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

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  • 325
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  • 202
    Very good
  • 84
    Average
  • 34
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  • 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
Excellent choice

First time to Bison's: I would recommend it to anyone looking to dine in Banff.....I had the Bison Ribeye and it was delicious and cooked to perfection. Service was attentive and friendly and the restaurant had a good atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2013
Wendy B
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Banff, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The food was quite good and we went to this place because everyone recommended it to find the service quite poor compared to the food. Yes, it was a full house and very busy, but that is no excuse for the service we got. You may expect the same service at a bar.

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Was here in June and had a fairly good meal. This place is quite busy most of the time. The food and service is good, but certainly not great. The prices are fairly high for the quality, but this is not unusual in Banff. There are better options.

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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Many unique choices of appetizers, beautiful presentation, friendly staff. Our waiter was the best. He kept me well supplied with ice.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great dinner, fun local food choices. Service was great as well. Had local wine, Bison, escargots. All fantastic.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had dinner at the Bison and it was great. We ordered the bison burger and it was the best hamburger I have ever had. It was tender and good tasting. Pirce was 19 dollars each but highly recommed it.

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Rockville, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We went to Bison for dinner on the recommendation of the owners of our B&B, as well as other reviews. We sat on the patio, which was very pleasant with the view and a nice breeze. Service was friendly but there was a long wait between the appetizers and entrees. We started with drinks: I had sangria, which was OK... More 

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regina, canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Ate dinner here with my wife on our last night in Banff. Although this place is expensive (even for Banff) when my wife and I travel we leave the budget at home, so the prices didn't scare us off. We both ordered bison meals (she had the rib eye, I had the short ribs) and we were both somewhat disappointed.... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My husband ordered the bison rib eye and I had beef/steak. Both were delicious. We ate on the patio and enjoyed the mountain and town view. Our waiter was great too!

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Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

For our last night in Banff, my two teen sons and I wanted to try out one of the finer dining establishments. Bison was rated highly in Fodor's and we stopped by earlier in the week to check out the menu. It looked delicious, but noted this was quite expensive (comparable to hotel prices, if not more!)). Apps and salads... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

First time to Bison's: I would recommend it to anyone looking to dine in Banff.....I had the Bison Ribeye and it was delicious and cooked to perfection. Service was attentive and friendly and the restaurant had a good atmosphere.

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
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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