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The Bison Restaurant

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Contemporary, Canadian
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#213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada (Caribou)
403-762-5550
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 294
    Excellent
  • 169
    Very good
  • 68
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Enjoyed dinner at The Bison

We had our hearts set on The Maple Leaf for dinner during the Easter weekend but alas we waited too long to book so we had to look elsewhere. Happy to discover The Bison has the same owners and same commitment to tasty food and excellent wine. We tried the signature dishes other diners have raved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Gail H
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Midland, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Midland, Canada
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had our hearts set on The Maple Leaf for dinner during the Easter weekend but alas we waited too long to book so we had to look elsewhere. Happy to discover The Bison has the same owners and same commitment to tasty food and excellent wine. We tried the signature dishes other diners have raved about and were not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I had the pork, It was difficult to cut up from the massive chunk and not as flavorful as I would like. the escargot and bone marrow was good. the Sangria was full of pulped berries and difficult to drink the last 1/3. The ambiance was great

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Edmonton,Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

First of all, I have to say that this restaurant has both an upper and a lower restaurant. The upper is a fine dinning restaurant called the Bison and the lower is a pizza and beer place called the Bear Street Tavern. Many people here are making the mistake that they are the same restaurant. We tried them both. The... More 

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Meath
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Bison took us without a reservation on Easter Sunday with our 6 month old IN his stroller! We were told by a nearby steakhouse that baba would not be permitted entry in his stroller even though he was asleep. So we duly moved around the corner and found the Bison rest. And what a gem! They took us up... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My wife and I had been meaning to go to this place for a while now, and finally managed to get there on our most recent trip to Banff. And the deciding factor was it was pizza night, selected pizzas were $10, and also we went in their Happy Hour and got cheap beer - what's not to like? I... More 

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UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I have to say the food was excellent , the wine list extensive and our waitress was excellent , complete with her traditional tribal facial tattoos .... But it wasn't cheap

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Delicious brunch menu! Enjoyed mimosas, coffee, French toast with berries and huevos rancheros served in a cast iron skillet. Would visit again!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

While the name would make you go for Bison, you have to try tr Gnocchi Poutine - different to the Russian President those are excellent and probably the best on thee menu. Unfortunately our waitress ha a little bit of an attitude when we had some special request which prevented us from raising it better.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

First time at the bison and we had a great experience. All the staff were super friendly and nice and our waitress Julie k was awesome. And the food was out of this world delicious and fresh. Wicked good dining experience.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Fabulous recommendations by our server for beer, wine, apply's and finally main course. Our whole party of 6 were very impressed with everything this restaurant had to offer.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: #213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
    (Caribou)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: 403-762-5550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?