The hotel, the Prince of Wales, is a wonderful building. Queens, kings, and of course, princes have stayed in it. Its full of history! It is a very classy kind of place, you can't wear sweatpants or tank tops into it. Great atmoshere though, comfortable, and relaxing.
You can walk outside of the hotel around the yard. Its beautiful. Lots of flowers and a view to die for!
It is very expensive, not only to stay at the hotel, but to eat there. Two of us went to the lounge, had a drink each (special coffee type), and a dessert (cheesecake), and it was over $30! But worth it.
Our first restaurant meal in Waterton Park came on our second day in town, after a morning drive out the Red Rock Parkway and small hikes on the Red Rock Canyon Loop and Blakiston Falls trails at the end of the road. It was about 2 PM by the time we returned for a stroll around the town checking out restaurants, and New Frank's looked to be up to the task. It was not very busy when we entered their large and well-lit dining room, nothing fancy but clean and functional looking. Service was very fast, as we took a seat by the large windows opening out onto the downtown area.
Favorite Dish: I had a desire for some international flavours, so ordered the Chicken Satay on Vermicelli dish (US$9). It was not quite how I had pictured a satay dish, but served with Bok Choy, onions, and orange/red/green Peppers it was very tasty! Sue also enjoyed her traditional Club Sandwich with french fries. Being in a Rocky Mountain national park, I simply had to have a British Columbia-brewed Kokonee Glacier beer to get the trip off on the right foot, while a glass of chilled white wine served Sue admirably. The total cost of the meal with a tip was ~US$30. Our waitress really knew her stuff. When I asked her to take a photo of the two of us, she tried a couple of different angles as she looked through the viewfinder, but said there was too much backlight for a decent shot. I told her to shoot anyway - she was right (second photo)!!
After our late afternoon hike to Lower Bertha Falls in the mountains directly behind Waterton Park, we took another stroll downtown to see what the evening ambiance was like. Checking out the various restaurants as we went, Zum's seemed to be a very busy place and it also had great decor and outside seating. For some reason, a lot of people seemed to be eating inside, so we did not have any wait at all when we said that we would like to sit on their deck, with a view of the activity of Main Street, just in off the lakeshore.
Favorite Dish: We decided that a shared meal would do the trick if we combined our two choices. I went with an order of 10 Chicken Wings in Teriyaki sauce (Hot or Regular also available), served with raw carrots and celery. Sue ordered some great Potato Skins with cheese, bacon bits, green peppers and sour cream dipping sauce. It was an excellent meal as we alternated off each other's plates, while sipping very good Canadian Sawmill Creek glasses of red and white wines (total costs were C$35 with a tip, ~US$31) There was a nice warm breeze blowing and it was a great atmosphere as the sun slowly dipped in the sky. Staff at Zum's were very friendly and efficient as well, and we even got into a great conversation with two of them who had also visited Mendoza, Argentina in the Andes. We came back here again on our final night in town - why argue with a good thing?
This place is really perfect if you want an easy and quick but oh so fresh dinner. The guy behind the counter owns the place himself. Like most other places in this village, Peace Park Pitas is only open during the summer months.
The specialty are large pitas that are stuffed with all kinds of fresh ingredients (lots of choice) and that are made to order. After stuffing, the pitas are rolled up so that you get a kind of pita-wrap. Very nice!
I haven't tasted them but the fresh pizzas looked very good as well.
I was not very impressed with this place. It is very stuffy, uptight, which is not me at all. There were 4 items on the dinner menu, and you couldn't order off of the lunch menu. And it was expensive for food that was ordinary.
The only good thing about here is that you have a great view to eat on the balcony - overlooking the lake and mountains.
This was by far the best place I have ever eaten. The food was amazing - so, so good. The service, second to none. We had a great server, who not only knew what we wanted when we sat down, but would say hi to us when he saw us outside of the hotel.
Favorite Dish: The chocolate mousse for dessert is to die for!
It's hard to select a theme for this restaurant. The dinner menu features such standbys as steak and chicken, but also offers an array of organic items, such as elk, bison, venison , seafood, even cariboo! What I can say is that everything is perfectly prepared, by an award-winning chef. Many of the items are unique - for example, they make their own saskatoon berry jam which is available in the restaurant and also to buy to take home.
