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“Tasty food, great service, expensive but worth it!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Bison Restaurant

The Bison Restaurant
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Ranked #16 of 139 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $38
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, 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.
Sherwood Park, Canada
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“Tasty food, great service, expensive but worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My husand and I made reservations for the Bison during our getaway to Banff over Thanksgiving weekend. It seemed to be a popular place and highly recommended so we decided to check it out. I found the place to be a little overwhelming as far as layout, a touch noisy and cramped to enjoy a quiet sit down meal, however the food and service was fantastic. I had the bison ribeye cooked to my liking and my husband had the steak and we had no complaints about the food other then it is definitely pricey, but you can come to expect that in a upscale restaurant in Banff. Our favourite part of our meal was the dessert, which was the pumpkin pie topped with toasted marshmellow, maple whiskey syrup with maple icecream and candied bacon. Yum! The Bison definitely has a unique menu and I would recommend for anyone to check it out during your visit to Banff!

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“recommended?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

it was off the main road and we had to look around for it but it was recommended by hotel staff; so we searched it out! when we went in still no so sold on it; but the staff was really helpful and very pleasant; they made this part of the visit worth it; then our meal came "Bison" we loved it! sat a little while as the place started to fill up; we definitely would recommend this place;

  • Visited September 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great Patio and Unique Menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We had a Sunday brunch here with friends. The food was very good....the unique choices on the menu had a variety of choices...all of which sounded yummy. The food arrived quickly and we were not disappointed. The staff were knowledgeable on the menu, friendly, and quick with our drinks and meal service.

I look forward to dining here again in the near future.

  • Visited August 2013
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Ucluelet, Canada
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“superb meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Our last meal in Canada having spent just over 3 weeks in the West Coast of Canada and having our last meal at the Bison restaurant made our holiday complete, the AAA bison steak was delicious and one we didn't want to end, Would certainly recommend you'll not be disappointed,

Visited October 2013
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Grandview, Missouri
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“Festival of Fusion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My wife and I had one evening in beautiful Banff. We chose the Bison because it looked like it would accommodate casual attire and still offer quality food. We were not disappointed. The dining atmosphere was rocky mountain laid-back + nice. The fusion of taste in each of the items were delightful! We had the parsnip and squash soup, pumpkin salad (with a very light pumpkin vinaigrette that we're dying to re-create back home). Incredible. But the best tastes were reserved for the steel-head & red potatoes with capered sauce. We dipped each bite in a little bit of everything - creating a one-of-a-kind festival of taste! Can't recall the last time a meal was so entertaining, light and vibrant. Very very well done!

  • Visited October 2013
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