Rundle Bar – Fairmont Banff Springs

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea
** Please be aware that starting on January 2, 2020 Afternoon Tea will be served in Castello Italiana until Spring 2020

Pinkies Up! We are proud to present a menu steeped in tradition and designed to create the most memorable of Fairmont experiences.

With breathtaking views, Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Banff Springs offers 12 of our finest loose leaf teas accompanied by delectable pastries and finger sandwiches for the time honoured traditionalist. If there are any allergies or dietary restrictions let us know in advance and we would be happy to accommodate. $55.00 per person.


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JA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

My 96 year old Mother and I spent Valentine’s Day in Banff waiting for our 2.30 reservation for High Tea in the Rundle Lounge only to be told that the tea was in another area of the hotel which meant pushing her wheelchair with oxygen in tow outside and through snow and ice to the “The Gate House”. After finding the correct floor 17th (no one around to ask), we were seated in a room with no view of the resort or mountains. A young man served us “High Tea” which consisted of stale sandwiches and scones...never to see him again. After finishing our cold pots of tea.. I flagged down a female server and got our bill. Banff Springs ...Truly Disappointing and I will be writing to their Executive.

TD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff and nice atmosphere. This is always a nice treat

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

High tea at the Fairmont is currently being served in the Gatehouse Italian restaurant. While we have nothing to compare it to while the Rundle Room is being renovated, the atmosphere was still quite lovely. The service too was fantastic- we were looked after by Kurtis.
Unfortunately the food was quite disappointing - sandwiches were very dry and scones like bullets. We felt like the items had been prepared earlier in the day en masse and left out. Certainly a lot of food but nothing I would return to try again.

CG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My fiancee and I had a wonderful time at the Banff Springs Hotel for afternoon tea. Emily, our server, was extremely knowledgeable, attentive, warm and welcoming. She truly elevated the experience for us.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service 😊

KC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attended high tea with my 3 year old for her birthday. She loved it! Thank you!

A
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a lovely way to spend a chilly afternoon with my daughter.
It will be great when they can relocate back to usual venue but cannot fault service or food,
I wish I had allowed more time!

RL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The afternoon tea at the Banff Springs Hotel is world famous. Unfortunately, the Hotel is having renovations where the afternoon tea is usually held.
I certainly missed the view. The mountains are an absolute attraction and I missed them terribly.
While the food and service were 100% top notch....I really wanted to just enjoy that amazing view with my afternoon tea.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our High Tea experience. As we had had previous High Tea at other Fairmont resorts we had a level of expectation that was met. The food was incredible and the portions more than satiating. Unfortunately due to renovations the High Tea was served in the Castillo Italiano which took away from the ambience. As well they were short staffed that day and we waited quite some time to be acknowledged and seated. Service was otherwise wonderful!

KH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

I absolutely loved the high tea experience! We got to smell the teas before choosing which one we wanted to have. The food was amazing - I’m usually a bit fussy about what I like, but I loved pretty much everything they put out for us (there were only one or two I didn’t like as much). The service was fantastic. The only downside was that the Rundle Bar is under renovations, so we were in the Castello Italiana instead. I did know this prior to booking, but I thought we would still have amazing views since we were in the middle of the mountains. The view was okay, but the windows were small, and only one of the seats faced the window. I would still recommend this experience, but I’d also recommend waiting until the renovations are done so you have the best view to go along with the experience.

SJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server Meghan was awesome!!

JK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my 8 year old for a high tea birthday and it was amazing! I am gluten free and there was so much to eat. It was incredible. Indulge in this high tea experience. Disclaimer, Jan -April high tea is not in the Rundle room.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This review is mostly for our waitress, Sara. She was extremely warm and knowledgeable about the menu. We felt right at home in this gorgeous setting. Sara was super accommodating and friendly even while busy with multiple tables. The food and tea were very well presented and tasted just as delicious. The breathtaking view is definitely the star of the show up there. Highly recommend trying!

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, breath taking view, and delicious food! I would definitely recommend their experience.

W
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed afternoon tea for a relaxing time. My server was excellent and very knowledgeable about the art of tea.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only concern was the music level coming from somewhere. Too loud for my taste.
Our server, a young East Indian fellow, was superb.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

The service was slow on Saturday. We felt like we were waiting for everything. Usually at afternoon tea it’s quick to get your tea and food and then they let you enjoy and check in on you to see how things are going. We waited approximately 45 minutes for the tea pots to be refilled with hot water. It almost seemed like the waitress forgot about our table.

M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious desserts and amazing tea selection! Well presented.

CW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Early Christmas present for my mother who was visiting from Toronto. We had a great time!

