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The Bison Restaurant

#213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
403-762-5550
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Ranked #13 of 122 restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary, Canadian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Caribou
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Edmonton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The food was really good and the drinks were so-so. It's a very nice looking restaurant (including the waiters) I made a reservation online and got there 5 minutes early but I still had to wait 10 minutes past my reservation time which was really annoying considering that is the whole point of a reservation and the restaurant didn't seem... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I had the bison short ribs which were so soft and tender. the portion sizes are big . We had great service, there was a 30 minute wait time if you did not have reservation. Patio seating would have been preferable because the inside of the restaurant was very hot. However, the food and service were so great - we... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I should have paid more attention to the negative comments, they were very accurate, very overpriced, mediocre food at best and snobby service, no alcohol, 1 appetizer, total bill $68, would avoid this restaurant at all costs

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Montreal
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great service, nice atmosphere, excellent wine selection. We loved everything we had and would definitely go back. **MUCH** better than the Maple Leaf. My steak was much better at the Bison. Hats off to the chef for a great menu and nice presentations.

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Shanghai, China
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

I had quite high expectations for this restaurant, based on the Trip Advisor reviews. Unfortunately, it seems I set the bar a tad too high. When we wanted to order a cocktail before our meal, the waitstaff asked for an ID, which is fair enough, but they did not accept photocopies of our passports. We don't carry the real ones... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Superb fresh, quality food from local farms and very seasonal changing menu. Portions are plentiful and worth the money. The patio is great for outdoor summer dining and immerses you in the gradeur of the rockies. Great!

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Edmonton, Alberta
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was here for a small wedding dinner over the weekend and found the atmosphere very inviting and lively. Our waitress was very attentive and super friendly. The food was not bad, just not quite at par with the prices. Creative pairings and design, lacking in portions and seasoning unfortunately. I had the seared scallops with bison ravioli to start... More

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San Francisco
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

One of the best dinners we had in Banff. Get a table on the terrace if weather permits as it would be quieter. Great bison ribeye and desserts.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We found this restaurant after having a couple of drinks in the bar next door. The restaurant had a great atmosphere about it and all staff were really friendly. I require a gluten free diet and the staff were extremely helpful and were able to inform me what I was able to eat. All 4 of us had a bison... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Came here with a bunch of friends for a special dinner. The wait staff was very helpful (and photo-bombed a picture of our group). The food was good, and prices were no higher than expected for Banff.

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