1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs

4.6
693 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Canadian
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 Meat 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 693 people are saying
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vipGemmer
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible. Our waiter was very helpful explaining the menu and attentive. Food was a delight; each dish was well thought out and interesting. The Wagyu steak was our favourite.

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ShaunB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing table location and service. The waygu steak and aged duck was amazing. Don’t sleep on the Mac and cheese either as it was amazing as well.

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KatherineW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The steak was perfect and our server was fantastic :) thank you!

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PhilippeM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable experience ,absolutely stunning, a must destination for fine dinning

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The wine I tried was amazing. The Wagyu beef was super delicious and tender. All the recommendations from.the waiter were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Thanks for taking care of our anniversary dinner Adam

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TaylorA
London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Steak was over done, dry and under seasoned. For $75 just for the steak it better on point. I have been a huge fan of the Fairmont’s so this was a disappointment.

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James
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! We very much enjoyed the experience and meal.

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VicHenry
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, ambiance and food!
Very pricey but worth the splurge !

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KyleM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a Great experience!!! Would definitely come back.

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Frank
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best server, that I seen in years.
Very accommodating and knows to gauge his patron. Truly awesome.
Strong work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious meal.

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JasonT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Dining room was packed and tables were closer than COVID regulations allow. They did move us to a quieter spot near the bar. Food was good overall, though the scallop appetizer was a dud.

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vipKimG
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a perfect night! Good food! Great location! And outstanding service! I had wanted oysters but they were not on the menu that night. Our waiter checked with the chef of another restaurant on the property and was able to get me some!

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TYLER
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Eaten here many times and the service and wine list are always excellent, but the value is dwindling every time I go. The steak is great, lots of options and always well prepared, but I’m kinda getting tired of the à la carte steakhouse skimping on $18 side dishes. When I think steak house I think “I’m leaving here full” and it’s just not the case at 1888. I ordered the Ribeye as did my wife and we felt we would share a side of carrot ($18) and side of turnip ($18). I’m not exaggerating when I say each side contained two to three of said vegetable. Bread is an added charge now too. I’m not a cheapskate, and 1888 has been a past favourite, but I’m beginning to have a hard time with the value when other steak houses in Banff (Saltlik as example) do just as good a job on food and service and the value is better. I’m ok paying $60+ for a great steak; I’m not okay paying $18 for 2-3 roasted carrots. If all the accompanying parts of the 1888 steak experience were better value I’d have no trouble giving a 4 or a 5.

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BobR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bucket list restaurant for sure! Food is outstanding!

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LyleC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal at the 1888 Chop House was exceptional. The sides were well prepared and enjoyable. The steaks were absolutely incredible. (We shared bites) Randy was an excellent server and it was a great dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The menu was excellent with one exception - no salads or green vegetables of any kind. Though the food was very good, digestion is better with even a few greens.

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Erika
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for a late dinner after a long drive. Adam served us and he was outstanding. He is very knowledgeable of the food and beverage menus. His attention to detail is impeccable.
The food was delicious, we had a few vegans at the table and they thoroughly enjoyed the vegan selection.

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Tommaso
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome service and great dinner with the family !

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Smia5
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We booked for a birthday and had a beautiful private room. The service was wonderful but the food was not good. The menu had very little items. We tried a few appetizers and one was alright but the other was terrible. Our steaks were very cold and not great, the side dishes where boring and not great. Something anyone could cook at home.
We had friends that had recommended this restaurant to us but that was when there was a different menu.
I really hope they change their menu and start serving at least warm steaks because this place is so beautiful.

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KatieB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steaks will not disappoint. Service is outstanding, as it should be!

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NavjitB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I normally don't take the time to write reviews but this was seriously one of the best dining experiences my boyfriend and I have ever had! We're both vegan so going to a chophouse we knew that we would have limited options, however, we were staying at the Fairmont and wanted to go just for the ambiance.

