For a small town tucked into the mountains, Jasper has some exceptional dining experiences. Fine dining, exceptional lunches and incredible patios—there's something for everyone! Here are some of our favourites.
Best Lakeside Views
In summertime, there's no comparison to the aptly-named The View restaurant overlooking the shores of spectacular Maligne Lake. Recent upgrades make it the patio of choice in the Canadian Rockies. The menu is upscale lunch, the kind of dishes you'd like to take some time to enjoy like summer salads, Rainbow trout, sirloin steaks and a grilled chicken breast. There's no fast food here! It's very popular in summer!
Best for Mountain Romance
The ultimate date night spot in Jasper is The Pines. There's serious wow factor if you make it in time to watch dusk roll in across Pyramid Lake and paint the sharp angles of Pyramid Mountain a dusty golden colour. The menu is focused on being fresh and local, so you can expect Alberta classics like Alberta beef tenderloin in a Merlot demi and Alberta venison in a juniper jus. Don't miss the vanilla crème brûlée for dessert! Then take some time to stroll down to the lake's edge to slow things down and take in the starry skies.
Best Dining Experience
From start to finish, it's hard to beat the atmosphere, entertainment, vibe and menu at the Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen. This place is consistent in its coziness. With a flavourful and smokehouse-inspired menu that excels at all things barbecue. Think brisket, pork ribs and a sharing platter with all the trimmings. There's a great selection of local beers, some items available as grab-and-go, a roaring fire on the patio and often live entertainment.
Best on the Icefields Parkway
So you're out exploring the ancient glaciers along the famed Icefields Parkway and want a meal to match the wonders you're absorbing outside? There's little comparison to Altitude Restaurant at the Columbia Icefield. The decor is modern and subtle, allowing the views to pour in. Lunchtime brings buffet-style cuisine. And if you're lucky enough to be here for dinner (and especially lucky if you're staying overnight at Glacier View Lodge) the quiet atmosphere and upscale à la carte menu is unforgettable.
Best for Après in Town
You'll find a crackling fire and good value at Fireside Lounge. Of course, the AAA Alberta steaks are among the best in town. But there's also great pub food, sharing appies like wings and Fireside nachos and a variety of burgers.
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