Vintage Feel, Contemporary Flavours
Please Note: The Cliffhouse Bistro is closed for the 2021/22 winter season and will reopen on June 11th, 2022.
This is our 1950s tearoom turned modern bistro
With the retro-cool look of a European chalet, complete with mid-century modern décor and uninterrupted views over the town of Banff, we think this might be one of the best mountain-gazing lunch venues in the Canadian Rockies.
With an intimate 50 seats, and streams of natural light, every table has a top-of-the-world lookout – with the mighty Mt. Rundle stealing the show.
Simple, understated, and with a flair for mountain casual, the Cliffhouse Bistro is all about relaxed, upmarket lunch fare. Albertan flavours presented with a twist is our specialty.
Sitting at an elevation of 6900 ft., and accessed by riding the North American sightseeing chairlift, the Cliffhouse Bistro has been a social meeting spot since it opened in the 1950s – bringing the high to High Tea in Banff. Summer and winter, the Tea House was the place to meet, socialize and admire the views – even including a visit from Marilyn Monroe in 1953, during the filming of River of No Return.
Recently restored with its quaint, vintage Tea House roots firmly in mind, the Cliffhouse Bistro is today a fusion of retro-cozy après and modern-day eatery.
A small, thoughtfully-prepared list of upscale-yet-unpretentious dishes – influenced by our Canadian Rocky Mountain home, and infused with urban trends –is on offer, all freshly-prepared in our kitchen.
Locally-crafted brews, sodas and Canadian wines are also available, to complete your Cliffhouse Bistro experience.