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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 364
    Excellent
  • 214
    Very good
  • 88
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Nice Place

We have eaten here 4 times - once for breakfast and 3 times for dinner - one of the dinners was at the pizza lounge downsairs. We have found the food to be consistently very good, and the price reasonable by Banff standards.Will return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Vladimir1968
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Calgary, Canada
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After receiving a recommendation from a local (who we chatted with across the road at the pharmacy) who highly recommended the brunch at The Bison; how sadly disappointed we were.....why? ....the service was shocking! We enjoy eating out when away (and when at home) and the primary thing that's off putting at lets a place down, for us, is service!... More 

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Thank Mark L
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I ate at The Bison as part of a familiarization trip with my colleagues from Evergreen Escapes. We were exploring Alberta to gather information on activities, accommodations, and dining elements to include in our adventure travel tour offerings. The week was full of food and drink, more food and drink, and more food and drink on top of that. However,... More 

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Thank Sara S
Calgary, Canada
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have eaten here 4 times - once for breakfast and 3 times for dinner - one of the dinners was at the pizza lounge downsairs. We have found the food to be consistently very good, and the price reasonable by Banff standards.Will return.

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Thank Vladimir1968
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great fine dine experience! Such an amazing selection of food! No complaints with this place! They also offer an intricate selection of wine to pair with your meal!!

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Thank Sheena B
Georgetown, Canada
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a large party so it was a set menu but the food was fantastic! There was a sausage on a cheese platter that was so good. The chicken I had was so moist I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Karry-Lee R
Never the same place
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am cheap. This was a special celebration. It was worth the money. The "localvore" food idea is not oversold here and all selections are intelligent and sound delicious. Both the cod and the roast beef were excellent. The wait staff is excellent. I would have liked some draught beer, but the selection for both wine and bottled beer is... More 

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Thank CGJW
Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the expensive side, but well worth it. Treat yourself to local food when in Banff - this is the spot. The bison short ribs were fantastic, mouth watering. The Gnocchi poutine was also a hit. Great wine selection and quaint atmosphere as well.

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1 Thank sduncss
Oakville, Canada
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travel with work to Banff several times a year. EVERY trip I include a visit to Bison, it is that good. There are always new local inspired dishes to try. The atmosphere is warm, sometimes a little noisy but who cares your mouth will be to full to talk anyways, lol. If in Banff a trip to Bison is... More 

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Thank Greengirl51
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I wanted to go out for a nice dinner and this certainly hit the mark! Our server who was also the bartender was so awesome! I didn't catch his name but you could tell he loved what he does. He even made me a delicious mock tail being pregnant I'm always on the search for mock tails... More 

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Thank Alicia B
Toronto
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

family dinner during xmas week - despite being half empty, they had run out of some items and what we did order took forever (45 mins after appetizer finished). Prices and portion size were completely out of line, however food quality was good - just wasnt much of it and it was priced for fine dining in NY - very... More 

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