The chef completely went above and beyond our expectations. When we arrived to our table, two custom vegan menu's with starters, mains, AND dessert were waiting for us. I did call ahead and mention in the notes when booking that we're vegan and I was told that they would make sure they had something for us (I assumed it would be a salad and probably one main dish though). The chef personally came out to explain the menu to us and everything we ordered was DELICIOUS. Our server and all of the staff we're amazing as well.

Can't wait to go back again!

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RyanW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and wine. It’s a must if your are in Banff.

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viptherealjessthor
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. Highly recommend the champagne and wagyu steaks. Our server Nicholas was exceptional. Not inexpensive but absolutely worth it.

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FunFinder93
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I got different cuts of the Wagyu steak and both were amazing! Sides were good too but the steak is to die for. Service was great as well.

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Gabby
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for a special occasion supper!

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vipPaulW
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. If you love steak a must go at the Springs

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The 12 oz steak for over $100 was the saltiest steak I have ever had. Its offensive how salty it was and the rest of the food was meh at best... truthfully the Keg will offer you better taste and value.

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience here. They were a touch late having our table ready so had some complimentary champagne ready for us when table was ready. The food was great. One of our tables steaks not done to her request and they were quick with another one to come and also quick to take her meal off the bill. Service was awesome. Definitely will be back again.

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MandyR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an excellent dinner and fantastic service. We highly recommend 1888 Chophouse.

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BobR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Canuck1
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My wife I went out for fine dining. We have been going to the Banff Springs Hotel off and on for a couple of decades. Usually everything is top shape and it should be especially given the higher prices that are charged to stay and eat there. Tonight was a disappointment. Service by the waitress was great and my wife’s meal came out piping hot and had excellent flavours, whereas mine came out luke warm to even cool and somewhat bland. The server had the meal warmed up but on the second go round it was slightly warmer but not hot… Very disappointed and not something that one would expect from a hotel and restaurant of this calibre. Not sure we will ever go back to 1888 Chop House. The prices at 1888 Chop House are similar with what one would pay at a Ruth’s Chris but the food doesn’t compare. If a person really wants an outstanding experience for food quality and service and is willing to pay for it, my recommendation is you can never go wrong with a Ruth’s Chris restaurant.

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chris
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and exceptional service

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RobinR
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!!! One of the best meals I've ever had, fantastic. I do think the food was worth the cost. However I don't feel the drinks were. $57 ($19 each) on 3 pretty standard drinks for 2 people is far too high. I would love to go again but will not be ordering drinks again unfortunately. But I would absolutely return for the steak!!

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vipFoodie
47 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the very best Banff has to offer. The quality of food is top notch and the service is fantastic. A must visit when in Banff.

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Scott
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to 1888 for our wedding anniversary. It was our first time there and i hooked about 2 weeks in advance, asking for a “romantic table” if we could be accommodated.
We were seated immediately upon arrival at one of just a few window tables in the restaurant, with a great mountain view. The service was prompt, professional, and everybody who helped us wished us a happy anniversary. The cocktails and the food were amazing. It’s definitely pricey but you get your moneys worth for sure! I would definitely recommend this place for anybody celebrating an occasion and wanting a higher end dining experience. 5 stars all the way!!

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vipAnaM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I'm a vegetarian so I ordered the only vegetarian entree on the menu and it was awful. I couldn't even eat it - funny thing is waiter asked me if I was finished, took my plate and didn't even ask if there was something wrong with the dish...obviously didn't care. My husband had steak and lobster tail and his lobster tail was raw so he only took a couple of bites and left the rest. He did tell the waiter the lobster tail was under cooked and the waiter said thanks for letting me know but didn't offer to replace it or credit the bill. We paid for a full dinner and left disappointed. We wouldn't go back.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter was rude to us and a bit condescending. We got up and left and did not have a meal.

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CarolineM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food with service to match

Beautiful view of the mountains from our table added to the ambiance

Would highly recommend for a special dinner

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1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs is rated 4.6 stars by 693 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.