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“Quiet location, good food, attentive service”

Sleeping Buffalo Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #53 of 147 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Quiet location, good food, attentive service”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We chose this restaurant because it was very close to our lodging and out of the busy downtown. The restaurant has both a small outside patio as well as a dining room. We chose to sit outside. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was creative enough and beautifully plated. The portions of the main dishes seemed small compared to the price-but it was well prepared.

Visited July 2013
Thank Baglen
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Westlake Village, California
2 reviews
“Fabulous FInd”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stumbled on The Sleeping Buffalo when we were taking back-streets, trying to avoid the crowded traffic jam of the Banff central area, when we ended up on Tunnel Mountain Road, where it intersects with Tunnel Mountain Drive. We liked it so well that we dined there three times in the week we were in Banff. Not only was the food delicious and beautifully presented, but also the service was superb. Another good thing: It is not like so many restaurants that are so noisy you can hardly hear each other speak. The decor is rustic but elegant, just as you would expect of a fine dining room in a luxury hotel in the mountains.

  • Visited August 2013
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Winnipeg, MB
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stayed at this resort and dined here on our last night. The restaurant has a lodge feel with a very comfortable atmosphere. The menu has lots of options whether you like to keep it safe or are more adventurous. I had the Wild Game duo that consisted of bison tenderloin and elk sausage. The bison was cooked to perfection; melted in my mouth. The sausage was on the spicy side, but very flavourful. Service was decent; nothing to write home about though. Overall, very much enjoyed my dining experience. Would return!

Visited August 2013
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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Amazing Service, Average Food”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

The atmosphere of this restaurant is great for so many occasions-- it is elegant and rustic all at the same time. It is quite upscale, but children were welcomed.

The server (Kirsty) was efficient, chipper, and super friendly. She was enamored with the little girl at our table and paid much attention to her wants and needs.

The food, while innovative and local-focused, was mediocre. The game meats offered on the menu were impressive -- caribou, elk, bison, salmon, and more. The preparation, though, was sorely lacking. The seasoning was inconsistent. Some of the combinations just didn't sit well, for one reason or another -- foie gras served on gingerbread sounded lovely when described by the server (a thin ginger crisp placed underneath the foie gras), but ended up being the worst preparation of foie gras that we've tried. It was a 2-inch thick slick of gingerbread that was larger than the piece of foie gras itself. Not a pleasant experience. The portions seemed unpredictable, with GIANT salads and a VERY large steak, but then one small piece of sausage and miniscule bites of bison on an entree. The large steak was cooked improperly; the server asked about it, but never offered a different entree or any type of recompense.

Overall, this restaurant has the potential to be amazing. The atmosphere is wonderful. I can imagine the cuisine as stellar, but it had a long way to go.

  • Visited July 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“away from the centre and crowds of Banff...”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Located on Tunnel Mountain, which is also know by the first nations as Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, and thus the name, is the restaurant for Buffalo Mountain Resort, a collection of lower buildings around the main lodge. The resort main lodge is also the main entrance for the restaurant and makes for a grander entrance with the high peaked post and beam construction with larger fireplace in the lounge area.

Reservations are recommended to ensure a table with what seams like a smaller number of tables in the great room of the restaurant. There is lots of space between tables, allowing for a more private conversation feeling. Chairs, although more than comfortable throughout the meal, are tired with sagging seats. Outdoor seating is available.

Te asparagus cream soup that I had for an appetiser was extremely enjoyable, and the baby spinach with arugula salad of my companion, although an interesting parring, was also enjoyable.

As a main, I selected the salmon, which was moist yet cooked. It came with a delightful angel hair pesto pasta, with great strong flavours that may overpower the simple preparation of the salmon. My capitation also picked fish, a red snapper, again prepared expertly. Allergy problems were dealt with without difficulty; however, although attractive, the plating looked bare with the deletions, and a few more vegetables would have been appreciated.

A unique chocolate tiramisu completed my meal, and a sorbet for my companion, had us leaving full at the end of the dining experience.

The unusual silverware was fun.

A great option for those that enjoy port after a meal is the selection of various aged tawny port by the glass.

The menu included both the lunch and dinner offerings, and it is unknown if a lunch selection could be made, especially for resort patrons who may be trapped away from the main centre of Banff, although there is another eating facility now open at the resort.

View is limited but an enjoyable atmosphere nevertheless. Although we did not partake, brunch is served.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank larson50
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