1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs

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Steakhouse
Set within the impressive Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 1888 Chop House is the next chapter in the tradition of extraordinary dining restaurants at the Castle. Executive Chef Robert Ash presents a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, sustainably sourced wild game and Ocean Wise seafood.

Delivering the best Alberta beef with a menu developed through lasting relationships with local farmers and purveyors.

This intimate culinary destination is made for all occasions. From our delectable menu to our spirited cocktails everything you see in front of you is made in-house, ensuring every mouth-watering detail is perfect.


Dress Code:
Smart Casual (no hats, sports wear or torn jeans)
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vipLovefood
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, great food, great beverage.
I had a great meal, and was given a lovely table by the window this evening; but the windows do need to be cleaned, they were so dirty on the outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Top notch service and excellent wagyu steak.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! The key lime tart for dessert was so good! And the crab dip is to die for

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KevinM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening! Server was excellent. Beautiful locations

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jake
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere for a romantic/special dinner, the service was great!
Food was good, but not anything super special. For really amazing food, the Vermillion Room in the same hotel (Fairmont Banff Springs) was a gem.

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KarnB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing service from everyone. Really made our night that much more special.

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BlueCollarCanuk
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been many years since I've visited but it was a first for my wife. Hands down the best restaurant in Banff! Even with all the COVID issues going on, the service was impeccable! Best steak either of us have had in Alberta!

Already planned our return visit, and I think this may very well become a regular escape for us.

Only regret is I chickened out of ordering the Porterhouse or Tomahawk. This will not happen again LOL.

Do yourself a favor and make a reservation for an amazing experience you won't soon forget!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The skirt steak was well below expectations for the caliber of this restaurant.

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EvelyneC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tartare and scallops were amazing! We had Randy as our server and he is extremly knowledgable on the drinks, wine and food they serve. We asked for suggestions and were blown away from the delicious food and drinks.

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KC87
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was wonderful, very tasty. We had scallops, oysters and steak and all were done perfectly. Ambiance is nice, nothing special other than it is in the Fairmont Banff Springs which is overall beautiful.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Tomahawk steak and the Mac and Cheese. Best me and my wife have had.

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AnneL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a celebratory dinner for my son for his college graduation.

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NatashaR
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing restaurant In Banff by far ! Great service and great environment!

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vipFoodguy
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Menu concentrates on Wagyu Beef which in my opinion is over rated. I had the 15 oz Alberta Ribeye which was very well done. Ordered the bone marrow with it. The bone marrow was a big disappointment. They didn’t charge us but my question is, why did they serve it if it didn’t meet the chefs standards. The menu is limited, steaks jump from 7oz to 14oz, nothing in between. Be careful of the champagne cart, overpriced not worth it. This is a way over priced restaurant in a beautiful setting.

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AnnR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious fish, beef, elk and vegetable sides. Amazing views.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very busy. Service was sluggish even for iced tea. For the price I expected better quality meat. Ribeye a bit tough despite medium rare temp. Mac and cheese dry and lacked distinct cheesiness.

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vipMissyC
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Only one caution, the current (2.2020) chef appears to love rich sauces and diced root vegetables - and for us the meal was over seasoned. Our server was terrific. Atmosphere is gorgeousness - it is spendy so be prepared but not to miss at the Fairmont in Banff Springs!

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Ilikegoodfood
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Beautiful space, but that's what you pay for. Wine was costed at more than 4 times retail which honestly is COMPLETELY ridiculous (actually, I would call it robbery)! We shared the Tomahawk steak which was good, but for $165 it should be amazing; note, they also didn't tell us it was sous-vide until after we asked the cooking method as it didn't seem to retain much moisture. Miso Mushrooms were pretty stellar, however there was still a good amount of grit (not sure if it was the miso or the mushrooms not being properly cleaned). Honestly, wouldn't go back and honestly, don't think they really care if I did.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our anniversary.
The wagyu steak was the best I’ve ever had. 10/10 would recommend. Great sides, great drinks and Great service.

Won’t be our last time there.
Prices a little steep, but treat yourself. It’s worth it.

