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“Don't Miss This Great Place For Fondues” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grizzly House Restaurant

Grizzly House Restaurant
207 Banff Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A1, Canada
403-762-4055
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Ranked #51 of 121 restaurants in Banff
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Fondue, cooking done at table on hot stones. Absolutely the best interactive dining with great food. Exotic foods such as elk, bison, venison, alligator, rattlesnake--plus chicken and beef!
California
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3 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Great Place For Fondues”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We give these comments to travelers and management. First, we need to mention that we travel frequently to high-end quality resorts and restaurants, and usually do research before we travel to new places. Moreover this was not our honeymoon, we have been married 41 years and gone to many places, so this is a fair and balanced assessment.

I know that the Grizzly House has had both positive and negative reviews. Yet, we would like all who read this review to forget about the negative ones. My wife and I had a wonderful time there, the atmosphere was like a cozy lodge, the service was great and the food was as expected in a fondue house. Yes, we consider this a terrific place for fondues (if you haven’t ever had them before). Some may visit the restaurant for other dishes like steak, but that’s not why you eat at Grizzlys, it’s the fondues. And the service? Well, we had just finished snowmobiling (my first time – three hours) and a long ride 2 ½ hour car ride in the snow back from Toby Creek BC. I was a little on the edgy side to say the least, yet the waiter was thoughtful and calmed me down by allowing us plenty of time to chose our dinner. Then he was polite and helpful as we shared experiences over the menu.

So as in many good restaurant, the food was very good, the atmosphere was terrific, yet it was the service that made the experience.

One suggestion: Take the word “hedionist” off the website and menu, the word “For Friends and Lovers” would be much better. Some may avoid the restaurant because of that term.

  • Visited December 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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Lancaster Park, Alberta, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“I love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

2nd time here. It`s such a neat place. A must do at least once. Ostrich is delish...who`da thunk it?

Husband loved the hot rock idea and the sounds of sizzling made him very happy.

This is an older restaurant and looks it. If you are a snob and don't enjoy fun, eat somewhere else!

Visited December 2012
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Banff, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“seafood fondu”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

seafood fondu was very tasty, im not a big seafood eater. the resturant had alot to look at, very different.
staff was friendly & food came out quick enough.
expensive drinks though.
the grizzly burger tasted burnt & no sauces.
my partner had the buffalo burger, wasnt the biggest fan either.

Visited December 2012
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Drumheller, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Rustic charm with great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Seems like a lot for a little food but you don't go away hungry. Very fresh, tasty, tender meat. Tasty sauces that do not taste like doctored mayo. The bread for the cheese fondue was fresh and so was the fruit for the chocolate. The staff were awesome and go out of their way to ensure you're having an enjoyable time. So glad we ignored the negative reviews and gave Grizzly House a try and we'll do it again.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

4 of us went to the Grizzly house in Banff for dinner in mid November. This was our first time and boy did it WOW us! It is a very busy place so reservations are a must. The atmosphere is tight yet cozy and very rustic. Staff is so wonderful and helpful (as we had lots of questions). With there being 4 of us we ordered the meals which included appetizer fondue main dish(plenty of choices) as well as dessert (choc fondue) We did go exotic and tried shark,frog as well as ostrich.
Unfortunately alligator and rattlesnake were out of season.
I highly recommend this restaurant for an awesome experience.

The only downside, you and your clothing have a smoky smell afterwards

  • Visited November 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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