If you like your restaurants chic and urban, this will not be the place for you. If you prefer "cutting edge" food with unique (or bizarre) flair, then this will not be the place for you. If you are a vegetarian, or a picky eater, this also might not be the place for you. If, however, you love delicious food in a cozy, authentic, and rustic setting, then you will enjoy Storm Mountain Lodge. We decided to eat here based on the other good TripAdvisor reviews, and once again, they steered me in the right direction.
The menu is limited, so you should be open to trying something new. We chose a special, which was braised bison short ribs, and the food was perfect. The preparation was simple and straightforward, but delicious. The meaty short ribs were cooked perfectly, and the tender meat fell off the bones. The root vegetables served on the side were cooked perfectly and also delicious. The wine selections consist entirely of Canadian wines, which provided a unique opportunity to try something new. We were generally pleased with our selection, but I have to admit the wine didn't blow us away. For dessert, we had a fruit cobbler that was bursting with raspberries. It, like the dinner, was a rather simple and straightforward dish but done exceptionally well.
The service was perfect; the hostess was also our server, and she was pleasant, helpful, friendly, and informative. We absolutely loved the cozy interior, with the bison head over the fireplace, complete with roaring fire. Our server told us that it is the only remaining lodge out of the 8 original that the Canadian Pacific Railway built in Banff that is still in its original condition. Some lodges burned down; others have been renovated beyond recognition. This, therefore, is a real gem and an opportunity to experience a bit of the local history.
We did not stay here so cannot speak to the cabins, but they looked very nice from the outside and I think it would be a fantastic place to stay if we are fortunate enough to return to Banff. At the very least, however, it is a must to enjoy a dinner here.
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