Maclab Bistro

Maclab Bistro

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Hours
Sun
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Mon
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Tue
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Wed
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Thu
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Fri
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Sat
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$10.00 – $30.00
CUISINES
Canadian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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About
Come visit us for dine-in service and enjoy your delicious meal on the best patio in Banff, looking out over the Bourgeau Range! Maclab Bistro features healthy, creative comfort food inspired by fresh local ingredients. Signature dishes include house-made burgers, flatbreads, and our famous Cobb Salad, plus vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Complete with espresso bar, local beers, and wine list.
PRICE RANGE
$10.00 – $30.00
CUISINES
Canadian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Top 3 reasons to eat here
Sponsored by: Maclab Bistro
1. Elevated Dining Experience
"one of our best experiences in Banff."
5.0 of 5 bubblespippy03
2. Service with a Smile
"The food, staff, and service is excellent"
5.0 of 5 bubblesaalguire
3. A Hidden Gem
"Away from the crowds of Banff,"
5.0 of 5 bubblessvhOttawa
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles156 reviews
Excellent
72
Very good
52
Average
16
Poor
11
Terrible
5
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Susan Hurst
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 friends
Nice bistro style food. What a great break from 'bar food'! Three words: Tempura green beans. Every dish was very good. Gorgeous view!
Written June 22, 2024
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Shai Z
Alberta20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Favourite Review
Feb 2023 couples
I’m glad we took the short drive up to this Bistro. It’s an open style, limited menu eatery with amazing views of the mountains. For Banff, pricing was reasonable. Portion sizes were pretty big and the hot chocolate was lovely. Our server was great, she was professional, lively and knew the menu well. It was her description of the GF brownie that had me deciding to try it. I’m glad I did, it was one of the best brownies (GF or not) I’ve had and the tart cherry purée over vanilla ice cream was a nice flavour combo. The other servers were polite and friendly too. My only regret was not going up there earlier in the day. We missed the sunset but the view of the surrounding mountains were 👌. You could see the top of the Sulphur Mountain Gondola area in the dark, that was neat.
Written February 8, 2023
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Helen R
Canmore197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 friends
Attending Avalanche Awareness Night and this has become a dinner routine. There were 5 of us and we all ordered something different. Three beers on tap also. A pint is a REAL pint here! I had the steak on focaccia bread c sweet potato fries, hubby had Tuna Poke Bowl, my friends each tried a different burger and my all time favourite dish was the COBB Salad. Kayla was a perfect hostess/server. Banff Centre does a tremendous job of keeping walkways clear of ice and snow. Was just a staircase away from Max Bell where Avalanche Awareness event is always hosted.
Written January 18, 2024
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pippy03
Dublin65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
The Maclab bistro restaurant in the Banff centre for arts and creativity is a hidden gem in Banff. The food was absolutely delicious - we had the yummy burgers, sweet potatoes fries and hazelnut brownie with cherry compote and vanilla ice cream. The wine list was very good and very reasonably priced unlike most restaurants in Banff. The views are spectacular - we sat outside on soft seating around a gas firepit overlooking the mountains - wow! However it is the staff that make this restaurant - thank you to the wonderful Jonas, Chantelle and Tita 😊 Thankfully the lady in the tourist office advised me to go here, otherwise we would have missed one of our best experiences in Banff.
Written August 22, 2022
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aalguire
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
Maclab Bistro is a must-visit for anyone going to Banff. The food, staff, and service is excellent, and then there is the view - THE VIEW! Spectacular. Comparable to the Three Ravens view. Thank you Maclab Bistro!
Written April 19, 2022
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Tastyytravels
St. John's286 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
Ordered “Chicken Ceasar Salad”. Tasted like water, had to drown it in dressing to get any flavour, but it was still super bland. Bill came, Listed was Ceasar Salad for $22, + $8 to add chicken!!! It was listed as a chicken Ceasar salad for $22. Absolutely terrible. Such a scam. Never paid $30 for such a horrible meal that you could probably get from a gas station.
