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Banff Dining

Going skiing in Banff in February and am not familiar with the area. Need dinner suggestions. Prefer something more casual (as nice as we can get into without slacks or sports coat). Willing to try anything as longs as it's good. Have heard the Post Hotel is good but not sure of the attire or price range. Prefer entrees in the $20 to 35 price range. One in the group is a vegetarian but isn't too picky about his food.

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  1. Definitely try the Grizzly House & definitely make reservations... worth the EXPERIENCE!! http://banffgrizzlyhouse.com/
    On first look it seems pricey, but the Complete Fondue Dinners are actually a pretty good deal! Such a fun place...VERY "Rocky Mountains-y"..largely carnivorous menu, but judging from the service, would more than likely accommodate the Veggie! Best birthday dinner in a long time for Me!!

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

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    1. re: Eat Yokel

      hrm, i would certainly not take a vegetarian diner to the grizzly house.

      1. re: nonlinear

        I used to be a vegetarian (20yrs+) and was there during my veg years. Loved it. They serve great cheese fondue and a veggie one that I really liked too. Plus the chocolate fondue for dessert. A full vegetarian menu is possible.

      2. re: Eat Yokel

        We just ate at Grizzly House tonight after reading about it on this thread. I agree with you that the Complete Fondue Dinners are a good deal. Plus, we went with three people, and our waiter told us that we were welcome to split two of the dinners between the three of us (we just ordered an extra side salad). Even sharing the meals, we were pleasantly full (and that was after a full day of hiking and a light lunch). The restaurant has a total 60's/70's vibe, service was good, and we really had fun. The previous two meals I had eaten out suffered from overcooked proteins, so I was kind of glad to cook the meat myself. It doesn't make my top 10 list of dinners ever, but I left the restaurant happy and not feeling ripped off, which is good in a resort town.

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

        1. re: mountaincachers

          Mountain: did you use the phones and make/receive any phone calls? That's part of the fun! I love this place for easy menu and silly atmosphere, in a resort town.

          1. re: TSAW

            We did use the phones to make a couple calls. Hilarious. The whole dinner was just really, really fun.

      3. The Post Hotel dining room doesn't have a strict dress policy but I remember reading somewhere they do not want athletic attire. Once we were desperate for something to eat (pub was closed) and arrived in clean hiking gear. The frowning maitre d looked us down slowly from head to toe, then sat us in a secluded corner. Entrees tend to hover from the $20 to $50 range and we probably spend a good $150 without drinks or tip.

        If you want more casual and less price point, eat in their pub. Same kitchen and some entrees may be the same, much cheaper and very casual.

        1. I still like Chaya - hot soup and ramen after a long day of cold skiing = yum.

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          1. re: anonymoose

            Chaya is awesome! Just like Nourish, I only discovered it a few months before I left this town. It's cheap (10$ a plate), and soooo delicious! Just a tiny hole in the wall, but definitely worth a visit. The portions are good, and the food is made fresh to order. It's quite popular among locals in town, as it's not constantly swarmed with tourists and provides consistent quality.

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            Chaya
            118 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L, CA

            1. re: hungry34

              I LOVE Chaya. I still think they have better Japanese-style ramen than any place in Calgary.

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              Chaya
              118 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L, CA

            2. re: anonymoose

              +1 for Chaya. I live in Canmore and come by for Udon on avg once a week. Simple, cheap and delicious.

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              Chaya
              118 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L, CA

            3. Loved my last meal at the Maple Leaf Lounge on the main street in Banff.

                1. re: cellophane_star

                  We had dinner there last night and it was delicious. Love the Bison!