Best Restaurants in Jasper National ParkOur favorites include some of this destination's best local restaurants—from fine dining to simple fare.
Dining at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Take a seat near the windows at Orso Trattoria in Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and feel as if you're dining in the forest. Orso delivers fine northern Italian cuisine with spectacular views. Gaze out at the vistas of Mount Edith Cavell or watch the mists rise from the serene Lac Beauvert while enjoying the locally sourced boar chop with fava beans or house-made Osso Bucco. A well-stocked international wine list offers some award-winning Canadian labels for those who want to sample local vintages.
The name of The Moose's Nook Chophouse is fitting, as this “nook” of a restaurant is tucked away from the main lobby of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Though it's more casual than its counterpart restaurant in the lodge, this restaurant offers only the finest ingredients, including AAA Alberta beef (rated for its tenderness and flavor), free-range game and seasonal produce. This is one innovative kitchen: the chef's slant on regional and Canadian food will make any connoisseur's mouth water; even the house burger is topped with foie gras pastrami and lobster mayonnaise. The restaurant also features more than 60 Canadian bottles of wine. Don't miss the live entertainment in the summer.
Romantic Restaurants Near Jasper National Park
At Syrahs of Jasper , the soft candlelight and wine cellar-themed décor create a warm ambience in which to enjoy robust regional Canadian cuisine with clean, distinct flavors in an intimate setting. The menu changes often, sometimes daily, reflecting the availability of local and seasonal ingredients, such as wild game, organic fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on nearby farms, and emphasize gluten-free options. In addition to an extensive wine list, the bar features an impressive selection of craft beers.
The second-floor location of Fiddle River Restaurant is easy to miss—but food lovers make a special effort to find it. This is a great spot for romance with candle-lit tables, pine décor and views of the mountains. The owner of this restaurant prides himself in serving only the freshest ingredients, so, during the summer, he picks up fresh produce on his way to work. The produce is only part of the equation, as the daily chalkboard specials can't be beat. Try such innovative entrées as bison lasagna, wild boar and chorizo goulash or the Arctic char baked in phyllo.
Where to Eat Along the Icefields Parkway
Head out along the Icefields Parkway (Hwy. 93) for about 10 minutes from Jasper, and you'll find Becker's Gourmet Restaurant packed to the rafters. Once a local secret, now everyone comes here for the great views and dining. Ask for a window table overlooking mounts Kerkeslin and Hardisty, but even if you can't score a prize seat with a view, you'll enjoy the decidedly Canadian interior with its warm oak décor and large stone fireplace. The kitchen changes its menu on a daily basis, creating inventive dishes such as the peppered bison carpaccio or Alberta free-range chicken served with Jerusalem artichoke risotto and cafe au lait cream.
Where to Eat in Downtown Jasper
The windows at Jasper Pizza Place provide a view of the mountain ranges, but diners can also peer into the open kitchen where the pizza cooks. The restaurant boasts a wood-burning pizza oven and offers more than 35 toppings ranging from the traditional to exotic pulled duck and baby shrimp. Gluten-free pizzas also are available. If pizza isn't your thing, try the dinner salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and steaks. The décor is fun, too—the chairs are bright yellow and mauve and there are historic Jasper photographs hanging on the walls. Head downstairs for a game of pool or foosball, or perch on the rooftop patio and enjoy the fabulous views.
If you're looking for things for couples to do, slip into a booth at Jasper Brewing Co , a fun spot known for its delicious and inventive in-house brewed beers. Try the pilsner or the honey coriander and Irish stout. Sure, the beer's great, but the kitchen is exciting and innovative as well, serving up brew pub food with a twist. Order the beer braised mussels, the duck confit sliders or choose from a variety of burgers and sandwiches. Catch a game on one of the plasma screen TVs.
Look for the wood screen door squashed between two storefronts and try not to walk by the Patricia Street Deli . Those who frequent this tiny eatery don't come for the ambience—they come for the simple and delicious made-to-order sandwiches and the fresh daily soups. After making your selections, pack up the deli's offerings and head to one of the many picnic areas and scenic vistas surrounding Jasper.
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Jasper National Park, AB
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