While Alberta, a province in Western Canada, is known for its beautiful landscape of mountains and prairies, it boasts more than just breathtaking scenery. Find culinary gems that span from Edmonton to Calgary, and from Banff to Lake Louise. Here’s 10 of the best restaurants in Alberta.
Nourish, a vegetarian bistro and teahouse in Banff, offers tapas-style dishes (small plates meant to be shared) with the idea that guests should taste a little bit of everything, sweet and savoury. With a philosophy aimed to ‘nourish the mind, soul and body’ of visitors, this eclectic restaurant serves fresh, healthy, and high-quality cuisine, with vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in an ultra-modern and sleek atmosphere. All ingredients are hand-picked, and dishes made to order with options like yams, olives, pizza, gnocchi, curry, noodles and pastries.
Nourish Bistro, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Alberta, Canada, +1 403 760 3933
Head to Canmore and find The Trough, a local favourite known for its wine selection, and of course famous location, set along the Walk of Champions that took place during the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics. Home to a vast selection of wines with bouquets and prices catering to all tastes and budgets, room temperature, vintage and the design of the wine glass are all key in the experience at The Trough. The menu is divided into two parts. Laurel, or light bites, with options like the Asian pear salad and fresh fish nachos, and Hardy, or larger portions, including Alberta rack of lamb and jerk spiced Alberta baby back ribs.
The Trough Dining Co., 725 9 Street, Canmore, Alberta, Canada, +1 403 678 2820
At Lakeview Lounge, guests have the opportunity to gaze at the beautiful scenery of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier while while dining on a seasonally inspired lunch and tapas menu. There’s also a tempting cocktail menu and afternoon tea. During winter, this spot is cozy, but shines during warmer months with the sun beaming on the outdoor patio. Situated in a little valley before the sprawling Lake Louise, the views from this Canadian hamlet are truly breathtaking, and make for a memorable experience.
Duchess Bake Shop, a beautiful, quaint café and shop, has the tendency to transport visitors straight to Paris, with its distinctly Parisian-Bruxellois vibe. This haven for sugary treats has a clean and elegant décor, a perfect backdrop to the brightly-colored macaroons and viennoiseries like the pain au chocolat, a fan-favourite. This spot also has a delicious selection of sandwiches, soups, salads and quiches, all prepared in-house with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There’s even vegetarian options available.
Wieners of Waterton, also known as WoW, specialises in gourmet hot dogs, using only freshly baked buns and the best in meats. Located in the Waterton Lakes National Park, the beautiful scenery isn’t the only memorable part of WoW. Smoky sausages grilled to perfection, sticky buns, house-churned ice creams and crispy sweet potato chips. Head to this spot and find yourself gazing at glacial waters, mountainous terrain, and a horizon dotted with lush trees while dining on the perfect outdoor meal.
OEB, a critically-acclaimed breakfast joint, prides itself on using only the freshest in local ingredients, with a chicken coop in the backyard, the eggs are always guaranteed to be the best in town. The menu, designed by owner and chef Mauro Martina, changes twice a year and uses European influences and techniques. The bread is baked daily, the breakfast potatoes cooked in organic duck fat, and all of the meats are hormone-free. OEB was nominated Best Brunch by Where Magazine, and was voted Best Brunch by the Calgary Herald reader’s choice awards. This one is not to be missed.
La Brezza Ristorante is one of the many loved restaurants in Calgary, with traditional, ‘home-cooked style’ cuisine that emphasises the power of simplicity through taste. Highlights include the lasagna bolognese and cannelloni, hand-made by Owner Marco Abdi’s mother-in-law, Angela. The pasta selection is quite long, but there’s also options for meat, fish and vegetables. There’s even gluten-free pasta available for substitution; don’t miss the garlic prawns and crème brûlée, house-favourites!
Padrino’s, set in the Best Western Grande Prairie, delivers traditional-style Italian cuisine with highlights including pizzas, pastas, and oven-roasted meats. There’s vegetarian and gluten-free options available, along with daily specials. Go for the cannelloni, or the calamari, and be sure to head there early, this spot tends to fill up fast.