Samurai Sushi Bar & Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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126 reviews
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Japanese
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!

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Calgary
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The food quality at Samurai was underwhelming to say the least. The rolls were falling apart, the rice was too sticky, tempura tasted like it was cooked in old oil, and the teriyaki was simply a piece of chicken sliced up with cold teriyaki sauce on the side. We eat sushi at least 1-2x/month in Calgary and can identify superior quality sushi restaurants from the bottom dwellers and unfortunately, in my opinion, this restaurant deserves a rating in the latter category. Aside from food quality it’s worth noting that this restaurant requires a full renovation. It’s small, dated and the tables are sticky. It’s certainly not the Fairmont standard that we’ve become accustomed to over the years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful anniversary dinner with my wife!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always amazing . Best in The Bow Valley!

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NH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food freshly prepared friendly service. Caters for fish and meat lovers

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S
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi is pricey but amazingly good. Service is great. We loved it so much that we went twice.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was wonderful!!!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

We were the ONLY ones in the restaurant on a Friday at 7:30. They sushi was just fair and it was overpriced for what it offered. Many other spots in town with a better atmosphere and pricing that it way better.

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J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is cheap for a high price
Ordered a nigiri boat only to find out they put mostly rolls in it with little variety for over $100 they even added a cucumber roll 8 pieces out of 48.
It’s a little bit of a rip off

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M
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was amazing! Over priced for the quantity of nigiri. The restaurant ran out of rice and salmon. I would recommend the hot pot, very good but you spend a lot of time worrying about cooking the food than enjoying a night out with the company you are with.

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Tempura and Gyoza were amazing. Chop chop, kappa and avocado maki were terrible. My husband and I were unable to swallow them. Waitress took them off the bill which was appreciated but would not order rolls again. Extremely fishy and almost a sticky texture. The waitress said that it is a very expensive type of nori that tastes a bit fishy and that the chef said he tasted it and it tastes like it should....

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GL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I had the udon which was so plain and lacking flavor. My husband had the sushi and the quality of fish was good. We eat sushi all the time- as there are limited options Banff there is not much to choose from. If you are really cravining sushi then it’s okay. But expensive for what you are getting too.

Samurai Sushi Bar & Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Responded on January 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am sorry to hear of your disappointment. I have shared your feedback with our culinary team as they are always looking for ways to improve. I do hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Banff. Warm regards, Jeffrey Carpenter Food and Beverage Manager

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always the best sushi in the bow valley

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The manager had his child there and they were noisy and loud
Was not the ambience we expected

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Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality food. Nice presentation.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ross was out standing!!!!

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J
Montreal
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Très bon service mais dispendieux pour des petits sushis pour un reps léger

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mari was great. Music was funny. I assume it’s a Fairmont thing. Food is great!

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M
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 1

Would only recommend if they wanted sushi. No soft shell crab or fresh wTer eel

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PR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service. Tasty food that was presented very well.

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JW
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good but some of the patrons were entirely too loud and Mgmt did not control

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Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The same as your local sushi place. Some good dishes but nothing spectacular. Gyoza dish was good and so was the beef tataki. Room is like a dungeon and decor and is really and super cheap and out dated. Don't expect to be impressed by the space. 100$ for two people to eat a light a meal.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome service awesome food

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DJ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here every time I come to Banff! Always excellent

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AN
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect what more can you say, thanks for a wonderful evening

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DN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience. Like a portal into Japan!

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w
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DC
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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NM
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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MK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

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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F
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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B
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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K
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TH
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food excellent. One of our favourite spot

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EC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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