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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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“bison” (397 reviews)
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Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
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 today

A truly delicious dinner with some stand-out dishes. Their take on Poutine was out of this world and highly recommended. Also, really enjoyed the Bison rib-eye steak. Certainly beat the other two dinners we had in Banff.

Thank hb133
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Make sure you book as this restaurant lives upto its reputation. Food is an excellent quality and so is the service. Not the cheapest restaurant in the world but this is one where the cost is totally justified.

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked in advance for the bison as they can be very busy. Upon arrival the host downstairs comunicated with up-stairs to make sure they were ready and when instructed we went up and were greeted and seated. Our server was lovely and helped arrange...More

Thank ToniMid
Reviewed 5 days ago

Of all the towns we visited during our recent mini-tour of western Canada, Banff had perhaps the best range and quality of restaurants - and The Bison was the best. For British tourists, it is (like many restaurants in the region) pretty expensive - particularly...More

Thank Malcolm B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great meal at Bison. We enjoyed bison short ribs and venison striploin. Would highly recommend this restaurant. In fact, we went back and had the best bison burger for lunch.

Thank stanleycamp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant deserves a bite although its menu is not as thick as those chain restaurants. We walked-in for dinner without reservation, however the waiting time wasn't too long as taking bar-stools is a compromise. When you get into the restaurant, you will notice that...More

Thank Sek Fun L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came across this gem whilst on our honeymoon. The food was incredible! We started with Crab salad and the Scallops both were cooked to perfection. So often scallops are over cooked and chewy. For the main we had the Bison Burger and the Beef...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended. Great selection of local gamey food (bison in different varieties, venison, etc) along with a good selection of primarily Canadian wines. Friendly staff, although service was slightly slow. Patio has nice views of the surrounding region.

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to eat. The food and service was good. The menu was a little over priced compared to the other eating establishments nearby as well as the food and atmosphere.

Thank HikerRAZ71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice people there, excellent and extraordinary food, from farm to table, really nice atmosphere

Thank Karolina_E_M_85
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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$12 - US$40
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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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 Brendan Robson prepare 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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