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“Friendly alpine pub and great beers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Waldhaus Restaurant

Waldhaus Restaurant
Fairmont Banff Springs | Separate Location From Banff Springs Hotel, Off Property, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1J4 , Canada (Formerly Waldhaus Pub)
+1 403-762-6860
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Ranked #28 of 124 Restaurants in Banff
Price range: $23 - $46
Cuisines: European, German, Swiss, Fondue
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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. See the concierge desk for a town bus schedules which are subject to change without notice.
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".
North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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451 reviews 451 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
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275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
“Friendly alpine pub and great beers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The pub has a real alpine feel to it. The service was attentive and friendly while the bratwurst and sauerkraut better than average. Beers are excellent and good atmosphere with most customers glued to the hockey on TV. Authentic Canadian?

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Ontario
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent Wienerschnitzel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This restaurant is part of Banff Springs Hotel, tho in a separate building near the golf course (used to be a clubhouse). The interior features some very nice woodwork in a terrific wilderness setting outside.

While the prices are more than my normal budget, I must say the food was well-prepared & service was good. The schnitzel was among the best I've ever had - very tender, almost melt-in-your-mouth - veggies were crispy yet tender, tho if I were to quibble a bit with one thing, the spatzle seemed a bit dry, considering the speck they were served with...

All in all, if you like good german cuisine in the Canadian Alps, you can't beat this, even if you have to pay a little extra for it - the quality & service make it a special treat.

As a bit of a bonus, the location of the restaurant happens to be near an apparent central gathering place for wildlife, judging by the various "remnants" left behind in a nearby field...& sure enough, spotted a couple of large deer feeding before entering & after leaving the restaurant for dinner...

They also have a bar downstairs, tho the menu is different than the main dining room.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Waldhaus Alpine restaurant at the Fairmont Banff Springs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

After a busy day exploring, we arrived at the restaurant approx. 8:15pm. We had not realized that it closed at 9. We were warmly welcomed & served a delicious dinner at no time feeling rushed (we left significantly after 9!). The fondue dishes and various schnitzels were ordered promptly. The red cabbage was excellent & we should have ordered more. It was a perfect meal to enjoy when dining in the Rocky Mountains! The restaurant is not physically attached to the hotel. It is a brief walk although a shuttle is available. There is a pathway down from the restaurant that leads to the Bow River Falls.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Very cozy, spectacular setting, wonderful food, big screen TVs for hockey fans in Playoff time! The chef went above and beyond to accommodate my food allergy. The waiter was kind and understanding and made sure that my needs were met. I felt safe and I enjoyed my meal immensely.
elks were grazing outside

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Calgary, Canada
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Treat Yourself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This building houses two restaurants, a pub downstairs and the lovely fine dining restaurant upstairs. First, you must know that neither the pub nor the restaurant are in the actual Banff Springs Hotel, they are in a building near the Banff Springs Golf Course. There is a shuttle that takes you from the hotel to the front steps of the restaurants, you don't have to climb the many stairs (70 or so) to get up there. My family and I took my 90 year old mother who was visiting for a beautiful dinner here and we were not disappointed. The reason I chose this restaurant was for the fondue: an alpine setting, chilly weather, snow, got the picture? So much fun and so delicious. After living in the French Alps for a year it brought back many memories of fondue with friends and it was a lot less expensive than a flight to Geneva. We also had the French onion soup and the beet salad, all up to the usual standards of the Banff Springs chefs. The hostess, server and manager were all extremely knowledgeable and attentive. The decor is Alpine Swiss and fit the image I was hoping for perfectly. Treat yourself, go with your significant other or friends. Click if this helps.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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