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“Some cultural food in Banff” 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 #19 of 128 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary, Canadian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Caribou
ottawa canada
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Some cultural food in Banff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a great place. The menu is very diverse, offering lots of local foods from Bison to Duck. All with a little Canadian Rocky flare. We were suggested this place by a person working at the Wild Gallery. It is off the main strip and little less tourist oriented. The food was excellent from the appetizers to the deserts. I had the ice cream trio for desert, cone, float and cookie, very original and tasty.
Try this one if you are in Banff. I think the lower rating on trip advisor is not a reflection on what it is, an excellent experience.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Friendly chatty staff in a chic restaurant with amazing food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great food, great service and a great atmosphere

we obviously stumbled on this place when it was a good night ( judging by other reviews)

the service was very friendly and a little over attentive, having discovered we were from England the us serving us "just loved England" and was our best friend for the night. Telling us the history of the food, its sourcing and the local nature of the produce used.

the bison steak was as advertised by the chap simply fabulous we really couldn't fault the food nor the service. A little higher priced than other meals I had in Canada, but to be honest as a one off it was worth every cent.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carazinho, RS
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Very good food on a smoky environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Reception is well done. Sitting is adequate. Menu is good as well as the food. Wine list is limited to american and canadian wines with few other options. The environment smells the gril smoky flavour and you will leave smelling it.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pezinok, Slovakia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Not a good experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Reading through the reviews here I feel like we must have been in different place. The waitress was kinda cold professional and we did not see a single refill of water. She greeted us with words: we have a WIFI, but not giving the passwords to guests. When travelling this is one of the basic requirements and we thought a fancy place like this must provide at least such basic service. We were wrong. We ordered pizza. The dough was burnt so the it tasted like eating coal with smoked scraps of bison. Other pizza we ordered was the same. Soup and salad ware perfect. The restaurant was too crowded (literally we were watching into meals of couple sitting next to us) and did not feel like the prices were adequate to the looks.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good, but expected more.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Many people around Banff recomended this restaurant, and there where always booked, so I imagined it would be a fantastic restaurant, and I only found it good. It has a cool ambiance and the menu, although not very big, seems well balanced. You will nopt be disapointed, but neither my husband or I found it really great, it is not my first choice in banff.

Visited March 2014
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