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About Waldhaus Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Discover your inner foodie, or as our German friends like to say your inner feinschmecker, at our "house in the woods;" The Waldhaus. This hidden Alpine delight is nestled in the woods above the Bow and Spray Rivers, and has everything you could want from a Bavarian haven.
German-inspired alpine cuisine such as divine schnitzel and cheesy fondue are just waiting to be devoured in an atmosphere reminiscent of a rustic hunting cottage. With a large fireplace and a wine cabinet, we promise to set the tone for a memorable dining experience at our "House in the Forest."
Banff, AB T1L1J4
German, Swiss, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Sunday Dinner - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Easter Sunday Waldhaus Brunch
Join us for our Waldhaus Brunch with an à la carte menu featuring favourite brunch dishes with a Bavarian twist.
April 16, 2017
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mother's Day Waldhaus Brunch
May 14, 2017
11:00am - 2:00pm
Reservations are highly recommended.
*Please note that hours of operation are subject to change.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The Waldhaus is located just a quick walk down the hill from the Fairmont Banff Springs. For direct access you can park at the Bow Falls parking lot and walk up the driveway or stairs. A complementary shuttle is also available from the main bus entrance at the hotel.
The hotel's parking is located beside the Convention Center.
Self-parking: $25 CAD/night, with unlimited access
Valet service: $35 CAD/night, with unlimited access
Electric Vehicles - complimentary
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. See the concierge desk for a town bus schedules which are subject to change without notice.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether a small celebration with family and friends or a larger occasion, the Waldhaus Restaurant is the perfect spot away from it all. Let us help you create the perfect event for you and your guests to enjoy.
Private Party Contact:
Jeffrey Carpenter: (877) 625-0169
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
Waldhaus Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The atmosphere was very nice. One of the servers we had was great and very friendly. However, our other server was not very friendly or accommodating. The fondues were good, but the rest of the food was not good at all. Overall is was a very expensive meal and the dishes were not great.
I brought my wife here for our anniversary as her favourite food is Austrian/German. They were lovely enough to automatically give us a spot directly infront of the fire which was romantic but the other tables were situated very close. They then sat some "giggly" girls at the table next to us and we could barely hear ourselves speak. The waiter that tended that table was acting quite immature due to the age of the table and them being lovely looking girls. He wa tossing things in the air and being quite distracting. My wife has crohns so she require a vegan/vegetarian diet pretty well. There is only one dish on the menu and it does not sound appetizing so my wife didn't want to sit there while I ate and chose dishes that caused her a great deal of pain.
The view was amazing! The ambiance was fantastic at first. There were only a couple other tables going and we were right in front of the fireplace with views of the mountains around us.
Then a table of 17 came in that was almost half kids. I know the restaurant can't be blamed for it, but the atmosphere was completely changed. And not for the better. It basically turned into a Boston Pizza. Not that there's anything wrong with BP's, but that's not the type of evening we were looking forward to. Also, the prices of the food were not what you would expect from a rambunctious family restaurant. Although to be honest the quality of the food probably was.
Exceptional food and service. Angela, the waitress, helped us choose the appropriate beverages for our meal and was spot on for serving sizes and suggestions for our fondue choice. She even gave us a sample taste of spatzel (homemade German noodles) just for fun. The food, wine and service were so incredible, that we canceled our dinner plans for the next night and returned for a second time...... for the spatzel, of course. ;)
Very cozy rester-aunt but wayyy overpriced. We did the fondu and it was very good but the melting pot was way better. For 180 for two of us just for food it felt way over priced for what we got. Felt kinda rushed I guess it went by quick and 1.5 for 4 courses and the melting pot takes 3 hours. The server a middle to older aged guy was very nice has been there many many years but he came off a bit cocky and arrogant it was a real turn off. Overall great experience and we would go back again but do a cheaper meal or go to the pub downstairs. The pub it totally awesome huge tv's meal deals and the comfiest chairs ever!
My husband and I went to Waldhaus for a date while in Banff for the weekend. If I didn't find this place online, I would have had no idea it even existed. Its hidden in the back of banff springs hotel. We got the smoked cheddar fondue and the chocolate fondue. They were both outstanding. The price point is definitely higher then we would pay for an anytime dinner but for a once a year banff trip we had to try it. The servers were really friendly and helpful. It was very cozy in the restaurant as well. Real wood burning fireplace. After dinner we headed downstairs to the pub for a drink to watch the hockey game. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
I had the barley soup as a starter and the veal schnitzel, both of which were delicious comfort food during a cold winter. There were 2 choices of bread (the other being a pretzel bread) was accompanied with creamy herb butter and regular butter. The restaurant can be hard to find at the back of the Fairmont Banff Springs but worth the walk. There was also an offer for a shuttle ride back to the hotel since I was staying there.