AM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were so well looked after by Amy. She was helpful, patient and very kind. This is a highlight of my year and it never disappoints.

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely afternoon with an incredible view! Amy was a fantastic 'tea concierge' who shared her extensive knowledge of teas, treats and wine as I opted for the Champagne Tea package. A delicious menu with great quality and quantity, and superior service you would expect at a luxury property. A memorable experience for a self-care day or for a special occasion to celebrate with friends & family.

R
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Romantic date with my girlfriend. Our server Amy was friendly, helpful, and made the overall experience more enjoyable. Food was excellent.

BP
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful first time experience at Afternoon Tea. The Rundle Lounge has the most beautiful views of the mountains while you enjoy amazing little bites of various sandwiches, desserts, and scones.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Such a cozy and comfortable experience with a wonderful view!! Will definitely be coming back again.

GB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the afternoon tea with the cheese board option and what an amazing experience it was, from the food to the service and the exquisite ambiance. We were pleasantly surprised by the anniversary gift we received: complimentary champagne. The only thing I would suggest is making the sweeter desserts less sweet. There were only two that were too sweet out of the 5 so it wasn't bad. Thank you for making our celebration more special. We will certainly revisit and recommend this place.

TG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambience, scenery and the experience! It’s a little pricey, but well worth it.

L
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Our server, although kind and friendly, was struggling and forgot a few things. We ordered the full champagne/cheese board high tea and I found it to underwhelm me.
The cheese options were mediocre and to charge and extra $30 for 2 not full glasses of champagne was disappointing.
I have had tea there several times, I just felt disappointed this time. Makes me sad.

ST
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I took my partner here for his birthday, and we had a fantastic experience. The service was exceptional, the food was good and a lovely selection on teas for high tea. We definitely plan on going back for sure!

SM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a must for everyone!! The staff is well educated, the food is amazing and the views... ohhhh the views.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely and the service was excellent. We greatly enjoyed the experience,

MA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The finest High Tea we have had, far far better than the Fairmont Palliser or the Lougheed House in Calgary or the Empress in Victoria. We do this every year as a birthday treat for our grandson who loves High Tea. He raved about the location, the view and the food! this is the sixth year that we have celebrated his birthday in this manner.

It is well worth the drive and the price - we would recommend it most highly!

RC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Highly recommended for the view alone - the tea was excellent (loved the smelling station!) and the desserts really exquisite, exactly what you would hope for from a high tea! The server seemed to be having a bit of an off day - he was a bit scattered, but still attentive and apologetic when he: forgot our water after we sat down, forgot to return our coats and forgot to give us our packed up leftovers. Some of the sandwiches were a little dry and frankly below what I would expect from the Fairmont. The vegetarian options were delicious but a little uninspired. For example, I had the duck confit tart with mini-brie (excellent!) while my daughter had hummus on a piece of French bread. Still highly recommended, and I hope our slightly-less-than-perfect experience was just an anomaly.

s
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A little bit of perfection. Amazing food, stunning setting and spectacular and friendly service. Not something you do everyday for the price, but something you should experience at least once.

VB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an outstanding and exceptional High Tea experience. Looking at the mountains, enjoying sweet and savory treats, wonderful tea choices was an unforgettable afternoon for our family.

S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met and exceeded all our expectations. The Champagne tea was worth the extra cost for our small celebration. The staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable in explaining the entire experience. Everything we had hoped for. 5/5 Stars.

BG
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and the experience. We are not hot tea drinkers but still enjoyed!

FF
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was amazing. An experience we will never forget. Our server, Amy made the experience over the top memorable with her knowledge. The food and teas were top notch! Must go again!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We weren’t staying at the Fairmont, but when we enter the hotel we walked to the reception and ask where Rundle lounge was and she pointed in the direction. She was very friendly and polite. When we got up to Rundle lounge we were greeted by the host who immediately showed us to our table. Moments later our waitress came by introduced herself and hand us menus. Since we are very Familia with afternoon tea we didn’t want her explaining how everything go and the flow of service. Overall it was a great experience, great selections of teas. View was simply amazing. Should I be in the area ever again I would stop by and have tea again at Rundle lounge.

A
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a memorable occasion. The waiter as interesting and knowledgeable and most helpful for us. The atmosphere was one we will never forget. The tea was delicious and the food was amazing. Thank you, Fairmont, for the work and effort that you put into these events.

F
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The view is spectacular! Booking system was painless, all staff were courteous. The server, Angela, was very nice and understanding: that most if not all the guests who came for afternoon tea is due to the view and experience and she took her time in serving you.