15 Best Restaurants in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Red Rock Trattoria

$$$ Fodor's choice

There's a large window with lovely mountain views at this intimate Italian restaurant on a quiet side street in the Waterton Townsite. The menu changes regularly, but classic starters like caprese salad and calamari are always popular, and you can't go wrong with pasta for the main course—it's all made from scratch, with sauces that are prepared à la minute. For something truly local, order the bison lasagna. The ricotta gnocci with sundried tomatoes is a good vegetarian choice. Desserts are classic, too, including tiramisu, cannoli, and house-made gelato.

Encounters Wine Bar and Small Plate Kitchen


This wine bar has a small but well-chosen wine list, but the real focus is the food. A broad selection of small plates are on the menu including items like goat cheese-stuffed dates, potato latkes, and warm shrimp dip, while entrees range from prime rib and chicken cordon bleu to Moroccan lamb tagine. Save room for chocolate lava cake, cheesecake, or sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

7655 17th Ave., Colman, AB, Canada
Known For
  • bacon-wrapped goat cheese-stuffed dates
  • delicious food and good service
  • great tapas menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Tues. No lunch.

Harvest Coffee House


Everything is local, fresh and made from scratch at this coffee shop in downtown Pincher Creek. Soups are made fresh daily and sandwiches are prepared to order. There are a variety of fresh baked goods made daily and the coffee is fresh ground and locally sourced.

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Jammer Joe's Grill & Pizzeria


Across the parking lot from Lake McDonald Lodge, Jammer Joe's Grill & Pizzeria was named after the historic red jammer buses that have been used for park tours since 1936. The restaurant serves an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, pizzas, soups, burgers, and sandwiches in a casual atmosphere.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, MT, USA
855-733--4522-in the U.S.
Known For
  • great place to pick up sandwiches for a picnic
  • lunch buffet
  • good pizza
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Sept.--mid-May

Lakeside Chophouse


Grab a window seat or a spot on the patio to enjoy the spectacular view from Waterton's only lakefront restaurant. This is the place in the park for a steak dinner—locally produced Alberta beef plays a starring role on the globally inspired menu. The petite filet mignon with garlic butter, the bison rib eye with chimichurri sauce, and the peppercorn New York strip are all good bets, but so are the Mumbai butter chicken, teriyaki-glazed salmon, and Asian-style stir-fried vegetables. There are also several vegetarian options, and pasta dishes can be made gluten free for an extra charge. The wild Saskatoon berry pie is a great local choice for dessert.

111 Waterton Ave., Waterton Townsite, AB, T0K 2M0, Canada
Known For
  • great steaks
  • lakefront views
  • all-day service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed early Oct.--mid May

Lucke's Lounge


The all-day bar menu at Lucke's Lounge features bison burgers, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers alongside yet another great lake view. They also serve a nice selection of Montana micro-brews, wines, and craft cocktails.

Miner's Mercantile and Bakery


At the edge of Castle Provincial Park, this place has a funky deli and bakery with hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, and an impressive coffee and tea menu. The store also sells ice cream and fresh baked goods and you can pick up food, liquor, camping, and fishing supplies in the mercantile. Gas and diesel is also available.

Royal Stewart Dining Room


Enjoy continental-Canadian cuisine before a dazzling view of Waterton Lake in the dining room of this century-old, hilltop chalet high above the Waterton Valley, where there's a fine selection of wines to pair with your meal. To sample locally cured meets and artisanal cheeses, start with the charcuterie board, then select from main courses that include grilled bangers and mash, pan-seared trout, and Alberta Angus beef. For something lighter, head to the lobby for British high tea featuring finger sandwiches, chocolate-dipped fruit, scones, and other pastries—all accompanied by live piano music.

Rum Runner Restaurant and Pub


This saloon-style pub restaurant is themed around the Prohibition era when rumrunners frequented the Crowsnest Pass. The open kitchen prepares Canadian and European-style pub food like burgers (a half-pound each), pizza, fish-and-chips, appetizers, and salads. There's also a seniors menu and a gluten-free menu. They also serve a wide variety of beverages to accompany a meal and their display of local nostalgia is impressive.

Soo Sushi


This restaurant serves Japanese classics like sushi, sashimi, noodles, and tempura along with Korean favorites like beef bulgogi and bibimbap. They also have some stir fry options on the menu. Everything is made fresh to order.

1303 Veterans St., Pincher Creek, AB, Canada
Known For
  • broad selection of menu options
  • lunch boxes
  • Pincher Creek Roll
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Thirsty Bear Kitchen & Bar


Waterton's only gastropub is the place for live music most weekends and casual eats anytime. The nachos here are the best in town, and there's a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, and wraps—all served with salad or fries. Choose from 12 kinds of local craft beer, or peruse the cocktail menu: the Caesar cocktail, a Canadian invention similar to a bloody Mary, is the most popular mixed drink in Canada.

111 Waterton Ave., Waterton Townsite, AB, T0K2M0, Canada
403-859–2211-Ext. 309
Known For
  • live music and a dance floor
  • great casual dining
  • fun atmosphere with big-screen TVs, pool tables, and foosball
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–mid-May



Next door to Weiners, this spot specializes in Belgium Liège waffles, made with yeast dough and pearl sugar that caramelizes on the surface; it also has some of the best coffee in town. These indulgent treats are served with whipped cream and juicy berries or smothered in Nutella and sliced bananas. There are also some savory buttermilk waffles on the menu like ham and Swiss cheese, caprese, and even grilled cheese. Waffles are made from scratch daily and they're great with coffee, espresso, or hot cocoa. The restaurant also serves soft ice cream and frozen yogurt. There are no tables inside, but there are picnic tables right outside the front door.

What’s Pop’n Pop Shop


This local hangout sells specialty fizzy drinks; guests choose their favorite soda and add flavored syrups. Hot dogs, cookies, ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, ice cream floats, and seasoned popcorn are also on the menu.

Wieners of Waterton


If there is such a thing as a gourmet hot dog, then this is the place to find it. The buns here are baked fresh daily, and the all-beef wieners and smokies are sourced locally with one exception: the genuine Nathan's dogs are shipped from New York City. There's even an anti-dog for the vegetarian set. Made with falafel, it's topped with hummus, tzatziki sauce, and fresh vegetables. For all the dogs, there are plenty of homemade sauces and tons of interesting toppings to choose from. Sides include sweet potato fries, fried pickles, kettle chips, and classic Canadian poutine (fries served with gravy and cheese curds). Wash things down with a milkshake, raspberry lemonade, or fountain drink.

301 Wind Flower Ave., Waterton Townsite, AB, T0K2M0, Canada
Known For
  • gourmet hot dogs
  • interesting toppings
  • fun menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.– Mar., Reservations not accepted

Windflower Ave. Corner Coffee


This little coffee shop is attached to the Waterton Lakes Opera House and is a great spot to grab a nibble and re-caffeinate. Excellent breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and hearty lunch sandwiches can be picked up before heading out on a hike. A wide variety of coffees---from your basic cup of joe to fancy options like caramel macchiato and Vietnamese---are on offer. There are also a variety of teas, cold drinks, baked goods, and snacks on the menu.

309 Wind Flower Ave., Waterton Townsite, AB, T0K2M0, Canada
Known For
  • great to go options perfect to take on a hike
  • tasty made-to-order breakfast sandwiches
  • serves Rocky Mountain-roasted Kicking Horse coffee
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed late Sept.--early-May. No dinner