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Lake Louise, Alberta is one of those jaw-droppingly beautiful places that absolutely must be on any Canadian road-trip itinerary. It’s got everything you need: a beautiful turquoise lake, epic mountain views, great shopping, tons of things to do, and – most important of all – delicious places to eat!
From casual hang-out spots to fine dining with gorgeous views to post-hike treats, there are a few amazing restaurants in Lake Louise to check out on your next trip! We’ve been lucky enough to have visited Lake Louise on countless occasions. And every time we go, we check out different restaurants in the area (we love a great meal!)
Based on our favorites, we’ve written this blog about the absolute best restaurants in Lake Louise. This blog includes everything from delicious takeaway cafes to fine-dining experiences. So no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find an amazing restaurant in Lake Louise perfect for your travels.
10 BEST Restaurants in Lake Louise
1. Fairview Bar & Restaurant
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an iconic landmark in Lake Louise and a place to splurge and treat yourself! But, even if you aren’t staying there overnight, you can still get a taste of luxury by eating at the Fairview Bar & Restaurant, located inside the hotel.
The location of the Fairview could not be better, as the dining room looks out over the beautiful Lake Louise. They are a fine dining location, perfect for a date night or to celebrate a special occasion with loved ones. The romantic ambiance makes it a popular restaurant in Lake Louise for anyone visiting Banff National Park on a honeymoon.
Food options are inspired by the Rocky Mountains, with delicious local ingredients taking center stage.
As an upscale restaurant, prices are on the more expensive side, with dinner entrees averaging $50-60 CAD. They are open for afternoon tea from 12-2:30 pm, as well as from 5-11 pm for dinner, so you can stop in for a bite to eat during the day, or go for a night late-night drink.
2. Bill Peyto’s Cafe
On the opposite end of the spectrum of the Fairview is a great budget-friendly restaurant in Lake Louise, Bill Peyto’s Cafe. Although less fancy, this place is very popular with raving reviews on TripAdvisor.
On a recent trip to Lake Louise, I stayed at the Hi Lake Louise Alpine Center (a great budget hotel option.) Bill Peyto’s Cafe is actually located in the hotel so I really had no choice but to check it out for myself.
As it turns out, this place is actually a local favorite with hearty meals, a relaxed atmosphere, and affordable prices for both food and drinks. Every night I stayed there the restaurant was packed with visitors, the local police, and park rangers.
After eating there for myself I can totally see why – the food is amazing!
Dan and I shared a burger and a pasta dish and loved them both! I was actually annoyed that we ate there on our last night in Lake Louise – I would have been there every night if I knew it was that good!
I will warn you though, go early! This place literally has a line out the door some nights!
3. Lake Louise Village Grill
After a day outside exploring the natural beauty of Lake Louise, you’ll likely be hungry! The Lake Louise Village Grill is the best place to go for a casual burger and beer and just hang out and relax. It has a family-friendly vibe, with a bit of a fine-dining twist: epic views of the surrounding mountains right from the restaurant!
They serve a mix of Western and Asian dishes, and prices are affordable at around $15-$25 CAD for most entrees. This is also a great spot to catch the game as they have TVs in the dining area with sports playing. The Grill is open until 2:00 am, so it’s a good choice if you want a night out with some friends.
Now I must say, this isn’t a fancy place to eat. It is more casual and the last couple of times I went there I was a little disappointed with the service. With that said, the prices were great for happy hour which has kept me coming back (the mountain views helped too!)
They are conveniently located in the Samson Mall, near the Lake Louise Visitor Centre, off the main road into town. From most hotels in Lake Louise, it is within walking distance.
4. Lakeview Lounge
The Lakeview Lounge is located right in the lobby of the Fairmont Chateau and offers a more relaxed and budget-friendly way to enjoy the luxurious environment of the Fairmont. There are gorgeous views of the lake and mountains right from the dining area. In the summertime, you can sit right on the patio and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air.
They are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner (hours are 11 am – 9:30 pm) and serve a wide variety of Canadian dishes, including vegan options. Dinner mains average around $30 CAD, or you can go for the “Prix Fixe” for $65, choosing an appetizer, main, and dessert!
