Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs

4.8
228 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Wine Bar
Savoury charcuterie, fine cheeses and award-winning wines are showcased nightly at the cozy Grapes Wine Bar. Sample from a tempting menu of tasty gourmet favourites made in-house, including cured meats and pâtés, candied salmon, freshly baked breads and delicious pickled vegetables.

This historic, charming room was originally established in 1926 as a writing room and a place for people to gather their thoughts, share experiences and converse with family and friends. Enjoy the entertaining, interactive atmosphere of Grapes Wine Bar, a dining experience like no other.

Experiences

  • Merryvale Winnermaker Tasting Experience

    CA$125.00 per person

    Nov 5, 2021 only

    Join René Schlatter; Proprietor and CEO of Merryvale Family of Wines for an unforgettable tasting experience. Featuring Starmont Wines perfectly paired with small batch Canadian cheeses and local charcuterie. $125 per person (includes wine pairing led by René Schlatter, cheese and charcuterie tasting, gratuity and taxes). 18+ event.

Safety precautions

Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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 228 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8
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vipZeneater
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy and intimate setting. Delish tapas and charcuterie

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OrianaL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic gem in the Banff Springs. Charcuterie elevated. Unique meats, perfectly paired cheeses, chutneys and pickled vegetables, fresh baked assorted breads and always topped with grapes.

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LisaGx
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we walked in the door, we felt relaxed and welcomed. The food and the wine was absolutely superb and our service was impeccable, extremely friendly and professional! This was one of the highlights of our entire trip!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spending time with me kids after 14 months away from each other.

JD
vipJulieD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic charcuterie and fixings in a perfect small and cozy spot in the historic Banff Springs Hotel.

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ValentinN
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We took the special charcuterie and cheese and was really tasty. We enjoy tasting all flavors.
Quiet and warm, with good wine.

KB
KimberlyB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely dinner, with a lovely view. The creation by the chef, wonderful, waitress great. Would go back in a heartbeat if I were in Banff.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing experience, amazing staff

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Rheannon
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best charcheuterie and cheese we have ever had hands down. Excellent wine list and pairing suggestions. Would absolutely recommend to make time for this gem!

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BrianM
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and conversation at our favorite bar seats. We frequent Grapes every time we go to Banff and have done so for the past 30 years.

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BanffLocal
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Beautiful space that is very intimate and charming. The chef was absolutely wonderful! The Cheese Tower was a lovely mix of offerings that paired together perfectly.

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BeverlyT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely waiter….helpful and knowledgeable

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linlin
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Great service and cute cozy place. The food was ok and not that exceptional for the price. Its overrated

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Wine selection was nice. Atmosphere and service was great!
Would go back for cocktails.
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Tweis20208888
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server and the chef were so gracious for allowing us to stay past closing. Great food, great ambiance, amazing conversation! I’m so sorry I forgot their names but they were angels to my husband and I. I would 1000000% recommend going to this lounge any day.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dana the server was great and Katie the chef did an outstanding job.

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Nadia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to celebrate our anniversary at Grapes, and to say the experience was great is an understatement. We were able to sit beside the open bar area and got to watch our food being prepared. The server was generous and kind and took the time to discuss wine and food options with us. She was absolutely lovely and took the time to get to know us. The chef created an amazing display of meats and cheeses. She asked about dietary restrictions and took the initiative to ensure these were met. She also took the time to explain what each element of the board was and their complements. Also, if you love spicy, the shishito pepper jam was so delicious! At the end of the dinner, we got a cute box of customized chocolate truffles! I can’t recommend Grapes enough and am so happy they reopened!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and wine! Loved every minute!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We couldn’t have been happier with our lovely evening at ‘Grapes’. The chefs selection charcuterie board was outstanding and the best I have experienced.
Absolutely lovely and highly recommend!!!

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vipJay007
Calgary
43 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice to see this place open again after the pandemic closures due to the hotels limited capacities and staffing. The best around for charcuterie, wine and cheese. The long time staff here are also always very friendly and welcoming. A must try at the castle in the Rockies.

JD
JenniferD
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice little place with good boards. Would go here again in a heartbeat.

