In a secluded spot by the Spray River and the golf course’s 15th tee is Waldhaus, the Fairmont Banff Springs’ charming House in the Forest. This renovated 1927 Bavarian-style ‘cottage’ was once the golf clubhouse. To access the restaurant, walk down from the main hotel or up from the Bow Falls parking lot. Waldhaus’ menu is inspired by Alpine and German cuisine; the fondue is a signature dish.
The dark wood panel décor, oversized fireplace and beautiful wine cabinet, that houses a fine selection of new- and old-world labels, complement the authentic European cuisine. The cozy pub below the restaurant is one of Banff’s best kept secrets. It features two giant 80” HD screens, great for sports, free pool and darts, ‘famous’ Das Boot, big, boot-shaped glasses of German draft, and a patio with a terrific view of rivers, mountains and golfers-at-the-tee.
Veal Schnitzel: Choose from Classic Schnitzel with fresh lemon, Käse with melted Swiss cheese, Jaeger with mushroom cheese sauce or Holstein with fried egg, caper and onions. Comes with rosemary brown butter spätzle and braised red cabbage
Haus Made Sausages: spätzle, sauerkraut, braised red cabbage, beer mustard, jus
Grilled Beef Tenderloin: herb potatoes, local vegetables, peppercorn sauce
Pappardelle Pasta: mushroom, zucchini, peas, spinach, herb pistou, lemon
The Waldhaus Experience: $80 per person; two person minimum + $45 per person with wine paring: Includes a seasonal salad, a cheese fondue either Traditional Swiss, Shaved Black Truffle or Apple and Cognac, a Veal Schnitzel of your choice and finish with a Toblerone chocolate fondue.
Dessert: Black Forest Cake: gluten free chocolate sponge, vanilla kirsh cream, sour cherries; Apple Strudel; Dunkel Beer Ice Cream
Pub Menu: Soups; Salads; Cheese Tasting Board; Soft Pretzels; Swiss Fondue; Wings: five options with blue cheese dip; Haus Nachos; Sandwiches; Burgers; Pork Schnitzel; Desserts
Mains: $20 to $58
Drinks: wines $43 to $450, 73 choices, $12 to $21 by the glass, 18 choices; German and Canadian draught and bottled beer; ciders
Wednesday to Sunday; 6 to 9 pm; pub daily 4 to 11 pm