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Bow Valley Grill - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Bow Valley Grill - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Bow Valley Grill - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/dining/
  • Phone: (403) 762-6860
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30am

    Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: j.W. Foster
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • 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: Jessica Pearce (877) 282-4150

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: 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.
A word from 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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I booked a table for a birthday brunch on Sunday. The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. I was expecting such great service for a brunch buffet set up. The staff was extra attentive to our birthday guest and the whole experience was very special."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great views good food, all worth the drive. Not the first time we travel to Banff for brunch and not the last."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Wow, what a view! The extensive buffet spread is bar-none, and the service exquisite! Everything that we would expect of a high quality Fairmont establishment. Hostess Elizabeth was very informative as to activities to do in the area, and really made our special day memorable."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Went for sunday brunch on Aug 3 and was seated as far away from the windows as possible in amongst a sea of babies that took turns outdoing each other in the screaming dept. I askes to be seated elsewhere but was told nothing was available even though a table on the lower level remained unoccupied the whole time. As well ouf server had a poor attitude and was bossy and seemed more interested in what everyone was going to do that night. Food was very good though as usual."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was great but I hadn't been to the Bow Valley in years and had such a great brunch back then. I remember baked apples and waffles...yum! Now, there are few breakfast items and more lunch items. I was a little disappointed. Service was excellent though! I feel like they were trying to accommodate for everyone which is nice but the brunch had already been so good in the past. The price of the buffet also went up."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We booked this restaurant online having never heard of it before, but it was our 15 wedding anniversary and we wanted to go somewhere special. Well we sure got what we were looking for. The restaurant is gorgeous. The view is breathtaking. Our waitress Staci was fantastic. The food was AMAZING. Our boys, aged 12 and 13, were raving about the food even the next day. I wish I could attach pictures. Thanks for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We've been going to banff springs for brunch over the years and still enjoy the restaurant and atmosphere of the banff springs hotel. The buffet is good but nothing really outstanding and a bit overpriced for what's available in selections of food items. Service was good and friendly staff. If your planning a day in banff then the buffet is a good starting point for exploring the hotel and grounds"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Nadya is hands down one of the best servers in all of Banff"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I recently enjoyed the breakfast buffet at this location. The price was somewhat steep, but you do get what you pay for! Lots of good food and very good service! I only wish the dessert section was a little more "wow". But nothing major to complain about. But be ready, if you want a quiet brunch this may not be the place, lots of families an a very energetic atmosphere. Children had their own buffet table that was lowered to their hight with all the kid classics on it, but still very tasty, super cute! Oh! and get the orange juice if you can, very fresh and delicious. All in all, a very fun and lavish way to start your day in banff!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "One has to dine at the Fairmont in Banff where you can enjoy a view of the fantastic Canadian Rockies while being pampered by first-class service and very good food. The waiter even went out of his way to get a bottle of wine from the bar that was not on the restaurant wine list. The bar service and bartender were great also. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went here for Fathers Day dinner. The steak was very good. My dad who had salmon thought it wasn't that good. My husband didn't enjoy the roasted chicken. Our server was not as friendly as we would have liked. Did not recommend anything, did not offer a refill for people who got pop. Our food took a long time to come. Not sure if I'd go back for dinner but maybe I'd try their brunch."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good food with lots of choice and a nice friendly atmosphere"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is one excellent place to go to especially when in Banff...great experience!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Definitely an awesome place. This will be an annual event for our family for sure!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very good all around. Be prepared to pay for it. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wonderfully prepared food with excellent service and attention to detail. Every mom was presented with a colorful gerbera daisy and there was face painting and coloring for the kids in a separate quieter area. And of course you can't beat the view! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Outstanding brunch in the majestic Rocky Mountains. We enjoyed a delicious variety of brunch buffet items while admiring a spectacular view of the mountains. The "Castle" is always an excellent place to stay and dine, especially the Bow Valley Grill. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I've had my share of brunches from cruise ships to 5 star hotels. The Fairmont's Easter Brunch is top of the list- excellent array of tasty foods for every palate, separate kid's area complete with free face painting. Carved ham and beef, lots of salads, outstanding seafood including smoked salmon and shrimp plus an endless desserts. All beautifully displayed- chocolate easter bunnies, bunny shaped breads, real Easter eggs on each table, etc. Service was also top notch- I had to wait for my partner's daughter to get her face painted, so our hostess came over and asked if I would like coffee. She promptly brought it to me. We've decided to make this an annual event- not to be missed. Oh and did I mention the chocolate fountain? "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We've enjoyed brunch here many times, but this time was a disappointment. We were put in an infrequently used room with leftover tables and banquet chairs. Were never offered a wine/mimosa menu. Coffee was refilled only when asked for, coffee grounds in cup were just ignored, cup not replaced. Hot foods were all cold, although tasted good otherwise. Perhaps best to go on a regular Sunday, not on a special one."