Written February 20, 2022
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Maisonets
Banff5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
I used to love eating at Mac Lab and just went back for the first time since they re-opened after covid. The Vegan Cobb was horrible and used to be my favourite dish on the menu. It was only lettuce with fried tofu bacon and a few tomatoes thrown on it. It used to have tempeh, fried potato, pastiche, amongst other interesting toppings. The dressing was clearly from a bottle. The hazelnut brownie had horrible canned cherry pie filling on top. Barley edible. Won't be going back.
Written August 15, 2021
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Paul T
115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
I was at the Banff Center for a conference, and ate at Vistas several times. The food was excellent and the views unsurpassed
Written February 13, 2020
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BanffCentreCanada
Hello heredotus thank you for staying with us at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. I am delighted to read your Review and look forward to your next visit. Best wishes, Jim Olver
Written February 14, 2020
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Anthony I
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
My wife and I were here for a week and we ate breakfast here every day! No need to find any other place! With a view like this,great friendly service and great food,why would you!!!!!!!
Written February 11, 2020
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BanffCentreCanada
Thank you Anthony I for eating breakfast with us last week and sharing your comments in this Review. I was pleased to read your comments and invite you back soon. Warm regards, Jim Olver
Written February 14, 2020
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Joan C
Edmonton68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
I spent a few nights eating at Maclab Bistro while staying onsite at the Banff Centre. The variety of food was good but I did realize they lacked some pasta on the selection. Otherwise, good food and I enjoyed each dish I had.
Written December 15, 2019
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BanffCentreCanada
Joan, thanks for your review that I will share with Chef and Staff! Best wishes, Jim Olver
Written December 18, 2019
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LorenzoW
Vancouver40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 none
We were staying at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for a few days (a great venue for our conference). Maclab Bistro (an odd name but no, not a computer lab after all) was the nearest place to eat, other than more expensive options. I ate here twice - once for dinner and once for breakfast. The menu could have had more options to choose from for dinner, although breakfast was fine. Even though I was not pushed for time, I found the service slow which I always find irksome.
Written October 25, 2019
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BanffCentreCanada
Dear LorenzoW, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your experiences at Maclab Bistro. I appreciate your balanced critique which I will share with management and staff. Again my thanks, Jim Olver
Written October 29, 2019
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Joshh M
Aviemore7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
Recently was visiting Banff for a week and came in for dinner. Beautiful views, tasty food, good value for money and perfect service. Couldn't have asked for more. One of the waitresses, blonde girl from New Zealand I think, was happy to spend time giving recommendations for hikes around the area and other places in the village to check out. Will definitely be back on my next visit.
Written October 10, 2019
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BanffCentreCanada
Hello joshhooahh, thanks for sharing your recent experience at Maclab Bistro! We look forward to your return. Jim Olver
Written October 15, 2019
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Lc9225
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 friends
Had pizza and a few drinks with friends, pizza was delicious and great value for money our Waiter Callum was extremely friendly and made great recommendations. The view on the patio is so beautiful
Written September 25, 2019
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BanffCentreCanada
Thank you for sharing your dining experience at Maclab Bistro on TripAdvisor. Chef and Staff look forward to your return! Warm regards Jim Olver
Written September 26, 2019
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Josh W
222 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 friends
The saltiest eggs benny I’ve ever tasted in my life. It was borderline unpleasant. Thankfully there were a few pieces of fruit for me to try and contrast the intense saltiness. Included is a picture of the sugar packet I had to use to keep my severely warped plate from striking the table every time I used my fork and knife. There’s no need to ever go back here. Gave them 2 stars for the amazing view.
Written September 14, 2019
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BanffCentreCanada
Thank you very much for dining with us at our Maclab Bistro and for sharing your comments here on TripAdvisor. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your meal and ask you to contact me directly at social@banffcentre.ca. Again my thanks Jim Olver
Written September 26, 2019
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Kristina M
Chicago15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 none
Amazing views outside of downtown Banff on the Banff centre for Arts & Creativity campus. Fantastic to see the space in the quiet of the morning. Service was great, food was great (though limited selection) - all around a nice find.
Written September 1, 2019
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BanffCentreCanada
Thanks very much Kristina! Please visit again soon! Best wishes, Jim Olver
Written September 26, 2019
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