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vipRachelD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great spot for small plates and appetizers to pick at

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AndrewJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very intimate and conducive to great conversation. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the charcuterie and wine were outstanding. We sat at the "bar" which is actually the charcuterie prep bar. I recommend sitting there as you can watch and talk with the the chef as he prepares all the charcuterie dishes. This was a fun way to spend an evening catching up with good friends.

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vipK2017
Calgary
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

I've been to grapes a few times and have to say that it seems like the prices are going up and the portions are getting smaller. We took the medley board and the cheeses were very small and there wasn't lots of pickled veggies on the board either. Last time there was more food and it was a better value for the money. I still like this place but hopefully the portions go back to normal, you can get boards like this in town for much less and they will be bigger/better value.

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HilaryH
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

As yearly guests of the hotel we were recommended this "hidden gem" by the locals of Banff and finally had space in this years itinerary to dine on the Friday evening. The food offering was good and we enjoyed the locally sourced cheeses and meats on the chef's sectional board. The fondue was also very good but nothing exceptional compared to other places. The service was very disappointing and not what we have come to expect from any Fairmont. Our server disappeared after dropping off waters for about 15 minutes. Once she finally returned we ordered a bottle of wine and she ran away before we could add cocktails to the order. We waited about 10 minutes for more bread for the fondue and then another 15 minutes for the bill. After we paid our bill we just nicely finishing off the bottle of wine and were asked if we could please leave do to them requiring our table for the next party. Very disappointing to be asked to leave after settling a $400 dinner bill and despite the slow service still leaving a generous 20% tip. We were about 1 hour and 45 minutes after our reservation time so not even a full two hours which is the standard dinner time slot. Not what we have experienced at other dinning outlets at the Banff Springs and this was a sour start to our trip.

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DanoS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best cheese board I’ve had, and Zoran is the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic and uplifting server I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Absolutely recommend this small spot!

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vipMF44
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great experience for dinner. Nice size of restaurant in such a large hotel. The fondue was outstanding as was the wine list!

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vipRichardC
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu includes items we had never tried, and they turned out to be delicious. Our server was well versed on the entire menu and helped us select a great meal. While the restaurant is small in size, you will find it big as a dining experience.

RC
vipRoCanD
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one of our favourite restaurants. Great food and an amazing wine selection. But it is the people who really make it special. The chefs are fabulous. Dana and Will are 2 very knowledgeable people, friendly and attentive. We always look forward to having a little time to talk with them.

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JoanneT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service by Dana each and every time!

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vipHlapuz
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was our first tine dining at Grapes and it was a great experience. It was very cozy and felt like dining in Europe. We loved the ambiance and our server was great. She was very friendly! The fondue was amazing. We tried the albacore tuna which was pretty good but we preferred the smoked steelhead. Their wine selection was also fantastic! We will definitely be back.

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WalterS
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible!

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vipPaulNedra
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful charcuterie! Cozy atmosphere.

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Francois
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply the best charcuterie and cheese we have ever tasted in Canada, if not North America
The local Gewurtztraminer is great: try it !
No need to go to Chamonix for a fondue: you have it here. Stay in the Fairmont Banff Springs , ski in Lake Louise, and eat at the Grapes ! The winter paradise
The Chauvet Family

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Checkers
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grapes never disappoints!
The quality of the food, staff, service level and experience is excellent. The small, intimate nature of the space is great for couples, small or larger groups.
The charcuterie cuisine is locally sourced or made in house and goes beyond all expectations.
Highly recommend Grapes for a great evening out!

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SWEGal
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love grapes. Such a lovely little place with a great wine selection. The menu is small but everything we had was great so no complaints!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite wine bars. Can’t beat the ambience and the view.

RJ
vipRoderickJaynes
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Michael was specifically helpful. Try the wild game tartare — it was excellent.

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Obbi
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely experience. Would return in a heart beat!

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Scooter
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food. Disappointed in the loss of locals discount that has been replaced by a new owners information grab.

FAQs

Grapes - Fairmont Banff Springs is rated 4.8 stars by 228 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.