The Waldhaus Restaurant is part of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. It’s a Bavarian Cottage style building that sits below the hotel property on the edge of the golf course and the Spray River. It makes for a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Banff. A cozy atmosphere is created inside with walls of dark wood and a large fireplace.
Upon entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted by the maitre d’ and taken to our seats. Once seated we were given a run down of the menu and specials for that evening. We thought it was a nice touch to have a sommelier come around to suggest wine pairings for our dinner choices. This is definitely a fine dining establishment. The small size of the restaurant allows the waiting staff to be very attentive, but yet they are laid back enough to not create a stuffy feeling.
Although fondue is Swiss, the Waldhaus is well known for it. We heard a lot of good things and were anxious to try one. There are a variety of options to choose from. Being vegetarians we had the cheese fondue with vegetables and bread. The cheese was a heavenly mix of gruyere, emmental, white wine and kirsch.
I don’t know how we managed, but afterwards we further stuffed ourselves with a course of chocolate fondue and fruit.
The majority of the menu offerings are German cuisine which include venison, smoked meat platters, wiener schnitzel, duck breast, lamb, black forest cake and apple strudel. You can go onto their website to view the current menu and wine selections.
Located below the restaurant is the Waldhaus pub with a relaxed atmosphere and casual menu of nachos, wings and fish and chips. You can watch your favorite sports event on t.v. while you enjoy a locally bottled brew or beer on tap. In the summertime the deck is the perfect spot to enjoy food and drinks while taking in the views of the river, golf course and beautiful mountains.
Locals and tourists are welcome to dine at either establishment regardless of being a guest of the hotel or not. Reservations can be made for the restaurant, and are recommended. If you’re dining inside while it’s still light out ask for a table next to a window overlooking the river. The bar is first come, first serve.
For more dining options see our post: Our Favourite Places To Eat In Banff