Despite its name, we would describe Le Beaujolais's menu as more continental than French. This is not a negative and not surprising, since the owner is Swiss. We liked the variety. My husband ordered their elk osso bucco that came with braised red cabbage and spinach spaetzle, an Italian/German combo. I ordered the day's special, veal saltimbocca (Italian), that came with saffron rice pilaf and a mix of four different different (beet, snow peas, carrots, and creamed turnip) vegetables. Everything was delicious. The osso bucco was in a luscious dark gravy and my husband was given a generous serving. The side dishes were very tasty and also generous. The saltimbocca was comprised of several thin sauteed veal cutlets topped with a thin layer of cheese and served over a light sage cream sauce. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, and even the turnip, not my favorite vegetable, was deliciou--I at it all. Only the pilaf was a bit puzzling. It tasted very much of butter and was quite creamy and didn't seem very saffron-y. Again, the quantities were generous, which is sometimes not the case in upscale restaurants. We thought the prices were very reasonable for the quality/quantity of the food, especially in comparison to other menus in Banff, which is not cheap. In addition, we asked our server to recommend a half bottle of wine for us to share, and her recommendation of a Spanish rioja reserva proved just right. I thought their wine list had a good selection of wines from countries as well as France. Although the tone of the restaurant is sort of formal, the server was congenial and it didn't feel stuffy. Service was excellent and the tip was not automatically included (per a previous reviewer's rant.) The full windows on two sides from which we could see the park and mountain tops was beautiful. We definitely recommend this restaurant.
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