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Waldhaus Restaurant

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German, Swiss, European, Pub
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Fairmont Banff Springs | Separate Location From Banff Springs Hotel, Off Property, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1J4, Canada (Formerly Waldhaus Pub)
There is a bus service run by the town which runs approximately every 40 minutes into Banff. Fare is $2.00 per person. The bus operates daily from 6:35 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. See the concierge desk for a town bus schedules which are subject to change without notice.
+1 403-762-6860
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view
Description: Nestled in the woods above the Bow and Spray rivers, you will find our...
Nestled in the woods above the Bow and Spray rivers, you will find our Bavarian cottage-style Waldhaus Restaurant. Feast on a hearty menu featuring authentic Alpine cuisine, including Schnitzel and Fondue, in an atmosphere reminiscent of an old hunting cottage.

Dark wood paneling, a large fireplace, and a beautiful wine cabinet housing an excellent wine selection, set the tone for a memorable dining experience in our "House in the Forest".
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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Like being in Germany

The restaurant was lovely with a wood burning fireplace in the dining room. It was dark wood and they had us a table saved by the window. We ordered a plate of local cheeses and meats, then for the entrees Beef Goulash and Schnitzel. Very Good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
guy15
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting was lovely the original features are great and would you have chosen those light fittings? Strange they work it is great. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the building, the linked hotel and the food and menu generally. They were catering for a large group as well as us when we dined and managed to... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a walk from the hotel to the restaurant with a long staircase down to it The. ambiance is that of a German restaurant. Greeting and seating was adequate. The menu is extensive. The service was prompt and cordial. The wine list was limited. We started with the Cheese Fondue in appetizer size which was quite good. We followed... More 

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Jeffrey C, Food & Beverage Manager at Waldhaus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It was wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the service provided and the cheese fondue. Thank you for your feedback on the venison and schnitzel. We are always looking for ways to improve and truly appreciate your feedback. Warm regards, Jeffrey C. Food & Beverage Manager More 

Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been many times to the Waldhaus and always enjoy it. We like the cosy German-style atmosphere and the fireplace. Sometimes the lighting is very low and I have had problems reading the menu, so remember your glasses! They do an excellent cheese fondue which you can have as a starter. The meat courses are really good and on... More 

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Jeffrey C, Food & Beverage Manager at Waldhaus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for writing such a lovely review on TripAdvisor. It was so nice to hear that you continue to visit on your many trips to Banff. Tucked beneath the hotel in the Bow Valley, the Waldhaus is one of our best kept secrets. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was lovely with a wood burning fireplace in the dining room. It was dark wood and they had us a table saved by the window. We ordered a plate of local cheeses and meats, then for the entrees Beef Goulash and Schnitzel. Very Good.

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Thank guy15
Jeffrey C, Food & Beverage Manager at Waldhaus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for writing such a lovely review on TripAdvisor. With it's unique surroundings, the Waldhaus certainly has it's charms. I was so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your dinner. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Banff. Warm regards, Jeffrey C. Food & Beverage Manager More 

Halifax, Canada
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pub is situated next to the lake behind the Banff Springs Fairmont. We had some time to ourselves between a wedding ceremony and the reception and so braved the stairs in our kilts and dresses to visit the Waldhaus. The setting and view from this beautiful heritage building is amazing and we were able to watch people skating on... More 

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Jeffrey C, Food & Beverage Manager at Waldhaus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your recent experience on TripAdvisor. It was lovely to hear that you were able to join us prior to the wedding reception you were attending. Nestled behind the hotel, the Waldhaus truly offers unrivalled views of the Bow Valley. I am sorry to hear that your meal was disappointing. I definitely will be... More 

Calgary
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81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

While staying at the Banff Springs hotel we enjoyed a supper-time meal at the Waldhaus Restaurant. I ordered the goulash, and for a relatively simple meal it was fantastic-highly recommended. My wife enjoyed the veal schnitzel (i.e. cutlet) and my daughter very much enjoyed the cheese fondue. The portions were quite large and we unfortunately did not have any room... More 

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Jeffrey C, Manager at Waldhaus Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on your recent experience. It was so nice to hear how much you enjoyed your dinner. I will sure to share comments with our culinary team as they always love to hear such positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! warm regards,... More 

Saluda, NC
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113 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

German Specialty restaurant with Typical Fondue and German dishes of very good quality. Service is very good. Food is served hot and at a leisurely pace. Good for families that want dinner to last and be enjoyed for more that 20 minutes.

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Edmonton, Canada
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Nice place to get away from the crowds at BSH. Very good Swiss food and Fairmont standard service. Long staircase down and longer going up....helps with all the cheese fondue. Highly recommended.

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Ann Arbor MI
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91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We enjoyed our meal here on an overnight stay at the Banff Springs. The Weiner Schnitzel (veal) was tasty with a nice cream sauce. Vegetables were particularly good, as was the red cabbage. Spaetzle was rubbery and forgettable (in fact remained after a bite). The menu is limited, a few German offerings mostly. Several wines from the limited list were... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

We have tried for years to eat at this restaurant. We would look online at their hours, go to the restaurant and they would be closed. It was very frustrating. Finally this summer, we reserved a table for our anniversary. Upon our arrival, they wished us a happy anniversary. We were able to sit in the big wing back chairs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Fairmont Banff Springs | Separate Location From Banff Springs Hotel, Off Property, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1J4, Canada (Formerly Waldhaus Pub)
  • Public Transportation: There is a bus service run by the town which runs approximately every 40 minutes into Banff. Fare is $2.00 per person. The bus operates daily from 6:35 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. See the concierge desk for a town bus schedules which are subject to change without notice.
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-6860

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 36
  • Cuisine: German, Swiss, European, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Nestled in the woods above the Bow and Spray rivers, you will find our Bavarian cottage-style Waldhaus Restaurant. Feast on a hearty menu featuring authentic Alpine cuisine, including Schnitzel and Fondue, in an atmosphere reminiscent of an old hunting cottage.

Dark wood paneling, a large fireplace, and a beautiful wine cabinet housing an excellent wine selection, set the tone for a memorable dining experience in our "House in the Forest".
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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