Alberta is full of hotspots and hidden gems that offer good food and have that all important welcoming & warm atmosphere. The Ski Independence team have spent many hours in the Canadian Rockies, and between us we’ve compiled a guide to our favourite restaurants. Perfect after a day in the mountains working up an appetite.
Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria – Jasper
Famoso imports its ovens and key ingredients from Naples, & Campania in a bid to serve the best Pizza outside of Italy. The restaurant has a fun & lively atmosphere – perfect for relaxing after a long day on the slopes. From Pizzas to Pasta, there’s something for all at this restaurant. This family friendly restaurant has a great reputation with locals and regular visitors alike, and we can see why.
The Raven Bistro – Jasper
The Raven Bistro is located in the heart of Jasper Alberta and offers Mediterranean fusion fare with local flair. The restaurant uses fresh local ingredients to create memorable, high quality dishes. We’re already looking forward to our next trip to Jasper, mainly to eat here.
Alpine Social, Fairmont Chateau – Lake Louise
If you’re looking for hearty comfort food, Alpine Social is the right place. From burgers and fish to fully loaded nachos, this lake side café is everything you’ll ever need from a restaurant. With an extensive menu of Canadian craft beer, Whiskeys and Cocktails, you’ll be sure to find something that suits.
The Dining Room, Post Hotel – Lake Louise
The Dining Room within the Post Hotel at Lake Louise offers one of the most unique fine dining experiences within Alberta. The restaurant’s white table cloths & flowers offer an intimate vibe, and with a wine list comparable to an encyclopedia, you’ll be sure to find something to your taste. From elegant ambiance, superb service, and fantastic fare, you will not be disappointed!
1888 Chop House, Fairmont Banff Springs
Set within the impressive Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 1888 Chop House offers a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, sustainably sourced wild game, and ocean wise seafood. With friendly service and great food, be sure to add the Chop House to your itinerary on your next trip to Banff.
Eden, Rimrock Resort & Spa
Known as Banff’s finest dining experience, Eden is renowned for its delicate French cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s luxury atmosphere takes in incredible mountain views whilst offering an ultimate dining experience.
Jasper Brewing Co
If you’re at that stage on your trip where you’re growing tired of fancy restaurant food, this place is a must visit. You’ll get great tasting food – no questions asked – not forgetting you’ll have enough drinks to keep you going all night. No nonsense service – Great beer and great food.
Explorers Lounge, Lake Louise Inn
The Explorers Lounge refers to themselves as the ‘Jack of all Trades’ for dining, offering a casual atmosphere complete with fireplace surrounded by seating, board games, dartboards & a juke box. Their new menu offers revamped classics & signature dishes alike. They even offer a Karaoke night every Wednesday – what’s not to love!
Block Kitchen + Bar in Banff is a vibrant and dynamic restaurant offering a fresh Global Menu and creative cocktails within an urban-rustic setting. The warm space with birdcages and bare bulb lighting hanging from the ceiling offers a fun, playful vibe. It’s the perfect place to hit up for a cocktail, some small plates or a full meal. Just be aware, Block is a small, intimate and convivial space. Proximity to your neighboring diners may cause some engaging conversations as well as new friendships.
Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar, Banff
The Park Distillery is an impressive Banff restaurant with the only distillery in a Canadian National Park. They specialise in serving campfire-inspired meals and house-made spirits. The mains from the wood-fired grill and rotisserie are served on quirky tin platters with patterned crockery. The contemporary ‘alpine-hut’ decor and outdoorsy features are complimentary to the great food on offer. If you book in advance you’ll also be able to get a free tour of the distillery, which run daily at 3.30pm.
And there you have it, Ski Independence’s top 10 places to eat in Alberta. Let us know if you agree, or if you think there’s any other worthy contenders for our list, let us know!
If Alberta sounds like your kind of holiday, call us on 0131 243 8097 or get in touch for a quote from one of our ski experts.