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“Lively Restaurant” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saltlik

Saltlik
Ranked #19 of 143 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $37
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Bar, Grill, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wolf or Caribou
Transit: Public transit stops within walking distance.
canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lively Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

The food was great and the service was good. The setting is fun and very open. As more people came it became very noisy, so we were unable to hear each other across the table.

Visited February 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We recently visited Banff for a skiing and happened upon the Saltlik one evening. We were happy to find a 1/2 price bottle of wine special and thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers, dinner and desserts. The waitress was very welcoming and made sure to tell us of all the "must do" things around the area. (We were in the Banff area for skiing and hadn't given much thought to other activities or places to visit.) It was an all around pleasant dining experience and very reasonable. The next day we skied Sunshine Village and happened to notice an ad for Saltlick. That night there was a steak special for $18. We couldn't resist. We returned to the restaurant and had an equally good dining experience. The steak dinners were excellent and the staff was very happy to see us for a second night. If you're in Banff and looking for a comfortable place to dine with great service and delicious food, this is your place!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GoMauka
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Food disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Nice setting and ambiance. Drinks are well-priced at Happy Hour. Overall the drink/food costs seem to have become more competitive in the last few years. I have been a regular for 12 years but undoubtedly the consistency in standard and quality of some of the dishes has diminished.

The current meal/drink deal for a burger and a pint is good value. However, beware as the fries are very much spiced and induce an immense thirst due to the unexpected hot spiced flavour. This is not at all pleasant after a while and actually burns your lips. For those who do not like spicy food, the fact that there is no choice and it is not mentioned in either the menu or by the server is disturbing. It could ruin your meal.

Similarly, the menu is often very misleading as what is delivered does not usually correspond with the menu description. By way of example, if the sirloin steak is selected I would not imagine many customers would expect it to be served-up covered in a spicy hot barbecue sauce! It totally ruins the inherent steak flavour. Once again the menu makes no reference of this fundamental fact and the staff/management are dismissive of any constructive comments. There is no chance of avoiding this unexpected spicy addition to the dish. I observed many customers complaining of this fact, and leaving most disgruntled.

Overall today it is a good place for a drink, but if you like quality food best go elsewhere in Banff at the current time. It is to be hoped that the standards will soon improve at this venue, as there has been such a decline since 2008. Could do a lot better, and from what I have observed on many occasions the management are not at all concerned with dealing with customer complaints, leaving matters to no-doubt poorly paid servers. A good shake up and properly defined menu would go a long way to resolving problems.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank HRClarence
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Toronto
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Food & Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We went here for Valentine's dinner. The atmosphere of the restaurant was really inviting and we were seated in a booth in the corner by the fireplace which was nice considering it was Valentines Day. We ended up ordering too much food because the portion size is quite large. The flank steak cobb salad was amazing and the flank steak actually had more flavour then my husband's rib steak. Overall the food was really good and the price was very reasonable considering how much food we got. Service was also excellent.Would recommend.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Ootle
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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Amazing food, amazing service. Definitely recommend if you are in Banff. You won't be disappointed. Best steak hands down!

Visited February 2013
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