We chose Melissa's as it was across the road from our hotel and because we love steak. We were NOT dsappointed. The service was a little slow but it was very busy at the time so understandable and the food definitely made up for it. The menu is varied, if you like steak or seafood I would definitely recommend it. As well as full meals, they also serve combinations - for example I had a 6oz steak as well as Hunter's Chicken. My boyfriend had a 6oz steak with a lobster tail and garlic butter. Both were served with chips, vegetables, salad, your choice of sauce for the steak and bread.
Desserts were also fantastic - I had the Brownie Conspiracy (a real treat for chocolate lovers) which was HUGE! And my boyfriend had the New York Cheesecake (see my favourite dish).
Favorite Dish: For dessert have the New York Cheesecake with Fruit topping, even if you're not usually a cheesecake fan! It's soft and creamy and the raspberry topping is divine!
We arrived in Banff shortly after noon, quite hungry and ready to eat. We ate at Melissa's on the recommendation of a friend who is also a professional chef. The inside of the restaurant has that rustic log cabin feel while flags hanging from the roof are a testament to the varied backgrounds of Banff visitors and residents.
We selected from the lunch menu and both decided to go for brunch-y, breakfast-y meals. I had the huevos rancheros, which were fairly average. They could have used some beans in place of some of the MASSIVE quantity of egg. It came with a huge portion of hashbrowns and two pieces of toast. My friend had the two-egg meal and said it was all quite good. There's nothing upscale about Melissa's, and there isn't even much that sets it apart from other casual family restaurants, but the portions are big and prices are remarkably low for a tourist town. It would be great with kids.
Melissa's has an old supperclub feel. The waitresses are a little bit older and saltier than the precocious teens that are common at trendier spots. Dinner will come with breadsticks, rolls, salad and a trolley of salad dressings. I selected the biggest steak on the menu (a t-bone or porterhouse I believe) while Becky opted for the trout and petit filet. The only starch suited to such a dinner is bake potatos, sour cream and chives. The wine selection was meager but adequate. For dessert several pies were on offering including blueberry and bumbleberry--we were chastized for decling the ice cream. When only beef will satisfy, Melissa's is up to the task. But don't expect anything but old fashioned cooking.
Favorite Dish: It would be silly to order anything other than the Alberta beef.
A typical family restaurant & bar - the usual burgers, pastas, etc. Food is decent, reasonably priced. Has been around for many years, and is a local institution. Known also for the annual Melissa's Road Race that it organizes and/or sponsors.