients, working with the top farmers in the area to bring you the highest quality dishes. Indulge in the à la carte menu and sensational views across the surrounding valleys. It is not surprising that Sky Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Banff. For this reason, we recommend you book ahead!

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Nestled in a quiet area of Banff, but within walking distance of local amenities, this charming hotel boasts a glorious spa area and a lively restaurant.

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Sky Bistro in Banff

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Farm & Fire

Farm & Fire is Banff’s only wood fire kitchen and a popular dining spot around the resort. This restaurant highlights the beauty of simplicity. The menu is made up of the freshest ingredients from local Canadian farmers. The process of slow-roasting food on a wood fire brings out the most delicious, natural flavours. The meals are inspired by adventure and connection, with simple ingredients and plenty of sharing options. The interior is modern and cosy, with lovely views of the mountains. The perfect place to grab some good, wholesome food with your family or friends.

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A peaceful and charming property offering beautiful suites, cabins and condos. The perfect stay for families or groups seeking an unforgettable getaway.

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Farm & Fire in Banff

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Balkan Restaurant Banff

If you fancy something a little different, Balkan Restaurant might just be what you are looking for. This renowned dining spot specialises in traditional Greek and Eastern European cuisine. Its Mediterranean-style dishes are sensational, including authentic dishes such as moussaka and souvlaki. The atmosphere is welcoming and lively. You might see belly dancers, traditional plate-smashing ceremonies and Greek dancing!

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A beautiful hotel with towering mountains as a backdrop. This relaxing retreat in the centre of Banff boasts a soothing swimming pool and fragrant restaurant.

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Balkan Restaurant in Banff

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Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar

Dining and distillery come together at Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar, to form one of the best restaurants in Banff. Renowned for its homemade spirits including whiskey, vodka, and gin, you can expect a merry dining experience. Visitors can enjoy classic Canadian cuisine in a relaxed and rustic setting. Enjoy cosy wood fires and classic cabin-style interiors. Its excellent location lends itself to magnificent mountain views, making for an all-round excellent dining experience.

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The only ski-in ski-out property in Banff. Guests can enjoy the excellent facilities, including a spa, a restaurant and a bar.

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Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar in Banff

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The Grizzly House

The Grizzly House has been serving fondue since the 1960s, so it is no surprise this restaurant is one of the best spots for cheese dipping in Banff. This historic diner offers a variety of different fondue options from classic, to local favourites such as venison. The interiors are a nod to its historic past, with a traditional mountain feel. Diners get an authentic and unique experience, by cooking some of their meals at the table themselves. This is a wonderfully social experience, great for groups and families!

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A beautiful, five-star hotel with magnificent mountain views and sumptuous spa facilities, complete with an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna.

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The Grizzly House in Banff

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To find out more about the best restaurants in Banff, call our ski experts on 020 7471 7700.

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