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“Yummy Pizza...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Bear Street Tavern

The Bear Street Tavern
211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-2021
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Ranked #15 of 128 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $19
Cuisines: Pizza, Sandwiches, Pub, Family Fare
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Seattle, Washington
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112 reviews 112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Yummy Pizza...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

At the recommendation of our hotel, we went here on a Monday night for $10 pizza. Our expectations were diminished a bit when we were told even before being seated that we would have a 45 minute wait for food. I asked if that also applied to drinks (I can always wait longer if I have a cocktail). She checked, and fortunately, it did not. We were seated within 10 minutes, ordered our drinks and food, and ended up waiting no more than 30 minutes. The food was really delicious. I had a vegetarian pizza, and it was better than any veggie pizza I've had. This place has great ambience, excellent food, and was worth the short wait. We were tempted to return for $10 calzone the next night, but why get in a restaurant rut on vacation? Oh yes, and the service was beyond good. Our server was friendly and very efficient. We will return!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“It's Ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stopped for a late lunch, but really wanted the Bison upstairs, which was not open yet. We asked if they had the menu downstairs, but the hostess misunderstood and said yes. It was almost 3 so after the lunch rush, and the table she, wanted to sit us at was so small, for 2, and nestled on the wall between 2 small booths, where we could acutally rub elbows with the diners in the booths, how awful for them. That table should absolutely be removed from the floor. My husband asked if we could have one of the many empty tables for 4 and she unhappily let us pick a spot, after pointing out it was a table for 4 - a bad beginning, and very poor customer appreciation. We shared the chowder soup (amazing, very good), the meatballs (good but underseasoned), and the perogie/sausage skillet - ok, but deep fried, and refried, and a poor menu choice on our part. The wine was good, and our server was sweet and did a great job. The restaurant layout is too crowed in the dining area, but sitting at the bar looks fun. Surprisingly the restaurant was full of flies, which is a big turn-off for me. Everyone was swooshing them away from their food. All in all it looks like a fun place for a younger crowd, and the pizza looked interesting.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good food, good atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I've been here twice. Both occasions were busy but worth the wait. Cozy and upbeat atmosphere. Pizza was great, everyone in our party enjoyed what they had. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you want to kick back, have a few drinks and enjoy good food. If your looking for an in and out type of place, look elsewhere.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
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8 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good pizza, good beer, what more can you ask for?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We asked at the desk of our hotel where we could get a good pizza. As Americans, we had noticed a pizza joint in Banff named after a prominent northeastern U.S. city noted for many things (chowder, founding fathers, odd accents) but not pizza. We were not sent there. Instead, the delightful young concierge directed us to Bear Street Tavern. We would not have noticed Bear Street Tavern from the actual street as it's pretty unassuming, but inside is lively and crowded. We ordered a Margherita pizza, on special, a Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat Beer from the local Grizzly Paw Brewery (also on special) and a Caesar salad. The Caesar salad resembled a Caesar salad in that it was made of romaine. There, the resemblance stopped. The salad had meat in it and a balsamic-based dressing (or so it tasted to us), but it was very good and we had no complaints. The pizza is thin-crust, crispy and tasty. They serve it with honey, which you mix with chili oil, which you then dip your pizza in. it was surprisingly tasty. The beer was very good and even better, very cold. The service was friendly, if a tad slow, but that may be because the place was packed. The veggie pizza was also on special, but it was out. That's what we really wanted, but we enjoyed the Margherita very much. All in all, Bear Street Tavern hit the spot.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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132 restaurant reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Great Lunch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Went for lunch. A nice - no fuzz- restaurant with inside and outside (patio) seating. I had the club sandwich with soup of the day as a side, and my friend had the Pizza Hawaii with pulled pork and BBQ-sauce. Extra interesting with the mix of chilioil and honey to springle on the food.. Interesting.
Service was ok and we waited maximum 15 min for our food. All in all a restaurant I'd really recommend. Fresh ingredients and cooked with care.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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