Loved everything about this restaurant. Staff was friendly and helpful with menu suggestions. They called us ahead of time to inquire if anyone had any allergies they needed to be aware of. The ambiance was relaxed and comfortable. The braised short ribs were so tender they nearly fell apart without using a knife. Exquisite taste. Fondue dessert was very tasty and a fun treat. Lots of beer on tap for my beer snob boyfriend.
The experience was a big downer right at the end, we had our 2 year old and had asked well in advanced (20 minutes) to our server to let us know once the shuttle bus was ready to be boarded. Our 2 year old was getting tired and ready to go to bed and needed the shuttle up to the hotel since it was -25 C outside. Once we were told the shuttle was outside then we came out and we were told that it was full and we had to wait for the next shuttle. The manager (Mike) should have take the extra step to go and asked for volunteers to give us the spot but his simplistic soulition to just wait for the next shuttle was very unsympathetic despite the fact that he saw us with our baby and knew the temperature outside. This was extremely disappointing.
The food varies in this restaurant. While some meals are great, others are so so. For the cost of the meal, there's a lot to desire. Wiener schnitzel could be improved. Paying about $40 per meal, yet, ending up with two pieces of hard to chew veal, with just a few spittzles and a little portion of cabbage, you find it not quite worth it. Our family had much better schnitzel in German restaurant in Peachland, or Continental Treat in Edmonton. On the other hand, we loved the cozy atmosphere and the surroundings.
We were guests at the hotel and checked in New Year's Day on a bitterly cold night! Thank goodness they have a nice shuttle van from the hotel proper to the restaurant which would have been a very brisk walk in the cold and dark. Certain times of year the walk is very nice but would NOT have been that night! We were eager to have good German food as it seems to be one the cuisines not readily available widely anymore. We each ordered a schnitzel which came with spaetzle. Both were "pretty good" but not "wow". Hubby ordered an additional side of fried or roasted potatoes and what arrived was merely a few boiled baby potatoes. As I said good meal but not spectacular. We did a split an apple strudel which was quite nice but seemed slow to arrive. They also had limited selection of German wine by the glass which was kind of disappointing as did not want to have a whole bottle that night as hubby opted for some German beer. Service was very professional and attentive. One thing to be aware of if like us you take the shuttle plan your timing. It is not on demand but operates every 40 minutes so we were feeling a bit of pressure when our dessert was slow arriving and were anxious about missing the second 40 minute shuttle so rushed down our dessert. Overall was a pretty good meal but I guess just would expect a bit more from the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort.
I usually love the Waldhaus but on our last visit, they were all out of veal, which is a staple for their schnitzel. I feel as though they should have almost warned us of this in advance given how much of a favourite that dish is! I tried the chicken schnitzel instead and found it a little lack lustre. Our server was wonderful though and as always, the setting is spectacular.
Amazing! We loved it. It was authentic and also many staple options. Nice setting and ambiance was pretty. We sat right in front of the fireplace and it was warm not hot and gave off a beautiful light! Food and service was wonderful. We left very happy and fully satisfied. We'll be back😊
We visited the Waldhaus restaurant on our first night at the Fairmont Banff Springs. We had been driving all day and wanted a relaxing dinner. It's a bit of a walk down from the hotel which we liked (92 steps? down the side of the mountain) There is a shuttle but if you like to walk, it's nice after supper to head back up the hill. The restaurant is the original Clubhouse for the golf course so it's old and charming. We did have reservations so we were seated right away. We were right on the side by one of the windows. The fireplace was close enough to give a nice glow but not overwhelming. We started with drinks and delicious bread. I had the beet salad which was wonderful, my husband enjoyed a caesar salad. For our main I had Seared Scallops, quite filling but very good!!! My Husband had the Pan Seared Rainbow Trout, he enjoyed it. Too full for dessert. The staff were all very friendly and informative about the food, wine and the history of the restaurant. Very nice night.
The Waldhaus Restaurant is old school in its feel and its service. And the servings are gigantic. So go hungry. Cozy and efficient at the same time, it was a relaxing meal. The schnitzel was impeccable. Thin, with a crispy covering, and very tasty. The cocktails are smooth, so relax and sink into the comfy chairs. The menu is extensive, so every taste is covered. But I would go for the German flair. If you are looking for something light, the Pork Belly and a drink makes for an excellent appetizer.
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