Stepping into the sun-filled dining room at Canmore’s Murrieta’s Mountain Bar is a grand way to set the stage for what promises to be a memorable meal. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal the majestic Mt. Rundle and drench the room in warm sunlight. And the feast for the eyes is only just the beginning.
Murrieta’s is a longtime culinary fixture in Canmore and its staying power is a testament to the eatery’s commitment to quality ingredients and the expert execution of a creative menu that stays fresh with the seasons.
We indulged in a few Murrieta’s classics for lunch - the consistent favourites that stay on the menu year-round as they’ve become favourites among regulars and new visitors alike.
You can never go wrong with pasta, and Murrieta's does it right. We loved the scallop fettuccine featuring a smoky, zippy chorizo sausage, fresh, bright cherry tomatoes and, of course, big, juicy scallops all tossed in a simple, fresh aglio olio sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. The pasta was perfectly done and the dish is perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine from the extensive wine list.
If you’re looking for something a little heartier, the lamb meatball spaghetti is a real gem with the lamb delicately seasoned with a hint of mint and tossed in a roasted garlic tomato and basil.
The roasted salmon is a lighter delight served on a bed of couscous over a schmeer of zesty roasted red pepper paste and accompanied by a fresh tomato and cucumber salad. Perfect for lunch.
Finally, Murrieta’s 12-ounce New York steak is something to treat yourself to when the occasion calls for something special. Grilled to your taste, 31-day-aged Alberta beef is served with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh, seasonal grilled vegetables.
Now, imagine this fabulous food and spectacular view as the backdrop of your next special event. The 45-person event space is cozy, while soaring ceilings and views of Rundle and Three Sister impart a sense of grandeur to weddings, parties, meetings or other gatherings. You can also rent the entire 120-person restaurant for a larger celebration in a beautiful and unique space. Visit Murrietas.ca/canmore for more information.
Murrieta’s is open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 12-9 p.m.