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“Intimate” 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 #3 of 128 Restaurants in Banff
Price range: $17 - $38
Cuisines: Canadian, Bistro, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Description: Savoury charcuterie, fine cheeses and award-winning wines are showcased nightly at the cozy Grapes Wine Bar. Sample from a tempting menu of tasty gourmet favourites made in-house, including cured meats and pates, candied salmon, freshly baked breads and delicious pickled vegetables. This historic, charming room was originally established in 1926 as a writing room and a place for people to gather their thoughts, share experiences and converse with family and friends. Enjoy the entertaining, interactive atmosphere of Grapes Wine Bar, a dining experience like no other.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Intimate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Small, intimate restaurant, great quiet ambiance. Food was excellent, Ribeye very tender, ordered it 3 different times.

Visited September 2013
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FairmontMTNResorts, Manager at Grapes Wine Bar, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review about Grapes Wine Bar. We are so pleased you enjoyed your dining experience. Our Team will be thrilled to hear such positive feedback. Thank you again and we hope to see you back soon.

Jessica P.
Fairmont Banff Springs Food and Beverage Manager
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Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Avoid this place as it will prove to be a waste of your time money and health. We where extremely disappointed with the food and service. extremely expensive too you can get way better food and more value for your money downtown

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, CA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Good food & wine - very small venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We enjoyed our generous charcuterie plate and sampling of the local ice wine. We ended up here only because all other restaurants were booked, and it doesn't really offer the ambiance one might hope for for the price. While we'd recommend other restaurants at the resort for the food, it's a nice spot to relax and enjoy some wine for sure.

Visited August 2013
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Rockville, MD
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“excellent service in cozy setting with (mostly) very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Based on Trip Advisor reviews and the menu, we decided to try Grapes for dinner while staying in Banff about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Our experience was so positive that we went back for dinner the next night. Overall we enjoyed both meals, but the quality of the food was a little inconsistent. However, the service was excellent at both meals, and the cozy and romantic ambience (to me it seemed like an old English lodge or small dining room in a castle) was just right for a special vacation meal.
At dinner the first night, my husband had venison medallions with "port macerated" berries and walnut (see menu for full description: http://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/pdf/bsh-grapes-menu-june-2013/). The meat was perfectly done and tender, and the sauce/glaze was delicious (I kept stealing from his plate). The server recommended Cedar Creek merlot with it, and my husband said the wine was also delicious. I had the salmon bouillabaisse from the "healthy" menu (it is a DASH dish), which included mussels, clams, and navy beans in a saffron broth. I found the flavor a little bland (I tend to like salty dishes but was trying to be healthy at this meal), but the salmon was done right and my husband ate some of the dish and liked the flavor. I had a pomegranate lime non-alcoholic cocktail, which was refreshing and not too sweet. Good, very fresh, crusty bread was served with dinner. Even though we were full, as a chocoholic I had to get the Valhrona dark chocolate mousse for dessert. It was actually three parts--chocolate cake, near-solid chocolate mousse, and cream. We shared it and agreed it was decadently rich.
My husband thought this was a "perfect meal" and the venison medallions were among the top three dishes he's ever had. The meal was expensive (most entrees are $32-$44 and desserts are $10, though you can make a meal of less expensive appetizers and sharing dishes), but we felt it was worth it for a special meal on vacation.
We went back for dinner the next night and had the same excellent service experience (both waitresses seemed to remember us, and we enjoyed chatting with them). This time I ordered the venison medallions, but one of the medallions was overdone so that was disappointing. My husband had the Alberta beef tenderloin, which was perfectly done with very good taste. He had Syrrah wine and I had a kiwi gin cocktail--both were enjoyed. The bread did not seem quite as good in texture or taste as the night before.We skipped dessert this time.
For the money I feel that they should be more consistent about food preparation, but overall both meals were good experiences.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Lovely spot for quiet dinner & drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We didn't have reservations for any of the Fairmont's restaurants so on our first night in the hotel, this was one of our only options for dinner. There were about 6 tables of people having drinks &/or dinner when we arrived. It was a friendly group who began talking across tables and sharing travel tips for the area. Our hostess was terrific and when the others left, she moved us to a window with a beautiful view so we have a lovely dining spot. Our food was tasty and comforting - just right for travel weary people. I'd recommend this location over the other restaurants in the hotel.

Visited July 2013
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