Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs

4.8
156 reviews
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Wine Bar
Savoury charcuterie, fine cheeses and award-winning wines are showcased nightly at the cozy Grapes Wine Bar. Sample from a tempting menu of tasty gourmet favourites made in-house, including cured meats and pâtés, candied salmon, freshly baked breads and delicious pickled vegetables.



This historic, charming room was originally established in 1926 as a writing room and a place for people to gather their thoughts, share experiences and converse with family and friends. Enjoy the entertaining, interactive atmosphere of Grapes Wine Bar, a dining experience like no other.

Enjoy the charming intimate space of our Grapes Cellar with the food and drink you've come to love from Grapes. Available for private bookings for 10-16 guests.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual (no hats, sports wear or torn jeans)
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Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in here for appetizers and drinks before dinner. Loved everything about it. Great cocktails and cozy, quiet atmosphere. Ate dinner at the larger Vermillion room where the food was good, but I would have given up the vermillion menu variety and depth for the atmosphere and personality of grapes. We went back after dinner for a glass of wine as well. Vermillion room is huge, impersonal, crowded and noisy. If you can deal with the unique menu of grapes I would opt for it anyway.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a seat by the window (awesome views), to have a snack of cheese with wine. They have a select cheese tray with 8 different samples, paired with a jelly or fruit preserve. It was delicious.

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d
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service from Spencer.

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JR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant with good views of the mountains. Good service and tasty food.

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harry was our server and he was great! The chef's board was perfect and we didn't want any blue cheese and they were more than willing to work around that. The goat cheese that won cheese of the year in 2008 was AMAZING. The board was perfect meal for 2. The view is great. The place only holds <30 people so it is cozy but wonderful. Thanks for the great service!

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LC
Ottawa
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters Harry and Curtis were efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Great service from some young pros! Chef Michael's pairings were spot-on and it was a delight to watch him work with such efficiency and calm. Another top-notch pro with creativity to spare: the prosecco/pear "compote" was spectacular with the Brie and the Brittania cheddar with a tomato "jam" were inspired. We thoroughly enjoyed the Chef's Medley Board, suggested by Curtis. Expertly prepared and beautifully plated. The staff also helpfully accommodated our (very quiet) pre-teen. A wonderful experience!

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AC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, cozy, great choice of food, just right for shsring.

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M
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grapes is always a treat. I love the wee dining space. The ability to take a friend and have a lovely bottle of wine, charcuterie and enjoy an entire evening or talking.

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I ordered the Chef's Board and the Cheese Fondue for Two. Everything was delicious!

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PS
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Not someplace you'd go for a full dinner, but we left with full stomachs. Great selection of cheeses and charcuterie. We chose the chef's medley, along with some breads. It was a lovely evening.

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KM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with very knowledgeable staff. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, thank you.

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A charming small room. Our server Spenver provided good advice and service.

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H
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harry was exceptional both with service, style and knowledge!

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RC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Dana is by far our favourite waiter not just at Banff Springs but any establishment. Food is fabulous, great wine and awesome service.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, the ambience was romantic and all severs including our server Dana were amazing and professionals. The mark up on the wine was too much. A $20.00 for &80. Thats 400%. A 300% mark up would be fair.
Regardless our experience was wonderful and we will return.

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KM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Lovely little nook in the castle!

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BB
Calgary
58 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite little getaway places. You’re paying for the name and view but the food and creativity are definitely worth the premium. Service couldn’t be better in the intimate surroundings.

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JH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Cozy. Delicious.

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OT
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good quality food. Outstanding service provided by our server Dana. We will definitely be back

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening!!!! We had the chefs board.... it could not have been any better!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Here for a birthday. Very good food, wine is a little pricey.

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M
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We had to wait close to one hour to receive our charcuterie plate. Our order was not lost but overheard the waiter telling another table that the kitchen was very busy. Surely a hotel of this size can handle operations at a high capacity. The food was good but expensive for what it was.

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DD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food quality was exceptional. Service was well informed On the menu items and very pleasant and personable. Seating was a bit tight and table was small for the charcuterie platters.

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing! we loved our server harry !

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le genre de place auquel on n’avait aucune attente, mais nous en sommes ressorties agréablement satisfait. Excellent service, excellent choix de combinaisons et saveur exceptionnelle!!

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MM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grapes was an amazing spot for our anniversary dinner! We both LOVE charcuterie and once I saw that they offered multiple types of goat cheese my night was already made (allergic to cow milk). Our server was fantastic, she suggested a half bottle of wine for us and was able to accommodate my cheese requests with the Chef Medley board. Presentation of the food was great! Definitely make a reservation ahead of time as its a very small restaurant! We sat at a lovely table by the window and had the most romantic evening.

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M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing staff. This is our go to place for a nice date.

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HJ
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the simplicity and intimacy

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OT
Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has changed since we were last there. It no longer has entree entries, rather, offers charcuterie, cheeses, veggies and desserts. Still, great wines. We were a little wary at first but a charcuterie board with a chef’s selection of meat, cheese and pickled vegetables was superb and was plenty for two. We topped it off with a great mousse for dessert and left very satisfied. The room itself is easy to under appreciate, but don’t. It’s beautiful with lots of history. Cant wait to return.

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KL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foundue and the chef’s tasting board were amazing! The smoked duck and confit duck rillette were also delicious. Best charcuterie place ever!

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SS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Grapes, would go every day of my stay if I could!

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EM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing wine and fabulous service.

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JB
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived to check into the Fairmont right before our reservation. We were starving. Grapes was the perfect place to have dinner our first night. We had the Chefs Table which is a variety of meats and cheeses. It was yummy. We also had a bottle of Wine that was delicious. The service was awesome they took care of us from the beginning to the end. We would definitely eat here again. Loved it!

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KB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic wine and charcuterie!

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AZ
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and ability to select the chef's board or make your own. Sat at the bar which opened up ongoing conversation with chef and staff as he prepared boards throughout the evening.

Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful review! There's simply no better spot to sit than right at the bar. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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NT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely Fabulous!

Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on January 5, 2019

Our team was thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your recent visit! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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WS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is outstanding, thank you so much Dana!
We have enjoyed Grapes numerous times in different seasons and it has always been perfect. A comfortable setting in what was the library when the hotel was owned by Canadian Pacific. It has old class charm along with modern superior service and expertly prepared charcuterie or fondue.

Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on December 26, 2018

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review! Our team always loves to hear such positive feedback. It's lovely to hear that you continue to join us throughout the year! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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DM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal with great service

Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs
Responded on December 15, 2018

It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your recent visit! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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FB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cheese fondue and bison meat was excellent! Service was fantastic (thanks to Dana). Will be back!

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OM
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere but service has always been a little slow especially considering the very small size of the restaurant but we countinue to come back.

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