1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs

4.5
354 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Steakhouse
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 jW Foster 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)
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open Daily: 6:00pm - 9:30pm


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Phone number
(403) 762-6860
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
405 Spray Ave Banff Alberta
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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: $39 CAD/night, with unlimited access
Electric Vehicles - complimentary
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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. See the concierge desk for a town bus schedules which are subject to change without notice.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 354 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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TC
Calgary
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

The menu is pricey, but the quality of the meal and the service made it worth while.

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L
San Diego
3.0
Dined 7 days ago

Not as attentive service as you would expect at this level of restaurant. Wine not chilled before serving, water glasses not kept filled. Sparkling water served at $4 per person was not identified rather filled from a pitcher which implied it was carbonated tap water. No offer of lemon or lime with water. Table not crumbed, napkin not refreshed and refolded when returning to table from restroom., etc. We are frequent fine dining enthusiasts and gave stayed at many Fairmont properties. This dining did not meet the expected caliber. With a $250 bill and no dessert one should not be disappointed.

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OT
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Excellent all around!

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New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Nicest place at Banff springs Fairmont and a solid good overall but very overpriced for quality and selection of food. Really nothing special or outstanding. A nice evening out but maple leafs bison head and shoulders better and other steaks a solid good. My wagu filet was over cooked and tough -nothing like wagu I’ve had other places. Good cocktails. Wines by the glass limited and way overpriced. Extensive Wine list but again way overpriced. Service good but again not outstanding.

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TH
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Outstanding service. Delicious filet mignon and fresh seasonal vegetables.

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OT
Orlando
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Superb service, delicious food. We ordered 40 oz Tomahawk steak. It was cooked to perfection.

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HM
Glasgow
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

We were staying at Fairmont Banff Springs and had booked a table months in advance. We turned up at restaurant on time but there was no one to welcome us at the front desk. It wasn't particularly welcoming. After about 7 minutes we were greeted but told the table wouldn't be ready for at least 15 minutes. It wasn't a good first impression. We went back to the Gold Level Lounge to wait. When we did get shown to our table the service was excellent. Adam made wine recommendations - both very good. We all had steaks and we shared sides. The steaks were cooked to perfection. The service inside the restaurant was exceptional. The front of house experience nearly caused me to cancel my booking but I'm glad I didn't.

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JO
3.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Unfortunately service missed our order and this created a big delay that spoiled our experience

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d
Jacksonville
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Beautiful setting outstanding service food was delicious!!

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Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Our dining experience was great. We had nice ambience, great service and the food was superb.

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b
Memphis
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was delicious. Benchmark NY sirloin was flavorful, the service was excellent. The mushrooms and whipped potatoes were fabulous. Great atmosphere. I would return again!

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Houston
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Everything was superb! We had the special which was scallops and prawns. Delicious and perfect for my appetite. I didn't feel like eating meat so the scallops were a perfect fit! The service is excellent and exceptional. Definitely recommend coming here for a fine dining experience!!!!

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Manitoba
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

Wonderful, everything from the food to the staff was fantastic

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M
Denver
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Like most great dinners, it starts with a well crafted cocktail. and Randy was a pro. Likewise Adam, our waiter, was personable and efficient. He gave solid recommendations and made sure our food was just right. Speaking of food, the Wangus (Angus meets Wagyu) beef was terrific and expertly prepared. The boar steak with polenta was out of this world. Thanks for a really wonderful dining experience.

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Miami
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

We were at the 1888 Chop House on the occasion of a wedding anniversary. We had outstanding service by Alyssa and an excellent meal in all respects. Very nice wine list. Overall impression excellent but pricy.

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Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Very loud background music detracted from the enjoyment of their good food.

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Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

In a town that has limited fine dining options, this restaurant offers a very pleasant atmosphere and excellent service. The food was very good, but not exceptional.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 4, 2018

It was wonderful.

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SN
Toronto
3.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Nice restaurant, good and friendly stuff and service. Food is ok but very expensive! If you want to enjoy the view, unfortunately they don't have have it.

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MT
Toronto
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent place for dinner. Food were excellent and staff friendly. We arrived at 7 pm, and the table is already ready for us. The server was friendly and explain the dishes very well. We shared a 35oz porter steak (Alberta AAA), it was tender, juicy, and full of Alberta beef flavor.

