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Bow Valley Grill

The Fairmont Banff Springs | 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1J4, Canada
+1 403-762-6860
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Ranked #16 of 122 restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $39
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Canadian, Grill, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: 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. The bus stop is located directly outside the front of the hotel on Spray Ave.
Description: Savour the very best in authentic Rocky Mountain cuisine at the Bow Valley Grill - home to our legendary weekend brunch. Enjoy majestic views of Banff National Park in a relaxed family friendly atmosphere that celebrates the spirit of the outdoors, with handcrafted sculptures and tables constructed by local Albertan artisans. An impressive open kitchen provides an opportunity to see our talented chefs in action as they create delectable meals using seasonal organic produce and a focus from farm to table.
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84% Recommend
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New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Frankly, this was the highlight of anything offered by the Fairmont. Every single item was delicious, and was executed the way you would expect from a hotel of this caliber. My favorite was the warmed berry compote which I ate over the light pancakes and the very good banana bread french toast. The omlets were well made, and all the... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I can't say enough about the service I received from Laura and the chef. I'd had food poisoning that day and had hardly eaten. Nothing on the menu appealed to my nauseous stomach (nothing against the menu--on a normal day I would have eaten just about anything on the menu) so I asked for plain rice or chicken broth. After... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Lots of selections to choose from and fantastic service. Every selection on the buffet was very appealing to the eye and pallet.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There were a lot of choices that would satisfy everyone from those who are very health conscious to those who like all American style breakfasts.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We loved the food and the venue but our server was obviously just going through the motions. Banff is an amazing hotel but both the restaurants we ate at did not live up to the CLASS of the establishment. Its only a short cab ride into town.

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Kamloops, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Grill was one of several restaurants on site to consider. I am sure that we would have enjoyed any of the other venues but we thoroughly enjoyed the Grill ---- starting with Jeff our server, followed by the delicious appetizer, main dish and dessert. Did I forget to mention the extensive wine list and the in house cocktails.. All... More

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Plattsburgh, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The breakfast buffet had a large assortment of goodies. We had an awesome waitress Alison. Even though the restaurant was packed she didn't make us feel rushed and kept pouring the coffee.

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Shelburne, Vermont
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Be sure to ask for a table with a view near the window to see the spectacular views. The Duck Confit appetizer was very good and the lemon meringue dessert was outstanding. The halibut entree was a bit bland as was the vegetarian pasta. The service was very slow and the waiter was inattentive.

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Breakfast large, expansive and expensive. Dinner very good and well presented. Our server was very helpful and went beyond the call of duty when I wanted a chocolate desert, sourcing one from one of the other restaurants.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My wife and I dined here for lunch on a Saturday (4 Apr 2014) near the end of our great trip to Alberta and British Columbia. We thoroughly enjoyed the tremendous variety of salads, breads, lean meats, vegetables, fruits and desserts on glorious display at this bountiful buffet. The venison stew was among the best that I have ever eaten.... More

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