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“Great date” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bison Restaurant

The Bison Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 142 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $37
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Caribou
Description: 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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great date”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Had a great date at the Bison. Inviting, comfortable atmosphere. We actually sat at the bar area facing Banff Ave and chatted with the bartender who provided exceptional service (which was a first on a trip with multiple dining experiences).

Cocktails are fresh and delicious. I recommend the vitamin C (Ginger Vodka, Carrot Juice, Pineapple Juice, and a Rosemary sprig)... Surprisingly tasty. My main course, New York Strip, was perfectly cooked with great seasoning.

All beef and products are from local farms and they even sourced bread baskets made of baked tree bark from the local Wild Flour shop in town.

This is a great spot for a date or nice meal with family. A bit pricey, but worthy.

  • Visited March 2013
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Calgary Alberta Canada
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“what a great surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

The atmosphere is excellent, cozy and lively with good background music. We started with Caesars (they had bacon and asparagus!) and some awesome appetizers, the main courses were unique, my wife thought her beef steak was a little chewy but my bison short ribs were perfect, and the deserts were awesome. The Aussie waitress was a total sweetie and knew her stuff. It was the best place we ate at while in Banff.

Visited February 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

The atmosphere is great and the food even better. Nice selection of beers on tap. We had the pulled pork nachos and the Big Bird pizza and they were both amazing. We will be back next time we are in banff.

Visited February 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious yet expensive dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

We went on a Friday night and had no problem getting in. The restaurant is really clean with a nice atmosphere and decorations. We had the bison flatbread to start, leg of rabbit and striploin. The food was delicious! And the portion sizes were good. It was expensive but a nice fancy meal.

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Wagga Wagga
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Yummmm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in Banff on Christmas Eve 2012, what a winter wonderland.
I had booked The Bison from Australia on the reviews I had read.It was perfect for our 1st night in Banff.
A lovely table with great view, a very good menu and wine list. Our waitperson looked after us beautifully and the food was wonderful.

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