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Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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.
US$11 - US$36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Canadian, Contemporary
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

COVID times have challenged us all and tested the commitment of fine restaurants. The Bison does not disappoint, even when faced with less than ideal conditions for outside dining. The care and attention we received during our recent dinner was outstanding. The food was excellent...and we hope to return for inside dining when it is allowed.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 20 April 2021 via mobile

We were in Banff for a birthday celebration and wanted to try this restaurant because of its good reviews. Booking was easy and changing the time for an earlier booking was done very quickly. Because of covid only patio dining was available. We were the...only ones, so seating was no problem. The waiter told us that everything on the menu was available except for the Arctic char. It was cold and snowing and the patio heater barely gave us any heat. Because this was a special occasion, we were ready to tough it out. Very extensive wine list. I picked a Chateau Ste-Michelle brut, a wine we discovered some twenty year ago. The waiter came back and said it was no longer available. Disappointing, but not the end of the world. I then ordered the Calliope Viognier. Waiter came back after five minutes without any wine. He explained that their stock was low because of covid. Thank goodness for that excuse. From a customer satisfaction perspective, I would have offered a similar wine (even at a higher cost) for the same price. No such offers was made. I understand that establishments sometimes run out of wine, but at least have the courtesy to tell me that not all wines may be available. If you can do it for the food, you can do it for the wine. We did not try and order a third wine. We decided to go to another establishment and upon leaving were reminded that they kept the patio open just for us. In hindsight they should have kept the patio closed as it was on the cold side and advise us of the closure. Patio use was weather dependent. I cannot comment on the food and may try it some other time. Hopefully, customer service will have improved by then.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 9 March 2021

We were back for our second visit to Bison. This dinner was just a fantastic as our first visit. Super service (our waiter was personable, knew his food and drinks and made us feel at home) always creates a great dining experience. The views from...upstairs are typical Banff, simply gorgeous. We tried the cocktail special to start and then did the bison board for two. Three amazing preparations of bison and a perfect size for the two of us. You cannot go wrong choosing Bison as your dinner location. We will be back.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 23 February 2021

The food was so good, we came back the next night as well. Everything that we ordered over the 2 dinners was excellent. Great flavours, creative and well composed. Escargots were so abundant, but more importantly, so tasty. Bison ribeye done to perfection. Salads are...all excellent and satisfying. Great drinks and service in a beautiful open space. Best meal we've had in Banff.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 11 February 2021

Such an amazing meal, my husband and I had the bison ribeye and every single bite was perfect!! This is definitely the best food in Banff. Good cocktails too! Our server was great as well.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 23 November 2020 via mobile

Amazing food and drinks one of my fav places.... but some servers including ours had vented masks to shoot their germs at our food faster and cooks not covering nose. Ban vented masks... and make sure servers wash hands/sanitize following handling of dirty plates...

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 25 October 2020 via mobile

Full disclosure... I am a little biased towards the Bison Restaurant... my partner booked this restaurant to celebrate asking me to marry him an hour prior! Placing these happy feelings aside, The Bison Restaurant was exceptional. The restaurant is beautifully decorated; modern but cosy, spacious...and well lit. We asked for the waiter’s recommendation and explained that it was my first day in Canada; I wanted to try something representative of the local area. We had Elk Poutine as a ‘side’ (this was definitely a main course portion, not a side!) and the special Game Platter. The Elk Poutine was mind blowing- truly. For a ‘simple comfort food’ dish, it was packed with flavor and attention to detail. Braised Elk ragu, truffle and gnocchi with cheese curds and fried onions- SUPERB! The special was a platter of local meats: bison, venison and beef, with roasted vegetables. Beautifully cooked (medium rare for the steak as requested), presented and seasoned. We also had a bottle of BC wine ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ from Osoyoos Larose. I was pleasantly surprised as I had never had Canadian wine, and have ordered a crate for my home in Scotland this Christmas! Cannot wait! We sadly couldn’t manage dessert due to being too full, however, our lovely waiter offered us champagne on the house to celebrate our engagement! When he asked us how our meal was and if it was the perfect end to my first day in Canada, we told him our thoughts and about our day- that we just got engaged before coming out - and he was so shocked we didn’t tell the restaurant when we arrived! ‘Guys, we gotta make this special for you! Thank you for sharing this special day with us! Let us give you some champagne!’ We politely declined as we couldn’t manage another drop or morsel, and the staff at the Bison had spoiled us with good humor, attention and local advise all night. To cap it all off, our waiter was born in the same town in Scotland we come from! Perfect!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 25 October 2020 via mobile

This restaurant was amazing. The best service & the best food. The bison short rib was the star with a delicious wine sauce that was sweet. We also tried the Cesar salad which was flavorful and great. The gnocchi starter was also fabulous.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 23 October 2020

We had the pleasure of dining here on 17 October. My husband and I shared the special which was the Bison Trio - short ribs, ribeye and sausage. It came on a butcher's board with veggies and potatoes. It was all very delicious; however, the...short rib was the winner of the three. I would definitely recommend dining here and we will be back. The only negative is the location; with all the construction it was a little hard to navigate.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

Wow, delicious 10oz beef sirloin($42). Friends ordered the chicken ($28)and they said it was the best ever! Service was OK. There was 13 of us, so we had to sit at 3 different tables.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Response from TonyandKatya | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember a specific kids menu but there were children there when we ate there and there didn't seem to be any issue. I am sure that even if there isn't a kid's menu the staff will sort something out without any... More
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Response from robinmM3768XT | Reviewed this property |
Nope. Ski gear, sweat, and exhaustion are the formal attire of this establishment.
14 September 2017|
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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!
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The Bison Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4