A tempting selection of the best restaurants in Banff & Lake Louise
At the 2,281-m (7,486-ft) summit complex of the Banff Gondola sightseeing lift choose full-service Sky Bistro, self-serve Northern Lights Café or grab-and-go Castle Mountain Coffee. The incredible 360° view includes Banff townsite, Cascade and Rundle mountains, the Bow River, Lake Minnewanka, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and golf course, and (if you’re lucky) a herd of bighorn sheep. Allow time to enjoy the interpretive displays, observation decks and Sulphur Mountain boardwalk. Facilities are available for private group and special occasion bookings.
Glass walls and window-side tables bring the outside in and offer dramatic mountain views. Sky Bistro’s elegant and relaxed décor is accented with tree trunks, antlers and historic Banff photography; the lounge area offers soft seating and high seats at the bar. At Northern Lights Café, chefs carving roasts and serving hot entrées elevates the cafeteria experience.
Northern Lights Café
Sky Bistro: mains $19 to $32; Sky Experience $65 (includes gondola ticket and two courses; book online)
Sky Bistro Drinks: wines $39 to $73, 15 choices; $10 to $13.75 by the glass; local craft beer $6.50; locally distilled spirits $7