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“truly outstanding meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Bison Restaurant

The Bison Restaurant
#213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
403-762-5550
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Ranked #15 of 131 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Pizza, Contemporary, Canadian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Caribou
Calgary, Canada
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“truly outstanding meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

a girlfriend and i did a last minute overnight spa trip to banff in december. she and i are both foodies so when i found this place online and read the menu i knew this was our dinner plan.

and, well, it did not disappoint. everything was bang on... the service, the ambiance, the wine, the food. we shared the escargot, ravioli and flatbread (... we were pretty hungry ; )). i was suprised at how much i enjoyed the escargot. buttery and soft and not too chewy - just delicious. as a main i had the bison short ribs that melted in my mouth the meat was cooked to perfection. unfortunately we were just too full so we had to skip dessert... next time for sure.

it's a busy place, reserve ahead if you can. its well worth it. they have a well deserved reputation in the town. i look forward to going back which i think, as a foodie, is the ultimate compliment you can give any restaurant!

  • Visited December 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great date”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Had a great date at the Bison. Inviting, comfortable atmosphere. We actually sat at the bar area facing Banff Ave and chatted with the bartender who provided exceptional service (which was a first on a trip with multiple dining experiences).

Cocktails are fresh and delicious. I recommend the vitamin C (Ginger Vodka, Carrot Juice, Pineapple Juice, and a Rosemary sprig)... Surprisingly tasty. My main course, New York Strip, was perfectly cooked with great seasoning.

All beef and products are from local farms and they even sourced bread baskets made of baked tree bark from the local Wild Flour shop in town.

This is a great spot for a date or nice meal with family. A bit pricey, but worthy.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Calgary Alberta Canada
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“what a great surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The atmosphere is excellent, cozy and lively with good background music. We started with Caesars (they had bacon and asparagus!) and some awesome appetizers, the main courses were unique, my wife thought her beef steak was a little chewy but my bison short ribs were perfect, and the deserts were awesome. The Aussie waitress was a total sweetie and knew her stuff. It was the best place we ate at while in Banff.

Visited February 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The atmosphere is great and the food even better. Nice selection of beers on tap. We had the pulled pork nachos and the Big Bird pizza and they were both amazing. We will be back next time we are in banff.

Visited February 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious yet expensive dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

We went on a Friday night and had no problem getting in. The restaurant is really clean with a nice atmosphere and decorations. We had the bison flatbread to start, leg of rabbit and striploin. The food was delicious! And the portion sizes were good. It was expensive but a nice fancy meal.

    • 3 of 5 stars
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