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The Bison Restaurant

$$$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
+1 403-762-5550
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Popular, friendly place. Essentially a steakhouse but offering modern style food. Part of the kitchen is in the restaurant so you can watch your food being prepared, which is a nice touch. Not all the flavour combinations worked for me though, and I go the...More

Thank D1AHD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Banff for March break and met friends for dinner here on their recommendation. What a great choice. Very interesting menu. I had the bison short ribs. Amazing! There were 8 of us and we started by ordering all the appetizers and just...More

Thank ahead12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bison is definitely one to add to your list to visit. A little bit posh, and little bit (not) pretentious. The food was beautifully laid out. Being able to watch plates stacked and garnishes so carefully placed was a treat. Make sure to get...More

Thank FazJak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Bison for my boyfriends birthday and had a great time. Both of our cocktails were great, I had the Smoked Old Fashioned which was delicious. Our server was friendly and did a great job of explaining the menu. I like that...More

Thank sarahannikki
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go to The Bison one night when we were told at another restaurant that the wait would be well over an hour. I, my husband and our friend were quickly seated at the bar (which we requested) and taken great care of!...More

Thank Megan W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here having read reviews. Busy venue and had to wait for a short while for our table. Restaurant is really well fitted out and has a great feel to it. Nice simple menu selection with a choice for every palate. As a family...More

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't think the Bison could get better but last year's renovations have given it a more open feel with the same great local sourced produce based menu. Some of the dishes have been updated into a more fine dining feel rather than the rustic...More

Thank Simon B
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Went with a group of 10 and it was great. Limited menu options, but still something for most palates and wallets. really, really enjoyed the fried squash -- get it!

Thank FOXtraveler1
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night whilst on holiday for an evening dinner. We had a reservation so got seated quickly. The restaurant has a really nice interior and the atmosphere is great, buzzing but it still feels intimate. The dish my husband wanted was...More

Thank jbad11
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I have been to the Bison a few times and have always enjoyed my experience and meal. The Bison just recently finished a major renovation that completely changed the environment in a positive way. The menu also changed and now has more or a Tapas...More

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Response from KaylaV91 | Reviewed this property |
The table beside us was GF and they made adjustments to every item they ordered to accommodate their dietary needs!
Jane S
24 February 2015|
Response from Andy C | Reviewed this property |
We used Snowy Owl dog sled tours. They are based out of Canmore I think which is just down the road from Banff. I recommend them especially if you have not been out with huskies before. Amazing dogs, well cared for and fun... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$34
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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: 211 Bear Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1E4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff
  • Phone Number: +1 403-762-5550
  • E-mail
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 Kyle Nelson prepares 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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