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The Bison Restaurant

$$$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 403-762-5550
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

They start to serve at 5pm sharp! We got there early and were kept waiting outside until 5. Environment was comfortable, not noisy. We ordered beef and trout. Both tasted delicious, but trout tasted even better. Little one loved her kids meal with chicken fingers....More

Thank XMYU
Reviewed 3 days ago

Bison short rib, made gluten free!! My daughter is celiac and the chef bent over backwards to make sure she had a good meal. I've not had a bad meal here yet. The decor and menu has changed over the last year, bit but it...More

Thank Tanya P
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a steakhouse. It's a good steakhouse with a good wine list and friendly, attentive service. It was spot on from cocktails to dessert.

Reviewed 6 days ago

The decoration is great. We ordered bison steak, beef striploin, etc. The bison is a bit on the tough side, meaty, but not very flavorful. We would recommend this place but it could be better.

Thank texan910
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a great dinner with Freddie! She was a great waitress and made great suggestions! He smile was wonderful but her service was perfect. She Made great suggestions and was spot on with all her thoughts. The scallops were wonderful and the bison trio...More

Thank AlanfromD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined here with my husband and son after reviewing good restaurants in Banff what a disappointment my husband and myself went for the short rib which consisted of a bowl of watery broth with two bite sized pieces of beef in mine and my husbands...More

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We held our wedding reception at the Bison Restaurant this past Friday. What an amazing experience! The level of attentiveness from the staff was truly remarkable. It was like they could predict what our guests needed before they asked for it. We have been raving...More

Thank Indira J
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had two dinners here while in Banff. For both times, the food was excellent, the service was efficient (without being fussy), and the atmosphere pleasant. Reservations seem to be needed as it is popular. It can be a bit hard to find; it is...More

Thank Steven C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just wow! This farm to table restaurant, recommended by a local at the Rimrock Hotel, was among our top three dining experiences during our short spring break visit. The atmosphere is beautiful. Service exceptional. Food, unique, local and over the top. We would highly recommend...More

Thank Sheryl M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bison came highly recommended by a bartender so we took our chances by walking in without reservation. We were seated at the bar which we actually prefer (faster service) as everything was taken for a reservation (even though the place remained 60% empty throughout our...More

Thank Jane M
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Kathy S
8 May 2018|
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Response from Robin M | Reviewed this property |
Nope. Ski gear, sweat, and exhaustion are the formal attire of this establishment.
Deb S
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!
Jane S
24 February 2015|
Response from Andy C | Reviewed this property |
We used Snowy Owl dog sled tours. They are based out of Canmore I think which is just down the road from Banff. I recommend them especially if you have not been out with huskies before. Amazing dogs, well cared for and fun... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-5550
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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.
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