Canmore is a picturesque mountain town nestled in the wild Canadian Rockies and at the doorstep of Banff National Park. Staying in Canmore is a great idea as you will have access to the best hikes and outdoor activities surrounding the town. And what’s better than having a delicious meal after all those explorations? Therefore we share with you the best Canmore restaurants for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner. After checking this guide you will know exactly where to eat in Canmore!
21 BEST CANMORE RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
There is such a wide selection of restaurants in Canmore! So to give you directly the best options you’re looking for, I’ve divided the best Canmore restaurants in breakfast & lunch cafes and the best dining options in Canmore.
Best breakfast and lunch restaurants in Canmore
Location: 1000 7 Ave, and 1514 Railway Ave Canmore
Specialty: Artisan bread and coffee
Opening times: Daily from 8 AM–5 PM
JK Bakery is one of the best places in Canmore for coffee, breakfast and lunch. The bakery has two locations (Downtown Canmore and Railway Avenue) and offers delivery, takeaway, and indoor and outdoor seating.
Run by a local family, the cafe is seen by many as a community hub, so expect a fantastic atmosphere. JK Bakery specializes in homemade food made from the freshest ingredients.
Some of the best menu items include sweet treats such as muffins and cinnamon buns and savory dishes like homemade soup and paninis. After eating at JK Bakery, we recommend picking up a fresh artisan loaf for later, yum!
The Summit Cafe
Location: 1001 Cougar Creek Dr #102, Canmore
Opening times: Daily from 7:30 AM–1:30 PM
Open year-round, the Summit Cafe is a hidden gem and one of the most cozy cafes in Canmore. A local secret since 1999, the Summit Cafe offers a full-day breakfast and lunch menu, daily specials, and a patio with sweeping views of the mountains.
Easily one of the top picks for individuals with dietary needs, the Summit Cafe menu features vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free dishes.
You’ll quickly fall in love with the cafe’s lively buzz, attractive decor, and freshly prepared food, which is sold at a great price!
Most of the menu comprises healthy meals (the Summit Sandwich and veggie-packed Grotto Bowl are solid options). However, beating the traditional breakfast with fresh sourdough toast and a hot cup of coffee is hard!
Eclipse Coffee Roasters
Location: 1516 Railway Ave, Canmore
Opening times: Daily from 7:30 AM–5:30 PM
If you’re looking for an excellent place to grab a cup of coffee in Canmore, look no further than Eclipse Coffee Roasters. You’ll find this trendy coffee shop on Railway Avenue, one door down from JK Bakery.
Eclipse specializes in sourcing and roasting exceptional coffee blends from around the world. Inside the beautiful space, you’ll find a plethora of high-quality coffee blends, an array of delicious pastries, and good vibes!
Some of the best blends include the fruity Kayon Mountain Ethiopia, the nutty Simbu Papua New Guinea, and the chocolatey Vintage Blend. Make sure you order a fresh pan au chocolat with your coffee too!
Rocky Mountain Bagel Co.
Location: 1106 Bow Valley Trail #101, Canmore and 830 8 St #102, Canmore
Specialty: The from-scratch bagels & pastries
Opening times: Daily from 6 AM – 4 PM
Rocky Mountain Bagel is often referred to as Canmore’s living room. This cozy cafe has a comfy indoor seating area, a spacious patio with a great view, and a comforting hearth to keep guests warm.
Found on Main Street and Bow Valley Trail, this cafe specializes in homemade bagels “made with love.” Every night, the super-friendly team makes 150+ artisan bagels from scratch.
There’s a breakfast, lunch, and bagel spread menu. You can choose a set bagel style or create your own. The Bubba (peanut butter and bananas) is an awesome treat after a hike. The Mountaineer (pastrami, cream cheese, vegetables, Swiss cheese, and mayo) is delicious too!
