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Maclab Bistro

$$ - $$$, American,
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive | Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-6300
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“cobb salad” (7 reviews)
“pizza” (10 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, American, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive | Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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1 - 10 of 95 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

The food was good enough as was the service but the place did not have anything to make you go out of your way to eat there .

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some great views on offer here and a chance to enjoy outside when conditions are ok. Food is pretty ordinary fare and there's much better on offer downtown. Service is friendly but can be slow when busy.

Thank munrotop
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Dinner here was fine- food is good but not exceptional and prices are a little high for the ambiance and venue.

Thank franneee
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I spent 3 weeks at the Banff Centre for a residency and dined at MacLab several times. The beef burger – hardly worth $10 let alone $18 + tax. Nachos? – Haphazard at best. Steak sandwich? – You are better off trying to chew a piece of rubber....More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Breakfast in a large room with floor to ceiling glass walls. Views of mountains. Patio area and fire pits. Good nr akrast serve by cheerful stagg

Thank GSD250
Reviewed 7 August 2017

After a fun free concert at the Banff Center, we headed over to this Bistro. Service was fast and friendly, and the food was good and reasonably priced. We were looking to get away from the massive tourist throng in downtown Banff, and this place...More

Thank lhep_11720
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We had the wild mushroom flat bread pizza here, and it was really good. Both the pizza and the beer were reasonably priced for a hotel bar. They have something of a monopoly because downtown Banff is a 15 minute hike away through the hills...More

1  Thank Guest080
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Really overpriced menu, for average food. Guests have very few food options at the Banff Centre, so be prepared to pay a lot for food.

Thank Dawn R
Reviewed 26 June 2017

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Maclab Bistro in early June. Five of us chose different dishes and everyone was more than satisfied. Service was excellent and staff very accommodating. The view of the mountains was spectacular. One of the best features was it...More

Thank falcon1941
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

This spot is great to get a little work done, or enjoy a cool beverage with colleagues. The view is awesome, the service is great! If you are at the Banff Centre it's worth a stop.

Thank iFosser
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8 March 2015|
Response from Family-reviewer | Reviewed this property |
There are several gluten free options. Menu can be seen on website. Well worth a visit. The food is delicious.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 15
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive | Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-6300
The Maclab Bistro is a fully licensed cafe and bar located on the ground floor of the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation, at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The Maclab offers some of the best views available of the Canadian Rockies and the Bow Valley. The Maclab offers breakfast items, lighter fare and snacks, and lunch selections such as soups, salads, and paninis. The Maclab Bistro serves Banff Roasting Co. Fair Trade organic coffee. The dinner menu, available from 4:30 P.M., Features freshly made salads, burgers, hot sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and platters to share. Dine inside, on the patio, or take-away. A great spot to unwind, the Maclab Bistro offers a complete selection of domestic and imported beers, wines, and liquors. Swing by the Bistro for your favourite brew.
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