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LindaJ
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reviews were read before booking and several of us were looking forward to the 50oz tomahawk steaks. We went with the 'chef's recommendation' to have them medium rare, rather than rare. They looked impressive on arrival at the table and Jeff set about cutting them for ease of consumption. He checked back with us after a few mouthfuls and all appeared well initially, but as we proceeded, the over-use of salt began to spoil the experience. We felt we were a little far into it to complain about it and started trying to scrape off the top layer. It did mar the overall experience, and this over-saltiness may have been a one off and not the norm, so I would say just look out for that at the outset ... and mention it if you feel it may become over-powering as you work your way through it.

The sides were good: root veg dauphinoise, mushroom miso, spinach and baked potato. Our fifth guest had the fillet steak and all was well. The homemade breads were also excellent - only slight slip was that servings for 4 were brought, instead of 5 and we couldn't rectify this in a timely fashion within the meal.

Starters were of good quality: steak tartare (exactly as you would expect), the Wagyu (excellent, although one piece of the five in the serving was very, very small and therefore a little overdone), scallops were delicious and crab cakes tasty - all dishes were cleared by us at every course, so there was little to officially complain about, but still feel the need to critique so others can be aware in advance. On this basis, it may be a bit over priced, when you can honestly say you have had better in a specialist steak chain restaurant with lesser reputations and price tags. But go for the ambience and great service - it was a good experience overall.

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pld1998
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak were very good cooked to perfection. Service personal and good. Menu well rounded. A little expensive but worth a special occassion

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StefanieK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service, and a great night out. We look forward to more special evenings out at 1888!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was impeccable service and extraordinary

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FredericD
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellente soirée passées 1888 ChopHouse
Pour le 40eme anniversaire de mon ami
Le repas était délicieux
Le vin de l’Okanagan Valley super bon
Service #1
En plus la manager est venue nous parler pendant quelques minutes
Notre repas préféré de notre semaine à Banff
Nous reviendrons!

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vipnekessle
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was really anticipating a great dining experience. But, the whole meal from drinks to entrees was mediocre. Martinis were small, watery with tiny little olives. We shared the iceberg wedge, but it was so small that we each should have gotten our own. Ribeye steaks and the carrots were delicious but the $19 baked potato was really boring. All of this for $400. The following night we had a meal far superior at Park Distillery that only cost $117. Don’t waste your money at the 1888 Chop House. It’s just not worth it!

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vipPaulNedra
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent ambience.

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ToddZ
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It’s a very unique restaurant and I feel some people would really enjoy everything about it

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PaigeH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my wife’s birthday 2 times in our 4 day vacation to Banff. Both times were excellent and will be back again. Definitely get what you pay for.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food

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AmyL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding. The champagne bar presentation was impressive. The porterhouses steak was good value!

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vipSandraM
Sydney / NSW
14 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience. It was our anniversary and the staff did everything to make it a great experience

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OliviaS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first night at the Fairmont was highlighted by our dinner at 1888 and our fantastic server Adam. He had an incredible depth of knowledge of all food and beverage on the menu. He was was polite, attentive and created a truly flawless experience for us. The food was top notch and I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Banff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredibly flavourful, service was top notch and the atmosphere was relaxing and elegant.

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vipAndreaR
Yucatán
13 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food

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DavidY
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner very much. Very nice evening in a historic setting

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Angela
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The appetizers were not that good. Dinner was great. Excellent service.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

This was our third trip to 1888. Obviously the first two visit must have been very good for us to return a third time.

This visit though was a huge disappointment. While the Service was amazing, the food was so salty we sent it back. When we received the "second" meal, there was so much salt on it, the crystals had not even melted yet. It seems the chef really enjoys salt. We sent this meal away as well and choose to simply finish our wine and go to another establishment for dinner. Very disappointing to say the least.

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Mello
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Highly recommended for all occasions! Amazing steak!

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BrendonC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening celebrating. Thank you for making the moment special.

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vipJjPP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

At our anniversary dinner we enjoyed the overall atmoshere of the resyaurant. Having dined at many upper class establishments throughout the US, this was not our first 'fancy' restaurant. Therefore we also had certain expectations of the delivery of the product. It was a surprise that the Cesar salad was overly salty, as well as the side of mushrooms, which we did not finish due to excess salt. The filet mignon & the Wagyu were very good and made to perfection. In summary, for the fancy nests level of the product advertised the place fell short in some basic appetizers & side dishes. Thus, only 4 stars.

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1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs is rated 4.6 stars by 591 OpenTable diners.

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