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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • 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 3 days ago

Went with a group of 10 and it was great. Limited menu options, but still something for most palates and wallets. really, really enjoyed the fried squash -- get it!

Thank FOXtraveler1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night whilst on holiday for an evening dinner. We had a reservation so got seated quickly. The restaurant has a really nice interior and the atmosphere is great, buzzing but it still feels intimate. The dish my husband wanted was...More

Thank jbad11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Bison a few times and have always enjoyed my experience and meal. The Bison just recently finished a major renovation that completely changed the environment in a positive way. The menu also changed and now has more or a Tapas...More

Thank scottpP6895WY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just spent an evening at bison restaurant in Banff I looked forward to my meal tonight only to be dissatisfied with the food we were served, we ordered a sharing platter of meat and cheese very poor it was only enough for one and 38...More

Thank Victoria B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner at The Bison with two others. We arrived around 6 without a reservation and were seated in less than 5 minutes. We ordered the roasted cauliflower to share but as there was only two pieces of bread we requested a third slice...More

Thank _elaine_jsm_
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had some expectations based on the reviews when we entered the place. We made a reservation, however, we had to wait more than half an hour before we could be seated. The place had nice atmosphere. The waitress was really nice and helpful, but...More

2  Thank zbanana79
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the one vegan option on the menu and it was excellent. Service was friendly with a very pleasant atmosphere. This is a very busy restaurant and I felt fortunate get a last minute seat at the bar. Great service, great food.

1  Thank Henriette1218
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best restaurant in Banff, hands down. Pricey, but very reasonable for Banff. The quality of food was amazing and beautifully served. The restaurant is very relaxing and stunningly renovated. We had Jess as a server and she was great- took the time to explain...More

1  Thank Kris E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Bison is a great place for carnivores looking for something other than a steakhouse. While this review is based on a single visit, the food was somewhat uneven. Some of the dishes we ordered were truly excellent, like the squash chips with ricotta and...More

Thank Florian P
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

The renovation has changed a cozy restaurant into a well lit gymnasium. The new chef believes that a baseball sirloin is the same as a strip loin. The steak, while incorrectly identified, was well cooked to the med rare that was specified as the only...More

1  Thank iamcaptainawesome
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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
US$11 - US$34
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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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