Balkan The Greek Restaurant

4.5
105 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Greek
We believe that dining should be a fantastic experience while enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Banff. Our restaurant is built around the tradition of philoxenia (hospitality), an ancient Greek philosophy of welcoming all guests and treating them like long lost family. The Balkan Restaurant is the creation of Greek families out of their element in the cold Canadian Rockies who wished to bring the authentic flavors and warm festive atmosphere of the Mediterranean to this high mountain town.


For reservations over 8 people please call us at 4037623454 or email info@banffbalkan.ca

Experiences

  • BALKAN GREEK NIGHT

    Multiple dates available

    Our parties are what myths are made of, a dinner extravaganza featuring belly dancing, plate smashing and Greek dancing. We believe that dining should be an experience unto itself. Our establishment is the embodiment of the Greek philosophy of philoxenia (Greek friendship). Friendly, local service, showcasing the best in Greek and Banff hospitality for all of our guests. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 105 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best lunch in Banff! Quick and affordable. Great value :)

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MaryHanson
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a local I frequent the Balkan regularly! Their lunches are so fresh and they have healthy and halal options! We have also been on Greek night and the belly dancing is so much fun!! Loved trying their Greek wines and the cocktails are super tasty too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible lunch!

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MarkF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Used to love this place but won't be back. Felt rushed to get out the door. Main course arrived almost immediately after starter. The lamb was not as good as previous visits. We all felt it was old and microwaved.

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RichardV
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice evening with attentive staff, great food and a terrific atmosphere.

NZ
NosaibaZ
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My favorite Banff restaurant. The food and the service are outstanding.

EB
EdwardB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Simply stated--not very good. The food was fair to poor. Our waitress was nice & helpful, but there are so many better restaurants in town than Balkan.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Extremely expensive
Not enough entertainment

MM
MaricrisM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My husband and I celebrated late new years eve dinner. The food is great, but for the price i think a little bit high. We had lamb and stuffed chicken for main course. The baklava is very sweet. I had better.

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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

For $60 per meal, I was disappointed. Lentils with shrimp is a little odd and overall not very flavourful. The roasted vegetables were undercooked chunks of sweet potato. Not what I expected to go along with regular potatoes. One tiny piece of baklava was it for dessert. My sons found their steak overdone and again the vegetables lacking.
My first and maybe last visit to Balkan.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was superb and the service top notch.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The belly dancer was a fun (and talented!) touch to the evening, too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was ok, wine was not great. Very expensive

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Great
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We've eaten here many times over the years, and the food and service never disappoints.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Portions are very small.

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AnnN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We kept our meal simple and ordered the Balkan Donair, loved th beef, lamb combination of meat. The Spinach rice was a nice twist, different from other Greek restaurants. Very nice. The service and hospitality were wonderful.

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TonyW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I’ve never eaten better spanakopita. The food was delicious and didn’t merely evoke Greece like some restaurants would; the food was better than many meals I’ve eaten in Greece or Cyprus and that’s saying something.
The service was excellent and notably the servers nee about the menu and cooking methods. Brilliant and just as good as when we were last here ten years ago!

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vipCarolB
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

pricey and not much to select from. portions size were not that big. if your hungry this is not the place.

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TraceyV
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We ordered appetizers and main course but they brought all out at once so we had no choice to enjoy the food actually. It must be they have a big group came after us so they rush our food so could take care the other. It’s our anniversary and did not feel treat well at all

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Matt
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The restaurant itself and the staff are great in here, we had a lovely evening. The food wasn’t as WOW or tasty as you’d expect for the price tag, and having eaten a lot of Greek food throughout Europe, we expected something authentic and this unfortunately wasn’t that. Nice idea, food needs refinement.

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vipBrendaG
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Driving through Banff, it was the first time for our kids (14 & 16), it was absolutely delicious and will be a favourite! The sharing platter was perfect for all 4 of us. We will definitely be back!

KJ
KristinaJ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing meal. Stu took amazing care of us. He was very knowledgeable and helped us choose amazing dishes! He was an all star and would recommend him and this restaurant

LM
LouayM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been loyal customer to Balkan for over 15 years and I always enjoyed their food especially the Arni Psito.
If I to suggest something would be to bring back the rice beside the meal as an option for rice lovers :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. So fresh and tasty. The service was also great, our waiter was very personable and gave us great suggestions for the rest of our trip.

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AnitaF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The calamari and lamb shanks were excellent! Pricey but sometimes it’s worth it!

SB
SBud
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My girlfriend and I ate here on November 30 and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our meal. The waiter was attentive, but not intrusive; the food was prepared perfectly. We loved it so much we ordered an additional to-go plate. Would highly recommend.

JD
JerryD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been there before and on this occasion everything was excellent as well.

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vipYYCSue
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We have been to The Balkan several times in the past and usually choose to eat here whenever we are in Banff. The food is very tasty and the service is good.

The last time that we were here, I was a bit disappointed because they had a scaled back menu it seemed. I was looking forward to moussaka, but they said that due to the labour shortage caused by the pandemic, they couldn't make all of the dishes. I enjoyed what I did have.

This time my husband didn't want aother wrap, so he chose the Chicken Souvlaki. It was priced at $29.00, and he was asked if he wanted pita to go with it. He said that he would. When the dish arrived, it had one chicken skewer with a lot of meat on it, some potatoes, parsnips, and tzatziki. He was expecting rice and some salad though looking at the menu, these items weren’t listed. The dish had no variation in colour. Though it was delicious, there really wasn’t anything different about it then my son’s wrap with the exception of the parsnips. It seemed quite overpriced for what he got.

Since this is his favourite item, it will take some convincing to get him to go back for a while.

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SarahS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Have always been a fan of the food at this restaurant, at this visit I felt that the serving sizes had gone down and prices gone up. Our table was so tiny I felt claustrophobic, our server wasn’t super friendly but not rude just didn’t feel welcomed or comfortable. Hope to give this place another try as were normally huge fans of it and the food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was delicious as I remember

LM
LucieM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food, the drinks and the atmosphere. Beautiful restaurant.

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LiaF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The lamb was too salty. The lemon sorbet was disappointing. And the prices were to high for the food. The entertainment was great and the serivce was on par.

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The Balkan never disappoints. The food is delicious and the service always on point.

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Brits
Edmonton
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

We had no idea where our server went? After our first course our server disappeared for 20-25 min. As other servers served tables around us our drinks were left empty. Other than that the food was great..

LM
LauraM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food.
Hostess at the front was not very welcoming

KF
KevinF
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around!

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LoriS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was fabulous. When we arrived the 2 highchair we asked for were already set up. Food was good and hot. Came out quickly. Kids meal was perfect for the kids who were only 13months. Definitely would recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, attentive service and the food is delicious.

JM
JenniferM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We’ve been to the Balkan several times and it is great every time. This time we tried a preset menu for The Taste of Adventure promotion in Banff and really enjoyed trying some new dishes. We were there on a Thursday night and also really enjoyed the Greek night dancing and plate breaking.

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PhillipH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent sever and great attention to detail. Katelynn was are server. I ordered the lamb chops which were plentiful and made perfectly to medium rare. Great meal and service a highlight on our trip to Banff.

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Balkan The Greek Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.