Best Jasper Restaurants
It’s easy to find somewhere to eat in town, but not necessarily easy to find a memorable meal. To make things easier, on this page we present Jasper’s best restaurants. These recommendations come from experience—through the years, our writers have eaten at all of these places, but are not affiliated to any of them, are not beheld by advertising dollars, nor expected to promote them as tourism organizations are—they are simply what we believe to be the the very best places to eat in Jasper.
No, it’s not a restaurant, but the Bear’s Paw Bakery (4 Cedar Ave., 780/852-3233, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, lunches under $10) is a standout for light meals and European-style breads (the muesli loaf is a delight) that are perfect for a picnic lunch. Operated by the same owners, The Other Paw (610 Connaught Dr., 780/852-2253, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily) has a slightly more contemporary feel, but more of the same great baked goods, as well as delicious salads.
Jasper’s best European restaurants
On the east side of downtown is Jasper’s oldest restaurant, Papa George’s (Astoria Hotel, 406 Connaught Dr., 780/852-3351, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, $14 to 22). Don’t come here expecting fine dining and innovative cooking, but instead enjoy traditional European cooking at reasonable prices.
A big step up in ambiance (but also in price) is Syrahs (606 Patricia St., 780/852-4559, 5 to 9:30 p.m. daily, dinner mains $24 to $37), a elegantly casual eatery offering a wide range of uncomplicated dishes using Canadian game and produce prepared with Swiss-influenced cooking styles. Start with venison sausage strudel, then choose between dishes such as banana- and pinenut-crusted rack of lamb or cheese fondue for two. Syrahs also has one of Jasper’s most impressive wine lists. Also notable at Syrahs is the staff, who seem experienced and knowledgeable.
Best pizza in Jasper
Pizza lovers congregate at Jasper Pizza Place (402 Connaught Dr., 780/852-3225, from 11 a.m. daily, $15 to 27). It’s a large and noisy restaurant with bright furnishings, a concrete floor, exposed heating ducts, and walls lined with photos from Jasper’s earliest days. Regular thick-crust pizzas are available all day, but it’s not until 5 p.m., when the wood-fired oven begins producing thin-crust pizzas with adventurous toppings, that this place really shines.
Best steaks in Jasper
Most restaurants feature Alberta beef prominently, but it’s a specialty at Prime Rib Village (Tonquin Inn, 100 Juniper St., 780/852-4966, from 5 p.m. daily, dinner mains $27 to $36). Charbroiled steaks and hearty servings of prime rib top out the menu, but the prime rib sandwich ($21), with a plate-load of extras, will fill any carnivorous cravings for a few dollars less. This restaurant also offers a surprisingly good selection of seafood.
Jasper’s best Asian restaurant
Choices here are limited, but the Cantonese Restaurant (608 Connaught Dr., 780/852-3559, noon to 10 p.m. daily, dinner mains $11 to 17) is my pick for large servings of tasty Chinese food. The setting is typical of westernized Asian restaurants, but service is friendly and prompt.
Dining at the Jasper Park Lodge
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper’s premier accommodation, across the river from downtown, offers a choice of casual or elegant dining in a variety of restaurants and lounges. For the The elegantly rustic decor and top notch Canadian cuisine, our choice for dinner here is Moose’s Nook Northern Grill (6 to 9 p.m. daily, dinner mains $31 to $44), where mains include grilled wild boar chops, whiskey-flamed arctic char, or a char-grilled Albertan rib eye steak. Be sure to leave room for dessert–the chestnut-crusted cheesecake smothered in maple syrup is incredible.
On a warm summer’s day, head to The Emerald Lounge (11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, lunch and dinner mains $22 to $37) to its outdoor section (Emerald Outdoor Patio), which spreads along teh front of teh main hotel building, from where views over picturesque Lac Beauvert to distant mountains are uninterrupted. Both lunch and dinner menus feature imaginative modern Canadian cuisine, but with dinner (from 5:30 p.m.) being decidedly more expensive. At lunch, salads can be made into a full meal by adding extras such as smoked salmon and slices of chicken breast, or stick to mains such as bison burger.
Jasper’s best out of town restaurants
This is where Jasper’s dining scene really shines. Pricing is generally on the higher side at these restaurants, but the trade off is a genuine Canadian Rockies experience.
One of Jasper’s best restaurants, Becker’s Gourmet Restaurant (780/852-3535, 8 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily May to mid-Oct., dinner mains $22 to $38) is six kilometers (3.7 miles) out of town to the south along the Icefields Parkway, but well worth the short drive. From this cozy dining room, where the atmosphere is intimate, or the adjacent enclosed conservatory, the views of Mount Kerkeslin and the Athabasca River are inspiring. This restaurant is a throwback to days gone by, with an ever-changing menu of seasonal game and produce that includes a wild game platter. A menu staple is the pesto-crusted rack of lamb. For dessert, the strawberry shortcake is a delight.
Back toward town from Becker’s, on Highway 93A, is the dining room of historic Tekarra Lodge (780/852-4624, 8 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily mid-May to early Oct., dinner mains $28 to $43). The setting may be mountain-style rustic, but the cooking appeals to modern preferences with combinations like prosciutto-wrapped chicken with pear and smoke gouda.