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Castello Ristorante - Fairmont Banff Springs

4.1
218 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Romantic
When in Banff it's mandatory to rediscover the taste for la dolce vita!

What can be more mouth-watering than enjoying the rich and diverse flavours of modern Italian cuisine? From tempting appetizers, hand-made pasta and the ultra-thin, ultra-delicious pizza's, Castello Ristorante will have you playing on your passions for rustic Italian food.

Come celebrate the simple pleasures of great food, wine and company with an authentic Italian meal at Castello Ristorante.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual (no hats, sports wear or torn jeans)
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Friday-Tuesday from 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Open daily in April!
Please note that hours of operation are subject to change.
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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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Executive chef
j.W. Foster
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Private party facilities
Celebrate in style at Castello Ristorante in the Fairmont Banff Springs. Let the divine flavors of Italy whisk you away, while you and your guests enjoy exceptional service to make your special event one to remember.
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Private party contact
Jeffrey Carpenter: (888) 641-5709
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 218 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.4
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3.6
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We were well served by the host and the waiter. His knowledge of the wine list and menu was impressive and the timing of everything was spot on. An excellent evening.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The waitress was amazing. I cannot say enough about how sweet she was. :-)

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The pasta wasn’t fresh handmade and the Alfredo dish wasn’t very presentable nor was it great. I could have gotten a better plate of pasta from Boston pizza for half the price and twice the portion. Drink service was very slow for what seemed like an average night wasn’t overly busy

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Absolutely Brilliant! Thank you, Team Castello!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing food with exceptional, attentive service as always! Paula and Jody are personable, fun-loving and professional . The arancini and zuppa di pesce with halibut, clams and mussels made a perfect dinner. Tiramisu like no other. Remarkable dinner and our guests also loved it. Great wine list and menu to suit any palate. A pleasure to be back and will return often! Compliments to the chef and staff :)

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Fabulous staff abd and amazing food.Just the right amount of attention, but not hovering.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great food and wonder service, highly recommend

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was good but service was slow. Seemed to be in the weeds

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Enjoyed our family dinner here - child guests of the hotel can get smaller portions of the main menu items for 50% off. Great option for dinner if staying onsite.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We visit Banff annually for skiing. The trip coincides with my partner's birthday.
We have eaten in Castellos for the majority of our 15 years of visits to Banff.
Four years ago the food was unimaginative and very average.
We ate in the the Bow Valley grill for two visits and it was very good. We tried the
Chop house and found the service "laboured" but the food was fine.
Going back to the Castello last year we had such poor service, ticket for the main course
presumably lost in the kitchen, that we complained and left and to the credit of the staff, were not charged for the food and wine consumed although we offered to pay for what we had eaten and drunk.
This year, Castellos was fine. We are intending to try your new restaurant next year.
To put some context in our visits.
We always visit Banff, as the resorts and facilities of the town are first rate. It is a "proper town", as opposed to other resorts in Europe and the USA that are "ski / bar resorts".
The highlight of the visit for my partner, is a turn round your premises, a little shopping, cocktails in the Rundle lounge and dinner.
Regards
Michael Lamb

