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“Very enjoyable for a hotel restaurant.”
Review of Bow Valley Grill

Bow Valley Grill
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Ranked #41 of 147 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $33
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Canadian, Grill
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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. The bus stop is located directly outside the front of the hotel on Spray Ave.
Description: Savour the very best in authentic Rocky Mountain cuisine at the Bow Valley Grill - home to our legendary weekend brunch. Enjoy majestic views of Banff National Park in a relaxed family friendly atmosphere that celebrates the spirit of the outdoors, with handcrafted sculptures and tables constructed by local Albertan artisans. An impressive open kitchen provides an opportunity to see our talented chefs in action as they create delectable meals using seasonal organic produce and a focus from farm to table.
Farmington, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable for a hotel restaurant.”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

We ate at the Bow Valley Grill our 1st night in Banff. We had driven down from Lake Louise and decided last minute to just stay at the hotel after checking in for dinner. It was busy but we were able to get a reservation. The hostess when we arrived was not all that friendly and treated us like we were annoying her by being there. Once seated however we were treated very well from our server. There were a few groups dining in the restaurant so it was quite busy and very noisey. We were not ignored and enjoyed our dinner very much. It is pricey but it is a hotel restaurant so we expected as much.

  • Visited August 2012
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Northampton, MA
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Food was wonderful, as good as the view”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Not surprised to see the mix of ratings for the Bow Valley Grill. This is a huge place and Fairmont management isn't great. We had two meals here (breakfast buffet and dinner). Both meals were wonderful and our service was fine. We were there on a package tour, so we didn't pay directly, but the prices seem a bit high, even for peak season in the summer. When we return to Banff, I doubt we'll eat there unless we have a special occasion to celebrate.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank BrewsMom
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
302 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Our first night in Banff we wanted something special. This was not the right choice. Service was horrible. We met friends there who had the same experience earlier in the week. My rack of lamb was ordered medium-rare and arrived well done. The wine list is very limited and the server did not return to pour the wine throughout the meal. As a matter of fact, she did not return to see if we were satisfied with our meals. It was not a busy evening so there was no excuse for our experience. When we arrived at the valet stand we were told that it was $25 to park with no validation for dining in the facility. We were then directed to a self park pay lot. On the way to that fee lot we found several free parking lots which we quickly took advantage of.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank FreedomBus
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saskatchewan
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“great food, service and loved the deck.”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Wonderful service and a great choice of food items. Sat outside and enjoyed the view. Very good value for the food and service received.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank barclove
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Canberra, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very Good”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Liked the food and view and ambience - great for a special occassion. We had to wait some 10 minutes to be seated, but the wait was worth it.

Visited June 2012
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