Waldhaus Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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German
Starting Friday October 02, the Waldhaus dining room will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings. Featuring our famous fondue experience!

Discover your inner foodie, or as our German friends like to say your inner feinschmecker, at our "house in the woods;" The Waldhaus. This hidden Alpine delight is nestled in the woods above the Bow and Spray Rivers, and has everything you could want from a Bavarian haven.

German-inspired alpine cuisine such as divine schnitzel and cheesy fondue are just waiting to be devoured in an atmosphere reminiscent of a rustic hunting cottage. With a large fireplace and a wine cabinet, we promise to set the tone for a memorable dining experience at our "House in the Forest."

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  • Fondue Experience Menu

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     CA$89.00 per person
    Oct 2 - Oct 31, 2020
    A highly revered tradition at Fairmont Banff Springs – the Fondue Experience is back and ready to take your taste buds to a whole new world! 3-course menu featuring cheese fondue! $89 per person
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed

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vipEdwardW
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fixed menu because of COVID
Cheese fondue ,schnitzel and then chocolate fondue
Suggest splitting meal unless very hungry

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was very good overall. Good cheese and dessert fondue.

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Toddw
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First day back open after Covid closure.
Food and staff didn’t miss a beat.

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vipAmber
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our third experience at the Waldhaus and as always we had an excellent time and enjoyed the incredible food (salad, cheese fondue, chicken schnitzel) that is offered at this establishment. We were pleased to have Mark as our waiter again; his kind demeanour and spot on wine recommendation always add to the enjoyment of the evening. If you can visit just one restaurant during a trip to Banff, I highly recommend an evening at the Waldhaus Restaurant.

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vipMissyC
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our first Waldhaus experience was 15 years ago. We absolutely loved it. This time we were disappointed. Although our server was indeed most pleasant and attentive, and the fire was lovely, when we checked in - an hour before the reservation apparently (Texas time versus Banff time) - I felt chastised and dismissed. But we did sit by the fire! Food was okay - lot of confusion about the relationship between the Fairmont and the Waldhaus - billed on the hotel website and one of their restaurants - but we could not transfer (or take with us) our favorite Scotch highballs from the hotel down to the restaurant and the Waldhaus does not have a wide selection of cocktails. Anyway - sadly it wasn't the same experience and we won't go there again.

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KarlaD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Waldhaus had excellent atmosphere, pictures on the walls were great. Food was very good but pricey. It is a limited menu. The menu had only one vegetarian selection and it contained mushrooms- which the vegetarian in our party didn’t like but ordered it anyway-said it was good. Overall, we had a really nice time and would recommend this restaurant.

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vipNathanG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Grew up in Germany and love the schnitzel

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KatherineW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great views, amazing ambience, quality service. The food is very flavourful, however, the portions were a bit on the small side, especially considering the amount that you pay. Overall an great meal.

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bradenw
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

hostess and waiter were all very helpful food was amazing will come back again

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vipRobertW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We understand that the Waldhaus restaurant recently underwent a renovation.
I ordered the Schitzel which was dry and not very tasty. Thought the food was overpriced for what you get.
Being at a Fairmont property, you have certain expectations. There were cobwebs in the overhead light fixtures and the carpets were in desperate need of vacuuming.
As well, thought the Waldhaus was a German restaurant, but pretty sure the back of the dining chairs had the Swiss emblem on them.
Overall, a very average experience.

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vipDianneS
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Did not like the menu changes from last year. Missed the trout and bradwurst.

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Foodie
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Service was brilliant. Room and atmosphere was spot on. Food quite pricey but worth it as a nice treat. The restaurant is on the fairmont grounds so we expected it to be a little bit more pricey than the average restaurant. We had fondu and there was plenty of it and plenty of food choices to dip into the cheese.

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JaredH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, Julie, was phenomenal. She made the dining experience so much more amazing. Thank you Julie!!

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MoiraB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food but it’s the atmosphere and service that really stand out! A bit pricey but worth it.

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vipGillygal
Calgary
42 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed a wonderful evening - fondue always lends itself to good dinner conversation! A warm, cozy and upscale atmosphere and great service. We love coming here.

