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Apr 9, 2010 10:57 AM

Romance in Banff?

I've recently met a woman and we seem to be hitting it off. We're planning our first "weekend getaway" in Banff, and I'm looking for a dining experience that will be memorable and romantic in Banff. Clearly this means a locale other than the Rose and Crown.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a nice, romantic restaurant. I'm not too worried about price (say $100 to $150 for dinner for two). I've been to The Maple Leaf before, and that's a front-runner right now, but I'm not that aware of my options in Banff.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. Bison Mountain Bistro is beautiful. The food is great as is the atmosphere.

    Fondue at the Grizzly House is fun, but you and you clothes will stink after...which could work to your advantage. No one wants to wear stinky clothes ;)

    We always head to the Maple Leaf for a nice meal, but I've never had a good dessert there. I don't know if you're a dessert person, but you might want to take that into account.

    The Grizzly House
    207 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B4, CA

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    1. re: Bananna85


      I enjoy fondue but just the mention of the name Grizzly House almost makes me nauseous ... not the food but the odour even while walking by it ... that having been said your observation given the title of the OP made me chuckle.

      As does the Sorrenitino's Chain with their annual garlic festival: "Eat, Drink, Stink"

      The Grizzly House
      207 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B4, CA

    2. I highly recommend Bison. I've been there a number of times and each experience has been fantastic. I find it romantic, amazing food, comfortable and 'mountain casual'. It's definitely my favourite place in Banff, and I've been to almost all.

      Maple Leaf use to be one of my favourites, but in the last couple of years I find it not as interesting.

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      1. re: sebell

        I'll be heading to Banff next month but it better not be for a "romantic rendezous" as the divorce lawyer and resultant financial implications will be a heck of a lot more expensive than my dinner tab.

        That having been said, what has happened to La Grande Dame, Beaujolais?

        It used to be our "special spot" many years ago but being in Edmonton we are in Jasper more frequently than Banff.

        1. re: Bob Mac

          I was at Beaujolais a couple months ago and had a mediocre experience. Their satellite music wasn't working and so they had Vibe 98.5 blasting (not quite the right music for the setting...). The food was okay, service was standard, and the place was almost empty. Nothing terrible, I just won't be back there. I want to be inspired by the food experience.
          Bison delivers fantastic local food, was just there for brunch again on Sunday. Hands down the best Eggs Benedict I've ever had!

      2. Agreed with the Bison, never had a bad meal there and I take all out of town friends.

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        1. re: foodkarma

          Just have to add a couple of cents here. My last visit to Banff a few months ago - for a weekend - we were at the Rimrock. Everything was so fantastic...didn't need to leave (but did in order to do some shopping). The food was great. ambiance was very romantic, sitting in the lobby for drinks with the piano was so relaxing.....and you are at a hotel. nuff said. An added bonus....great deals during off season.

        2. Grizzly house is always good.

          However found Three Ravens last time there and have to say this was the best by far and a great place to have a date.

          And have a drink (Scotch) in front of the fire at RimRock

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          1. re: Timeats

            Glad you enjoyed Three Ravens. I've been there three times, each time because I was staying at Banff Centre on someone else's expense and could charge it to my room...and every time was awful. Food was bland and way overpriced. Once got served cold entree because my scallops took less time to cook than wife's steak and they fired them at the same time. And her rare steak was close to well.

            Atmosphere, besides the mountain, is awful - room too stark.

            Service laughably bad...once ordered a glass of pinot grigio and got a pinot noir...server was sure it was what I ordered...finally, after an argument, came back with both bottles and admitted she didn't know there was more than one kind of "peenot" wine. Another time having pre-dinner drink at the bar they were keeping both the reds and whites in a tub of ice!

            Absolutely horrible place (fitting, because I think the entire Centre is overpriced and overhyped).

            1. re: Timeats

              Grizzly house is so different that I think it would be a great date spot, certainly lots to talk about.

            2. Thanks to everyone for their input. We did end up at The Maple Leaf Grille again, and had a really wonderful meal. We shared the scallop appetizer, and then I had the Apple Crusted Pork Tenderloin (yum!) and my enchantress had the special of the day. For desert we shared the Chocolate Souffle. Mmmm.

              Will definitely try the Grizzly House next time we're up there. Thanks again everyone for your recommendations.

              Maple Leaf Grill & Spirits
              137 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1C8, CA

              The Grizzly House
              207 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B4, CA