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The Bison Restaurant

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Pizza, 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, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 324
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  • 202
    Very good
  • 83
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 14
    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
Great food

We went here for dinner on a Saturday night and loved how easy it was to make a reservation on Open Table. We waited a few minutes for our table and had a nice table in the middle of the restaurant. We started with some cocktails, had the Bison ravioli with scallops and the escargot to start... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
powelj1
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Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Only one night in Banff. The Bear in Bear Street was recommended. It was full on the night time , but we made an outside table for a pleasant lunch. Music in the square opposite was a plus. The bison and the bear seem to be linked and much larger inside than is apparent from Bear Street. We had a... More 

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Enfield, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We were with a group of friends for dinner. Although we had high hopes based on the reputation, I can't say anybody raved about it. I ate only half my steak, which was fatty and grisly. My wife enjoyed her salmon, but it wasn't one of the best. The Creme Brûlée was watery. Service was very good, but the place... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Had wonderful service and food at this restaurant. Great effort at keeping all items local, which is always appreciated. I had the bison tacos, and then the daily special, which was pork.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great food here. One of our best meals I don't know why this isn't rated one of Banff's top 10 Better than a couple others on the top 10 list

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was okay. It may be I chose badly but both my dishes were mediocre. It is a very busy restaurant needing booking but I did not think it lived up to the hype. I had a much better and less expensive meal at Nourish next door.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We went here for dinner on a Saturday night and loved how easy it was to make a reservation on Open Table. We waited a few minutes for our table and had a nice table in the middle of the restaurant. We started with some cocktails, had the Bison ravioli with scallops and the escargot to start. Both were very... More 

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Rimbey, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We entered the restaurant street level and climbed the stairs. The hostess asked if we had a reservation. I said, " no, do we need one?" She gruffly said, "what did the girl downstairs say?" We told her there was no girl downstairs. Mumbling to herself and making a big deal of punching away at her computer she says, "okay... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went as a group with some of our fellow Trafalgar Tour travellers. The service was good & the food was delicious. We had a lovely night at The Bison.

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Thornhill, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great food, very friendly server but unfortunate incident with the Manager. We attended the restaurant with the family and we all thought the food and service was great. Our server described the side dish which came with the main course which again sounded amazing. The side dish described came with two of our entrées but the other two received something... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great food and great service even though we came in late. The bison is a beautiful place with a great view.

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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: Pizza, Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic
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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  • Is there a dress code?
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