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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

The waiter was excellent, very helpful and happy. His optimism was wonderful. I wasn't crazy about the wine menu because there were only Canadian wines offered. Other than that cauliflower appetizer, bison short rib and Cornish hen were all excellent. The bread is amazing too!

Thank Lynne M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Sadly this restaurant is not the same place it once was. Upon walking in my wife and I both said what the hell happened to this place. We we're told by our waiter who was very good that the restaurant is now under new management...More

1  Thank Wayne H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the Bison in December for a later evening dinner. We got a reservation, so we were seated quickly when we arrived. The service was great and efficient. Our server even recommended a nice bottle of rose we enjoyed. The food was high quality...More

1  Thank Rob D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a reservation and were glad we did. Even though it was early Oct., and a Sunday night, they were very busy. The menu is limited (most restaurants in Baniff are) but seemed to have at least one item to satisfy one's palate. It's...More

1  Thank Terry A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group of nine waited 30 minutes for our first drink and then an hour and 10 minutes for our meal. The bison short ribs were the star, and the trout was excellent, but the portions were incredibly small for the price. The beans that...More

2  Thank Benjamin B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the best around (according to reviews)... really nice atmosphere, offering meat, fish and pasta. I had some bison rib, which was good but not really exceptional .. prices were ok.

2  Thank Stefano E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked for a treat for Christmas Day dinner. The food was delicious, though portions were a little smaller than the men in our party would have liked. Also a bit of a shame not to have offered a bread basket, though the wait for...More

1  Thank ht227
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were two families with kids aged 7-14 and we adults loved the experience. The bread was lovely and I could have eaten just that! We shared two large plates actually that was not very much but we misunderstood or waitress and we not so...More

1  Thank Cecilia S
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We went here for my girlfriends birthday dinner and absolutely loved it. We got a table right next to the window overlooking the street side which was pretty cool. We started with cocktails, she got the whiskey sour which I loved (and I usually don't...More

1  Thank Charlie B
Reviewed 16 November 2017

My wife and I went to the Bison for lunch. We both had there steak tartare and salad. The beef was charred just right and very tender. You could see clearly see Mt. Rundle in the distance, and was a beautiful sight. To see this...More

1  Thank Dietz W
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Deb S
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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$35
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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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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