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The Bison Restaurant

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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.
US$11 - US$34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Healthy, 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 days ago via mobile

A few weeks ago, my wife, I and some friends ate at Bison. Food was terrific, live music quiet and nice background. After we returned to our hotel , I realized that I had left my hat at the restaurant. I wrote it off as...a loss and my fault. It was late and rainy and I did not want to go back to the to the restaurant and we were leaving early the next morning. but my wife called the restaurant and asked if it could be found and mailed to our home. Amanda, at the restaurant, found my hat and after her shift was over drove it to our hotel to deliver it to the concierge. Incredible service! I cannot recommend Bison, the food and staff, more highly. Thank you for you outstanding service.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was really disappointed with this one. Extremely expensive - actually paid less for a dinner at Lake Louise for our group of nine. Bison burger was excellent, two of three trout orders were undercooked. Don’t order an Old Fashioned unless you want cheap whiskey and...water, wife’s cosmopolitan was good. Waiter dropped a plate of food and ruined my wife’s shoes. Too many other great restaurants in Banff to try.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very classy place but still relaxed and friendly. Good was excellent - think Bison steak - well presented and very tasty. Good wine list with a mix of Canadian and international wines. Very friendly and attentive service, with nice ambience. Not cheap but worth the...money,More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wood fired pizza was amazing. The selection was great and they were able to get two pizzas on the table and still have room to eat.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, service (thanks Steve!) and ambiance. Easy to make reservation in Open Table. Bison burger with hot potato salad and local IPA (Tokyo Drift) was amazing! Steve’s wonderful service made it perfection. Enjoy!

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We shared the Bison Tomahawk, a bison steak for two, which I would highly recommend. Meat was cooked as requested (medium rare), juicy and delicious and was served with vegetables and a kale salad. The accompanying vegetables provide a necessary balance; the roasted new potatoes...were gorgeous and the carrots cooked perfectly. We were made to feel very welcome and the service was professional and friendly.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

seated with a view of downtown banff it only got better. appy was seared scallops and crispy pork belly so good we thought we were in digby nova scotia. i had lamb chops with veggies cooked to perfection and the wife had seared bison tenderloin...as good as it ever could be. meal was cheap compared to the food . now my favorite banff eateryMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 24 May 2022

This restaurant is highly rated and does not disappoint. Service was excellent, wine selections were decent, and the food was top notch.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 23 May 2022 via mobile

Nick M knows his menu and helped navigate the choices. Bison is obviously the restaurant’s mark of distinction. Nick insisted that the burger would be memorable. That’s a tall order given the plethora of burgers and their claim to fame yet he insisted again that...I would not only not be satisfied but would find their burger a memorable dining experience. Nick was correct. Juicy, flavorful, meaty, balanced. Other reviews comment on the service and ambiance. All I wanted was a burger. A burger I got and one that I’ll remember. Thanks, Nick!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 20 May 2022

As soon as we walked in I thought I was going to die from the heat!! Ordered the bison ragu appetizer for my meal and it was very similar to gnochi but very rich and very filling. The bison was like a bolognese type but...heavier. Couldn't finish it all by myself and ultimately wasn't very impressed by it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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20 September 2018|
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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
Kathy S
8 May 2018|
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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 kayvee9 | 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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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bison Restaurant

Yes, The Bison Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Bison Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Bison Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4