1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs

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419 reviews
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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.


Dress Code:
Smart Casual (no hats, sports wear or torn jeans)
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Manitoba
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KG
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 12, 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
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating Christmas

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 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.

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r
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was there for Christmas Day 2018, good service, food was ok, little bland, but very much over priced.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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R
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got the tomahawk steak. Was very tasty and expensive but worth it. Would definitely go back..

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HY
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent people service all they staff were friendly, sincere and polite. Food choice seemed limited but once you get the side dishes right the whole meal lights up. Well presented food, freshly prepared and delivered in a timely fashion.

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, romantic and intimate ambiance & the most delicious food with high quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. An amazing dining experience we will never forget, thank you!

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CM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great service was very good . A little pricy to say least .

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

All the steaks were over cooked.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love coming here for dinner. the food is outstandinq and the service is impeccable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Made our night special

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L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, wonderful service and great atmosphere.

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MF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing. Just not even remotely close to the prices it charges. Poor yet super marked up price list.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Luke offered sensational service and the food was delicious.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special birthday dinner with wife and two kids (9&11). The venison was great and the kids had a 4oz filet and jr halibut. Large wine list and great desserts. Glad we went here.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Steak was ordered medium rare came out rare. Very expensive.

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish I ordered from appetizer to main course to desert tasted amazing. The service was excellent. This restaurant alone is reason enough for me to visit Banff again in the near future.

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steaks are beyond words. Pricy but the Chef has mastered the art of fine dining. Bravo.

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MH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have celebrated our anniversary with 1888 before and had a great experience, not this time. This meal took an inordinate amount of time to get to us, meanwhile all tables around us, who had arrived just before or just after us, were brought entrees and in some cases, finished before we got our entrees. Food was not cooked to specifications...which in a steakhouse, is implied & expected. We won't be back.

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PP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak ever. Grandmas chocolate cake milkshake was excellent. Tasty side dishes. Excellent service.

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SR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1888 Chop House delivered in every way. Service was great, friendly and responsive. Food was excellent!
A must have for steaks when visiting Banff!

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PS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would like to see that more non alcoholic beverages are avaiable in wine and sparkling wine

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steaks I’ve has in Southern Alberta, and that is saying something!

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SH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu was relative restrictive with pricing designed to manipulate your selections. Small cuts of steak were very expensive. Better pricing was associated with huge pieces of meat. The described preparation of the salmon, chicken, and steaks was basic. Not what one would expect from a refined quality restaurant. Finally, the bread wasn’t fresh. Very disappointed.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

TERRIBLE service, food that was marginal at best but charges like it was $$

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NS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We decided on the 1888 Chop House for our Anniversary dinner. The atmosphere was quintessential chop house. Our server was polite, attentive and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed her service. Food was great. The steak and seafood special were perfectly cooked and flavorful. We were however quite disappointed in the wine list. Far to many overpriced bottles with little value selections and not many middle options. Disappointed to say the least.

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RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing especially for the money. We told them it was our 20th wedding anniversary and we were celebrating. No mention of our anniversary, nothing. We paid for great and got okay. Would never go back again.

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SF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service across the board. Everyone was exceptional from Randy the bartender, the servers, managers, everyone. Great wine recommendation as well. Thanks for the great window seat too !!

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e
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and we felt well cared for. We both ordered the 6oz steak (he ordered beef and I ordered buffalo). It was perfectly prepared and the accompanying au jus was nothing like we had never tasted. The wilted greens side-dish was amazing. Wine selection, even by the glass, was top notch.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was very inattentive and unfriendly. We chose this restaurant for my 50th Birthday and were very disappointed with his service.

The food was delicious.

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A
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had dinner there during our stay at the Fairmont. It was all right but not exactly what I would expect from a restaurant this category. My duck was partly cold and the fish a bit fishy. The service was very good though and the restaurant is stylish

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It is not as expected that I would have best steak .

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VS
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Thanks to the most affable and helpful Sharon for arranging to accommodate my difficult set of dietary requirements. Her professionalism and helpfulness is without compare. Through her I was able to enjoy a meal with options tailored to my dietary needs.

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, wonderful wine list.
Price too high, even for this level of quality.
If they were a bit lower, this restaurant would be a gem!!!

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D
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Delicious food. I had the pickerel and my partner had the boar. Service was extremely slow and the server was very pushy about serving alcohol. Pricey. But good for a special night out.

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