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“Great German/Swiss food, great atmosphere!”

Waldhaus Restaurant
Ranked #34 of 156 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $39
Cuisines: European, German, Swiss
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: There is a bus service run by the town which runs approximately every 40 minutes into Banff. Fare is $2.00 per person. The bus operates daily from 6:35 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. See the concierge desk for a town bus schedules which are subject to change without notice.
Description: Nestled in the woods above the Bow and Spray rivers, you will find our Bavarian cottage-style Waldhaus Restaurant. Feast on a hearty menu featuring authentic Alpine cuisine, including Schnitzel and Fondue, in an atmosphere reminiscent of an old hunting cottage. Dark wood paneling, a large fireplace, and a beautiful wine cabinet housing an excellent wine selection, set the tone for a memorable dining experience in our "House in the Forest".
Reviewed December 29, 2015

While staying at the Banff Springs hotel we enjoyed a supper-time meal at the Waldhaus Restaurant. I ordered the goulash, and for a relatively simple meal it was fantastic-highly recommended. My wife enjoyed the veal schnitzel (i.e. cutlet) and my daughter very much enjoyed the cheese fondue. The portions were quite large and we unfortunately did not have any room for dessert or I'm sure it would also have been very good. The service was excellent and the prices, although somewhat dear, were not unexpectedly above those of the Keg (for instance). The food and the atmosphere was worth the extra cost, in my opinion. The restaurant is located off the main premises of the hotel, and can be reached via 90+ steps or via a shuttle to and from the hotel. We had a pleasant walk to/from the restaurant, but I would not recommend it for anyone with mobility or serious health concerns. As a treat, we will definitely return to this restaurant, although in the future we may try the pub (located in the lower level of the restaurant) which apparently serves similar fare.

Thank Murray W
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Jeffrey C, Manager at Waldhaus Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2016

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on your recent experience. It was so nice to hear how much you enjoyed your dinner. I will sure to share comments with our culinary team as they always love to hear such positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

warm regards,

Jeffrey C.
Food & Beverage Manager

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Reviewed December 9, 2015

German Specialty restaurant with Typical Fondue and German dishes of very good quality. Service is very good. Food is served hot and at a leisurely pace. Good for families that want dinner to last and be enjoyed for more that 20 minutes.

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Reviewed October 27, 2015

Nice place to get away from the crowds at BSH. Very good Swiss food and Fairmont standard service.
Long staircase down and longer going up....helps with all the cheese fondue.
Highly recommended.

Thank 154914Charlie
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Reviewed October 6, 2015

We enjoyed our meal here on an overnight stay at the Banff Springs. The Weiner Schnitzel (veal) was tasty with a nice cream sauce. Vegetables were particularly good, as was the red cabbage. Spaetzle was rubbery and forgettable (in fact remained after a bite). The menu is limited, a few German offerings mostly. Several wines from the limited list were unavaiable. The Oktoberfest beer offerings were good. The fondue's sounded good, although the accompaniments did not inspire us to order them. The service was pleasant, prompt and competent. Pleasant, but nothing memorable about this restarant except the location, and the food did not match the location or the prices on quality. Some seats have good views, some some views, and many limited views, the restaurant is not designed to take advantage of the views, unfortunately. The pub below the restaurant looked like someplace worth trying.

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Thank Timothy J
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Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

We have tried for years to eat at this restaurant. We would look online at their hours, go to the restaurant and they would be closed. It was very frustrating. Finally this summer, we reserved a table for our anniversary. Upon our arrival, they wished us a happy anniversary. We were able to sit in the big wing back chairs by the window. It felt like we were king and queen with such grand chairs! Ha ha. Our waiter neglected to tell us the specials and we had to hear them from a different waiter serving a table nearby. Other than that, our food was spectacular, so flavourful. We were very full by the end of our meal. To celebrate our anniversary, our waiter brought us a complimentary dessert! It was just another great gesture of super service. We thought about going back to this restaurant many times on our trip because it was so good, but because of the price, we had to refrain. On our next trip, we look forward to eating here again and trying their fondue experience. Hopefully they will be open!

Thank Jennifer H
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