Seeking out the best restaurants in Canmore or wondering where you should eat in Canmore? We share our favorite spots in the picturesque mountain town. While most mountain towns might struggle to supply visitors with a wide selection of restaurants, that is certainly not the case in Canmore.
You can find a wide range of cuisines, restaurants, price points, and places to eat in Canmore. These Canmore restaurants are the perfect place to fill yourself up after a long day out exploring the wild Canadian Rockies.
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The Best Restaurants in Canmore
This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Canmore. Communitea is an excellent option for health-conscious food in a modern cafe atmosphere. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I find the atmosphere and menu too relaxed for dinner. It’s easily the most popular Canmore lunch spot in town, and we love the light, airy atmosphere.
They have a wide selection of health-conscious food that includes plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Of course, given the name, they have a wide range of teas to sample! Our favorite meal is the Budha Bowl. Coffee is on the menu, but it’s from a push-button machine — better to go to Eclipse Coffee. Instead opt for the tea specialties here.
When you are really stumped on where to eat in Canmore, consider here. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Canmore for its low-key atmosphere, delicious pub food, and rotating craft beers. While Grizzly Paw gets a lot of love from visitors, we love the range of beers from Alberta and BC you can find at Tavern 1883.
If you’re looking for the best burger in Canmore and possibly all the Canadian Rockies, you can find it at Tavern 1883. They also host a ton of entertaining events such as a Jam Night, Trivia, and Bingo. Check out their social channels for the latest times and dates.
Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon
I love Where the Buffalo Roam, and it’s a fantastic bar and restaurant in Canmore. This saloon serves up the best craft cocktails in an intimate setting. Cocktails here are top-notch and inventive. Our favorites are the Thai One On and High Violet. Granted, it’s tough to pick just one cocktail, so you just may need to sample multiple!
The Saloon also serves up some tasty food of modern bar bites. Expect to find dishes like gnocchi, short ribs, calamari, roasted veggies, duck wings, and burgers. It’s perfect for a romantic meal or a lovely evening with friends.
They also serve a great Canmore brunch on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A small outdoor patio is open year-round as they have some toasty heaters to keep you warm.
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Co
The largest craft brewer in town with outdoor seating, a large interior, and a separate brewery/tasting room. They offer some tasty brews and have large enough tables to handle groups of 10, so it’s great to enjoy a beer with friends.
Try to score a seat outside on the patio to soak up the warm weather after a hike in Kananaskis Country in the summer. Vegetarians or health-conscious will have a tough time ordering food here, at least we do. That being said, they’ve got some decent pub classics like fish & chips, pizza, and chicken sandwiches.
For fine dining in Canmore, look no further than The Sensory. Great for group outings or date night The Sensory was shortlisted for one of Canada’s
Best New Restaurants.
Their whole menu is mountain-inspired with items like Elk Osso Bucco and Beef Ribeye as mains. For starters, we would highly recommend trying the Baked Goat Cheese and Mushroom Tartar.
The Sensory has a decent wine selection (they even have wine flights!) and innovative cocktails. Perhaps what they are most well known for is that you can enjoy a refined dining atmosphere surrounded by all the gorgeous Alberta mountains.
They are only open in the evening, and reservations are highly recommended. So that you can take advantage of the views while you dine, we recommend booking an hour or so before the sun sets.
If you’re looking for a lowkey restaurant in Canmore, try here. This french inspired bakery creates some beautiful pastries, bread, and desserts. If anyone loves a good croissant and coffee in the morning, this is a fantastic option.
Sit down for a nice coffee and danish or stop by and grab a mouth-watering dessert. Their hot chocolate is fantastic on a cold winter day!
Red Rock Pizza Canmore
Red Rock serves up the best pizza in Canmore. It’s a counter pizza spot with only a few tables, so it’s a better option for take-away or delivery. You have a bunch of inventive topping combos on a thick style crust. It’s not your classic
Grab one of their meal deals for the best value. Take a pizza to go and head out to one of the area’s many picnic sites for pizza with a view, Lake Minnewanka.
Just don’t expect Dominos pricing here, a large pizza will set you back $30 – but it is delicious!
This one is brand new in 2020 serves some excellent wood-fired pizzas. We were surprised when we got takeout here and it felt like we had purchased a pizza from Naples! It’s classic Italian-style pizza with wonderful crust and delicious toppings. Prices are a little on the high side at about $20 for an individual pizza, but no one seems to mind once they taste that first bite.
We were more than happy with the pizza and will gladly return. The interior has a nice bar and lively atmosphere, so if you’re looking for a hip night out with pizza, it’s a good spot to try.
