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“Good honest food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Melissa's Restaurant and Bar

Melissa's Restaurant and Bar
218 Lynx St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
403-462-5511
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Ranked #31 of 122 restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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“Good honest food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

We were having a beer in one of the Banff bars and asked a local where he goes for a steak, and he recommended here. It's nothing fancy, however it is well presented, the staff are very good, the food is made from good fresh ingredients. It was the best steak I have had in a long while and was reasonably priced.

If it is fine dining your looking for then this isn't the place to go, if however you want good honest food where you are made to feel appreciated it highly recommended

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Ontario
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147 reviews 147 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“It's a diner, so don't expect much”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We were driving past Banff but had to pull over to grab lunch as we were starving. We tried to go to The Terrace which was across the street from Melissa's but they would not be open for another 30 minutes. As I had already started to starve 2 hours earlier, we decided to go to Melissa's. The ambiance is like a log cabin, very simple, needs a little bit updating. Our server was a seasonal worker and her accent was fun to decipher. The menu was boring and unoriginal; it was actually very hard to decide on what to eat, or rather, predict on what was going to be good. I ordered a hot chocolate to begin; it was ok. I was trying to make a decision between the Alberta Beef Dip and something else, but she suggested the dip as many people like it. My husband got the steak sandwich; he asked how he should order his steak as he was worried about not being able to eat it; she advised that he order it like he would order any steak, so he ordered it medium; big mistake. He could barely chew through his steak, let alone at it like a sandwich, so he was a little upset over it. I ended up giving him half my sandwich, which was actually pretty good. I think this place is a hit or miss, depending on what you order, at the same time, think of it as a diner, and I would never order a steak and expect it to be perfect if I ordered it from this place. It's still a good place to grab a casual bite to eat.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Canada
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“Great place for Breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Service is friendly, food's good, it's a cute restaurant with lots to look out. Good location. If you're ever in Banff for Breakfast stop in. Lots of options in a beautiful town.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton, Canada
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26 restaurant reviews
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“Everyone said it was good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We were told this was a good place to eat, especially for breakfast. We went for lunch and the food wasn't that great to be honest. Wouldn't go back. Service was great,

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham
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“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Great place. The breakfast were superb. Also if you had breakfast you got 10% off a meal in the evening. Had a few good meal in there. There is a separate bar upstairs, which had live music on, and was quite lively. I would recommend Melissa's to anyone wanting good quality food, good service, a good price and a good night out. Dies get busy for breakfasts at the weekend.

Visited January 2013
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