Dining in Lake Louise
Lake Louise has a selection of restaurants, most of them in the area’s excellent hotels. It’s wise to book ahead if you intend to eat between 7pm and 9pm as the space is limited, particularly at weekends and in peak holiday periods.
The Elkhorn Dining Room (Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge)
The Elkhorn, 30 minutes from the slopes, offers some of the best dining in the resort where fresh, local organic ingredients are used when they can be. The restaurant has a charming ambience within a unique Canadian Rockies atmosphere. There’s a giant fireplace made of local stone which is a lovely place to relax with drinks after your meal.
Emerald Lake Lodge Dining Room
The Dining Room’s heritage dates back to the era of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s domination of the area when vast Victorian catering operations fed hungry travellers. Located 25 miles from Lake Louise, the Rocky Mountain Cuisine served here is of the highest standard and the accompanying extensive wine list includes well known Canadian wines from the region, including special vintages.
Fairview Dining Room
Located within the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, this Four Diamond rated establishment aims to serve the finest dishes from the region. The wine list is particularly impressive with more than 300 of the finest wines from around the world on offer.
Lake Louise Station
The station has an interior based on the historic interior of a railway dining car - the Delamere. There’s a historic atmosphere providing a Canadian dining experience from a bygone era. Along with the tradition however, there is a contemporary menu and a wide choice of quality wines.
Legends Restaurant located within the Lake Louise Inn opens early in the morning for breakfast until late at night for dinners, with hearty filling meals, including at lunchtimes.
Moraine Lake Lodge Dining Room
One of the area’s best restaurants, located eight miles from Lake Louise, The Walter Wilcox Dining Room within Moraine Lake Lodge offers a delightful menu containing some of the finest food from the region. Popular dishes include buffalo carpaccio served with roasted pine nuts, or deer tenderloin prepared with red currants and juniper berries. There’s an excellent wine cellar with a wide range of North American vintages. The Dining Room has a large stone fireplace with a vista of Moraine Lake through giant windows. Dinner is served from 5:30pm - 9pm and reservations are strongly recommended.
The friendly Poppy Brasserie is located downstairs in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and offers homely, unpretentious meals all day including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Timberwolf Pizza and Pasta Café
For fun family dining the Timberwolf Pizza & Pasta Café upstairs in the Lake Louise Inn is open from 5-10pm each evening.
Tom Wilson Steakhouse
Alberta is famous for its steaks, and the Tom Wilson steakhouse serves the best of the best. Tom Wilson was the first European to see Lake Louise and he’d no doubt have approved of the superb beef served in the restaurant that has taken his name. The ambience is thoroughly modern however and there’s an open kitchen where you can see meals prepared.
The Walliser Stube in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is rich in the area’s history. Famous for its meat and Swiss-style Cheese fondues and impressive ‘wine library’ it’s a very special place.
Post Hotel Dining Room
Named “The third best Rustic Retreat in the World” by Gourmet Magazine, the Post Hotel’s restaurant is one of the finest in the Lake Louise area. The hotel also holds a four diamond award and a Dirona award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), among other accolades. Along with superb food and exquisite furnishings, the hotel’s wine cellar contains more than 28,500 bottles including more than 1500 vintages. There is a dress code of “Casual elegance,” which means that while many male diners opt to wear jackets, these are not required so long as you are reasonably well dressed, not in sportswear or casual clothing.
Mt Fairview Dining Room (Deer Lodge)
Deer Lodge is another of the finest dining establishments in Canada to be located in the Lake Louise area. Locally smoked, cured or roasted wild game is used in many of the dishes, which also includes fruit and vegetables sourced in the area where possible. There’s another impressive wine list to mull over, this time with the onus on Canadian vintages, including many of the finest wines sourced from across the country.
There are dozens more restaurants in the Banff area.