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“Great meal” 4 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 #13 of 127 Restaurants in Banff
Price range: $15 - $40
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
Toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Great food and good service. Family friendly, kids meal was offered. Beef and duck did not disappoint.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best meal of our 11 day trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was the best meal on our trip! We ate at the Fairmont Banff Springs and Chateau as well as Primrose in the Rimrock and this was by far a better meal. It's not that the others were bad, it was that The Bison was exceptional. We went there for wings night and BYOB wine (with no corkage fee). All that action took place downstairs in the bar, we were accidentally seated upstairs and once looking at the menu lost our appetite for ribs. Fresh, organic and local ingredients made up the entrees. The staff was knowledgeable on food and wine but not pretentious. For dinner we had the Gnocchi and dessert was the most amazing and creative chocolate dish. My husband and I eat at many fine dining restaurants and were impressed with the quality, service and ambiance. Laid back chic in Banff, enjoy.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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south portland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“very expensive and felt ripped off”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We have just returned after a fun evening at the Bison spoiled by the ending .The food was good but expensive.However the wine left us feeling ripped off .We had three bottles of wine ,between 6 people,and ended up paying 98 dollars per bottle for BC Malbec and 65 dollars for BC Pinot Grigio .The wine list had not been clear Making it difficult to identify which price went with which wine..This left us with a very sour feeling have had a fun evening ..Just beware .good food but we felt ripped off!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Canmore, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good food, good selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I have been to the Bison several times and every time I have enjoyed my experience. The food is always creative and delicious with a decent variety so there is something for everyone.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The food was good. The view was fair. The service was above average. The price was way too high for what we expected. Serving portions were small. Ambience was nothing special. Presentation was beautiful. We were looking for a "nice but not 'break the bank' dinner." One guest commented that though his fish was good, it was about the size of three small fish sticks ... for $33! The view was over the rooftops and not particularly spectacular. We ordered entress only for three people ... no drinks and our bill was well over $100. And though the food was good, it wasn't the place I would travel the world to eat at. But, as far as Banff goes, I we found all food prices high and my steak was very good. So, it's not a place I would turn down if someone was treating, but I won't pay that again for what we got. Sorry. It wasn't awful by any stretch -- it just wasn't what we anticipated.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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