Primrose Dining Room - Rimrock Resort Hotel
Primrose Dining Room - Rimrock Resort Hotel

Primrose Dining Room - Rimrock Resort Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rimrockresort.com/
  • Phone: 4037621848x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    Mon-Fri 7am-11am
    Sat-Sun 7am-11:30am

    Dinner
    Sun-Thu 6pm-9pm
    Fri 6pm-9:30pm
    Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm

    Summer Hours (June-Sept)

    Dinner
    Sun-Fri 6pm-9:30pm
    Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm




  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, International, Canadian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Special Events: Please check our website for seasonal special promotion and dining events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sulphur Mountain Road
  • Public Transit: Banff public transit service available to the hotel, please see link below for stops schedule.

    http://www.banff.ca/Assets/PDFs/Locals+PDF/Roam+Transit.pdf
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Hotel Indoor parking is available for all guests
A word from Primrose Dining Room - Rimrock Resort Hotel
Breakfast and dinner is served in our Primrose restaurant. Our guests enjoy the morning sun through floor to ceiling windows, and beautiful floral paintings by renowned artist of the millennium. Featuring an Italian dinner menu with great selection of pastas and flatbread dishes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Primrose Dining Room - Rimrock Resort Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (13)romantic (8)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Superior view, excellent service
    Foodie7
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    During our stay at the Rimrock, we tried Primrose for dinner one night and also had brunch there twice. The ambience of the restaurant is nice, paired with a superb view. The staff is very helpful, quick and accommodating. Even though the menu on the paper looked exciting, the actual food was rather mediocre both for dinner and brunch, which was disappointing. Most dishes were on the fatty side, and the quality of the ingredients and the cooking style questionable. (On the plus side: nothing tasted oversalted) The only delight was the desert selection we tried at our coffee break during the day and after dinner. The items we tried truly lived up to our expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Buffet Night to Remember
    MikesTastes
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Blue lipped mussels on the half shell...really good and unexpected! Other nicely prepared ante pasto. The hotel's three chefs on hand behind buffets to create whatever salad combination or pasta dish you would like from ingredients that you pick. Chef will help you devise something tasty. Desert table with creme brule', cheese cake, and about 8 different cakes with fillings and frostings...all too good. Good service, helpful with explanations about the buffet. Reasonable price compared to other restaurants in the vicinity. Watch the scene change as sun sets on nearby mountain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primrose at Rimrock Resort
    WeldoNWher
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Primrose is well worth making a reservation in advance and ask for a window table. The view is magnificent and the sunsets are spectacular. The food was well prepared and exhibited an artistic flair. The service was efficient and thoughtful. A great place for a celebratory dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality spotty
    saskminer
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Home run on some dishes but others were totally ruined. Stay with the main stream and you will be fine. They are trying too hard in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primrose at Rimrock
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My wife and I both ordered steak. She ordered rare, and I ordered medium rare. Mine was cooked medium. Hers was medium well. My piece was considerably larger than hers so we didn't switch. Having had problems at this restaurant twice before all we wanted to do was eat and leave. The only reason we were there was that we were on a meal plan and had vouchers good only for the Primrose
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Kn1981VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food with a fantastic view. We had Nolan as our server and he was amazing, one of the most professional and best servers we've ever had. The food is very good and at the price point, it's great value. You can't beat the views, we had one of the tables by the window.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    the service was very, very good....seating is comfortable... unique and gorgeous room as well as view...we had a group of four...some of the menu items were really good and some were surprisingly pedestrian ...a wonderful location with so many beautiful things going for it should never do such a thing...food quality for such a lovely spot on the planet should be part of the draw for customers...if the food is so so I guarantee that will not be forgotten and is always factored in on the decision for return business.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    AnnickVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food is very good, the view is out of this world and the service is courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great food with outstanding service. Excellent for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 134 reviews are from the Primrose Dining Room - Rimrock Resort Hotel reviews archive.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our experience was great. We have a peanut allergy in our family and the staff was very accommodating, reassuring us without any prompting, that our allergy was being taken very serious. The food was delicious, views great and we will go back again in the future for sure. Prices were good for the quality and quantity of food as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning views!
    Nedlovestoeat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We really enjoyed Primrose. The menu was varied and the room itself was beautiful not to mention the view. We had two babies with us, and the staff was very accommodating. The only this we didn't like was that we had to pour our own wine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed.
