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“Cute place, exceptional service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Magpie & Stump

Magpie & Stump
203 Caribou St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
403-762-4067
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Ranked #48 of 126 Restaurants in Banff
Price range: $9 - $23
Cuisines: Dessert, Mexican, International, Canadian
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Drayton Valley, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cute place, exceptional service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The food here is great and it's a lively atmosphere. The best thing about it though is by far the staff. We were treated unbelievably nice, especially considering how obnoxious we probably were at the time. Thank you for that! We had a lovely time at this establishment and are very greatful for how respectful the staff were to us. Watch out for that sombrero! ;)

  • Visited November 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good food, great ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

very nice place in such a beautiful town. Good food, great service and excellent experience. Don't miss it.

Visited June 2014
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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Not going back”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

We've been going to the Magpie and Stump for 10 years.

The food used to be good. But like another reviewer said, the rice tastes like it is out of a microwaved packet. The refried beans were non-existent, the "authentic mole" wasn't. And I must have missed the salsa. And the cheese.

I'm not sure if the guy who seated us was the owner, but it was AWFUL. Surly, uncaring about our needs. We were a group of 4 adults and were given a tiny table that we'd be given for two people in years past. When asked if we could have a slightly larger table with six small chairs, we were advised that we could not, because he'd need that table if a party of six came. All done with machine-like process. Well, there was at least one six-chair table free the entire time we were crammed into our tiny table.

The server was great! (thank you for rescuing an otherwise nasty meal).

We've been to this place at least 20 to 30 times over the last 10 years and there is a now a different feel. We were told that it is under new ownership. It shows.

Frankly, it feels like the the restaurant is now a cash-cow, not a customer oriented experience.

We're not going back. There are plenty of other options with better customer orientation and better food. And that's a darn shame because we loved this place.

  • Visited November 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Barrie, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“The best Shrimp Seviche and Mexican Beer.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you want something different this is a good mexican restaurant in Banff, Love the margaritas Coronas and fish tacos with guacamole and quesadillas.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Duluth, MN
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Good cheap margaritas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Found this place just walking down a side street off of Banff Ave. They had a daily special on margaritas, so we had a couple. Didn't have any food off the menu, but the free peanuts were tasty. It looked like decent Mexican fare, but we already planned to eat somewhere else. Great atmosphere for a happy hour and maybe more.

  • Visited October 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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