Location: 718 10 St #2, Canmore
Specialty: Cinnamon buns and paninis
Opening times: Daily from 8:30 AM–4 PM
Harvest Cafe is another great option for breakfast and lunch in Canmore. With gluten-free and vegan options on their menu, the Harvest Cafe is perfect for people with dietary needs. With some of the best baked goods made in-house, it’s a great stop for a coffee with something sweet. Or try their yummy soups, wraps, and paninis.
Location: 1602 2 Ave, Canmore
Specialty: International dishes
Opening times: Daily from 7 AM–2 PM and 5–9 PM
Bankhead Restaurant is nestled in the heart of Canmore and is one of the great restaurants to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a wide range of choices, Bankhead Restaurant caters to different tastes.
From the delicious Kale Smoothie Bowl and Pancake to traditional favorites like pulled-pork sandwiches and salads. The menu also delights with international flavors such as Butter Chicken and Thai red curry.
Location: 101-1205 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
Opening times: Daily from 7:30 AM–3 PM, but Tuesday and Wednesday closed
Le Fournil is inspired by from French cuisine, crafting delicious pastries, bread, and desserts. It’s a great place to start the morning with a coffee and yummy croissant. Or buy some of their finger’ liking chocolate desserts. Besides all these sweets, Le Fournil also has savory options including salads. A great place for breakfast and lunch in a modern setting.
Best restaurants in Canmore for dinner
Stirling Grill & Lounge
Location: 321 Spring Creek Dr, Canmore in the Malcolm Hotel
Specialty: Poutine and steak
Opening times: Daily from 7 AM–9 PM
Stirling Grill & Lounge is one of the best restaurants in Canmore for a cozy dinner. The Stirling Lounge sits inside the Malcolm Hotel, where you can glimpse the stunning Canadian Rockies from the windows.
The stylish decor and good food create a luxurious atmosphere, making the restaurant the perfect place for a special occasion. The dining experience here specializes in high-quality local Canadian ingredients, in-house prepared cocktails, and an extensive wine list.
Culinary delights include Malcolm Poutine, the ribeye steak, and the Malcolm Burger. In addition to a delicious meal, you can watch sports in the lounge or relax in a private booth.
Location: 2000 Silvertip Trail, Canmore
Specialty: Steakhouse serving prime cuts
Opening times: Daily from 5–8 PM, closed on Monday and Tuesday
Located at Silvertip Golf Resort, Rustica Steakhouse offers world-class dining with stunning views and Golf Course scenery. This is the perfect Canmore restaurant for a special occasion. Besides the daily menu, you can also choose from the featured menu options which is a seasonal tasting menu or chef’s surprise 3-course tasting menu.
The atmospheric ambiance with fireplace and classy interior makes an evening out to Rustica Steakhouse an unforgettable experience.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
Location: 321 Spring Creek Dr, Canmore in the Malcolm Hotel
Specialty: Poutine and steak
Opening times: Daily from 11:30 AM–9 PM and until 10 PM on Fridays & Saturdays
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. is ideal if you’re looking for the best wood-fired flatbread pizzas.
Found in the heart of downtown Canmore, Rocky Mountain Flatbread is an award-winning, family-friendly pizza and pasta restaurant that uses organic local produce, Ocean Wise seafood, and free-range organic meats.
Every pizza is perfectly cooked in a traditional wood-fired pizza oven, giving it an even finish and extra crispiness. Our favorites are the Honey Hot Chorizo and the Bow Valley BBQ Chicken.
At Rocky Mountain Flatbread, you can kick back in a family-friendly setting, relax on the patio with views of the Rockies, and order an amazing pizza and craft beer.
The Wood Restaurant & Lounge
Location: 838 8 St, Canmore
Specialty: Steak & Burgers
Opening times: Daily from 11 AM–10 PM and until 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
The Wood Restaurant & Lounge is another Canmore restaurant that offers epic views of the Rockies. This restaurant features a stunning log cabin design, a large outdoor patio area, and classic Canadian cuisine made from local ingredients.
