Food & Beverage
214 Lynx St
A contemporary take on a charming mid-century chalet, Banff’s Bluebird restaurant plays off the rich alpine culture and primal instinct to seek shelter and fire, and socialize after a bluebird day. A FRANK and Little Giant Studio collaboration, this sophisticated yet casual basecamp is the perfect place for visitors and locals alike to unwind after a day in the Banff wilderness.
The design of Bluebird is a whimsical version of a European ski chalet with nostalgic nods to the spirit of late-1960s Banff culture. Profusion of stone and wood, along with warm wood panelling, carry through the space to provide a sense of warmth, reminiscent of a traditional chalet. A raised lounge area provides a new take on the 1970s sunken living room with a wraparound banquette, plush furnishings and mid-mod suspended fireplace, creating the ultimate apres ski setting.
A warm connection
At the centre of Bluebird’s main dining space is an expansive, hand-laid stone fireplace that extends to the vaulted ceilings. The stonework is an eclectic, imperfect mix of river rock in varying sizes and rundle stone, mimicking the Bow River Bridge. This fireplace not only grounds the main dining space but brings connection to the diners seated on the upper-level Juliet balcony.
Originally built in 1930, the building housing Bluebird is an iconic Banff landmark that exemplifies the beloved Tudor Revival trend that was the town’s preferred architectural style in the early 20th century. The style is defined by steeply-pitched side gabled or hipped roofs, tall, narrow windows and false half-timbered stick work.