3 brand new restaurants in Banff you have to check out

Oct 11 2022, 11:00 pm

If you’re curious to know if there are any notable new restaurants in Banff, then you’re in luck.

Banff has it all: incredible vistas, fresh mountain air, a plethora of activities, and mouth-wateringly good restaurants.

Several new eateries have popped up in the mountain town over the past few months, from stunning Italian spots with rooftop patios to high-end restaurants inside historic buildings.

Next time you’re in Banff, you’ve got to check out at least one of these spots, but we highly recommend hitting all of them.

Here are three new restaurants in Banff worth visiting on your next trip out there.



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From the minds of award-winning chef Justin Leboe and the Banff Hospitality Collective, this new restaurant is on Wolf Street in Banff. It’s a perfect name because Wolf is Lupo in Italian.

The pasta lab is where the kitchen team creates the hand-made pasta, and the entire dining room, market, and open kitchen showcase the bustle and vibrancy of a traditional Italian marketplace.

The food menu is a thing of beauty, in the same way that the one-of-a-kind dining room is.

The antipasti menu has the necessary house-made focaccia bread and high-quality olive oil, but also modern creations like the mortadella and gnoccho fritto with mostarda butter.

This place is fantastic and seems fancy, but it also feels incredibly fun. Would you expect to see mozzarella sticks at a place like this? You also can’t go here without trying at least one of the pizzas.

There is also a wine list with over 150 bottles of vino, a long list of craft beers, and a remarkable cocktail list that reflects many of the flavours of Italy, like the Aperol spritz, negroni, espresso martini, or the bicicletta.

Address: 208 Wolf Street #201, Banff




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Brazen is one of Banff’s newest restaurants, and it just opened in the historic Mount Royal Hotel.

Offering a new and bold dining experience in the heart of Banff, this is a great addition to Banff’s already vibrant dining scene.

The menu at Brazen will focus on sharable plates, dinner classics with a modern-day twist, and hand-crafted cocktails.

The changing menu here is inspired by the seasons, showcasing traditional dishes with a  modern and local twist.

A few of the dishes you can try are the sherry creamed Fox Farms mushrooms on toast, braised elk and cabbage, a charred acorn squash served with smoked mussels, hangar steak with a potato fondant on the side, and truffle mac and cheese, to highlight a few.

The cocktail menu celebrates Banff’s history using local spirits and house-made syrups.

Address: 138 Banff Avenue, Banff



Offering a wood-fired steakhouse experience with a mid-century love for cocktails, this is a newly-opened restaurant with a very exciting atmosphere.

The menu at Bluebird Restaurant focuses on steakhouse classics with modern twists and delicious comfort foods to pair perfectly with the “keys-in-the-bowl dinner party” vibes.

Inspired by charming mid-century chalets, the concept explores rich Alpine culture and the primal instinct to seek shelter, fire and socialize.

The roaring fire cooks and crackles in the middle of the space here, fire-roasting meats, fish and vegetables all night. For drinks, in the lobby bar, an emphasis on classic cocktails and tiki-style drinks compliments the fiery food dishes.

Appetizers include spicy pineapple baby back ribs and raw oysters, while entrees include pasta, mains, and steak, like the bone-in ribeye from Alberta.

There’s even an all-day roasted prime rib and beef menu, with four different cuts and plenty of tasty sides, like cheesy mashed potatoes and creamed greens.

Address: 218 Lynx Street, Banff


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