Best Brunch at The Bison
First time at The Bison for brunch and it tops our list. The french toast and bison breakfast sandwich were AMAZING. We will definitely be back to try out more of the menu. Fantastic service, great ambiance. Wonderful experience throughout.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is my go-to pizza place
This is my go-to pizza place when I'm in Banff! Great food, fantastic service, and awesome place to land for dinner!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another Pleasant Experience
The Bison appears to have updated their menu items, and we were quite impressed by the new appetizers. The main courses were also commendable, and the desserts (as always) were unique and delicious. We would definitely recommend the Bison to anyone visiting Banff or Canmore. It still remains our favourite mountain restaurant, along with Rustica.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
As always had an amazing dinner
As always had an amazing dinner there. Had the octopus pasta which was a disapointment. They should keep an octopus dish but remake it into a salad. Otherwise appetizers and mains were excellent. Wish hey still did the slow cooked venison with shaved truffle.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Great people.
Great food. Great people. Amazing restraunt and the food was unbelievably flavourful.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food!! Friendly,
Fantastic food!! Friendly, helpful and fun waiter! Can't wait to go back!!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was attentive and
Our server was attentive and knowledgable about the menu. Food was delicious
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone in our party thought the food was excellent. The service was very friendly and efficient. The only drawback was that the restaurant was very noisy, which made it very hard within our group of 8 to have conversations with more than 2-3 people.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been to the Bison for Brunch many times and it's always consistent - good service and incredible food. Always a recommend to our friends & family.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best bison ever
Excellent food, wonderful landscape watch from the window. Must go in Banff. The best dinner ever. Great service!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ce fut une expérience superbe ce resto. bonne bouffe surtout pour le bison et la carte des vins. Service impécable.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Wonderful Service
True to its name, you must try the Bison Carpaccio when it's on the menu. Thin, sweet slices of meat perfectly complemented with seasonal greens and sauces. There is also unusual dishes such as Charred Baby Octopus Pappardelle. A wonderful dining experience in the otherwise uninspiring town of Banff.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food. Good service.
Delicious food. Good service. Overall positive experience.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Dinner Experience
We are consistently pleased with the level of service and quality of food at the Bison. Being particular, we rate the Bison as our favourite Banff restaurant. We even enjoy dining at the Bison more than at Rustica (another one of our favourites), as it offers a more lively experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for quality food and great service. We make it a ritual to take all our visitors to the Bison when visiting the mountains, and we anticipate continuing this tradition for years to come.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Do not go at peak times
My husband and I try to visit this restaurant once a year. This year we decided to take our 13 month old with us. Unfortunately, we hit the restaurant at the peak time and our food took over 45 minutes to arrive, try explaining that it is worth the wait to a toddler. And it is worth the wait, the food is fantastic. The staff was great about keeping our drinks topped up.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Food and Service
We had a fantastic meal at this restaurant. We were there on the first night of a new menu and yet our server knew all about the options and was able to easily help us make our choices. Unlike some previous reviews we did not find the food overcooked at all. My tenderloin could have been cut with a fork, it was perfectly done. My husband had the bison and said it was fantastic as well. Bison is generally a drier meat as it is lower in fat so as a rule will not be as tender. Just something to keep in mind when making your dinner choices.
My only reason for not giving this restaurant a 5 star is that the tables were a bit crowded together. It would have been nice, on a romantic dinner, to have a bit more space between us and our neighbors.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside, drank awesome tea and enjoyed a delicious brunch. My friend literally said "this is what life is about"! Anywhere that makes you that happy, is definitely a place to recommend and return to.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely, absolutely lovely
Our waitperson, Renee, was delightful and efficient. Food was great. Elk tourtière is a must have. We had a simple Sandhills cab which was excellent. The lamb and the venison strip loin are excellent and generous portions. Anyone criticizing the portions must eat like the Jolly Green Giant. Dessert, an excess, was chocolate cremieux was outstanding. Just a great place.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant very accommodating
Great Restaurant very accommodating. Served my wife soft shell crab appetizer as an entreat her request. What could be more accommodating. Don't miss the chocolate desert
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't be Fooled by Name
If I hadn't read reviews I might have skipped this amazing restaurant in Banff. Wild Game wasn't on top of my list, but it is now!
The Bison Short Ribs were the best Short Ribs I've ever tasted and the rest of the menu was a standout as well. Don't miss the
Diver Scallops and Prawns. Service was excellent, well trained staff with good recommendations. Wine and beer list extensive and food preparation and creativity rivals best large city restaurants anywhere. If you've had the pleasure of dining at Girl and the Goat in Chicago and loved it as we did, The Bison should be on your list when in the Canadian Rockies!
Wish they could come East....
