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“Fondue and wine : our night couldn't get any better” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grapes Wine Bar

Grapes Wine Bar
Ranked #13 of 143 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $33
Cuisines: Wine Bar, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Savoury charcuterie, fine cheeses and award-winning wines are showcased nightly at the cozy Grapes Wine Bar. Sample from a tempting menu of tasty gourmet favourites made in-house, including cured meats and pates, candied salmon, freshly baked breads and delicious pickled vegetables. This historic, charming room was originally established in 1926 as a writing room and a place for people to gather their thoughts, share experiences and converse with family and friends. Enjoy the entertaining, interactive atmosphere of Grapes Wine Bar, a dining experience like no other.
London, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Fondue and wine : our night couldn't get any better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a really small wine bar at the Fairmont. It has about 6 tables and it ticked away somewhere in within the Fairmont Castle. If you are looking for a cosy romantic night in Banff, then this place is strongly recommended.
The wine connoisseur is fantastic and she makes some excellent recommendations.
We had some classic cheese fondue with bread and veggies, steak and some chocolate fondue for dessert along with our wines and were were very happy with our food.
Our server told us that the beef we were served was never frozen and it tasted quite amazing.
Note: the bar closes at 10pm. So the ideal time to come in would be around 7.

Visited April 2013
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Red Deer
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Small but fantastic little restaurant/bar! Went there on a ladies weekend away, so there were four of us. Service was great, food was scrumptious, Dana was very knowledgeable about the wines, and kept an eye on us the whole time!
Definitely going back!
My only complaint was the music. It sounded like the radio. A little easy listening, soft pop or jazz could go a long way! Just my preference though...

  • Visited May 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice Cozy Hideaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Good, unpretentious food, and courteous service. The restaurant has great character, and a history as a writer's retreat. As such, it is quite small, and there are very few tables, but if you are fortunate enough to hit it at the right time, it has all of the elements you need to put a great evening together for you.

Visited November 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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422 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Very good food, great wine list, knowledgeable staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We were very pleasantly surprised by several things here -- the food was excellent, and our server steered us to a British Columbia cabernet sauvignon that was truly outstanding (this in response to my question as to whether we should attempt a Canadian wine...). We had a nice table by the window (perhaps the only window in the dininr room), and felt that we were very well taken care of.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KingofThreePutts
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New Jersey, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Must Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Lots more than wine here...I had a great meal...Venison medallions were very tasty. Perfect, small room with an awesome view. Service was outstanding. Sure it is expensive, but you must have been prepared for that when you set foot in the hotel.

  • Visited April 2013
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