Grizzly House Banff: Famous Fondue Restaurant and Steakhouse

Grizzly House Banff is the most famous fondue restaurant in Alberta. Ranked as one of the best restaurants in Banff, The Grizzly House specializes in classic Swiss fondue.

Step inside Grizzly House Banff.
Step inside Grizzly House Banff.

The History of Grizzly House Banff

The Grizzly House is an absolute must for fans of fondue. In operation since 1967, this landmark restaurant in Banff has been a culinary destination for thousands of visitors to Banff National Park.

At the time it was Western Canada’s first disco and was known for its touring bands and go-go dancers. Initially all of the food was delivered through a hole in the wall from a neighbouring Chinese restaurant.

A few months after the Grizzly House opened the Chinese restaurant closed so management had to find a new way to comply with the liquor laws that required food service in order to serve alcohol. Staff brought in their own fondue pots – and so a restaurant tradition began!

A Canadian Rocky Mountain interior found at Grizzly House Banff.
A Canadian Rocky Mountain interior found at Grizzly House Banff.

Step Inside Grizzly House Banff

The restaurants interior is entirely kitschy and immediately makes you feel as though you are floating through a 70’s fondue party hosted in a Swiss alpine lodge.

Examine Grizzly House Banff’s rustic decor and you’ll find rustic wooden walls, a hand-carved bear statue, Indigenous totem poles, bearskin rugs, a buffalo head and even a mannequin riding a motorcycle!

Be sure to ask your server to explain the secret behind the vintage phones located at each table in the dining room. They offer an homage to the restaurant’s legacy, when the space was used as a disco nightclub.

The menu at Grizzly House Banff.
The menu at Grizzly House Banff.

Grizzly House Banff Menu

Banff’s best Swiss restaurant offers fabulous Gruyere cheese fondues and sizzling hot rock selections available in 14 varieties including beef, buffalo, chicken, rattlesnake, lobster, shark, cheese and chocolate.

The menu at Grizzle House Banff offers famous dishes from Switzerland as well as local Alberta specialities. You can easily enjoy Swiss Raclette alongside a juicy Alberta beef steak.

Grizzly House Banff offers a selection of fine Canadian wine.
Grizzly House Banff offers a selection of fine Canadian wine.

Four Course Fondue Dinner at Grizzly House

The Grizzly House is one of Banff’s most romantic restaurants. If you’re sharing your fondue dinner with a special someone we suggest ordering the chef’s four course dinner.

A romantic cheese fondue dinner at Grizzly House Banff.
A romantic cheese fondue dinner at Grizzly House Banff.

Grizzly House Banff Appetizers

French Onion Soup at Grizzly House Banff.
French Onion Soup at Grizzly House Banff.

Grizzly House Banff Fondue Menu

  • Oriental Fondue: Thinly sliced Alberta Beef, Chicken and fresh vegetables with hot broth for cooking. Served with bread and special sauces.
Traditional Swiss cheese fondue at Grizzly House Banff.
Traditional Swiss cheese fondue at Grizzly House Banff.

Grizzly House Banff Alberta Steaks

All steaks at the restaurant are served with a tossed salad or soup of the day, vegetables, wild mushroom sauce, pan fried onions and rice or Swiss Rosti.

A selection of special sauces at Grizzly House Banff.
A selection of special sauces at Grizzly House Banff.
Sizzling hot stone with high quality Alberta beef.
Sizzling hot stone with high quality Alberta beef.
Sear raw beef on a hot stone then dip in Grizzly House Banff's special sauces.
Sear raw beef on a hot stone then dip in Grizzly House Banff’s special sauces.
Finish your romantic dinner at Grizzly House Banff with a Toblerone chocolate fondue.
Finish your romantic dinner at Grizzly House Banff with a Toblerone chocolate fondue.

Grizzly House Banff Hours

Everyday: 11:30am-12am

Grizzly House Banff Reservations

207 Banff Avenue, 403-762-4055

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  1. My wife, Jana were recent visitors at your lovely establishment and were well pleased with the fondue for two. Is there any chance you would share your recipe for the fondue? Living in Wisconsin dosen’ t allow for frequent visits.

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