A must try in Banff.

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JK
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Possibly the best meal we ever had. The lamb and wild boar we had were excellent! Truly a fine dining experience!

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JP
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

My husband and I visited Banff to celebrate our anniversary. We booked dinner at Chophouse and it was beyond our expectations! Everything was outstanding. The staff, the location and especially the food - OMG. We ordered the bison short ribs and Wagyu tenderloin and it was exceptional. The cocktails were delicious, too! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we highly recommend this restaurant!

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OT
4.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent food and outstanding service but way too noisy for an intimate dinner I'm afraid.

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m
Calgary
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food with top notch service. Also has an Champagne Cart!

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Anniversary

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LC
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

We booked at very short notice to celebrate my Wife's birthday and this proved to be an excellent choice in a wonderful hotel and setting. Excellent service from start to finish

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OT
Edmonton
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Anniversary

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CF
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

The food and atmosphere were wonderful, and Randy the bartender is THE BEST!

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D
Calgary
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

This was one of the most phenomenal meals we have ever had, with some of the most outstanding service we have ever experienced. Our server (& chef) quickly accommodated our request for a custom tasting menu, as we weren't feeling like ordering anything particular & we wanted to see what the chef had to offer. We were not disappointed - our meal was superb in every way. We loved the relaxed, informed & attentive service we received and everything he recommended to us was spot on (excellent champagne & wine). We cannot wait to go back!

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C
Calgary
3.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

What they do well, they do very well. The 22 ounce ribeye was cooked to perfection and the Caesar salad and baked potato were excellent. The lobster tail we had was also well prepared, but it was the smallest lobster tail I have ever seen, let alone ordered. Roughly 2 large bites or 3 medium bites. Shockingly small. To be fair, we didn't send it back and the rest of the meal was excellent.

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C
Dallas
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was exceptional. VERY extensive wine list. Food options were great, kitchen was flexible and split an entree for us.

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

Way overpriced. Not the best bang for the buck. Have had better steak else where. Not unique.

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L
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We were most pleased with the excellent service that we received from our server. Her name was Alyssa M and she was absolutely, by far, one of the best server's we have experienced. Kudo's to her an the restaurant for having her. Our food was excellent. We will return someday when and if we are back in Banff.

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IM
2.0
Dined on May 10, 2018

We had the steak and the waitress recommended we ordered medium, which we did the steak came well done, it was disappointing. I ordered the wild boar chop is was a very small portion for $57.00. I was also disappointed the meals did not come with vegetables, this was an extra, we ordered a side of fries which were very dried out and we didn't eat them. Overall disappointing for the money paid

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M
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

My (very newly) fiancee and I had a wonderful celebration meal at Chop House. We shared the 35oz porterhouse and were not disappointed. The seasoning of the steak was incredible and the meat was cooked just as requested. Certainly in the top 3 steaks either of us has ever had. This was definitely a better value than getting steaks of our own (filets were $84!) and I would say that the price is a bit steep but you will get a fantastic meal.
The ambiance was romantic and the views (we had a window by our table) were very nice. Glad we had reservations because I think it got us the view!
Overall a great experience and if we come back to Banff we will certainly entertain a return to the restaurant.

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OT
4.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

Great location right in our hotel. Food was amazing. Tomahawk steak cooked perfect. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. Worth every penny. Oh sorry Canada has no pennies, every looney lol...,

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JC
3.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food. But extremely overpriced, $65 for an 8oz steak not including any sides. Also very stuffy atmosphere

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OT
Calgary
5.0
Dined on March 29, 2018

Date night

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F
Salt Lake City
4.0
Dined on March 28, 2018

Lovely atmosphere. Great service. The grain salad, mushroom bisque, filet mignon and roasted beets were among the favorites ordered. The apple pie and cheesecake for dessert might have been our favorite part of the meal...definite recommends! They also bring a champagne cart to each table at the beginning of each meal that was fun and unique.

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C
Oklahoma City
5.0
Dined on March 23, 2018

The entire experience was OUTSTANDING!!!!

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