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was the perfect brunch. I would recommend it for sure."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Compared with all other dining experiences locally this is the best in every way and also the best value for money for the super surroundings and wonderful food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our late lunch here on the first Saturday in April. We were at the end of a great trip to southeastern British Columbia and Banff and stopped here on our drive from Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, back to Calgary. We were so impressed by the superb quality and extensive variety of entrees, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, chilled and warm appetizers, breads and desserts. The venison stew, beef medallions, grilled fish, and poultry dishes were superb. Our table by one of the huge windows afforded magnificent views of the mountains. We felt at home and were very comfortable. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Needing a last minute reservation on a Friday night for three, this place was the only one with availability at the Fairmont. That tells you something. The restaurant is large, LARGE. We were greeted warmly and the service was friendly. Not fine dining by any standards but comfortable. The good was a tad on the $$ side for what you got, but they tried. We tried the seasonal menu and wine pairing ($85/pp). The pairings were great (the wine portions) and the price was equivalent to what you could order from the main menu anyway. We liked our meals, but there was nothing exceptional about them. I would only go back if we were ago without plans on a busy evening. I won't remember what I ate here in a day or so."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Brunch here is worth the drive and the money - incredients are top notch, servers are friendly and welcoming and un-pretentious given the pomp that often surrounds the springs. The views are hard to beat as is the choice and quality of the buffet. I have to remind myself to do a walk through and resist the urge to pile up a full plate at the first station. The salad station is really well done with fresh ingredients (the pesto boccaccini is amazing) and beyond that the warm food stations are delicious - the meatballs and curry dishes are beyond good. Having brunch here with a couple of mimosas, overlooking the mountains with some good company is a pretty great way to start a day."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Amazing view and amazing service. Food was average for the price. Would have expected more from a Fairmont. Totally underwhelmed by their culinary execution."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Wonderful brunch selection extremely accommodating for gluten and nut allergies. Great variety and even selection for kids! Amazing Buffet worth its value."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I went to Bow Valley Grill with my girlfriends to sample their Family Week buffet and we were very impressed at the selection and quantity of food, as well as the quality, especially the make your own stir fry option."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was excellent and great buffet for brunch or dinner. Many choices of food to choose from"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have eaten at the Bow Valley Grill many times and absolutely love their buffet, which is not always available. After having made reservations online for Valentine's Day, we got a call telling us that it would be a buffet that evening and wondering if it would be okay with us. We were thrilled! And we were not the least bit disappointed. Everything was first rate!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Bravo to the wonderful staff,amazing chefs and excellent food. Go back again and again...."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The food and service flawless! Outstanding selection of wines and food, with agreeable response to food substitutions. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The New Year's buffet dinner was full of delicious food selections, and the service was excellent. Our wine glasses were never empty!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The buffet was excellent. Great choices, something for everyone. All foods cooked to perfection. Be prepared to "pig out", don't be shy, you probably won't find a selection like this anywhere else."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "For the dollar value we felt it feel short on quality . The selections of meat was fine but one only style of potatoe. Grilled vegetables undercooked. Not satisfied with the desert selection at all."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Ambiance was perfect and fantastic choices for every food lover!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Ideally, our reservation would have included a note that it was a buffet over the holidays and not the a la carte menu provided on the website. Since we had already arrived, we chose to stay and for a buffet, the food was good. We especially liked the stir-fry/fresh pasta station, so we could get made to order and hot food. Families with children will love this option for holiday meals, with lots of excellent choices for kids."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great service with a creative choice of delicacies for dinner and desert. Wonderful experience."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food was absolutely delicious! The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the snow was gently falling outside. A magical visit!!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Had a good supper at the Bow Valley Grill. Service was great. Good was good. We had the prime rib dinner, it was very good except they did not have Yorkshire pudding. They stated it was not availalbe on the day that we had our supper?? Other than that we were satisfied"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I had the 3 course special menu for the special Bon Apatite Week in Banff and it was the best meal I've ever eaten."
    Dined on 11/14/2013