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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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Sidney, Canada
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141 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This spot is great to get a little work done, or enjoy a cool beverage with colleagues. The view is awesome, the service is great! If you are at the Banff Centre it's worth a stop.

Thank iFosser
Calgary, Canada
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the quinoa pancakes and they were very doughy and tasted raw. The server was very kind and took them back. I ordered toast and bacon and she didn't charge me so service was obviously great. Food was disappointing though. Even the toast and bacon was sub par. Beautiful views of the mountains, wish the food was better.

Thank Shaunessy R
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lindsay (our server at MacLab) was outstanding–she has remarkable attention to detail, she made meaningful suggestions on menu items, she has a nicely balanced sense of humour, and kept a close eye on us, while also ensuring our privacy during our meeting. There are very few servers in the industry with this balance of skill and ability–especially in a bistro... More 

Thank William C
1 review
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Food was delicious but what really stood out was the phenomenal service. We had a server named Lindsay who was by far the most amazing person we met on our trip. Thank you Lindsay for being such a gem!

Thank Nicholas B
expat American in Moscow
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I don't see how this place isn't packed with lines! A hidden gem. People probably just don't realize it's here and open to the public. It's one of several restaurants at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, up the hill along Tunnel Mountain. We just lucked out and found it! And it was actually cheaper than the downtown restaurants!... More 

Thank Ali_Jalili
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

My work required me to read hundreds of sheets of paper, and I was always welcome to sit here as long as I wanted in order to do it. I would have lunch or a glass of wine, but I never felt rushed, or like I was being pressured to leave. I was able to work for hours every evening... More 

Thank bondgrrl007
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear bondgrrl007, Thanks for your second Review of your stay at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. I am delighted that you were welcome and comfortable in the Maclab Bistro. I will share you r Review with staff and management. Warm regards, More 

Calgary, Canada
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87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Truly enjoyed the warm vegetable salad and the relaxing environment this pub/bistro offered!! Reserved this for a quick dinner/meeting place prior to our convention, excellent food!

Thank Jo-El B
JimOlver, Guest Relations Manager at Maclab Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Jo-El B, Thanks again for your recommendations! I look forward to your next visit. Warm regards! More 

Prince Albert, Canada
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

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!

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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574 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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 

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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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
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
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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