A charming mountain town, Canmore is home to a variety of restaurants. With dozens of options to choose from, you’ll never get bored!
In this dining guide, we’ll share our top picks that you and the family will love, including cafes, brunch spots and fine dining experiences. Bon appetit!
Canmore’s downtown is one of the best downtown areas in all of Canada. It has quaint, small-town charm, yet it also boasts tons of variety and things to do. We think of the town as having everything you could ever want. Even though it’s just one hour from Calgary, you might find that you do not need to venture outside the town’s limits.
At the time of publication, there were 73 places to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. Here are a few of our favourites!
Voted Best Coffee Shop for the last ten years by the Rocky Mountain Outlooks’ annual “Best of Bow Valley,” this place is a coffee lover’s dream. Grab your morning coffee and come back later for lunch. There are currently two locations, with a third under construction.
Try their new vegan and gluten-free breakfast scrambler. It’s delicious!
Choose from two locations, both equally delicious. Plan on early morning and lunch crowds, but there’s usually plenty of seating, including outdoor patios.
The baked goods are exquisite. Top recommendations include the zucchini barley muffin, the cinnamon roll, and the maple pecan Danish. If you’re looking for a light meal, try the flatbread.
Breakfast and Lunch Spots
This spot is a local favourite. It’s not fancy, but it has some of the best fish and chips around. Most of the menu items are locally sourced, and the outdoor patio has lovely views during the summer.
When it’s time to order, you won’t get tableside service. Instead, head on up to the counter and pay upfront. Come back at night for Friday night bingo!
Come for the coffee and stay for the food! Mountain Mercato boasts unique ingredient combinations and savoury, gourmet fare. The staff gets bonus points for presentation quality, too. Although it is on the pricier side, especially for breakfast and lunch, it is well worth it if you’re looking to treat yourself or celebrate.
The cheese and charcuterie board is a top favourite, and there is a multitude of vegan options as well.
There’s a friendly black dog that serves as this restaurant’s mascot, hence the name. We love the eclectic combination of beer, wine, and smoothies. It’s a one-stop shop for food all day!
If you’re looking for something decadent, get the Bailey’s creampie. It’s made fresh every single day. There are also gluten-free options that don’t taste like cardboard, and that’s always a plus!
This charming place is built around an early 1900’s home, and the character and history shine through. During the warmer months, enjoy your meal on the 80-person patio and take in a south-facing view of the Rocky Mountains.
There’s a large menu with a lot of variety, but the burgers and tacos get top marks.
Who doesn’t love a good pie? At Red Rock Pizza, you can choose from signature pizzas like their Mango Tango and True North or opt for vegetarian or gluten-free options. If you’re looking for a real treat, their calzones are a must-try.
A semi-casual dining spot that offers a hint of class, Crazyweed Kitchen is known for their flatbreads and wood-fired pizzas, but they also feature a full dinner menu, too. We think this place is unique and always a fun experience. Their mission is to provide Canmore residents and visitors with something “eclectic and fun,” and they have most definitely succeeded.
If you’re keeping it healthy, they have a different speciality organic juice made fresh each day.
Enjoy a savoury meal that the restaurateur promises will be “an exceptional dining adventure.” Both the ambiance and menu items are a perfect fusion of mountain fare and urban modern. The restaurant itself is a gorgeous log cabin with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.
Fresh, local seafood is always on the menu. For turf-based fare, try the rosemary and port braised lamb shank or one of their tender steaks.
Known for unexpected pairings and artful presentations, the Trough should be at the top of your dining bucket list. With a refined menu, the staff is more than willing to accommodate different dietary restrictions. Start with the world-class bruschetta and go from there.
Looking for something romantic? Tapas Restaurant is consistently voted one of the most romantic in the Rockies. It’s right off Main Street in a lovely spot that gets top marks for ambiance.
Try the full-bodied sangria and the chorizo figs, and you won’t be disappointed.