Something new, a review. Lori and I were in Banff, Alberta over Christmas. We went for dinner at a place we have frequented in the past, “The Grizzly House”, situated at 207 Banff Ave in the beautiful mountain resort town of Banff.
We have been here a few times in the past, mostly based on our first time there, which was a very entertaining evening. A rowdy crowd, with a local phone system that allows you to call the other tables. Booze, phones and a rowdy atmosphere = great fun.
This time, we were a bit disappointed. Still, a very fun place, just that we noticed some things we had never really paid attention to before. First, the decor. The place needs a makeover. Very old-looking and approaching run down??
The tables, chairs and decorating are very same old. A first time diner might like it, but we are past that. Another view.
Very dark, and not just the lighting.
The food is still passable and the wine list is good. The menu is basically fondue. They drop a granite slab on your table, heated to 600 degrees and you cook your meal. Again, fun. The issue to us on this particular evening was the aura created by tables and tables of years and years of people cooking like this, in an enclosed place. Honestly, the place needs a major airing out. It took a week for the smell to leave our jackets, and I’m only assuming it has, as perhaps we are just not smelling it anymore.
As a reviewer, I must close with the review. The food, 3 of 5 stars. Nothing spectacular and kind of pricey. We enjoyed it, just wasn’t top-notch. The wine list was pretty good, and reasonably priced. The setting, maybe 2 of 5. Renovations and renewal could revitalize the operation. The atmosphere, I would still rate as 4 of 5. It is still a fun place to go, especially with a group. If you are dining as a couple, I highly suggest going elsewhere.