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The Bison Restaurant

#213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
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Ranked #14 of 128 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Had a reservation for 18. Went flawlessly. The waiter was really nice about our come and go style. Mixed drinks were amazing! The food even better! The bison wrapped pastry things topped with Saskatoon berry sauce..were the best! And the same goes for the escargot!! There is an 18% gratuity for 6 or more people during supper, like all places... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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134 reviews 134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Eggs benedict with bison.....the eggs are local and have the richest yolks I have ever seen....the bison - amazing....yummmy....the atmosphere is casual and very inviting....loved this place!!

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Wilmette, Illinois
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111 reviews 111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The food was very good. The service was a bit slow but the place was packed. They honored our reservation on time and it would have been a very long wait without a reservation. Definitely would recommend having a dinner reservation!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The bison short ribs and bison carpaccio appetizer were amazing! The food was so good we came back the next night for dinner. The food was pricey$$$ but so is everything in Banff. The deserts were nothing special but everything else was amazing.

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Marblehead, Ohio
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The restaurant is like an old Ponderosa...heavy pine tables, etc.. My chair had really nasty stains, and the hostess siad and I quote "Noone has used it since yesterday, so I am sure they are dry". The duck breast I ordered was very tough, and mediocre, though my wife's Filet Mignon was very good. Wine pricing was 4-5 times that... More 

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This was my second time at the Bison and it was even better than I remembered! Great atmosphere, staff who know what they're doing, beautiful view, gorgeous patio, excellent wine selection and mouth watering food!

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St. Augustine, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We happened to be in Banff on our anniversary and asked about a special place to celebrate that had good food, didn’t require dressing up and wouldn’t break the bank. The Bison was the top recommendation, and I’m happy to say it was an excellent choice. Our table was right next to one of the several windows, affording us a... More 

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calgary, Alberta
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We live an hour away from Banff, and every time we visit Banff, we make sure to eat here. Ok, it's not cheap - but MAN the food is good! If you don't want to spend a ton, visit the Bison for breakfast - their eggs benny are to die for, as well as their bean, potato and egg skillet.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

The place is a typical bistro, could be pleasant in daylight, but not so in the evening ... the lights are  dimmed, and noise is oppressive. What's so special about darken restaurants? Do you drink more, or one is not supposed to see the served food?  Amongst four of us, we had  eight eight different appetizers and main courses. At best,... More 

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Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Visited here in September 2012. The setting is lovely, a fine dining experience, in banff. The food was excellent, the bison burger being a highlight. Food was also very reasonably priced for the quality.

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Additional Information about The Bison Restaurant

Address: #213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-5550
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
Cuisine: Contemporary, Canadian

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