The Lakeview Lounge has a broad beverage menu, so this is also a great option if you are looking for a mid-afternoon coffee break or a pre-dinner cocktail!
Related read: Check out all the best winter activities in Lake Louise
5. The Station Restaurant
One place I love to go for lunch in Lake Louise is The Station Restaurant. This restaurant is unique in the fact that it’s located at the old train station and is actually a heritage site you can walk around and explore – kids love it!
However, what I really come for is the food and service. Every meal I’ve had here is delicious but my favorite is the beef stew (pictured above!) It’s thick, filled with rustic style veggies, and huge chunks of Alberta Beef. On top of that, the service is second to none so it’s always a pleasure. Hands-down, The Station is one of the best restaurants in Lake Louise.
Expect to pay between $18-25 CAD for a lunch main and $25-35 for a dinner main. They are open Wednesdays to Sundays from 12-4 pm and 5-8:30 pm.
6. Whitehorn Bistro
One of the best things to do in Lake Louise is to go skiing! The Lake Louise Ski Resort is a large and scenic downhill resort; skiers and snowboarders love the 160 runs over 4,200 acres of diverse terrain. And whether you are there during the winter, or exploring the resort in the summer, you should stop off at Whitehorn Bistro for a bite to eat!
The Bistro is located at 2,042 meters above sea level, so you better believe the views are epic! There are panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains from every corner of the restaurant.
They serve a delicious menu of contemporary Canadian dishes, such as the famous Whitehorn burger, charcuterie board, or cheese fondue. The restaurant is only open until 5 pm, so this should be a lunch stop while enjoying your day at the resort.
While prices are reasonable at around $25-30 CAD, you can also save by taking advantage of the Ride & Dine ticket, which combines the Gondola ride with your meal!
Related Read: The Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the best stops on any road trip from Jasper to Banff – find out about some other great places to check out!
7. The Walliser Stube
You might be getting the idea by now… The Fairmont Chateau is worth a visit! Yet another amazing option located inside the Fairmont is The Walliser Stube, which is a cozy pub-style restaurant with dark wood decor and, of course, great views!
This restaurant has a very warm and homey vibe, similar to something you might find up in the alps! It’s the perfect place to warm up in the winter after a day outside skating or snowshoeing. Their cheese or chocolate fondue is the obvious choice and is said to be the best outside of Switzerland! You can even get the Chateau Experience which includes cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, and a wine pairing ($60-85 CAD/two people).
8. Trailhead Café
Starting your day right is super important. For me, it always starts with a coffee and a bite to eat. There are two cafes in Lake Louise Village and my favorite is the Trailhead Café.
There’s not much to say about this tasty little cafe except that the coffee is delicious and the food is also. This place can get busy first thing in the morning but it’s worth the wait.
Trailhead has very limited seating, so I recommend grabbing your food to-go. This is the perfect place to stop at on your way to a hike or tour in the area. You can also get sandwiches to-go here which are the perfect packed lunch for any of the hikes in the area. The last time I hike the Larch Valley Trail I grabbed my lunch from Trailhead and I wasn’t disappointed.
Expect to pay around $4 for a coffee, $10 for a hot breakfast meal, and $13 for a sandwich. They also have a variety of baked goods to choose from.
9. Lake Agnes Tea House
Lake Louise is popular in the winter for the close access to skiing and snowboarding in addition to skating and snowshoeing on the frozen lake. However, the summer offers one of the best activities to take advantage of – hiking! There are so many awesome hikes in and around the area.
And the best part of hiking, as I’m sure any hiker will agree, is the post-hike snacks and drinks! The best place to do so is the Lake Agnes Tea House! This adorable tea house is located at the beautiful Lake Agnes, which is a 7km roundtrip hike from Lake Louise. It takes about three hours to complete and has an elevation gain of 400m. It’s a good option for those who are moderate hikers.
