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“Tiny little place in the Banff Springs Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grapes Wine Bar

Grapes Wine Bar
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-6860
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Ranked #21 of 121 restaurants in Banff
Price range: $19 - $41
Cuisines: Canadian, Bistro, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Description: This quaint, cozy room was originally established in 1926 as a writing room and a place for people to come and gather their thoughts, share experiences and communicate with family and friends. Treat yourself to a unique experience in our rustic Canadian bistro, Grapes Wine Bar. In an intimate setting, explore exquisite flavours from our locally sourced menu and enjoy award winning wines from internationally respected Canadian producers.
Tulsa, OK
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Tiny little place in the Banff Springs Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

It is a must to see this hotel - so historic and like an old castle.

I ate at this restaurant in 1999 and wanted to come back. There are only 6 or 7 tables so it is very intimate and the food is great. The soup of the day was a butternut squash creation that was absolutely delicious - recommended by our server.

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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English first
New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Phenomenal meal, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

A friend and I had a really spectacular meal at Grapes Wine Bar. The wine bar is located in an intimate, wood-paneled room and only one of the tables has a view out into the Bow Valley. But the atmosphere is lovely regardless!

Our waiter was fantastic and gave us great advice about wines from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. We shared two amazing appetizers: panko-crusted brie with a chambord butter sauce and topped with arugula, pistachio & blueberry and a maple vinaigrette served with crostini, and smocked duck with mache greens, orange, goat cheese, toasted almonds, granny smith apples, and a maple vinaigrette. And we shared a wonderful dessert of peach crisp and peach sorbet.

We had an absolutely delicious meal and a great experience.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Love this little place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012 via mobile

Great food and personal service. They have a limited menu but excellent food. We enjoyed it twice during our seven day stay.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Barrie, Ontario
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Wine bars just seem to have some magnetic drawing power.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Grapes in the Banff Springs Hotel is a small and cozy wine bar that makes use of a very competent hotel kitchen. The smoked duck salad was wonderful, from a true salad lover, combining nice greens with mandarin slices and a delicate goat cheese. There was a maple flavoured vinaigrette reduction that was a perfect complement to the duck. I ordered the beef tenderloin as Alberta is of course renowned for their beef. It was very good, but not exceptional, which will please my local butcher Darren, who delivers the best beef I have ever had anywhere. The garlic mashed were really done well, and all in all it was a decent meal with a few different wine offerings. I recommend the Sumac Ridge sparkling accompanying the duck.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Our favorite spot at the Banff Springs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

They don't take reservations, but if you can get in, it is a quaint and cozy spot, with great food and wine. It never disappoints! Definitely a romantic spot if you're looking for one.

Visited February 2012
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