Okay, it’s not really a restaurant in Canmore and doesn’t offer any Canmore food besides pastries, but Eclipse deserves mention! If you’re looking for the best coffee in Canmore, then visit the Eclipse Coffee Roasters. They now have two locations, one downtown, and the original at the main intersection off Bow Valley Trail.
At the shop, you can find artisan roasts made in-house or order a range of specialty coffees. Expect to see the usual ranging from a flat white to a latte and even an excellent pour-over for true coffee aficionados. This is our favorite spot and where we like to pick our coffee roast for home. It’s a great place to pick up a local roast for camping in Banff or a coffee before tackling a hike in the area.
Iron Goat Canmore Pub & Grill
If you want to have a meal with a view, then the Iron Goat will surely not disappoint, as this is a classic Canmore dining establishment and awesome Canmore pub. They serve up some decent Canadian mountain food with a stunning view of the Bow Valley from the outdoor patio. Fantastic for a post-mountain sport meal.
You’ll find tasty food items like an Alberta game meatloaf, cornbread, or chipotle mango duck wings. It’s a solid local hangout for an evening or lunch.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
Flatbread pizzas in an open-air restaurant with a wood-fired oven. It’s become an institution over the years and expanded to six locations throughout Alberta and B.C. They use fresh ingredients that are often organic, like their house tomato sauce.
Pizza prices are $20-$30, so it’s by no means the cheapest pizza joint in town, but you can order toppings like real mozzarella, goat cheese, kalamata olives, or free-range rosemary chicken. It makes for a nice night out with friends and family.
Crazyweed has been a hit since they opened their doors in Canmore. It’s a casual eatery with a wide range of dishes to choose from.
The menu is eclectic and feels a bit like the owners just picked out all of their favorite dishes from around the world, as you’ll find poke bowls, gnocchi, Thai grilled chicken, labneh, chorizo con queso, Alberta steaks, pickle marinated fried chicken, and pan-seared arctic char. Your guess is as good as ours as to what category all of that falls into; let’s just call it good food.
Valbella has been a Canmore institution since 1978. This is less a Canmore restaurant and more a place where you can find delicious Alberta products. Anything you could need for a charcuterie board – venison, sausages, specialty cheese, pates, fresh jam – is here.
Their brand new deli is attached to their production plant and is downright beautiful. You can stop here for a quick lunch as they make sandwiches and have a few places to sit and enjoy outdoors.
We had to Valbella on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas for all our local food needs!
Harvest Cafe is right across the Street from Basecamp Resorts and Communitea.
This is a locally owned and operated Canmore cafe that claims to have the best cinnamon buns on this side of the Rockies. They are delicious but only available on weekends! Beyond the cinnamon buns, Harvest has memorable baked goods made in-house, great soups, wraps, and paninis. They’re well known for having Gluten-Free and Vegan options in the valley!
This is a breakfast/lunch joint as they close in the evening, so make sure to hit them up before venturing out on a Canmore walk.
The Wood makes this list of Canmore restaurants because of their laid-back atmosphere, unassuming food, and for having the best terrace in town.
Seriously, if it’s a beautiful day in Canmore, The Wood Patio is where you want to hang out. Located right at the corner of 8th Street and 8th Ave, views don’t get much better than here.
One of the top-rated Canmore restaurants is Ankor. This relatively new restaurant opened in the fall of 2020 and prides itself on showcasing a sustainable approach to contemporary Canadian cuisine.
The Chef/Owner will tantalize your senses in this modern fine dining atmosphere. With many visitors thinking they are Michelin-starred restaurant in Europe, you really can’t wrong here. Ankor always has a solid food presentation, a hip and inviting Canmore dining setting, and a menu sourced from local ingredients. We highly recommend trying the Dry Aged Duck breast and beet appetizer, but their menu changes frequently.
Said to be the most romantic restaurant in Canmore, perhaps all of Alberta is Sauvage. Tucked off Main Street in Downtown Canmore, right next to the Paint Box Lodge, is Sauvage.
Sauvage is best known for its Chefs Tasting Menu. For $70, diners can indulge in a seven-course meal. Paired with a nice bottle of wine, it makes for a lovely evening out and where one should come if they are celebrating a honeymoon in the Rockies.
If you don’t want a full tasting menu, not to worry as they have Ala Carte items and tapas too! The interior is intimate and rustic – perfect for special occasions.
