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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 #14 of 120 restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Oh Bison, how do I love thee? So many wonderful flavors and dishes. Stopped by for a custom meal with two rounds of appetizers and split an entree. The Escargot on the bone is a masterful flavor combo with bone marrow and escargot (little snails) that left me wanting more. Bison Torchiere was also great, and not to be missed... More

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London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We don't normally make repeat visits to restaurants if we're in a place for a short time, but in three nights in Banff, we went twice to Bison. The first night I had the duck, which was excellent, but not nearly as good as the bison 'short ribs' that my wife ordered. This dish was actually a kind of bison... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Had the duck again this year, and I'm sure I nearly licked my plate clean!! Enjoyed an amazing bold wine from Yakima, WA, along with escargot served in bone marrow - who knew fat was so delicious. The birthday boy had the Bison ribeye, and it was a huge size, probably 12oz. It's an open concept, so it's really loud,... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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19 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We found this place thru Tripadvisor. First evening we could not get in without reservation. We made reservation for a second evening in town. It was good idea. Food was of a highest standards. Quality was very good. The fish and bison burgers (two different peoples) were well prepared. Beer selection is large, but mainly local brands. Place is a... More

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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34 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

We go to Banff several times a year but this was the first time we ate at this restaurant on the recommendation of a local resident. We had lunch in the bar area. The three of us decided to share the artichoke dip, a pizza and the pulled pork nachos...all amazing and unqiue!! There isn't a lot of space between... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Found this place through trip advisor and what a great find! Location, food, service and surroundings all made for a perfect family meal! Will definitely be back soon.

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Gloucestershire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The food served at the Bison is really top notch - we shared a scallop starter (scrumptious), then I had duck and OH had the bison burger for mains. Both were truly delicious. OH said probably best burger he had ever eaten and my duck came pretty close to top of the list too. Not quite sure why I am... More

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Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We enjoyed lunch and dinner at the Bison! For dinner upstairs we had a group of 11 and the best waiter I have ever had- Andre! I've worked in hospitality and Andre's service was faultless, definitely going above and beyond! I was literally licking my plate after each course! All in our group agreed that the food, service and ambiance... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We enjoyed an excellent dinner here in the roomy upstairs dining room, decorated with some attractive art work. We both started with big, succulent, perfectly prepared seared scallops that we can still clearly remember six months later! The short ribs for one and prawns in a special dish for the other - but there were at least a dozen other... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This place is a must to see on your buckett list so unreal its outa the world everyone is so conected to the earth and all that offers the food was unbeleivable thank you Bison

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