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The Bison Restaurant

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Canadian, Contemporary
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#213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada (Caribou)
+1 403-762-5550
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You should be able to guess what's on the menu... but there's also a lot of good other choices. The bison short ribs are excellent but the Ling Cod was also delicious. Great choice of wines, attentive staff and a warm, not too rustic setting makes Bison a favourite in Banff. On the pricey side but worth it.

Thank Simon B
Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This restaurant is located right on downtown on Bear Street. Being across from a parking lot is very convenient. My friend decided to invite me for Sunday brunch as she knew I never been at The Bison. We arranged a reservation for an specific time. I was a little unhappy knowing making a reservation was a mistake. We got there... More 

Thank Isupportlocal93
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

I'm not sure how many times we have eaten at the Bison Restaurant, but it is a family favorite and we have visited there with our adult children on a number of occasions. While there have been some ups and downs in terms of food, they seem to have caught the formula once again, and our meal from start to... More 

Thank David W
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

The Bison is located 1 street behind Banff Ave near Saltlik. A great find. It's upstairs and we had a window table which was still warm considering it was -18C outside. My friend had the stuffed French toast which she said was delicious and I had sausage with potatoes and baked tomatoes also delicious. What really stood out was our... More 

Thank shannonbeyak
Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We were served by a waiter by the name of Antione (I believe) who was very helpful and provided great service throughout the night. We came for the Locals Menu (usually happens in November in which a few restaurants participate - some even don't police the Locals part of it either - you just have to ask for it!) Myself... More 

Thank sassyscameron
Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Really enjoyed my bison steak. It was cooked perfectly and seasoned perfectly. Sometimes other steak houses over salt the steak but here you can still taste the meat and its unique flavours. The service is good and helpful in selecting meals. The wine pairings is a little limited but adequate. We enjoyed the ribs, the appetizers and desserts. Truly enjoyed... More 

Thank Alibudbud
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Knowing that The Bison is a great spot for dinner, I decided to check it out for Sunday brunch. After a short wait we were seated upstairs by the window and had a wonderful view of the Rockies. We had a round of mimosas (or bucks fizz depending on where you're from) to start things off right. I ordered the... More 

Thank maplepop
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Had a blast, food is crazy good- wine is even better. Expect to be full after eating here. Lots of butter- but who doesn't like butter. My steak was phenomenal and we order the bone marrow escargot twice because it was SO good. Had a great time visiting with friends from out of town eating at one of the best... More 

Thank Veronique G
Alberta Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Although we didn't get seated at our reserved time, and there were no seats for people who were waiting. ... they don't have a lounge to sit down in and have a drink ... and to be honest there really wasn't even much area to stand especially as we were a group of 12 .... BUT I have to admit,... More 

Thank Check-My-Bucket-List
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

The charcuterie starter was very good. So was the Bison steak. Perfectly done. The creme brule was average. Overall a good experience.

Thank Roy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $37
Canadian, Contemporary
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: #213, 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-5550
Walk up our staircase into rustic elegance. With windows on three sides, Banff's best mountain views speak for themselves. Enjoy a signature cocktail, local bottled beer or choose from our carefully selected wine list. Watch the show as a line of talented chefs in our open concept coppered kitchen lead by executive chef Brendan Robson prepare your regionally inspired meal. Locals and visitors enjoy our sun-drenched terrace with its mountain views in the summer, and roaring campfire in the winter. Whether in high heels or hiking boots, our dining room is yours.

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