This description might make the Lamp Post sound pretentious, but it certainly is not. While some people dress up for dinner, many do not. The decor in the restaurant is very casual and definitely not what I expected for a restaurant with such a high-caliber reputation. It has an older lodge look to it and to be truthful it could do with an update. But don't let that influence your opinion of the food!
Here's a link to their sample menus:
Favorite Dish: It would be a toss up between the Kilmorey Cordon Bleu and the beef tenderloin served with their Forestiere sauce..... mmmmmm!
And THEN there's the desserts...... my fave is the Saskatoon Berry Pie.
Even those who do not stay at the magnificent Prince of Wales Hotel can still experience this very special historic property and its incredible views by having a meal at their restaurant, the Royal Stewart Dining Room.
Karen and I enjoyed an early dinner there on our first day at Waterton Lakes, and breakfast the next morning. The view from our table was spectacular. The only problem is that, sitting at a sunny window, the house flies buzzing about our table were a considerable annoyance. I do not know if this is a constant problem at the restaurant. Perhaps the flies are worse in late summer, or we were just there on a bad afternoon. Also, since the building is not air conditioned, maybe the the doors were left open too much to let in fresh mountain air - and also flies in the process. For the price we paid for our meal it seems they could do something to remedy the problem.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Shepherd's Pie because the menu said it was a local specialty. It was good, but not as good as the Shepherd's Pie Karen sometimes makes at home. The presentation of the food and the service were excellent.
The following morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet. It was very good with lots of choices, although a bit pricey for breakfast. Still it was worth it just to be able to experience the ambiance of this remarkable place. .
The Tuscana is downtown. They have a fine dining restaurant as well as an outdoor patio.
The menu includes traditional Italian staples such as bruschetta, a variety of tempting pastas and sauces, as well as steak chicken and seafood dishes.
The service is generally top-notch here.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Parmesan....... yum!
Frank's is a lovely restaurant. I equate it to a Dennys or Humptys, as in, a place you can go and always know the food is going to taste the same.
I haven't tried the chinese food here, but it sure smells good.
Favorite Dish: If you want a real breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon, hashbrowns) at a truckstop price, come here!
The Prince of Wales Hotel serves a high tea in its lobby or "tea room". I was out hiking and missed the event. Even if you don't partake of the high tea, you should venture inside this grand old Canadian Railroad Hotel. The views are tremendous and the hotel speaks of a bygone era.
Frank's serves really great Chinese food. The decor is typical plain-jane cafe style, but what it lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for in taste! They serve Chinese and American dishes and a good breakfast. This is one of the cheapest places to eat in the park.
Unfortunately, Frank's is no more..... :(
Favorite Dish: We go here for breakfast a lot when in Waterton.
Also love the Chinese food - it's great!
The Fireside Lounge in the Bayshore Inn is a more relaxed spot to have a drink and a light meal, versus the dining room at the Bayshore. The decor is really 60's original, but the food makes up for the atmosphere!
The menu features an assortment of appetizers, salads, burgers, steak and pizzas. And don't forget a cold drink to wash it all down. It's the perfect way to end a day of hiking.
Favorite Dish: I opted for my old stand-by: a burger loaded with mushrooms. Good!
Pizza of Waterton is a great place for a casual meal. The restaurant is situated in a renovated house, around the corner from the post office. While the place is small, they have an outdoor patio which doubles their seating capacity. We prefer the patio, if we can get a spot there. The place is always busy, reservations are recommended, but not required.
They are licenced as well.
Favorite Dish: The calzones are a favorite of myself and my son - they are HUGE!!!
If you love chocolate as much as I do, then Welch's Chocolate Shop is one place you have to stop! Featuring hand-made chocolates and fudge, ice cream with home-made waffle cones, a variety of rare and unusual candies and REAL Canadian maple syrup!
They also have a shop in Banff, by the way.....
Favorite Dish: Nobody's ever made a chocolate I didn't like....... but my favorite has got to be the fudge!