In the summer months, this restaurant is the perfect spot to relax. Sit with a beer taster flight (4 craft beers), admire the mountain views, and order a fantastic meal.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and has a menu that consists of light bites, sharing platters, steaks, burgers, and salads. The Alberta sirloin steak and Big Canadian Burger are phenomenal. The bowls are great if you want something lighter, notably the Dragon Noodle Bowl.
The Grizzly Paw
Location: 622 8 St, Canmore
Specialty: Mountain view pub with its own Micro brewing
Opening times: Daily from 11 AM–10 PM
Next, we have Grizzly Paw, located in downtown Canmore, the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Grizzly Paw has everything from a heated patio offering scenic mountain views and two levels of seating to traditional pub favorites and a handful of innovative menu items.
The menu is jam-packed with mouthwatering dishes. The Thai Honey Chicken Burger is to die for, while the Korean Fried Cauliflower light bites offer something different.
Alternatively, go old school and order the fish & chips or melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Either way, wash your lunch/dinner down with a refreshing Grizzly Caesar cocktail or one of Grizzly’s craft beers.
Location: 709 9 St, Canmore
Specialty: Elevated pub food
Opening times: Daily from 12–11 PM and until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays
Tavern 1883 is one of the best pubs for tourists looking for tasty homemade food, boozy drinks, and a fun atmosphere.
Situated on 9th Street, Tavern 1883 has indoor seating and a stunning patio with views of the Rocky Mountains. The combination of mountain views, great food, and entertainment such as comedy and live music is something you won’t quickly forget.
Tavern 1883’s menu is vast. They specialize in proper pub grub (The Ultimate Tavern Burger is out-of-this-world) and themed evenings. Butter Chicken Mondays is your chance to taste the pub’s famous butter chicken pizza, while Taco Tuesdays offer a bargain deal on Mexican delights like tacos and margaritas!
Location: 1000 7 Ave Unit 105, Canmore
Specialty: Japanese food
Opening times: Daily from 11:30 AM–8:30 PM
With a name like Ramen Arashi, you can probably already tell what this restaurant brings to Canmore’s culinary scene. If you guessed Japanese food, you’d be absolutely right!
Ramen Arashi is a quaint restaurant located on 7th Ave. It doesn’t have an outside patio area, but it makes up for that by serving a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes with fresh ingredients.
There are countless ramen dishes, several salad bowls, and an array of tasty Japanese appetizers. We recommend trying the flavor-packed miso ramen with a side of edamame beans.
After that, enjoy some Dorayaki (a traditional Japanese pancake stuffed with red bean paste) for an unforgettable experience!
The Market Bistro
Location: 75 Dyrgas Gate #102, Canmore
Specialty: French Italian cuisine with a modern twist
Opening times: Daily from 12–8 PM, closed on Mondays
Those searching for a more upscale restaurant in Canmore but without the added cost should visit the Market Bistro in the neighborhood of The Three Sisters.
Market Bistro is a beautiful French and Italian restaurant that serves simple yet flavorful food with a modern approach. Verging on affordable fine dining, the bistro features an open plan seating area with open kitchen, great service, a sunny and peaceful patio, and good vibes only!
In terms of food, you can expect authentic flavors, local produce, and innovative dishes served by wonderfully friendly staff as live music plays in the background.
Top-tier dishes we enjoyed here include garlic shrimp, the cheeseboard, duck confit, and mushroom pappardelle.
Iron Goat Pub
Location: 703 Benchlands Trail, Canmore
Specialty: Wildgame dishes from the grill
Opening times: Daily from 11 AM–9 PM
Inspired by Canmore’s rich railway heritage, Iron Gate Pub is a purpose-built restaurant with top-of-the-range amenities and world-class food.
This breathtaking cabin-like restaurant offers an incredible dining experience across an outdoor patio and indoor seating area. The interior is beautiful, but it’s the Rocky Mountain views that’ll impress you most.
Arguably the most romantic restaurant in Canmore, the menu here will blow you away. Specialty wild game dishes such as bison sirloin, which goes beautifully with a glass of Ant Moore Pinot Noir, will hurt your wallet, but the experience is well worth it!
