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“Good Restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Primrose

The Primrose
300 Mountain Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #40 of 120 restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: The Primrose Dining Room is a casual yet elegant Italian Dining Room; the magnificent Rocky Mountains are easily viewed from every table. Our service team is very friendly and knowledgeable and will attend to your every need. The Primrose offers a wide range of flavorful Italian dishes. Our children's menu will suit the younger family members. Our menu has a wide array of fresh Italian fare. Enjoy a delicious a la carte breakfast or our extensive buffet to start your day off.
Evanston, Il
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“Good Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We were staying at the Rimrock Resort and had no desire to drive into Banff to eat. The restaurant was convenient and reasonably priced unlike the upscale French one in the hotel. The food was good, view superb. The server was pleasant. We had excellent service which was what we came to expect throughout our trip in the Canadian Rockies. There was a large, noisy table who thought they were the only diners in the restaurant. But one can find that anywhere in the world.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Primrose at Rimrock”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The most spectacular view, the impeccable service, the lobster capuccino, the elegant surroundings, the wine list. Highly recommend it.

  • Visited September 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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“The View and Food are Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed at the Rimrock Resort for a week this summer. We ate our breakfast every morning at the Primrose and woke up each morning looking forward to our time and dining there. The views out the window were spectacular, and the breakfast buffet was wonderful. It cost about $20 per person but the made to order omelets, to die for fritatas, and the eggs Benedict drew me in. Then there was the fresh fruits, cereals, etc to round it out. One morning I just ordered oatmeal with all the fixings and that was inexpensive and excellent. And I forgot to mention the great wait staff who got to know us, anticipated our coffee and special tea requests, and even made suggestions as to where we might hike next. It was great.

One note about dinner: we did have dinner our first evening there and my wife and I ordered off the special dinners for the evening. Both were excellent and very reasonably priced (similar to the good restaurants in town). The elk and noodles were great and my wife's curry dish was very flavorful and good. The portions were large and filled us up for the evening. And again, the service we received on that first night got our trip off to a good start. We highly recommend this for a romantic evening.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Delightful evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

This quiet restaurant has a beautiful view of the mountains and an elegant atmosphere. Food and service were both up to our expectations. Definitely a good choice. We were meeting friends that we had not seen in a while and our waiter did not rush us or intrude but was attentive to our needs. Even though it has an elegant atmosphere, casual wear is acceptable.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Overpriced lousy food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I haved stayed at the Rimrock annually for conferences. I recently ordered the Prime rib buffet and found the meat poorly cooked. The buffet choices consisted of dry overcooked fish, and chicken with poorly executed BBQ sauce. The quality of the food did not justify the price charged.
I can do prime rib at home much better with any recipe off the internet...and so could most people with a meat thermometer. I would recommend you cook it at home rather than overspend here for poorly cooked food.

Visited March 2012
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