    Traveller
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were seated between tables with children who were somewhat noisy...a bit of a surprise that this restaurant would be considered family friendly considering the prices and atmosphere. The service was excellent, the food was good but not spectacular but the view was wonderful. We are not sure we will go back as we were somewhat disappointed by the distractions of the toddlers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    irishbeauty76
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    What a fantastic hidden gem in the Rockies! We recently dined in the primrose room as a group of 4 adults and two children. The menu was amazing (including the children's menu that has fantastic choices with fresh ingredients instead of the staples of Mac and cheese or hamburgers) We didn't feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the recommended wines from the extensive wine list along with our unbelievably pallet pleasing entrees. Staff is fun and friendly and the RimRock has the most amazing views. Highly recommend and look forward to staying and dining there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    SusieQ
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Enjoyed this restaurant. Ordered steak and it wasn't great - mind you I ordered it well done... Waitress was lovely.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    mkprovos
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My wife and I were away for a weekend without the kids, had a great time at the Primrose. Loved the prime rib buffet, the staff were excellent, and the views were spectacular. Really great experience
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner review
    Greatview
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was good, calamari was great, the steak was good but disappointed it wasn't bigger for the price and could have had more sauce. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. The desert menu could have been better, not alot of selection. The seafood pasta was bland but certainly gave you a lot of it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable dining at Primrose at Rim
    Daddee
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    It was our first time at this restaurant. It was a very good choice. We really enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primrose Dining Experience
    Roysudipto
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    It was great to dine at this place celebrating a special occassion. The service was very friendly and the food great in taste. Will like to go back to this place again next time I am in Banff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable
    Snappyhappy
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    My partner and I had an absolutely fabulous experience at the primrose. We attended pasta Wednesday. The food was amazing. More than enough for what you pay. The waiter was delightful. He gave us complimentary glasses of champagne as he noticed we were celebrating an anniversary. This was my second time at the primrose, on both occasions it has been fantastic experiences. I will most definitely be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service!
    foodie
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I went with 6 friends to the Primrose and had an incredible time. The service was so friendly and they made us feel very welcome. One of my friends has bad food allergies and they were very accommodating, the chef even came out and talked with her. The food was well presented and very flavorful, I had the best steak I have had in years. We were sat beside the fireplace and although it was dark outside they had this cool green light that highlighted the trees by their skating rink. Primrose is one of the better restaurants in town, the staff are well trained and they seem genuinely happy to be there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Awesome restaurant. My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary and were very happy with our experience. We got a table with a beautiful view and they were great dealing with and accomodating with my allergy issues. They also surprised us with a complimentary beautiful and very tasty desert for our anniversary. Our waitress was great as well and the food was absolutely delicious. The prices for food are also excellent, especially for the quality of food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    DINEOUTALOT
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Not usually impressed by hotel dining rooms, but this one is as good as advertised. Located in the tourist mecca of Banff it has great service from student waiters and well prepared food with a strong Italian influence at dinner. Their brunch on Sunday is wonderful with offerings including smoked salmon, freshly prepared omelettes, all with spectacular views of the Rocky mountains. Both brunch and dinner the night before were good value for the price paid
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favourites
    Lesess50
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We have been to this restaurant four or five times and always enjoy it. This meal was however our least favourite. We have had excellent specials here in the past, however this time there were no specials. The menu has also changed and there isn't as much choice as there used to be in the appetizer section. We both had a veal main (ossobucco and saltimbocco) and both were quite good. Dessert choices seemed somewhat limited and pretty standard this time around. Ambiance and service remain first rate, however. We will go back, but will probably try some other places in Banff first.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, gracious ambiance
    Rezn
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Went to the Tuesday pasta night. Salad, pasta dinner and dessert were all first rate - all done with a masterful touch with a delicious result. Restaurant itself beautifully appointed - finishing materials, decoration and furniture all first rate lending to an overall ambiance of elegance and grace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and ambience
    WilCheng
