Zona's Late Night Bistro
Zona's is probably one of the first restaurants to revitalize the dining scene in Canmore. Situated in an old house away from Main Street, Zona's offers a rustic, homey atmosphere and their prices are very reasonable. Zona's is run by the owner of The Copper Door, another well-respected restaurant in Canmore.
Make sure you go to Zona's when you are really hungry, as we found the portions huge, and entrees often include a salad or soup as well. The food here is eclectic, with the chef using spices and flavorings from around the world. There is also live music at Zona's.
Favorite Dish: We have only eaten here once, but wouldn't hesitate to return. The time I was there, I enjoyed sake-steamed artic char; the delicate char was complemented by the flavors of soy sauce and sesame oil, and accompanied by wild rice and baby bok choy. My husband and I luckily shared a delicious roasted brie and cranberry appetizer, as it was very big and would have easily fed four people.
Murrieta's West Coast Grill
Murrieta's has come to Canmore, most likely because of their huge success in Calgary. And, they are most welcome! It's the type of place you can go to get good food, no suprises, and the dishes have just enough of a "tweak" so as not to be boring.
The room is decorated in the rustic elegance that is so often used in the area, with a large wine cellar being the focal point of the room. The restaurant is located up a large flight of stairs, so I'm not too sure how they would handle someone who could not climb them. Service is prompt and friendly, and the quality of food is consistently good.
Favorite Dish: We have tried many items on the menu and have never been disappointed. For sure, try the Baked Alaska with Bananas Foster for dessert -- you'll have to share as it's huge.
Portions are suprisingly large as well. So, just try anything! You will be happy you did. I would be extremely surprised if you had a bad experience here, as I cannot say enough good things about Murrieta's.
This restaurant is so unassuming, that if you weren't careful, you'd actually walk by it. Unless it is about 5:30 pm; then there is a long line of hopefuls who are praying that there was a cancellation that evening or it's slow and they aren't booked up for the night.
The food is THAT good. The chef seems to work magic with whatever fresh ingredients she can get that day. There is a basic menu that is handed to you when you enter, then a handwritten xeroxed one with the offerings for the day, sometimes with words scribbled out or whited out. Who cares about the penmanship? When you sink your teeth into the slow-cooked ribs with polenta and roasted vegetables, your mind is transported elsewhere.
Crazyweed has a stellar reputation in Canmore -- from the friendly, helpful staff to the owner who gives you a friendly wave when you come in. Any errors in your order are handled most graciously -- they actually care that you have an excellent experience in their restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Everything we have had here is excellent, excellent, excellent. There are no other words to describe the quality of food and service. Try any fish dish -- I had the wild BC halibut with mushroom risotto and I was fabulous. The slow cooked beef ribs with garlic mashed potatoes are so good they would make angels weep.
For lunch, try a pizza -- Das Sausage quickly won our hearts or one of their hearty sandwiches. For dessert, try the vanilla bean creme brulee, or the chocolate cake with sun dried cherry sauce, with handwhipped cream -- not stuff from an aerosal can.
Chez François: Ooh La La!!!
Sylvie & Jean François Gouin provide a little bit of France in the Canadian Rockies...this is an award winning restaurant that you must not miss...2 - 3 hours of a dining experience.
Favorite Dish: As soon as you walk in the door, you can close your eyes and instantly you are in France...your first course for the evening is freshly made French Bread accompanied with your choice of creamy butter or duck pâté.
For your next course, you can either select the table d’hôte (a 2 or 4 course meal where you can choose a soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee) or order off the menu. If you order from the menu, I would highly recommend the Salade du Berer (excellent!!!). For your dinner entrée, you can't go wrong with the Melange de Grillad with potatoes and other fresh vegetables. And to finish the evening, why not try the Terrine Chocolat...heaven!!!
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Mountain Juice Café: Truly refreshing and healthy!!!
Health food eating shop that serves all kinds of 'pick-me-up' goodies.
Favorite Dish: Try the Vanilla Yogurt Ice Cream on a waffle cone, a Chocolate Brownie with chocolate icing or a homemade Oatmeal Cookie...yummy!!!
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Gianni Java's Coffee - Bar: Lunch, Coffee and Dessert
Casual setting with views of the mountains, delicious meals, awesome coffee and delicious desserts.
Favorite Dish: Their lunch specials change daily, but if you are there when they are serving the Southwestern Beef Wrap (a tortilla wrap filled with rice, beans, avocado, beef, cilantro and southwestern BBQ sauce with chips and salsa on the side), I would hihgly recommend that you try it.
Nothing is better after a fantastic meal (or with dessert) than a great cup of coffee. The coffee menu also changes on a daily basis, but I would recommend either the Bullrider or Columbian Supremo.
And now dessert...what are you going to choose? You can't go wrong with the Tiramisu Cheesecake (a unique blend of marscapone and cream cheese with Italian biscuits soaked in expresso), Rocky Mountain High Cheesecake (a melt in your mouth white chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate chunks and caramel) or Chocolate Truffle Cake (Callebaut chocolate ganache layered between moist chocolate pudding cake)...all simply out of this world!!!
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Crazyweed Kitchen: For a little something different
This is a great find and a local establishment which has people coming back for more...there is outside seating available but tables are hard to find because the place is extremely busy.
Favorite Dish: Try the Chicken Quesadilla with chorizo sausage, taber corn salsa and Mexican cheese.
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Santa Lucia: Italy in the Mountains
This small restaurant is only open for dinner but it's definitely worth checking out.
Favorite Dish: I had the chicken parmigiana. Definitely one of the best.
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