Noise level an issue for me, but many might not mind.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an amazing meal. The service was great. Would return for sure!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Problem with reservation system
Two nights in a row made Open Table resvervation intented for Bear ST. The first which did not specify that we wanted the Bear ST. Both times they had no idea that we were coming. The first I understand, but the second time they also just sqeezed us into the smallest cubby hole table I have ever sat at. Meal and service were good but reservation system and table placement were less than ideal.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I went for dinner and had an amazing night of drinks, wines and a great meal that will be remembered for a long time!! We will be back as soon as possible!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
midsummer dream in the Rockies
We enjoyed our dining experience at the Bison very much. The atmosphere was fun and refined without being pretentious. They have a very good selection of wine and beer and the dishes are unique and whimsical while remaining deliciously satisfying. I would highly recommend the Bison!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfy Tasty Relaxing
High back, comfy chairs; great wine recommendation by our waitress; soft, fresh bread to start; perfectly cooked steaks & sirloin, delectable desserts. Don't miss this one while in Banff.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Banff casual fine dining
Great flavours and local ingredients. Knowledgeable, friendly and attentive staff.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bison was just excellent
The Bison was just excellent especially the beef tenderloin and the flatbread
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were recomended this restaurant and all 3 of us loved our meal. Had the duck the steak and i had a couple appetizers and a dessert . It was delicious. Best meal we had all weekend. See you again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Place in Banff
Of all the steak places, this is the best. Must try the bison carpaccio and scallops. Service was excellent and atmosphere great. You choose the outside patio. Personally we choose the inside high back chairs. Romantic and fun.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our waiter was just wonderful
Our waiter was just wonderful and so attentive. The food was great. The caesar salad was so fresh!! We both went with the bison and really enjoyed it, it was so tasty. Too bad no room for dessert. Would definitely go again.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Bison
Great food, fine dining locale. Not stuffy so you can dress casually. Fantastic craft cocktails. Don't miss the Corn Chowder Prawns appetizer and the Bison Ribeye steak (don't fear the bison!) great all around experience! but unpretentious
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, the Bison restaurant did not disappoint with their drink and food selections. There's something for everyone, food is delicious, nicely plated, and served in a reasonable amount of time. It was a tad warm in the upstairs, they could get more ceiling fans going, but of course this wouldn't be a problem in the cooler months. We eat there every time we are in Banff and will go back again - we've always had a great experience.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bit late on rating this but that's not because it wasn't one of the best experiences in a long time... this restaurant is fabulous and a real gem. Everything, and I mean everything, was spectacular. Can't wait to go back!
9/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure
I recently took my father (who was visiting Banff for the first time) to the Bison with high expectations.
We definitely left happy and satisfied with our visit. I want to thank Antoine for his service and for making the Bison live up for its reputation of having superb service on top of great food.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special night out in Banff
I was showing a friend visiting the Rocky Mountains for the first time from the U.S.A. and we were covering all the sights of the area after 2 days in Lake Louise. My dentist in Edmonton had recommended the Bison as she had been there the previous month and LOVED it!
We had a fabulous window table and could see out to the mountains as the sun went down - it was fantastic. The server from New Zealand was great, wine lovely, food amazing......my friend had Bison Short Ribs that were to die for!!!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the food at the Bison- so delicious. They know what they are doing.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bison Surprises
We have been to Banff many times and had somehow missed a meal at the Bison. We won't again in future visits. The food was of the highest quality and very creative. The chef makes great use of local and wild selections transforming them into high end presentations with great technique. The wait staff was good and knowledgeable, providing excellent suggestions with confidence. Being on the second floor, there are some great views. If I was to cite any negative it would be that the space is a bit too densely seated. A large group came in after us and they seemed to be stuffed in a corner that was way too close to us, especially considering the noise level that always comes with bigger groups. Regardless, we will definitely go again!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pizza fish tacos and tuna
Pizza fish tacos and tuna sandwich were all fantastic.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff is very attentive and friendly. Food is creative and delicious!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I visited this restaurant largely due to the opportunity to enjoy Bison. Prices are on the high side with less choice for Bison than I would have expected. But food was very good and service efficient.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time to the Bison (same group) and once again we thought every bite of the appetizers, mains and sides was better than the one before. Service was also excellent. We'll be back for sure and will recommend it to others.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth Checking out
We really enjoyed the Bison restaurant for dinner. A little pricey for what you get, but still a spot for dining.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at the bison
It was our wedding anniversary and we wanted to go somewhere nice, had heard the bison was good so we tried it. We had a great table, fabulous friendly service and the food was fantastic! They even bought us dessert! Will definitely go back!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really neat appetizer to try
Really neat appetizer to try is the roasted artichoke!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A knowledgeable waiter serve
A knowledgeable waiter serve us an excellent meal with patience and good humour. Overall a very enjoyable evening.....the next night, we came for a quick meal downstairs and were also impressed. I had theFish Tacos. My husnad chose the Bon Appetut option ...disappointing. We were glad that we had chosen a la carte when we went to Bison's.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently a great place to Dine
We've gone here a number of times, both upstairs at Bison and downstairs at Bear Street Tavern. Both are highly recommended, both are kid friendly, both have great food items. I'd go to Bear Street for pizza, beer and salad (grilled vegetable salad is outstanding and a meal by itself, and pizzas seem to be their specialty here because every kind has been fantastic, and good selection of beers). I'd go to Bison for a bottle of wine and a longer, more relaxed dining experience (soups, Bison Ravioli & Seared Scallop appetizer, their Butternut Squash gnocchi, practically any meat dish, and their Creme Brûlée have all been delicious. They also have a great meat & cheese plate for sharing, and an impressive wine list as well.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, decent dessert
The entrees and appetizers were amazing! Desserts failed a little, but it was still good!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best restaurant in banff!!!
Not only was the food amazing but the atmosphere was romantic and cozy! Our server was very helpful and even recommended something for us to do after our dinner! All in all we will be coming to the bison everytime we come to banff :)
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxed night out
Food was fantastic (yes I took a photo of it on my phone), our server was very attentive. I always enjoy going to The Bison when the mood strikes for a less commercial and local restaurant. Will be going back in the near future for something just as exquisite!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, great service
We were there for brunch and as recommended by friends ordered French toast and eggs Benedict. French toast was great. Eggs Benedict was tasty. Decor of the restaurant is quite informal. Service was great. My inlaws had a hard time hearing because it is quite loud.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM