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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)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Rochester, New York
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

The cauliflower app wasn't as good as I had hoped, but the bison short ribs were fantastic. A nice restaurant in Banff for sure.

Thank Lindsey J
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Ah, exceptional on every level. We enjoyed the rare perfect Sunday morning brunch at the Bison Terrace outdoor patio. The view, the music, the food, the coffee, the server, (Brit named Cathryn) provided one our finest experiences during our week in Alberta. Recommend the French Toast and Heurvos Rancheros. Prices were more than reasonable. 5 Stars.

Thank MarkinATL
Spokane, Washington
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very much enjoyed a nice dinner and drinks on the upstairs rooftop dining area at Bison. We got a great spot overlooking the street and surrounding mountains. The food was very good, featuring a lot of (surprise!) bison, but many other locally sourced foods. The menu even gives you a map of all the farms that the foods come from.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I am a chef from Toronto and fussy. The food here was so locally driven. I loved the "really good" tomato flatbread. We also adored the bison ribeye...make sure you get it quite rare as it is so lean. The food changes but everything including creative wines and awesome service.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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147 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This restaurant was highly rated in things we read, but should only be rated as average. The restaurant is nicely appointed, and we enjoyed sitting outside with a great view of the mountains. Our waiter Andre was wonderful. The menu features some game and bison selections as expected. I had the bison short ribs and they were virtually tasteless, submerged... More 

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Mammoth Lakes, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal at the Bison. Rib sampler was very original, featuring Buffalo, Boar, Lamb and Beef. Great seafood, especially the scallops. Dessert was very good. Service was terrific. Dine out on the upper deck. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Neil S
Kent, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Bison is a very pretty restaurant on the second floor, above the more casual Bear Street Tavern. We had a table with huge chairs and a nice view of the mountains. For our meal, my wife started with the peach salad and I had the Caesar salad. Everyone in our party ordered the steelhead trout, which was complemented by green... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Get the garlic cheese bread starter. And the Big Bird pizza is great. Lots of TV screens inside to watch (and I'm not a TV person). Highly recommended.

1 Thank Matt T
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Steak was undercooked and full of gristle. Same thing happened to a dining partner. Salad and dessert very OK but could not make up for the inedible entrée.

Thank TxTraveler248
Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Bison is one of our favorite 3-4 restaurants in Banff. We've eaten there more than five times. This time, we had short ribs and the duck entry. They were both excellent as was the service. We will return next August.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $37
Canadian, Contemporary
Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
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: 14037625550
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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