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1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs

4.4
319 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Romantic
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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.

1888 Chophouse will be closed for seasonal maintenance April 2 - 23.

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 Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

1888 Chophouse will be closed for seasonal maintenance all of April.

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(403) 762-6860
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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Executive chef
j.W. Foster
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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.
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Private Room
What 319 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Date night

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The entire experience was OUTSTANDING!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This restaurant is amazing. Great food - impeccable service. Will definitely come here again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing location. Amazing wine

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was a cool restaurant, nice room and good ambiance. The price of their alcohol was insulting. $35 for a half glass of champagne ?! $27 for a 5oz pour for wine ? The wines were nothing fancy, we drink them all the time. It was price gouging for sure.

The food was okay. I had the steak tartare and it was well seasoned. My husband had the lamb shank and it was mediocre and under seasoned for $57.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Unfortunately We had an awesome filet Mignon at the Cactus Club Cafe in Calgary the night before. The Chop house paled in comparison at twice the cost. Work on your quality of food because, for a restaurant nothing else really matters. It should have been amazing to match the hotel and surroundings!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Perfect date location. Great service with knowledgeable staff. Thanks for making a romantic evening enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Meals very tasty, great selection of wines, wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We were in Banff for a birthday weekend and really enjoyed our meal at Chop 1888. Everything from the bread tray to the wine to the cheesecake was superb. We will return another time to try out more menu options.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Everything was perfect!

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Birthday dinner, party of four, midweek:

- The main courses took almost an hour to arrive.
- The fish filet had fallen apart in the dish.
- The chicken and dry.
- We ordered 2 filet mignons (6oz and 10oz). The 10oz was delicious and cooked perfectly but the 6oz had an odor. My wife and I both took a taste and the meat was bad and I mean BAD. We sent it back and ordered the chicken instead which turned out to be dry as well.

Our server was fantastic and very accommodating. We really liked her and the overall restaurant service. They did not charge us for the dish we sent back and also offered complimentary deserts for the entire party. The unfortunate thing was that we couldn't get rid of the feeling we had after tasting the 6oz Filet mignon. It was horrible. So much so that we declined the complimentary deserts. I wish we could have had a better experience.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

It’s hard to believe we have been the the Banff Springs Fairmont so many times and never found this gem of a restaurant tucked away. The Boar Chop was fabulous and the apple pie was a meal in itself.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The blackened cod was delicious but it really didn't go with the winter vegetables. Sprouts and squash etc are too heavy for such a delicate flavoured dish.
Also the background music wasn't background music at all so tinny sounding, loud and annoying which ruined our whole experience.

We almost didn't come back but we did last night and the whole experience was totally different. Fabulous steak and delicious food, attentive friendly waiter Geoff.
Quieter ambient music so if you send a questionnaire we would award 5 stars for everything!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

1888 Chop House is a wonderful restaurant at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The service is wonderful, the food is terrific and the location is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The filet was superb. The mushrooms were also great.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is the second meal I've had at 1888 in the past 18 months (Summer/Winter visits to Banff). We had the same excellent server both visits; staff are knowledgeable and extremely competent. The meal was overall better the first time. While the majority of our meal was very good, my wife and I split a Caesar salad, which turned out to be like four bites each. In other words, had they added both halves together I think it would have been a half order. This felt cheap when considered against the cost of the meal and wine and champagne our table of four ordered. Not a huge deal, but it was definitely out of character compared to the first visit and bothered me enough to write about it.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This restaurant came highly recommended but fell a bit flat. Our server was not up to what I woukd expect in a high end steak restaurant such as this. She was not very flexible (trying to work around a picky child eater) and was hard to find when you needed something. And my filet steak was terrible. It was dry and had a very strange flavor - i should have sent it back but was too tired to wait for another one. Our server never asked if everything was ok with it either - i only ate one bite. My husbands steak (the ribeye) was very good though. Sides were just eh nothing special. There must be better places in Banff for a steak. The only plus to this restaurant was convenience as it was in our hotel.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had the Waygu tenderloin which was the best steak I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This was a great evening. Randy our waiter was awesome. The only concern was the number of people that went by the room. Otherwise this was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Very good but very very pricey. I'd expect to be amazed for those prices and nothing was really amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Our first time eating here and first time staying at banff fairmont. I would recommend this place to anyone. Our server Christopher was great, extremely knowledgeable about the menu and especially the drink menu. The food was amazing and the drinks were too. We went for our anniversary and it was perfect.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We started with champagne perfectly selected by our server, then had an excellent crab cake and average Caesar salad. Then came the Wagyu beef tenderloin and bison tenderloin served with a duck fat butter on top. Both were unbelievably good and cooked to perfection. Some of the best meat we've ever had. Our sides were golden beets, wilted greens, and baked potato, all were good. Finished with an apple pie that was remarkably large but tasted average. We also had perfectly blended cocktails throughout our meal. Overall the whole meal was outstanding; the service and quality of meat is what blew us away the most. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful experience. Kind helpful staff. Accommodated my children. Delicious food.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Although the restaurant is beautiful we were really disappointed by our first and only visit. The service was fine but we waited a long time for our meal ... over an hour between salad and main course. When our steak and baked potato finally came they were both lukewarm....the potato could not melt the little bit of butter I placed on it! I have rarely ever returned anything but I did return my baked potato. I kept my steak because it had taken so long to receive. It was cooked perfectly but barely warm. My second baked potato was slightly warmer but not by much. In the end my meal was courtesied but I didn't come for a free meal , I came for a superb meal which I would have been more than happy to pay for. We will not return.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall It was nice.i just wish out waiter would have been a bit more faster.the food and the drinks was fantastic.hiwerever it was overpriced and the I wish the side of the steak was bigger.otherewise everything else was fine.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

