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The Bison Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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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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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Excellent server--beyond compare-- Edeyta (Eddie). Variety of dishes--bison steaks, bison burgers, salads, appetizers. All prepared beautifully and to perfection. No room for dessert!

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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

Service was amazing, we ordered the Brie cheese to start it came in a small cast iron pan still sizzling of course as it just came out the oven. We then ordered a bottle of wine and the half BBQ chicken, and the bison burger. Everything was just perfect. Amazing romantic evening with my wife. The waiter was Antoine (not... More 

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Waterdown, Canada
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2017

If you are going here, you must, I repeat, must have the Bison Ribeye. This is one of the most tender delicious cuts of meat I have every had in my life. Have it the way they recommend, medium rare. I prefer my cuts rare, but not having had bison before, I let the waiter decide and this was just... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

The Braised Bison Short Ribs were served in a cast iron skillet with baby potatoes and veggies in a very taste broth. This dish is certainly not to be missed if you have a meal at this downtown Banff restaurant! The staff were attentive and very friendly. We had a chocolate dessert that topped off the meal ( a tasty... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed March 6, 2017

the service was excellent, the food outstanding. i had the bison burger, which sounds ordinary, but it was extraordinary, and i recommend it! several people had the ling cod and enjoyed that as well.

Thank DanDDS3386
New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went for my birthday dinner, Willow Was a lovely server, ready at every possible point of need. In addition to being professional and friendly without being intrusive. she also had great recommendations with food and wine, steering me in the right direction each time. The bison is a great restaurant that serves their product to perfection... More 

Thank PassionateFoodie28
Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Many people go here for the Bison, but there are other excellent choices for those of us not interested in game meat. The staff are knowledgable about gluten free and were able to offer me several options, including dessert! The service was excellent. It was very noisy the night we were there for dinner, however.

Thank Catherine P
Laguna Beach, California
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194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017

Really didn't expect much from the looks of the place as it it looks more like a coffee shop from the outside. What a surprise. The food was amazing as was the service

Thank Ed P
Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

Outstanding!! Bison ribeye was to die for!! Everything on the menu sounded amazing, had troubles choosing! Will definitely return 👍🏽

Thank Setty832
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3 reviews
Reviewed February 24, 2017

We started with a fantastic appetizer recommended by our waitress, Willow, escargot in bone marrow with gruyère, garlic butter, house bacon, and grilled bread. It was perfect for sharing and unusual enough for us savor. Both of us had the bison (short ribs and steak) and both were prepared to perfection. Bacon is a common element and they make great... More 

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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 - $36
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, 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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
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: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?