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BrianG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

It's rare that I find a German-style restaurant to be a disappointment. The new and now limited menu was a disappointment, especially after viewing the website which still listed the older menu - you know, the one that actually offers wursts at a German restaurant. The ambiance and the waitstaff were great. The menu was lacking and the food we did order was not particularly good. The Wienerschnitzel was dry and lifeless. The fondue appetizer was good although heavy on the bread when we hoped for more pickled veggies. If it not been for the good beverage selection, ambiance, warmth of what sadly is the only real working wood fireplace in all of Banff Hot Springs, I would not recommend this restaurant. You can get a similar meal at the Walliser Stube in Lake Louise which we did and it was much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service!

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JosephP
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience all around. Looking forward to a return visit!

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AudraH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and atmosphere were great. We loved the fondue and wienerschnitzel! Even the walk from the main part of the hotel to the restaurant was gorgeously alpine (shuttle available also).

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Eduardo
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed the authentic Swiss dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Finding parking was horrible. Make sure to arrive extra early to figure out the whole parking situation as the parking described on the app was not valid due to the ice on the stairs. Once at the restaurant, it was a lovely venue, the food was fantastic however the only help our waiter offered us was choosing a wine and cheese selection. He was very talkative towards myself however didn’t seem to give my boyfriend the time of day. He barely visited our table and when finished our wine, we were not offered more. In fact, the glass was removed from the table and as he took it, we had to stop him to ask for more. Upon leaving the restaurant, we were graciously helped by another staff member with calling a shuttle which helped turn our sour experience around. If you go to this restaurant, and your waiter is Gary, I definitely recommend switching tables.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Raclette appetizer was good, however the schnitzel was recommended as most popular and we both got it. Unfortunately it was disappointing and nothing memorable other than the 1 hour long wait for it to show up. Not worth the time and price. Everyone else around got the fondue.

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Daveh
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Staff very helpful with menu suggestions. Fondue was great.

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RobK
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server (Julie) was excellent... the chicken breast was cooked to perfection... the jaeger schnitzel with mushroom gravy very good. Had a nice table right by the wood burning fireplace, very festive.

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vipGiulianoT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Majestic setting with classic Northern European cuisine. A true gem in the park worth revisiting over and over.

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ShaunaS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Went in for fondue as I heard this was the specialty. It was so bland and flavourless, even the truffle fondue was a major letdown. The only saving grace was the pork belly and outstanding service. I hate to leave a bad review but try some creative ingredients for the fondue, up your charcuterie game and go fine some salt! I spent 200 here and then went to Grape at the Banff Springs hotel to satisfy my palate and get that taste out of my mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Appetizers were solid; main course over-cooked. Pricey for dated environment. Service was excellent though!

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PamelaM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top-notch all around! Our food came out very quickly and was excellent. Beautifully presented and delicious. The chocolate fondue to finish was a special treat! Shuttle service to and from the Banff Springs lobby was a great option, but one can also choose to walk to and from if conditions are good. Would recommend!

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marjoryn
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - food was wonderful - service extremely friendly - very cozy - cheese fondue w truffles was amazing!

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Dolfan
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible overpriced food with poor service. If I am paying that much I expect a whole lot more. Way better food/service in town at other restaurants. All of the hotel restaurants that I went to had very poor food quality... zero taste.

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CandiceH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Authentic Bavarian meal. Service was attentive and wonderful. Great ambiance.

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BrittanyH
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you visit the pub or dining area you will not be disappointed. The food is fantastic, especially the Jaeger Schnitzel and the Truffle Cheese Fondue! Great host, servers and bartenders!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy vibe with great service and amazing fondue! Definitely won’t disappoint.

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vipFoodie
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem located in the forest behind the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The atmosphere in the restaurant is enhanced by a real wood burning fireplace. Food quality and variety is outstanding. Great selection of beer, wines, and specialty cocktails. One of the best restaurants in Banff!

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Vani
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the fondue!!! Definitely I’ll go back.

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KinP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Sad they took the meat fondue off the menu.

DB
DarrinB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Pricey, but it is a Fairmont restaurant. Loved the cheese fondue. Yum!

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Deni
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious German food - attentive staff- great authentic European feel and convenient shuttle to and from hotel

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was burned. Guest from out of country who now think schnitzel us served like that! Server was less than interested in our experience.

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Waldhaus Restaurant - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is rated 4.3 stars by 538 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.