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“novel eating” 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 #50 of 122 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!
Camberley, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“novel eating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Heard and read mixed reviews about this fondue restaurant so decided to give it a go ourselves. I phoned a couple of days before we wanted to go and they were booked until 9pm so a good idea to book early to avoid disappointment.
The restaurant is dark and oily as previously reviewed but I still wouldnt have missed it as its so unique. Our waiter explained well how the meal worked. Theres a choice of soup or salad followed by cheese fondue with bread or veg. We chose bread and it ws lovely.
Theres then a choice of meats and you decide to cook them in oil like a fondue or on hot stones. A number of good sauces are served with it and its all done by yourselves at the table.
Following this is fresh fruit and a Toblerone chocolate fondue, delicious.
It is expensive but we made it an end of holiday treat and would go again.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rothesay, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Interesting...and fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

So let's start off by saying I knew it was going to be a hit with my husband because you get a dish with raw meat and a piece of granite heated to 400 degrees to cook on right at your table...oh, and beer! Add an eclectic decor and a sordid history and voila...it certainly isn't Ponderosa! Atmosphere and unique dining experience made this a memorable meal.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary
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11 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Good local pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Nice food, good drinks, busy place. Sometimes hard to find parking, that is my only complaint. Can hardly wair to visit the new location.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canmore, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A Banff institution”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

if you you enjoy the ecclectic, the bizzare, the retro and/or the ironic - then bring your friends and have some fun at this one-of-a-kind Banff institution. If you are looking for something safe, secure and familiar then please make your way to one of the many chain restaurants available. For those with a sense of humour and an interest in what Banff is really all about then please grab a seat, enjoy some fondue and feel free to phone your neighbour (from the bathroom if you wish).

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Tourist trap letdown”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We went here as it's a place everyone seems to visit while in banff. The waitress was dull and disinterested. The atmosphere was kitschy but tacky. Our table was gross.. everything was oily to the touch and there were hairs and bits of food in the layer of oil on the table.

The food is way overpriced for the quantity and quality. If you haven't had fondue before and this is your only chance, I guess you could try it for the experience but I have had -far- better fondue elsewhere (sadly not in Banff). The place seems to get lots of chatter based on rumors of a sleazy past as a swingers club.. not sure where the appeal comes from there.

We definitely regret spending any amount of money here, and would not recommend it if you actually want to enjoy your food.

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