Just next to Grizzly Paw Brewing and Where the Buffalo Roam is this tucked away restaurant. 4296 is elevated dining great for a nice evening out. They serve up hip cuisine and cocktails you wish you could make yourself.
Not only is the food here insta worthy, but they have different sized dishes catering to you. Small, medium, and large plates are available, so you never have to worry about ordering too much (though you’ll probably think you ordered too little once you tried this place!)
Some of my favorites are the Vietnamese TarTar, Waygu Flank, and the Beef Yakitori. Stay a little after dinner and find Bar Deja Vu, a speakeasy with an entrance hidden behind a trick mirrored door in the back of 4296.
Enter and you’ll forget you are even in a Canadian mountain town and think you are in a hip NYC underground establishment. Go on and try to find it!
The Market Bistro
Visit our neighborhood stomping grounds! The Market Bistro is in the Three Sisters Neighborhood outside of the center of Canmore. The owners are from Quebec and France and modeled the bistro after the popular restaurants found in France. You can also check out the wine store next store called Unwind for a great bottle.
Mumbai Local Modern Indian Cuisine
Mumbai Local is a new Indian restaurant right on Main Street. You don’t have to venture all the way to Calgary for delicious Indian food anymore. Mumbai Local does delicious Indian classic dishes with a twist.
The staff here are delightful and really know their stuff and are so happy to bring modern Indian food to this little mountain town. Make sure to try the Short Rib Dosa – the flavors are out of this world!
Along with maple syrup, this is possibly nothing more Canadian than poutine. It’s the ultimate, savory late-night dish that’s become ubiquitous with Canada. The dish’s origins are up for debate, but it is credited as a Quebecois dish. It consists of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds.
You’ll find this dish all over Canada, and it’s most common in the bars, but 514 absolutely nails. Any place that picks to do just one thing usually nails it. It’s the perfect post Quad accomplishment after burning thousands of calories in the mountains around Canmore.
Rocky Mountain Bagel Co
I love a good bagel and there is no place better to start your mornings than the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. They’re an institution in town and now have two locations, including a massive new bakery.
Pick from their wide range of bagels for a mouth-watering sandwich, or opt for one of their homemade cream cheese spreads. This is mountain food done right! If you’re in town for awhile you can grab their bag of a dozen bagels for a good deal.
It took us a year of living in Canmore to realize we didn’t need to fly all the way to Japan for authentic Japanese Ramen. Ramen Arashi is a fantastic spot where you can get huge bowls of ramen for under $15.
After a long day out hiking in the mountains, we always head here when we just want something quick, hot, and delicious. Our go-to is the Vege Tantan Men – the perfect cheap vegetarian meal in Canmore.
Literally right next to Ramen Arashi is JK Bakery. This is where you can head in Canmore to get a special baked treat. They have pastries, cakes, and freshly baked bread and all the Canmore locals love heading here.
There is indoor seating, but I prefer to grab a coffee and pastry and sit outside on a nice summer day!
Notable Canmore Bars and Pubs
- The Drake Pub
- Rose & Crown Restaurant & Pub
- Tavern 1883
- Where The Buffalo Roam Saloon
- Deja Vu Speakeasy
- Sheepdog Brewing
Notable Canmore Takeout
- The Spice Hut
- Ramen Arashi
Fine Dining Canmore
- Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue
- Stirling Grill and Lounge
- The Sensory
Best Canmore Lunch
- Iron Goat Pub & Grill
- Rocket Pie
- Red Rock Pizza Canmore
Hopefully, this dining guide helped you determine which of these Canmore restaurants is best for you!
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Things to Do in Canmore
There are plenty of things to do in Canmore for everyone. From hiking up Ha Ling to strolling around Policemen’s Creek boardwalk, it’s hard to ever get bored. Trust us – we’ve tried, and it’s impossible. See all the best things to do in Canmore in the winter here, or click the button below for all the summer activities.
Kananaskis Country Hikes
There are so many more great hikes in the Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, or you can check out some awesome Banff hikes. Both are home to some of our all-time favorite hikes and scrambles in the region. To learn more, we’ve got a post on our favorite hikes in Kananaskis Country.
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Plan Your Trip to the Canadian Rockies
- Travel Insurance: We don’t recommend traveling without travel insurance. World Nomads offers competitive rates for all travelers.
- Hotels in the Rockies: From luxury hotels to wilderness cabins, there are plenty of places to stay in the Rockies. See all our favorites here.
- Pack for the Rockies: See our full Alberta packing list here.
- Get Around: We suggest either renting a car to get around, or embarking on an epic campervan trip with companies like Outdoorsy.