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Reviewed August 15, 2021

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.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

I was at the Banff Center for a conference, and ate at Vistas several times. The food was excellent and the views unsurpassed

Date of visit: February 2020
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BanffCentreCanada, General Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2020

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

Reviewed February 11, 2020

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!!!!!!!

Date of visit: December 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, General Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2020

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

Reviewed December 15, 2019

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.

Date of visit: December 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2019

Joan, thanks for your review that I will share with Chef and Staff! Best wishes, Jim Olver

Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

This is off the beaten path... on a sunny day there is nothing better than a walk up Tunnel Mountain to the Banff Centre and then a relaxing lunch, snack or beverage at Maclab Bistro. The views are so relaxing. The food is tasty. The...prices are reasonable and the service is friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2019

Hello markandcathycalgary Thanks for sharing your recent experience at our Maclab Bistro in this tripadvisor Review. I look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes, Jim Olver

Reviewed October 25, 2019

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.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2019

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

Reviewed October 10, 2019

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.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2019

Hello joshhooahh, thanks for sharing your recent experience at Maclab Bistro! We look forward to your return. Jim Olver

Reviewed September 25, 2019

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

Date of visit: August 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

Thank you for sharing your dining experience at Maclab Bistro on TripAdvisor. Chef and Staff look forward to your return! Warm regards Jim Olver

Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

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.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

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

Reviewed September 1, 2019

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.

Date of visit: August 2019
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BanffCentreCanada, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

Thanks very much Kristina! Please visit again soon! Best wishes, Jim Olver

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There are several gluten free options. Menu can be seen on website. Well worth a visit. The food is delicious.
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Maclab Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5