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“Great pub” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. James Gate Irish Pub

St. James Gate Irish Pub
205 Wolf St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada
403-762-9355
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Ranked #16 of 121 restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Irish, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Stopped in here for dinner a beer and some great conversation, was not disappointed. Great venue, and good pub style pub in big serves.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cochrane, Canada
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
“Favourite pub in Banff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Visited here October 27th and 28th. Both days the food and drinks were excellent. We sat next to the log fire and felt like we were sitting at home as it was so cosy. service was great and the stuffed yorkies are to die for ! the calamari was cooked to perfection. Never had a bad meal or pint in the 15 plus years we have been going there. We visit every time we are in Banff and will be back soon.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Would try other places”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Over all, the dining experience was not what I would consider good. Having said that, I also would have to admit that the food was good, and I can add to what others have said, that the fish and chips were quite good. The experience fell down on the speed of service. Yes, the pub was packed, but we waited an eternity for our food, and the waitress just kept telling us (when she took time to acknowledge us) that it was the kitchen's fault because they were so busy. With the slow service, had to ask several times just to have water glasses refilled.
Part of the reason we chose the Pub was it was busy, thinking more people = good place. As mentioned, the food was good, but service painstakingly slow - we would much rather have spent the time we spent waiting wandering around Banff on our too short of a visit.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Authentic feel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Love the atmosphere in this place, feels like a true UK pub. From the music to the decor to the food. Could use more floor staff, well looked after, but our server was definitely on the back foot the whole time.

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CANADA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Very Enjoyable Dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We were given a table for 2 and we each thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our server was very busy and a tad overworked. She was very helpful and friendly. We loved the music and it was easy to imagine we were in Ireland. We would definitely return.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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