About Bow Valley Grill - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Savour the finest and freshest regional cuisine while overlooking the Fairholme Mountain Range when you dine in the Bow Valley Grill. An impressive open kitchen provides an opportunity to see our talented chefs in action. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere that celebrates the spirit of the outdoors, with handcrafted sculptures and tables constructed by local Albertan artisans.
Join us for breakfast and enjoy the sunrise over the Fairholme Mountain Range. Our breakfast buffet includes a spectacular array of fresh fruits, omelets made to order, yogurts, freshly baked breads and more. Or enjoy all of your traditional favourites from our à la carte menu.
Join us for our spectacular Weekend Brunch. $46.00 per person . Weekday lunch buffet available July and August, $38.00 per person.
Canadian, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:00am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch Buffet: Weekdays July & August 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dinner a la carte: Daily 6:00pm - 9:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The hotel"s parking is located beside the Convention Center. It is a three-level roofed parkade with 415 parking spaces:
Self-parking: $25 CAD/night, with unlimited access
Valet service: $35 CAD/night, with unlimited access
Electric Vehicles - complimentary
The Fairmont Banff Springs along with Sun Country Highway Ltd, a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations has installed Banff's first electric vehicle charging station, in the hotel's parkade.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
With a relaxing atmosphere that celebrates the spirit of the outdoors, with handcrafted sculptures and tables constructed by local Albertan artisans, Bow Valley Grill is the perfect spot for your next special occasion.
Private Party Contact:
Jeffrey Carpenter: 8772824150
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Bow Valley Grill - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Ratings and Reviews
Been to brunches at bow valley grill man ...
Been to brunches at bow valley grill many many times. Last time i was there 2 years ago and they still served carved roast beef and the egg benedict was way fresher tgan this time arond. Quality of food not as good as before. Hot wasnt hot enough like those mini french toasts and egg benedicts being the worst. Bacon not crispy and and the ribs tasted very very blend.
My family of four enjoyed brunch at the ...
My family of four enjoyed brunch at the Bow Valley Grill while staying at the Fairmont Banff Springs. We arrived on a busy Sunday morning and were seated promptly. The food choices were overwhelming and ranged from standard breakfast fare (Belgian waffles, bacon, etc) to pizza to fondue. My two teenage boys were very satisfied with the quantity and variety, and my wife and I were impressed with the quality of the food. Definitely recommended, but be sure to come hungry.
We both enjoyed the Caesar salad and pri ...
We both enjoyed the Caesar salad and prime rib, and inhaled every bite. Delicious! Jeff was our waiter and was helpful, friendly and attentive. We watched the kitchen and wait staff as they scurried about, making sure every detail was perfect for each and every diner.
Not for Those Who Dine
While the service was well above and beyond, we found that for the caliber of the hotel, the selections for fine dining is sorely lacking. The food is not bad, but it lines up roughly with The Keg or another relatively common mid range dinning establishment. That said, the menu is less comprehensive and is cheapened further by the attempt to use frites as a side to every second item on the menu. The food itself is actually quite decent, but simply not of the fit and form expected.
The cocktails we ordered were terrible. They were filled with thin chips of ice that melted and diluted the drink immediately and used fruit twists (in this case, orange) improperly - using the slice of orange peel as decoration instead of in the drink for flavor, and the peel itself was too think and using the wrong part. The measures of the drinks were also poorly done.
Our server, Maryiam, was absolutely wonderful and saved the night. We could not have been more fortunate. She is an absolute gem.
We booked online the morning of the day ...
We booked online the morning of the day we wanted to have brunch. We had been thinking about going, but booked late. When we arrived, we were very happy to see that the Bow Valley Bar & Grill reception had everything in line, even though we had booked at the last minute. They were even able to give us a table by the window. I was very impressed...on the long weekend no less. Excellent service, and food. Our two out of country guests thought it was wonderful - the view and the food. We were very pleased. :). Thank you.
Everything was 110% except for our serve ...