WOW!! What a fantastic restaurant, the service, the food/ wine everything is beyond what you hope it to be.
The wine list was incredible covering all the bases and then the port and the whiskey and the scotch, heaven on earth for a foody like me.
10 out of 10

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

It was a great evening, the food was fantastic and service exceptional. Thanks.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

They were informed it was a milestone birthday, 50th to be exact, no acknowledgement about that, the Caesar salad was runny and tasteless, the wilted greens was bland, even the shrimps that I added on my salad was bland and no taste on it, for the amount they charge for food, it’s ridiculous, the worst was we have to wait for more than an hour for our food to artive.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We were not staying at the Fairmont, but in the town of Banff. We had a large group that required two taxis. We ate a large meal and had wine as well. The food was good, but the restaurant was not super busy and felt the waitress could have been more attentive to our table. We had received a voucher for a ride in the taxi back to town when we had visited another restaurant at the resort and actually didn't spend as much money so I assumed with the cost of our bill they would be happy to provide transportation back to town....a whooping $15 American. They refused and sent us on a goose chase to try to get someone to approve the voucher. Hello.....we came up from the town and spent a LOT of money at the facility. They wouldn't even have the shuttle service run us back to town because we were not staying at the hotel. I think it was shameful that they were not able to show their appreciation for leaving the town ( with tons of options just as good ) to solicit their hotel. I would NEVER do it again and if you are not staying at the Fairmont don't bother making the trip....

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food with friendly and informative service!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Was a very delicious meal with an overall great experience.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Great restaurant in a stunning hotel. Food and service top quality as you'd expect from a hotel of this calibre. Nice way to enjoy a bit of the hotel if you are not staying there. The champagne trolley is a nice touch. It is not cheap though especially with wine.

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2.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I wasn't feeling well on the night that we had reservations, so my tasting was limited. My husband's experience makes up the bulk of the review. It probably took our waitress 20 minutes to bring out the bread, and once received, it wasn't very memorable. I started with the iceberg wedge salad. It was very hard to eat. The blue cheese was in chunks, not crumbles, and it was just too big to try to eat. I also got the mashed potatoes, which were very good. We have heard rave reviews about Alberta beef. I was so upset that my stomach couldn't handle a steak, but my husband said that I didn't miss out. He said the steak was nothing special. He also got the macaroni and cheese. We both agreed that it wasn't up to par either. We got the cheesecake for dessert, and it was very good. My husband got the French press coffee, and he said it was phenomenal. The restaurant was not very busy, but the waitress was pretty much non-existent, and service was extremely slow. Will try another steakhouse next time we visit the area.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This was by far the best restaurant I have been too! We shared the tomahawk steak and it was cooked perfectly and was the best steak I have ever had! A must try for an appetizer is the pork scallops! Our server Nicolas H was spot on and was by far showed us the best time we have ever had at a restaurant!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Lots of great restaurants in Banff but this is at the top of the list. The food is over the top good, great atmosphere, excellent service. It is on par with the best steakhouses in large cities. Very expensive but highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was fast, food was excellent & staff were very friendly. We went for Christmas dinner 🎄and loved our time there! Our waiter was awesome, he answered any questions we had & gave us a few recommendations.

Warm & inviting atmosphere!
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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We had an excellent birthday dinner here. Everything was delicious. The ribeye steak was cooked perfectly. The steak tartar was delightful, the best my Mom had ever had. They have gluten free bread options. The cocktails are wonderful- especially the cucumber-hisbiscus vodka collins.

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