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Bradley, Abraham and Chaz all made the evening fantastic for our whole family, who were visiting for Christmas from South Africa. Food was divine, service was great, overall immensely satsified.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta buffet, very fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Great pasta buffet, very fresh and great variation. Wonderful decadent desserts too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always return to the Primrose
    Josie
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We live in Banff and love dining at the Primrose. We also enjoy it with guests. The views are fabulous as is the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic all around
    GreenBeanVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    While vacationing alone, I met a lovely man who took me to dinner here. Our waitress was forever a blessing to our experience. She was exceptional in her service and education of product. If I ever visit Banff again, I would be silly not to pop a visit here again. Jess - The GreenBean Californian
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I booked dinner at the Primrose because they said the view was exceptional. From our window table we could see across the hotel and into peoples rooms. We got to watch a woman work out while we tried to enjoy our dinner. Less than romantic. Skip this restaurant and make a reso at Eden or somewhere else downtown.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Amazing Hit & Sad Miss
    burtyblues
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The view was magical as the sun set. Main entrees were pastas & steak only w/ some other options on side menu. We didn’t care for the bread selection and the tapenades were an odd blend. I ordered the Insalata Itialiana. It was large! It came with garlic toast for some reason. My friend got the Prosciutto Melone salad. We were both surprised that it was cantaloupe melon. This cantaloupe tasted off, like it was frozen/thawed, or soaked in something. It was not good and she put it to the side. The servers did not ask her why she did not eat them?! The risotto was superb! It was the best risotto I have ever eaten. We did not order desserts because we were too full. As a 2nd choice to the high-priced Eden in the Rimrock Hotel, I suggest it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top impressive
    FMTourism
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    I cannot say enough great things about the Primrose. From arrival to departure, the service was impeccable, the food was amazing. Our group that evening collectively hails from the Tourism, Hospitality and Restaurant industries. We were all in agreement, that it was an evening to remember and one we will share with others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    Luv5star
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Wow! Great service and great food I would like to thank all the staff at the restaurant especially Madtaeo our waiter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's special not good for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Chef's special not good for an Ita;ian restaurant you would expect homemade pasta not box bought
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for our engagement dinner
    Sboothe
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    My fiancé took me here for our engagement dinner and it was perfect! The wine was delicious and the food was amazing too. We sat by the window and had a view of the mountains. It was perfect for that special occasion!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The meal was very poor quality.
    1234
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The meal was very poor quality. The vegetables were extremely overcooked, halibut was dry. We were very disappointed in the food quality which is a shame as we enjoy staying at the Rimrock. It is very unlikely that we will visit the Primrose restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Romantic Restaurant
    Shuggs
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    For our honeymoon, my husband and I recreated the trip we took to Banff in 2011 when we got engaged. This included a stay at the Rimrock hotel and dinner at the Primrose dining room. We have always enjoyed our meals, the service and the ambience of the Primrose, and would highly recommend it for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really only fair at best-would
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    really only fair at best-would not go back if had the option
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful autumn dinner
    Pammy
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We sat looking out at the mountains and the autumn valley as the server took excellent care of us. We almost regretted having tickets for a 7:30 show at the Banff Centre, so we didn't have as much time to linger as we wanted. We informed the server of our tight timeline and she was very prompt in taking our orders and ensuring they were filled quickly. She suggested a wine that would go with both meals, veal for my husband and seafood past for me. Delicious. Note that this is a special occasion restaurant. The prices are reasonable, but the ambience is quiet and elegant and not suitable for young children.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alright
    Rimrockers
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Services was great! I gave the food 3 stars overall. I would have given the rating 2 stars for my bland pasta with pesto & chicken for $22, however my husband did like his steak and our banana split was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly recommend!
    TrvlSnobsVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    My husband & I dined here to celebrate our anniversary while on vacation in the Canadian Rockies. They valet park, restaurant is one level down from main entrance in the Rimrock. The view was excellent (of mountains) and the food and service were exceptional. Nolan was our waiter and he was knowledgeable, personable, very efficient and helpful. We never felt rushed yet were well taken care of. From our app's to our desserts, everything was delicious and well presented. Highly recommend. Even the valet team was personable and efficient. A very nice experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.