Everything was 110% except for our server who seemed very new - water was not brought to the table, we waited what seemed like 10 minutes for him to take drink orders and then another 10 minutes to get the drinks. He was slow to refill our glasses and slow to take away used plates. II rated service high because the head chef went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We noted that he walked around to the different tables and asked about the food. When they were out of the dish I had wanted to try, he asked us where we were sitting and that he would bring it to us - which he did! Wonderful!!
Fantastic Easter Brunch!
Staff were excellent, friendly, polite and always available. Food was outstanding, something for everyone, and the presentation was beautiful. Tonnes of activities for the kids, face painting, their own kids buffet, colouring station, and regular visits from the Easter bunny! We had a wonderful time.
The set menu was inadequate and unimaginative. The salad was just chopped up lettuce with bits of bacon and cheese. The salmon main course was just salmon sitting in a grey tasteless liquid, with half a baby potatoe and 2 peas. The chef came to talk to us about the dessert. The piñata colada panacote was frozen. We were offered the frozen (as it was just like ice cream or wait for a similar one to be sourced elsewhere in the hotel. I waited for the dessert to be delivered from another restaurant and that at least was quite nice.
After returning home I needed to make myself something to eat.
Good food, but poor service ruined everything.
I was excited to go to the bow valley grill as it's in the Banff Springs Hotel, I love the food outlets at Fairmont properties, and it's always nice to treat yourself to some good food. However, my experience was on the lower side of acceptable. My friend and I had a later lunch (it was a filling lunch too), and we found that come dinner time, we weren't as hungry as we expected ourselves to be, so we decided on sharing a small appetizer, a glass of wine, and some dessert. Our server, however, made it seem like we murdered someone at the table when we asked for just one appetizer, and then subjected us to some of the worst service I have ever seen. Now, I do know that this is a higher end restaurant, so service isn't exactly the same as a family restaurant, but it was at the point of ridiculous. The server would walk beside our table, see the empty dishes and do nothing about it, only to come back five minutes later to clear our plates.
When we were served, the usual hospitality I expect from a Fairmont restaurant was gone, making me feel like we were wasting his time. I will say that the food we had was great, but I won't go back because of the cold approach the server had to our table. There's enough nice places in Banff that you can avoid this one.
Decent food, but overpriced
I understand that there is a price tag to be put on dining in the iconic Banff Springs hotel, and when you put that with an endless brunch buffet, one might think ~$50 a person is a perfect price tag. But when you step back and take a look at the fact that your endless eggs Benedict have little sauce on them (which isn't the hollandaise sauce the entire point of eggs Benedict?), you begin to wonder if the cost of brunch is really worth it.
Obviously the lacking amount of sauce can be accommodated - by asking your server if you could possibly get a little more. Which is no problem if you want to wait an extra 10 minutes, because he's so busy. I don't want to say that I had a horrible experience, because I didn't. I suppose I was just disappointed.
We were shoved to the back of the restaurant - beside a wall, and our server was dealing with too many big tables to adequately serve us as well. We felt like our little party of 2 was an afterthought after walking by and serving the larger parties. I'm not one to demand attention, so some of that rests on me for not speaking out.
The views were beautiful - as it's hard not to achieve that when you're sitting in a castle-like hotel nestled in one of the most breathtaking national parks in the world.
The servers were rigid and lacked humor - but that's something I suppose I could understand again, with it being a world-class hotel, you need to upkeep a certain image, you're not a fun and outgoing establishment. You're a high-class legacy, with an image to uphold... But it can make some people feel like a fish out of water.
At the end of it all though, it was ok.
The food was not outstanding, but it was far from unbearable. Plus, it's practically all you can eat, and some people can eat well over their $50 worth - and to those people, this experience might be worth it.