Other favorites at Iron Goat include the Alberta beef burger, stone-baked pizzas, and the butternut squash ravioli.
Location: 304 Old Canmore Rd #101, Canmore
Opening times: Daily from 3–9 PM and on Friday and Saturday until 10 PM
If you’re on the lookout for the best pizza in Canmore, Rocket Pie is perfect! Found on Old Canmore Rd, Rocket Pie is a casual restaurant that serves fantastic Italian cuisine.
The atmosphere is relaxed, but there’s no outdoor seating area, which is a shame considering the awesome views of the Rockies. This restaurant specializes in gourmet pizza or, as Rocket Pie calls it, “Pie.” Every pizza is made from a lovely homemade dough and prepared from scratch.
Our favorite is the Formaggi with gorgonzola and local honey. It’s also possible to personalize your pizza with extra toppings! Rocket Pie also serves meatballs, calzones, and lasagna if you’re not in the mood for pizza.
Location: Adjacent to Basecamp, 725 9 St, Canmore
Specialty: Fusion food
Opening times: Daily from 12–8:45 PM, closed on Sunday and Monday
A recent addition to the food scene in Canmore, Kain Tayo is one of our favorite spots to try something new! Found off Main Street, this restaurant nails the global fusion concept, elevating fusion food to a new level.
It offers a laid-back dining experience across two dining rooms and an atmosphere described as “Mom’s Kitchen.” It’s a great place to enjoy a family meal and unwind.
Regarding food, there’s an extensive menu of street-style comfort food on offer.
The signature Sukiyaki Fries are the best in Bow Valley, the Caldereta is a twist on Filipino beef stew, and the Chinese roast crispy pork belly with kimchi fried rice is incredible!
Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue
Location: 629 8 St, Canmore
Specialty: Fusion food
Opening times: Daily from 5–9 PM, closed on Monday, Saturday & Sunday 12–10 PM
Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue, also on Main Street, is one of the best Canmore restaurants if you want a more unique dining experience. At this stylish restaurant, which features a small patio and a beautiful indoor seating area, food is served Rodízio style.
The barbecue chefs walk around each table with huge skewers of mouthwateringly tasty meats. Each chef carries a different cut of tender meat. Options include bottom sirloin, garlic top sirloin, Parmigiano beef, and much more.
To complement the delicious food, guests should order some side dishes. The fries and Brazilian white rice are great! Don’t forget to order a glass of red wine or one of the delicious beers too!
Location: 1600 Railway Ave, Canmore
Specialty: Healthy International Food
Opening times: Daily from 11:30 AM–9:30 PM, closed on Monday
Crazyweed Bistro is a casual eatery with a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Dishes from all over the world can be found on the extensive menu. Do you fancy poke bowls or pan-seared arctic char? Crazyweed Bistro got you covered.
But also for delicious gnocchi, Thai grilled chicken, Alberta steaks and pickle-marinated fried chicken you are at the right address. This Canmore restaurant is ideal for groups where everyone has different tastes and preferences.
Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon
Location: 626 8 St #2, Canmore
Specialty: Global eats and craft beer
Opening times: Daily from 11:30 AM–11 PM
This cozy, casual eatery is a great place to go for modern bar bites and delicious cocktails! It’s the go-to place for a delicious pub-style meal accompanied by craft beer, cocktails, or wine. From Huevos Rancheros to short ribs, duck wings, and burgers, Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon offers a variety of global food that suits everyone’s taste. You can also choose to share plates of globally-inspired tapas made from fresh, local ingredients, making the Buffalo Roam Saloon a great tapas restaurant as well.
Where to stay in Canmore
The spacious and newly refurbished rooms of Coast Canmore have stunning views of the surrounding mountains. With comfy big beds, it is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. With an on-site restaurant and bar, indoor pool and meeting rooms, Coast Canmore has a great price-quality ratio.
We really enjoyed staying in Coast Canmore Hotel, especially the views on Ha Ling Peak from bed!
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