The small town of Canmore has so much to offer, from its easy proximity to Banff National Park to great mountain views and, as it turns out, an excellent set of restaurants. Catering to all different tastes and styles, the ten restaurants listed below will more than keep you busy during your time in Canmore.
Tapas Restaurant is a lot more than just one of the best restaurants in Canmore. It was also recently voted one of the best restaurants in Alberta and the most romantic restaurant in the Rockies. The best way to enjoy tapas is to share, so choose whichever of their small plates look the best to you then just sit back and wait while they start to fill your table. You’ll obviously find excellent versions of the traditional Spanish favorites, like patatas bravas and chili gambas, in addition to some different options, like salmon gravalax.
The scene at the Iron Goat | Courtesy of The Iron Goat
The goal at Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue is to transport you directly to Brazil with the tastes, smells, and general atmosphere of the restaurant, and they do it very well. The owner and chef has decades of experience transporting Brazilian culture across the globe, particularly in Asia, and all of that experience is now in Canmore. The way you eat here is Rodizio style, which means that waiters come around with giant skewers of meat that they’ll cut directly onto your plate, so definitely come hungry and give yourself a few hours to truly enjoy the whole experience.
With their two pronged attack of amazing Canadian food and a patio with the best view you could possibly imagine, The Iron Goat will quickly become one of your favorite restaurants. As if the menu wasn’t good enough to stand on its own (which it most definitely is), the incredible mountain views will make it a memorable experience. Their menu takes advantage of the flavors of the region to bring you new and exciting dishes, like the Alberta game meatloaf made with bison, elk, and lamb or the waffle cone appetizer that comes with mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and pulled beef all stuffed into waffle cones.
The Trough Dining Co, an intimate little restaurant with only nine tables, is the premier spot for fine dining in Canmore. You’ll want to make a reservation so that you won’t miss the chance to enjoy their beautifully prepared food. They have a small standing menu along with ever changing soups and specials, and even the dishes that you think you recognize will come in a completely new and surprising form. They’re also very serious about their wines and are more than happy to recommend the pairing that will bring out the most in both the food and the drink.
Breakfast with a view, The Summit Cafe gives you both all day breakfast and lunch in a setting that leaves nothing to be desired. Try their huevos rancheros and bask in the sun coming down over the mountains on their patio, or try some of their towering sandwiches and you won’t be hungry for the rest of the day. For those in need of a little caffeination, their coffee is all free trade, and they will make it exactly how you want it. They are very proud to be a part of the local community, and they’ve now been going strong for almost 20 years.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. has become something of a regional institution because of how great the pizza is. You’ll always find locally produced, organic ingredients, and their freshness and quality really comes out in the taste. Some of their pizzas have some really fascinating topping combinations, perhaps none so tempting as the apple chicken pizza, which comes with rosemary lemon chicken, green apples, onions, tomatoes, and pesto. If you’ve never tried apple on a pizza, you’re in for one of the better culinary surprises of your life.
Drawing their name from a wildflower that grows in the Rockies, Crazyweed has been growing in popularity every since they opened up in Canmore. This stylish and fun mountain culinary paradise offers a menu full of flavors from all over the world, all combined in ways that you never would have imagined. You can really tell that this is a place where the chef likes to have a little fun with the cooking, and you’ll definitely benefit from that, whether you choose the lamb chops with the Mediterranean touches or the Icelandic cod.
An enticing seaweed roll | Courtesy of Communitea Cafe
A good bagel is a special thing, and you will find that and more at Rocky Mountain BagelCo. They have options that run the gamut from poppy seed to jalapeño cheddar to maple, and you can take one on its own with one of their homemade cream cheeses or get it in the form of a sandwich. They also do pizza bagels, a childhood favorite that always translates well into adulthood. If for some reason you’re in the mood for something else, they also always have muffins and cinnamon rolls, and, of course, coffee so that you can wake up and really enjoy your meal.
As you might be able to guess from the name, Communitea Café is highly engaged in the community in Canmore in more ways than one. They, of course, have the tea selection of your dreams, with containers in a rainbow of colours, full of enough flavors to satisfy even the most well traveled of tea drinkers. Their menu, then, is a real haven for those who might have trouble finding food elsewhere, as they focus on vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. If that wasn’t enough, they have a steady stream of musical artists coming through their doors, which you can often come to enjoy in the evenings.
At Sage Bistro & Wine Lounge, you’ve got two great options of how to enjoy an evening. For a full, sit-down meal, head to their dining room on the main level, which has French and Canadian classics with sweeping views out over the mountains. You can also choose to go upstairs to their wine lounge, where they offer more than 250 wines, a fully stocked bar, and a menu of tapas style small plates. True wine connoisseurs will love the wine flight option, where you can try three wines next to each other for the best comparison possible.