Jasper may only have about 5,000 people, but DYK that there are more than 70+ restaurants in Jasper, Alberta? Yes, the small townsite is home to a whopping number of restaurants, cafes and eateries. It can be tough to decide on where to eat with kids in Jasper, or find that perfect romantic dinner in the wild, so we’ve done some of the heavy eating for you. Whether you’re looking for vegan Buddha bowls, backcountry al fresco dining or satisfying burgers and poutine, we’ve got the low down on where to eat in Jasper National Park.
Where to eat in Jasper National Park
Coco’s Cafe has been a cozy spot for breakfast and lunch in Jasper since 1991; specializing in fresh, lovingly made food with seasonal ingredients. The menu offers up lots of vegan options, including big bowls of overnight oats and very filling vegan BLT sandwiches. They serve Calgary-based Phil & Sebastian coffee.
Kumama Bistro, a Japanese-inspired restaurant with great morning coffee, brunch and dinner is located at Pine Bungalows. Kuma means bear in Japanese, and the chef wanted to make the similar kind of comfort food he enjoyed from his mama, hence the name.
The small but carefully edited dinner menu offers delicious vegetarian (seasonal risottos) and meaty pasta dishes (braised bison pasta). The cocktails are excellent, and the food tastes as beautiful as it looks.
Evil Dave’s Grill
Evil Dave’s Grill is a funky, upbeat, family-owned restaurant with a globally inspired menu. The evil refers to the fact that they make “wicked food” with fresh ingredients and creative flare. They refer to cocktails as Magic Elixirs (no argument there), and have a bevy of Sinful Starters and Evil Entrées like their signature Malicious Salmon, Diabolical Tenderloin, or Hell’s Chicken. Don’t forget to save room for a Deadly Dessert. If you’re sensing a theme, just go with the evil flow.
Authentic at The Crimson Hotel
The Crimson Hotel’s Authentic restaurant offers hearty breakfasts that will fuel your day in the mountains. Think stuffed sammy’s and burritos, avocado toast and plates piled high with fresh farm eggs and all the fixings. They also offer lunch, dinner, and have some wicked cocktails.
Jasper Food Tours
Take the mystery out of where to eat – and find some foodie gems – on a Jasper Food Tour of the walkable downtown.
Over 3 hours, you’ll visit 4-5 different local restaurants at a leisurely pace on this guided tour, eating carefully handpicked dishes paired with four boozy treats. Along the way you’ll learn about Jasper’s culinary and park history, including some tall tales. The price is all inclusive and includes fair pay for participating restaurant partners and tips for the staff. All you have to do is walk, eat and enjoy on repeat.
We had no idea where we were going to eat, but it didn’t matter. We enjoyed delicious dishes at the Jasper Brewing Company (grilled cauliflower steak), the Raven Bistro (Moroccan-inspired falafel), Dead Dog Bar & Grill (classic pub food), and decadent dessert (tiramisu parfait) at the Bistro Olive Lounge. The Tour can accommodate all food allergies and preferences, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
Enjoy a Peak Nic with Jasper Food Tours
Staying with a foodie theme, Jasper Food Tours also runs a truly unique and wonderful al fresco foodie experience – the Peak Nic. Owner Estelle Blanchette leads guests on a 3.8 KM intermediate hike up the Old Fort Trail, through a pine forest up to a stunning peak followed by a hands-on backcountry cooking lesson.
All of the lunch or dinner’s ingredients are pre-measured, then packed up into backpacks (including a table, pots and cutlery). We shouldered the backpacks and hiked it up to the spot where we learned to prepare our own gourmet lunch in the great outdoors using efficient and environmentally friendly backcountry cooking methods.
We made and enjoyed a delicious Indian vegetarian feast of butter mahkni with homemade paneer cheese, daal, freshly-baked naan, rice and chai. The Peak Nic is fantastic for those wanting a really unique and fun foodie experience in Jasper.
Jasper Brewing Company
This is Jasper’s craft brewery, with six signature beers brewed on-site with premium hops, malts, cultured yeast strains and of course, pure, natural mountain water sourced from the great Canadian Rockies. The pub is lively with locals and visitors and has great vegetarian options alongside regular meat-forward yet elevated pub fare.
Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen
This popular restaurant is located at Maligne Canyon, about 10 minutes from Jasper. The smokehouse-inspired menu uses the power of aromatic woodsmoke to flavor a beautiful menu of meats, fish and game. The lunch menu is more casual, with burgers and unique bannock skillet-breads, while the and grab-and-go menu has handy pre-made sandwiches for your backpack.
Tekarra Restaurant at Tekarra Lodge
Tekarra Restaurant is a lovely fine dining spot with a generously sized patio. The menu specializes in game meats like bison, venison, wild boar and elk. But there is a vegetarian dish – the very excellent Buddha Bowl filled with lots of roasted vegetables. Great cocktails too.