The Lake Agnes Tea House was built back in 1901, serving hikers with fine loose-leaf teas to refresh themselves! And, it still serves those amazing teas – in addition to coffee, sandwiches, baked goods – to visitors who come from all over the world.
The tea house is only open during the summer months (June-September) from 8 am – 5 pm.
Related Read: For more awesome hikes in the area check out our blog about the best easy hikes near Canmore – this blog includes info about 22 different hikes that are all easily accessible from Lake Louise.
10. Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House
Okay, are you ready for another hike + tea house combo? The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House is yet another amazing, quaint tea house accessible exclusively by hiking in. It’s a 5.6km hike from Chateau Lake Louise, with 360m of elevation. The tea house is nestled right in the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the views are truly amazing.
This place is truly a unique experience. To preserve its authenticity and original way of life (it was built in 1927), there is no electricity at the tea house. Instead, all food and drinks are prepared over propane stoves, with supplies that are flown or hiked in.
You can enjoy a variety of delicious meals, like homemade soups and sandwiches, along with different teas from the Banff Tea Co. Prices are very reasonable ($5-15); cash is the preferred mode of payment and credit cards are subject to a $4 fee.
Where to Stay in Lake Louise
For budget travelers, the Hi Lake Louise Alpine Center is the best option in Lake Louise Village. The location is right in town, they have a shared kitchen, basic but comfortable rooms, and friendly staff.
The Lake Louise Inn is still a budget option but a little fancier than the above hostel. The hotel features an indoor pool, onsite restaurant and bar, modern rooms, and even apartments for larger groups.
For those with a bigger budget, you can’t look past the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. The hotel sits on the shoreline of Lake Louise with epic views in the most stunning of locations. I’ve added spending a night or two here to my personal bucket list!
Renting a Car in Alberta
If you’re arriving in Alberta via plane then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. Canada is a large country and traveling between cities and even just getting out to the best attractions within them requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions it means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.
Car rental in Canada is relatively cheap especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pickup and drop-off in different locations is around $70 CAD per day. The price does vary though depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Rental Cars.com. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used them all over the world including Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada and using crown land and campsites you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!
Canada Travel Essentials
Before you decide to head off and explore the gorgeous mountains, lakes, towns, and cities around Canada it’s important to have the right equipment. Of course, it’s likely you’ll have most of the basics already but there are some common items people forget that I never travel without.
Crampons: In winter crampons are super handy, but what people don’t realize is that they come in handy in summer too. In fact, up until mid-July, you can still expect icy conditions in the mountains. The pair I use is only $29 and they have lasted me 3 seasons so far!
Waterproof shell: Most people will have this item but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s so handy in Canada. The Columbia waterproof jacket is a lightweight windproof jacket that will seriously save you in many situations. The best part though? It comes in pink!
Scent-proof bag (for bears): Most people think you only need to keep the smell of food away from you when you’re overnight camping. However, bears can smell the food in your bag while you’re hiking and the best way to avoid an encounter is to use a scent-proof bear bag. Basically, you put your food in the bag and the bear cannot smell it while you’re hiking. This is one item most people never have (I never hike without it) but it could save you and the bear.
Buff: I love my buff! Seriously, I go nowhere without it both in winter and summer. There are a few brands around but I always buy the original Buff (you know, the one from Survivor!) They’re a little more expensive but the material is good quality and both breathable and quick drying.
Dry bag: I have expensive camera equipment so I always travel with a dry bag large enough to fit some of my equipment. It can be a camera, book, binoculars, or even my keys. Regardless, a dry bag gives me peace of mind! The MARCHWAY bag is really good quality, and when not in use, takes up only a small amount of room.
Binoculars: I love my binoculars! Seriously they have come in hand so many times especially when I’m looking for wildlife. The best part is, I use a set that only costs $27 and they serve my basic needs without any issues!
Before you go…
Well, there you have it! Some of the best places to eat and drink in the beautiful Lake Louise. Whether you opt for a fine dining experience or prefer a rustic post-hike reward, there are some pretty epic places to check out.
We hope you enjoy exploring these awesome restaurants and love your stay in Lake Louise!
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