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where to eat at chateau lake louise?

pants Jan 11, 2010 07:09 PM

staying at lake louise this weekend - which restaurant in the hotel should we eat at?
would it be worth going to sunday brunch in banff on the way home?

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  1. Major_9000 Jan 12, 2010 09:03 AM

    You MUST stop in Banff for brunch at Bison Mountain Bistro, don't even let yourself think about it just do it.

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      pants Jan 12, 2010 01:30 PM

      good plan - we usually have lunch there but never brunch, it always looks good.

      could one walk to the post hotel - i haven't been up there for a while, can't remember how far it is....i like the idea of the cellar tour!!

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        marcopolo Jan 12, 2010 02:53 PM

        since the chateau is about 5km past the town center, the chateau is quite a ways from the post hotel which is in lake louise proper. you could walk, but it would be a long, arduous one. especially coming back!

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          Major_9000 Jan 12, 2010 10:34 PM

          unless your up for a bit of a hike, I'd say no to the walk as well...its about 4-5 km away.

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      marcopolo Jan 12, 2010 10:25 AM

      I found all of the restos at the chateau good, but not great, and really expensive for what you got. Assuming you can look past the price issue, the food is competent. Walliser stube was good, but a bit stuffy. A nice room, but the average diner age when we were there was 65+. And you come out smelling a bit oily because of all the fondue, but it's not nearly as bad as the grizzly house in banff for that. Poppy's is good for breakfast and the brunch buffet seems to be a pretty good deal compared to a la carte breakfast. Glacier saloon's food isn't too bad either, but inside, it feels like a 2nd rate calgary bar. We didn't eat at the fairview dining room, so can't comment on that (if you're keen, make reservations early...). The 'deli' is very, very pricey for what you get. good sandwiches, but really not a significant improvement from what you can get at the bakery in town for a fraction of the price.I'd recommend the lake agnes teahouse, but it's no doubt closed for the season (it would be a pretty miserable hike right now).

      If you don't mind leaving the hotel, both dining options at the Post Hotel are better bets. Also, considering the hotel restaurant prices, it's really not a huge extra cost for room service, so that might be a fun option too.

      I haven't had brunch at the Bison Mountain Bistro, but I do quite like the buffet brunch at the Banff Park Lodge as a smaller, value option to the Banff Springs brunch.

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        jorgep18 Jan 12, 2010 10:26 AM

        I like the pub at the Post Hotel for a casual meal. I love their goulash! Great quality of food.

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          Major_9000 Jan 12, 2010 11:01 AM

          If you're considering leaving the Chateau I second the Post Hotel Pub, they have a very comfy fireplace and great ambience.

          Also the dining room at the Post Hotel has a great wine cellar (ask for a tour if you go). The food is good but expensive...the wine cellar is the main attraction imo.

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            hclass Jan 12, 2010 03:20 PM

            Post Hotel Pub is a fantastic spot and the food comes from the same kitchen as the restaurant!

          2. electroleum Jan 12, 2010 11:49 AM

            I recently had lunch at the Glacier Saloon downstairs. Atmosphere is ok, and the food is average at best. One tip - stay away from the chicken wings...they tasted terrible.

            1. sharonanne Jan 12, 2010 04:48 PM

              We like the brunch at the Chateau. I doubt it's much different than the Banff Springs.

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                foodkarma Jan 13, 2010 05:26 AM

                I definitely agree on the brunch at The Bison and The Post. So worth the trip up to the mountains.

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                  pengcast Jan 13, 2010 11:19 AM

                  I had lunch this summer on the patio at the hotel immediately beside the Chateau and it was lovely. I have tried to find it on the web and can't. So I can not confirm if it is open during the winter. But it is just down the path to the riding stables, you would pass it on your way to the parking lot.

                  We had a very nice lunch -- wood fired pizza (with goat cheese I think) and great salads. And I remember a nice wine list too. While I can't remember the exact price, I do remember thinking the it would be a lot more at the CLL.

                  The only negative was a very annoying stellar jay who actually tried to take food off our plates. When someone at the next table left for a minute he actually did take food off their plate.

                  1. MixedGrill Jan 13, 2010 01:04 PM

                    At the Chateau, I think the Walliser Stube is the best of the bunch. The fondues are quite good. If you want to venture out, drive or take a cab (cabs are quick and cheap) to the Train Station Restaurant. We have always enjoyed it, and sometimes the trains will roll in and the conductor might nip in the large door beside the bar for a coffee! There are big glass windows behind the bar so you can not only see the trains, but feel the rattle of the floor a bit.

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                      chewy_bakah Sep 22, 2010 10:42 PM

                      Staying at the CLL... is there any updated information on eats around this area?

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