1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs

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Steakhouse
Set within the impressive Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 1888 Chop House is the next chapter in the tradition of extraordinary dining restaurants at the Castle. Executive Chef Robert Ash presents a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, sustainably sourced wild game and Ocean Wise seafood.

Delivering the best Alberta beef with a menu developed through lasting relationships with local farmers and purveyors.

This intimate culinary destination is made for all occasions. From our delectable menu to our spirited cocktails everything you see in front of you is made in-house, ensuring every mouth-watering detail is perfect.


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JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A brilliant experience, it is over 25years since I last visited and it was as magnificent as I remember.

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DA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous wine list, as one would expect at the Fairmont. 2 of us shared the tomahawk rib eye which was amazing. If you like beef you won’t be disappointed.

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BH
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at 1888. Food is really pretty AMAZING! The whipped potatoes are a must! Bartender is a genius! 🍸 Loved my Cocktails! My son absolutely loved his Short Rib. I’m not a steak person, so wanted a seafood option. Two years ago I had a great Lobster Tail. This time they only had side Lobster Tails, so I ordered two. They were very small and ok, but think they should add a large Lobster Tail to the menu, as most Upscale Steakhouses do! Still ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😃

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AD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a truly magical and memorable dinner to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. The decor and atmosphere was lovely, the food was spectacular and the service was both professional and warm. While everything was absolutely delicious the dish that stands out for us was the bison. We are not huge drinker’s so it was a real treat to be able to have a glass of excellent champagne, Veuve Clicquot Rosé, followed by a glass of a wonderful Pinot Noir. A special restaurant for a special occasion!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great high end restaurant super service very good food

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RM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A can’t miss dining experience when staying at the Banff Springs Fairmont. Service was outstanding, the food equally so.

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GD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, feat ambience, good service, very pleasant surroundings.

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JH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed with the quality of our main dishes. The sides were delicious and perfectly prepared. My $50 filet was over cooked. Others in my party were also unimpressed.

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JB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal @ 1888 Chop House. Fast, courteous, professional services in conjunction with amazing quality and ingredients, can't beat that!!!

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food was topped only by Adam’s service. Great wine list as well. Top shelf all around.

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L
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was delicious! We appreciated, especially, that everything was local. It is a must do again for our family... Thank you Adam, who was our waiter, for being so attentive!

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b
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was keen though seemed stretched thin at times. Food was average.

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DC
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful, romantic meal at 1888 Chop House - top class service, a wonderful wine list and steaks prepared perfectly.
I highly recommend the cocktail list, any of the novel Old Fashioned will fit the bill! We will be back!

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EH
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ate too much couldn't try out their desserts as I felt like I had a 4month old calf inside me. :( Next time.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible dinner at 1888 Chop House.

The staff were very welcoming and accommodated our three year old daughter impressively. Quick to bring a highchair and coloring supplies as well as promptly getting an order of fries to keep her occupied.

Steaks were cooked to perfection. Spouse had the Waygu 7oz, myself the Black Angus 14oz. Sides were served hot.

One improvement could be improving non-alcoholic beverages list, with that said it was only a minor detail and overall and excellent experience.

We will be returning.

Thank you.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was late due to a mishap in the kitchen but the restaurant graciously took it off of our bill.

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KK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was an awesome way to spend a Wednesday evening. We are locals and appreciate good food. Our server was very knowledgeable and provided great service

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RB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience all around. Our guests loved this dinner. The service was attentive and the food was amazing.

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WG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in ever had. Our server was well versed in the wine menu and very friendly. Great experience!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food-likely in our top three of best beef ever. Very pricey, but amazing service. No complaints whatsoever.

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S
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and last let’s talk about our server Adam who is always unbelievable. We go each year for my husbands birthday and somehow are lucky enough to get him each year. His memory is incredible and he might be the best server we’ve ever had. Thank you to Adam for always making sure we’re taken care of and paying careful attention to his customers.

We always share the porterhouse and it never disappoints. The market vegetables were amazing as were the whipped potatoes and Caesar salad. I wouldn’t get the Caesar salad again because it’s not that big and we were hoping for a Hy’s style salad where it’s made table side. It is excellent but just not what we expected. The whipped potatoes are to die for. And we’ve had the mushrooms in previous years and they are pretty incredible too. We always get the steak with extra au Jus on the side. It is the perfect compliment to the steak. The carrot cake was ridiculously delicious. We had a bottle of the $110 Gigondas and it was remarkable. I would ask for it to be decanted as it only got better with time and air.

Fourth year we’ve got there and I’m already looking forward to next year! This time we will be requesting Adam because why mess with a great thing?

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PB
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Too pricy for overcooked meat. I felt like the waiter became suddenly interested in our family when we ordered an expensive bottle of wine.

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J
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced
Scallop appetizer consisted of 1 scallop
Main steak wasn’t cooked properly sent back and ate after guests ate for that price there are much better options

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent and Adam our server was fantastic.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Great food and outstanding service!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive and amazing!

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at 1888 Chop House is the perfect compliment to staying at 'The Castle'. The setting is nothing but romantic, the food is perfect and the service is top notch. We had a delicious time being spoiled. Thank you!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My Birthday

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love that they have a steakhouse at the Fairmont, but the food didn’t impress me as much as most of the other places we are that trip. They have a champagne cart that they offer you when you get there which is great, but they don’t mention the prices of the champagne and they get pricey!

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H
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful just like the Hotel itself

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JB
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chop House was true to its name. Great cuts of meat and all the trimmings. Wine list was very nice too! Ambiance had a very hearty feel and the service was great!

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place good food , over priced can get the same service and quality of food for cheaper at other restaurant, it's nothing that's going to knock your boots off , but worth a try once.

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks you can get. Expensive but worth it.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like and Andy were awesome. We had a daughter with allergies to egg, diary and peanut and nothing was too hard for the Chop House team to make it a wonderful steer free evening. Thanks Guys

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KG
Edmonton
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the best experience! We celebrated a 9year business anniversary with class, comfort and great food and wine! The service was so friendly and knowledgeable without the pretentious air we have had at other fine dining establishments. I will definitely be back.

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Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Excellent restaurant!!! Would definitely come back next time I am in Banff

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic. The steak was a little big for on sitting so I took left overs home. The server was very good. Although he was a little slow at bribing out our teas at the end of the meal. It was sure nice to get a phone call about our jackets. Even though we had them. Very clean very tasty meal. Thank you for a great romantic wedding night meal.

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TH
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect perfect perfect. tasting menu and wine pairing made the 1200 price tag for two a bargain

1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on January 5, 2019

What wonderful feedback! Our team was thrilled to hear how perfect your recent visit was! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating Christmas

1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on January 5, 2019

It was great to see you had a 5 star experience over Christmas! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our experience was mixed. My elk steak was delicious and wine selection excellent. My husband's steak was very under done for medium rare. Beer was good, however we thought it was a bit pretentious for a "chop house". We preferred the Jasper Lodge Chop House for meal and atmosphere.

1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for sharing you experience and the feedback on your husband's steak. I am very sorry to hear about his disappointment. I have shared your comments with our Culinary team as they are always looking for ways to improve and appreciate hearing directly from our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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