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Walk up our staircase into rustic elegance. With windows on three sides, Banff's best mountain views speak for themselves. Enjoy a signature cocktail, local bottled beer or choose from our carefully selected wine list. Watch the show as a line of talented chefs in our open concept coppered kitchen lead by executive chef Kyle Nelson prepares your regionally inspired meal. Locals and visitors enjoy our sun-drenched terrace with its mountain views in the summer, and roaring campfire in the winter. Whether in high heels or hiking boots, our dining room is yours.
PRICE RANGE
USD 11 - USD 36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Canadian, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Kevin was our server and was absolutely fantastic. He knew the menu well and had good suggestions. The wine list is extensive and features a huge selection of local BC wines, which we were very happy to see, as we really like to support Canadian...wines. We ordered the Upper Bench Limited Reserve Merlot, which Kevin decanted. That is rare at most restaurants, but Kevin knew the benefit to that. The menu had good variety including vegetarian options, which was nice to see. My husband ordered the bison and I ordered the Arctic Char, both were very good and filling. We didn't order an appetizer or dessert.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Second time to The Bison, this time we did take out, and they definitely did an excellent job. There was no additional prep needed which was appreciated. The beet salad and the squash salad were amazing and filling, but for us the star of the...night was the elk tartar, it was perfection.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a phenomenal exerience! We sat on the patio this day last week; we were served my Liz! She was very approachable and friendly. She let us know about the specials (which we thoroughly enjoyed), and was very knowledgeable about the wine list (which we...indulged). All around great food, bison was cooked to perfection as well as impeccable service!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the Best dinner out in like forever. We had the special of the night Bison plater for two. Every bite of Bison short ribs, steak and sausage was melt in the mouth Great. The server gave us just the weigh kind of attention,...she even apologized for taking what she thought was to long. Well worth the funds. We will be back whenever we are in BanffMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was very good no wait time and the bison steak was amazing..the ambience was nice the server was there when you needed her. No complaints at all.pricing was resonable

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

My fiancé and I walked in to see if we could have dinner there. Yes we know reservations are preferred and we were aware this is a more upscale restaurant, but we were willing to wait for a table. So we were greeted by the...hostess, who was immediately put off that we were there without reservations. She then proceeded to tell us it is first come, first served (isn’t walk ins always like that ?) she then advised us no wait list and no cue and again reiterated first come first serve…..with covid measurements in place at every other establishment I expected more explanation. There was already a crowded waiting area and was unsure if we were to continue to crowd the waiting area and NOT be appropriately distanced from other patrons. So we left, it’s obvious walk ins are not welcomed by the lack of enthusiasm to explain the process better. We found a great place with yummy food and smiles on each staff members face. SALTLIK, I was very content to give this establishment my business, great ambiance amd again awesome service. I’ve been to plenty top notch restaurants all over the world and was never met by the attitude or lack of enthusiasm for potential patrons I encountered at the bison. So not worth it.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 13 September 2021

My friends and I did a BC/Alberta trip trying multiple restaurants for lunch and dinner over the 7 days we were there. Nothing during our trip compared to the experience we had at the Bison. The service was some of the best service we have...ever received as a group. From drink recommendations to food recommendations our server absolutely nailed it. The food…. to die for. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 12 September 2021

We went here for our anniversary. We were very pleased with everything about it; the service, the ambiance, the food and the drinks! We each ordered an appetizer (see photos) which were delicious and a decent size. We then shared the chef's special which was...bison three ways- a 12 oz. rib steak, bison short ribs, and bison sausages. I had never tasted bison before but it was delicious! Not at all "gamey" if you're worried. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 9 September 2021

This restaurant has amazing service and amazing food! The chef Ryan was incredible and cooked our food perfectly. I would love to go back here when I am in Banff again.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 September 2021

A great way to spend one of my only two evenings in Banff. Really enjoyed the bison steak and Canadian ice wine. Staff was friendly.

Date of visit: August 2021
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CalgarySkye
20 September 2018|
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Response from TonyandKatya | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember a specific kids menu but there were children there when we ate there and there didn't seem to be any issue. I am sure that even if there isn't a kid's menu the staff will sort something out without any... More
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Kathy S
8 May 2018|
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Response from robinmM3768XT | Reviewed this property |
Nope. Ski gear, sweat, and exhaustion are the formal attire of this establishment.
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DebS523
14 September 2017|
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Response from KaylaV91 | Reviewed this property |
The table beside us was GF and they made adjustments to every item they ordered to accommodate their dietary needs!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bison Restaurant

Yes, The Bison Restaurant offers takeaway services.

The Bison Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4