You'll find the Waldhaus Restaurant in a separate out-building on the grounds of the Banff Springs Hotel. You need to find your way to the lowest 10th level of the Gatehouse, go out the backdoor, and then locate the long multileveled stairway that takes you down to the restaurant elevation. I strongly recommend that you take advantage of the free shuttle service that will take you back to the main entrance of the hotel instead of hiking back up all those stairs.
The Waldhaus building is the former clubhouse for the golf course and it is showing its age. The carpet on the stairway leading from the restaurant down to the lower pub is filthy and worn. And frankly, the pub itself is no great shakes. The Waldhaus dining room is decorated like a hunting lodge with animal trophies on display.
Fortunately, the food can be good and hearty. We started with a three colored beet salad including red, yellow, and red/white bullseye Chioggia beet. Very nice.
My sweetheart ordered an double cut roasted pork chop, topped with an apricot chutney, and accompanied by mixed veggies. This turned out to be an enormous 16 oz slab of perfectly cooked and seasoned pork. She also ordered a side of classic german spaetzle which was delicious.
My 1/2 roasted chicken was perfectly cooked with crispy skin and served with roasted vegetables.
Waldhaus has a very nice wine list including German, Californian, and local wines. They also stock imported German beers.
Since this is a German/Swiss inspired restaurant, you'll also find that a big pot of bubbling fondue is a popular choice at many tables.
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