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Nice restaurant with friendly staff/manager. Beginning and end of meal were great...the bread with roasted garlic is fresh and tasty, the tiramisu cake for dessert was delicious! In between...the Caesar salad was a little dry (not well tossed) and the seafood pasta was just ok --lacking in flavour other than too much hot peppers. None-the-less, still a good time.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We have been to this restaurant many years and each year it appears to go downhill. It was like attending a cafeteria now with the new lighting. When it first opened many many moons ago it was romantic and high end.
The waitress seemed to have a bit of an attitude that one of our guests was a sommelier and asked why some wines were marked up 580% and others were 120%. He made some suggestions on wine from the glass and said choices were poor at best. She just scoffed and said shes not a sommelier and therefore didn't care. No one ordered wine. We just shook our head at the disappearing waitress. There was 4 tables and we knew why. We had to have people modify meals due to allergies and she said there was absolutely no button mushrooms in the hotel and it had to be oyster or a mix of them. I know that Fairmont takes pride in this and there other restaurants are more than happy to accomodate. The meat in the pasta was like cut up sandwich meat. No one liked their meals. One guest said the pasta was mushy and the waitress said we don't make our own it comes out of a box. yes it tasted kraft dinner like, thanks for confirming. She then said do you guys want any dessert, our new chef is willing to make you mushy macaroni. She thought that was incredibly funny. We just looked at her. For the price and what we used to have, this place is a great place to take kids for mushy spaghetti, not a high end meal. Find anywhere else to go in the Springs. Eating here is a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I had the Lamb Shank and can say with complete honesty that it was one of the best meals I've had in years. The bean purée brought a remarkable creaminess to the perfectly medium rare lamb, alongside wonderfully seasoned, crunchy artichokes. The California wine that our server Jody recommended brought a whole other amazing dimension to the flavour. Just spectacular. Highly, highly recommended if you want a FINE dining experience, you know?

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Always great food and service

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic staff and food.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious! The garlic for the bread was great. Great service and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Very nice and welcoming environment, friendly reception and delicious dishes

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was very good food but, very expensive. The entree special was $49.00. Even simple pasta dishes were close to $40.00.

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2018

To salty and to much butter

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. The service was great. Dylan the chef made amazing dinners and entree‘s. All of the people in our party talked about the meal and experience for the next couple days. Thank you to all the staff at Castello’s

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Our group had a memorable experience, not only with the great food, the outstanding service but the ambience and winter setting of this great hotel and restaurant. Have an outstanding 2018

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

the most disgusting meal we ever had in Banff. Disgusting. Terrible service and freezing cold. They actually hand out blankets. What a pathetic excuse for a restaurant in the Banff Springs Hotel. Never again.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Convenient if staying at Fairmont. Salad was delicious. Dinner was okay.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

It was very cold outside and the old building got a little cold inside.
Coats and jackets were required. Thank goodness it is not that cold very often.

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Very disappointed with this restaurant. Looked like I was in my granny’s conservatory and it was freezing cold. People were sitting with their coats on and going back to the room to get jumpers. The waiter was nice enough but the food was just ok not amazing. I definitely wouldn’t return.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Excelent food, great service. Would recomend it anytime.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall everything was very good other than the pasta. The bread with garlic was excellent. The service was great. We ordered two pasta dishes and we expected much better. The pasta wasn't terrible but sorry, I wouldn't go back again.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Food is good tasting but not very original. Portion is just right. Price is high even for Banff.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Castello's has been a very good Italian restaurant for many years. Before this trip we visited in 2015. Improvements have made since our last visit and everyone can be assured of a great meal in a 1st class resort restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Lovely, quiet experience.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Another great restaurant located right at the Castle in the Rockies so you do not need to travel far for dinner

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Ate in lounge area of venue. Cozy atmosphere. Excellent view from balcony. Great food - exceptional service.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious fresh meal. Prompt and attentive service however he didn't provide us with the daily special.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

We enjoyed the authentic Italian flavors and the extensive wine list.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2017

It was affordably priced for the Banff Springs hotel. I ordered the ricotta lasagna. It was very good at first, and then I got used to it because there wasn't much variety on my plate . The side was some green leafy vegetable that was bitter. My aunt got the same dish and she liked it. My aunt liked the greens better when she added the balsamic vinaigrette on it. She thought it was plain without this. I tasted the squid appetizer. It was good, but tasted salty, so I probably couldn't endure a whole plate of it although a junk food fan I came with could . It is a sharing size.

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3.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Pasta not made on-site and nothing special. Steak was good.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

The evening was delightful and Jody provided exceptional service!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

From the moment we walked in until the very end, the service and food was impeccable. You will not be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

Our dinner at Castello was amazing. I told our server that my meal of Pasta with clams was as good if not better than in Italy and I have been trying to duplicate my Italy meals! Our server told the chef who kindly gave me written directions for the dish! That's what I call above and beyond!!!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food (I loved the seafood) in wonderful surrounding.

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