This tiny restaurant is one of Banff's most highly regarded casual eateries. Casual Coyote's focus is Southwestern cuisine, and the decor obliges with ... More
Coyote's Deli and Grill
This tiny restaurant is one of Banff's most highly regarded casual eateries. Casual Coyote's focus is Southwestern cuisine, and the decor obliges with Arizona-style prints adorning the walls. The breakfast menu offers the expected egg and toast dishes including huevos rancheros, while sandwiches and corn-crusted pizzas are featured at lunchtime. The dinner menu serves a variety of meat, chicken and fish entrees, such as Rack of Lamb Zinfandel and Blue Corn Chicken, along with calzones, pizzas and pastas. Coyote's has an impressive wine list and a full bar.
I lived in Banff, AB for atlest 9months and Coyotes is the place that struck me the most. If it's not too too busy the chefs and servers are willing to have a chat. The chef's special was almost always a worth a try. Mmm memories of the orange chipotle prawns come back. Breakfast and lunch is equally as delicious. I never found a bad apple in Coyotes...except sometimes the sushi rolls don't have that much salmon. The pizza's are worth a shot aswell.
Our experience was great, thanks to our server. A wonderful young lady who made our dinner fantastic. Her service was fun, friendly, and inviting. When we arrived for our reseervation on a Saturday evening (thank goodness we reserved), we were greeting ungracefully and hurried. We were told that we would have to wait for our table in a quite flustered manner. We felt like we should have been treated a little better upon our arrival to the restaurant. A pretty good dining experience all in all.
We live in Calgary, and visit Banff almost monthly. We've eaten at a lot of places, and Coyote's wins our "favourite" prize. The food is Southwest influenced (American southwest, that is), as is the decor. It is fresh, and the quality impeccable.
We've tried a broad variety of meals at Coyote's, and LOVE the chicken corn tortilla soup. Outstanding. They'll bring you a basket of bread: don't bother with the foccacia; focus on the blue corn bread. Wow. We often share the chorizo pizza and get a couple of caesar salads if we're not in the mood for a full entree. The steaks and fish are both excellent.
We often request to sit at the six-seat counter, which faces the open-concept kitchen. It's a great place to watch Coyote's very talented chefs work their magic.
If you have room, the deserts are amazing.
The prices are moderate by Canadian standards (soups/salads $6, steaks $25, pizzas $18).
You'll definitely need a reservation most days. Make the call.