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Maclab Bistro


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner

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The Maclab Bistro is a fully licensed cafe and bar located on the ground floor of the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation, at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The Maclab offers some of the best views available of the Canadian Rockies and the Bow Valley. The Maclab offers breakfast items, lighter fare and snacks, and lunch selections such as soups, salads, and paninis. The Maclab Bistro serves Banff Roasting Co. Fair Trade organic coffee. The dinner menu, available from 4:30 P.M., Features freshly made salads, burgers, hot sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and platters to share. Dine inside, on the patio, or take-away. A great spot to unwind, the Maclab Bistro offers a complete selection
$4 - $14
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Bar, Canadian, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located well away from the crowds of downtown Banff at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Maclab Bistro offers good food in a relaxing and open dining room with great views of the mountains. It's a short walk from downtown. It looks like...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank hydehaven
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting options - from mezze platter to bison burgers! The pizza combos are original and delicious and the salads are varied and filling. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Canadian pinot noir, but they also have wine by the glass and a full bar. Portions...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Joy H
Reviewed March 15, 2019

I got the MARINATED ORGANIC CHICKEN: Broxburn roasted red pepper and tomato relish, red onions, local ricotta, creamy garlic sauce, Alberta mozzarella.........Amazing!!!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank DoesWhateverSheWants
Reviewed February 14, 2019

This is honestly one of my favourite places to grab a bite. Although it is out-of-the-way in terms of being far from downtown Banff, it is always worth the effort. You'll be rewarded with excellent food, a great view and friendly staff. Always on my...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Courtney M
Reviewed February 8, 2019 via mobile

Here’s the thing - the food is not why you go here. It’s THE best gathering spot to have a drink and connect with people on the whole Banff Centre campus. In good weather that patio at night, with the fire features going? It’s a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank PaulNazareth
Reviewed February 6, 2019

Food is very good, service too. Not extraordinary, but good value. We ate dinner and breakfast there with friends. Try Three Ravens.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank McKahl
Reviewed December 30, 2018

Our hosts at our holiday let told us about this hidden gem. We didn't want to be bothered by crowds so they told us about the Maclab at the Banff Centre. Just five minutes up the hill from our accommodation at the Banff Bear B&B....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bobellis1960
Reviewed November 15, 2018

This will be a hard review for me to write because I have such good feelings for the Banff Centre, their Mountain Film & Book Festival which I attended for the second consecutive year, and for Maclab Bistro. When I am in attendance at the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JFKMaryland
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Away from the bustle of Banff Ave., a short walk uphill to the Banff Centre, is this delightful eatery. You can do takeout or you can find a seat and be served. The menu is small but the dishes are very good. My favourite is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank happyme_13
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Only found this place by accident, and always found that food is of a good standard and staff cheerful and friendly. You can have a coffee or a meal and sit and take in the view through floor to ceilings windows. Parking was ok and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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There are several gluten free options. Menu can be seen on website. Well worth a visit. The food is delicious.
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