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Maclab Bistro

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
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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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Prince Albert, Canada
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfectly placed bistro for our conference at the Banff Centre! Spent much time there socializing and getting to know others from the event! And the service is second to none!

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Thank Gord V
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Gord V, Thanks for this your second TripAdvisor Review during your recent stay at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. I am delighted that you enjoyed our Maclab Bistro and will share your comments with Chef and Staff. Again my thanks, More 

Calgary, Canada
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416 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not many eateries in Banff have views as stunning as Maclab Bistro. We've eaten here ourselves in the past and brought visitors, and the food has always been great. This time, we just stopped in for a drink - a great spot to refresh yourself. Our experience with staff is that they have been always quite friendly. Many are students... More 

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Thank BenLar137
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear BenLar137, Thank you for dining with us at Maclab Bistro. I appreciate that you took the time to share your experiences in this TripAdvisor Review. I will share your Review with Chef and Staff. Please return soon - you are always welcome! With warm regards, More 

Smithers, Canada
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I had very reasonable food here with bunch of colleagues and we all ordered different pizza varieties and fries. Somehow fries got mixed up between yam and other and the server, even though she served wrong order, really got agitated. That was total write off for me for this restaurant.

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Thank Raza1144
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Raza1144, Thank you very much for sharing this experience with me. I apologise that your service did not meet your satisfaction nor our high standards. I will be reviewing you comments with our management team. I would like to offer you an opportunity to rebuild your trust in us at Banff Centre. Will you please contact me at jim_olver@banffcentre.ca... More 

Yorkshire
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895 reviews
554 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Had our breakfast here twice whilst staying at the Banff Centre. It's probably more set up for meals and drinks throughout the day than a specialist place for breakfast but it provided a lovely view of the Banff. There is a reasonable choice on the menu and we all ordered different items. Our server Lindsay was very friendly and did... More 

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Thank Neale1810
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Neale1810, Thanks for staying with us at Banff Centre and for dining in the Maclab Bistro. I appreciated your detailed recommendation in this TripAdvisor Review. I will proudly share your comments with Chef, staff and management. Happy New Year! More 

Banff, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is a nice little spot, where the couches are comfortable and the view is great, The food was quite good and the servers where attentive for the most point. Only complaint was I had to get someone's attention to top up the coffee and the kinda rushed the bill out when we were just finishing the food....but those are... More 

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Thank F33DB4CK
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear SimonRumford, Thank you very much for dining with us at Maclab Bistro. I am glad that you enjoyed your meal. Thanks as well for the detailed review of your experience which I will share with Chef and Staff. Please visit again soon. Thanks again for your recommendation. More 

Calgary, Canada
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79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The service was impeccable.... courteous and prompt but not hovering. The tomato soup, the steaks and which and the coconut chia brûlée were all flavourful. Cooked to perfection... Loved it will go back?..

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Thank ShinDao
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear ShinDao, Thank you very much for dining with us at Maclab Bistro. I am glad that you enjoyed your meal! Thanks as well for recommending us in your TripAdvisor Review. Please visit again soon. With warm regards, More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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87 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

I'd rate the food to be quite similar to food you have in a pretty good airport restaurant. Nothing seems overly fresh (baking, fruit, etc) - but the portions are generous and I did have a lovely soup. Half of the service was excellent, but the other half was just... not good. Not worth avoiding, but I wouldn't go out... More 

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Thank NorthK1954
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear NorthK1954, Thank you very much for sharing these comments regarding your visit to Maclab Bistro. I appreciate the balanced comments that you contributed. I will discuss your review with Chef and our management team. Once again my thanks and hope that you visit again when you are at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Sincerely, More 

Alberta
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The Maclab is my favorite spot in Banff. The food is good, the staff are friendly and the views are spectacular!

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Thank Travel8tr
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Travel8tr, Thanks for recommending Maclab Bistro in this TripAdvisor Review. WE are very proud of the menu, staff and panoramic view of the Rockies! Please visit again soon. Thanks again, More 

Toronto, Canada
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178 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I'm very picky about coffee and I went here each morning. It was pretty good - not a coffee destination, but it worked for my morning needs. Plus, I got to look out the window as the sun rose and see the gorgeous mountain view! The food was good but not outstanding. The staff were friendly.

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Thank webgoddesscathy
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear webgoddesscathy, Thanks for sharing your experiences in Maclab Bistro in this TripAdvisor Review. I will share your comments with Chef, staff and management. Please return again soon. Again my thanks, More 

Alberta
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Looking for a quick meal close to the Banff film fest we 'stumbled' on this find. The food was excellent (appreciated the gluten-free menu) but the stunning views through the glass wall were riveting. This will become our new go-to after a day's hike.

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Thank AlbertaGaltonian
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear AlbertaGaltonian, Thanks for stopping for a meal at our Maclab Bistro! I am glad that you enjoyed your meal and look forward to welcoming you back after your next hike. Thanks as well for sharing your comments in this TripAdvisor Review. Best wishes, More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 15
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?