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“Good for Bunch” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bison Restaurant

The Bison Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 143 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $37
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, 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.
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good for Bunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Ate here on a Sunday morning. Service was a little long but good food good and reasonably priced. Nice option for Sunday bunch.

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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lunch and Dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

We had both lunch and dinner here based on recommendations (and tripadvisor).

Dinner: Best meal all trip to be honest. The Food was amazing and the service was equally as good. Andre looked after us and was really helpful with wine and whisky suggestions. It was a little expensive apparently, but to be honest meals out where we live in perth were on par and no where near as good. Everyone enjoyed their food and said how great it was, which I find is unusual for a large group (usually someone is unhappy with something).

Lunch: We had lunch hear because someone recommended the pizzas, a group of 5 of us shared a bunch of pizzas and they were all incredibly amazing and delicious. My favourite was The Godfather. The dipping sauce (i forget what it was, but OMG so delicious).

Totally recommend both the upstairs and downstairs of this place. If you are in Banff go here!

Visited February 2014
Thank Sephorra
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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great food, good service, very pricey (although we were there for NYE). Would definitely eat here again :)

Visited December 2013
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
“Good Food, Bad Table”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visited Bison Feb 28th to celebrate my wife's birthday. Made the reservations on line, and also called direct to confirm and ask for a nice table for the occasion. Well, we arrived 5 mins before our 730 reservation and had to wait 20 mins for our table which was no big deal as we sat at the bar downstairs. Hostess came to seat us for our table upstairs, and were directed to a table for two near the back exit to the back stairs and restroom. The view was into the exit hallway. Noticing that there were other tables for two available I asked the hostess to move but she replied by saying that "no, they are taken". Explained that this location was pretty sad, and it was a special night, and I had called and asked for a "nice table", but to no avail. "Sorry can't move you".. We had a constant flow of people walking by our table the whole time, who were going through to the restroom. Also, the wine was stored in a cooler just behind the table so waiters were constantly there also. NO AMBIENCE at all. Plus the exit door was kept propped open the whole time due to excess smoke from the kitchen area. We were not pleased but made the best of it. Our waitress was great at the beginning, taking drink and our food order, but once a larger table arrived, she pretty much abandoned us. Another waitress delivered our food, then no one came until we were done. No "how is it? Would you like another drink" Finally, our waitress returned and we just asked for the bill, waited for another person to cash us out, then that was a wrap.,,,Food was very good, however, the seating area and total service was average at best. We would return, but would make it clear that we wouldn't accept the poor table location.

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
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“A real restaurant in Banff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

We had such a nice experience here. We went in our ski pants and never felt uncomfortable, sat in a cozy corner, and were seen to immediately. We ordered and loved the Caesar salad, bison burger and the bison short ribs.. All so yummie and well presented. The service was up to our rigid standards and the Oregon Pinot Noir ( sorry okanagan) was delicious !
Really a pleasure dining in Banff!

Visited March 2014
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