Family day brunch
We came to the hotel for the weekend and joined in the Family Day brunch. We didn't have to wait too long for our reservation. The host Barrie was lots of fun. He showed us around, talked about the food, gave us tips and sat us down. The server was ok. Came only when needed. The food was good. Lots of options and variety. Not sure if it was because of the holiday, but buffet for 2 was $100. I thought this was a bit much. Comparable to Vegas buffets that are much larger. Nonetheless, we enjoyed. Thanks
Disappointing Valentines Day
We arrived for our reservation early and asked for the cloakroom. We were told "to hang our coats on the back of the chair". On being escorted to our table and seated, we were told immediately that the on Special Valentines Menu, the main course was "out" we could substitute chicken or fish. No reduction in price was offered. We decided to choose the al la carte menu. 1 of the party chose steak, 1 the burger and 2 selected Beef Stroganoff. The stroganoff arrived looking nothing like Beef Stroganoff. We were informed it was the "Chef's interpretation" of stroganoff. Both guests were unhappy and an alternative was offered. Both guests enjoyed the alternative meal, however the evening was full of negatives for our party.
We also noticed that another table arriving later than us, enjoyed the Porterhouse Steak and Brownie dessert. I assumed that those guests were in fact staying in the hotel.
I reserved our table 4 days prior to the evening, and no mention was made that non resident guests had restricted menus.
We are now staying in Lake Louise for 4 days and visited the Chateau for lunch today. This was also problematic in that we, as non resident hotel guests, were not allowed in certain restaurants and in fact were hustled downstairs to eat. Fortunately that restaurant had availability, as the sign outside informed us that hotel guests would take priority.
During recent years we have been fortunate to visit this area from the U.K. On 4 occasions. Staying at Rimrock, Fairmont (with a suite) and 2 downtown hotels. This experience was one we would not want to repeat.
During our 2 week stay in Banff area, we have eaten out every night in different restaurants and our experience in the Fairmont was the lowest. Most restaurants are welcoming to the dinner guests, not so in the Fairmont.
Iam sure you will not publish this review, however my husband feels quite strongly that our treatment was less than convivial and will post his comments on trip advisor.
Great brunch with a great view
The Sunday brunch at the Bow Valley Grill in the Banff Springs Hotel is great for a special celebration or for any Sunday. The view of the mountains is spectacular. The selection of food is very good and the service is excellent. The Bow Valley Grill is excellent in handling allergies. We let them know ahead of time of our allergies and when we got there they had one of the chefs come and walk through all of the buffet lines with us to discuss allergies. They were very careful and conscientious with allergies. I highly recommend it. Make sure and make a reservation as it is very busy.
So so meal.
Steaks were luke warm and not cooked as ordered. We got new steaks but my boyfriend's was still under cooked. My new steak was soaked in au jus and made it too salty. The vegetables with the meal were fantastic and the carrot cake dessert was delicious. I just expected the meal to be spectacular as it's the Banff Springs hotel; it was not worth the money.
Each time I dine at the Bow Valley Grill I am impressed. Proud to bring guests and friends here. The only thing that is disappointing is other patrons... Taking so long starring at the food, holding others up who are ready to help themselves. Its all delicious people! Go for it! The food won't bite! But that is at no fault of the establishment. This seems to happen at any buffet that has amazing food.
Decent but better when it's not as busy
We went on the Sunday before the holidays were over. The restaurant was packed and the food wasn't get refilled as quickly as it should have been. The previous visits; the quality of the food was much better. I think it had to do with the busy season.
We had terrible service and not one of u ...
We had terrible service and not one of us enjoyed our meal. We are cancelling our reservation at the Italian restaurant at the Banff springs based on our experience here. Way below par for a hotel of this caliber.
Brunch Saturday December 26
Our family of 4 were in Banff for 10 days and I must say it was the best gourmet meal we had in Banff. Beautiful surroundings Excellent selection wide variety of dishes and great service. Every dish we tried was full of flavour We had reservations for 1:15 pm but arrived about 20 minutes early and were seated right away at a table by the window with an amazing view of the mountains. Although a little pricey it was well worth it. ( I believe it was more because it was Christmas holiday $64.00 per adult and $32.00 per child.
Excellent service, great food!
We recently visited the Bow Valley Grill for a Christmas buffet dinner on December 24 (as we were unable to secure a reservation for December 25) and it was definitely a pleasant experience for our family of four. The servers were very helpful and accommodating for us and although we would have liked to stay longer (our young kids were getting very restless) it was a great experience while we were there.
The food was excellent and there was quite a bit of variety and several vegetarian options as well.
All in all this dinner was fantastic and we would definitely visit again!
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