Samurai Sushi Bar & Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

4.5
102 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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Experience a true taste of Japan at the Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant. You will find the freshest and finest sushi and sashimi in town as well as interactive Japanese hot pot dinners such as shabu-shabu and sukiyaki. Take a seat at the Sushi Bar and watch our Chefs work their magic right before your eyes. Say "Sayonara' to ordinary dining!

Dress Code

Smart Casual (no hats, sports wear or torn jeans)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation

Open Thursday to Monday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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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
Treat your guests to a true taste of Japan at the Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant. Whether celebrating a special occasion or impressing clients, our fresh, top-notch sushi and sashimi are sure to impress.
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Private party contact
Jeffrey Carpenter: (877) 853-3612
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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: $35 CAD/night, with unlimited access
Electric Vehicles - complimentary
The Fairmont Banff Springs along with Sun Country Highway Ltd, a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations has installed Banff's first electric vehicle charging station, in the hotel's parkade.
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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, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 102 People Are Saying
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food
4.7
service
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always an outstanding experience. Like a portal into Japan!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Vacationing with family, and picky teenage eaters. Waitress was exceptional and chefs very accommodating!! Everyone from our vegans to die-hard sushi lovers were very happy with their food. The s

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The quality of the sushi was good. We were a bit disappointed in the selections available for nigiri sushi, but we are in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. Service was good. Walking around the historic hotel adds to the overall ambience.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Best Sushi in Banff! Take the Boat! Best Quality! Morgen

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Diappointung. We waited for over half an hour to our sushi, probably because they were waiting for the boat dish to become available from another table. Some of the fish did not look fresh. Overall a less than average experience.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

As part of our Rocky Mountaineer holiday, we had a most delectable meal at the restaurant. We were truly delighted with the wonderful meal and friendly and attentive hostess. We will definitely return when in Banff again.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Tucked in the back of the hotel it seems an afterthought. Clean but extremely dated and you would think you were in a cheap strip mall having sushi. Limited menu but fresh and good. Not a large selection of sushi rolls. Missing an opportunity with creativity. Decent

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I can't say enough about the Samurai Sushi Bar at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The service, the food, the sake! It was all so wonderful.

My wife and I had the combination dinner which included a fantastic tuna tataki appetite, miso soup, and 12 pieces of sashimi. We also had a sake sampler which really opened my eyes to how great sake can be. We were told that the sushi chef has been there for 27 years. What an artist.

If you are going to the Castle in the Rockies, book a table in advance on open table at Samurai. It is a small restaurant, so fills up fast.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This restaurant is within the Banff Fairmont hotel. It is a small, cozy place but there is also seating next to the chef's prep. Table. Very attentive service. Good choices.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Took my husband here for his birthday as he loves sushi :) There was even a good selection of vegetarian options for myself! The food was awesome and our server Mariam was outstanding. The chefs even made a special birthday sample roll for us! We were very impressed at how they made my husband’s birthday dinner a special and memorable experience. We definitely will return and would recommend it to
everyone :)

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

It’s my second time here and delighted that it’s just as delicious as the first time. Excellent sushi, great quality! Fresh everything on the menu is fabulous from sushi to desserts. Will be back again!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Best restaurant meal we had in a long time. Delicioud and fresh! Oustanding Chefs!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Franny was great! Chef swapped out the sushi boat so it could be all done GF- very appreciated!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Service and food excellent. One of our favourite spot

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great sushi bar. Good experience. Grateful to spend the last night here in Banff.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Good food. Good service.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I had a hot date that loves sushi and this was the perfect place! Great server, amazing sushi and a most awesome memory from our time there. Especially since my date had the strap on her shoe break, which bothered her, until a young girl with her mother looked up at her and said, in that little girl loud voice, how pretty she was!
We would go back in a heartbeat

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always such a great experience dining here, extremely fresh!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service and easy location right in the Banff Springs Hotel.

Portions are small but food is great quality and sushi flown in fresh daily.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This is my favourite Sushi restaurant in Alberta. The fish is always fresh and there is an interesting story of the origin and of their fish from the 70's

I would highly recommend eating here. It is expensive but considering you are eating at the Springs, it is well worth the cost.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Always amazing!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We were hoping for a nice dinner given the location. We sat in the dining area, not at the bar. It felt more like a cafeteria. Noisy, very little ambiance, unclean walls. The food was alright, but we certainly have had better. For the price point, we would not dine here again.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We have been before. it is a Sushi restaurant ran by, imagine, Japanese chef's! hehe it is just so rare to find a restaurant that understands the very special care and attention that is given to all food prepared, cooked or, most important, uncooked. The chefs at Samurai proved masterful. My wife and i especially enjoy sitting up at the bar, where we can watch the food being prepared and can interact with the Chefs!
Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food - the sashimi was outstanding and the sushi also of the highest quality - an excellent Japanese restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to Samurai for our wedding night meal, and it was incredible! The staff treated us like royalty, and the food was fit for a king and queen!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Had a great experience! Our server, Dennis was fantastic, really went above and beyond to make it a lovely night. The food was amazing- authentic, fresh Japanese food.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent, amazing sushi and incredibly knowledgable service.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Having migrated to AB from BC, I've yet to find a comparable sushi restaurant. Samauri's ingredients are fresh and top quality, but it's just another sushi place... way way too expensive for what product is being offered....
Service was great but, it's over-rated simply by being in the Banff Springs Fairmont...

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent sushi small sushi restaurant in a beautiful location. Great staff and great food

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

What a great place to experience an authentic Sushi restaurant for the first time. James was our server and was amazing as he helped us pick dishes and was so patient with us. I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!!

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2.0Dined on September 15, 2017

This was probably the worst Sushi / Japanese restaurant we have ever eaten at. Maybe it is because we are used to eating Sushi / Japanese food in Los Angeles. The fish was not fresh which was also evident in the shrimp used for the tempura.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

I took a chance booking this place as a surprise for my husband. It paid off!!! Our waiter James was the friendliest waiter we have ever had. Not only was he knowlegeable about the food and wine, he also gave us great tips for local travels. We would definitely recommend this sushi restaurant and we will be back whenever we are back in the area.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. The sashimi was fresh and tasty. We had one of the finest California rolls ever as they used fresh crab , not imitation. Really delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food and wonderful service (waiter has great sense of humor)

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We have eaten at samurai a number of times and it never disappoints. The sushi is always top notch which is very difficult to find In Alberta most of the time

The food is absolutely outstanding and the service is exemplary which you would expect at the Fairmont

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Great restaurant amazing sushi chefs and great food that is reasonably priced and quick to come out. Awesome to sit and watch the process at the bar.

The service manager was the only thing that let it down he was very self important.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Had high expectations given the great reviews. The restaurant is pretty and the service was good. However the sushi did not seem fresh. Both my husband and I ordered sushi, the chef's choice, and were very disappointed. Did not finish the sushi. My daughter had the tempura udon. She liked it, but the broth was lacking flavor (as was the miso soup). I'm willing to pay for good sushi, but this was overpriced for the quality of sushi that was received. Would not go back or recommend.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2017

The food was average here. The service could have been better. We had late reservations and then we were being rushed by the server to order our meal quickly.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2017

A bit pricey with just fine food & service. Not unremarkable over other options in area

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Fantastic food, aervice was amazing; waiter was extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions and provide the background of many different sushi types. Place is very small and probably in need of a reno but definitely not to be missed!

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